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Moving can be a complex and stressful time if not planned correctly, though Donoghue Removals can handle all your relocation needs, there are still many aspects of the relocation that many overlook.

A well prepared removal is a removal that will cause the least confusion and stress on the day of uplift and delivery. Regardless of whether your furniture and personal effects are being relocated to the other side of town or across state borders, the better that your belongings are prepared, the better they will travel.

Furniture, in most cases, is built for one purpose, to take pride of position in your home, and NOT MOVE from that position. However, at some stage of all of our lives we are required to uproot and relocate for one reason or another, and it is in this circumstance that the services of professional removalists are required to ensure that ALL of your belongings arrive at their destination in exactly the same condition as they were when they left your uplift address.

There are a number of things that you can do in preparedness for your relocation. These will assist in ensuring the damage-free moving of furniture and personal effects, the ease and time efficiency of loading and unloading, and the safe transit of all items packed by both yourself and our qualified pre-packers.

Moving Tips

Furniture to Empty

The structural integrity of these items will be compromised if the furniture is moved with loose weight inside. Chests of drawers need to have breakables, loose, and heavy items removed. Light clothing may remain. Never tape drawers shut.

Use Quality Boxes

The type and quality of cartons that you use to pack your belongings will reflect directly on how your goods will travel. The use of purpose built removal cartons will speed the removal process and ensure the safe transit of breakables packed inside.

Reduce Distance

Ensure accesses are cleared prior to the arrival of our removalists, and where possible to save money have all items packed prior to day of uplift. Each trip to the truck takes time; the closer to where the vehicle will park, so that you can ready your cartons and smaller items, the less time that the loading will take, and hence the lower the cost of your removal.

Number of Items

Where possible reduce the number of items to be moved, bundle all small items together, such as mops and brooms, and place all smaller items into cartons. They not only travel better in this state, but also reduce the time required to complete your relocation.


All items which can be dismantled, should be dismantled, the likes of beds, swing sets, mirrors off dressers,and items of furniture which were assembled after purchase, such as flat pack desks etc.

Washing Machine

To prepare your washing machine for removal, disconnect from the water supply, drain hoses and check with the manufacturer (or your removalist) for advice on travelling brackets etc.


Do not defrost your fridges or freezers less than one week before moving. The water that gathers in the ‘drip trays’ creates problems when it comes to moving those items of furniture.


Some States prohibit the trans-portation of plants and fruits. If you have household plants and can’t take them with you, you need to dispose of them.

You should contact the local authorities for complete information on your specific location and requirements.

Give them to a friend or relative before the day you are scheduled to move. If you can take plants with you, do not water them just prior to removal day.

Unwanted Goods

Dispose of any unwanted goods prior to the day of uplift. This will ensure
that minimal time is spent completing your removal, as the removalists will not be wasting time carrying boxes of rubbish.

Important Items

Ensure that all of your important items, such as keys, remote controls, wallets, sunglasses, and any other important items that you may require on your person are placed in a safe place to ensure you know their whereabouts at the delivery location. A good idea is to create a “number
one” carton which is last loaded and first unloaded, within which you can store the kettle, coffee/tea and other items which may be required earlier than when other cartons are unpacked. Items such as bags of screws, and nuts/bolts, from the dismantling of furniture etc, can easily be located if they are all placed in this one central location.

Furniture Layout

Have an advanced plan for the placement of furniture at your new address and ensure that you have a representative onsite at destination to direct the delivery of the furniture to ensure that it is placed correctly the first time.

Cleaning Items

Ensure that you have cleaned the BBQ, and items such as wheelbarrow, rubbish bins, wheelie bins, and garden furniture. This will ensure that your other furniture being loaded with these items does not become soiled as a result of contact with dirty items.

Brand New Premises

Ensure that if loose dirt is prevalent on site, you have access to, or know where to source, sheets of plywood just in case of rain on the day of your removal.

For Rentals

For those that rent their premises, be sure to arrange with the Real Estate Agent the handing back of the keys and have the property inspection date arranged, if you are moving interstate this can be awkward and is best done soon after all items are moved by our company.


Arrange with your neighbours for sufficient parking space to be allowed at the front of your property for the parking of the removal truck on the day of uplift.

Should any questions arise, please, don’t hesitate to contact our office. Friendly advice with regard to any part of the removal process is only a phone call away. Chances are we or our clients have already experienced the same circumstances as you are in your move. Our advice is FREE, and without obligation. Again this reflects our commitment to customer service. All of our staff from the Managing Director through to the removalists on the job care for your move, and want nothing more than for you to recommend our service to everyone that you speak with.

We can only be sure of this by exceeding your expectations and making this move, your BEST move.

Pre Move Checklist

  • Defrost all fridges/freezers
  • Disconnect Washing Machine
  • Ensure all appliances are correctly prepared for transport
  • Removed fixtures and fittings from walls
  • Returned any books / DVDs etc
  • Beds and flat pack items disassembled
  • Trampoline / swing sets and kids toys disassembled
  • Fuel drained from Mowers, whipper snipper’s etc
  • Disposed of Dangerous goods not suitable
    for packing, transport or storage
  • Removed any personal items, passports, wallets, clothes
    and bags etc to a separate room on removal day so as not
    to be pre packed or loaded onto the Furniture Van.

Gas bottles will not be transported by Donoghue Removals, your gas bottles can be taken to your local service station for the Nationwide Swap and Go System, you will be given a receipt for any bottles surrendered which can be redeemed at your local service station on arrival at your destination.

Removal Day Checklist

  • Final check of all cupboards, attics, garage for any goods
  • Water heaters switched off
  • Main power switched off
  • Final inspection of all rooms, yard to ensure all goods
    loaded onto truck, this is your responsibility.
  • Windows and Doors all locked
  • Keys handed in/surrendered

Helpful Tips to Ensure Damage Free Packing

The use of Packing accessories such as Cartons, Porta Robes, Paper, Tape, Bubble-wrap and Plastic covers will maintain and protect your goods whilst in transit and storage. All of your packing materials and accessories are available for purchase . Please contact us to arrange delivery or collection of packing cartons.


Fill cartons to capacity only, partially full or bulging cartons may cause the carton to tip or collapse as they are stacked. Heavy items like books or tools should be packed in small cartons so they are easy to handle. Books should be packed flat, not on their spines. Packing and labelling cartons room by room makes the unpacking much easier, and if you need to find something in storage you will have some idea of which carton to begin looking in.


Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be thoroughly defrosted, dry and clean before storing. Whilst in storage the door should be secured slightly ajar. A deodoriser placed inside fridges or freezers is also a good idea to maintain freshness. Don’t place items inside fridges or freezers as the shelves and linings can be easily marked and damaged.


Empty the contents of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect the shelving and structure of these items. Clothing should be packed where possible into purpose made PORT-A-ROBES, and personal goods should be packed in strong secure cartons.

Where possible remove the legs from items of furniture e.g.. bed bases, tables etc. to avoid damage and save space. Vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent attracting vermin.

Dishes, Glassware & Ceramics

Place a layer of crushed paper inside the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables. Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper (newsprint can be very messy and possibly stain). Nest cups and bowls, stand plates, saucers, platters, casseroles on their edges. Fill any gaps in the cartons with packing e.g.: scrunched paper or linen. This will keep your fragile items well protected and prevent them from moving around in the cartons whilst in transit. Label all cartons containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on the top of these cartons.

Mirrors & Paintings

These items should be protected by packing material e.g.; bubble-wrap or in a flat-pack carton. Store them standing on their edges in an upright position (not lying flat).

Stereo, Televisions and Videos

Your electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive and should be handled with care. These items will never travel better than in original boxes. However wrapping items individually in bubble-wrap, packing them in cartons, and sealing the top will offer adequate protection for your electrical items to ensure that they are maintained in perfect working order. Remember to pack out any gaps in the cartons.

Battery Operated Appliances & Toys

We recommend that you remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking Batteries.


Computers, like your other electrical items, need special care. The original boxes are highly recommended for packing. However bubble-wrap and good quality packing cartons will do the job. Remember to use some packing or linen in the bottom and top of cartons. This provides extra protection to the contents. Pack out any gaps. If you are unsure about your computer, refer to the manufacturer’s manual, or consult your retailer, especially if storing for longer than six months.

Some printers and most scanners can have a locking switch and this should be placed into the lock position to ensure maximum protection in transit.

Mowers & Other Machinery

Rain fuel and oil from all machinery. This reduces the risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other goods in your space. Petrol and oil left in machinery are also a fire hazard.

This is only a very broad overview of methods of packing your possessions for safe transit, if any questions arise for which the answers are not clear, it is better to be safe than sorry. We are more than welcoming when it comes to friendly advice.