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Preparing Your Home For Your Removalists

 

Proper planning is the first step to any successful move. While there are many unforeseen circumstances that could derail a move, the better you plan, the less likely they are to occur. Preparing for your Hawthorn moving company to come do the job begins with the booking process. During booking, the removals company will ask you for information regarding inventory and access so they can get an idea of how the job will run. Providing accurate information on these topics is the first way you will help to prepare them for your move.

The night before your removalists are scheduled to arrive, your focus should be on preparations to make their job go as smoothly as possible. Like all eastern suburbs removals companies, your removalists will be able to do the job more quickly when you are ready and prepared.  The day before your move, be sure to ask yourself the following questions:

Is your fridge turned off and the food removed?

Your fridge should not be turned on again for 24 hours after it is set back up in your new home. Sometimes people think they can leave the food in their fridge or freezer during the move. Odds are this will just result in a melted, spoiled mess. Unless you have arranged to store the food somewhere, throw it out. Do not assume this is something the removalists will take care of.

Are your boxes packed and closed?

You don’t want to be running around packing while your Hawthorn removalists are trying to take your things out to the truck. Not only will this put you in a panic, but it will add time and therefore cost to your move. Make sure you are packed by the time they get to you and close all the boxes so they can be taken out to the truck and stacked right away.

If you don’t want it to get dirty, is your carpet covered?

The removalists can’t take off their shoes when they’re on a job due to WHS requirements. If you have carpeting you want to keep clean, cover it with blankets or tarps to keep it protected.

Have you dismantled your furniture?

If you have furniture you will be dismantling yourself, do it the day before, rather than during the move to save time. If you want your removalists to dismantle the furniture, tell your Hawthorn moving company ahead of time so that they can plan out the time it will add to the move.

Do you have your keys/wallet/purse?

Set vital items such as your keys, wallet and purse aside somewhere safe where they won’t be accidentally packed by anyone or misplaced. These items are essential for your move and losing them can completely derail your otherwise perfectly planned day!

 

Preparing for a storage move

 

So, your parents have decided to sell their 5 bedroom family home in Kew and head off for a sea change. This isn’t a particularly convenient turn of events for you, as you have been using your old childhood bedroom and your parents’ shed as a free storage unit for the past 20 years. Unfortunately, your perfect Toorak apartment isn’t big enough to hold anything more than what you, your partner and your dog already own.

Before you call your Toorak removals company and before your parents hire their Kew removals company, you’re going to want to sort out a storage unit and prepare both the unit and your goods for storage. It’s important to make sure that you choose a storage company that will keep your goods safe and that will be able to conveniently coordinate with your Toorak removalists. You also need to ensure that either you or your Toorak removalists are packing and preparing your items in a way that will keep them in good condition in the storage unit for however long you intend to keep them there.

Preparing your unit

The first thing you need to do is figure out how much stuff you have so you can get the correct size storage unit for your goods. As with any type of move, underestimating the size of the move is a common mistake. In the case of a storage move, it is even more important as a storage unit has a finite amount of space. Many storage companies will have a storage calculator you can use to estimate the appropriate size.

When choosing a storage company, consider what they can offer you as far as security, as every company is different. Purchase a strong padlock as a minimum security measure.

Once you’ve chosen a storage provider, book the move with the storage company so they will know when your Toorak removals company are coming. Book your Toorak removalists for a time when the storage company is open and inform them of any rules or procedures the storage provider has.

Preparing your goods

Your items should first be wrapped to keep them from collecting dust and to protect items that will be stacked. Your Toorak removals company can do this for you if you aren’t sure how to best wrap items. If you’re storing leather furniture, don’t wrap it in plastic as it will cause the leather to sweat. You can use old blankets to protect leather furniture as well as other items.

You should label your boxes so you can easily find items when it comes time to take them out of storage. If you know there are certain items you will be removing from storage earlier, label them and point them out to your Toorak removalists so that they can put them at the front of the unit.

How much do you need to save for your big move?

 

Buying your new house in Brighton isn’t the only cost you need to plan and save for. There are a million other little things you have to remember to work in to your moving budget. A common mistake people make is to plan for the cost of their new home and then get blindsided when little things like the cost of building inspections, internet connection and eastern suburbs removals team start adding up. You can think about these costs as being in three phases: buying your home, moving into your home and setting up your new home.

The first area you should think about, and probably have already considered, is the costs associated with buying your new home. There is the cost of the property itself, which will obviously be the biggest lump sum. However, there are also the additional fees for stamp duties, legal services, building inspections, loan applications and lenders mortgage insurance. This is all very confusing, but they are probably the costs you are most prepared for. However, the costs associated with the sale are just the beginning.

The next area you should plan for are the costs associated with moving into your new home. Moving to Brighton will involve hiring a cleaning service, buying or renting moving boxes and packaging supplies and hiring a Brighton removals company. This is where a lot of people end up panicking about the fees they’re racking up, but you really don’t want to try go cheap when it comes to hiring your removalists in Brighton because you want this to go smoothly and you definitely do not want your things broken. The cost of a good removalist is something people tend to underestimate, but it is always worth it.

Finally, you’ll be sure to have a few costs involved with setting up your new home. There is generally a fee for your internet to be set up. You may have to deal with unexpected electric, gas or plumbing problems. You will probably have to take at least a day off of work to move which is a cost to you. Even if you are using paid vacation days, those are days you could be spending actually on a vacation. There are also small things that people often throw out when they move that need to be replaced, such as old worn linens, an old microwave and refrigerator staples.

While you may feel overwhelmed thinking about all these costs, the benefits will definitely be worth it! You’ll love living in Brighton. There’s so much to do, lots of outdoor areas (including the beach!), restaurants and cafes, and great shopping. Leave moving to your removalists Brighton will be your home in no time!

4 Tips For Moving Valuable Items

 

Everyone assigns value in different ways. Value can be attributed to an expensive item, an original work of art or something that holds sentimental value. As we have had plenty of experience with eastern suburbs removals, we know these valuable items often take the form of antiques. Furniture removals eastern suburbs often involve moving large antique furniture items that require special care to be taken.

On our end, this requires us to have the correct packaging supplies, well trained packers and movers, and knowledge and experience that allows us to know how to safely transport these tricky items.

Here are some tips for things you can do to make sure your valuable items are moved safely:

Make sure your items are insured. Whether you get your own insurance or use your removalists, it’s important to have your items insured for transit. Even if an item is packed to perfection, accidents can happen on the road at any time, at no fault of your own or your removalist. We have public liability and transit insurance included in our hourly rate, so you don’t have to pay anything extra. However, items are only covered if we have wrapped them to our professional standards.

Make sure your items are wrapped. We wrap everything! It’s part of our company policy and our insurance policy that we wrap all of your items. Sometimes customers ask us not to wrap items because they think it adds time to their move. It takes a matter of seconds for our removalists to professionally wrap your items so they will stay safe and insured. If we don’t wrap it we can’t insure it and you will save way more money paying for 30 seconds of wrapping than paying to replace your antique furniture.

Make sure to bring items to the attention of the removalists. Identify valuable and fragile items to your removalists at the time of your booking and when they arrive for the job. Make sure items are clearly labeled as being fragile. Over emphasizing an item’s importance will ensure it is moved with the utmost care. Identifying the items at the time of booking will also allow us to gather any specific packaging materials we might need to bring.

Consider hiring a specialist. Certain valuable items like artwork and pianos require removalists with specific expertise and equipment. When moving these types of items it’s often worth spending the money to do it right. When you book with us we can recommend specialists we’ve worked with before.
If you are worried about your valuable items, just remember to take as many precautions as you can. Whether you’re looking for removalists in Brighton or Toorak, you don’t want to put a price or a time limit on the items that make your house a home.

How many moving boxes do you need?

 

So if I multiply the number of rooms by the number of people and divide by 4 and carry the 1….

Underestimating the amount of stuff you have to move is an incredibly common mistake we all make when moving. We like to think we’re organised and we know we’re not hoarders so surely we couldn’t have that much stuff. But the truth is we do have a lot of stuff, and that doesn’t mean you’re a pack rat or that your house isn’t perfectly organised, it just means that you’re a person with a life and a home.

We accumulate stuff every day in a variety of ways. There are also a lot of variables to consider such as the number of rooms in your house, the number of people living there, lifestyles ranging from minimalists to hoarders, how full storage areas such as pantries, closets and garages are, whether you have hobbies or collections that require special packing, and how long it’s been since your last move.

So now that we’ve accepted that we’re going to have a lot to move, the next step is figuring out how many boxes it will all fit into. Honestly, this estimation will never be 100% accurate. It’s hard to look at your stuff and visualize it in boxes. Then there are all different sizes and bubble wrap and butcher’s paper and packing tape. It just goes on and on.

One way to make this process easier for yourself is to get packaging supplies from your removalists. This option has a variety of benefits that work towards making your move cheaper and more efficient.

Correctly estimating the contents of your house and the number of boxes you’ll end up having not only benefits you but also your removalist as it gives us a better idea of what size truck you’ll need and how long the job will take. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, underestimating a move will only cause you problems and cost you money as your removalists will have to scramble to try to get it all done. When you get packaging materials from your removalists, they can help you estimate how many boxes you’ll need and what kind of boxes you’ll need. We also buy back any unused boxes, so you can safely overestimate rather than be stuck at the last minute throwing things in trash bags.

Lastly, buying boxes from your removalists is often cheaper than other options because we offer packages that will save you money. Bunnings doesn’t offer a discount for buying all of your moving materials from them, but we do!

 

4 Commonly Forgotten Items When Moving

 

Now where did I put those keys…

Moving house is a chaotic process. Packing up everything you own in an organised and thorough manner is difficult for even the most experienced packers and movers. Using a Pack and Wrap service can help you make sure your stuff is packed correctly and organised to be moved, however your most important items are often the ones that are forgotten because they’re the items you set aside to manage yourself.

 

Here are a few often forgotten items:

Keys.  House and car keys are easy to misplace even on a normal day. On your moving day you often have two sets of keys to manage for both your old and new property, meaning they’re twice as likely to be lost. Always put your keys either in your purse or on your person. If your keys accidently get packed in some unknown box at the back of the moving truck, it will seriously derail your move.

Food. Whether on purpose or by accident, a lot of people leave food in their refrigerators. This is problematic because if you have freezer section, your refrigerator needs to be unplugged and defrosted ahead of time. Once your fridge has been moved to its new location, it shouldn’t be plugged back in for at least 2 hours (though some recommend waiting 24 hours). This means your perishable items will not keep through your move unless you’ve made alternate arrangements for them. Do not leave food in the fridge, your removalists are not responsible for these items, they will go bad and you will be left with a mess.

Kitchen cabinets. Often, one or two kitchen cabinets are left to pack last, thinking you will just throw that cereal and plastic cutlery in a bag before you leave. These items then end up forgotten in the last minute rush. While these aren’t the most important items, they are easy to forget about, so don’t leave them until the last minute because you won’t remember.

The first night box. These aren’t necessarily items that get left behind as they are items that people forget to set aside. We recommend packing a clearly labeled box with necessities for your first night in your new home so that you don’t have to go digging through every box to find what you need. These items can include toiletries, some clean clothes, your phone and charger, and some towels.

Keeping track of everything during your move is a challenge. Ask your removalists for additional recommendations for organising and try to focus on your most important items, like your keys, and try not to worry too much about how the rest will fall together.

Moving Day Challenges & How to Overcome Them: Access

 

Walk 50 meters in your removalists shoes.

After months of searching, you finally found the perfect family home on the perfect little tree lined street in Balwyn – Congratulations!

Now, as you book your removalist and prepare for the big move, it becomes clear that your perfect family home doesn’t necessarily include perfect truck access. But don’t panic. As usual, your removalists have a few recommendations! Removalists in Melbourne know that access in the suburbs with the biggest moves, like Balwyn, Hawthorn or Toorak, can often be the trickiest when it comes to parking massive trucks and unloading all their contents.

Basically, you want to figure out how to get the truck as close as possible to the entrance point of your home without damaging your property or the truck. The closer your removalists can get the truck to your house, the faster your move will go and the more money you’ll save.

The ideal situation would be a wide, unobstructed driveway that our trucks can easily fit in. The driveway can not have tree branches hanging down that could hit and scratch the trucks as they drive in. Generally, driveways end up close to a door, minimizing the distance the removalists have to carry all of your items.

However, as experienced Melbourne removalists, we know that yard size and layouts can differ significantly in these large eastern suburb properties. Most people don’t have driveways wide enough to park a 12 tonne truck, because really why would they?

If you’re driveway is too narrow, our other option is to park on the street. For this you will probably need to reserve a space in front of your house. Let your neighbors know when you’re moving and why you will be blocking off parking space on that day.

What you don’t want to do is wait until your removalists pull up to the house to figure it out. Be sure to discuss property access when you make your booking. Once the best access is determined, just leave the rest to your removalists Balwyn will be your new home in no time!

 

Packing For Your Move

 

To pack, or not to pack, that is the question.

So you’re moving soon and you start looking through your stuff, trying to make a packing plan. As you try to make some sort of sense out of it, you realise you’re coming up with more questions than answers: Will this fit in a box? Do I bubble wrap it? How many boxes will I need? What’s a port-a-robe? Why are these boxes at Bunnings so expensive?

Our best advice when any moving confusion arises: Call us. We have all the answers!

You have two options for packing your home, do it yourself or have us do it through our Pack & Wrap service. Even if you choose to do it yourself, we can provide heaps of advice on how to go about it. Here are a few pointers to get you started

Packaging: The first step to packing is to get the right supplies. Move On Removals offers a number of recommended packages, and we can deliver! Be sure to buy plenty of bubble wrap, the more the better. It’s the easiest way to protect your items!

Color coding: We have an easy trick for making sure all your items end up in the right rooms. Print or draw a floor plan of your new place. Assign a color to each room, and place stickers with the corresponding colors on each box or item that goes to that room. Then, on the day of your move, tape the floorplan to the front door so the removalist will know where to put everything and you won’t have to wander around trying to find things!

Boxes: Fill all the boxes as much as you can. Wrap fragile items and try to balance heavy and light weight items in each box so you can make the most of the space. More boxes means more trips for the removalists to take to and from the truck which makes your move take longer. When a box is full, close it up so it’s ready to be moved and stacked.

Remember, you always have the option to let us pack for you if you don’t have the time, are unsure how to pack your items safely, or just don’t feel like doing it because we all know packing is the worst.

Moving Day Challenges & How To Overcome Them: Too Much Stuff

 

I’m not a hoarder, I swear….

Challenge: You have more stuff in your house than you thought.

If you underestimated the amount of stuff you have to move, it’s important to understand that this will most likely slow down your move.

The best way to avoid this would be to carefully and accurately document the contents of your home, pack ahead of time, book a larger truck than you think you’ll need or have your removals company come to do an on-site assessment.

However, if this issue occurs on the day, figuring it out as soon as possible is important. Check with the removalists when they arrive to see if the amount of stuff you have will fit in the truck and if not, then consult with them for the best way to manage the situation. However, this will cost you time and money so do what you can to make sure you estimate the load correctly the first time.

A good way to make sure your move gets estimated correctly and stays on track is to provide an accurate inventory when making the booking. Ask your removalist if they have an inventory sheet you can fill out, or grab a piece of paper. Then walk through every room in your home and catalogue each item of furniture. While you’re doing that, make a note of drawers, cupboards and shelves containing additional items.

People tend to underestimate the amount of items in their homes and how many boxes it will take to fit everything. Leaving items off the inventory or not estimating appropriately is the easiest way to blow out your move. Communicating clearly and accurately with your removalists will ensure your move goes smoothly and efficiently.

Fear of Moving Out

Moving house can be scary. Finding a new place, selling the old one and moving the entire contents of your home (whether human, animal or furniture) is a lot to manage.

While unfortunately we can’t do anything about the housing market, we can offer you some advice on easing the anxiety that comes with any decision to move.

Deciding to move is the first step. Think of it as an adventure—a new home in which to make new memories. If you’ve been feeling stuck or like you’ve outgrown your current place, then its time to make a fresh start. Need some inspiration to convince you? Check out listings online to see some great spaces that are available, or search almost anything on Pinterest for home décor ideas that will have you eager for a new space!

Once you have committed to your move, you may feel overwhelmed thinking about all the things that need to be organised for your move. Take a deep breath. Now, make a list of everything you need to do. Contact utilities companies, book your removalists, and assess the contents of your house. For complete, detailed lists, again do a search on Pinterest; there are hundreds of checklists to choose from in a variety of cute, yet functional styles.

Now here is a tip that can take half of the stress out of moving: Let your removalists do the packing for you! Underestimating the amount of stuff you have in your house is the most common mistake when moving. Your removalists are experienced house packers and have done thousands of moves. Why spend days packing when someone else can do it for you?

Moving can be scary, but with a little planning and some help from professional removalists, you’ll feel at home in your new place in no time!