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Top 10 Packing Tips to Help You When Buying a New House

Moving house can be a really exciting time; an opportunity for a fresh start and the beginning of an exciting chapter. While we all know packing takes time, it’s hard to be on top of it as daily life often gets in the way. Getting a head start and packing your house three weeks before moving day can even make the situation more stressful. We’ve got 10 handy packing tips to help you prepare and lighten the last minute load.

  1. Make a list
    It may sound like common sense, but most people chose to rely on their memory when it comes to packing. There are a lot of logistics and coordination on moving day and it’s easy for little, yet crucial tasks to fall through the cracks. Write a go-to list of all your moving day tasks to make sure you stay on top of who and what’s going where.
  2. Proper packing
    Second hand boxes might seem like a saving, but in actual fact, they can end up costing you more as it puts your items in jeopardy. Using sturdy boxes, protective wrapping and proper packing tape keeps your much-loved items safe and sound.
  3. Label the boxes
    At the time of packing, you might remember that the linen is the third box against the wall in the hallway. That is, until you pack another 10 boxes or someone moves the box. You’ll be amazed at how quickly boxes pile up and when they all look the same, it can be hard to find what you’re looking for. Labelling not only helps you unpack, but it also helps your removalists pack the truck and put things in place at the other end.
  4. Marvellously methodical
    When it comes to packing, a plan is really make or break. Start with low use areas like the laundry cupboard, book shelves and spare rooms and systematically work your way through to high use areas like the bedroom and kitchen areas.
  5. Calm kids
    Moving can be challenging for anyone and the change in routine can be especially tricky for kids. Keep them informed from the beginning and involve them in tasks that make them feel part of the process. Before the move, show them photos of their new house so they can start imagining their new room.
  6. Declutter
    You’re probably not going to need everything you have in your current house in your new house. Sell unwanted goods at a garage sale to make an extra dollar, gift them to your friends or store them in a convenient self storage module. Consider the Grace St Vincent de Paul initiative and donate your unwanted items to help Australians in need.
  7. Wrangling whitegoods
    Because you’re not packing them as such, whitegoods often tend to get forgotten as they’re the last port of call. Get prepared and unplug the fridge the night before, giving it time to defrost. Make sure your washing machine and dishwasher are disconnected and the hoses drained to avoid any water damage.
  8. Don’t forget your furry friends
    Don’t forget to pack a ‘go’ bag for your pets. Be sure to include their favourite toys, familiar objects and a treat to keep them occupied. Pets, like people, find moving unsettling and it can take them a little while to get settled in their new territory. Make sure you leave enough room in the car to transport your pet safely and comfortably.
  9. Dispose of hazardous goods
    Things like cooking oils and flammables are considered hazardous materials and you won’t be able to pack these into a removals truck. Get rid of these items before you make the mistake of packing them accidentally.
  10. Your go-to bag
    After a hard day moving, the last thing you’ll feel like doing is rummaging to find clean sheets, a toothbrush and a towel. Pack an overnight bag of all the essentials you’ll need after a long day. Don’t forget your phone charger!

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