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10 Things To Organise When Moving Home


Moving house and losing sleep over all the things you need to get done before the big move? Don’t stress! Here is a list of 10 things you can do to prepare for a move.

1) Get organised

Pack early – the week before you move get packing, before you say you need everything – you don’t. Books you have already read, coats when its summer, 10 of your 20 plates, linen you’re not sleeping in, all these things can be boxed up and moved. If you know how to drive, own a car and the move isn’t too far, start moving things across now. You will feel much better when things start to move smoothly. This also won’t make moving day as big and scary, half your possessions are already moved!

2) Change your address

Don’t wait till the last minute to change your address. It will probably take you a few days if not weeks to remember to change all your addresses so start right now. Bank statements, bills, eBay purchases, your dentist, friends and family – all these people need and want to know your new address. It will also help you to remember it.


3) Turn Off and Cancel Everything

Cancel you deliveries or have them go to your new address a few days before the move.  If you get the paper or subscribe to a magazine either cancel or change your address. The day of the move turn off the power, hot water, gas, internet and anything else that is costing you money.

4) Prepare Packing

A few weeks before your move start saving newspapers and collecting boxes for the move. If you are going back and forth a few boxes will do as you can unpack and repack as you go. A great idea to save you time and money is to wrap all glass wear and crockery in clothes and tea towels. Choose t-shirts, and singlets to wrap cups and use tea towels for plates. This eliminates the need for newspapers which can turn everything black and means a chunk of your clothes are packed too, two birds one stone!

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5) What’s the Weather?

A few days before you move start checking the weather forecast. If you have already booked a removalist this shouldn’t be changed but if it looks like it is going to rain be prepared with umbrellas, tarps and towels. Have towels at the door so the removalist and anyone else helping out doesn’t walk dirt into your new home.

6) Heat Up.

Defrost your freezer and turn off the fridge. These should both be done at least a day before. Try to eat all perishables in the weeks coming up to a move and stop buying foods that need to be kept cool. There is nothing worse then wasting food or stressing about food melting during a move.



7) Pets!

This can be a tough one, both cats and dogs take a while to get used to their new surroundings. It’s a good idea if you can drive back and forth moving smaller items to take your pets with you. This way they can get used to the new house before you move. Try taking a few toys or a food bowl with you. This will help calm them down and be one less thing for you to drive across on moving day.

8) Removalist

Book and get to know your removalist. If you haven’t learnt to drive a car with a trailer or a truck then a removalist company is a must. Most can be hired by the hour and offer packing, unpacking, wrapping, assembly and disassembly services. Opt for just removals and relocation or for the whole package! Just know what they will do before they arrive. Time is money.


9) Get Everything

Triple check you have everything, check in every drawer and cupboard, look in the back shed, under the deck and in the laundry, then have someone else look. There is nothing worse then losing your possessions during a move!

10) Clean

Get prepared to scrub or hire a cleaner. If you are renting you definitely want your bond back and if you are selling – having a clean and fresh home will raise the price. Either be prepared to get down and dirty or look around for a bond back cleaner. They specialise in cleaning ovens, steam cleaning carpets and scrubbing bathrooms. All those jobs you might not want to do!  You may also need to look into skip bin hire if you have a range of hard rubbish to dispose of before moving in to your new place!

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Lastly enjoy your new home and plan a house warming. Moving is hard, you deserve a party!

Playing It Safe With Piano Removal

Are you moving house and need to move a valuable piano? If you are a piano owner you are well aware of both it’s worth and sentimental value. Some owners rarely use their piano, but still want to keep it during a move, which is quite understandable. Moving house around the corner, or interstate, a piano still needs a lot more attention than other belongings. Not only is it heavy, but it’s also awkward in shape, and very detailed. It’s important that if you decide to move out the piano yourself that you make sure you use appropriate tools and safety measures. In most cases organising a professional removalist to transfer your piano, is a worthwhile investment.


Your piano is worth a lot of savings:

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Think prices like $2000, 8,000, 10,000 or more, depending on brand and quality.

Tips for Piano Removal:

Measurement and Organisation:

Firstly you will need to look at where you piano is in your current house, in comparison to where you want it to go. You should know what the layout of your new house looks like, and have an idea where it should go. You’ll need to consider who in your house will predominately be using it, or if it’s just a visual component, look at where you can display it. If you want your piano to be a prominent aspect of your home then make sure you place it somewhere that will easily fit in with your design. You also need to consider access points of the new house.

Get your buddies on board!

If you’re not going to organise for the furniture removalist to help with your piano then make sure you get some fit friends on board. You’ll require a group of injury free friends who can help lift and manoeuvre the weight of the piano. Also,  there is certain risk that comes with the help of friends, as this kind of activity can result in injury if not co-ordinated with efficiency. You need provide all your friends firm instruction on what they are lifting, where, and on what angle. Make sure you have reliable friends who will take the job seriously, as there is nothing worse than a joker when you’re handling fragile items.

Having the right tools and resources:

If you don’t hire a removalist to get your piano moved you’re going to be without the right equipment for the job, as many removalists have specialised equipment. If you go at it alone it’s important to make sure you have the right resources. Strapping is important in order to keep the piano steady, and the lid closed. Blankets and towels are good to wrap around the piano, avoiding any chipping if knocked. Find as much padding as you can in order to protect your beloved piano. You should also look into anything with wheels to get your piano onto your moving vehicle. Perhaps a dolly may suit? Make sure your piano lid is secure because the keys are very fragile and losing them is going to be costly.

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Make sure that you consider all the work involved in moving a piano to another location. If you think it’s going to be a quick and easy task, it’s not. If you have all the preparation in place then it can go smoothly.

It’s an option that will provide less work, but it’s entirely up to the individual. Many people can undertake the task without any hassle.

Choose a piano removal solution that’s right for your peace of mind, health and budget.

If you’re looking for a highly reliable removalist team, look no further than Mark’s Removals.

Why Rubbish Removal Needs A Strategy

Moving house means co-ordinating a long list of jobs and activities, many that will cause stress. However what we don’t realise before the packing up process is how much junk  has accumulated throughout the years. If you’ve only lived in your home for a short while then you may not have as much rubbish and also if you’re incredibly neat.  However almost every person or family that moves house are completely surprised at the amount of rubbish they have.

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Before you decide to pack the house there needs to be a few days set aside for sorting out your junk, from your necessities.  You should make sure you get a plan in place that can effectively separate your items, and here are a few ideas that may help you along.

What I can do to sort rubbish from the necessities…

Getting your rubbish sorted and your belongings means coming into the work with a clear strategy, and there are many ways you can strategise.

-One way you can sort this out is by clearing out one room to dump the rubbish into. If you clear out one room then you can then go through every other room and moved the rubbish easily to one central sport. You can save yourself confusion. If you pick a room closest to where rubbish will be removed then that also makes it a more efficient process.

– Another option is making the veranda or back porch the designated rubbish spot. As this leaves any mess from being inside you may like this option a little more.  However with this option you need to make sure that all your rubbish can all fit.

-You should designate an entire day, depending on how many people you have on board to help, on the garage or shed.  Usually the garage or shed is where most of our junk will end up, as this is the safe in between space between completely throwing out something, and keeping it.  In there you’ll be surprised at how many items are gathering dust and tangled in spider webs, old exercise equipment is a common feature.

-In order to get an efficient and stress free rubbish clean up completed there needs to be equal manpower to the actual number of items. If you live by yourself or with one friend, then you can easily split the workload. Families can make things a whole lot easier if every family member looks after the clean-up of their own room.

Your next step…getting the rubbish out of your house

Once you have sorted out all the belongings in your house, and have a firm idea of what needs to be removed, it’s time to call a reputable rubbish removalist. You’ll find a lot of removalist companies have a rubbish removal service, which is a great option. If you choose to go with a removalist company then for both the removals and rubbish then you only have to deal with one company, which will be a certain advantage. You need to create less work for yourself as possible.

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Packing up rubbish and getting the rubbish out of the way will be a process that is quite time consuming, make sure you strategise.