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Safety First

Be aware of safety for yourself and those moving or helping you. When packing, special consideration needs to be given to:

Flammable Substances

  • Cleaning fluids, acids, aerosol cans and fuel - dispose of prior to your move or carry carefully in your own vehicle
  • Drain fuel from lawn mowers and other equipment
  • Check removalist's insurance cover - it may become invalid if such substances are carried by them

Other Substances

  • Paint, thinners and oils - discard leaking containers as these are highly flammable substances
  • Seal any containers holding other liquids securely with tape and place them in waterproof bags

Personal Injury

  • Read the carton labels so you know what you are lifting
  • Take care when lifting and remember to bend your knees
  • Watch out for electrical cords and plugs that may get in the way of furniture being moved

Consult your removalist or local government authority for advice on any items that you are unsure how to move.

 

Moving with Children

Although moving home is a stressful time for the whole family, it can be very traumatic for children who often feel anxious, scared and helpless about leaving their friends and familiar surroundings.

To make the move as easy as possible it is important that you include your children in the preparations. By encouraging your children to express their concerns you can discuss any negatives and alleviate many of their fears.

Consider the following to make the move less upsetting for your children - and therefore less stressful for you!

  • Treat the move as a fun adventure
  • Let children see the new house as soon as possible
  • When packing, let children pack a small box of things that are important to them, especially for the first night in the new home
  • Make sure you give children ample opportunity to say goodbye to all their friends
  • Explain what is going to happen on move day, so that its not a frightening unknown
  • If possible, have children minded on the move day itself
  • If children are going to be present on move day, let them have some involvement in the move. However, make sure you have an easily accessible game for them to play to keep them out of harms way (and frayed tempers if necessary!)
  • The move is likely to be a major disruption to your children, so don't be surprised if the move induces behaviour such as tantrums, thumb sucking or bed-wetting
  • As early as possible help your children set-up their new bedrooms and then work to get into a household routine as quickly as possible after the move
  • Explore your new neighbourhood with your children as soon as possible, so that they can develop a sense of familiarity

To move or be moved...

When deciding how you're going to move, you have several options:

Self move - You move with the help of family and friends

Hire a truck - You manage your own move

Part-service move - You do the packing but use the professionals to move you from A to B

Full Service Move - The professionals manage the whole move

To assess the best method for your circumstance, it is best to start planning eight to ten weeks before your move.

The first night in your new home

There's no way round it. Whether you've employed the services of a professional mover or have recruited your friends and family, by the end of the day you will be exhausted.

Here are a few tips to help minimise the disruption and possibly distress after your long day:

  • Plan ahead for the things you will need on the first night in your new home. Set aside a box and include critical things you know you will need within the first 24 hours of your move - and mark it clearly. There's nothing more frustrating than sorting through boxes in the middle of the night to find what you need.
  • If possible, pre-cook a meal which can simply be heated up. Something hearty like a homemade stew will replenish you after a long day of lugging boxes.
  • Alternatively, pick up some quality take-away food so you don't need to worry about plates and cutlery. Better still - explore outlets that deliver to your door for free or for minimal cost. You'll appreciate not having to head out in your grubby work clothes.
  • Make sure you've set aside all the cooking and eating items you'll need for the next couple of days.
  • Ensure the essential electrical appliances are packed where you can reach them easily - the microwave oven to quickly heat up your pre-cooked meal, kettle for your tea and coffee and toaster for that morning piece of toast and vegemite.
  • Pack a small tool kit for re-assembling items that couldn't be moved whole.
  • For each person in the household, pack a change of clothes, towel, toothbrush, shampoo, hairbrush, hot water bottles and other personal items.
  • Pack a medical bag including any prescription drugs, painkillers for that stress headache, Deep Heat, band-aids and bandages.
  • Think about the other items you may need in the next 24 hours: Cheque book, wallet, flashlight, mobile telephones and power pack, toilet paper, tissues, matches, garbage bags, light bulbs, detergent and other cleaning items.
  • Remember essential items you'll need for breakfast in the morning - cereal, butter or margarine, tea bags, coffee, milk, bread and condiments.
  • Try to keep some area in the kitchen clear so that you can prepare food and drinks without having to move boxes each time - ready your box of essential kitchen items so when you really need that break, you do not have to search for the tea bags and biscuits!
  • Try to set up an area in the lounge where you can take a moment to really relax when you stop for refreshments - you'll feel more revived and be able to work with renewed enthusiasm.
  • Most importantly, make all the beds up earlier in the day. You'll thank yourself at the end of the tiring day!