8 Packing Tips When Moving From An Apartment
A while back, we covered the 12 Common Moving Mistakes and How To Avoid Making Them. From thinking you can do it all yourself to improper packing and getting furniture through the door (PIVOT!), avoiding these common moving mistakes can be the difference between a smooth move and a horrible one.
Continuing our efforts to provide high quality, caring, professional and innovative relocation and removal services to our customers, we’ve decided to share some packing tips for moving apartment dwellers. If you’re still working out the details of your apartment move out cleaning checklist, you’ll definitely want to keep reading.
Whether you’re on the top floor penthouse or moving from a ground floor apartment, Smoothmoves is here to help from the first box to the last. To get you started, here are eight tips when moving from an apartment.
1. Decluttering and Donate What You Don’t Need
Take the Marie Kondo approach and rid yourself of the unnecessary before you move. But rather than worry about hauling everything yourself, Smoothmoves home decluttering services offer a range of flexible options to get rid of things you don’t need, alongside rubbish removal and recycling for unwanted goods. We also recommend donating unwanted items in Australia to pass on the value of old treasures to those who need them most. With more than 52,000 charities as of 2019, Aussies have plenty of options for donating unwanted stuff.
2. The More Boxes The Merrier
Without suitable packing materials, moving from an apartment can make you want to crawl inside a box and cry. Whether it’s subpar cardboard or running out of storage, you don’t want to be caught out on moving day. Whether you’re packing up an inner-city Sydney apartment, a suburban lodging or a beachside mansion, you can rent as many moving boxes as you need from Smoothmoves.
When the move is complete, flat-pack any boxes that are still in good condition, and we’ll pick them up for free from locations within our Sydney delivery area. Live a little further away? We can still reach you for a small fee. Alternatively, you can drop them off at our Smoothmoves Depot in Brookvale for a 50% refund.
3. Pack a Moving Day bag
You don’t want to be hunting through box after box just to find a fresh pair of clothes to change into. Treat moving day like a weekend away. Pack all the essentials – clothes, toiletries, chargers and some cleaning supplies – into your overnight bag. Then pop in the car, so it doesn’t get mixed up.
4. Labelling Your Boxes
Speaking of getting mixed up and hunting through boxes, proper labelling is a must for a smooth move. Keeping your boxes organised can make things much easier when it’s time to unpack. You can keep things as simple as writing which room the box is from, or you can do the full-monty with a colour-coding system. We also recommend writing an inventory on what’s in each box, or alternatively, snap a quick photo before you tap it shut.
5. Start Early
The early bird gets the worm. It’s a saying that will pay dividends come moving day. While we endeavour to rock up on time, getting a head start on moving day will ensure a smooth operation from beginning to end. Whether you want to start hauling a few boxes over yourself before your removalists arrive or for furniture.
6. Packing Clothes On Hangers
Your clothes are already neatly put away in your wardrobe, so why disturb the peace? Bundle your hangers together with zip-ties or rubber bands, and grab yourself some garbage bags with handles to cover your clothes. Then once you’re in your new home, you can hang them up immediately without the fuss of unfolding everything.
7. Protect Your Stuff With Towels and Linen
Rather than pack all your towels and linen away on their own, use them to your advantage. Wrap fragile objects in towels, blankets or linen, and save yourself money on bubble wrap. If you’re transporting a bunch of crockery and kitchen supplies, check out our guide on How to Pack and Move Your Kitchen Like a Pro.
8. Life Admin
Moving from an apartment isn’t just boxes and furniture. There’s plenty of other essential things that need to be organised before you settle in at your new place.
Let’s start with utilities. Energy Made Easy is your one-stop shop for finding the right energy plan for you. This handy online comparison tool, an Australian Government initiative, will match you with an energy retailer based on your location.
Then there’s the worldwide web. Finding an internet provider is a little more complicated than utilities due to how the National Broadband Network has been set up. You’ll first need to check your address to find out if the nbn™ network is available at your home.
Once that’s identified, you’ll want to find a provider ASAP, as getting connected often requires an on-site technician to switch things on. As we said before, starting early, especially with your internet connection, pays off in the long run.
Of course, since you’re moving home, your address is going to change too. Make sure to update your postal and billing address across all your accounts to avoid missing out on important correspondence.
Smooth Packing Tips for moving and more
Sure, we’ve got the smoothest packing tips in the biz, but have you seen all the other outstanding services we offer? Beyond home and furniture removalist services, Smoothmoves can help you relocate your office space, provide you with secure self-storage units alongside options for moving boxes and packing equipment hire.
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