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Advice When Shifting Home

There is nothing more stressful than shifting homes. Whether you’re moving to the next street, the neighbouring suburb or to another state, in order to decrease the stress involved, it’s crucial that you receive assistance. I mean, we’ve all had friends bring their cars and attempt to help movethe items, however that creates more work and by the end of it you’re tired, irritable and require a sleep.

Relying on professional removalists is the way to go, as they are incredibly experienced and arrive with all of the materials and tools needed to ensure all shifts go smoothly. There are a number of things that you have to worry about when moving, from disconnecting the internet, to notifying your electricity and water company to changing billing addresses, don’t let shifting the goods be another task on the list that you have to worry about.

Interstate Removals:

It’s important that all interstate removals are completed by those who have experience in the area, as it’s a longer process then those moving suburbs. Whether you’re shifting from Sydney to Albury Wodonga or moving from Sydney to Lismore, getting some assistance will make the process much smoother.

Packing Services:

One of the most important things about shifting is keeping your furniture and other personal belongings safe. Many removalists arrive prepared with all of the materials needed to ensure all items are protected throughout the transportation process. For fragile items, many businesses have systems and will supply incredibly durable materials to ensure no damage occurs.

Safety & Security:

Many of the removal companies are fully insured, just in case something unexpected does occur.

Backloading Removals:

Backloading is an excellent way for those on a budget to take advantage of a removals service at the lowest prices. With this option, you only pay for the amount of space your belongings take up in the truck. We recommend those who have a medium amount of items that need to be transported select backloading as their preference.

For those in the Sydney area who require five-star assistance, contact Extra Mile Movers. This established and large business will take care of the whole removals process, allowing you to relax throughout what can be a stressful time. No task is too challenging, as we’re able to accomplish even the most difficult tasks.

FRS Furniture Removalist Services

Are you searching for a reliable and highly established business to help you move home? Our experienced team at FRS Furniture Removalist Services is a trusted company, and will provide an exceptional service for all those needing to shift furniture of all sizes.

Over the years, we’ve provided five-star assistance to thousands of clients, who have thoroughly enjoyed the comprehensive and dependable service that’s been provided. Relocating can be challenging for everyone involved, as it can take a long time to organise everything and make sure all items are ready to be moved. It can also be emotionally draining, as leaving a place where so many memories have been created is difficult. Our professional removalists are incredibly efficient, and will always provide outstanding assistance.

Furniture Removalist Services have been in the industry for a long time, other than exceeding the expectation of all clients, we have systems in place to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Our removalists prepare for all situations and are fully insured, just in case any unforeseeable circumstances occur.

There is nothing more important to FRS than the safety of our clients and removalists; all methods used to complete all tasks are done so following the strict rules and regulations that have been enforced by the appropriate bodies.

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It’s completely understandable to feel stressed during the moving process. For those who are short for time, FRS offers a wide range of additional services that can make shifting  that much easier. Our professional packers are here to save you time by packing and carefully wrapping all of your items,  while taking extra precaution with the fragile goods. If you hate unpacking, we have the perfect solution; our team will unload and place everything into your new location, taking the pressure off of you.

Rest assure that our removalists are highly trained and have plenty of experience handling shifts of all sizes. From shifting apartments, to moving homes, the maximum amount of care will be taken at all times. We arrive on time to your property, carefully load all of the items into our truck, and deliver them to your new location.

  • White Good Removals
  • Furniture Removals
  • Pool Table Removals
  • Commercial & Residential Shifts
  • Backload Removals
  • Domestic Shifts
  • Apartment, Office & High Rise Moves
  • Home Removals
  • Piano Removals

 

Other Services We Provide

  • Pre-Packing Services
  • Un-Packing Services
  • Using Materials Of The Highest Quality
  • Our Trucks Range In Sizes From 4.5 Tonnes Up To 16 Tonnes

 

As Well As Providing Interstate Moves, The Following Areas We Service Around Sydney Include Alexandria, Arncliffe, Blue Mountains, Breakfast Point, Brighton Le Sands, Canada Bay, Chiswick, Concord, Cronulla, Darlinghurst, Double Bay, Drummoyne, Dulwich Hill, Five Dock, Gladesville, Glebe, Guilford, Hunters Hill, Hurstville, Inner West Sydney, Kellyville, Kingsford, Kogarah, Lane Cove, Leichhardt, Lilyfield, Marrickville, Neutral Bay, Parramatta, Petersham, Putney, San Souci, St Ives, Strathfield, Surry Hills, Sutherland Shire, Vaucluse, Wentworth Point, Western Suburbs Sydney, Woollahra, Woolloomooloo & Zetland.

Our removalists are here to ensure that the requests of our clients have been met, and are more than happy to design a package to suit your individual needs.

Contact Us

For further details regarding our removals services, don’t hesitate to contact FRS Furniture Removalist Services today on 1300 400 177. Our team are able to offer flexible working hours and find a time that’s convenient to you.

Why It’s best To Hire Professional Removalists When Moving

Congratulations, you’ve just purchased a new property. Shifting is classified as one of the most stressful things people will do. The best way to decrease the pressure is to hire a team of professionals.

Yes, getting some boxes from the local grocery store and borrowing your mates work van might seem like the cheapest way to go, however it could end up costing you more time and effort.

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You might have planned the whole process as to how you’re going to handle the move without expert assistance, but there could be some bumps in the road. Removalists have been trained to handle all types of moving assignments including apartments, homes, offices and more.

One of the first steps before moving is to do your homework, researching the removal companies around your area will help you narrow down the search to find the right one. As well as looking for the cheapest price, look to see what other deals are being offered. Will you be given a lower price if you have more items? How much of the work do the removalists do? Does the service include free boxes and packaging materials? Asking lots of questions and calling a number of companies up will help you find the best options.

 

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The level of efficiency a company has is also an important aspect to consider. When enquiring about services, find out how many removalists are going to be assisting with the move. If it’s a large move, you want to make sure that there is more than one removalist helping you.

Having the most up-to-date materials and equipment can make the job much easier, when searching for the best deal; enquire about the methods in place to ensure that all tasks run smoothly.

How to prepare a refrigerator for a move.

  1. Remove all contents from the refrigerator.

Make sure the fridge and freezer are free of ice, food, ice trays and ice packs. You don’t want any objects that can move around or cause damage or rattling about during a move.

Plan ahead of time and start eating all perishable items to avoid wasting food. 

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  1. Remove all shelving, trays and drawers.

A lot of people miss this step but it is important. Not only will it make the fridge lighter and easier to move but will also stop the trays from cracking and needing replacing. You don’t want the first call you make from your new home to be to a fridge repair man.

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Wrap each shelf in towels or bubble wrap and store in a box for moving.

If you don’t want to remove the shelves opt for sticky taping them in place for a smoother move.

  1. Unplug your refrigerator.

The day before the move unplug the refrigerator so it can warm up. This also gives the oils and fluids enough time to stop moving through the compressor. If your refrigerator makes ice automatically, ensure to disconnect the water too. Coil the power cord and tape it into a small bundle to avoid it getting caught on anything during a move or becoming damaged.

  1. Defrost the freezer.

If you have been putting off defrosting the freezer now is the time to do it. If you have a considerable amount of ice on the sides of the freezer ensure you leave a day or so for it to melt. Lay down towels and other precautions to catch the water as it drips. On the day of the move just give the freezer a last wipe down and again ensure there are no ice trays or shelves left inside.

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  1. Secure the doors.

Shut the doors and secure them with rope, often removal professionals will have materials to aid with wrapping and packing but if you haven’t already sorted some packing products make sure you look into it yourself. Doors swinging open during a move is dangerous for removalists and can cause damage to the fridge or other items in the truck. If you have a double door fridge make sure the door handles are tied together for extra security.

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Avoid using sticky tape or another tape that will cause residue to the fridge!

  1. Hire removalists.

Hire removalists or gather some friends to help with moving all heavy items and white goods. Moving a fridge takes at least 2 people – ensure you are lifting properly with your knees not your backs for a safe move.

Don’t lay the fridge down during a move. Keep it upright so the liquids inside don’t move around too much.

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  1. Turn your fridge back on.

Once your fridge is in your new home and upright, leave it for 3 hours until turning it back on. Older fridges needed 12 hours to a day to settle before being turned back on but if your fridge was built after 2010 then 3 hours is plenty of time. When the fridge is off, insert all trays and drawers.

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Turn the fridge back on after 3 hours and refill with food.

Note the fridge may take a day or two to reach the ideal temperature again.

If your fridge is not working as well as it used to or has stopped working all together it might just need a repair. Don’t throw it on the kerb just yet or hire a waste removal company call in a fridge repair expert and have your fridge cooling and freezing again in no time.

10 Things To Organise When Moving Home

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Moving house and losing sleep over all the things you need to get done before the big move? Don’t stress! Here is a list of 10 things you can do to prepare for a move.

1) Get organised

Pack early – the week before you move get packing, before you say you need everything – you don’t. Books you have already read, coats when its summer, 10 of your 20 plates, linen you’re not sleeping in, all these things can be boxed up and moved. If you know how to drive, own a car and the move isn’t too far, start moving things across now. You will feel much better when things start to move smoothly. This also won’t make moving day as big and scary, half your possessions are already moved!

2) Change your address

Don’t wait till the last minute to change your address. It will probably take you a few days if not weeks to remember to change all your addresses so start right now. Bank statements, bills, eBay purchases, your dentist, friends and family – all these people need and want to know your new address. It will also help you to remember it.

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3) Turn Off and Cancel Everything

Cancel you deliveries or have them go to your new address a few days before the move.  If you get the paper or subscribe to a magazine either cancel or change your address. The day of the move turn off the power, hot water, gas, internet and anything else that is costing you money.

4) Prepare Packing

A few weeks before your move start saving newspapers and collecting boxes for the move. If you are going back and forth a few boxes will do as you can unpack and repack as you go. A great idea to save you time and money is to wrap all glass wear and crockery in clothes and tea towels. Choose t-shirts, and singlets to wrap cups and use tea towels for plates. This eliminates the need for newspapers which can turn everything black and means a chunk of your clothes are packed too, two birds one stone!

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5) What’s the Weather?

A few days before you move start checking the weather forecast. If you have already booked a removalist this shouldn’t be changed but if it looks like it is going to rain be prepared with umbrellas, tarps and towels. Have towels at the door so the removalist and anyone else helping out doesn’t walk dirt into your new home.

6) Heat Up.

Defrost your freezer and turn off the fridge. These should both be done at least a day before. Try to eat all perishables in the weeks coming up to a move and stop buying foods that need to be kept cool. There is nothing worse then wasting food or stressing about food melting during a move.

 

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7) Pets!

This can be a tough one, both cats and dogs take a while to get used to their new surroundings. It’s a good idea if you can drive back and forth moving smaller items to take your pets with you. This way they can get used to the new house before you move. Try taking a few toys or a food bowl with you. This will help calm them down and be one less thing for you to drive across on moving day.

8) Removalist

Book and get to know your removalist. If you haven’t learnt to drive a car with a trailer or a truck then a removalist company is a must. Most can be hired by the hour and offer packing, unpacking, wrapping, assembly and disassembly services. Opt for just removals and relocation or for the whole package! Just know what they will do before they arrive. Time is money.

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9) Get Everything

Triple check you have everything, check in every drawer and cupboard, look in the back shed, under the deck and in the laundry, then have someone else look. There is nothing worse then losing your possessions during a move!

10) Clean

Get prepared to scrub or hire a cleaner. If you are renting you definitely want your bond back and if you are selling – having a clean and fresh home will raise the price. Either be prepared to get down and dirty or look around for a bond back cleaner. They specialise in cleaning ovens, steam cleaning carpets and scrubbing bathrooms. All those jobs you might not want to do!  You may also need to look into skip bin hire if you have a range of hard rubbish to dispose of before moving in to your new place!

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Lastly enjoy your new home and plan a house warming. Moving is hard, you deserve a party!

Investing In Professional Packing Services

When you’re busy looking into the many different tasks that need to be completed when moving house you can become extremely overwhelmed, especially when you need to decide what professional help you’ll require. During your planning you’ll need to decide on how much money your willing to hand over to professional moving companies, and this will depend highly on individual circumstances.

If you know you’re running behind schedule and it’s getting close to the moving date then you may need to hire a removals company to handle the packing process. Or if you know ahead of time that you’re not going to have the time or assistance to get your belongings packed, paying for a packing service can be a worthwhile investment.

If you’re unfamiliar about what a packing service actually entails then it’s going to be hard to decide whether you require the assistance. Let’s take a look at the packing service elements, the positives, and negatives.

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What does a packing service generally involve?

A packing service can be different for each company but there are general commonalities amongst all. However make sure you contact a few companies if you want a packing service to include the aspects you require and at the right cost for individual budget.

  • Pack up the entire house contents within a day (something you couldn’t achieve by yourself), or within a few hours
  • Companies will generally utilise different box types designed specifically for different items and objects
  • Additional unpacking service for those who don’t have the time to get everything unpacked once moved into new home. (Includes setting up different rooms according to specific training)
  • Some companies will include a cleaning element in their unpacking services (including dusting, mopping, vacuuming and more!).
  • Assembling and dissembling furniture. You can have your furniture dissembled when packing up the old home, and assembled once moving into your new home.

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Pricing and Budget

When it comes to pricing of the packing services companies will generally have some base rates according to how many hours it will take and how many packers will be involved. Some companies will provide you options on how many packing people you want, and some will let you know how many will be required. Usually a professional removal company will provide you a quote based on consultation on site and also estimates over the phone.

You’ll find that some companies will be more flexible than others so you’ll need to put the time into researching the prices before committing to a company. If you’re on a budget then make sure you let the company know and they might be able to sort out more personalised arrangements.

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Make sure you take a serious look at what your circumstances are and what you need before you commit to packing services, or DIY packing. Every family and individual is different; there is no right way to decide on packing.

 

Playing It Safe With Piano Removal

Are you moving house and need to move a valuable piano? If you are a piano owner you are well aware of both it’s worth and sentimental value. Some owners rarely use their piano, but still want to keep it during a move, which is quite understandable. Moving house around the corner, or interstate, a piano still needs a lot more attention than other belongings. Not only is it heavy, but it’s also awkward in shape, and very detailed. It’s important that if you decide to move out the piano yourself that you make sure you use appropriate tools and safety measures. In most cases organising a professional removalist to transfer your piano, is a worthwhile investment.

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Your piano is worth a lot of savings:

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Think prices like $2000, 8,000, 10,000 or more, depending on brand and quality.

Tips for Piano Removal:

Measurement and Organisation:

Firstly you will need to look at where you piano is in your current house, in comparison to where you want it to go. You should know what the layout of your new house looks like, and have an idea where it should go. You’ll need to consider who in your house will predominately be using it, or if it’s just a visual component, look at where you can display it. If you want your piano to be a prominent aspect of your home then make sure you place it somewhere that will easily fit in with your design. You also need to consider access points of the new house.

Get your buddies on board!

If you’re not going to organise for the furniture removalist to help with your piano then make sure you get some fit friends on board. You’ll require a group of injury free friends who can help lift and manoeuvre the weight of the piano. Also,  there is certain risk that comes with the help of friends, as this kind of activity can result in injury if not co-ordinated with efficiency. You need provide all your friends firm instruction on what they are lifting, where, and on what angle. Make sure you have reliable friends who will take the job seriously, as there is nothing worse than a joker when you’re handling fragile items.

Having the right tools and resources:

If you don’t hire a removalist to get your piano moved you’re going to be without the right equipment for the job, as many removalists have specialised equipment. If you go at it alone it’s important to make sure you have the right resources. Strapping is important in order to keep the piano steady, and the lid closed. Blankets and towels are good to wrap around the piano, avoiding any chipping if knocked. Find as much padding as you can in order to protect your beloved piano. You should also look into anything with wheels to get your piano onto your moving vehicle. Perhaps a dolly may suit? Make sure your piano lid is secure because the keys are very fragile and losing them is going to be costly.

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Make sure that you consider all the work involved in moving a piano to another location. If you think it’s going to be a quick and easy task, it’s not. If you have all the preparation in place then it can go smoothly.

It’s an option that will provide less work, but it’s entirely up to the individual. Many people can undertake the task without any hassle.

Choose a piano removal solution that’s right for your peace of mind, health and budget.

If you’re looking for a highly reliable removalist team, look no further than Mark’s Removals.

Down Time Before Moving:Storage

When you move house or even office, there is usually some down time, and for some people it can be longer than expected. If you’re moving interstate and have sold your house, but haven’t exactly found the right one interstate, you’re going to have to organise some type of storage plan. You have a few options when it comes to storage, but dependent on your personal circumstances. However it’s advised you properly look into storage options before the last minute, as you also need to consider prices etc.

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You storage options and circumstances:

If you looking at long term storage option for your furniture then you can seek out the option of a storage unit. This storage option is suitable for a few different circumstances.

-If you’ve cleaned out your house ready for moving but found you have a lot more furniture and items than you thought, this is perfect.

-Another circumstance could be that you’re only moving for a temporary amount of time and don’t require all your storage.  In this case this storage option can be the perfect option, just make sure you check out the security of the storage provider.

-Some people just don’t have enough room in the new house they’ve bought so they need permanent storage.

Or like most people who hire a removalist company, you can just make use of their storage service.

-Most removalist companies will have their own storage facility for the time period when you between houses, or offices. At a fee you can make use of these company owned facilities, so it depends on how much you’re willing to spend on a removalist company.

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All in all, your storage needs and requirements are going to differ to other people. You may have different personal preferences, and security ideas for your belongings, as well as a budget. Some people can get away without the need for storage during removals periods; however hiring a removalist company will probably be a bit easier in terms of organisation.  Make sure you thoroughly think about your storage needs ahead of time to ensure you’re not left palming furniture off to relatives.

 

Special Care With Furniture During Relocation

When you’re in the midst of moving office or home there are some things that need a little more care and thought. If you’re a large business then you are going to have many desks and office chairs. Alternatively if you’re at home there are many shaped pieces of furniture. Both scenarios require serious thought on logistics and safety. Furniture is heavy and so you need to make decisions on whether you are going to utilise friends, or make full use of a removals company.

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Some things you need to consider:

Does your furniture fit through the exits of your office or home?

If you have all different types of furniture then it is likely that some pieces of furniture won’t be able to physically fit through exits as they are. You need reflect on how this furniture was placed into your property, and whether you need help with lifting. In some cases you will need a great number of people to help, as sometimes furniture will need to be lifted high into the air to get around tricky corners. Or in some cases you will need to dismantle furniture. If a lot of your furniture needs to be dismantled then make sure you work this out prior to organising a removalist. You don’t won’t to be left wasting time dismantling furniture when you finally realise it needs to be done, make sure you look at all your exits and furniture as soon as possible. Make sure you plan the way in which you’re going to get the furniture out of the house, measuring doors and exits.

How to wrap and pack your furniture: the procedure.

When attempting to wrap and pack your furniture you need to make sure you have both the right techniques and materials, otherwise you can risk some real damage to your more fragile furniture. Ensure you have materials like cardboard, bubble wrap, thick packing tape, and newspaper will be useful too. Blankets are often used to wrap your furniture also. You’ll also need some thick marker to make sure your labelling is obvious.

Wrapping:

-Edges of all furniture such as tables, chairs, glass should be carefully wrapped and stuck with bubble wrap.

-All items should be then lined with flat cardboard boxes for maximum protection, which will need to be secured by strong packing tape.

-Glass needs extra care so wrapping this with more cardboard boxes and newspaper will help. Label these “fragile”.

-At all times where possible make sure you disassemble things and wrap separately, it will provide greater protection.

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All movement of furniture will be taken care of by your removals specialist; however you should go to the effort of securing your furniture as much as possible before they arrive. It doesn’t hurt to be too careful.

What shouldn’t tag along to your next family home?

When you decide to sort through all your belongings when you’re moving house there isn’t room for extras. However there are some items that you aren’t allowed to take at all, and that a removalist won’t pack. Some items cannot be taken due to safety and some due to other reasons. It’s important that you research and find out if you can take certain items that you are sceptical about, or you may be caught out.

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What are some of the items you can’t take with you?

Explosives, hazardous goods and combustibles:

These items are things you definitely can’t take with you when you move house, due to safety reasons. Most of them are self-explanatory and logical, so just have a quick reflection of these items.

–          Fireworks

–          Paint Thinners

–          Acids

–          Car Batteries

–          Weed Killers

–          Fuels

–          Chemistry Items

–          Liquid Bleach

–          Ammonia

–          Pool Chemicals

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Perishables:

If you’re moving locally then you will desire to keep some of your un-used perishables, so make sure you take this yourself, you can’t get a removals company to take these. Get friends involved in helping you with these items. If you’re moving interstate or overseas, you obviously cannot take perishable items.

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You also need to make sure of your valuables; you can refer to removing antiques in a previous post.