Moving house is always a major upheaval. Follow these tips to make moving as easy and stress free as possible.
Louis Synathis owns a ute hiring business and has been hiring vehicles to people in Australia for 8 years. Here he shares some pearls of wisdom to ensure your move goes smoothly.
1. Simple, but often forgotten: Have everything packed up a couple days before the move. Leaving it to the last minute means that you run the risk of forgetting or breaking something or hurting yourself.
2. Pick up the keys a day or two before the move and confirm all the arrangements with the real estate agent. If you can’t pick them up, have the agent leave the keys in the mailbox or hidden in the garden.
3. Make sure your mobile phone has been fully charged the night before and that you put the charger in the glove box. Some of the other ‘essentials’ are water, snacks and a road map – just in case.
4. Have a plan for the day; you don’t want to start too late and then have to move in the dark. You may want to consider loading up your transport the night before so you get started earlier.
5. Have all your boxes labelled with ‘fragile’ or ‘heavy’; this will make the stacking process a lot less confusing and potentially dangerous.
6. Don’t underestimate how much you have to move; make sure that your vehicle can hold everything you are moving, so make sure you have or rent the right vehicle. Nothing is going to cost you more time and money on the day than driving back and forth between locations to repack.
7. Your goal shouldn’t be to load up and move as quickly as possible; if you rush, you run the risk of forgetting something, or worse, doing something lazily, make mistakes and could hurt yourself. Sometime you are going to have to accept that the move may take more than a day.
8. Strap everything down! The last thing you want is your stuff rolling around in the back of a van or flying out onto the road and into traffic. Invest or borrow in some ratchet or occy straps to make sure everything stays where you want it.
9. Don’t try and do everything yourself; unless you are a seasoned moving veteran, there is probably something you are going to forget about, so bring a friend to double check everything.
10. If you have pets or kids, try not to bring them along for the initial move. There are a lot of moving parts and heavy objects around, so it could potentially pose a danger to have them running around as you move.
11. Invest in hiring or buying some moving equipment, like a trolley. It will make the whole process move a lot faster, easier and far less physically straining.
Sydney Ute Hire has vehicles and equipment available for all kinds of moves and operates out of a number of petrol stations.They offer a huge range of single and dual cab utes, vans, trailers and trolleys available 24/7. To view their entire range, rates and locations, visit www.sydneyutehire.com.