Moving for work

As a relocation consultant I help people move overseas for new work placements. It’s a fantastic job as I get to see how excited they are about starting a new life, and I can see how grateful they are that I am taking much of the burden off moving away from them! Luckily I’m really organised, because no matter how much you plan something always comes up in this job that you didn’t expect. I have posts on this site with hints on moving and packing, as well as storing items that you may not want to bring with you but wish to keep.

Moving to a New Home with Your Feathered Friend: What You Need to Know

Moving house can be an unsettling experience for all members of your family. There’s the excitement of moving to a new place, but there’s also a feeling of uncertainty, of heading into the unknown. It’s not only the human members of your family that can become unsettled, and your furry and feathered friends can also become stressed. You might not consider that moving with a pet bird will be a problem, but many parrots are highly intelligent and need to be eased into the experience. So what do you need to do when you move to a new home with a pet bird? Talk to Your Vet If you have a large or exotic bird that requires specialist care, you need to talk to your vet before you leave. Not all vets will be equipped to take care of your bird, and you need to find one in your new home as soon as possible. Your vet should be able to help you out. You’re essentially getting a referral from one medical professional to another. Keeping Them Calm When the removalists arrive to start work, you need to keep your bird out of harm’s way. Ask the removalists to clear a single room first, then place the bird’s cage inside and close the door. You should also cover the cage. While it’s not true that all birds will then think it’s night and will go to sleep, it helps to keep them calm. Like dogs, birds can become overstimulated when there are groups of strangers in their home, and you want to keep your feathered friend as relaxed as...

Misconceptions about Using Cheap Removalists for Your Household Move

Moving to a new home can be stressful, which is why so many people opt to hire a removalist. The removalist can handle everything from packing your household items to storing them and finally moving them to your new location. You will find one of your options is to use cheap removalist companies, such as Melbourne Cheap Suburb Removal, for the job. You may avoid this, because you have misconceptions regarding what a cheaper removalist company can offer you. Before you completely overlook the option, consider the following truths behind the misconceptions. Cheap Removalists Won’t Offer the Same Services One of the biggest misconceptions regarding cheap removalists is the lack of services they may offer. The truth is, most cheap removalists will offer the same services as more expensive removalist companies. What they may not offer are some of the extras. For example, they may offer storage options for your household items, but the storage may not be climate controlled. They may move your items with other households moving to the same area. They may also cut costs by only moving certain size homes, like one and two bedroom homes rather than larger multi-room homes. Cheap Removalists Have Hidden Fees Hidden fees are a concern for many people when it comes to removalists. You may be worried about hidden mileage fees if you are moving over a certain distance, extra fees for storage, or extra fees for packing supplies. The truth is most of these extras are not hidden fees, but actually listed as known options on your price quote or on your order form. If you are still concerned...

3 Ways to Make an Interstate Move Easier

Moving to a new house is not something that most people look forward to. There’s the strange unsettled feeling of knowing you will soon have to say goodbye to the place you’ve called home for years. There’s also an impending feeling of stress in knowing that soon you will need to pack up and move everything you own. This stress is perhaps reduced if you’re moving to the other side of town, but what about when you have to move to the other side of the country? If you’re planning a move to a new town in another state, then there are a few tips that can make the job a whole lot easier: 1. Your Moving Company Smaller companies that handle interstate removals might take a little longer than others to transport your possessions. Some journeys cannot be completed in a day, and so the driver will need to stop en route, adding hours to the trip. If your move truly is a mammoth one, then opt for a company that has facilities for the driver to be changed during the journey. Many companies have depots in a number of towns and cities, so the truck will briefly stop, a new driver will get behind the wheel, and your possessions will continue on their way. 2. Your Family Do you really want to drive your entire family on a journey that could be thousands of kilometres? Everyone will arrive feeling rested and refreshed if you fly. Pack up your home and send the moving truck on its way, and then you could stay with friends for a night....

Relocation 101: How to pull off an organized move

Moving is part of growth and it’s caused by a plethora of factors. It may be because you got a new job, or you feel your family needs a larger space, or perhaps you just want to test out the environs in a different city. Whatever the cause, moving is not a miniature issue. It requires thought, and planning- a lot of planning. Otherwise you may have a day left and your stuff is half packed, your new home in a cluttered mess and your mind spinning out of control. So try out these tips for a more organized move: Have a planner Well, you may be the kind of person who’s never used a planner or had a notebook for any reasons. But get this straight, a planner is much more important than the boxes you insist on packing. It’s a life saver in so many different scenarios to keep reminders and crucial info. For starters, there’s the business card that you’ll come by and you’ll only have to throw them in the planner. You’ll also need some extra hands when moving and the planner can come in handy when tracking the phone numbers of the removalists. After the move, you’ll probably have to book appointments or get the numbers of the utility companies before fully settling down. All this is made much easier if you’ve got a planner to keep track of everything. Storage space is also an option Moving is also known to bring forth some unpredictable uncertainties. You may find yourself locking up your old home before your new one is ready and you have...

5 Magic Tips to Make Your Moving Day More Mellow

Moving is always exciting, and yet, it is usually accompanied by a fair amount of stress. If you’re about to move to a new home, you probably want to know a few things that can make the process far more simple. So what are some of these things you can do to make your moving day more mellow? 1. Start Saving You will probably have a lot of time to prepare for your move, since most people don’t tend to move in a hurry. Start saving as early as possible so that you can hire a furniture removals company for the heavy items. It’s a worthwhile investment, and it gives you added protection, since the company will have insurance to cover you in the unlikely event of any damage. So start putting money aside now. 2. Arrive Early Try to time your move so that you can get to your new place a couple of hours before your furniture. While your new home will hopefully already be in an acceptable condition, you want to make it as livable as possible, as soon as possible. Bring your vacuum cleaner and cleaning supplies and give everything a thorough cleaning – particularly the kitchen and bathroom. You’ll want to make these rooms usable immediately, although you will no doubt need to tidy things again once everything has been moved in. 3. Keep Track of Boxes Label, colour code, and number your boxes. A label is always helpful, but a colour code (just a coloured sticker or an obvious mark with a felt-tip pen) means you can tell where a box needs to...

Shipping Containers: Are They Your Versatile Solution?

These days it seems everyone wants shipping containers. The trouble is, the trendy types only want them to live in, because they are cheap, environmentally friendly, and have that hipster appeal. But whatever happened to using shipping containers for shipping and storage? There are shipping containers to suit whatever it is you wish to ship or store: cars, furniture, spare parts, wine—you name it, it will probably fit into a shipping container. However, before you embark on your hiring of a container, you need to consider just how much stuff you want to ship. Size Options Shipping containers come in a variety of sizes, ranging from around 2 metres, 6 metres, or 12 metres long, and therefore will require considerably different sizes of loads. Of course, it’s no use to measure simply the “footage” of your load, as you will need to consider the volume that it occupies. You would be amazed at just how much can be stuffed into a shipping container by a clear and experienced removalist. Sturdy Materials As an added bonus, shipping containers are pest and vermin proof, as well as weatherproof, giving them a huge advantage over a self-storage site or a warehouse, where no such guarantees can be made. Of course, you will need to verify the condition of the shipping container because while they are made of metal, metal rusts, especially if the shipping container has led an adventurous life at sea. Easy to Hire Whether you are moving your goods to your new home across the waves or just storing excess stuff while you get your life in order, shipping containers are...

What to do before putting your belongings into storage

A self-storage unit can be a convenient way to store your things, but in order to get the most out of it you’ll need to be prepared. Taking the right steps in advance will give you a pain-free moving day and make using your storage unit in future much easier.  Pick your purpose Many storage units hold household possessions between moves, but not all. An increasing number of small businesses use self-storage units as warehouse space, preferring the security and convenience of a managed space to the challenges of managing their own inventory. If you’re going to use your storage space for business inventory, you may need to choose a slightly larger unit than a domestic customer would, even with the same number of boxes; if you need regular access to your boxes, you’ll need to leave plenty of room to move through the space. By contrast, a homeowner moving house may be able to fill the unit with stacks of boxes, taking them out only when it’s time to move again.  Compare amenities Self-storage centres aren’t just huge sheds full of lockers — they offer a wide range of services and amenities. Two centres with different rental prices might have very different security or insurance. Access is another thing to look at — some centres will offer round-the-clock access, while others will only be open at certain times. Decide which features you’ll need; if you don’t anticipate moving house in the middle of the night, 24-hour access may not matter to you. If your business needs to respond quickly to international customers, it might be vital. Location is...

Why Should You Use a Furniture Removalist for Your Next Move?

If you’re planning a move for either your home or the office, you may be tempted to just hire a truck and have some friends or even your own staff help with the process. While it may seem cheaper and easier to do this than to hire a furniture removalist, there are many advantages to leaving this type of work for professionals. Before you put down a deposit on a truck rental and break the news to your staff that they need to start lifting furniture, note a few of those advantages here. 1. Liability Any injury that is suffered by a member of your staff while doing work for you is your liability as a business owner, and this includes any injuries they may suffer while moving desks or other furniture. This is also true if a friend were to injure his or her back or otherwise get injured during a move; you may be liable for their medical costs. In some cases your homeowner’s insurance may pay for this, but not always. If you don’t have renter’s insurance you may also be held liable for the cost of their injuries, above and beyond what their own medical insurance may cover. At the office, your worker’s compensation insurance may not cover this type of activity if it’s not part of the job description of your employees. This is usually reason enough to think about hiring professionals for your move. 2. Damage to your items Professional furniture removalists know how to move all your furniture items, from big and bulky sofas and desks to more delicate computer and electronics....

What You Should Know About Backload Removals

Whether you’re planning to move your entire house, furniture, appliances or office supplies, backloading is available for local and intestate removals. Backloading is a service where your cargo is added to the back of unfilled freight trucks, hence the term ‘back-loading’. If you have thought about trying out backloading services from your removalist here is what you need to know about the service. Cheaper removal costs The most attractive thing about backloading is that you get to pay much less for your removal. This is made possible because your cargo is treated as an extra, in that the removalist had not planned for it in his/her costs. Normally, removalists will plan a removal and then add any backloads available. This means that prior to adding backloads, the removal costs of the truck are already accounted for. This is why removalists charge cheaper for backloads. In most cases your backloads will be charged depending on the space occupied. Space is not always guaranteed As stated above, backloads are not always planned for by the removalist. In fact, in most cases removalists will have to load a truck before they can evaluate whether it’s okay to add any backloads. This means if you plan to have your goods backloaded, it’s almost impossible to tell if and when you will get available space. For this reason, backloading is not suitable for urgent cargo. In addition to that, backloading is also better for small loads such as appliances, single furniture pieces, bikes and the like. The larger your cargo is, the longer you may have to wait to get a space that can...

How to Use a Self-Storage Unit for Organizing and Creating Space Around the Home

Many homeowners realize that a self-storage unit at a nearby facility can help to open up space around their home, but they often don’t know what to put in that unit to help them get organized. They may wonder what items they should keep around the house to have on hand, and which ones should they move to the unit instead. Note a few simple tips that will help you make the most of a self-storage unit for creating space and getting organized in your home. 1. Start with off-season items One of the best things you can do to create space in the home is start with off-season items. During summertime, put your winter coats, boots, scarves, and other such clothes in rubber or plastic bins and mark them accordingly. If it’s wintertime, your shorts, bathing suits, beach towels, and items like these can be put away. Off-season items can also include things you have in the garage which you won’t need for many more months. During winter, move out the lawnmower and edger and your bikes and put them in the self-storage unit. During summer, your snow blower and snow shovels as well as your skis can be moved out of the garage and stored. 2. Box up holiday items Since holiday items are only used once every year, you don’t need to keep them underfoot. A good trick for organizing is to assign each holiday a separate tub or bin and mark it accordingly, and then move these to your storage unit. That way, when Halloween arrives, you can take out the bin marked “Halloween” and...