Moving house involves a lot of work. The excitement of relocating to a new home can easily be overshadowed by all the things you have to do to ensure a successful removal.
But this does not always have to be the case. There is a way to make your move stress-free and enjoyable, and that is to hire a professional removalist to help you. Removalists can do the heavy lifting, so to speak, throughout the entire removal process, from packing your items to transporting them safely to your new house.
Choosing the best removal company, however, can be tricky, considering the fact that there are many providers of removal services today in any given location. As such, it is crucial that you perform extensive research to learn which removal company is the best to work with. Hiring the most suitable removalists will result in a pain-free, enjoyable removal.
Still, amidst the whirlwind of activity, it’s almost inevitable that you would make some incorrect choices as you go along. To prevent this, read about these eight missteps you could potentially make in the process of moving house and you should aim to resolve to ensure a successful, stress-free home removal in Sydney (or in whichever corner of the world you are currently in).
1. Not planning ahead
Moving requires careful planning, especially if you are to move large items like dining tables, beds, and couches. Planning ahead and implementing simple measures will protect your items from damage. This means measuring the hallways or doorways to determine if everything can fit through them, using specialized equipment, and disassembling bulky items whenever possible.
2. Not enlisting the help of professional removalists
Despite knowing the benefits of hiring removalists, some people still think that getting professional help is just a waste of money, especially if they are just dealing with a small relocation job. But the expertise of removalists is incomparable when it comes to ensuring the safety of both your items, your property, and even your health.
Attempting to move everything without having the right knowledge, skill, and equipment can lead to damage and injuries. If you don’t employ the right lifting techniques, for instance, you could end up hurting yourself, and this can lead to medical checkups or hospitalization. In addition, you could end up damaging your items and your old or new home, resulting in costly repairs or replacements.
But if you hire professional removalists to help you with your move, you are assured that everything will be handled with care. And if something goes wrong, such as item damage or injuries, you won’t be liable for repair and replacement or taking care of medical expenses, provided the right insurance coverage is in effect.
It is for this reason that you must be careful when choosing a removal company. Ideally, hire one with a superb reputation, proper licenses and insurance, excellent customer service, and reasonably priced products and services.
3. Packing incorrectly
The foundation of a successful move is good packing. In the event that you choose to pack some of your items yourself, make sure to pack them properly. Incorrect packing will not just cost you money and time, but will also increase the risk of item damage and breakage.
To get started, you must invest in high-quality packing supplies. These include sturdy moving boxes, packing tapes, packing paper, bubble wrap, scissors, markers, and plastic wrap. The use of poor quality tapes, boxes or any packing material could result in costly damage, even if you employ the right packing techniques. The quality of packing supplies goes hand-in-hand with the proper packing methods.
Therefore, it is highly advised that you let the removalists pack all your items if you don’t have the right packing skills and knowledge. They can provide you with packing materials of the highest quality, along with some packing tips, but nothing beats leaving this task to them.
4. Not notifying removalists of any moving-related issues
You must be upfront with your removalists regarding the possible problems they might encounter on the day of the move. These include issues with road access, narrow stairs, elevators, delivery time restrictions, and parking problems. This way, they can come up with a strategy to easily and safely move your belongings without any delay. Also, they will bring specialized equipment to speed up the process, especially when it comes to furniture removal.
5. Not informing your kids
If you are relocating with your kids, be sure to inform them of your removal as soon as you can. You don’t want them to get frustrated, afraid or dismayed in the months leading up to your moving day.
Informing the children about your upcoming relocation will not just prepare their minds but will also give them enough time to bid goodbye to their friends and prepare their things. Make sure to prepare them for the removal as early as possible.
6. Not preparing your pets
Moving can also be stressful for your pets, considering the fact that they won’t be traveling in the same car with you. Instead, they would be transported separately.
Fortunately, your chosen removal company can offer their pet relocation services. They can make arrangements with the best pet transport company to ensure that your pet receives the utmost care and attention throughout the trip.
7. Not protecting your home
Apart from protecting your items by packing them properly, you should also protect your home’s walls and floorings from getting damaged. Here are some precautionary measures you should implement to avoid headaches and significant damage:
- Protect your hardwood floors from gouges, scratches, and dents with a protective cover.
- Hang drop cloths on your walls. You can also use bubble wrap, thick cardboard, or wooden boards to protect the walls of narrow hallways and rooms, especially around door frames.
- Cover your carpet with a self-adhesive plastic to protect it from tears, footprints, and spills.
8. Not hiring a home cleaning service
When you are moving out of your old house and into your new home, cleaning the properties is a must. This will help make selling your old house easier and quicker to do, and your new home move-in ready.
Moving-out cleaning services can benefit you in various ways. For instance, if you own the old house, you may be able to sell it immediately. If you were renting, you could get your security deposit back in full and build a good reputation as a tenant.
Moving-in cleaning services, on the other hand, will guarantee that you will be arriving at a new, thoroughly clean and healthy home. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that every corner of your house is already free of dust, debris and germs when you arrive.
Indeed, there are several missteps that you might make when moving house. Being aware of such will prevent you from experiencing those yourself when it is your turn to move.
The bottom line is to hire professional removalists. They can deal with everything – from packing and transporting your items and pets safely, to cleaning your old and new home, and even unpacking your boxes. This means that you will have enough time to do more important tasks with the peace of mind from knowing that your relocation is going according to plan.
Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.