Moving to Brisbane or any other city in Australia can be very stressful especially if you are moving for the first time. Although Brisbane has a lot of good removalists that offer a good standard of service, it can still become a hectic few days for people who want to move, especially with kids and pets.
Brisbane is very active when it comes to incoming migrations. It is one of the cities in Australia that has actually gained in population due to removals. In the previous year’s last quarter, the city witnessed a net increase of 3,300 whereas cities like Melbourne and Sydney reported negative figures.
Moving inside Brisbane or to Brisbane can be a lot more efficient if people follow some general practices. It can be done more quickly which is a huge thing, especially in Brisbane where removalists have a lot of demand.
Here are 8 tips that you follow to make the removal much easier for your Brisbane removalists as well as for yourself.
Have a clear idea of your requirements
House movers especially find it relieving when the customer has at least some understanding of how the process of moving unfolds. It is a good practice to communicate your requirements properly to your removalist. Explain to them the things that need to be moved and inform them about any heavy furniture or premium items.
It is a good idea to prepare a list of all your belongings that will be moved through the removalists. Share this list with the company. This way, the estimate that they will prepare for you will be more exact and transparent. You can start working on the inventory as soon as you decide that you are going to move.
Ask clear and direct questions
Removalists would also appreciate it if you ask them questions about the process and what you can do to make it better for them. The service sector, in general, is very underappreciated and sometimes the grassroots staff faces the brunt of the customers even when they are not in the wrong. Your kindness and direct way of dealing with queries can go a long way with the house movers.
While you are making an inventory of your belongings, certain questions will pop up in your head. It is best to note these down and ask them when the time comes. This step should be done even before you have picked out a house mover. Not only will this save you time during the moving process, it will also be time-efficient for the removalists.
Do not panic
As is the case with most of the service sector, certain situations may arise that can confuse you or irritate you. The key is to keep a calm demeanor and gently ask the removalists about what went wrong. The majority of the time, it will be a minor issue that can easily be solved. You have to understand that removalists are professionals who have been doing the job for decades. Their experience allows them to tackle problems in the best way possible. They are familiar with these problems and also understand your reactions towards them.
This is all a hypothetical situation too. Mostly, the removal will go as smoothly as it can. People also start panicking when the moving day comes. They worry about how things will unfold and all the things that they could have done earlier to avoid it. There is no benefit in this – again, trust your removalists to do a good job. They certainly know what they are doing.
Make a plan as soon as possible
As soon as you decide that you need to move, you can start the planning. Even if it is months ahead in time, it is always a good idea to chart out a roadmap for yourself.
- Start making an inventory and a list of questions for your removalists.
- Research online about the options that you have and the expenses that will come with them.
- Set a date for packing your belongings. If your removalists are going to do the packing for you, ask them about it.
- Choose a day for moving. Weekdays are better because it is less costly to move. Also, the middle of the month is good for the same reason.
A clear plan in your mind will allow you to take things one by one. It will make things go more smoothly.
Discard useless stuff
Another thing that you can do for your removalists is to discard any useless items that won’t be packed and moved to the new house. This will make things lighter for the house movers. Also, you can donate or sell these items online or in a garage sale. Another benefit is that this will help you save money on packing supplies.
Get good supplies
If you are not buying supplies from your removalist, don’t go for bad-quality stuff. It will make things harder for the movers. Get boxes, wraps, and other packing supplies of good quality so that they don’t fail during the move. Who doesn’t like working with good-quality stuff? Also, investing in good supplies will allow you to reuse them the next time you move. So, although you might feel like you are investing more, it is actually saving you a bit of money.
Clear pathways on moving day
Establish a packing station at your house and clear a pathway to the main entrance and to the moving van/truck. This very underappreciated action can save the removalists a lot of time while loading your belongings. It is also better for you to stay out of the way when the removalists are working. You can, of course, supervise the entire process as it is taking place. Lastly, make sure that you inform the removalists about loose railings and dangerous staircases.
Move some items before the move
Finally, you should move some essentials to your new house beforehand. If the new place is near your old residence, you can move a mattress and a water bottle there so that you have a place to straighten your back once the removal is completed. This will also mean that there will be less stuff for the removalists to move and unpack.