Top Tips for a Stress-Free Move
Moving house can be a stressful experience. At Kiwi Self Storage we’ve had more than our fair share of customers moving homes pass through our facilities over the years, and have managed to pick up some knowledge along the way. Whether it is moving to your new home or perhaps a new rental property, here are some tips on how to make things run smoothly from start to finish.
Instead of leaving things to the last minute, give yourself plenty of time to prepare for the move and write up a moving list. Start by creating a timeline and checklist of what needs to be done. This should cover things like notifying people and businesses of your new address details, researching removal and transport services, organising packaging materials and also deciding your budget for the move.
You will want to have a plan for the layout of your new place. and an outline of where everything will go. If you have access to your new property prior to moving day, take measurements of each of the new rooms. You will then want to measure all of your bigger items such as furniture and white ware, to ensure there are no issues on moving day.
For those who are moving to an apartment building, have some strategies in place for lift or stair access. Make sure it is possible to get your furniture through all the relevant doors of your new home.
If you plan on using a moving company, take photos of your belongings in case anything gets damaged.
If your new place has less storage space than your current home, an economical option is to hire a storage unit to store surplus gear. You could do this as a short term option while you sort things out, and decide what you want to keep, Sometimes it takes a while living in the new place to decide what you want to go where.
Alternatively you could consider using a storage unit as a long term option. If you are a renter, the weekly cost of a storage unit works out considerably cheaper than an additional room in your house, Kiwi Self Storage has a wide range of units available to store your items. Our friendly team will help you to choose the right unit for your needs.
Before you start packing all of your belongings, now is the perfect opportunity to take some time to declutter. It’s amazing how much stuff you can accumulate over time. A good rule to follow is: if it hasn’t been used within the last year, bin it or donate it.
This frees up some space when it comes to packing everything for the big move.
It is a wise move to spring clean your new home prior to moving in the furniture. Having a house or apartment empty of belongings is the best time for a thorough clean. You will have easy access to otherwise hard to reach places. You will be thankful you did later when you don’t have to shift your heavy furniture around.
Once your furniture has been moved into your new home take the new occupants of your old house into consideration, and give it a quick clean.
If you are short of time, and your budget allows for it, consider a reputable cleaning service to help you out with one, or even both of the jobs.
Now comes the wonderful task of packing up all your belongings – before you begin, set aside a box for important stuff which you will need easy access to. This should include things like a folder for important documents, keys, details of suppliers, as well as phone chargers, extra batteries and hand tools. Also, remember to have an overnight bag organised with all the essentials such as clothing, toiletries etc.
Each of our Kiwi Self Storage branches have a wide range of packaging materials available, including boxes, bubble wrap, tape, covers and stickers: everything you need to ensure your belongings get to your new place in one piece. We even stock Port-a-Robes, to neatly hang all of your wardrobe items for easy transporting.
It’s best to pack boxes by room, label each box with the room it is going to and keep a detailed list of the contents of each box. Start slow and do a few boxes per day, leading up to move day. We suggest you start packing items that don’t get used very often. When placing them inside the box, remember, heavy on the bottom and light on top.
A tip for furniture that requires assembly is to place all the removable parts in a bag, label accordingly and tape securely to the main body of the item, as this makes it a lot easier to put it back together when in your new place.
Ensure that any valuables are carefully wrapped to avoid any breakages during transit.
Depending on your budget, there are local companies dedicated to packing everything and/or providing transportation, otherwise, it’s handy to have family and friends around to help out with the move. If you do rope in some friends to help out, remember to reward them for their efforts. If you have a lot of stuff, and it’s a full day job, consider catering lunch, and keeping a supply of refreshments on hand.
If for any reason your new place is not ready to move into renting a storage unit will come in handy. If this is the case, we do recommend using a mover. They will be able to efficiently pack and unpack the unit, saving you a lot of work.
Now it is time for the big move, you have everything packed and it’s now time to load the vehicle/s. Do some research to work out the best option to transport your belongings. Some options include:
One Man/Two Men and a Truck or a moving company such as NZ Van Lines or Conroy Removals
- prices range from $50 - $150 per hour +GST
Most companies can provide a packing service if needed. Take into consideration the distance to be travelled and the amount of belongings to be transported and call a few companies for a quote.
Hire a trailer
– prices range from $25-$99 + GST (or free from Kiwi Self Storage)
These are available from any hire company like Hireace or from some petrol stations. To hire a trailer there will be a minimum hire requirement and you will need to bring your driver’s license. Some places require a security bond to be paid and there are a range of sizes to choose from. Take into consideration the vehicle you are using and the weight allowance of the trailer you choose. Obviously you will need a tow bar. Be aware there are two sizes used in New Zealand, 50mm and 1,78 inch – your car must match the trailer. Make sure you have an experienced driver who has the skillset to drive with a trailer. Backing a trailer can be a challenge for novices.
As with packing, load the vehicle by room for ease of unloading. Ensure heavier items are spread out on the floor of the vehicle for even weight distribution and put smaller, lighter items on top. It is ideal to have some extra blankets or ropes to ensure everything is tied down and secure.
Unloading, carrying things inside and unpacking will be the last leg of the moving process and for most people, the easiest part, having done all the proper planning. Be kind to yourself and don’t forget to give yourself time to rest, relax and enjoy your new surroundings. Remember, you don’t need to unpack everything on day one.