The Top Things to remember when moving

Four weeks before your move

  • set a firm date for your move
    you may want to hire a Professional Removalist that offers Great Value for money like OnTheMoveRemovals 1300 66 84 36 (particularly if you are moving locally around Brisbane or from the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast )
  • organise a removalist – ask friends or relatives for recommendations
  • if you need storage, arrange it now
  • organise transit and/or storage insurance for your belongings
  • organise your travel plans for moving day – if you’re moving some distance, you may need to book a hotel or other accommodation
  • if necessary, book time off work
  • collect moving materials such as boxes, packing tape, rope, newspapers (for wrapping) and marking pens
  • keep a list of incoming mail and start notifying businesses and suppliers of your change of address

Two weeks before your move

  • start packing non-essential items and clothing – list the items packed on the outside of the box
  • contact your electricity and gas companies (Origin Energy and Ergon Energy or others) and communication providers (eg Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.)
  • arrange for disconnection and reconnection of telephone, Internet and pay-TV services at your new address.
  • ask someone to look after the kids on moving day
  • update insurance policies
  • make a list of the items you want the removalist to move and any items you’ll be moving yourself
  • if you have pets, organise care for them during moving day and make necessary pet transport arrangements – ensure your pets have tags with your mobile or new phone number on them. You may need to use the services of cat boarding facilities or kennels
  • start cleaning your home
  • arrange redirection of mail with Australia Post. You can do this online
  • dispose of any hazardous waste in the correct manner. Empty your freezer and pantry by eating all the food! Defrost the freezer before moving it

One week before the move

  • arrange for bills to be paid
  • cancel services such as mowing service, newspapers and other home delivery services
  • confirm arrangements with utility companies
  • put important documents such as passports and drivers licences in a safe place – be sure to keep all moving related documents together
  • finish packing – make sure all boxes are correctly labelled with contents and rooms
  • return library books and DVDs and pick up any dry cleaning
  • if packing all your stuff has left you with piles of rubbish, take it to the nearest tip or transfer station
  • pack up your computer (if you can do without it for that long!). Keep all cords and accessories together. Pack it in the original box, if you have it, otherwise wrap in blankets and transport it carefully

On moving day

  • pack a survival kit for the first hours in your new home – include tea or coffee, kettle, mugs and teaspoons, water bottle, snacks, milk, small first aid kit, toilet paper, a torch, spare light bulbs, paper towels and cleaning materials
  • make sure the house is clean. At this busy time it might be worth hiring a cleaner to finish the scrubbing and vacuuming for you
  • strip the beds and keep the linen in a separate box that travels with you so you can use them on the first night
  • disconnect remaining appliances
  • do one final check of your house as the removalists are loading your boxes
  • have final payment ready for your removalist
  • read the removalist document thoroughly before signing and save it for future reference
  • stay home until the last item is packed and make an inspection of the van to check all your goods are loaded
  • close and lock all the doors and windows
  • make sure you have the keys to your new home with you
  • carry valuables, personal items and important papers with you so they don’t get lost

At your new home

  • check all items during unloading and unpacking – look for any damaged or missing items
  • check the electricity/gas/phone has been switched on – if not, contact the suppliers
  • start with essentials such as making the beds and cleaning the kitchen for use. You may want to use professionals for carpet cleaning or window washing
  • keep pets away until you are moved in
  • find out which day is your garbage and recycling collection day or call the Brisbane City Council Call Centre on 07 3403 8888
  • find you local parks, shops, sports centres and swimming pools
  • join the library
  • get your pets familiarised to the new area as quickly as possible so they don’t try to find their old place. Where is the closest off-leash area?
  • take a few different routes to go places from your new home – you’re sure to find some handy shortcuts
  • if renting, tell the landlord about any appliances that aren’t working or any defects in your new property and check what you are allowed to do. Our rental guide has more information about these issues.
  • don’t forget to get an updated driver’s licence or change your car registration. For a competitive quote on car insurance, NRMA Insurance can’t help but help
  • you can change your address for Brisbane City Council library cards, rates and dog registration with e-move

Warning on Choosing Wrong removalist!!

Moving Soon?…OMG…Choosing the right removalist could be like buying a lottery ticket and then hoping you picked a winner…

What do i even look for when choosing a removalist, is it price? service? experience? furniture care? Insured? which one am i prepared to sacrifice?
What happens if i find someone really cheap, but the service is shit and they damage my furniture, will i be happy with that?…MMmmmmmm yeah rite.

What if i find someone who is ridiculously overpriced and then they send me out 2 boys with 6 months experience and no clue on how to move furniture? but they have a written guarantee of care which isnt worth the paper its written on! will i be happy with that?…MMmmmmmm yeah rite…
The truth is the removals industry has no real industry standard that is clearly monitored by anyone formerly, which is great for back yard cowboys and even the ripp off removalist who over charge, have no value for money and only think of profits before people…

Well Today is your lucky day…

If You have just read this article it means that you could be moving soon and you have just discovered the BEST VALUE, BEST SERVICE, Professional Removailst Company with which you can call us, book in your time and day and go to bed tonight knowing that all your lifes possesions, sentimental items, furniture you keep with you in your home and in storage are in the best of hands when you move with us…Congratulations and have the best sleep ever…HAPPY MOVING From On The Move Removals 1300 66 84 36

Guarantee terms and conditions

Written Guarantee;terms n conditions
We Break it, We fix it“ Guarantee Only items prepared with recommended preventative wrapping materials by a OnTheMove Removals removalist or authorised representative (hence referred to as “OnTheMove”) are covered by a “We Break it, We Fix it” Guarantee. Any items found to be damaged during the course of the move must be identified and disclosed to the removalists before completion of job. Items must then immediately be removed from the premises by OnTheMove for repair. Guarantee will be Null and Void if items are not disclosed prior to sign-off, are not wrapped as recommended, or have not been proven in working order prior to relocation. Acceptance, individually by item, of recommended preventative wrapping will be identified by a label marked GUARANTEED. Items not carrying this identification cannot be included in this guarantee.Optional Full Breakage and handling insurance is a separate policy taken out by you, directly with an independent insurance broker. This insurance will cover your goods at a value determined between you and the broker and is kept from us at arm’s length. (We advise all goods should have Breakage and Handling Insurance prior to relocation). Please visit or telephone Brisbane: (07) 3368 9555 for more details”Exclusions to “We Break it, We fix it” Guarantee: Delay, Inherent Vice, deterioration and nature of the subject matter. Trade loss, loss of market and the like. the damaged item was made from chipboard or quick release screws; and or not including staples. Dismantling, assembly, testing or fabrication of plant or machinery. Paintings, artwork, sculptures, glassware and the like. Livestock, animals and/or foodstuffs of any kind. Jewellery, gold and silver articles, precious stones. Bullion, cash, banknotes. Deeds, bonds, securities and other negotiable items. Electrical faults or instances of any malfunction that is not the result of a recorded major collision including Internal electrical faults where there is no evidence of physical damage caused by us to electrical goods.
No Damage Guarantee Conditions

  1. You must have someone over the age of 18 on site at all times.
  2. Any damage must be documented before our men leave the job.
  3. If you require our men to perform difficult or risky work, you will need to self insure.
  4. Our insurance & No damage guarantee does not cover anything deemed risky.
    Risky work may involve handling furniture over balconies, craning furniture into difficult apartments, stairways of any kind- internal, external and including fire escape stairs, lifts of any nature where it is obvious the items will not fit, manoeuvring heavy items like piano’s,wardrobes, lounge suites, dining tables etc, up & down stairs, steep or dangerous driveways, or hazardous construction sites. Items that need to go up and down lifts will be solely at the customers Responsibility and Liability, with all care taken by us, however OnTheMove is not liable for any incident occuring that may involve apartment/highrise lifts and remains the full Responsibilty of you the customer.
  5. Glass, Mirrors or items that are brittle, porous by nature are not covered Terracotta pots, ceramics, fish tanks, leadlight etc. These items must be bubble wrapped or packed.
  6. Electrical goods, washing machines, fridges, PC’s etc are only covered if there is actual physical damage to the outer casing.
  7. Items in pairs or sets are only covered to the value of the one item that is damaged.
  8. All furniture and effects must be properly ‘prepared’ for transport. Paintings, Prints & Mirrors must be bubble wrapped.
  9. Small breakable items must be packed into proper removal boxes. Rule of thumb – Anything that fits in a box should be in a box.
  10. Boxes packed by owner are not covered for damage unless there is actual physical damage to the carton.
  11. This Guarantee shall not apply where any or all of the payment due to us from you is withheld or not paid in clear funds in full. Any repairs carried out by us shall only commence once full payment has been recieved.
  12. All payment is due on the day of the job, no exceptions.
  13. We reserve the right to sieze, hold and where payment is not forthcoming, dipose of goods in lieu of payment WITHIN 7 DAYS from moving day.
  14. The guarantee to repair provided by OnTheMove Removals is in addition to rights that you may also have arising from the Trade Practices Act or similar legislation. Those additional rights remain to the extent that they cannot be excluded. To the extent that they can be excluded they are. Where they cannot be excluded then such rights and any remedies arising therefrom are modified to the extent permitted by law.