Without proper research and planning, moving can be an extremely stressful and costly exercise. This is why it’s a good idea to do as much research as possible, and plan your move well in advance to get everything right from the beginning.
A great place to start is on the web, where you’ll find some great moving guides and helpful moving tips. So before you pick up the phone to dial a moving company, you might want to ask yourself the following questions:
What furniture will you be taking with you to your new home?
Before you speak movers, you should know what furniture and items you want to take with you to your new home, and what furniture and items you no longer want or have a need for.
This will not only help you save money on moving costs by not moving unnecessary items, but also give you a chance to dispose of or give away the things you no longer want or need.
You may want to give away some things to relatives, or to some friends, or to a charity. All of this takes time, and it’s best to begin as early as possible. If you’re unable to find a home for your unwanted items, you can organise a hard rubbish collection with your local council, or contact a disposal company to get rid of the furniture you no longer want.
Do I need special boxes for some items?
Regardless of how far you are moving in Melbourne, there’s a good chance that you’ve got a few precious pieces of furniture or valuable items that you don’t want broken or damaged during your move. Make a list of these items, and then make sure that they get packed before everything else. Have a look online at some moving guides where you will find a variety of packing methods, so you can choose the best one to suit your needs. Packing these items first will ensure that they aren’t neglected in the instance that you run out of time to pack all of your items properly.
For many items, you will find specialist boxes. For example, when packing paintings or picture frames, you can purchase boxes that have been specifically designed with special padding to protect them from damage. You will find various types of boxes like this, including boxes for TVs, cartons for wine bottles, and portarobes for your clothing.
Other furniture items such as tables or draws can be packed with a variety of packing materials to protect them from damage. Wrapping the furniture in a combination of cardboard and bubble wrap is a great way to protect furniture with a hard surface. Sofas and mattresses can also be protected with specialist plastic covers which can be found online.
Check with your moving company for advice, and remember that they might also be able to assist you with wrapping fragile items.
Should I buy or hire my boxes?
Boxes and packing materials do not come cheap, so if you’ve got leftovers from a previous move, it’s a great time to make use of it all! But before you do, check that the boxes haven’t degraded over time, and that they are still sturdy and okay to use.
Buying boxes is a good option if you have a use for them after your move or if you move frequently. If you move frequently, with proper care, you can use the boxes over and over again. You might also require boxes for storage, especially if you’ve got things you don’t want to get rid of, but don’t want on display at your new place.
Hiring boxes is a great option if you don’t move frequently, or if you’re in a property with a limited amount of space. When hiring boxes, a box company will drop off the number of boxes appropriate for your move, and then pick them up after your move, so long as they are still in good condition. When hiring boxes, you will find traditional cardboard boxes, or alternatively very sturdy eco-friendly plastic tubs.
Is the move big or small?
The size of your move will help determine the type of moving company you need. Furniture moving companies generally specialise in the types of moves they offer. Some moving companies specialise in interstate moves and some in local moves.
When moving locally in Melbourne, it makes sense to choose a moving company that specialises in short distance moves. Find a company that can handle the size of your move. For example, some moving companies specialise in big moves and are geared to moving 3 bedroom sized homes and up, and other companies specialise in small moves and a geared to moving small studio apartments up to 2 bedroom homes.
How long before my move should I make a booking?
Start requesting quotes from moving companies as early as possible so you have time to compare quotes and ask any questions you might have. Make sure the moving company you choose has your preferred moving date available. Moving companies generally book out a week to a few weeks in advance depending on the time of year, so make sure you get in early!