Category Archives: Moving

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How to Prepare for the Movers

Category : Moving

Removalist companies are a great help when you have to move. They are especially great when you have to move a whole family home with decades of stuff. These guys are trained and very efficient, but there are some things that you can do to make sure that they can do their jobs well and fast.

Keep kids and pets away

It is dangerous for both the kids and pets and the movers. Ask a neighbour or friend or family to look after your kids and pets while the movers are busy. You can also keep your pets in a separate room with their favourite things to keep them comfortable and away from the chaos.

Arrange parking

You know a big truck or two will be coming to your house. Make sure that there is a designated entry point where they can stop. If there are things like stairs or doors far away from the road or things like that, inform the movers so they can plan and bring any necessary equipment. You may also want to let the landlord and neighbours know that there will be a big truck. This is necessary if you live in a complex or if it will be inconveniencing people near you.

Make sure if they do the packing

Some removalist companies do the packing themselves and this is included in their price. If they must pack, allow them to but make sure that you make it easy. Don’t leave everything in a mess. It should be easy to wrap and pack for them.

Pack your valuables

Pack valuable items like electronics and jewellery yourself. This will ensure that you know where these items are and the removalist company cannot be blamed if it goes missing. It is also wise to keep these valuable items with you in the car. Expensive paintings and mirrors can be packed by the movers as they have special packaging and equipment for that. However, you must inform them of those so they can come prepared.

Unplug and pack electronics

It will make things a lot easier if you unplug and pack electronics in their original packaging. This will help keep all the small parts and cables with the right device. It also helps the movers to pack faster. Take pictures of wiring and connections to make sure you know where what goes in your new home.

Have some lunch for them

The removalist guys will work non-stop until things are done. Try and find out how many movers there will be and have some water and sandwiches available for them. They also need some food for energy and it is important to stay hydrated.

The last important thing to remember is to let them do their jobs. If you keep interfering or if you’re constantly in their way, you will make the process very unpleasant for everyone and the work will go slow. If there are things you want a certain way, discuss it with the company beforehand. Pack all essentials and valuables yourself and keep them separate. Then leave them to do their job.

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How to Plan the Décor and Setup for Your New Home

Category : Moving , New home

Planning the décor and design for your new home can be a lot of fun. It doesn’t matter if you’re redoing everything and getting new furniture or just using what you have in a different way. For many people decorating and planning the new house is the most fun of the whole process. It doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money to be creative and do some new and fun things with your home.

Check out our tips and only use the ones that suit your home, budget, and personality.

  1. Paint! A little bit of paint can make a huge difference in a room. You can play with different colours, paint one bright and the rest neutral, use patterns, use wall art, etc. The possibilities are endless. You should obviously keep the colour and design of your furniture in mind, but painting is one of the best ways and often the cheapest way to give a home an instant makeover.
  2. Plan your furniture before you move. If you can visit your new home before you move, you can plot out where you want your furniture to be. You can draw pictures of how you want everything spaced. This can also highlight things that you may need to leave behind or items that you may need to buy. For example, you may not have enough space for all your furniture and may need to put some items in storage or sell them or you may need extra end tables or chairs.
  3. Measure the sizes. The best way to see whether your furniture will fit in a new home is to measure the size of the room and also know the measurements of your furniture. This will help you space things correctly.
  4. Be creative! This is your time to move the furniture in a different way or buy new furniture if you can afford it. Do things you’ve never tried before and see if you like it. This should be fun and the whole family can take part and give their opinions. Make some artwork yourselves or make family pictures the highlight of a room. A new home means a new beginning and a new opportunity to be bold and creative.
  5. Do what suits your budget. If you can buy all new furniture and hire a professional home designer, then go for it! If that’s a little out of your budget, use what you have and make it wonderful. You don’t have to do everything now. If you want to reupholster your couches and get new carpets and paint and re-tile the bathroom, plan for it. You can make it a 5-year plan and do one thing each year. Eventually, your home will look like what you want it.

Decorating and planning the inside of your home is exciting. It is also a good way to get yourself settled and make the new house your home. So, try new things, be brave, be bold, and have fun!

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7 Tips for Packing and Moving Clothes

Category : Moving , Packing

Moving house is a big thing, but it is also a great opportunity to get rid of unwanted items. There is no better to time to clean out your closet and give some clothes to charity. We have some great tips for you to pack your clothing for the big move.

Declutter and throw out – Go through your closets and decide what you want to keep and what you can give away. Items that you haven’t worn in the last year should be thrown out. This counts for accessories and shoes. If you haven’t worn them for a while, rather give them to someone who can use them. You can buy new clothes to go with your new chapter.

Wash and dry everything that is going with – You don’t want stinky socks or a sweaty shirt to be packed in a closed box with no ventilation for hours or days. Wash all the clothing items that you’re taking with you and make sure they are all properly dry before you fold and pack them.

Pack similar clothes together – You can categorise your clothing. It doesn’t matter if you put pants together or summer clothes together, but categories will help packing and unpacking.

Use clothes boxes – You can get moving boxes that are specifically designed for clothing. Some boxes have hanging space and others are just sturdy and good for clothes. Use these boxes to help keep your clothes dry and away from possible damage.

Pack economically – There are different methods of packing clothes so they take up very little space. You can get some tips on YouTube videos. You can also vacuum seal your clothes as this also saves space and offers soft padding for breakable items.

Label all boxes clearly – If you’re using separate boxes for clothing, label each box with the correct category. If you are using clothing as padding, make sure to label which items are in the box with the other items.

Pack your shoes separately – Shoes can dirty clothes even when they are new and clean. Pack your shoes separately and alternate them heel to toe. You should also stuff your shoes with paper or balled up socks to help them keep their shape. You can also pack them at the bottom of boxes and separate clothes and shoes through towels or plastic bags. Vacuum-sealed clothes can be packed on top of shoes without any extra covering.

It is important to pack the items you use the most and will need first in your new home, last. We call them high priority items and they should go in the truck once everything else has been packed. This makes it easier for you at the new house. You will have your clothing, kitchen and bath essentials and any other necessities available immediately.

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6 Tips for Packing and Moving Electronics

Category : Moving , Packing

Electronics are fragile and most of us cannot imagine living without our computers and televisions. Electronics is a central part of our lives and we want them to survive a move. Today, we would like to share some great tips for packing your electronics and making sure that they do not get damaged when you move to a new home.

  1. When buying electronics, keep the packaging. Find the packaging you got your device in and pack it and all its attachments in the original packaging. This will make sure that it is protected by the necessary materials and that everything is moved together. It will help all the little bits and pieces and attachments stay together.
  2. Get the right packing materials. If you didn’t save the original packaging, get the necessary bubble wrap, cable ties, etc. to secure your devices and prevent damage while moving. Use resealable bags to keep remotes, screws, cables, etc. together and throw it in the same packaging as the device. Alternatively, you can tape the loose packages to the device’s packaging.
  3. Don’t throw a bunch of electronics together. Pack your electronic devices separately. If you have the original packaging this should be easy. If you need to make your own packaging, wrap and pack each device on its own. This will help prevent damage and get everything on the other side in one piece.
  4. Get the packing boxes ready. Even if you have packed your appliances in original packaging, you should pack these boxes in bigger moving boxes. You never know what will happen to loose electronics when loaded like that on the truck. This is especially important if you’re moving to another country and your belongings have a long trip. Construct sturdy boxes and pack your devices in them with as little moving space as possible. Items that have space to bang against each other can get damaged. If there are spaces, fill them up with newspaper, bubble wrap, or soft items like clothing or towels.
  5. Seal and label everything. Once everything is securely packed in the moving box, make sure you seal it properly and label it. Secure heavy boxes with extra tape and padding. Labelling each box helps you unpack faster and prevents a very frustrating search for devices.
  6. Pack the truck carefully. Heavy electronics should be packed at the bottom in the truck. Lighter electronics can be placed on top of the heavier ones. If the heavy boxes are packed at the top, it will damage the other boxes.

Many removalists companies do the wrapping and packing for you, but it will make their jobs easier and faster if you disconnect and pack your electronics before they get there. They can pack the individual electronics in their packaging in the bigger boxes. To ensure that everything you want together is together, pack the electronics yourself. This will make things a lot easier.

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How to Move with Pets

Category : Moving , Pets

Moving with pets should be dealt with carefully to ensure the well-being of your pets. The process to follow will depend on whether you are moving locally or internationally. Our pets are part of our family and just as we as humans get a bit upset with change, so do they. It is important to understand that your pets need time to adjust and that they don’t necessarily understand what is happening. It may be a bit traumatic for them and you will need to be patient with them.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Determine the laws and regulations – If you are moving between cities and especially if you’re moving between countries, you need to find out if they have special regulations regarding pets. You may need to place your pets in quarantine a few months before and you may need to arrange for boarding on the other side ahead of time. It will take time if you are moving to a different country.
  2. Keep them away from the chaos – If you can, book your pets into a kennel while the packing is happening. If you can’t, at least place them in a room away from the hustle and bustle and strange people. Make sure they have their favourite blankets and toys because that will make them feel more secure.
  3. Make sure they have enough water – It is very important that your pets always have enough water. They need fresh water everyday.
  4. Plan ahead for travel – If they will be in the car with you for a few hours, you need to plan ahead. You will have to plan stops for them to stretch their legs and do their business. You can try and find places that welcome pets and stay over at these hotels if it takes days to get to your destination.
  5. Show them lots of love – Make sure your pets know that you love them and try and put them at ease as far as possible. Once in the new house, allow them to get used to their surroundings and give them lots of encouragement and loving attention.

Moving with your pets can be tough, but they are family and you should always do what you can to keep them safe and with you. They may not understand everything at first, but they adjust quickly and will soon be back to normal.

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