Many say it’s more about the journey and less about the destination. But when you’re planning a successful DIY moving day, you want the journey to be short, sweet, and safe. There’s no doubt that moving house can be stressful. With so much to think about and plan for, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the whole process. Especially if you are planning a DIY move. Luckily, if you follow a simple checklist like the one we’ve compiled here for you, you’ll be prepared in advance and ready for any setbacks. Combine that with prearranged moving truck hire right here in Brisbane, and moving house stress will become a thing of the past.
1. Arrange your removal truck
If you’ve tried to rent a moving truck in the past, you may have found it both difficult due to your car license, and expensive due to the hours you need it for. At Abel Truck Hire Brisbane, all trucks can be driven with an open car license and are automatic. Our prices are competitive, and we offer a special online booking discount.
All moving trucks also come with a tailgate lifter as standard, making it easy to lift and move heavier items and bulky furniture.
As Brisbane’s largest truck hire fleet, we are affordable, reliable, and have 7-day availability.
In addition to the truck, you’ll also need to make sure that you have things like tiedowns, blankets, and a trolley available. Abel Truck Hire Brisbane can also provide rental of essential moving accessories if you require them, including boxes! It’s really a one stop shop for a DIY move.
2. Have all boxes taped up and labelled
There’s nothing worse than thinking you’re ready to start loading the truck only to realise there are still boxes to be packed.
Boxes that are not taped shut can pose a safety threat to both your belongings and to yourself. Make sure this task is done ahead of time.
Labelling your boxes will also ensure an efficient operation at the other end, particularly if you have friends or family helping you to unload.
But sometimes the thought of having everything packed away ahead of time can be a little daunting. It means that essential items may be difficult to find, and you may waste precious time digging around for tools. To avoid this…
3. Pack an ‘essentials’ box
In fact, it’s a good idea to have two; one for essential personal items, and one for essential moving items.
The first could include toiletries, chargers, handwash, and anything else that needs to be left out until the last minute. For example, the cutlery you use the night before you move.
The second should include items which will make your unpacking more efficient. Think about things like scissors, cleaning products, and tools you might need for reassembling furniture.
4. Switch off your fridge
This is important so that your freezer has time to defrost (if you don’t regularly do this). A leaking fridge in the truck could damage your furniture and leak into your packing boxes.
Doing this can be difficult though if you have not worked on reducing the amount of food you have at home. Stop grocery shopping a week or two out from your move, and work on utilising what you have left in your pantry.
5. Know where your important documents are
Keep your important documents like licenses, ID, credit cards, and rental or lending agreements handy. You will need some of these to rent the truck.
It also means they’re less likely to get lost or damaged in the move. You could even store your folder or files in your essential personal box.
6. Have furniture disassembled
Many larger items such as beds and couches need to be taken apart before you can safely move them. Often the hardest part of completing this step is finding the Allen keys and instructions you swear you kept in a ‘safe place.’ (Top tip: keep them in your essential moving box for easy access at the other end of your move).
Disassembling ahead of moving day will save you time and ensure all furniture will fit onto the truck with ease.
7. Have enough help
Aside from having a great removal truck hire company for support, it’s also pretty important you’ve got enough people to help you on the day.
To avoid injury, wasted time, and multiple trips, enlist the help of a couple of others to make your DIY move as efficient as possible.
8. Create a plan for the day
If you choose to go with a truck hire company who charges you by the hour, this is critical. It’s also very stressful to have you moving day run on a tight schedule.
At Abel we charge per day with 100km included in your booking price. The trucks in our fleet are also comfortable and easy to drive with air conditioning, power steering, and enough space to move a 3-bedroom home with ease.
We still recommend discussing the day’s plan beforehand to make sure everybody is on the same page and they know where they’re going!
9. Ensure your new home is clean before you arrive
It would be a shame to go to all this effort, only to arrive at a dirty home which needs to be cleaned before anything can be moved in.
Obviously, a rental property should be cleaned prior to you moving in, but it always pays to check first! If it’s been a while since your inspection, try to visit the property before moving day to check out the cleanliness so you can arrange a clean if needed. This way you can start enjoying your new home from day 1.
10. Connect your utilities ahead of time
A crucial but easily overlooked step is to make sure your electricity, gas, internet, and water are ready to go before you move. Imagine spending the day lifting boxes and furniture on and off the truck, only to find there’s no hot water for a shower when you’ve finished.
Keep a copy of your connection paperwork alongside your important documents, just in case you need to contact your utility company when you arrive.
Why choose Abel Truck Hire Brisbane?
We provide an easy and affordable service and have helped more than 1.5 million customers since 1971.
If you’re looking for moving truck hire in Brisbane, Abel is your go to.
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