DIY Removal

Posted by discuss | Aus Real Estate News | Sunday 13 December 2009 4:04 am

More than three million Australians move house every year. Added to the stress of moving are the packing and removal costs, which can be substantial. To move a house full of furniture interstate costs between $5000 and $10,000.

A company called Pack-It-Yourself Removals has created a simple and easy-to-use service that dramatically reduces the cost of moving by up to 50 percent. How? By doing the packing yourself and taking responsibility for it.

This service is only available for interstate moves, as the company uses freight rail. Of course, if you are going to do a pack-it-yourself move in the same city, then you can just rent a van or trailer and apply the same packing tips.

Note that with the above service, any breakages in transport are your responsibility. Padlocks are preferably used, locked at the point of departure and unlocked at the other end by the owners. This ensures maximum security for the goods during transportation.

The container, however, can be insured against any external damage such as fire, flood, collision, overturning or total container loss. You can be informed where your container is in transit at any time and the time till its arrival.

The container is 6.1m long (up to 38.5 cubic metres in volume) and should hold the contents of an average house. If you are moving from a flat, for example, your car could also be transported in this way, with household items carefully packed around it.

The container comes on a trailer with a pull-out ramp for easy access. A trolley is supplied to load things on board. Inside the container are ringlets for tying off furniture and other large objects if needed.

Moving Boxes is a company that supplies cartons to make the moving process easier. These are available at most good real estates nationally, and are especially made for use in packing. They come with a tape and pen (for marking).

Packing Tips

Start packing everything into boxes a week before the container arrives. Write on all boxes either the contents, the room they came from or the room they will go in. Be consistent with your system and let others who are helping know about it.

Before the container arrives, make sure that you have: boxes, packing material, paper, plastic bubble wrap, ropes and a strong padlock.

Try to gather everything in one room before packing the container so that you can see what has to go in first.

No space should be left between goods packed end to end. Place heavy goods on the floor and top-load the lighter items. If furniture can be collapsed or taken apart, do it and wrap each part separately.

Pack it all tightly and buffer items with old blankets, bubble wrap or foam. Both ends of the container should have plastic-wrapped mattresses to contain any end-to-end movement.

Remove drawers from wardrobes and dressing tables and fill with wrapped items. They can then be replaced when the larger pieces of furniture are loaded in the container. This process is reversed at the other end.

Fix any movement in turntables, etc, by locking the appropriate mechanism to prevent damage to the drive systems. Stereos and televisions can be protected with plastic bubble wrap and placed securely in boxes.

Glassware should be wrapped with at least two sheets of newspaper and then placed in the middle of the clothes boxes in the container. Fold down cardboard boxes to make ideal protection for paintings or prints. Tape one collapsed cardboard box to each side and then stack them to avoid damage.


Pot plants are not suitable for this type of storage. Remember to empty fuel tanks in items such as lawn mowers, outboard engines, etc. No flammable items may be transported under state quarantine regulations. Being made of steel, the container can get hot in summer, so precautions should be taken with any heat-sensitive items.

Contact Pack-It-Yourself Removals for your personal estimate. Moving Boxes: $30 for 10 boxes, including tape and marking pen.

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