At the beginning of moving house, it is good decision to get a property inspector, to inspect everything before you can move in your new property. Fixing, replacing, electric and Plumbing works are always best done with no furniture in the house. It will give you an upfront confidence in the building durability and also save you an extra headache of moving furniture items around the house     if something went wrong.
  • Make sure you Mobile phone is ON and the battery is fully charged.
  • Ensure that the driveway is clear of any obstructions, so the removalists can easily reverse the truck close to the entrance, so all stuff is loaded quickly and painlessly.
  • Ensure the potted plants are moved away from the driveway sides, so there is no chance of accidental damage.
  • Cut the plants around the driveway to a max height on 3 feet, so they are not an obstruction while moving furniture.
  • If you have Kids make sure there is someone to baby sit and all the pets are not moving around the house but moved to an empty room because kids can get injured and removalist can trip over pets and can injure pets or themselves.
Fulfill your commitments
  • Ensure that there are no other commitments which might force you to leave the removalists by themselves. You must be there for the entire duration of the move.
  • You must write a letter to the new occupants / Real estate agent, describing about the house, the neighbors, tricks with appliances if any to help them get settled.
  • When handing over keys, do-not forget to hand over garage remotes, appliance manuals and their warranty card.
  • Label the boxes with Proper and accurate instructions for the removalists when packing, so it easy to load or unload boxes. Ensure that all boxes are taped and closed. If there is a fragile item in the box, dont forget to label it “handle with care”. Each box should not be more than 25 kilos, as above this range is a safety hazard for the removalist.
  • Clear and accurate drop off address & instructions to the Removalists so they do not waste time finding the destination address.
  • Make sure that there no items on top of furniture, if furniture requires assembly after drop-off make sure there are assembly manuals or instructions and all the bolts and assembly accessories are not hidden in an unknown box.
  • Empty contents of side tables and cabinets to prevent them from opening during the move.
  • Lock your valuable items in a safe if possible.
  • Make sure all appliances required to be moved are disconnected and Refrigerators are emptied in good time before the removalists arrive.
TV & Entertainment systems
  • HDTV’s , Projectors and Music Systems should be packed in their original packing for safe breakage proof move.


Moving in and out of an apartment building is a challenge in itself. Normal moving techniques fail when it comes to narrow corridors, steep stair cases, lift access, off-street parking etc.
In a more tried and trusted techniques below points would help a self-mover achieve a safe and successful furniture removal.
  • If you live in an apartment building, most likely you are living in a city.   Traffic around the city can be time killer for the move. Make sure you plan on a day with less traffic ( weekends ).
  •  If your building manager offer you a lift reservation option, in regards to moving furniture, make sure you book this service well in advance.
  • Book a furniture removals company at that precise time.
  • Reserve your off-street parking and ensure it is the closest spot to your block.
  • If the parking is undercover, let the removals company know the height clearance, so an appropriate vehicle can be sent for the move.
  •  Access the stairs, if they too narrow and steep, it will be safe to use 3 men to bring furniture downstairs.
  •  Let the removals company be known about the stairs or lift access, so they can quote appropriately and will save you valuable time save , which often gets lost in arguments at the end of the move.
  •  If moving via lift, move all your furniture in front of the lift space and move everything down one by one and leave it outside the ground level lift. This technique will save valuable time.
  • If you have reserved the loading zone, then loading the truck should have easy access.
Apartment move is challenge at best of times, it is always recommended to contact a professional moving company for assistance to allay safety concerns.