Moving Tips

Helpful hints to moving EVERYONE

Kids, your life, pets, plants and belongings ….. AND keep your sanity!


Moving Tips

Kids first

  • Tell kids where and when you are moving – Be positive and excited; kids need time to get used to the idea
  • Explain why you are moving – Dad changed jobs; close to sick grandparents; access TAFE or UNI
  • Re-assure children about familiar things being available in the new location – Bigger room for themselves, better school, great sporting/clubs to continue their interests, take pets, able to stay in touch with friends
  • Get them involved and ensure they feel an important part of the ‘moving team’ – Ask them for ideas on how to make it easier and tell them their contribution to the effort will be greatly appreciated, however small
  • Welcome their questions – Good communication will ease their doubts and fears …..  and help you
  • Be mindful of your emotions – Kids will think it’s their fault if you are cranky or short tempered

Allow for childrens’ concerns

  • Expect different emotions from children of different ages – Small children may be scared of being lost or left behind and will want to be surrounded by family
  • Moving is often hardest on adolescents – Teens are sad to leave friends and worry about making new ones
  • Draw maps of the new home/location/area & invite them to plan their new bedroom – Knowing what familiar or better things to expect helps kids greatly, as does having a ‘choice’ about something which will be ‘their space’
  • Ask them to list their questions about moving & their favourite last place to visit – What do they want to know and what place would they like to visit again before they leave this home. It can be a reward for helping out, too
  • Ask who they’d like to say goodbye to & get them to create an address book of friends – Kids need to say “goodbye” to special people and putting together their own contact details creates a ‘bridge’ between both places
  • Keep their routines as normal as possible – Especially smaller children cope better with few changes to daily routine


  • Make “TO DO” lists in categories to organize yourself and other family members according to their ability to assist – Have multiple lists and add to them as you go: lists to:-  fix, sell, pack, dump, donate, tasks for family members, utility companies, obtaining records, bookings/open new accounts, cleaning tasks, general “To Do’s”.
  • Budget your move – depending on your situation consider the variables – Even if you do a lot yourself there are costs so plan to have sufficient cash for your move: packaging materials & boxes, advertise garage sale/e-bay, trailer/skip bin hire, repair costs, home selling costs, new home buying costs, bond/rent (if renting), new school books/uniforms, removalist, storage, increased phone/electricity accounts, insurance, travel costs – family/pets (if moving a distance), external house clean (high house), kids’ last favourite outing, farewell party, etc

Obtain quotes

  • Obtain at least 3 quotes from removalists – Checking this thoroughly can save you a lot of cash and anguish
  • Services vary between removalists so check exactly their services & guarantees & cover for insurance – Some offer labour only to help you do your own move & you hire a truck or trailer: insurance cover is yours for the hired vehicle + injury to persons involved; need to hire fridge trolley, packing blankets, rope, etc.
  • Eureka can refer you to removalists with whom other clients have been happy – Removalists offer different levels of insurance cover or responsibility on your goods in the event of accident or theft, may provide experienced personnel or not, may offer prepacking services where they quote to pack your goods into cartons first.
  • Are you getting specific expertise – Do they offer ‘door to door’ carriage on one truck?  Do they have experience moving pianos, pool tables, grandfather clocks, etc….?

Set dates where possible

  • Set the date to have all sorting done by & get everyone to help – Family members can help with their own spaces – garage/shed/yard for Dad; Rumpus room/toys & bedrooms for kids; all the rest for Mum!
  • Set the dump run/charity donation run date – Dispose of the excess items & clean the area for items to be put aside in
  • Set the garage sale date – Place advert for garage sale. Get kids to make signage & Dad to put up
  • Set moving date – Give notice & book final inspection (if renting); Book removalist/hire truck/helpers (friends), travel tickets, storage, utility service readings, any repairs, skip bin for rubbish, cleaning companies, pest control

Be Ruthless

  • Eliminate rather than relocate – Sifting/sorting as you go will save you time, space, packing, moving cost
  • One man’s junk is another man’s treasure – If you haven’t used it in 12 months: sell it or donate it or dump it
  • Remember local charities or school fetes – Maybe you can even itemize, get a receipt & claim a tax deduction
  • We or “the kids” Might Need It Someday! – You don’t really need full cupboards, a spare room of “maybe” items or a garden shed with a ride-on mower for a small block or apartment.  If it isn’t a collector item or heirloom, if it doesn’t fit or it’s no longer used, the kids will buy their own items in their own taste and time and will be thankful you didn’t lump it on to them
  • When there is heaps left to dump – Hire a skip of required size to make the job easier & for yard cleanups

Start Packing

  • Obtain your cartons & packaging supplies – Eureka Storage has all you need in stock & can suggest quantities
  • Pack cartons to edges for good stacking – Boxes protect your goods and allow stacking by removalist or in storage
  • Mark your cartons whether for removal or storage & label “Fragile” if required – Mark an end with room & contents to help you with placement and unloading: e.g.“Bathroom – Hair products”; “Kitchen – Saucepans”
  • Wrap precious items well – Goods will arrive unscathed at your destination depending on how well you have packed them and
    labeled the box: e.g. “Fragile – This Way Up”
  • Use what you have to save costs – Use towels, linen/rags to cushion items
  • Pack books tightly – Pack flat in small boxes. Sprinkle talcum powder in pages if musty
  • Ensure rugs, drapes & linen are clean – Used clothing & manchester will stain & smell when stored

Things to Keep Aside

  • Be prepared for continual packing – Keep boxes, marking pen, bubble wrap, butchers paper, tape, scissors
  • Keep all valuables with you – Do not pack ‘Collections’, jewellery,  cash, etc – keep them with you
  • Pack medicines in leak-proof container – Pack these safely and keep them close by with your First Aid Kit
  • Set aside an area for ‘everything still required till moving day’ to be kept apart & involve all the family – Keep aside a ‘picnic basket’ of crockery & utensils needed till you leave + clothing, linen, cleaning products/tools and an ‘important items box’ to keep keys, leases/documents, airline tickets, etc in

Prepare Garage Sale

  • Arrange furniture in clean area of garage – Clean the ‘sale’ area first in case you have lots left over till moving day
  • Put smaller items on a table & sets together – Place similar things together & sell ‘bundles’ of cutlery, books, bolts etc
  • Obtain supply of cash change & bags – Ensure helpers have change (bum-bag good), bags, boxes, paper to wrap
  • Be prepared for an early start – Garage Sale professionals will turn up as early as 5.00 am
  • Price items if you like – Put a price sticker on anything you want minimum $$ for
  • Advertise special items separately & place local signs pointing the way, date & time of your sale – Weekend Shopper, Trading Post or EBay Auction are some options OR large items (Motorbikes, Trailers etc) can be displayed near front of yard with a clear sign next to them OR place sign in Public Bulletin Boards
  • Tell everyone: neighbours, colleagues, family – Your Garage Sale earnings could pay for your removalist, etc

Dangerous Goods and Food Items

  • Arrange alternatives for dangerous goods – Removalists will not carry gas bottles or other dangerous goods
  • Eliminate self-combustible and hazardous items – Products like Hay, Chlorine, Paint Thinners, Fuel, Gas Bottles, Flammable Liquids. Aerosol Cans may explode with pressure or temperature changes
  • Remove batteries from small items – Batteries corrode in storage & ruin these goods and surrounding items
  • Disconnect vehicle batteries – Batteries should be disconnected in vehicles being transported
  • Drain fuel to near empty & tighten lid – Mowers, whipper-snippers, etc should be no more than ¼ full of fuel
  • Separate frozen or refrigerated food from dry foodstuffs – Pack in esky for short move; Give away for long distance move as you cannot store food in refrigerators/freezers in storage or in transit
  • Dispose of opened packet foodstuffs except those you will eat on route – Opened or packet foodstuffs cannot be stored. Canned & bottled unopened containers may be packed for storage. Seal boxes well.

Moving Your Favourite Plants

  • Check that your plants will move and live – Discern whether your plants will survive the journey; otherwise donate
  • Call relevant Agriculture Department 2 weeks before moving day – If you are moving interstate check whether your plants, especially fruit bearing plants, are allowed in the destination State
  • Be responsible – Plants diseased or with bugs should be left behind or disposed of
  • Decide if you have the room and means to move your favourite plants – Most removalists will not carry plants, especially long distance. Perhaps someone will care for them until you can return at a later date or donate
  • Transplant plants to move 2-3 weeks before, prune larger plants and kill plant pests – Use clean plastic pots in sterilized potting soil – protects plants and your expensive pots and saves you transferring disease to your new location
  • Take outdoor plant cuttings 2 days before moving & water moderately – Wrap cuttings in wet peat moss or newspaper & place in unsealed zipper bags to allow breathing. Place bags in waterproof box, packing in to keep upright and retain moisture. These will survive several days travel.
  • Pack plants last into your vehicle/trailer & unpack first at the new destination – Plants suffer from long exposure to heat or cold or lack of air, so care for them in transit & allow for their state of shock on arrival. Park them safely while you unpack. Some TLC will bounce them back in a short time

Inventory Your Items & Inspect

  • Keep proof of your belongings – Note the number & severity of dents/scratches/worn areas/tears/pulls to soft & hard furniture – best to photograph them to save arguments later
  • Check existing damage & photograph before goods are loaded if using removalist – Inventory your items yourself or let the mover do it & you check the list that everything is included. Count cartons & list chattels

Prepare Special Goods for Moving

  • Refrigerators & Freezers MUST be dry – Defrost & empty tray, remove all excess water, clean & dry & keep door taped ajar using a rolled up bath towel wedge in side or top of door/s
  • Drain Washing Machines – Clean machine f& rinse cycle through. Turn off taps, disconnect hoses & allow them to drain into basins overnight. ENSURE HOSES are completely DRAINED  & tie them up at back of machine
  • Firearms – Comply with relevant regulations for carrying firearms
  • Record Players & Records – Screw down turntables & pack records on edges with lots of padding
  • Mowers & Whipper Snippers – Drain relevant equipment so ¼ or less of fuel tank remains & tighten lid
  • Gas Cylinders – Tighten lid & either carry yourself or leave with someone else
  • Water Beds & Garden Hoses – Ensure completely emptied & tie ends up to ensure no leaking
  • Mirrors & Paintings – Protect using bubble wrap, then move & store upright only, not flat
  • Silverware – Use non-acid tissue paper & plastic bags to reduce tarnishing
  • Cast Iron & Chrome Items – To retard rust wipe with a little machine oil
  • Remove all batteries from toys & goods – Leaking batteries will destroy these and surrounding items
  • Stereos, TV’s, Videos, Computers (some have “self-parking heads”) – Use masking tape to label the ports & leads; Back up your computer; Use original boxes/packing for delicate equipment OR wrap well in bubble wrap, pad box well & pad out gaps to prevent movement in transit
  • Dishes – Pad well & Label box “Fragile” – Strip bubble wrap through 6 plates max., wrap bundle, place on edge
  • Crockery – Label box “Fragile” – Nest cups, bowls & casserole dishes individually wrapped & pad gaps
  • Glassware – Label box “Fragile – Top Load” – Use washers/rag/bubble wrap to fill the cup (stops implosion) & pad well
  • Leather goods & furniture: No leather to leather contact – Use paper or cotton cloth to separate shoes/handbags to allow to breathe – do not use plastic over leather goods; Cover leather furniture items with breathable material – blankets, sheets or similar – not plastic

General Packing Tips

  • Visit Eureka Storage, your ‘one-stop’ shop – Obtain affordable cartons & packaging supplies. Get a package deal
  • Use mainly even sized sealable cartons – Saves you space, time & cost for removalist & storage – stacks easier
  • Food boxes from grocer may carry pests or grease to your contents – Fill boxes to capacity; partly filled boxes don’t stack or will fall over
  • Ensure used cartons are clean
  • Pack to edges, but not bulging at sides
  • Good taping prevents boxes opening & keeps out pest intruders
  • Tape well & seal all edges with tape
  • Pack tools well & pad out; Pack books flat, not on spine & fill out gaps
  • Pack heavy items in small strong boxes
  • Label as you go –  Write room + contents on box (eg. Kitchen Casserole Dishes) as you fill
  • Remove legs where possible – From beds & tables, etc to save space & avoid damage to other goods
  • Wardrobes & drawers – Empty robes/drawers & remove loose shelving; Secure drawers in place
  • Keep a ‘Picnic Basket’ & an esky – Keep a basic set of kitchen eating & cooking utensils/plates/cups that you can use even after your goods are removed as you still need them up until you are ready to hand the keys over.
  • Keep Cleaning Products & Equipment aside – you need to clean your home to handover. – Clean your furniture before it moves so you can place it & use straight away in the new home. If storing – cover to prevent dust settling.

Moving with Pets

  • Ensure pets are correctly ID’d/licenced – Stress may cause them to run away; Consider boarding them during the busiest part of your move; Update implant ID’s to new details
  • Visit your veterinarian – Ensure vaccinations are current & you obtain a health certificate & medical history to take with you
  • They need familiarity & time to adjust – Make sure you shift their favourite piece of furniture, toy, food bowl etc. Pets need to get to know their new home & not roam freely at first

Courtesy Trailer to Move-In

  • Save dollars by moving yourself to storage – If you are moving a short distance book our courtesy trailer to move in
  • Book required trailer date/s ahead when you book your storage unit – Because it is a no charge service when moving goods into storage our trailer can easily book out, so call to lock it in for you to use
  • Move while still working – Take your time & move of an evening
  • Take advantage of Eureka’s 24/7 access – Especially in summer, move in the cool of the night – it’s much easier
  • Tow with a 4 cylinder vehicle – Lightweight, still roomy inside @ 1.4m Wide x 1.9m High x 2.4m Long
  • Easy to use – Drop down back makes ramp for walk-in loading & trolley supplied; fits a 3-seater lounge in length, fridge in height – very versatile.

Settling In Again – A dozen tips

  • Make sure you have said a great goodbye – Hope you had time to say goodbye to your old home and friends
  • Have a special event together – A Welcoming In party, plant a tree, family photograph, set up trophies
  • Get out the “Must Haves” first – Baby’s favourite toy, teen’s music, wine for you, basket for cat, etc
  • Then the other “must haves” – Get the fridge going, make the beds up, unpack bathroom bag & esky
  • Re-establish routines ASAP – Existing family mealtime, pet feeding, bedtime etc. routines still apply
  • Prioritize high use areas to unpack first – Kids clothes & study books, kitchen items & food, bathroom, laundry
  • Allow kids some say – Let them help set up their bedroom how they would like
  • Maintain some familiarity – Especially for kids & pets, they still need some of the old room items
  • Get to know the neighbourhood –  For safety and comfort, walk/drive around together & set boundaries
  • Help everyone settle in – Kids like to see their pets settled – keep cats in one room & dogs on leash till they get to know the area. Don’t meet neighbours through a lost pet!
  • Make new friends & keep old friends – Meet & greet your neighbours where the kids may find new friends too;  Join a club, community activities or classes to help kids meet new people; Plan for old friends to visit you in your new home or keep in touch by telephone or email.
  • Involve the whole family – With the essentials done, everyone can contribute to decorating or placing pictures, ornaments & photographs – now you’re HOME!

Advise Your New Address

  • You already have the list – During your organizing period you have gathered a list of providers – Don’t forget previous employers so you receive your Group Certificates!
  • “Free Address Update” – At any Post Office arrange a “Free Address Update” to organisations
  • Check your mail redirection – If you are not receiving mail at your new home visit Australia Post ASAP
  • Australia Post ‘e-Postcards’ – Send an instant ‘e-Postcard’ to friends & family with your new details
  • Cross them off your list as you advise – This will help you see the light at the end of the moving tunnel

Make Appointments

  • Grab all those reports & see the relevant providers – The time you took to organize & obtain dental, veterinary, school or any other reports or certificates now pays off.  Simply make your appointments as required and take them to the relevant provider on your first visit so they have your information at their fingertips to make a smooth transition to your new providers.
  • Visit your preferred medical centre before you need the doctor – Visit the Medical Centre & complete an authority form for them to access your previous medical records – before you need a doctor – as it takes a few days to a week to obtain the records generally.
  • Visit sporting or other Community groups – Get back in routine; book your memberships in your new community;  visit your local Church to find out service times or Community Help groups to see how you can help, if these are things you like to do