General Hints & Tips from the Experts at RAS Group

Leave your mobile on at all times.

Make sure you put things aside while your furniture is in transit, for example your wallet, mobile phone, airline ticket, keys, etc. Put these in a safe place while the removalist is there so they do not get mixed up with the items to be moved. Make sure to pack some clothes for transit, in case there is a unexpected delay.

Park two to three well-spaced cars out the front to reserve a spot for the removal truck.

Do not forget to disconnect the phone, gas, electricity and water and then have it connected at your new place.

Make sure you are there at uplift and delivery.

Make sure everything that was supposed to be uplifted has been packed and loaded before the truck leaves.

It is important to remember that there are many variables that can affect your delivery times. Events such as accidents, road closures, mechanical difficulties and another customers consignment being larger or more difficult than planned, can slow down a delivery regardless of what company you choose.

We suggest NOT booking flights on the same day as your planned uplift or delivery. This will create too much extra and unwanted stress.

Packaging Tips from the Experts at RAS Group

  • Keep boxes to 30 kilos or less. put heavy items in small boxes and light items in big boxes
  • Pack non-breakables tightly in smaller boxes so there not too heavy
  • Buy clean newsprint to wrap items, and bubble wrap for padding
  • Pack breakables loosely in plastic storage bins with lots of bubble wrap. Rent furniture pads
  • Mark your boxes by room, so you know exactly where everything goes
  • Colour coding or using a number system works great
  • Write "Fragile" on all boxes with breakables and stack these boxes on top
  • Beds: tie bed frames together with tape or rope. label the pieces so there easily reassembled
  • Bureaus: Fill drawers with clothes or fragile, well wrapped items. Cover with a blanket or furniture pads and rope securely
  • Tables: Remove legs, pad and tie together. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and tape under the tabletop
  • Big Appliances: Empty, defrost and drain the fridge, freezer and dishwasher. Clean the interiors and put the accessories in bags. Stuff towels between the washer sides to prevent rotating and tape down moveable parts. Cover with blankets and tie
  • Computers, TV's and Electronics: Use original packaging, or buy electronic specific boxes
  • Small Appliances: Put your microwave, VCR etc into boxes, and cushion with wadding paper
  • Books: pack them flat in small cartons, alternating bindings. try to keep each box under 320 kilos
  • Clothing: Pack hanging items, including drapes, in wardrobe boxes. Leave small items in the drawers
  • Collectibles: Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap and tape securely
  • CDs: Pack upright and cushion with newspaper
  • Kitchenware: Stack pots and pans, then cushion with paper. Put a few of these items in the "Open First" box
  • Dishes: Never stack them flat. Wrap each piece in bubble wrap. Pack plates and saucers on edge with cups and bowls placed around them
  • Chairs: Wrap arms and legs with bubble wrap. Leave slipcovers on or buy chair bags for protection
  • Bicycles: Loosen the handlebars and turn them sideways. Cover chains and pedals to keep grease off other items
  • Mirrors, Artwork and Frames: Wrap small pieces in newsprint and pack in mirror boxes. Cover large pieces with cardboard, tape securely and stand them along the trucks sides or inside wardrobe boxes
  • Lawn Furniture: If heavy or bulky, disassemble. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and tie together
  • Rugs: Roll up and secure with rope or tape
  • Plants: Put in a plastic bag with air holes, then in boxes. Water before you leave
  • Power and Garden Tools: Wrap all sharp edges and use plenty of cushioning to prevent injury. Tape a long-handled tools together and place small ones in boxes
  • Garage and Attic Items: Use medium sized boxes for spray paints, brushes, car waxes etc. Throw away oily rags or anything combustible
  • Pets: Always keep them in a pet carrier up front with you. Ask your vet how to make their, and your move less traumatic

Relocation Advice from the Experts at RAS Group

2 Months prior to Moving Day

  • Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement
  • Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove the clutter
  • Start a file for all your moving paperwork
  • Get your new home ready - contact painters, carpenters, plumber etc

6 Weeks prior to Moving Day

  • Obtain and fill out post office change-of-address cards
  • Subscribe to the paper in your new hometown to learn more about your community. Make arrangements for storage if necessary
  • Ask your doctor or health plan provider for referrals, and obtain all medical records
  • Have antiques, pieces of art, and other valuables appraised
  • Clean all closets and drawers
  • Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved

4 Weeks prior to Moving Day

  • Schedule disconnection of utility services at your old home, connection of them at your new one. Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive. If you have "last month" deposits with services, such as the telephone company, request your refund
  • If you are moving yourself, reserve a rental truck
  • If you are packing yourself, obtain packing materials from and start packing items you won't need until after you arrive at your new house
  • Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes and carpeting
  • Arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary
  • Arrange your insurance through to see how your possessions are covered during transit
  • Make any travel plans necessary for your move
  • Check to see if you need any moving permits
  • plan your moving sale. Remember to check with local authorities about restrictions
  • Collect all your impotant records. Gather personal and family records, including medical and dental, and veterinary; legal and financial documents; birth certificates, passports and insurance documents

3 Weeks prior to Moving Day

  • Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids
  • Prepare auto registration for transfer
  • If you are moving in or out of an apartment, arrange for use fo the elevator
  • Make child-care arrangements for moving day
  • Hold your moving sale

2 Weeks prior to Moving Day

  • Arrange the disposal of anything not sold at your moving sale. Service your car in preparation for the move. If you're moving from a warm climate to a cold one, check your antifreeze.
  • Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items
  • Cancel newspaper delivery
  • Notify any creditors of your move
  • Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply of medication to hand
  • Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home
  • Change your address - One week before you move send change of address cards to everyone that will need to contact you
  • Pick up laundry

1 Week prior to Moving Day

  • transfer your bank accounts
  • Take animals to the vet for immunisation, if necessary
  • Close and empty your safe-deposit box
  • Settle any bills with local businesses
  • Drain power equipment of oil and gas. Drain water hoses
  • Find new homes for plants that will not be moved
  • Confirm any travel reservations
  • Defrost refrigerator and freezer
  • Let the movers pack your belongs, unless you are planning the move yourself
  • Disconnect any major appliances for the move
  • Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house. Clearly mark the box so you can identify it when there
  • Obtain cach or travellers checks for the move, and to pay the movers
  • Confirm arrival time of your moving van/truck
  • If moving yourself, dismantle beds and other large furniture

Moving Day

  • Be sure someone is at the old house to answer any questions
  • Note all utility meter readings
  • Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing. Keep this paperwork in a safe place

Delivery Day

  • Check your belongings carefully and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items
  • Supervise unloading and unpacking