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How to prepare a refrigerator for a move.

  1. Remove all contents from the refrigerator.

Make sure the fridge and freezer are free of ice, food, ice trays and ice packs. You don’t want any objects that can move around or cause damage or rattling about during a move.

Plan ahead of time and start eating all perishable items to avoid wasting food. 


  1. Remove all shelving, trays and drawers.

A lot of people miss this step but it is important. Not only will it make the fridge lighter and easier to move but will also stop the trays from cracking and needing replacing. You don’t want the first call you make from your new home to be to a fridge repair man.


Wrap each shelf in towels or bubble wrap and store in a box for moving.

If you don’t want to remove the shelves opt for sticky taping them in place for a smoother move.

  1. Unplug your refrigerator.

The day before the move unplug the refrigerator so it can warm up. This also gives the oils and fluids enough time to stop moving through the compressor. If your refrigerator makes ice automatically, ensure to disconnect the water too. Coil the power cord and tape it into a small bundle to avoid it getting caught on anything during a move or becoming damaged.

  1. Defrost the freezer.

If you have been putting off defrosting the freezer now is the time to do it. If you have a considerable amount of ice on the sides of the freezer ensure you leave a day or so for it to melt. Lay down towels and other precautions to catch the water as it drips. On the day of the move just give the freezer a last wipe down and again ensure there are no ice trays or shelves left inside.


  1. Secure the doors.

Shut the doors and secure them with rope, often removal professionals will have materials to aid with wrapping and packing but if you haven’t already sorted some packing products make sure you look into it yourself. Doors swinging open during a move is dangerous for removalists and can cause damage to the fridge or other items in the truck. If you have a double door fridge make sure the door handles are tied together for extra security.


Avoid using sticky tape or another tape that will cause residue to the fridge!

  1. Hire removalists.

Hire removalists or gather some friends to help with moving all heavy items and white goods. Moving a fridge takes at least 2 people – ensure you are lifting properly with your knees not your backs for a safe move.

Don’t lay the fridge down during a move. Keep it upright so the liquids inside don’t move around too much.


  1. Turn your fridge back on.

Once your fridge is in your new home and upright, leave it for 3 hours until turning it back on. Older fridges needed 12 hours to a day to settle before being turned back on but if your fridge was built after 2010 then 3 hours is plenty of time. When the fridge is off, insert all trays and drawers.


Turn the fridge back on after 3 hours and refill with food.

Note the fridge may take a day or two to reach the ideal temperature again.

If your fridge is not working as well as it used to or has stopped working all together it might just need a repair. Don’t throw it on the kerb just yet or hire a waste removal company call in a fridge repair expert and have your fridge cooling and freezing again in no time.

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.