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You’re building a new house and you’re dreaming about all the new furniture you want to buy, what colour you’ll paint the walls, and how you’ll landscape the garden, right? But before all of that, as your settlement date looms, you still have to pack up your existing home, organise utilities to be switched over, and a million other little things – there’s so much to organise! But it doesn’t have to be a chaotic, stressful event. If you have a plan and give yourself plenty of time to arrange things, moving home can go smoothly and you can settle in your new home without a flurry of stress and anxiety. The first step? Packing!

Packing is always the top of everyone’s list. It’s a daunting task, and it’s by far the biggest undertaking of moving house. Approach it logically and methodically, and you’ll be able to move into your new home feeling organised and stress-free. We have some tips and tricks to make it a breeze.

The Basics

Packing

Get Packing

Moving

Time to Unpack

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Have you moved recently? If you’ve got any packing tips, we’d love to hear them!

When moving from one home to the next, new home buyers may need storage space on which they can rely.

The storage space needs to be one that is safe, secure, clean, free from damp, mould and pests, and be manned by a friendly, expert team. With peace of mind all your belongings are safe and sound, you can then focus on the job at hand – building your dream home.

However, it doesn’t matter how safe or secure your storage space is, if your belongings aren’t packed properly they could suffer damage. Not only do you need to know how to pack moving boxes, you also need to understand how to pack the storage space itself so that you can maximise your investment and protect all your household treasures.

Our simple checklist will help you get the most out of your storage space and ensure your goods are in tip top condition when it comes time to move into your brand new Hotondo Home.

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Spring Clean

Before you even think about storage, we suggest you undertake a thorough spring clean. After all, you pay for both storage and removal services based on the volume of your goods. There’s no point in paying to store items you don’t use or are unlikely to need in the future. Go through your belongings with a fine toothcomb and sort the ‘must-haves’ from the ‘can live withouts’.

Compile an Inventory

Once you’ve decided exactly which items you’re going to keep, make an inventory of everything that’s going into storage. It’s a good idea to have a few copies of this on-hand, including one to leave inside your storage unit once it’s all packed.

Source Storage Quotes

Armed with your inventory, you will be able to contact multiple storage providers to source quotes. Make sure you know exactly what is included in your quote so that you’re comparing apples with apples. Does the quote include pick-up and delivery costs? Does it include insurance? Are there extra charges when it comes to accessing your belongings?

Prepare Whitegoods Properly

All whitegoods (including fridges, freezers, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers) must be completely drained and then cleaned, disinfected and thoroughly dried before they are placed in storage. You should also leave all doors ajar to prevent odor build-up.

Damp or dirty whitegoods are a breeding ground for mould and mildew, so if you want to use your fridge again you really need to make sure know how to store a refrigerator.

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Take Note of Items That Can’t Be Stored

There are certain things that just don’t belong in a storage space such as corrosive, poisonous and toxic substances. In addition, anything containing fuel or oil (like lawn mowers), and items like batteries, scuba tanks, aerosol cans, or any kind of pressurised vessels should never be placed in storage.

Pack Your Storage Boxes Like A Pro

Packing moving boxes for storage is an art form. To ensure your treasures survive, we suggest you keep a few essential packing tips in mind.

Check out Kent’s Storage Checklist & Tips for even more tips and tricks.

 

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