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How to Prepare for House Removals

by Elaine Johnson

Preparing for house removals is a daunting task since there is so much to do in very little time. The extract below outlines the various activities you should consider when preparing for house removals.

Sort out your things. 

Your house may contain items that you do not intend to move with. Dispose of old furniture, clothing and broken electronics at an appropriate landfill. Hold a garage sale to sell items that are in good condition to your neighbours. Also, consider donating some of the things to religious organisations and orphanages. 

Create an inventory.

An inventory will help you pack and unpack your items. Besides, you can use the list to detect lost items. 


Create a budget for the various costs you will incur during house removals. These include the cost of packing materials, hiring a removalist, removals insurance, utility connections and real estate fees. The budget will help you determine if you are financially prepared to move.


If the house you are moving into is smaller or incomplete, you will require storage services. The items you put in the storage facility should be those that you do not use frequently. The storage facility that you choose should be secure and conveniently located. Some removalists offer storage facilities to their clients. They will transport your items to the storage facility during removals. Once your house is complete, the removalist will transport the stored items to your home. 

Finding a removalist. 

Your primary considerations when looking for a removalist should be reliability and the level of professionalism. Seek referrals from friends and family or look for removal companies with positive online reviews. A professional removalist will:

  • Conduct a house inspection to determine the scope of works.
  • Provide you with a quote detailing the various removal fees and any extra costs you might incur.
  • Inform you of your role during the removal process to avoid conflict or duplication of work.
  • Introduce you to members of the removals team.
  • Take steps to prevent damage to your household items by using removals equipment such as furniture dollies, straps and trolleys.
  • Offer to unpack and arrange things in your new home.

Set a removals date.

Consult with your removalist to determine the best time to conduct the removals. There are various considerations to make such as the distance to be covered, the weather forecast, the route and property management rules if you live in an apartment. 

When preparing for house removals, sort out your items, create an inventory, create a budget, find an appropriate storage facility, contact a removalist and set a removals date. Contact a removal company today for more information and assistance.