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How to survive moving interstate with kids

Moving Interstate With Kids


Once your new city has been confirmed, start to research possible areas that you could see your family living. Ideally visit your new city so you can decide where you would like to live. Spend time getting to know the area, both during the day and night to see if you and your family will be happy living there. Are there schools in the area? Do you need easy access to public transport? Can you afford to live in that area? Spend time looking online, how do the locals feel about the area? The more research you do the better it will be in the long run for everyone.

Think about childcare and schools

Moving can be a stressful time for everyone especially kids having to start a new school.

Once you have an idea of which schools you would like you kids to attend, get their name down. When the new school has been approved, plan to make a visit with your kids so they can get to know their new teachers and class. Doing this will help your child settle in when the time comes to move plus reduce any anxiety they may be feeling about starting at a new school. Additionally, think about the best time of year to move with your kids. Moving at the end of a school year will be much easier and minimise impact to their learning. If it is not possible to move at the end of the school year perhaps thin about the possibility of commuting for the first few months until the right times approaches. Moving with younger children (less than 5 years) will be easier and requires less planning as to the perfect time to move.

Speak to your kids often about the move

Kids will be easily stressed about moving home. They are leaving their home, friends and school behind and that can be scary. Taking them to see the new house, their bedroom and school will help them. Remind them they are taking everything with them and that they will make new friends. To reduce stress and create excitement about moving, perhaps help them to choose some new bedding for their new room or allow them to choose a new paint colour.

Pack some favourite items if you’re are moving into temporary housing

Sometimes it will be necessary to move into a serviced apartment or other temporary housing before moving into your new home. Pack a few key items with you instead of sending them all via removalists as it will make the temporary living arrangements more comforting for your child. Toys, favourite bedding and wall art are all great examples.

Make this change a fun one

A number of things will make the move as enjoyable as possible for the whole family. Some of these include:

  • Once you have arrived at your new house, get to know the area with your kids.
  • Go on family outings to the many new exciting places present in your new city.
  • Schedule playdates with other kids in their class.
  • Make friends with other local mums/dads/families
  • Join a local Facebook community/group
  • Get to know your neighbours
  • Set up your kids room ASAP so they can feel at home quicker
  • Remind your kids that you’re there for them no matter what they need

Packing Tips For A Successful Move

Packing can be a stressful time but here are our top tips to ensure you’re ready for the big day.

De-clutter as soon as possible

Start to get the ball rolling early by throwing out anything you don’t need anymore. Go through each room of the house, sorting through all of your belongings and being as ruthless as possible when deciding what to throw out.

  • That yoga mat you bought in the hope it would encourage you to exercise? Donate it
  • The stack of 90s magazines you never look at but keep for “just in case”? Recycle it
  • Those 10 pairs of socks you keep that are worn out and feature too many holes to count? Bin them

Doing a major clear-out before you move not only means you have to pack fewer items, resulting in less spend on boxes and removalists but it also means you arrive at your new house with a less cluttered floorplan.

Choose the right box

Choose smaller boxes for heavy items and larger boxes for lighter items. This may sound fairly obvious but time and time again people try to load a big box up with their whole book collection and then fail to lift the box off the ground, injuring themselves in the process. Keep your small boxes for those heavy items such as books or electronics and fill your larger boxes with lighter items like bedding, pillows and towels. 

Pack a personal overnight bag

Moving can be a chaotic time so ensure you can settle into your new house as quickly as possible by packing a bag with all your necessities. Things like toiletries, a change of clothes, phone charger and kettle are handy to have on hand when you arrive at your new house. If you want these to stand out from the sea of moving boxes, pack them into a clear container as it will stand out and allow you to see what is inside.

Label your moving boxes like a pro

When you pack each box write a list on the outside with everything that it contains. Packing your boxes by rooms will also allow you to find each items end destination and saves you time when unpacking as you’re not traveling from room to room.

If you wanted to take your box labelling a step further, you can create a number system. Number each of your boxes and then on your computer create a spreadsheet that lists every item inside that box. By taking it one step further you’ll know the total number of boxes you’re transporting, allowing you to check for any missing or stolen boxes and if you are frantically searching for a particular item, such as tea bags, it allows you to look up the item on your spreadsheet and locate it quickly instead of digging through every “kitchen” box.

Remember when labelling your boxes that you write on the side of the box. When all the boxes are stacked it will be impossible to tell which box is which without spending time moving all of the boxes around.

Take pictures of your electronics

Before you pack up any electronics take a picture of the back where the cords are plugged in. This will allow you to know exactly which cord belongs where and saves you time frantically searching for that missing user manual. To make it even easier to locate the right cords, tape them to the base of your electronics.

Pack your clothes like a pro

Use your suitcase as a box for your clothes. Not only will you save money by not purchasing extra boxes it is also very obvious where your clothes are for quick access the next day. For hanging clothes, keep them on the hanger and place them inside a bin liner with the handles sticking out at the top. When you arrive at the new house simply hang them up and take off the bin liners.

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Five Tips To Help You With Your Summer Move

Summer is fast approaching, with just over a month to go it’s an ideal time to consider if moving during summer is right for you. Summer provides more consistent weather, slower business period and the kids are out of school. Though there are some great benefits to moving during summer there are some drawbacks to be aware of. Here are 5 tips to help you with your summer move.

Plan early

Ensure you leave plenty of time to research removalists, declutter the house and begin to pack. Moving day can come around quickly and if you’re not organised it can lead to a very stressful move. Additionally, as summer is such an appealing time to move removalists fill up quickly so ensure you are looking at booking removalists in advance. It’s also a good idea to ensure you don’t move on or near any holidays and provide yourself with enough time to have the house organised for those big events.

Consider heat sensitive items

When packing consider items, which can become damaged with hot temperatures. CDs, electronics, food and candles for example are best to be moved quickly and in suitable carriers. Ensure that once these items have been delivered that they are placed in a cool location until they can be sorted and not left out in the heat for extended periods of time.

Consider sun protection, clothing and hydration

Moving in summer means better weather but also extreme heat and sun. Ensure you have light, breathable and loose-fitting clothing on as it will allow faster evaporation and keep you drier during the move. Sunscreen and plenty of water is a must to avoid overheating and burning.  Take regular breaks in a cool place and reapply sunscreen throughout the day. Cold hand towels can be an amazing way to cool off, simply fill a cooler with ice and place several damp washcloths inside.

Ensure your utilities are turned on before moving

If you’re moving during the hot summer months, having air conditioning or fans operating before you move will allow the new house to cool down resulting in removalists and yourself being much more comfortable while moving. This can keep you focused on what needs to be done, protect your removalists from overheating and ensure those heat sensitive items can be cooled down ASAP.

Get started early

Try to avoid moving during the afternoon when the heat peaks and the sun is at it’s strongest. Between the hours of 11am to 3pm the sun’s UV is at it’s strongest so if you can avoid these hours or at least have the majority of your move completed. Ideally aim for an early morning move which will result in a much cooler, calmer and more comfortable day.

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When is the best time for you to move office?

There will never be the perfect time for your business to move office. You can however choose a time that will affect your business and clients the least and ensure you are organised come moving day. Here are our top tips to ensure your office moves smoothly.

Create a moving plan

Ensure you start to create a moving plan as soon as possible. Include things like a budget and what moving dates would work best for your business. Highlight the busy periods your business goes through and work around those dates. For example your business may be extra busy during March and April. Avoid these months and ensure you provide enough time for everything to be set up if you choose to move just before those dates.

Setting a budget allows your business to understand exactly how much you’re willing to spend on moving. Creating a budget will give you an idea on what help you can hire and what has to be done by yourself and your employees. Once your budget has been set and you understand what will be delegated to your employees and professional removalists, you can begin to create a checklist of what each employee needs to do. Be as specific as possible to minimise misunderstandings. An example could be; each employee must pack up 0their desk into boxes, label and place in the meeting room before they leave on Friday.

Ensure your new office is ready before moving in

Before you move your whole office into your new location, spend some time ensuring the new office will be ready for moving day. Internet and phone services are examples of infrastructure that should be set up before moving in, as well as any new furniture and a good cleaning job of the whole office. Lastly make sure your insurance covers you for the move and starts at the new office as soon as you’re moved in.

Update your address

Let any clients, deliveries and visitors know you have moved and what your new address is. Redirect any mail that may come to your previous address after moving day and update any subscriptions, banks and services of your new address.

Let your employees know what they can bring with them to the new office.

Your business may be moving into an office which has smaller desks and storage space. Let you employees know exactly how much space they will have in the new office so they can decide what they want to bring with them. Other factors such as natural light and wall space will also impact employee’s plants, photos and other items, which may not work in the new office. Ensure each employee knows where they will be stationed so come the next business day they know where they are supposed to be.

Decide on what day you would like to move

If your business decides to move with the help of professional movers, decide on which day is best for your business to move. Moving on a weekday will be cheaper but will affect your business and workload more than moving on a weekend. Decide if you want to spend more money for a more convenient move or sacrifice one work day for cheaper removal costs.

Once you have decided when you would like to move office, give us a call! We can help your office move quickly, easily and stress free.


5 Things To Do Before You Move House

Sort out removalists

Decide early if you plan to pack and move yourself or select a company to assist. If you decide to hire a full service moving company, all your moving boxes, tape and packing accessories will be bought by the company. If a full service is too much for you then hiring a company to help with the actual moving of items will save yourself pain, time and energy come moving day. Ensure, before you decide on a moving company, to compare quotes and reviews to ensure you have the best company to meet your needs.

If you decide to pack and move yourself with no professional help, consider getting help from family and friends. Remember to have all the packing supplies you need, start packing early and clearly label the boxes and where they will go in the new house, this will ensure a smoother and quicker moving day.

Create a first night box

Create a box with everything you need for your first night in the new house. This will include items like change of clothes, toiletries, toilet paper, bed linen and any other essential items you may need such as tea and coffee. Ensure this box is clearly labelled and placed away from other boxes. When you move into your new house it will likely by chaotic and after a long day all you’ll want to do is head to bed. This box will contain everything you need to settle in for your first night.

Connect utilities at the new house

Internet, energy and water will need to be connected for when you move into your new house. Book your Internet connection in advance as companies can book up quickly. Energy and water can be done up to 4 days before moving. Simply phone up your energy company and arrange to have your electricity and gas connected for the day you move in. If you’re renting some agents will connect the water for you but it may be best to at least ring your local water company and confirm your details and move in date. Ensuring the utilities are connected when you move is important to ensure the previous tenant isn’t paying for your usage and vice versa.  Ensure all utilities are cancelled for your previous address and you pay your final bills.

Let your friends, family and any businesses know about your new address

Ensure your family and friends know where you’re moving so they can come and visit you in your new house! Even more important is to ensure any companies know your new address, which will ensure your mail goes to your new address and not your old. Some companies to notify include subscriptions, banks, insurance, electoral roll and superannuation.

Clean the new house

Generally houses will be professional cleaned before you move in but it doesn’t hurt to run over the house again with a vacuum. Additionally some houses may be left empty for a period of time allowing it to gather dust. Pay particular attention to the bathroom and kitchen plus door handles and other areas you think needs extra attention. To make your job easier think about paying for professional cleaners who will quickly and effectively clean your new house plus steam clean any carpets.  Doing this before you move any furniture in will ensure the whole house is clean and ready.

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How to safely move house with pets

Moving can be a stressful time for the whole family, pets included. Animals are extremely territorial so when you decide to move out of your current house and into a completely new environment, it can bring out anxiety in even the calmest of pets. Here is our list for how to move with your pets, to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

Maintain their normal routine prior to moving.

Continue to feed and walk your pet at similar times and comfort them with some treats. Dogs and cats respond best when they are with their owners, so keep them around before, during and after moving day.

Before moving house ensure the new house is pet friendly.

Spend some time walking around the house to ensure that it is a safe environment for your pet. Ensuring the house is secure both inside and outside to prevent your pet from escaping and potentially getting lost or hurt.

When it comes to moving day ensure you pet is placed in a calm environment.

If removalists are coming and going, it may be best to place your pet in a closed room. This will allow them space to remain calm plus ensuring no one trips over them while moving out the houses’ contents. Alternatively provide your pet with a carrier or crate that includes their toys and familiar bedding, where they can go to get away from all the action.

Take it slow when introducing them to their new environment.

Cats often respond best when introduced slowly to their new surroundings. Introduce a new room every few days and try hiding dry food around the house to encourage them to explore more. If your cat is an outdoor cat, introduce outside very slowly to reduce the risk of them getting lost or running away.

Keep dogs to their usual routine and ensure rules surrounding their sleeping and eating are introduced early. Take some time in the following week to introduce them to their new neighbourhoods and visit some of their favourite places.

Most importantly be sure to update your pet’s council registration and microchip, so your pet can be returned to you safely if they do get lost.

How to Move a Washing Machine Without Hiring Movers

How to move a washing machine by yourself? Sometimes you do not want to leave your washing machine behind. Yes, its transportation will cost money, but your initial assessment before the move shows that the effort is worth it.

Of course, the easiest way to move a washing machine is to contact professional Sydney removalists and let them do it for you, it will cost you money, but you can choose to move your washing machine by yourself in order to save money. However, let’s take a quick look: moving a washing machine without hiring experienced movers will not be easy at all. Feasible, but by no means a walk in the park.

Follow these tips to move a washing machine on your own, and things should be fine in the end for your move.

What to do before moving a washing machine

Regardless of whether your washing machine is a front-loading model or a top-loading model, there are several things you need to do to prepare for the steps involved in moving a washer from home to home.

Pay special attention to these steps because they are important. Skipping a single task will certainly make things harder for you and can even make the whole operation of moving the washing machine impossible depending on the nature of the skipped step.

1. Find friends or family

Yes, it’s possible to move a washing machine without hiring movers. However, you cannot finish the job alone – you will always need at least two other people to ensure safety.

If you are not able to get friends or family members to give you a hand, then you should seriously consider hiring professionals to do it for you

2. Consult the instruction manual of your washer

Choose your help well. Check to see if you kept the owner’s manual for your washing machine. You will need it to consult the manufacturer’s recommendations when transporting it.

If you cannot find it, do a Google search with the brand of your washing machine, its model and the word “manual” at the end. If this fails, contact the appliance store from which you purchased it and ask for help.

Keep in mind that consulting the owner’s manual is a recommended step, it’s not something you need to do to move your washing machine successfully.

3. Prepare the transit bolts

The transport bolts (also called shipping bolts) are metal rods that are inserted into special slots in the washing machine to keep the drum stationary and steady during transportation of the machine. The drum suspension mechanisms are very sensitive to damage caused by excessive vibration or sudden jerky movements. You must therefore find the shipping bolts supplied with your washing machine when you bought it.

It is strongly discouraged to move a washing machine without transit bolts as this can be very risky and can cause expensive damage to your appliance. If you have no idea where these bolts are located, contact the local appliance store for assistance.

The method of installing washer lock bolts (lock washers) is not too complicated but varies from model to model. That’s why it’s important to consult your device’s instruction manual to find out exactly how it’s done.

4. Get a Dolly device

You will need a Dolly device to take your washing machine out of your home on to a moving truck. Washing machines are both large and heavy, so there is no way around this – you need a moving cart to keep things safe.

How much does a washing machine weigh? Large washers weigh 160-230 pounds, medium-sized front-loading washers weigh about 180 pounds, and small front loaders weigh about 140 pounds.

Rent an appliance cart from a local moving company or buy one for use in the future. As you know, a mobile cart is an extremely useful piece of equipment that you will use whenever you need to move.

5. Secure all necessary supplies to move your washing machine

  • You have arranged friendly assistance when it comes time to move your washing machine.
  • You found the owner’s manual of the washer.
  • You have found and prepared the shipping bolts for the unit.
    How to move a washer by yourself
  • Looks like you’re almost ready to move your washing machine.
  • And you made sure you had a cart to transport the washer to the van.

What else do you need to move a washing machine?

  • furniture covers to protect the washing machine;
  • a small bucket to catch the drain water;
  • a pair of sliding joint pliers for disengaging the drain pipe;
  • a rope or moving straps to secure the washer to the carriage;
  • packing tape.

How to move a washing machine by yourself: step by step guide

What is the best way to move a washing machine? The best way to move a washer is to hire experienced movers with extensive experience in moving all types of home appliances. And because the experience alone plays a major role in the moving industry, using the services of a world-class moving company should mean zero stress for you and total safety for your device and your home.

And in case you have made the decision to try to move your washing machine without any professional help, then the steps below will give you a good idea of ​​what to do when moving a washing machine. The first steps are all preparation steps and will teach you how to prepare a washing machine – clean, disconnect and drain the washing machine, then follow the steps of packing and moving this appliance.

  • Step 1. Empty your washer. Take out all the clothes from your washing machine.
  • Step 2. Clean the drum and drain hoses. Clean the drum and drain hoses of any detergent residue by performing the shortest normal wash cycle (only water, do not use detergent) or by performing the specialised cleaning cycle found on most modern washers. Then leave the washing machine door open for at least 24 hours so that the drum can dry completely.
  • Step 3. Turn off the power. Remember to always turn off power to household appliances before handling to avoid the risk of electric shock. Follow the power cord of your device and unplug it from the wall outlet to disconnect it from the power grid.
  • Step 4. Turn off the water supply. Locate the local water valve – located generally behind the washing machine – and turn it clockwise (in the usual direction) to turn off the water supply. In some cases, you may need to move the washer a little to access the water valve. Be careful not to loosen any of the lines if you need more space to reach the water supply valve.
  • Step 5. Drain the water supply hoses. How to drain a washing machine to move? It makes sense that water stays in the pipes even after the washer has completed its cleaning cycle.

To drain water from a washing machine, use the sliding-joint pliers to disconnect hot and cold-water supply pipes (for washer models where water is NOT heated inside) or the cold-water supply pipe the water is heated inside the unit).

When unplugging a supply line from a valve, keep the hose upright to avoid unnecessary water spillage and empty it into the tray you have prepared in advance. Be sure to disengage and empty the pipes one at a time.

  • Step 6. Remove the water supply hoses. Use the pliers again to clear the cold-water inlet pipe or the cold and hot water supply pipes from the washing machine. Place the hose(s) in a plastic bag, seal it with tape and pack separately in a cardboard box. Label the WASHER ACCESSORIES box.
  • Step 7. Empty the drain hose. Disconnect the washer drain hose from the drain hose that leads to the wastewater channel, if any, and drain the remaining amount of water into the bucket.

Keep the washer drain hose attached to the appliance, attach it to its own bracket, or secure it to the back of the appliance.

  • Step 8. Place the transport bolts. Remember, you must not move a washing machine without the shipping bolts. As explained above, the drum suspension mechanism of your washing machine is quite sensitive and can easily break during transportation unless it is properly stabilised and immobilised. To do this, you usually need to insert the transport bolts on the back of the washing machine, thereby securing the washer drum.

However, the exact method of inserting washer lock bolts varies from model to model, so it is very important to consult your appliance’s user manual. If you are not sure how to do it or if you still do not have the shipping bolts, ask for professional assistance instead of risking damage to your expensive device.

  • Step 9. Secure the power cord. Attach the power cable to the back of the unit with a piece of tape. This action will eliminate the risk of tripping on a swing cable on the day of the move.
  • Step 10. Gather your helpers. Of all the steps to move, step 10 is where your assistants should appear on the scene. You may have completed all the preparation steps above, but this is where you must lift heavy loads, so it’s time to do it the right way.
  • Step 11. Wrap the machine in covers. Moving a washing machine is a matter of SAFETY but you still need to protect the device
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