June 18th, 2018 | by excitemedia
Moving houses is an exciting time but with the possibility of quite a few things going wrong, it is guaranteed to bring you a little bit of stress. You, therefore, want to make sure everything is meticulously planned in the months leading up to the big day. Here are nine steps to ensuring your moving day runs as smoothly and stress-free as possible.
One month before the move
Make an Inventory
It is a good idea is to come up with three lists to indicate things you will throw away, move with, and sell/giveaway. This will not only help you get organised, but it will also give you a good indication of the work you have to do in the lead up to your move.
Discuss the details with your removalist
Once you have chosen a removalist, it’s important to know all the details about their moving process, and also for them to know all the details of your own unique situation.
With Faulkner Removals there are a variety of services that can be tailored to best suit your circumstances and budget. This means the option of packing and preparing your own your items for transit (we can supply all types of packing boxes and other material, if needed) or getting the experienced staff at Faulkner Removals to do it at your convenience.
Make sure you are aware of what services are included in your removal process, this way you will be clear about everything you have do in preparation of the move and the removalist will know any special circumstances the need to prepare for – such as a steep driveway, tight access or the removal of a piano or particularly heavy item.
The company’s insurance policy is also important to be aware of – incase you want any extra inclusions. At Faulkner Removals, our hourly rate includes transit insurance for any unforeseen incidents whilst your goods are travelling. But for accidental damage you may need to take out additional insurance, contact us for more information on this.
Pack away everything you don’t use regularly
It’s never too early to get started, so why not start packing items you know you will not be using in the next month. This might include winter clothes if it is summer, gardens tools or the spare bedroom and bathroom.
Two weeks before the move
Get rid of unwanted things
This might mean dropping some items to your local charity shop, a trip to the dump or a garage sale. Wherever they might go this step is very important as it gives you the chance to de-clutter – saving you the wasted time and money of taking it with you to your new place.
This is your chance to organise your records and ensure you have everything together. This includes your family’s dental and other medical records along with passports, licenses, and certificates. This is the right time to get your pets’ records if you have any as well. Make sure they are all packed into a safe place and clearly marked. Chances have it that you won’t need anything of these within the next two weeks, but if you will, ensure that they are still easy to access.
Clear more rooms
Begin loading up everything in the less essential areas like the lounge, and living areas. Pack away things like children’s toys as well at this point except those that they really use. This is also a good time to wash your unnecessary towels, clothes, and linen then pack them away.
Change your address
Contact banks, insurance companies, and utilities to let them know of your change in postal address and the transfer of their services.
One week before the move
Pack personal items
The moving day is getting close! A good way of packing is room-by-room, labeling boxes according to each room they will be going to in your new place – this will make it easier for both you and the removalists.
On the moving day
Keep calm, and get excited!
Hopefully all your boxes are packed by now, or alternatively, your belongings are organised for the removalists to pack. It’s good to pay special attention to your valuables and take note of the conditions they leave your hands in into the movers’. At the very end of the removal process, be sure to go through your house one last time to make sure everything has been packed.
If you are planning on moving, get in contact with Faulkner Removals, your local, reliable, professional home and office removalist in Brisbane.
June 18th, 2018 | by excitemedia
Even when you’re dizzy with excitement over a new home, the prospect of moving everything you own is still daunting.
It’s inevitable that over the years you’ll have managed to accumulate a lot more than you need to keep, and it seems to have a way of concealing itself in even the cleanest-looking homes just waiting for the opportunity to derail your plans.
If you’ve got a lot of clutter in your house, you should plan to get rid of it with plenty of time to spare before you move.
This is for two reasons: you don’t want to clutter up your new home, and it wastes a lot more time and money to take it with you.
But if you’re having trouble even figuring out how you’re going to do it, follow a few simple tips to help you get your home mean and clean in time for moving day.
Plan your new home
One of the best tricks to decluttering your life is to envision what you want in your new home. If you take the time to plan the layout of your new home, writing down what you want to keep and where it’s going to fit, it helps you to commit when it comes time to say goodbye to the things you no longer need.
When you find yourself face to face with something hard to part with, it’s easier to move on without it when you can remind yourself of the dream layout of your new home—it’s not as hard to give something up when you have a vision for something better.
Planning your new home also helps you to avoid logistical problems down the track. If you have large, unusually shaped items or furniture that your new space simply can’t accommodate, it’s better to have dealt with them in advance rather than have another problem to solve when you get to your new home.
Brisbane residents will know how diverse the housing types are throughout the city, and how much it can affect the storage and layout in your property—so always plan ahead.
And when you’re making your plan, be accountable for it. Show it to your family or housemates, so there’s someone to help you follow through with your decisions when it comes time to make the break.
There’s no way around it: if you really want to declutter your home, you have to get ruthless.
You’ll no doubt come across good quality items among the mess, or items with sentimental value that don’t have a useful purpose anymore. Many of them will have been on the chopping block before, only to be saved in a last minute reprieve when the drive to the charity shop seemed like too much effort.
One of the main areas this will happen is in the wardrobe: you might have already heard the rule that if you haven’t worn it in a year, you don’t need it.
The same goes for all other good-quality items you’re not using—they’re taking up valuable space in your life, while someone else could be enjoying them.
Make the trip to the charity shop, take some photos and sell them on Ebay, or hand them over to the covetous friend who’s been eyeing them off or years, and never look back.
You probably haven’t thought about them for years, and you probably never will again. If you don’t think you can trust yourself to be ruthless enough to really declutter, enlist the help of someone who can.
Having a buddy to help you will make your decision-making load lighter, and it’ll also help you finish the job sooner.
Don’t put it off
If you keep putting off your decluttering, it’ll be moving day before you know it, and your new home will end up suffering the same problem.
Start early by making a good plan for the transition and stick to it: separate it into smaller tasks, allocate a day for each one, and follow your schedule religiously.
You’ll probably find it’ll get easier as you go along, and you’ll be more motivated as you see and feel the weight of your home getting lighter. But even when you’ve finished all the hard yards, you have to follow through: dispose of your unwanted items as soon as you can, to avoid them sneaking their way into your new home.
If all the items you’ve cleared out of your house are in the boot of your car while you drive round for the next few weeks, they’re in a prime position to be moved into your new property and back to taking up your valuable space.
Part of your plan must include how, where and when you’re going to offload your unwanted items, whether you’re selling, donating, recycling, dumping, or storing. If your trip to the tip is already scheduled in your diary, it’s harder to avoid, and you’re more likely to succeed in achieving the freedom of wide open space in your new home.
One of the more overlooked ways to ensure you don’t transport clutter with you to your new house is to start packing early. Commit to only packing what you really want to keep, sealing each box thoroughly as you go to avoid sneaky items from creeping back in.
When you’ve packed everything you’re taking, you’ll know that everything that’s left is marked for disposal, and it’ll be easier to say no to taking it because it hasn’t been prepared for the removalists.
If you’re still having trouble after trying all these things, consider enlisting the help of interstate removalists.
Brisbane residents heading to new states—particularly metropolitan areas—will often be downsizing their homes, and they’ll find comfort in the expertise of professional removalists.
Brisbane customers can contact Faulkner Removals on 07 3279 1720 for more information on all domestic removals, and we’ll be happy to help you better enjoy your new home.
June 18th, 2018 | by excitemedia
It’s near impossible to complete your renovations without damaging something of value, even when you’ve tried your best to cover and protect your items, or moved them to other parts of the building. But you can prevent damage to your possessions during your renovations in one simple way: by moving them.
You might not have thought of it, but hiring a professional removalist in Brisbane to move your belongings is a great way to safeguard them, and to make more working space for completing your renovations. There are also a few other important benefits to hiring a good mover that can really help you out while you’re renovating, and get you back to your daily routine with minimal interruption.
A good mover will have secure storage solutions to keep your belongings safe until you’re finished your renovations, and bring them back when you’re ready to re-enter the property.
This is important for two reasons: it gives you a clean, dry space to house your important and valuable possessions, and it gives your team more space and fewer obstructions to get around as you complete your work.
No matter how careful you are in preparing your space for your renovations, you can’t always protect your sensitive information, expensive equipment or precious items. Removal professionals know how to pack, transport and store your valuables, and they provide a much safer option for storage than you could achieve by covering or moving them during your renovations.
Hiring a professional removalist will mean that you won’t be shocked at the end of your work by paint and wood dust that’s made its way under your covers, or damage to your antique furniture from heavy tools and paint cans tossed onto them.
One of the frequently overlooked benefits of hiring a professional removalist while you’re renovating is the insurance coverage. Many people assume that loss of or damage to their movable items during renovations is covered under their home and contents insurance—but that’s not always the case.
It can be a dangerous assumption to make, with financially devastating consequences if you’re not clear on what your policy covers.
Whether you’re renovating your home or office, you might be better covered under removals insurance. A removals insurance policy will protect you from the financial loss of your household goods, precious items, and office equipment throughout the removal process, whether they’re being packed, in transit, or in storage.
Your eligibility for coverage will depend on hiring a reputable removalist, but some policies will allow you to pack items yourself.
Many insurance companies will offer new for old replacement regardless of age, and benefits for delays in unpacking and temporary accommodation costs, in addition to the standard accidental loss and damage coverage—which is an extra layer of protection to keep your business operating smoothly if you’re renovating your office.
One of the most important benefits of hiring a professional removalist to take care of your items while you renovate your property is cost reductions.
The measures you take to protect your belongings on your property (or replace them when they’re damaged) involve a lot of extra hassle and expense, which is likely to outweigh the cost of hiring a mover in itself—but professional removalists also know how to maximise their efficiency and pass on financial savings to t heir customers.
One option is backloading. A removals truck returning empty from a trip can carry a load back to its starting point, so you only pay for the space you use and the cost of transport in one direction. You also help the company reduce their environmental impact and improve their profits.
While it’s important to keep in mind that your items will likely be riding alongside other customers’ items, the cost savings are substantial, you’re more likely to secure a space on short notice, and the risk of damage is no higher than if your inventory was travelling by itself—as long as you hire an experienced and professional mover. Renovating can be a long and back-breaking process, no matter whether it’s your home or office.
If you’re planning to start a renovation, think about hiring a professional for your home or office removals: Brisbane residents can protect their treasured keepsakes and expensive equipment by contacting Faulkner Removals, your local professional home and office removalist.
June 18th, 2018 | by excitemedia
Don’t get stuck leaving it all to the last minute.
If you’re about to move your office—regardless of whether it’s interstate or around the corner—you’re probably feeling very overwhelmed by how enormous the task seems.
You’ve already got enough to do in your own role, whether you’re working from home or in a corporate setting, and somehow you need to pack up years worth of equipment and settle it into an unfamiliar space—without losing any working hours.
It does take a bit of planning, but don’t worry—there are some simple logistics to help you get your office relocation over and done with quickly and smoothly as possible, so you’ll soon be enjoying your new workplace.
Plan the move early
No matter who’s in charge of coordinating your office move, it will be a person who already has a busy job. It’s hard work, so if you can plan early, you’ll be able to enlist a bit of help from all the staff in the office to make it easier—and find a good mover with plenty of time to spare.
An office and corporate relocation specialist will be able to plan and orchestrate your entire move so you’re settled into your fresh new space in minimal time, with minimal interruption to your daily operations.
Start looking in the months before the move to give yourself plenty of time to do your research, and to give the movers time to visit your office and coordinate your move. Planning early will give you time to develop a strategy with your professional office relocation experts, but it’s also helpful to arrange the move with the help of web-based project management tools that can assist you in managing the tasks and deadlines of your move.
You can share this information with your colleagues, which might include essential dates and tasks—like changing addresses on all their documentation, taking inventory, informing their customers and clients,providing printouts of floor plans for the new workspaces, and when deep cleaning and maintenance will happen.
Commercial relocations often need very specific deadlines because of the expense and legalities of the leases held over the new and old properties. They have to be done fast, and planning your move months in advance will mean your movers, suppliers and colleagues will all be on track to complete their part of the shift on time.
Every day that your business isn’t operational costs a fortune, so planning everything in advance—from patching up and repainting your old.
Plan the new workspace
One of the most important things you can do to avoid any downtime in your business because of a move is to plan the new workspace.
Creating a floor plan with details of seating and furniture that goes in each room will help the movers and your colleagues to know exactly where everything has to go.
Labelling each zone, and labelling the corresponding boxes for that area will mean that every box goes where it needs to go, and nothing gets lost.
If you’re buying new storage equipment, supplies, or furniture, order it some time in advance of the move—this will mean it’s delivered on time, and you won’t be trying to complete your daily tasks in a space with no desks or chairs.
You’ll also save yourself doubling up on moving, because you won’t be filling the new rooms with boxes of supplies that you’ll just have to shift again when the furniture comes.
But be careful with this—if the new furniture comes before you’ve got access to the new office space, you’ll need somewhere to store it.
Planning the new workspace makes it easier to know what you really need to bring along, and what’s ready to be let go of, especially if you’re able to get the dimensions of the new office or corporate suite.
In every office, there are unused and outdated supplies that should have been disposed of years ago, and have just become part of the scenery. On the other hand, you might find things you’d forgotten about—like a laminator that still works, or packets of printer ink—that you won’t need to replace.
You’ll save time and effort—maybe even money—if you’ve thoroughly cleaned out your office beforehand. Your new space might not need a complete fit out to accommodate your business, but if you’ve got access to it before the move, you should still get in there to inspect it and do the small jobs it needs.
Plan early to give yourself time to arrange your utilities and services, paint, or assemble and mount newfurniture and fixtures so it’s ready for you to start work straight away—and to find out what regulations and daily obligations (like security systems, locks, and building opening hours) come with the space.
Plan the packing
Sometimes it helps to first pack the things that you need the least. Non-essential items, like reference material or archived work can be packed and moved first, and the items that you can’t work without should be packed last—and marked to be opened first at the other end.
Office relocations can also be tricky where sensitive and confidential information needs to be transported. These documents need to be packed and moved separately, and an employee in a trusted position—rather than your movers—should be responsible for handling them.
The task of moving your other important or valuable items should also be allocated to someone trustworthy who will take responsibility for ensuring they get to the new space, and in one piece.
You should supply your colleagues and employees with storage boxes and equipment to properly pack their items, and instructions on how to prepare items that are fragile or difficult to pack (like computer monitors).
They should also label and seal their boxes, and ensure that any personal items of value or importance are taken home with them and not left with all their work equipment. Professional office relocation professionals will already know which order to pack and move the furniture and equipment in the office, but make sure all thepeople in your workplace understand which goes first, so they can be ready.
Essential furniture including desks and chairs goes first, so that computers,phones and printers have somewhere to be set up for work to recommence. Planning your packing early, and ensuring your colleagues know what to do will mean that their supplies and equipment are ready and waiting when the movers arrive, and ensure a smooth transition into the new workspace.
Plan with professionals
Successful office moves and commercial relocations are possible with specialist knowledge and the right equipment. Comprehensive planning and project management ability, combined with a dedicated fleet of vehicles customised for the industry, can help you transition smoothly into your new workplace.
Faulkner Removals have everything you need to get settled into your new environment with minimal stress and interruption to your productivity, so contact our friendly staff in Brisbane at any time to find out how we can help you with your commercial move.
June 18th, 2018 | by excitemedia
Don’t leave it all until the last minute
Start packing in the month or two before you move! If you start with your most fragile items, you can plan the best way to pack and transport them, instead of throwing them in at the last minute to get broken.
If you start early, you’ll have time for things like labeling your boxes (which is a phenomenal help when you’re reorganising your new place).
It will also give you time to take inventory of all your items, which makes it easier to unload them all at the other end, and ensures that you know immediately when something goes missing.
It also means you can better plan the logistics of the move, including what kind of transportation you need—if you know how many items you’ve got and what sizes they are, you’ll know whether you need a trailer, a ute, or a truck, and how many trips you’ll have to do. This could actually save you money: if your load turns out to be smaller than you think, you can downgrade the truck size you were going to get.
Pack your fragiles first, transport them last
Starting early means you can pack your fragile items properly to ensure their safe transportation. It also means you can leave them until last, when it’s safest to move them—there’s nothing else to accidentally fall on or squash them, and you can concentrate on getting them to your new home safely.
Make sure you’ve taken inventory of your valuable items, and if it’s possible, have them insured before you move. And safeguard things you rely heavily on: back up your important files on your computer, just in case your monitor or hard drive gets broken.
Make a moving pack
Pack some cleaning products, toilet paper, and garbage bags and anything other essential things you might need at the other end. Obviously there’s nothing in the new house yet, so pack enough that you can clean the new bathroom before unloading your items, and so that you don’t have to drink out of your hands until the cups get there (which are buried in the bottom of the enormous kitchen boxes).
Pack a change of clothes and some towels as well, because if you get really dirty you’ll be wearing them for a long time.
Don’t take what you don’t need
Another benefit of planning your move early is getting rid of things you don’t want anymore. Why pack it and move it, when you don’t even use it?
This is a great opportunity to cut down your clutter, and your work, by having a garage sale, donating quality items to charity, recycling anything that can be used again, and making a run to the dump for everything else.
Plan your unloading
Get familiar with your new street before you move. Is there on-street parking for your helpers? Is there a risk of the truck blocking the only entry and exit to theproperty? If it’s a multi-level apartment building, how are you going to get everything upstairs?
It’s best to plan before you move so you know how you’re going to get around the little roadblocks that every property has. You’ll save a lot of time and kerfuffle if everyone knows where they’re going and how to get the job done, and you might even prevent accidents and breakages.
And be ready for your movers, whether you’re paying them in money or beer! If you’re still trying to pack, and you don’t know what’s going and when, there’s going to be a lot of standing around and wasting time that could be better spent.
Sort out your services
If you plan ahead, you can have your utilities connected for moving day. That way, when the sun goes down, you can keep working and you won’t be stumbling around an unfamiliar home in the dark.
Which day is bin day? If it’s just been, your bins will be sitting filled the brim for a whole week. Getting this information early means you can plan a dump run, or cut down on your packaging by making a bit of extra effort by doing more trips reusing your packaging and boxes.
It’s also best to avoid having anything delivered on moving day: another truck wanting to stop at your already overloaded new house is the last thing you want, so do without your new furniture for another couple of days and save yourself the stress of trying to fit everything in.
Get a babysitter
Whether it’s your toddler or your fur babies, moving day is not the best place for little ones. While it’s obviously exciting for them, with access to all sorts of exciting cupboards and items they’ve never noticed before, there are quite a few dangers around and they’d be much better off having a good play in the safe care of a trusted person.
It’s worth the investment, even if it’s paying for a day at a kennel, or a whole day of babysitting—you don’t want your babies being trodden on by heavy boots when they’re under a mover’s feet, or breaking or being hurt by fragile items they’ve got their hands on.
And if you need some help with packing your items properly, contact Faulkner Removals anytime for advice. We’ve got a complete range of packing materials and boxes to suit just about anything you own, and we’re experts in packing and transportation. We’ll help get you and your belongings to your new home—fast, easily, and safely.