How not to move house

Australia is a country of home movers. Perhaps it’s our nation’s impressive property market, or maybe it’s our desire to mix things up and try something new on a regular basis, but almost half of us (46 per cent) have moved house at least once.

That’s according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which also found the extent of our appetite for moving home on a more frequent basis:

  • 19 per cent of us have moved twice
  • 17 per cent three times
  • 8 per cent four times
  • 11 per cent had moved five times or more

However, even the most seasoned family of home-changers can make some fairly rookie mistakes when it comes to moving all their worldly possessions from their old home to a new one. From furniture removals to packing, avoiding some common mistakes can make the whole process quicker, cheaper and less stressful.

Here are three things to avoid when moving house.

Start packing at least a month in advance to avoid home-moving headaches.Start packing at least a month in advance to avoid home-moving headaches.

1) Don’t leave your packing too late

Most people are prone to thinking they have fewer possessions than they actually do. It’s only when they find that old music collection in the attic or wealth of contraptions under the bed that they realise the size of the challenge they’ve taken on.

Ideally, you should start packing a month to three weeks in advance at very latest. Start boxing up the things you’ll no longer need as the days tick closer to your moving date, and you shouldn’t have too much left to do on the penultimate days.

It’s so easy to fill a furniture removals truck to the absolute brim before you know it.

2) Don’t listen to dodgy advice

There are plenty of “life hacks” out there for making moving easier, but ideally you’ll want to listen to a specialist with years of experience in home moving services.

For instance, a common house moving tip is to wrap cling film around your draws. The problem is that moisture can begin to form between your furniture and the plastic, and some items can become damaged from it.

You wouldn’t want your expensive mahogany wardrobe to get damp, so avoid inexperienced advice like this and rely on a specialist if you’re unsure.

3) Don’t think your car can carry everything

Take it from us at Allied Pickfords: it’s so easy to fill a furniture removals truck to the absolute brim before you know it. Even a small room can collect enough belongings to fill the best part of a truck’s container, so don’t assume you can do it in the family cars – unless you want to spend weeks slowly moving a few items at a time.

Using the right furniture truck will also save you from playing Tetris with your belongings as you try to squeeze things in every nook and cranny. Plus, you don’t have to worry about damaging your car.