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5 Tasks to Do Before Packing for a Big Move

Guest post by Craig Jones

Packing for a move can be daunting, especially if you aren’t relocating alone. To make sure that your family is ready for your local and interstate move, it is important that you plan for the move way ahead of moving day. The earlier, the better.

Since there are a lot of things you will need to consider, it is important to use as much time as possible for the planning and preparation. List down all the things you need to do and the time you may need to do it. After that, you should be able to proceed with the other important tasks, hiccup-free.

First, Create a Timeline

Preparing for a move requires thorough groundwork. While it may not be applicable for instances when you need to leave as quickly as possible, having a general timeline in preparing for relocation is a must to avoid missing important tasks.

Here is an example of a pre-move countdown timeline for you to work with and alter as you see fit for your move:

●      8 to 6 Weeks

Begin cleaning your home to get a clear picture of what you’re packing. This is also a good time to search for local or interstate removal companies that can help you with your move.

●      6 to 4 Weeks

Gather things in one place and segregate them according to importance and usability. If you have items you want to sell, this is a good time to start a moving sale in your neighbourhood. At this point, you should also decide on professional removalist services and reserve a date for your move.

●      4 Weeks

At this point, you must already have the necessary packing supplies for your move. Begin gathering items that you don’t use daily and won’t be using any time before the move. This is also the perfect time to contact organisations and other charitable institutions to schedule the pickup of the items you wish to donate.

●      2 Weeks

By now, you should start packing items that aren’t considered necessities. Documents like insurance papers, bills, bank accounts, and the like should also be updated during this time.

●      1 Week

Complete the packing process and prepare a box or bag of items you need for your first few days in the new house. Make sure you have everything you need to survive a day or two, so you won’t have to open everything else right off the bat. Set aside these essentials in one container that is easily accessible, or which you will keep with you during your move.

●      1 Day Before the Move

Keep your essentials kit with your valuables. Defrost your freezer and finalise all packages and labels.

What to Do Before Packing

man sitting on boxes outdoorsDuring the preparation of your timeline, you should already have a list of what needs to be done before you start packing. Here are the five other important tasks you should never forget to accomplish before you start stowing away your belongings:

1. Choose Your Cartons Wisely

There are tons of options for storing your possessions, but pay close attention to the cartons you will be using. It’s usually best to get some from your removalist partner as they will certainly provide you standard supplies that will hold up during packing and moving. Using plastic containers with removable lids is also a good option as they can be reused. However, durable ones tend to be costly and may still break during the move.

2. Change Address and File Necessary Paperwork

While this can be done during or after the packing, it is important that you deal with the necessary address changes in your bills and subscriptions before you start packing. This way, you can avoid having your mail pile up while you’re dealing with the most gruelling task of the relocation process.

You should also consider working on the important changes to your utilities so that you can start building up your daily routine upon your arrival to the new place.

3. Set Aside Your Basic Necessities

Having your necessities identified first is a great way to establish the sequence and level of importance of the items you need to pack. Make sure that these items are the ones you simply cannot live a day without. After this, you should also have a bag or box ready to store them in that can be easily accessed on your first few days in your new home.

4. Categorise and Organise Everything Else

Having an inventory of all your belongings is a good way to stay organised during a move. This also makes categorising the things you will be bringing to the new house much easier; those that need to be disposed of through donation and selling, and those that should be thrown away.

5. Segregate and Declutter

After categorising items in your list, you can now proceed to physically segregate the things you need to get rid of. Relocation presents a great opportunity to declutter and dispose of the items that aren’t being used or have the same purpose as another. If you’re not up for this nitty-gritty bit, there’s always an option of seeking decluttering services.

Final Thoughts

Before packing for a move, there are a lot of things you need to think about—from the time needed to prepare to the actual execution. While this may seem daunting at first, it’s something that can be accomplished without a lot of hassle if you set aside enough time for proper planning and groundwork.


Craig Jones is the Managing Director at Aussiemove, Australia’s largest independent moving alliance. Craig is a respected member of the removalist network in Australia, having served in senior positions, including the President of the removal industries governing body, the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA). With 23 years of experience at Aussiemove, he has the skills and the highly trained team to move families safely and reliably, in Adelaide, across Australia and around the world.

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