What to do and not do on the moving day

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On The Day

On your moving day the removalists will be able to deal with whatever they encounter. If by some chance you aren’t ready and haven’t managed to get everything as organised as you hoped for then don’t panic — a professional moving company will always be able to adapt to any situation and help make your move go smoothly.

One of the biggest influences to dramatically reduce the final cost of your move is to use extra helpers on the day.

Professional movers have been trained and are more than competent in moving the very heavy, awkward and fragile items.

Therefore there is no reason for you and your friends to help carry or help organise the smaller, lighter and less fragile items.

In most home moves there are a LOT more smaller items than big items to be moved. Having extra helpers on the day to move these will DRAMATICALLY REDUCE THE COST OF YOUR MOVE!

Extra Helpers


Organise extra helpers well in advance: The more helpers the better – they can take care of all the small items saving you time

Must be physically able to help otherwise they will get in the way and slow the move down:

Rewards for helpers once the day is done: Put on a barbeque or pizza afterwards.

Get a good night’s sleep the night before


This is a must to help you clear your mind, energise your body and prepare you for the day to come.

Set the Alarm and get up early.

There’s always a lot to do on your moving day make sure you allow enough time.

It is amazing the number of times moving companies have had to wake up customers if it’s an early start!

Make sure you have a good breakfast you will need your stamina throughout the day.

Before the Movers Arrive

Kids can get in the way on the day and slow the move down costing you time and money: It’s best to have a friend over to help look after them or arrange for someone to come and pick them up.

Pets like kids can get in the way and slow the move down: Make sure you tie any dogs up in the back yard!

You will need to eat at some point throughout the day so make sure you have put some aside: Without food and refreshments you will slow down.

Pack an emergency survival kit. Consisting of:

  • Food.
  • Coffee / Tea / Milk.
  • Thermos of hot water.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Toiletries / Toilet Paper.

Make sure the keys for the new address are in a safe place or pick them up if you don’t already have them.

Dismantle any furniture not already done so.

Moving any remaining furniture down close to where the truck will arrive will save time.

Move pot plants to the front lawn close to where the truck will arrive.

Open all doors and access points.

Do a final check of access, parking and pathways. Blocking any of these will slow the move down and cost you money.

Family and friends helping

Having extra help carry the small one-person items will dramatically reduce the time the move will take, the more helpers the better.

Ensure your helpers are physically able to help otherwise they will get in the way and slow the move down.

As helpers arrive assign specific tasks. Having helpers understand what you want them to do will ensure they don’t get in each other’s way and save you time.

Get some of your helpers to load some of the small items into their cars. Each trip they do reduces the number of items the movers have to move and pack into the truck which will save you time and money.

Refrain from rewarding your helpers until the move is complete, they will remain focused on the task at hand. Many times we see helpers slow or even stop as rewards (alcohol) is handed out.

When the Movers Arrive


Be waiting for them.

Have one person in charge.

Show them EVERYTHING that you want them to move: Garden Sheds, outdoor furniture, any storage areas. This will ensure nothing is left behind and the movers know exactly what they are moving.

Show the movers the best access points: Outline any hazards or difficult items and the best access for these.

Introduce the movers to your helpers and let them know what tasks the helpers will be undertaking, this will save any double ups or confusion.

Outline any items that the movers will be required to take off the truck first at the drop off address. This will save any time the movers would spend repacking the truck if they aren’t made aware at the start of the move.

Ask the movers to let you know when it is time to move the fridge. Allow time to pack your food etc into an esky. There is no need to turn the fridge off until the movers are ready to move it.

Ask the movers their plan of attack, what do they want brought to the truck first.


Preparing to move the fridge

When time, place all the remaining items from the fridge into either an Esky or a small box with a plastic bag liner.

This will ensure no items defrost and spoil.

Esky’s (chilly bins) or boxes containing food should be put on the truck last or even put in the car so they come out first at your new address.

Before the Movers leave the Pick Up Address.

If you haven’t already send a helper over to the new address to open up the property to double check access, pathways and parking are all clear and unobstructed.

Do a thorough check of all rooms inside and outside to ensure all items required to be moved have been taken, also check behind all doors and all cupboards.

Once a room has been thoroughly checked close the door behind you and proceed to the next room.

Outline to the movers the best route to take to to the drop off address, keep in mind any bridges as the trucks may not be able to follow you.

When you arrive at the drop off address.

Show the movers the best access points.

Show the movers what room is what.


Outline where the furniture is going to be placed.

Again organise your helpers.

Before the movers leave the drop off address

Ask them to do anything you know you won’t be able to manage when they leave like relocate furniture, reassemble furniture.

Helping the Movers – What Not To Do

Leave the large items such as fridges or wall units to the movers. Do not attempt to help them while they’re moving an item as this could result in damage or worse an injury. Professional movers should have all the equipment and experience necessary to move these items quickly and safely.