Moving home is one of the most stressful things that you can do, and is even more so if you don’t plan carefully and you don’t plan in advance. In this piece, we will explain to you some of the things that you can do to help you remove the pressure and stress from the scenario when moving to Brisbane. If you are moving from one part of New Zealand to Brisbane, you will find the move easier than if you are moving from Overseas. Either way, these tips will surely help you ‘de-stressify’ the whole moving process. You will still find these tips valuable even if your destination is not Brisbane.
Picking a Removal Firm as Early as Possible
Most people know when they are going to be moving quite a long way in advance.
When moving, lots of people choose school holidays, bank holidays and it tends to be the weekend. Bear in mind that this reduces the window for moving significantly, and makes the demand for services on those days much higher.
Don’t get caught short without a removals company, or with no vans available for hire.
Choosing a removals firm should be fairly easy by reading reviews and finding out what your friends and family have done when moving in the local area.
If moving further afield, you may need to do a little extra research, and if moving overseas, even if it’s just between New Zealand and Australia, you need to think about whether you are going to airfreight, ship by sea, or dispose of a load of stuff and travel with your bags. If you’re moving to Brisbane for example, you can find out everything you need to know, including getting a quote, from
How you’ll transport your belongings willdepend on how much stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, and how long youintend to be moving for. If it is a short-term work placement, you might wantto put things in storage until you come back.
The earlier you begin packing, the smoother the process will tend to be. Get all the boxes you need together and buy the specialist storage stuff, such as white paper for crockery, bubble wrap, and anything that is required for your computerised devices, such as polystyrene packaging materials, and make sure you have all of your most precious items protected for transit.
With large houses, you may want to start packing a couple of months in advance, as normally, a box a day will make sure it doesn’t become an arduous process.
Begin with the Things You Want to Keep but Won’t Use That Often
Begin by packing the rooms and the things that you aren’t going to use before you leave. It can be really annoying having to unpack boxes that you have already packed when you are trying to be super efficient.
Pack your Christmas items, winter clothing, and anything else that isn’t necessarily going to be needed at this stage. This is also the time to think about those things that you won’t need, but more on that later.
Focus on Rooms
When you are moving home, you should pack one room at a time. You can then get everything into boxes that are clearly labelled and you can ensure that the removals company knows where everything is going to go in your new abode.
One of the most stressful things about moving is when you arrive and everything is everywhere, so get organised.
Have Boxes That Are Labelled Essential
When you are packing, you should ensure the essential things that you need to access and unpack easily when you arrive are clearly labelled.
The first thing you’ll want to do when you get into a new home is to make a brew, so you’ll need the kettle and tea and coffee. Clothes for the first night, toiletries and toothbrush, computerised devices and chargers are all in this category for most families and individuals.
Keep things clearly labelled and put the things that you know are going to be wanted early together, so that when you find that box, you’ll find lots of things that you need.
Think about a Clear Out
When you move home, it’s an ideal opportunity to de-clutter your life. All of us accumulate things that we don’t really need, don’t use, and don’t really have much sentimental value. Now is the time to sell, give away or dump plenty of stuff that you don’t really need.
A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used something for a year, then you probably don’t need it unless it has a lot of sentimental value. If you haven’t thought about it in a year, then it’s almost certainly time for it to go.
Creating a List of all items
A great practice is to list all your items out on a sheet and make a note of which box they are in. This can be time-consuming, but it can make sure you know where everything is and can really help with the packing and unpacking process. If you are having a removal company pack for you, then they can create the inventory.
What Is Going to Be Difficult to Move?
There may be things that, for one reason or the other, you cannot move, or that are going to be very difficult to move. If you’re moving overseas, then anything with organic matter on it may be a problem, and this could include garden tools, dirty golf clubs, or anything that has been in the garden.
Similarly, anything highly flammable, such as paint, probably shouldn’t be transported, and may be held in customs and destroyed even if you do transport it.
Customs delays can be time-consuming, with delays of a week or more when moving to Australia from New Zealand, for example. Minimise the chance of your things being investigated by not taking unnecessary items, or anything that could cause problems.
Remember the Labels
Make sure that you label all of your boxes, all of your bags, and all of your containers. It may be worth putting labels on two sides, so that you can see what things are whichever way they are stacked. Avoid labelling on the bottom or the top for obvious reasons.
Look after Your Valuable Items
Think about the things that you want to take with you personally and don’t want to be transported in cargo, or in a van. You may want a bag with you with those things that are most precious to you, or the expensive items.
Those that you can’t bring with you, make sure are really well packed with plenty of padding and protection.
Prepare for a Change of Environment
Whether you are moving to somewhere in the same city, or somewhere overseas, there will be lots of changes in your environment, the people around you, and the culture of the setting.
Be prepared for this change, and prepare your family members too.