How To Prepare For A Last Minute Move

By Skyler Benson | June 10, 2019

In an ideal situation, you’d have plenty of time to plan your move carefully and make sure you don’t overlook something. It’s recommended to allow 3 or 4 weeks to prepare to move.

But, in the real world, changes happen fast leaving us unprepared, like needing to prepare for a last minute move.

There are a couple of different scenarios which cause a rushed and panicked move – either you found out with short notice that you must move, or you procrastinated with packing, and now you must move in just a few days.

Either way, if you need to move fast, we’ve got you covered with these tips for how to prepare for a last minute move.

Get The Logistics Sorted

A last minute move tends to make every task seem like it must be done immediately, and that it is impossible. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, but instead of stressing out, get started and cross items off your list one by one.

The first step you need is to hire professional removalists if you don’t have your own truck or van. You won’t have much time to research removalists and compare quotes, so using a resource like AFRA (Australian Furniture Removers Association) can help speed up the process.

Get Rid Of Anything You Don’t Need

The fewer things you need to pack, the faster it will be. For a last minute move, making things as easy as possible is crucial. Go through each room one at a time, and search through each cabinet and closet and take out anything you no longer want or need.

Then separate these items into two different categories. Donate or throw away. Be practical rather than sentimental. Moving is a great time to declutter, but a last minute move makes it even more important to travel light.

Pack Now, Sort Later

After getting rid of anything you no longer need, pack your remaining belongings. You need to try and pack everything as fast as you can into boxes, without thinking about organising or sorting.

Your objective is to safely get all your belongings from your current home to your new one. With a short time frame, it’s impossible to create a packing list or make sure all your belongings have a ‘theme’ for each box, so just fit things wherever they will go.

Once you’re in your new home, then you can take the time to sort them all. Also, feel free to skip labelling boxes, but do indicate if a box has fragile items in it.

Ask Your Friends and Family For Help

Moving is a huge task, and usually takes weeks to plan. The best way to fast track it is to ask for help from family and friends. Give everyone a task to complete, while you focus on other things.

Don’t be afraid to ask people for help. But also, go out of your way to show your appreciation. Have some pizza or a takeaway meal delivered while you’re all hard at work as a way of saying thank you.

Hire Professionals To Pack

If it’s become physically impossible to pack everything before your moving deadline, then professional removalists can help to save the day! At Local & Interstate Removals, we offer professional packing services, where our packing team can help you pack anything from a single item to an entire house.

Our staff safely and carefully pack all your valuable items and handle them as if they were our own. For extra peace of mind, we are covered by insurance, so if something did go wrong, we’ve got your back.

Do you need last minute movers who don’t have any surcharges? Life can be busy and stressful, which is why we’re here to help! Contact Local & Interstate Removals today for an obligation free quote. Call 1300 705 705 or contact us.