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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!

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.

 

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.

 

Making Sure Your Antiques &Valuables Are Safe During Relocation

One of the main concerns when moving house is the safety of our most precious belongings, such as our collectibles, antiques and electronics. If you want extra care taken to ensure your valuable belongings aren’t ruined when you move house then there are some methods which ensure maximum safety. However it’s impossible to prevent disasters from occurring sometimes, but we can fight this outcome. What you need to do is research, and conduct some calls.

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What type of materials and packing resources can prevent disaster?

Available in selected stores and from your removalist company are high grade packing materials. Many different types of boxes exist, ones that a small and compact, for small antiques. Or you can get boxes that are sculpted exactly to fit in your beloved plasma television. It’s amazing what type of boxes you can find if you make the effort to hunt around. You can also find all sorts of bubble wrap that can line the boxes, a handy and very effective protective measure.

Your own wrapping measures are beneficial

You can easily find special wrapping tissue to cover all those small valuables that need extra padding. If you wrap all your small and medium belongings in tissue paper then you’ll prevent chipping or small cracks. Although tissue paper is won’t do the job if the item is pressed heavily or hit against a hard surface, it can still break. If you wrap your belongings in tissue and then place them in hard industrial boxes this may be the ultimate form of protection.

Labelling is a definite Must!

Unfortunately you can wrap your collectibles in the best material and tissue but still have the misfortune of a break. In order to keep your removalist on the ball and informed you should discuss in full what needs to be taken care of with special consideration. You must also label efficiently and succinctly. If you have correct labelling this can ensure your removalist is acutely aware.

Maybe just take the valuables in your own hands?

Probably the process that makes the most sense when looking after your valuables is to just take your small valuables with you during the move. Although large items are going to be a hassle, you can still ensure all those small valuables are in your own hands.

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When you’re moving house it’s always going to be a stressful scenario, one in which you need to let go, and trust those around you. When it comes to your most valuable possessions you must take a few steps to ensure their safety.

For a highly experienced removal company, contact ES Removals today!

Things to consider when moving office…the physical

In a previous post, on the topic of office removal, we discussed the planning and forethought that needs to be in place before an office relocation occurs, now we look at a few of the physical elements. At this point in time the physical work should be the least of your worries in the process.  Fingers crossed this will go smoothly for all involved.

All the muscle involved…

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Physical:

Physical elements of moving office may be outsourced by a removals company, but in some cases the physical work may be completed by management.

-Organising a removals company is part of the physical work required to get the move happening. If you’re a large business then a removals company is a very wise investment. However if you’re a small company you will need to make sure you can handle all the labour required to get things moved.

– Actual clean up and pack up needs to be a joint effort, especially if there is personal belongings involved. Everyone will desire a say in what is thrown and what is kept, so make sure there’s a time where everyone can be involved.

-Setting up the new place should not be a lengthy procedure unless there is heavy and awkward equipment involved. All you need is enough time to carefully place everything where it needs to go, which should have been organised prior to the move.

-Setting up wiring should occur before the move is underway, and employees step into the building. However setting up computer systems with the new wiring may occur whilst you have settled into the office, as long as this has been planned, and agreed upon.

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All in all the physical work is where things may go wrong, even with plans in place, so you must be prepared with some secondary plans.If you cover all the basics and get the move organised about 3-4 months prior then you should be able to pull off a successful office relocation.

Things to consider when moving office…the planning

Is your company planning on moving office? If you’ve found a place to move your company office and are ready to set in motion the plans then make sure you have all the basics covered. Moving office can be a stressful task, and this is why there needs to be firm plans in place. You’ll need to make sure there is clear communication amongst management and employees. In some cases you may need a removals company to step in and help if the office is large, or full of lots of furniture. Make sure you consider all the pros and cons of using a removals company or attempting to do it all yourself.

What is the mental work that needs to be considered?

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Planning:

When you choose to move office you need to have some solid plans and structures in place. If you fail to plan the details of the physical requirements then you can find that the process can interrupt the business workings.

-Consider the space you have bought, and the space you once had. If you have smaller space then you may need to adjust size of facilities, offices or open space.

-What needs to stay, and what can go? If you believe your company has a lot of accumulated junk then its best that you write a list of what needs to get thrown. In a way this process can benefit the company in many ways.  You could find equipment to sell. You can find things you forgot you had. It can also just be a major clean up for the company.

– Organising the staff and sharing the load. If there are a number of things to sort out, which requires more than one mind, assign tasks.  If everyone has detailed knowledge of what needs to occur than this can help with getting things done more efficiently. Don’t be afraid to give everyone tasks, as most people will want things to run smoothly.

– Amenities and electrical work needs to be heavily planned to ensure that business won’t be interrupted by this work.

– Constant communication in the way of notice board updates and emails is essential in co-ordinating the move with employees.

Making sure you plan every step of the move will ensure that you can carry on with the physical elements without needing to think any further. It can prevent arguments on the day of the move and allow employees to have a strong peace of mind.

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