June 18th, 2018 | by excitemedia
Moving house is stressful enough on its own, without having to worry about breaking your most valuable items on the way. If you want to get your breakables to your new home in one piece, there are a few simple measures you can take to get them there safely.
Preparing properly before moving day
If you leave it until moving day to pack your items, there will be breakage. It takes time to do it properly, so start early with your most fragile and most precious items, and if you end up in a rush, it will be the shoes and pillows that get tossed in at the last moment.
Packing your most fragile items in the days before you have to move means that you’ll have time to do a good job, and you won’t forget things at the last minute, like correctly labelling your boxes. It’ll also give you time to sort and group your boxes, so your movers can load your boxes in the right order.
Get the right equipment
The right packing materials will protect your fragile items from breakage, whether the risk is during handling or transport. It might seem like a hassle, or an unnecessary expense, but investing in good quality protection could save you replacing expensive items, or losing the irreplaceable ones.
There’s a reason why removalists use cardboard boxes: they are easy to handle even when they’re heavy because they’ll sit properly on a trolley, they’ll slot securely beside each other during transport because they aren’t an awkward shape, and they’re firm enough to protect the contents inside from damage.
Getting proper moving boxes, that are designed to hold up even when filled with heavy items, is essential if you’re determined to move your items without accidents.
Other packing materials that are great to have include:
- Packing peanuts: to fill out space. They do move around a fair bit, so they are better used with together with other materials, and they aren’t suitable for extremely fragile items.
- Bubble wrap: to wrap smaller items, or as extra wrap for larger ones.
- Kraft or other heavy duty packing paper: used to wrap around objects, pad out space in boxes, or to wad into glasses and other hollow items.
- Inflatable packing pillows: sometimes a good alternative to wads of packing paper.
- Sheets of Styrofoam: to pad out spaces in the box or wrap items.
- Specially designed boxes for tableware: there are boxes with strong, built-in dividers to save much of the stuffing and wrapping involved with cups and plates. There are also corrugated cardboard dividersavailabel to safely separate items.
- Tape: to ensure the flaps won’t flip open and spill the contents.
- Labels or pens: to clearly label your boxes detailing what’s inside, which way up to store and handle it, and to indicate that the contents are fragile.
Avoid using towels, clothes, pillows or other household items for packing: they won’t absorb as much energy from bumps and knocks as proper packing materials will, they can’t be taped, and they will often shift around inside the box.
Packing methods for the most fragile items
A lot of breakages happen because of things you didn’t know, like which way up to pack plates and mirrors. But there are a few tricks of the trade to secure the most common fragile items for transport and help you get them to your new home safely.
- Plates should be packed vertically, not horizontally. Bubble wrap them and make sure there’s a wad of packing paper or a corrugated cardboard divider between each one. Make sure the inside of the box is packed to the sides, top and bottom with packing paper.
- Glasses should be stuffed with crumpled packing paper, then wrapped in packing paper, bubble wrap or Styrofoam sheets. They should be stacked with the heaviest on the bottom, and the box should be tightly packed with wads of paper.
- Wine bottles have special requirements. They shouldn’t be exposed to extreme temperatures, so if the journey to your new home is a long one and your collection is valuable, you might need to consider climate-controlled transport. There are specially designed packing boxes for wine, and removalists usually have a good idea of how to pack and transport it, so ask for some advice if you’re not sure.
- Mirrors and picture frames should be packed in boxes the right size for the mirror. If you can’t buy one to fit, you can make one out of other boxes. Fill the bottom of the box with to the edges with packing paper, wrap the mirror in a few layers of bubble wrap or paper, then fill in the front and back of the mirror with more wads of paper. The most important thing is to transport mirrors vertically, not horizontally, and they should be secured with moving blankets around the base when they’re in motion.
- Computers, televisions, and other electronics are best packed in their original boxes with the custom designed Styrofoam packing that they came in. If you don’t have the original boxes, use regular moving boxes and lots of paper padding, and remember to protect the screens and surfaces to stop the power plugs and cable connectors from scratching.
- Lamps are awkwardly shaped, and the two main pieces need to be packed in different ways. Remove the shade from the stand, and box the shade separately with lots of padding. The base is sometimes an irregularly shaped sphere, so lie it on its side on bubble wrap or paper, use packing paper to fill any gaps at each end, and then roll the paper around it.
- Other awkwardly shaped items can be completely wrapped in bubble wrap or paper secured with tape, wrapped in pliable corrugated cardboard which is also taped, and packed into well-padded boxes.
Communicate with your removalist
Your removalist will automatically check your boxes to see whether they are marked as fragile, or with instructions on which way up to store or move them. But at any time, if you are unsure whether you’ve packed your fragile item properly, or you want to be extra sure they will be careful, speak up.
If the idea of packing your items yourself is overwhelming, contact Faulkner Removals for information on our full suite of packing materials and boxes, and our expert packing and transport services in Brisbane. We can help you get your fragile items to your new home fast, easily, and in one piece.
June 18th, 2018 | by excitemedia
Let us take away all the obstacles
Moving an office is a huge ordeal and in most cases, it is much more than just a few people can handle, especially if you are not trained to do so. As if the frustration involved with moving an office is not enough, the physical burden that it places on individuals makes it even worse. It is much better to hire professionals to handle the problem instead.
Think of it this way. Just as you would not allow someone to walk in off the street and perform your profession that you have been trained to do, you should reconsider before deciding to pack up an entire office and move it yourself. It may not seem like that big of a task at first, but once you get started doing it, it can quickly become something that is both physically and mentally overwhelming.
Furthermore, trying to do it yourself means that you might miss important deadlines because it may simply be impossible to get it all done as quickly as you need to.
You may also lose track of some important documents along the way and this can have terrible repercussions for both you and your business.
All of these reasons should make you think carefully about hiring an office removal company.
It eliminates all the time that you would spend packing up and moving things yourself and you know that you are working with professionals who are used to doing this.
They know how much time it will take and how much work is involved because that is the nature of their business. In reality, it usually allows you to get up and running in your new location much more quickly than you would have been able to if you had made the decision to continue on alone. In addition, it gives you time to focus on other aspects of going to a new location.
Thing that you have to consider…
Take all of the things that a person moving to a new home would have to consider such as turning on the lights and the water. Then you have to start thinking about your customers.
All of them have to know that you have moved to a new location and this alone can be enough to require that a single person be dedicated to doing nothing more than that. That is why it is so important that an office removal company do all of the physical lifting for you. It gives you time to focus on all of the other things that you might otherwise overlook.
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June 17th, 2018 | by excitemedia
You can rely on interstate removalists to move your goods from one place to another, start to finish. Moving is always a stressful thing to do and it is important to go with company that puts your interests first and one that helps keep you stress free.
It’s always good to use someone who handles all the transportation of your goods from state to state. Many companies end up outsourcing the transportation once your stuff gets out of state. Those who handle the shipping in all states without doing so will prevent any further confusion in the moving process.
There are several things that you can expect when you hire interstate removalists. Here is a short list.
- Full packing and unpacking service.
You do not have to pack and unpack things yourself. Your interstate removalists can do it all for you. This obviously takes a lot of stress off you and allows you to focus on other aspects of moving.
- Complete and no obligation quotes
Your Interstate removalists should come over to your home and give you a full quote that is obligation-free. Always ask for this in advance and without expectations of reciprocity on your behalf.
- Offers support around the clock through the moving process
Your Interstate removalists should be available to assist you at any time during the relocating process.
- A schedule of movement process
A schedule for the different stages of the movement process should be given to you if you use movers. From packing to transporting, dates and times should be given to you ahead of time to make the moving process easier for both you and the movers. They also will try to work at the best times the work in your favor. Your movers should seek your approval for the times set in the schedule.
- Assistance with preparing for moving
Your Interstate removalists should help you with packaging and labelling your goods if you choose to package and label them yourself. Good interstate removalists also help in unpacking and arranging your belongings in your new place.
- They supply you with moving materials
Your movers should provide you with all the boxes, packing tape, and bubble wrap to package all your goods.
It is also a very smart idea to know your rights and responsibilities as a client before you start looking for an interstate removalist. You should also read and reread the documents given by your mover. This can include order of service, bill of lading, inventory list, and estimates. A very important thing that you should keep in mind is that you should stop from accepting and verbal quote. You should always receive a very detailed written quote that includes every single charge in order to avoid any surprises in the future.
No matter the moving company you choose, you should make sure that they are easy to communicate with at any time. In case any problem arises, good communication is critical to a successful move. If you have more than one way to be contacted, then you should give them all the ways available for them to contact you.