How to Best Organise Your Stuff before Moving

Moving from one house to another is always hectic and stressful and may get the best of you. Therefore, by preparing yourself for the day, you are moving will increase the chance of everything going smoothly. And reduce the stress of the moving day and unpacking afterward, being organised during the moving process, will assist to not break your back or fragile stuff.

Tips to Help You Stay Organized

First of all, have a clear vision of what and how you want your new house to look. The best way to be organised is to eliminate all the unnecessary belongings. Get inspiration to remove clutter by taking this as an opportunity to get rid of items you have wished to give away or dump. Before making any decision imagine if the thing you want to keep or throwaway is worth your effort of packing and unpacking and then divided the item into categories by separating them into boxes that include items for donation, throwaway, move and storage. Doing this will ensure that you have an easy time on your whole packing process and it will also save you energy.

The second step is organising your moving items regarding category you can choose to group them by room or by how essential the items are. It will be easier if you go through each room and box up the belongings that will require storage. The box labelling process is one of the most important parts; you can choose to label your box using numbers or colour-coding and to record it on your master profile. The numbering system is efficient since you will have an idea of how many boxes you are moving and if one gets lost, you will be able to know and even know what was inside it. It can also get frustrating when you can’t find your most essential items when it comes to packing or unpacking Hence you need to create some boxes according to needs.

Now it’s time to make a map of the easiest route to your new destination, research for the best moving company and make sure you read all their terms and conditions. Change your address two weeks to moving and select the best day for you to move. To be much organised make a moving list and perfectly record your tasks on a Calendar. Another important tip that most people forget is ensuring you don’t buy groceries one week before moving. Take photos of your electronic cable connection before you take them apart it will help you to set the electronics in the new house.

Next step is to find good boxes; the type of box will depend on what you are packing inside. Hence for light weight items just ensure the boxes are gently worn. But for the valuable items, it’s best to get new boxes of approximately the same size. It will save you the cost of broken and lost items during the moving day.

The fifth and the most important step is boxing your belongings earlier since packing takes more time than any other section. Ensure that all your items fit perfectly in the boxes as for the items that have odd shapes you have to find a way of packing them. You can also save on the boxes expanse by using laundry bins, hampers, baskets and even suitcases. Trying to storing and your organising your stuff and use the least possible space as possible should be your goal. To place boxes that belong to the same room together, you can use a stretch wrap. Also, remember to pack the heavy stuff in small boxes so that you can carry them without any struggle. For your closet pack your clothes with the hangers since it’s faster even while unpacking.

For the fragile items, you can protect the with bubble wraps, wrapping papers or blankets. For perfect cushioning ensure that the breakable items separately packed. For the kitchen ware such as the dishes ensure they are wrapped and packed vertically. Also pack your overnight bag since you won’t be able to unpack all your items on the first night, hence you will be able to relax and settle down during your first night.

Quick remainder, when loading your stuff in the truck, load the heavy items first like furniture. An organised person will delegate duties to everyone to make the moving process much easier even while unpacking. After the tiresome moving process, take good care of the people, who helped you move.

Selecting a Removalist | Don's Removals & Storage

Selecting a Removalist on the Gold Coast

Don’s Removals & Storage will come in handy when you’re relocating. With so much work to be done and a large number of other things that need to be taken care of, an extra hand will ensure that your stress levels don’t exceed necessary. How do you go about selecting a removalist?

How to find a reliable company

Research
This is the first step you will need to take when looking for a Gold Coast removalist. You’ll want to find out what companies are worth your while and which ones you need to steer clear of. The internet as well as recommendations from friends and family members is where you’ll get the best answers.

How much it will cost:
We’ve all got our budgets and this is something that you’ll want to have a clear idea of during a relocation. Knowing just how much you can afford to spend on a removalist will mean that you will know just what removalists are within your range and which ones are too far out of the ‘affordable spectrum’. Another thing that you will want to be aware of is that when selecting a removalist, some companies have hidden fees and charges. In order to avoid being faced with a final bill that you can’t begin to afford, you’ll want to have the company you’re planning on doing business with give you a cost that is not subject to change.
What experience the company has:
Many of the removal companies on the Gold Coast do not have enough experience. This is common when asking family members and friends for help with moving valuable items and furniture from one place to the next. Of course, a part of the reason you would have opted for a removalist is to acquire the necessary experience for a seamless job. Through deciding on a company that has years of experience under their belt will mean that the likelihood of you dealing with broken items, tardiness and having an overall stressful move, will be relatively low.
Is there anything the company is known for doing that is a complete turn off?
When researching a company, you don’t only want to get into how much they cost and how many years of experience they have in the removalist business. You will also want to find out what the customer satisfaction rate is like in that company. Typically, this information is relatively easy to find out and in order to do so, you’ll want to  find reviews of the company. Look for unsatisfied customers and see what their biggest problem with the company was. Having this information will allow you to get a better idea of what companies should be at the bottom of your list as well as what companies should be at the top of your list.

Look for a company that offers all the services you need for your relocation
If you’re going to be in need of help with packing and packaging your items rather than solely transporting them, you’ll want to opt for a company that can give you the entire package. Through doing so, you’ll avoid having a large number of people in and out of your home, and in general, you’ll be able to minimize the amount of chaos going on at this already stressful time.
Why it may be best to have Don’s package your belongings
Especially where valuable items are concerned, you will want to ensure that they are offered the maximum amount of security during their time of travel. If you’re at all uncertain as to how a certain item needs to be packaged for transportation, then it’s best left in the hands of a professional. Many removalists who offer packaging will also provide materials for packaging and thus, they will have their own boxes, Styrofoam, wrapping paper, bubble wrap etc.

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Hiring Removalists vs moving

Hiring Removalists Vs Moving on Your Own

Hiring Removalists vs moving on your own? If you are faced with the stressful task of moving house, you might be seriously considering a do-it-yourself move to save some cash. That’s a perfectly understandable line of thought considering the economic times we’re in. But beware: a lot of gotchas may come right behind a hasty decision. If you’re not careful, you may end up losing more than you’d hoped to save.

So what factors should you consider to make sure that your decision doesn’t haunt you for the next 100 days?

DIY Packing Vs Professional Packing

Packing is one of the most hectic parts of the moving house process. It can mean the difference between a smooth move and a mind-numbing ordeal. There are three main factors to consider when deciding whether to go the DIY way or hire professional packers.

How Big is Your Load?
For sure, you can save some cash by self-packing; but the bigger the load, the less of an advantage it might prove to be. One thing most people forget is that there is more to packing than just loading stuff into boxes. Packing has to be done strategically to avoid property damage, loss, and general chaos. Then there are furniture pieces that need dismantling and this has to be done systematically or you’ll end up with missing pieces and screws.

Hiring professional packers will save you the stress and potential loss of your property. If you do your due diligence and choose the right removalists, you’ll be assigned well-trained and experienced packers who will make short work of your possessions.

How Much Time Can You Spare?
If you go for self-packing, you have to work out whether the time you’ll spend is worth the money you’ll save. There is no blessing in frantically bundling stuff in boxes at the very last minute. For DIY packing to be successful, you need to start well before moving day. You may actually have to live with packed boxes for some weeks.

If those conditions seem too much for you, then hire professional packers. They can load everything up in one day which means you’ll be able to use your property until they arrive.

How difficult is the move?
All items are not created equal, of course. Some are more fragile than others, and some have more delicate intricate details. Others are irreplaceable antique furniture pieces which you just can’t afford to lose.

Then there are those super heavy appliances and sectionals. They just won’t move an inch. . . even if you try yelling at them out of frustration.

If you think you have too many heavy pieces, or you simply cannot afford to damage certain pieces, you are better off sitting back and passing the responsibility on to the pros – so long you wrap it in a little cash.

The reputable ones are trained and chances are all your property will be safe, including that ugly vase your mother-in-law gave you which you secretly wish they’d break.

Packing Materials

From a distance packing boxes are just. . . boxes. But in reality, there are different grades. Get lousy ones and you might just damage your property during the move. Part of self-packing is ensuring you understand exactly what materials you need, what type, and how much.

If you think the stress is not worth it, then getting pro packers is the way to go. Their experience and training mean they will show up with the right type and amount of markers, tape, boxes, bubble wrap, and other supplies.

Rental Trucking Vs. Pro Movers
If you are feeling extra frugal, you might be tempted to get yourself a rental truck and drive your load all on your brave own. The temptation is justified as DIY trucking has some benefits.

Apart from the cash you might save, you will be with your possessions at all times. That gives you some level of assurance as you know how safe (or unsafe) your property is at all times.

Most truck rental services charge by the day and not hourly as do most movers. This gives you more freedom with your time.

But with freedom, they say, comes responsibility. You are responsible for as much as a dent that happens to mar your property, or goodness forbid, the rented truck. Truck insurance does not cover damage by the renter so you will have to dip into your own pocket.

The question therefore becomes: How big is your move and how easily can you make it? You might want to pause and question your courage if you are trying to get behind the wheel of a large 26ft truck for the first time.

The Bottom-line

Self-moving is only profitable for small loads and over short distances. It can save you some cash and give you more freedom with your time, advantages which are worth the decision. But for bigger moves, the time, stress and risks involved make DIY moving a less attractive option. Hiring pros means your move can be done faster and in a much safer manner.

If you have a huge load but are strapped for cash, you can make use of customised packages. For example, you can pack the manageable pieces yourself and leave the delicate and heavy ones to the pros.

If you have any questions about hiring removalists or moving on your own, Contact us for more information