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We welcome you to read our blog written by our knowledgeable and experienced team of removalists. If you require any further help or advice, please don’t hesitate to call us.
By Tonya Davis 22 May, 2017
When you start to make dinner, your perfectly organised pantry is a major asset. However, when you have an upcoming move, the foods in your home can become a hassle. While you obviously need food before the move and immediately after you arrive, transporting perishable goods can seem daunting.

As soon as you have a good idea of your move timeline, take inventory of your foodstuffs. Then, use the following 10 guidelines to ensure that food doesn’t interfere with your move.

1. Avoid Shopping Too Much

Once you know what you have, plan your meals around the food already in your home. Whenever possible, avoid buying more food, especially food that must be kept cold or frozen.

2. Bring a Cooler in Your Car

You may not be able to use up all the perishables in your house before the move. Bring a cooler with you for your leftovers. Just be sure to refill the cooler with ice often to avoid unsafe food temperatures. Also take advantage of any fridges on your trip, whether they’re at your hotel or at a relative’s house where you spend the night.

3. Discard Fragile Containers

When you move with fragile items, there’s always a risk of breakage. Glass containers and fragile boxes may not hold up during the drive. Switch out any containers that might break and leave a mess with something sturdier. Additionally, seal any open boxes to avoid spills. For example, place packing tape on the top of cold cereal boxes.

4. Discuss Your Mover’s Policies

As you plan for the best ways to move the food you plan to take with you, consult with your movers. Some moving companies will not transport food of any kind, while others will move non-perishables or well-packed perishables. Take your mover’s policies into account.

5. Donate Unwanted Non-Perishables

Non-perishable foods, especially those in cans, are heavy and hard to move. To simplify, donate non-perishables that you won’t need immediately to local families or residents in need.

6. Eat Frozen Foods First

If possible, eat or discard all of your frozen foods before you move out. When you make dinner plans, create meals around what you have in your freezer.

7. Leave Out Meals for the Day of Your Move

Unless you plan to buy all your food on the day of your move, plan your meals for that day. Pack these meals in your cooler or car so you have them with you when you’re ready to eat.

8. Pack Spices in Airtight Containers

Spices, especially those in powder form, can make a mess if they tip over in a box. Close each spice bottle and place it in a plastic bag or an airtight plastic container. For spice canisters that don’t close on their own, like your salt shaker, put plastic wrap over the lid before packing it up.

9. Pack Your Boxes Like a Grocer

When you begin to pack the boxes you plan to take with you, think like your neighborhood grocer. Put the heaviest items on the bottom and place packing materials between foods that might shift during transit.

10. Throw Out Expired Food

When your move is about a week away, go through your food and take note of each item’s expiration date. Get rid of any food that will expire before you move, during your move or immediately after you arrive at your new home. This step helps you avoid stocking your new home’s pantry with foods that you can’t actually use.

Remember, if you’re moving within your town limits, you can probably bring most of your perishables with you. However, if your move takes you across state lines, you may simply wish to restock once you arrive.

Use these guidelines as a start for unloading, packing and planning for your pantry.
By Tonya Davis 02 Feb, 2017
Ideally, you’ll think of your removal as a grand adventure. The transition represents a new chapter in the epic tale that is your life. This new chapter will bring new opportunities, new talents, new friends and new memories. This new chapter may help you seize the day and reach for your dreams.

On the other hand, the transition might not represent a positive change for you. It might pack more stress into a schedule that you’ve already stretched thin. The removal might even occur because you lost a job or because you experienced other emotional trauma. Whatever the case, you can put a more positive spin on your relocation and lower your stress levels in the meantime.

To get started, have a look at the tips below. These tips may help you feel more relaxed during your removal.

1. Schedule Times to Talk to Your Family, Friends and Other Loved Ones

You can’t just say that you will call after you’ve finished your packing or unpacking for the day. Unless you make a specific schedule, you might feel too tired or make other excuses to put off that call. You might want to connect with your family, but you might not feel energetic enough to do it.

Make that connection an obligation by scheduling a time to call your loved ones or to have them call you. Because you will have the busiest schedule, you should probably have your family and friends call you instead of the other way around.

This connection with your loved ones matters especially when you feel stressed, so do not put off calls just because you feel tired or flustered. You need to hear voices that you love, and you need words of affirmation and motivation.

2. Go for a Run, Work Out or Do Yoga at Least Once Daily

Exercise relieves stress and boosts your body’s energy. Physical activity also helps your body produce mood-boosting chemicals like endorphins. To enjoy these benefits, you need to get up and move at least once every day—and the physical exertion you experience while relocating doesn’t count. You need to go for a run, lift weights or do yoga for at least an hour every day.

That hour doesn’t have to happen all at once. You can split it into different episodes throughout the day, such as doing a half hour in the morning and a half hour at night. You can even do 10 minutes of exercise six times. Just make sure you get that stress-relieving physical activity in.

3. Drink Plenty of Water and Eat Healthy Food

When you relocate, you might feel tempted to drink soft drinks and eat processed food because these options require little or no work from you. You can eat them quickly on the go. But these quick food items won’t do you any favors.

Instead, you need to make sure you consume water regularly. Try to drink a glass once an hour. And when you prepare your meals, opt for fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of protein rather than carbohydrates and dairy. Of course, you can have carbohydrates and dairy in your diet, but you’ll feel better if you have healthier foods as well.

4. Use Hobbies Like Reading or Card Games as a Break

You absolutely need to take breaks, or you’ll make your mind and body feel exhausted. After every three hours, take another hour to read, play card games, do crafts, develop a talent, write down your thoughts or do other relaxing activities. If video games relax you, then you can do those, but keep in mind the screen strains your eyes and your brain, and you may feel more tired afterward.

5. Recreate Your Old Schedule After You Arrive at the New House

After you move, you can recover from your stress more quickly if you return to your routine. Your routine shows your brain that you haven’t found yourself in an unfamiliar and unfriendly place. Surround yourself with the familiar by returning to your routine.

6. Integrate Yourself Into Your New Community

Make new friends by running in the morning, shopping at local businesses or joining local organizations like clubs, study groups or even churches. You should try to see these people at least once a week to build a rapport, surround yourself with friendly faces and feel less stressed about your new environment.

You don’t have to feel stressed after a removal. Use the tips above to relax during the transition, and read our other posts for more tips.
By Tonya Davis 22 Nov, 2016
You would think that packing up your clothes for a house move is no big deal. After all, clothes are not fragile like your dinner plates, nor are they bulky like your furniture. But, if you don't give some thought to your clothes while packing, you may end up with damaged fabrics or lost shoes.

The staff at Melbourne Cheap Suburb Removal is  committed  the careful transport of your household items in our well-maintained trucks. When you put these four clothes packing tips to good use, you help our movers maintain this commitment.

1. Use Boxes Instead of Garbage Bags

Garbage bags may appear an easy choice when you need to pack your shoes. However, the problem is garbage bags offer little protection once loaded into the back of a moving truck.

Cardboard boxes are a better choice for shoes. Take the time to stuff scrunched newspaper into each shoe so it maintains its shape once packed. Next, layer the shoes carefully and put a piece of acid-free tissue paper between each layer. When you layer the shoes, they are less likely to rub against each other while in transit.

2. Use Your Suitcases

It makes sense to fill your suitcases before loading them into the moving truck, and two wardrobe items are the perfect choice for these bags.

First, load all of your shirts into the suitcase. Because of the length of the case, you don't have to fold your shirts up. Packing shirts flat makes it easy to unpack them and put them away in your new home.

Next, fill up any unused suitcase space with accessories—particularly all your belts and handbags. If you want to make sure these items don't leave any marks on your clean shirts, tape tissue paper around metal buckles to prevent damage to the fabrics.

3. Wardrobe Moving Boxes

You will likely move house more than once in your lifetime. In 2012, Australian Bureau of Statistics noted that 43% of Australians had moved house in the prior five-year period.

Good quality wardrobe boxes are worth the monetary investment since you can store them flat for future moves once they are unpacked. Wardrobe boxes are perfect for clothing items that easily wrinkle. If you have dry-cleaned clothes in your wardrobe, this type of box allows you to hang them up, and it stops them from getting scrunched up during the move.

When packing wardrobe boxes, remember that too many clothes will make them heavy. You don't want the box to collapse while in the truck. Spread your clothes across several boxes rather than trying to cram them all into one.

Additionally, since wardrobe boxes stand tall, use the empty space at the bottom to pack pillows or cushions.

4. Vacuum Bags

Vacuum bags, also known as space saver bags, are the perfect tool for moving bulky clothes. Clothes such as winter coats and ski jackets fit nicely into vacuum bags.

You can purchase these bags from your local department store. Place as many thick clothing items into the bag as the space allows, and then suck out the air with your vacuum cleaner. Vacuum bags do not need packing into boxes because of their thick plastic exterior. The vacuum bags are strong enough for loading straight into the moving truck.

Once you arrive at your new home, you may even decide to leave your bulky clothes inside the bags since they take up less room in your closets.

Use these four packing tips to ensure your clothes arrive at your new home in the same condition as when they left your old home. Careful preparation of your clothes now means a fast unpack at your new residence.

By Tonya Davis 24 Aug, 2016
As you prepare for your upcoming move, you can anticipate some of your delicate valuables suffering damage. Your grandmother’s China, for example, looks ready to crack with the smallest sneeze. Your newly purchased 3D TV, similarly, would shatter at the drop of a hat.

To keep these items safe, you may pack your plates, glasses and bowls with extreme care. You might even purchase customised boxes from your mover and surround monitors and speakers with more bubble wrap than you could possibly fit in a normal box.

However, some pieces may surprise you with their fragility. What may look as durable and strong as stone could easy dent, chip, crack and warp during travel. The following items, in particular, tend to undergo the most damage during your average move.

1. Bulky Furniture

Your living room sofa seems big enough to withstand a tornado without budging, and its soft, plush pillows seem more than able to absorb any blows during a move. But despite its size and built-in cushions, your couch might easily lose a foot when dropped or crack an arm when pushed through a narrow doorframe.

Before your move, remove any smaller parts if possible (such as detachable legs, loose pillows or covers). Then, carefully wrap any edges, feet or corners in protective bubble wrap or blankets. Clear a path from your furniture to the door, and if necessary, remove the door from its hinges so you have plenty of space to manoeuvre. 

As most accidents occur when individuals try to move too much on their own, make sure you have plenty of help lifting and transporting your couch or other particularly large pieces. Additionally, you should encourage your team to use proper lifting techniques and moving equipment.

2. Sporting Equipment

Typical sporting equipment will protect you during gameplay, and most items can take a hit without so much as suffering a scratch. Your hockey helmet, for example, can withstand a puck flying at speeds close to 160 km/h. Your golf clubs can hit a golf ball and deliver forces as strong as 1,814 kg.

Unfortunately, neither your helmet nor your golf clubs will hold up well when thrown carelessly in the back of a moving truck or stuffed next to a 190 kg armoire. Similarly, your ski boots, tennis racquets, lacrosse stick or cricket bat could crack, crumple, warp and shatter if not packed properly.

Always use the original sports bags, pouches and carrying cases for your individual equipment. If you don’t have official bags for loose baseballs, footballs or tennis balls, feel free to stuff them in a thick pillow case to prevent them from rolling around during the move. Once everything is in its respective case, place your sporting gear in a separate plastic storage bin for extra protection.

3. Washer and Dryer

Your average washer and dryer consist largely of sturdy, durable steel, making them seem invincible compared to your other appliances. A plunger can effectively remove any small dings your washer and dryer may suffer during the move, and if you need to, you can use a flat-ended hammer to bang out stubborn dents.

But dents aren’t your only concern when moving your washer or dryer. If you don’t secure the drum, the bumping and jostling of travel could result in a misalignment, rendering your machine completely useless. And if you don’t properly drain your machine, the water could drip into the electrical components.

Prior to moving, hire a professional to disconnect your appliances and pull them away from the wall. Thoroughly clean your machines, and allow them to dry for at least 24 hours to prevent mould and mildew growth. Secure the drum, and pad each unit with a blanket or cotton sheet (do not use a plastic tarp, as this can restrict air flow).

Hire Professional Removalists to Avoid Damage

With these tips, you can avoid accidents that would otherwise damage your belongings. However, many of these items would do best if handled by a professional removalist rather than your friends or neighbours. To keep your belongings in pristine condition, hire a moving team to pack and transport the heavy, bulky and delicate items for you.
By John Miller 17 Mar, 2016

You’ve made it to your new home, and now you have a labyrinth of boxes to greet you. Unpacking may seem like a daunting task when you have so much to do. However, you can make the process easier by having a plan before you start unloading.

Here are some tips to help you unpack like a pro.

Clean First

You might be tempted to jump right into unpacking boxes. And you may assume the landlord or previous tenants cleaned before they moved out. However, don’t count on them to clean thoroughly. Many times previous owners are concerned about loading boxes and don’t focus on the cleaning aspect.

Before you unload a single box, wipe down everything with soapy water. It’s not fun to begin your unpacking process with housework, but you’ll appreciate that you have a clean house later.

Open All Boxes

You may be tempted to push a few boxes in a closet where you can forget about unpacking them for a few weeks. However, a few weeks sometimes becomes months and then years.

Rather than waiting to unpack some boxes, unpack all boxes as you go. After you unpack a box, break it down, and put it in a pile. You can get rid of all the boxes on a site like Craigslist or by recycling.

Make Your Bed

By making your bed first, you create a warm place to rest your head after a long day of unpacking. Setting up your bed will also let you enjoy a feeling of normalcy in your new home.

If you don’t finish setting up beds for everyone in your family, get some mattresses together in your bedroom. Have a sleepover with the family in your room to add to the adventure of moving.

When you do unload the stuff in your kids’ rooms, allow them to help you with unpacking. When kids help you unpack, they get to arrange their belongings how they want.

Unpack the Kitchen

Once you unload your bed, unpack the food. This way you avoid food spoiling, and you encourage everyone to keep the kitchen clean instead of leaving clutter and snacks all around the room.

The kitchen is also likely to take the longest amount of time because of all the kitchenware. You will clear a lot of boxes just by starting with this room, which helps you feel even more productive. After you’ve unloaded all the boxes, the kitchen can become a relaxing spot where people can go to take a break.

Get the Bathroom Ready

Before too long, you’ll need to take a shower and use the restroom. Unload the bathroom essentials so you have a place to freshen up. Start by unloading the boxes for the bathroom that most people will use.

Make sure the plumbing works. You want to know right away if you need to turn on the main water valve. Next, hang the shower curtain, put towels out and fill the medicine cabinet.

Avoid Going to the Store Right Away

You may notice as you unpack that you need a few supplies here and there. However, you may end up going to the store five times in one day if you leave right away. Unless the item you need is essential, make a list of things you need.

Writing down everything you need first can save you from taking multiple trips to the store, spending too much money and creating unnecessary clutter.


By using these unpacking tips, you can save yourself from the overwhelming stress of unpacking. In fact, you may have some fun once you get started. Remember to take your time and be patient. Unpacking may take you a few weeks, but unloading right the first time will be worth it once you’re finished.

By John Miller 03 Mar, 2016

Whether you have a beautiful grand piano or a smaller vertical piano, one of the hardest things during a move is figuring out how to transport it. You may feel tempted to just round up a bunch of friends and move it yourself. Instead, consider hiring a professional for the following six reasons.

1. Save Money

The most common reason people give for not hiring professional removalists is that they want to save money. However, in many cases, you actually spend less money on a move when you hire professionals, especially if you have to move a piano.

You may need to repair a leg, replace a pin or return the piano if you attempt to move it yourself. Avoid these issues by hiring experts with the right equipment.

2. Avoid Injury

Even the smallest pianos weigh a lot (about 150 kg to 250 kg). They also have awkward, bulky shapes and sizes that are difficult for moving, whether they’re a rectangular upright piano or a baby grand. These characteristics make pianos difficult to move, especially for people without the proper training and equipment.

If you try to lift a piano without the necessary preparation, it could easily slip and fall on your foot. Avoid a trip to the hospital, and let the professionals do the work.

3. Avoid Damage

As mentioned earlier, numerous piano components become vulnerable while in transit. Chances are you’ve already spent a lot of money to find the perfect piano for you and your family, and this instrument probably holds a lot of sentimental value. There’s no need to risk its safety by moving the piano by yourself.

You also want to avoid damage to your new home, your old home and anything else the piano could touch. The awkward shape of pianos makes them cumbersome to transport by hand, even when you have multiple helpers.

Often, people who attempt to move their own pianos end up bumping into walls, door frames and other obstacles in their old home, as well as their new one. Avoid denting your new home’s wall and let professionals do the job.

4. Use Proper Transportation

When moving a piano on your own, you will most likely use a small trailer or truck to transport it. You may decide to hold down the piano with ropes, and these tethers can strain or break under stress.

Professional piano movers have trucks and padding specifically for this job so that your piano stays as safe as possible during the physical move.

5. Use Proper Equipment

If your piano needs to get up or down any amount of stairs or travel several floors in any apartment building, the removal becomes significantly harder. However, professionals have a piano board that they use to manoeuvre the instrument up or down stairs.

They may also use padding to prevent damage. If stairs are too constricting for your piano, the removalists have other tested and safe methods of moving the instrument.

6. Save Time

No matter who transports your piano, the process takes time. When your hire professionals, you can save that time and use it to pack up everything else in your house, clean the area or complete other items on your checklist.

And, as long as you keep a clear path, the removalists can transport your piano much faster than you and a couple friends would.

If you have any questions or concerns, talk to a local piano mover. They will go through their process with you and explain all of their equipment and transportation. Their greatest concern is your piano’s safety, and they will do everything within their power to make sure it arrives at your new home in the same condition it left your old one.

By John Miller 06 Jan, 2016

When you first discovered you had a little one on the way, you and your partner couldn’t feel happier. You announced the good news to friends and family, and you did plenty of research to prepare yourself for parenthood.

And when your partner received a new job offer in another city, you couldn’t feel prouder. You knew your spouse worked hard, and the raise in income helped you set aside money for medical bills and nursery supplies.

But as your two pieces of good news collide, you have a difficult decision to make. Do you move as soon as possible, before the baby comes? Or do you wait until after you’ve given birth to seek a larger, more comfortable home?

Advantages of Moving Before the Baby Comes

If you take the leap and make your move before the baby comes, you can enjoy the following benefits:

Y ou Can Let Your Nesting Instinct Go Wild

Many moms-to-be experience a nesting instinct while pregnant. This instinct may drive you to do everything you can to prepare your household for your new infant. In a new home, you may feel the urge to scrub every corner of the bathroom, sweep out the garage or restock your fridge. And as you clean and baby-proof your new home, you’ll soon feel more comfortable in your unfamiliar surroundings.

You Can Take More Time to Recover

Don’t make the assumption that you can pop the baby out and get back to the gym, to work or to packing and moving boxes the next day. Although some women do heal quickly, most experts agree that mothers need at least a year to recover from child birth. If you move early in your pregnancy, you can spend your recovery time enjoying and relaxing in your new home.

You Can Save Money on Your Mortgage

The real estate market tends to change at a moment’s notice. You never know when a new listing in that perfect neighbourhood may arrive. If you jump on the opportunity as soon as you can, you can usually find better deals on loans and mortgages. With a baby in tow, you might not have the chance to visit an open house or tour new cities in between diaper changes, naps and feeding.

Advantages of Moving After Giving Birth

However, if you decide to wait patiently and move after your baby has settled, you can see these benefits:

You Can Participate in More of the Moving

Depending on your health and physical abilities, you can usually participate in light to moderate exercise during pregnancy. But once you reach your third trimester, you should probably leave the heavy lifting and packing to professional movers.

As your centre of gravity shifts and your connective tissues soften, your ability to safely lift a load decreases. If you try to lift a heavy box while pregnant, you increase the likelihood of injuring yourself and your baby.

If you wait to move until after you give birth, you may have an easier time lending a helping hand.

You Can Make Friends Quickly

When you move to an entirely new neighbourhood, you may worry about making new friends. Fortunately, your little one can do a lot of the work for you, as many neighbours will love to meet the newest addition to your family. Once you have your baby, you can sign up for a lot of community classes, mommy groups, playdates and story time that will let you see new faces and create lasting bonds.

You Can Stay With the Same Doctor

You may have to talk with multiple doctors before you find one you feel comfortable with. And understandably, once you find a good doctor, you might not want to interrupt that relationship with a substantial move. When you wait to move, you can feel confident that you doctor will be with you from start to finish.

Do What Feels Right to You

As you can see, both decisions have their pros, and either option could be a good choice for you and your growing family. Carefully consider what you want during your move to decide what feels best to you. If you need additional advice, don’t hesitate to talk with your doctor about your pregnancy and your health.

By John Miller 20 Nov, 2015

Whether you’re moving across the city or across the country, you feel overwhelmed about moving day. You have so many things to do, and you’re not sure how you’ll get them all done in time.

Fortunately, you don’t have to get everything done right away. Follow our moving timeline to organise your moving tasks and lower your stress.

Three Months in Advance

Your move is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to get started.

Hire a Removal Company

Begin now looking for a removal company that fits your needs and your budget. If you have items that are difficult to move, such as a piano or a pool table, choose a removal company experienced in moving these valuables. Ask several companies for a quote before you make a decision.

Once you’ve decided on your removal company, hire them as soon as possible. The earlier you hire a removal company, the more likely they’ll be available on your moving day. After all, certain seasons and days are busier for removal companies. Top removal companies get booked quickly, especially in the summer and on weekends.

Sort Through Belongings

Although it’s too early to start packing, it’s not too early to sort through your belongings. You likely have clothes and accessories you no longer want. You could sell them at a garage sale or donate them to a thrift store. Cutting back will help you feel much better when moving day arrives.

Two Months Before the Move

As the big move gets closer, it’s time to take care of some important details.

Notify People

If you’re leaving your job, you need to let your employer know when your last day will be. You should also inform your children’s schools. If you know what school they’ll attend after the move, notify the new schools as well.

Also, tell the following people about your upcoming move:

  • Your insurance providers
  • Your credit card companies
  • Your utility companies
  • Your bank

It’s never fun to take care of this step last minute, so start right away.

Gather Supplies

You’ll begin packing soon, so get all the supplies you need, such as:

  • Boxes
  • Packing tape
  • Bubble wrap

If you start looking early, you can find free boxes that other people no longer want. Ask stores, schools and businesses if they have extra boxes.

One Month in Advance

You suddenly realise how little time you have left to get ready for your move. These tasks will help you feel prepared.

Eat Your Food

You probably won’t be able to take all your food with you. So, consider what you can’t take and plan meals that use these ingredients.

Service Your Car

If you’re driving your car to your new home, make sure it’s ready to make the trip. Take it to a repair shop. Make sure the mechanic changes the oil, checks the tyres and looks for any issues that might cause problems during your drive.

Once you’ve completed these tasks, it’s time to start packing.

One Week Before the Move

While you’re busy packing boxes, don’t forget to do the following:

  • Pack a suitcase of essentials to keep with you as you travel. Include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hairbrush, clothes, underwear, socks and shoes in the case. Don’t forget your laptop and phone charger.
  • Clean your home thoroughly. Make sure to vacuum, dust, clean carpets and wash walls. You should empty your refrigerator and defrost it a day or so before you move.
  • Get money ready to pay your movers.

Use this checklist to prepare for your move and enjoy a stress-free moving experience. Hire an experienced removal company and let them take care of the most difficult details for you.

By John Miller 10 Nov, 2015

As soon as you began planning your move, you knew you would hire professional removalists to handle your
heavy and unwieldy furniture. But as your moving date approaches, you may wonder what you can do to simplify
the process and protect your furnishings.

In this blog, we walk you through the basic steps of preparing home furniture for a move. You should
complete these steps in addition to any specific instructions you receive from your mover.


Before you even move an item of furniture out of a room, remove all of its contents. Some furniture, like
entertainment centres and bookcases, can accommodate boxes and packages once in the moving truck. However,
your removalist will fill the shelves once he or she places the furniture securely in the moving van.

In addition to disassembling furniture with drawers and shelves, take the cushions off your sofa and the
mattresses off bed frames. Remove anything trapped in the upholstery, interior crevices or linens.


Once you empty each piece of furniture of its contents, clean its surfaces. Some furnishings require
specific cleaning routines, including the following:

  • Refrigerator and freezer:  Defrost the fridge 48 hours before your move. Wait for the
    refrigerator to defrost fully before you clean the interior.
  • Sofas and couches:  The lining under a sofa’s cushions often conceals small debris. Vacuum
    this space thoroughly.
  • Wood furnishings:  Wipe any dust from the furniture’s surface, but do not apply any
    furniture polish before the move.

Complete these small cleaning tasks before you move so your furniture will look tidy and polished when
it arrives at your new home.


After you clean your furniture of any dust and debris, separate any components you can disassemble easily.
For sofas, pack the cushions separate from the base. For wood or faux wood shelving, remove any non-permanent

If you take out any fasteners, like screws or nails, put this hardware in an individual plastic bag. Label
each bag with the piece of furniture its contents came from. For example, ‘small brown bookcase’ or
‘downstairs coffee table’.

If a piece of furniture came with an assembly manual, place the manual with the hardware. If the
instructions won’t fit in a plastic bag, tape them to the furniture item or place them in a clearly labelled
manilla envelope. To keep all components together, also place the hardware bag in this larger envelope.


By John Miller 10 Nov, 2015

Moving to a new office space or expanding to a second location is an exciting step for your business. But
although the prospect of a better office feels exciting, it can still be intimidating.

Many business owners and supervisors who bear responsibility for moves worry about properly transporting
the office furniture from one location to another. And with good reason. Offices often incorporate many
unwieldy furniture types, including large desks, filing cabinets and cubicles.

In this blog, we guide you through preparing your office furniture before your removalist arrives.


Corporate moves often involve specialised equipment, heavy-duty containers and short-term storage. Once
you begin working with a corporate removalist, make sure you understand your timeline and requirements.

In regards to your furniture, the removalist may require you to take any of the following measures:

  • Separate computing equipment from all other furnishings.
  • Disassemble furniture.
  • Move furniture to a central location for simpler packing.

In addition to these guidelines, most commercial movers require that employees empty all desks, cupboards
and shelves.


If you cannot personally oversee every step of your corporate move, assign a manager or group of trusted
employees to ensure all furniture meets the mover’s requirements by your leaving date. If you manage a larger
company, assign your department heads the job of overseeing the employees who work under them.

Most pieces of furniture must be empty in order for the removalist to transport them safely. Give your
employees time to remove their personal belongings on the day of the move or the day before. To avoid damage
to personal property, encourage your employees to take their possessions home with them.

Assign specific people to empty all other furniture, including bookcases and filing cabinets. Many
removalists provide specialised containers to carry files, records and books.


Most removal teams do not handle cleaning, either before or after a corporate move. Assign employees or
your janitorial team to clean each piece of furniture before you travel to your new location.

As you oversee cleaning, you may also want to disassemble certain pieces of furniture. For example, if
your business partners have heavy wood desks, you should stack the drawers to one side rather than keeping
them in the desk.


Once you have empty, clean furnishings, organise them for easy removal. You can sort furniture in whatever
way best suits your facility. Possible sorting methods include:

  • According to final destination:  If you’re upsizing in your move, you may want to divide
    your current furnishings according to where they’ll sit in your new office. For example, keep each cubicle’s
    components, such as the desk chair, computer, phone and computer cords, in one location.
  • According to fragility:  Some office furniture, like sturdy chairs and wood shelves, can
    withstand jostling. Other items, like computer components, cannot. Typically, removalists pack fragile items
    on top of more resilient furnishings. Make your sturdiest furniture the most accessible so the movers can
    easily remove it from the building first.
  • According to type:  You may find it easier to reassemble your furniture if similar pieces
    stay together. Place like items, such as all desks or all shelving, together.

When you keep your move organised, you can avoid misplacing any important items.


If you plan to work with an established corporate removalist, the moving team will likely perform any
disassembly and provide any packing materials needed.

Discuss the exact parameters of this service with your removalist well in advance. Some removalists do not
provide moving services for heavy office equipment, like copiers. And many corporate removalists have
specific guidelines for any personal items they transport.

Once you know the guidelines you’re working with, ensure that your employees understand them as well. As
you prepare to expand your business, follow the tips listed above to ensure all your furniture moves safely
and efficiently.

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