The old saying rings true; The most stressful things in life are moving house and divorce. A British study even found moving house was more stressful than divorce or bankruptcy!

But moving house doesn’t need to be a headache. GoGet moving van hire gives you a van for a low hourly rate and helps you save on removalists. But planning ahead will make it even easier to move yourself.

Whether you use a GoGet van or not, here are a few tips to help you move home without taking years off your life.

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1. Throw Things Away

Think about it – if you have less stuff, you have less stuff to move! This is essential if you’re downsizing, but moving less will always be easier than moving more. You won’t need to do as many trips, and there’ll be less heavy lifting on both ends.

Here are three steps you can take today.

Start with furniture:

Furniture is the low hanging fruit of decluttering. Whether you’re downsizing or not, you should look at every piece of furniture you own and ask yourself if you really need it. If you don’t, then sell, donate, or recycle it.

Having less furniture means you’ll be able to get more into your hired moving van in each load. That’ll make moving yourself much easier and more manageable.

Another option is using the move to cycle your furniture. Maybe you can sell the old dresser and pick up a flat pack from IKEA after the move? That way, it’ll be even easier to move again.

Go room by room:

Pick a room and figure out everything you can do without. We recommend the three box technique. One box for things to keep, one for donations, and one to throw away. Pick a room – any room – and start sorting.

Remember, your memories aren’t attached to physical objects. If you take photos of your rooms ahead of time, you’ll be able to reminisce without hauling around the extra weight.

Post items for sale right away:

Whether you use Ebay, Gumtree, or Facebook, it’s never been easier to sell your stuff. Instead of waiting until you post something for sale online, do it as soon as you sort it! Use your phone to snap a photo and make a listing immediately after you decide to sell it. That way you won’t forget or put it off, and you’ll get extra cash fast!

The same goes for donations. As soon as you fill up the vinnies box you should donate it. Lots of people get this far, forget to donate their belongings, then slowly let the donations return to the wardrobe. If you’re in Sydney, be sure to check out The Generous and The Grateful, who use your old furniture to help rebuild lives.

You can go deep on this step if you want. Greatist have a good in depth guide, or you can get philosophical with Marie Kondo’s decluttering method.

Related: Looking for moving van hire near you? Find your nearest GoGet van!

“I used GoGet vans both times I moved. It covered the load when it rained, it was easier to pack, and had plenty of space” – Steven

2. Be Clever with your Clothes

Your shirts and shorts are more than something to pack, you can pack with them! Instead of bubble wrap or packing beads, wrap breakables in your clothes. This keeps your thing safe while packing multiple items at once!

For extra clothes, roll instead of folding them. Rolling lets you fit more into a suitcase. It can cause unwanted creasing, but there are solutions to that too. Lifehacker has a great article on different ways to pack.

It’s also a good idea to pack an overnight bag. Pack for a weekend away with clothes, chargers, and toiletries. If moving home takes longer than expected, or if you don’t unpack right away, you’ll still be set for the next day.

A couple is moving house, unpacking boxes from their van

“I signed up for GoGet at IKEA when my removalists didn’t turn up. I was so happy with it my housemate used it a week later” – Perry

3. Don’t Stress Over Moving Van Hire

Whether you own a car, or are living without one, moving house is easier with the right vehicle. Unless you have a truck license, the best option is a big van like a Toyota Hiace.

Moving van hire gives you a tonne of options (literally and figuratively 🤣). You can save on removalists, and use the van for as long as you need. At GoGet, we offer hourly moving van hire to give you the most flexibility.

We’ve written a post on why we think GoGet is the best way to rent a van. We’ve also included other options for moving van hire in that post, including truck rental.

Be realistic about how long moving house will take:

If the move will only take a few hours, then find a moving van you can hire for a few hours. But if it could take two days, book a van for two days! If your booking ends before you’re done, you could face extra fees and stress.

At GoGet, we offer low hourly and day rates for moving van hire. We also let you extend your booking on iPhone or Android phones, as long as another member isn’t booked in. That said, it’s better to book more time than you need in the first place.

Plan your route ahead of time:

Scope out the route to your new home, and look for potential issues. You’ll want to avoid heavy traffic, especially if you’re new to driving a van. You’ll also need enough space to park and unload. You can also check your local council’s calendar for events that clash with your move.

Find a good deal on van rental:

GoGet car share has hundreds of moving vans for hire, with enough space for most things you’ll need to move. We have vans in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney with hourly booking and 24/7 access. We help you save by letting you book just the time you need. Fuel is also included. As a member, you’ll also have access to our entire fleet of vehicles, which could help you live car free and save thousands!

There’s probably a van close to you – use our pod finder to see where it is.

“I’d rather get friends to help me move than argue with removalists. After a bad experience with a delivery company, I’ll use GoGet vans from now on.” – Jane

Looking forward to moving house now?

With these tips and words of encouragement from our members, we hope you’re feeling more confident about moving house.

If you’re a meticulous planner, This is Neat Cleaning has a comprehensive moving house checklist that covers everything from packing to settling in. It’s definitely worth a read.

Good luck in your new home!

Related: GoGet van hire in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane