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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Danny and I am here to tell you to GET A MOVE ON. I'm not being rude. I am just trying to give you some great tips on how to move your stuff when you need to move house. I have moved house 8 times in the last 4 years, so when it comes to packing, moving and storing stuff, I know a thing or two. I was a complete novice when I started out but having hired some of the best moving and storage contractors in the country, I have learnt from the best. I hope you like my blog.


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Three Simple Tips to Help Avoid a Disaster When You Move House

Hazel Bailey

Having a successful moving day is about minimising risk. If you plan properly, the furniture removalist will turn up at the right time and relocate your stuff without a hitch. However, sometimes unexpected things can happen. Here are some simple but crucial tips to make the process less likely to end in disaster.

Get the Keys Beforehand

It may sound obvious, but get the keys to your new place before moving, preferably at least the day before. If you live relatively close by, you could test out the keys personally. You'll then know you have the right set. That way, you can ensure that you don't arrive at your new home with a truckload of furniture and no way to get inside.

Furniture removal companies often charge by the hour. So, it could become costly to pay for extra time as they sit around on the clock doing nothing. Meanwhile, you're running about frantically, trying to locate the keys. If you leave getting the keys till the same day, you may find that the real estate agent or relevant person is not available due to a mini emergency.

Find a Reliable Company

Just imagine that everything is packed and ready to go. You've spent your last night in your old home. And the furniture removalist doesn't show up! You're then left scrambling at the last moment to find a replacement company.

This nightmare scenario won't happen if you do your research and choose a professional company. You can check whether they're an Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA) member. This organisation audits members and has requirements they must abide by. Members can be of any size, not just large corporations. You can also check customer ratings and online company reviews.

A company's reliability is just as crucial as its prices. You'll be safer with a trustworthy, organised removalist. They'll have fewer miscommunications and stuff-ups.

Track the Route

The removalists will load up a truck or van with your stuff and then unload it. In the middle of this process is driving to your new home. Removalists are often paid by the hour, so a quicker drive is a cheaper move. If your new place is within your current city or town, you can work out the best route by test-driving it. But have a large truck or van in mind. Some shortcuts on narrow residential streets are not so quick and easy for bulky vehicles.

You don't want to get stuck in a traffic jam, so consider the time of day when you'll be moving. Avoid schools when students are arriving and leaving. Also, check for road construction scheduled around that time. Are nearby train crossings undergoing work to build a tunnel or overpass? You don't want to think of everything and be totally organised, only to get thwarted by pre-planned road upgrades. Contact a furniture removalist in your area for more information.