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Karen S

After several moves on my own, I developed a 1,2 or 3 numbering system. Get a very thick texta (red is good), and start packing up things you don't need everyday (photo albums, camping gear, books etc.) These are labeled 3. Then pack your number 2 items (more often used, but not daily eg linen, glassware etc.) Then pack your number 1's (toaster, kettle, toiletries, pillows, knives, utensils etc.) That way you know what to unpack first and the 2's and 3's can wait. Also I pack a 'starter' box or two with one set of cutlery, crockery, a couple of glasses, coffee cup's, set of sheets, towels etc to make it easier when I collapse on the first night! I also write on the box, in large letters the room or shed I want the box to go to - 'kitchen,' 'laundry,' 'bedroom 1' etc., this helps the removalists know where to put your boxes. They move fast and you can't be everywhere. I always have a couple of cold drinks and cake or sandwiches which I give to the guys. They really appreciate the gesture and also often don't mind helping putting your bed back together or making sure the washing machine is set up right for you. In SA, Farmer's Union Ice Coffee will get you worshiped haha.

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Jo M

My biggest tip is find a removalist that is actually happy to do the job. Ours was super grumpy and just added to the stress of moving day! When we got to our new house there was a big funeral over the road at the church, with absolutely no where to park. He was not happy having to wait! He was grumpy before then even as we were settling on both houses (sold and brought) on the same day, and he was convinced it would not happen! (It all went smoothly).
The house move before that also involved a not so good removalist. He knocked over a section of our brick front fence trying to back into the driveway. Despite us telling him not to come in the drive way as he wouldn’t fit. So we were left trying to repair fence that day (as we were settling on our sold house that day), and to top it off he refused to pay for the damage! Hopefully if we move again we can find a good removal company...

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Great story and tips - especially labelling; - if you are moving to a place with stairs make sure you have decided what needs to go upstairs so you don’t have to cart things up yourself - consider changing the locks, getting a plumber to install/check dishwasher and washing machine connections, as insurance may not cover a mishap - and buy and install new toilet seats.


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