Eco-Friendly Home Moving Tips

By · September 13 2020
Eco-Friendly Home Moving Tips

Moving to a new home can be very stressful. Talk about the big changes you have to make; location, home layout, maybe even job. And of course, the cost this entails and the time it would take to do all the moving.

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With all the stress associated when moving, being eco-friendly is the last thing that you have in mind.

But with planning and resourcefulness, there is a better approach to make your move as eco-friendly as possible.

Read the tips below to find better and easy ways to do it.

1. Declutter before you move

Getting rid of items you no longer want or need will save you time, effort, and money. With fewer items you need to bring when you move, you won’t need to spend much time packing things up. This also means you won’t need to use as many boxes, which helps save space on the moving truck. With fewer boxes to move, you can hire fewer movers, which means you pay less.

2. Sell and donate

The items you no longer want or need for your new home could be useful for other people. Consider selling or donating those items.

Host a garage sale a few weeks before you move and sell items you no longer use. You not only prevent those items from going to a landfill, but you also earn extra cash that you can use for the move.

Donate unwanted items to charitable organizations. From old books and children’s toys to working appliances, electronics, and clothes, your hand-me-downs can be recycled and reused by others who need them.

3. Re-use of packing materials

Eliminate the need to buy moving materials by using what you have available in your home. Re-use old cardboard boxes that you have. Be creative and make use of suitcases, baskets, buckets, laundry hampers, and even trash cans to hold things you need to move. For wrapping and cushioning, you can use blankets, towels, bedsheets, and even clothes, to protect those breakable items that you have.

You may also want to consider asking neighbours or friends if they have cardboard boxes they don’t need. Or visit local stores and ask if they have some boxes they want to get rid of.

4. Dispose of hazardous chemicals properly

Inevitably, you will find hazardous materials as you clean your cupboards. If not disposed of properly, these hazardous materials can be harmful to people, animals, and the environment. It is important to remember that hazardous materials are not allowed in moving trucks, so you should be able to get rid of them before you move. Some of the hazardous materials come with instructions for safe disposal, so make sure to read the label. You can also contact your local waste management company who can take care of the disposal of those hazardous materials. If you can, give away your hazardous materials to neighbours or friends who need them.

5. Recycle moving supplies once the move is done

Avoid disposing of your moving materials once done with the moving. Consider donating those boxes to organizations in need of them. You may also want to use the sturdier boxes to store some of your items at home. Damaged and dirty cardboard boxes can be taken to the local recycling bin.

6. Hire a moving company who cares about the environment

When planning for an eco-friendly move, it is best to consider a moving company that cares about the environment. Check out what are the moving company’s measures to protect the environment. The constant demand for an eco-friendly moving service will encourage more moving companies to re-evaluate their current practices and adapt to being more eco-friendly.

Looking for a moving company that best fits your needs is easier here in Wise Move. With just one enquiry, you’ll be able to reach a network of moving companies in NZ. Once you find the best mover of your choice, be sure to contact them with your questions about the eco-friendly move.

What do our customers say?

$2000
1 bedroom flat move
Frankton, Hamilton
Tweed Street
9.5
Jessica G.
Reviewed 18 hours ago
They helped us with a house move from Hamilton to Christchurch. On the day of the move the truck arrived well on time and everything was loaded and good to go in pretty much one hour! Matt was a great help and really friendly to deal with. As agreed on, the truck arrived two days later in Christchurch and unloading was done quick and efficiently! Just remember that, as reflected on their price, you can’t expect everything to come out without any scratch if you don't wrap it yourself. We made sure everything was good to go on the day of move and wrapped our more valuable stuff in bubble wrap, plastic wrap or in sturdy boxes. That worked great for us and made their job a lot easier I imagine.
$370
1 bedroom flat move
Brooklyn, Wellington
Thorndon, Wellington
10
Andy
Reviewed 20 hours ago
Fast, easy and professional
$840
Whangārei Heads
One Tree Hill, Auckland
9.0
Curly
Reviewed 1 day ago
Epic packing! Strong, fast movers and so polite and sweet. Only 2 items with tiny damage. But muddy crap conditions and I'm insured excess so not worth it, as I say nominal. For the price chur chur!!! I feel blessed that's all that happened to be honest! Paid for 3 both ways, 3 showed for pickup, 2 for delivery, don't refund, just buy the two a box. I thought delivery 3 hours?? Maybe?? Done in 1.5. So pleased. Thank you team, thank you, thank you. Moving from Whangarei Heads to Orks is hell stressful, your people did the job above my expectations and I am very very grateful. Highly recommend!!
$2100
Milford, Auckland
Saint Albans, Christchurch
10
Kera
Reviewed 1 day ago
Pawan and his team were excellent! We moved across the country, and despite this long distance we miraculously had no breakage of delicate kitchen items, and only a few minor scuffs and scrapes (to be expected) on a few tricky furniture items. They were great with communication, and arrived promptly with a load in and load out well faster than we expected. They were also very understanding and helpful when we had a lot more gear than we’d initially planned, with very reasonable pricing given we had to take extra space, and also scheduling flexibly for us so that we could be there at both ends of the trip. Payment was easy - they just gave us the bank details after the move was complete and were very easy to work with. Super lovely guys too - very friendly and reassuring which is exactly what you want on a high pressured and stressful moving day. Overall would highly recommend and will definitely be giving them a call again next time we have gear to move. Can’t thank them enough!
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