What Is Backloading And Why Is It Cheaper?

You’ve heard a removalist company mention backloading and how it can save you money when moving, but what exactly is backloading and why is it cheaper?

Backloading is a term you will probably come across when looking for removalists, but people are often confused as to what it is and sceptical because of its cheaper cost. Backloading is simply when a removalist company fills a truck that is heading back from a job. So instead of sending an empty truck from Sydney to Melbourne, the removalist company will fill it with another move.

The advantage of backloading is that because you only pay for the space your items take up, you will save money compared to a full-service offering. Additionally, companies would prefer the truck to have something in it rather than nothing, resulting in great discounts for the customer. Trips can also generally be arranged with shorter notice than a full service offering as the truck is already in that location.

The disadvantages of backloading is that it can be less flexible and take longer. Because you’re sharing the truck with other movers, you won’t get to dictate the exact time the truck will pick-up and drop off your items. Additionally, trucks are more likely to run behind schedule as you are relying on other people to be prompt and fill up the truck with their items by a certain point. Backloading services also won’t appeal to movers who want help packing or don’t want to share a truck with others, so a full-service offering may be the way to go.

Backloading can be a brilliant way to save money while moving, while it isn’t for everyone, it may be the best option for your next move.

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Struggling to fit your furniture through the doorways?

Follow these steps

Prepare

Preparation is key to avoid any nasty surprises come moving day. It may sound like a simple thing, but majority of movers skip this step and end up paying for it. Any furniture that is large should be measured. This will allow you to plan ahead and ensure you have the man power it will take to get the furniture out. Three main measurements should be taken including:

  • Height: measure from the floor until the highest point. This includes any legs or feet.
  • Width: measure the widest point
  • Depth: for a couch this would involves measuring from the front to the back of the couch

Measure your space

Once you know the dimensions of your furniture it is time to measure the area you are transporting them through. This may include door frames, hallways, stairwells and other small spaces. Measuring is fairly straight forward with the height and width recorded.

Try different angles

If you have begun to move your furniture and find it is not fitting through door frames, try moving the piece of furniture differently. This could mean angling or standing it on it’s back or side. Couches for example can be stood up on one side, placed on a piece of cardboard and either pushed or pulled through the door frame.

Take it apart

If your furniture is a flat pack brand, consider dismantling it before moving it. This will not only make it easier to carry out of your home, but it will also save you space in the van. Other things to consider are removing legs and feet off couches. Those few centimetres can be all is needed to allow your couch to move through a door-way.

Remove the door

If you are still struggling to fit your furniture through a door-way, consider taking the door off completely. This can easily be done by removing the door from it’s hinges and then placing it back once the move is over. Additionally, if you are really stuck, the doorframe can be removed. This needs to be thought through carefully and done only when you know what you are doing to avoid damage.

Call in the professionals

Sometimes you just need that extra hand from the experienced removalists. Removalists have many years of experience manoeuvring furniture through awkward situations. We have the machinery and man-power needed for those tricky moves. Hoisting through a balcony or window could be a solution to your sticky situation but should only be undertaken by a professional.

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How to move your plants safely

Plants are as fragile as antiques and moving them incorrectly can cause them to become damaged. But plants are also part of the family, they brighten your house and make it more welcoming. It’s important though to consider which plants you will take, and which ones will be safer to be left behind.

Consider prepping your plants before the move

When preparing your plants for moving day consider giving them a prune, removing any dead leaves, pests and weeds. Consider re-potting plants into lighter plastic pots so they are easier to carry.

Research before moving

If you’re moving interstate or overseas check that your plants will be allowed. Sometimes other states and countries will not allow certain species, so always be sure to check before bringing them in. Also check that the removalist company you have chosen allows plants in their trucks. Many companies do not transport plants due to their delicate nature. If this is the case, consider shipping the plant or bringing it in your car with you. Additionally, consider the possibility of leaving your plant behind. Sometimes it can be cheaper and easier to start fresh in your new home.

Move them yourself

If you don’t want to rely on the moving company or shipping them separately isn’t an option, consider moving your plants yourself. Plants are relatively easy to move, as long as you’re prepared, and you treat them like you would a pet, with care. Simply place your pot into some sturdy boxes, stuffing the empty space with paper or bubble wrap. If you’re traveling long distance and spending the night on the road, ensure you bring your plants inside especially in hot or cold temperatures as this can damage fragile plants. Taller plants can be placed on the floor while smaller ones can be placed on the back seat. Ensure you check on them regularly to minimise damage.

How to move outside plants

Outdoor plants can be shipped or transported with you if they are small. If moving an outdoor plant is not an option, consider taking some clippings, so you can plant them in your new garden. Simply place the cutting into some water to ensure it survives the move.

Caring for your plants post move

Moving can be stressful on plants so ensure you are giving them the best start possible in your new house. If you relocated the plants to plastic pots, leave them for at least a week so it can be used to it’s new environment before re-potting. If you’re re-planting outside consider the difference in soils, sunlight and temperature. When you have placed your plant into it’s new environment ensure you give it plenty of water and plant food.

Essential Steps for Moving Items into Storage

6-8 weeks before moving day

Choose the right storage facility.

Begin searching for the perfect storage unit a few months before moving day. Storage facilities should have good security and be easily accessible. The perfect location will depend on how often you will be visiting the storage unit. If frequent visits are necessary, consider a storage facility closer to home. If location isn’t a factor look at storage facilities further out of the city for better rates.

Confirm storage items.

Make a list of every item being transported to storage. Also note if it is fragile, storage requirements and estimated value. When making this list ensure all items are allowed to be stored at the facility as some items can’t be stored.

Organise removalists.

If you decide to use removalists, research and book early. Consider choosing a removalist company that also offers storage for a simple, quicker process. Quick and Easy offers 24/7 access storage facilities in a secure warehouse. To learn more visit https://quickandeasyremovalistsydney.com.au/storage/

If you decide to move your items yourself consider if you need an extra set of hands and ask for help early.

2-4 weeks prior to moving day

Begin to pack all your items. Ensure fragile items are packed carefully and electronics have their batteries removed and placed back in it’s original box for protection. To make set-up easier consider keeping the cords together with your electronic device. Start to deconstruct any unused furniture and disconnect, drain and clean whitegoods so they don’t produce mould.

Moving Day

Pack items strategically. Place items into clear tubs instead of boxes ensuring each tub is clearly labelled. Consider the storage space and pack strategically to save space. Simple things like placing any mattresses on their side and stacking boxes vertically (with the heaviest boxes on the bottom) will save you space and ultimately money. Consider protecting items with plastic sheets and don’t forget to lock your storage unit with a good quality lock.

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How to Quickly Add Value to Your House Before Selling

1. Freshen the house with some paint

A fresh coat of paint can transform a house and add serious value. Choose a neutral colour, such as white, to appeal to as many people possible. Choosing white will also give your buyers a blank canvas for them to apply their own personality while not offending anyone with bright colours.

One thing to remember when re-paining your home for selling, you’re not after a perfect paint job. Your goal should be to make the house appeal to as many potential buyers possible, chances are they will repaint it anyway.

2. Update flooring

While adding fresh paint to the walls will make your house instantly look better, nothing can improve old, warn and depressing floors. Updating your flooring can be easy and doesn’t have to break the bank.

Some carpets can be addressed with a professional steam clean, but other carpets are just too far past it’s use-by-date. Update your old carpet with a colour that will complement your wall paint. Darker carpet will make your home feel smaller and more intimate while lighter carpet will open up the room and make it feel larger.

Similarly, with carpet, floorboards have a use-by-date too and sometimes they are too far gone to be saved. Floorboards are generally easier to maintain than carpet and are easily installed. With numerous options to fit everyone’s budgets, floorboards are a great choice for your home.

3. Spruce up the garden

The garden can be the icing on the cake for potential buyers so it’s worth spending some quality time ensuring it is up to standard. Ensure plants are trimmed and well maintained. Fill in any blank spaces with additional plants to prevent the garden from looking bare. It may be worth hiring a high-pressure cleaner to ensure your paths, decking and outside of the house is clean. Wipe down any outdoor furniture and ensure your fence is presentable.

If you’re not feeling up to the task, hire a gardener who can ensure your garden will be perfect come auction day.

4. Kitchens sell houses

The saying often goes that kitchens sell houses. Ensuring your kitchen is up to date is one of the simplest ways to guarantee your house doesn’t just sell but you get the most money possible. If your kitchen has seen better days, consider getting a new one installed. Affordable kitchens can be purchased from major retailers such as Ikea and Bunnings Warehouse.

You don’t need to break the bank to update your kitchen, sometimes all that is needed is a face lift. Paint the cupboards or consider replacing the cupboard with new modern doors and handles. New benchtops can easily be installed and simple upgrades to the splashback and tap fittings will make your kitchen look like new.

5. Window treatments make all the difference

Freshly painted walls, new flooring and the perfect kitchen can be let down by a simple decoration, window treatments. Old, damaged blinds can outdo all your hard-renovating work so when updating your house don’t overlook the power of new blinds. The great news is that new blinds are easy to install with plenty of options for all price ranges.

Plain white roller blinds are affordable and will appeal to a large number of potential buyers. Make the room look softer by installing floor to ceiling sheer blinds which span across the whole wall. Find inspiration on Pinterest for the perfect blinds for your space.

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How to organise your house like Marie Kondo

Who is Marie Kondo you ask? From the tender age of 5, Marie Kondo has found a passion in organising mess. Born and raised in Tokyo, Kondo owns a business, which helps others transform their homes and lives by tidying the right way through her KonMari Method. Her unusual tidying techniques has scored her a Netflix show and viewers are slowly decluttering their homes because of it. Here is how you can use the KonMari Method to transform your home.

Step 1.

Visualise the kind of life you want in the coming year. Kondo says having a clear vision and goal will motivate you throughout the KonMari Method and guide you to the right ending.

Step 2.

Start with clothing. Kondo suggests bringing all your clothes into the one space in the same pile. Kondo’s unique method involves handling each item one by one and determining if that item brings you joy. Kondo explains that instead of focusing on throwing things away, we should be looking for items that we cherish and love. So, hold each piece individually and ask yourself “does this spark joy?” if it does it stays and if not, the item is discarded.

Step 3.

Tidy by category, not location. Kondo splits the house into 5 categories. Clothes, books, papers, Komono (miscellaneous) and sentimental items.  Kondo explains that many items that belong to the same category are placed in multiple locations. Tidying by category allows you to view all the items from that category at the same time and takes away any confusion multiple locations may have. Ensure everything that is going to be discarded is done so before placing items back.

Step 4.

Tidy all at once not small steps. By tidying the whole house in the same period, it ensures you don’t fall back to your old cluttering habits. She says tidying your house should be a special occasion not a daily chore. Allocating 6 months to organising your whole house is a good guideline.

Step 5.

Thank your discarded items. Kondo says it’s important to thank each item you discarded. Take a moment to thank the item for everything it has provided you with and discard it gently to show that thankfulness.

An organised home will make your life feel less cluttered, disorganised and stressed. When it comes time to move to a new house there is a huge advantage to having an organised, clutter free house. You will have less stuff to move and items will already be organised into categories making for a lot smoother moving experience.

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How to Downsize

Downsizing will happen to most people at least once in their life. Whether it is because you no longer need the extra rooms, or you can no longer afford your current house. Downsizing can be stressful, emotional and time consuming but with our tips you can avoid the stress and make downsizing an enjoyable and easy process.

Enter the right mind-set

Don’t feel sad about downsizing. Instead focus on the positives; decreased maintenance costs and bills, easier upkeep and simplified living are all benefits of having a smaller home. Perhaps you are moving closer to the city, which will provide more transport options thus reducing your petrol costs. Or maybe you are downsizing for financial reasons, having lower bills, rent or mortgage will reduce those financial pressures and you can concentrate on enjoying your life instead. Always look at the positives in this situation and moving will be far easier.

Take inventory of your stuff

Make a list of all your belongings so you can decide what to keep, donate, throw out or sell.  Take it one room at a time and spread it out over a number of days. Ideally start this process nice and early so you have plenty of time to get rid of the items you don’t need.

Minimise unnecessary and duplicate items

Go through your items and ensure you don’t have duplicates. The kitchen is a hotbed for duplicate items. No one needs more than one bottle opener or spatula. Additionally, throw out any items which you have a spare, just in case twin. Do you really need two cardigans, exactly the same colour and design?  Keeping these “just in case” items takes up precious room you will not have in your new house.

Find a purpose

When moving into a smaller place, every corner, wall and inch of floor is valuable. That corner in your living room could be a home office or that cupboard under the stairs could be the perfect storage room. Additionally, find purpose for the items you are bringing into your new house and ensure everything you are packing is necessary.

Keep the clutter out

Ensuring you move into your new place with minimal items is good but so is ensuring it does not become cluttered in the future. Set yourself some rules whether that is one in one out or perhaps choosing high quality items which you buy less frequently. Additionally, smart storage solutions and furniture will allow your house to look less cluttered. Mount your TV on the wall and use a wireless printer are all ways for your house to look less cluttered.

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How to survive moving interstate with kids

Moving Interstate With Kids

Research

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.

Quick and Easy are here to ensure your moving day is stress-free. Call us at (02) 8880 5124 today to book your summer move before spaces fill up!

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