DIY Moving Guide
Moving is not for the unorganised. An easy move requires planning ahead of time.
- To Do List
- The Right Truck For The Job
- Take Stock and Lighten Your Load
- Loading Your Truck
- Supplies and Accessories
- Boxing Lessons
- Hints for Packing
- Changing Your Address
- Moving Day
- Insuring Peace Of Mind
To Do List
Moving is not for the unorganised. An easy move requires planning ahead of time.
Create a plan of your move. It will be less daunting if you divide the tasks into weeks. A four week plan for moving is usually enough time.
Some basic tasks are listed below:
4 weeks to go:
- Notify your Landlord or Agent, in writing, of your intention to move.
- Arrange a packing/unpacking service to carry out your entire move.
- Write an inventory of all belongings going to your new home.
3 weeks to go:
- Start packing!
- Buy packing stuff (boxes, tape, bubble wrap) and start keeping newspapers for wrapping breakables.
- Book a truck
- Organise your Storage facility.
2 weeks to go:
- Start notifying friends, family and organisations of your new address.
- Confirm details with removalists, truck companies and storage.
- Organise to connect your utilities (gas, water and electricity), home phone, & Internet and update your insurance policies.
- Organise general household repairs & thorough cleaning.
- Start using up all canned and frozen foods.
- Inspect new home and get any necessary repairs done.
- Have final payment ready for your removalist.
- Have someone supervise the removalists while they are packing & unpacking and check all items during unloading and look for any damaged or missing items.
- Lock all doors and windows as you leave.
- Start Unpacking!
- Alert the landlord to any appliances that aren't working or any defects in your new property, and ask if you can add picture hooks or decorate.
- Start thinking about whether you wish to renovate.
Take Stock and Lighten Your Load
Moving is the perfect excuse to get rid of things you should have thrown out years ago. Take an objective look at what's in every room, closet and drawer in your home.
Check your Yellow Pages for non-profit organisations. Many are glad to pick up clothing that is not worn or damaged. A yard or garage sale is another good way to pare down belongings.
Now that you've lightened up, get everything organised, packed and loaded neatly into one truck. First determine how many cubic metres of belongings you need to move. This will determine the boxes and truck you'll need.
Measure the big stuff
Measure the length, width and height of your refrigerator, sofas, armchairs, bureaus, chests of drawers and TV sets. Then multiply those three figures together to get the cubic metres they will take up.
And the boxable stuff
Boxables are all glassware, dishes, kitchenware, books, etc. that must be boxed carefully to arrive safely. Budget's largest box is a standing wardrobe, which will hold about two armfuls of hanging clothes. You can also use one or two wardrobe boxes for long, tall items like golf clubs, backpacks, fire tongs, lamps, vacuum cleaners, etc.
Estimate how much space your boxes will require, than add room for other miscellaneous items like lawn mowers and other non-boxables. Add all these together to determine how much truck space you'll need.
Loading Your Truck
Finally, it's move day! You're excited, packed and ready to go. For a stress-free do-it-yourself move, we suggest you use our guide to loading your truck. It'll save you time, and help you get the most out of the space in your hire truck.
On move day
- Park your truck as close to the door as possible, pull out the loading ramp and place it on the highest step or a cement area.
- This is a day to dress comfortably. We recommend you wear old clothes that you won't mind getting dirty.
- It's also a good idea to wear heavy gloves (gardening gloves are fine) for carrying bulky items.
Organising your team
- Make a list of each item and box as you load it onto the truck or container.
- Number the boxes with a texta marker. When unloading at your new address, you'll be able to check for damaged or missing items.
- Share the load. Don't let anyone try to lift anything that really requires two strong backs.
Loading your truck
- Load one corner at a time, starting with your heaviest household items.
- Your heaviest things should be on the floor, at the bottom of any stacks.
- Line your bulky furniture against the front wall of the truck bed or container end.
- Then load lighter household items, packing tight from floor to ceiling.
- Use pillows, cushions, towels and older linens for padding.
- Use rope to tie off each corner.
- Fill in open spaces with boxes. Lightweight items should always go on top of the load.
- Place large, flat items upright against the walls and tie them down.
- Slide your rolled rugs and carpets lengthwise into the centre space.
- Try to arrange the truck so there will be clear pathways to work along as you unload.
Supplies and Accessories
Budget sells reinforced packing boxes that will protect your valuables and stack together easily. Many movers prefer these boxes to ones obtained from of your supermarket or liquor store, which can be dirty, crush easily and waste space because of their irregular dimensions. See Boxes & Accessories for more information.
Don't forget the tape
Get at least one roll of packing tape per room and enough bubble pack to wrap all your breakables. And be sure to check out Budget heavy-duty accessories like rope and hand trollies. Accessories for sale or rent from Budget include:
- Bubble Pack
- Hand Trolly
Make your moving day a smooth ride by packing smart. A few key tips can help you protect your valuable possessions and your sanity during the exciting but demanding activities of moving and unpacking.
So before you slip on the moving gloves, take a moment to review the following list of tips:
Pack & Pad
- Pack breakables loosely with plenty of cushion material. (Bubble pack is good for such items as lamps and small statues.
- Pack non-breakables tightly in smaller boxes that won't be too heavy. Save old newspapers for padding not only inside your boxes and around glass, but around table and chair legs.
- Use pillows, cushions, towels, older linens, and even T-shirts, socks and other cotton clothing for padding.
- Use the smallest boxes for up to 14 kgs of books. Pack them flat, and alternate the bindings so they'll pack evenly.
- Pack record albums upright and cushion them with newspaper. Keep album boxes below 14 kgs too.
- Whenever possible, pack small appliances and electronic equipment (computers, camcorders, VCRs) in the boxes they came in, and tape them securely closed.
- Mark your boxes clearly by room, so you'll know immediately where to put them in your new home.
- Write "FRAGILE" on all boxes containing glassware, china or other breakables. Draw arrows pointing up the sides to the top. And be sure to stack these boxes on top.
- Beds: Mark pieces for easy reassembly. Tie together bed frames with tape or rope.
- Bureaus: Fill drawers with clothes or wrapped items such as picture frames, small clocks, calculators, etc. Cover the entire bureau with a blanket or pad and rope it securely. Don't tape the drawers shut -- tape can damage the finish.
- Tables: Cover with pads to protect the finish. If possible, remove the legs and wrap the nuts and bolts in a plastic bag tied to a leg.
- Washing Machines: Fill interiors with stuffed animals, towels or other linens to keep the tub from rotating during travel.
- Refrigerators: Secure all drawers, ice containers and other parts which might come loose or break during transport. Pad any exposed coils to protect them during the move.
- Bicycles: Loosen the handlebars and turn them sideways. Cover chains and pedals to keep oil and grease off other items.
- Mirrors: Wrap small mirrors in newspaper and pack them in boxes. Cover wall mirrors, large paintings and other artwork with cardboard. Tape them securely and stand them along the sides of the truck -- or, if possible, inside wardrobe boxes.
- Lawn Furniture: If too heavy or bulky to move intact, disassemble, putting the nuts and bolts in a plastic bag. Tape the bag to one of the pieces, and tie the pieces together.
- Rugs: Roll up carpets and rugs with rope or tape.
- Valuables: Keep your valuables with you throughout your move.
- Power Tools/Tool Chests: Make sure all sharp edges or attachments are taped together and wrapped to prevent injury. Power tools should be packed with plenty of cushioning, and tool chests should be taped or tied securely.
- Garden Tools: Pack small tools in boxes along with hoses. Tape long-handled tools together. Empty gasoline from all tanks and check for oil leaks in lawn mowers and yard edgers.
- Garage/Attic: Use medium-sized boxes for such items as spray paints, paint brushes, car waxes, unopened motor oil cans, fertilisers, insecticides, etc.
- Do not take oil rags: Dispose of them to avoid spontaneous combustion. Empty all gasoline cans, air them out, then recap tightly. Be sure nothing you move can release dangerous fumes which can taint your other belongings -- or cause a fire.
Loading the truck
Always load your heaviest household items first. Line sofas, bureaus, cabinets, refrigerators and other appliances against the front wall of the truck bed, then work backwards to the chairs, tables, bookcases, etc. Always put heavier items on the truck floor or bottom of the stack.
Load your truck a quarter at a time. Pack it tight and solid from floor to ceiling, and tie off each quarter with rope to the side rails of your truck.
Other loading suggestions:
- Fill in open spaces with small boxes.
- Lightweight items go on top of the load.
- Place large, flat items (mattresses, box springs, table tops and padded heavy mirrors) upright against truck walls and tie them down.
- Slide rolled-up rugs lengthwise into the centre of the truck.
- Put your odd-shaped items along the sides or stack them on top of boxes. Then fill in around them with other boxes to secure them for the trip.
Change Your Address
Changing your address is a crucial part of moving home. There are many organisations you will need to notify with your new details when you move, and the task can be a big hassle if you're not organised. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
How to change your address
- Begin contacting companies about 2 weeks before you move.
- Make a list of all the companies that you need to provide with your new details.
- If you are ending subscriptions or changing companies, you may need to arrange a final bill or provide a forwarding address.
- Remember to change details for all your family members moving with you too - for organisations such as video stores or health insurance companies.
- Banks and financial institutions often allow accounts to be held in two names. Ensure you provide full details when changing your address for jointly held accounts.
- If you're moving out of shared accommodation, make sure you don't disconnect services for any flatmates that are staying behind!
- Bear in mind that some companies require your signature on a letter, fax or form in order to change your address, whilst others may prefer you to phone, send an email or use their website.
Who do I need to contact?
Here's a quick list to help get you started:
- Car Registration & Driver's License
- Electoral Roll
- Banks, Credit Cards & Other Financial Institutions
- Cleaning, Gardening & Home Services
- Subscriptions (Magazine & Newspaper)
What information do I need to provide?
Depending on which organisations you are contacting, you may be required to provide the following information for updating your details
- Old and new street and mailing address
- Account or customer number
- Date you are moving out and moving in
- Driver's license number
- Username and password
Get an early start if you can. Park the truck as close as possible to the most appropriate door. Pull out the loading ramp and place it on the highest step or a cement area. Some general tips:
- Make a list of each item and box as you load it on the truck. Number the boxes with a broad-tip marker.
- Wear heavy gloves for the bigger items.
- Pace yourself.
- Share the load. Don't let one person lift or carry any item which really requires two strong backs.
Finally, check your home. Make sure that the water is off, that all remaining appliances are off and that you haven't left anything behind. Check the storage shed, basement and attic. Then lock all doors and windows and you're on your way.
Insuring Peace Of Mind
Moving is demanding enough without having to worry about accidents. To help provide peace of mind during your move, Budget offers optional Excess Reduction to minimise your potential loss and financial responsibility resulting from an accident.