There aren’t many things in life that can be as stressful as a moving day. All of a sudden, your precious belongings are on the hands of strangers and you need to trust that everything will turn up at the other end in one piece. To add to the stress, you are paying removalists an hourly rate and want your move to be done as quickly as possible.
Our team of professionals knows how important it is to move your items safely and in a timely manner, so we asked the team to tell us what you can do to avoid a slow move.
5 Things that can slow down your moving day and how to avoid them.
1. You haven’t packed properly
The most common mistake we see are items that should be in boxes not packed. Loose items can drastically slow down your move. The rule goes that if an item fits in a box, it should be packed in a box.
The only exception is for extremely heavy items as the box might not support its weight.
Different box sizes and low-quality boxes can become a problem also. Two to three box sizes are enough. This helps stacking into the truck to ensure the safe transport of your belongings.
Label your boxes correctly as it helps with sorting the goods into the truck and at the new home.
It’s important you get double layer cardboard boxes (heavy-duty), to prevent boxes being crushed when they are stacked up, as well as preventing box contents from getting damaged. Low-quality boxes will cost a fraction of the price, but it might not withstand the moving process and your contents could be damaged.
Posch & Silva has a range of high-quality packing materials, from moving boxes to bubble wrap at retail cost.
Lifts can be a challenge when moving, especially if you live in a building where only one lift is available.
Where possible, booking a service lift is the best option for your moving day but, if this is not an option, it’s best to allocate a time where there isn’t a lot of foot traffic in the building.
A good solution is to print a sign advising neighbours that the lift is being used for moving and that delays can be expected. Suggest they use the stairs as an alternative. Apologise for the inconvenience and thank them for their patience and their cooperation.
The last obstacle when it comes to lift is its size. If your lift is small, the move will take longer than expected. Remember that big items are difficult to fit into a small space and need extra care, sometimes we are required to use the fire stairs access for the removal of bulky items. You’ll also need more trips which will slow down the process further.
3. Too Many People
They say, ‘Two is company, three is a crowd’. We couldn’t agree more.
Avoid having people over on moving day. Say your goodbyes the day before or let them know that you’ll arrange to meet them after the truck has left.
Booking different services at the same time can slow down the process. Remember to organise any work on the property to be done either before moving day or after the property is empty. Having tradesman at the property during the move can be unsafe but also can slow down the process. But there are exceptions! Cleaners, for example, are welcome to start cleaning rooms as they are emptied out.
The same applies for house inspections. Best to wait until all your things are out of the property.
Keep kids and pets away from movers working areas to avoid any accidents.
We will assess property access in advance to ensure we have the best possible solution. Where there is no private parking with the right clearance height for the truck, the parking options are:
• Shared parking/ driveaway: We recommend kindly asking your neighbours to leave the spot free so movers can park and make moving process a lot quicker.
• If your neighbours are required to move their cars: Talk to your neighbours and arrange a time they can move their cars to an alternative spot, so we don’t get on their way
• Street parking: If we are required to park on the street, we would recommend that you save a parking spot the night before by parking your car on the spot for us. 1 ½ to 2 car spaces are sufficient for our trucks. Alternatively, you can place your wheelie bins with notes with your contact details advising neighbours you are moving the following day so they don’t move these out of the way.
If you have parking, check height restrictions and advise the team during the time of booking so we make the necessary arrangements.
Inform your building manager that removalists will require access stating date and time so there are no issues on the day.
5. Dismantling & Assembling
If you are unsure an item needs dismantling, it’s best that you ask the team before taking it apart. Often times, dismantled items can be transported fully assembled. Taking large items apart means more pieces need to be transported. It’s easier to move big items than a large quantity of smaller pieces.
Items that might be unsafe to transport or don’t fit through the door can be dismantled on site as our trucks are fully equipped with tools to quickly dismantle items when necessary.
If you need items assembled at the other end that was not dismantled by us, please bear in mind that this can take time as the team need to figure out how the pieces go together.
The best tip we can give you to ensure your move is performed in a timely manner and stress-free is that you communicate with us as much as possible before the moving date.
The best moving solution is the one tailored for your needs exclusively as no two moves are the same.
Our team at Posch & Silva are always willing to answer any questions and to help you where we can to provide the best moving experience.