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5 Tips to Streamline and Speed Up Purging During Removals

Other SEOCo - Friday, April 07, 2017

Removals offer a great opportunity to go through your possessions and get rid of what you don't need. In fact, many moving guides recommend purging unwanted or unused possessions before you start packing, but these guides often lack tips on how to purge. If you want to streamline and speed up the process, here are five tips to help as you go through your possessions.

1. Work Through Your Home in Sections

Purging and packing a home is a huge job, and to make it manageable, you may want to divide your big job down into lots of tiny tasks. Make a checklist if it helps you stay organised, or just divide the home into sections mentally. For the greatest ease, you may want to subdivide each room as well.

For instance, instead of writing "pack the garage" on your to-do list, you may want to write several tasks such as "clean out the rafters", "pack garage shelves", or "go through tools". That can be especially helpful if you don't have a lot of time and you want to be able to tackle little tasks when you can.

2. Decide Right Away

Typically, as you pack each room, you should sort possessions into a few categories: pack, throw away, donate, and keep out until the last minute. It can be tempting to create a "decide later" pile, but that just builds up the work. As you go through your possessions, commit to making decisions right away. That allows you to definitely check off each room, closet, or shelf in your home as done, rather than leaving a to-do-later list in your wake.

3. Start With the Easy Stuff

Purging your possessions isn't always easy, especially when you're dealing with family heirlooms or other items with emotional significance. To make the process easier, start packing and purging the least emotional areas of your home first. For instance, pack up the laundry room or the bathroom before you hit your child's chest of drawers or the dining room hutch full of antiques. The idea behind this method is that by the time you hit the items with sentimental value, you'll be a seasoned pro at purging.

4. Use a Metric to Help You

When purging, it can help to use a metric or a guideline. There's no one-size-fits all metric that works for everybody, so you'll have to create guidelines that appeal to you personally. Some ideas to try out include getting rid of possessions that you haven't used in a year or eliminating possessions that don't bring you joy. For instance, if you haven't worn your "favourite" sweater for two years, you may just want to let it go.

5. Cut Down Trips to Charity Shops

Ultimately, the items you purge need to be sold, donated, or thrown away. If you are donating items, you should try to avoid multiple trips to the charity shops. This can waste time. Instead, you may want to contact your local charity shops and ask if they offer pick-up services.

Depending on your schedule, you may want to arrange a pick-up to get rid of stuff midway through the packing process and again somewhere near the end of the removal. You may even want to schedule a pick-up the day before your move so you can get absolutely everything you want to donate into that last pick-up.

 

Once you've decided what to get rid of and what to take with, a professional can help you with the rest. At Price's Removals and Storage, we can handle every aspect of your next move for you. Contact us today for a quote.

How to Prepare Your Secondary Vehicle for a Move

Other SEOCo - Thursday, March 30, 2017

Many households rely on more than one vehicle. In some cases, this secondary car helps multiple working adults make their commutes each day. In other households, a caravan takes the entire family out for memory-making adventures.

In your daily life, your secondary vehicle offers convenience. However, during a move, having an extra vehicle can complicate the packing and transport process. You may need the help of a professional removalist to move your secondary vehicle from your current house to your new home.

Before the removals team arrives, take the following steps to prepare your vehicle for transport.

Determine the Transport Method

The specific steps necessary to prepare your vehicle for transport depend on the shipping method. Ask if your removals team will be towing your car or transporting your vehicle on a carrier. If your removalist uses a carrier, determine whether the carrier is open or closed.

To prepare your vehicle for towing, you must check that the tyres are properly inflated and that the vehicle's body can withstand the pressures of towing. When towing or transporting your vehicle in an open carrier, remove any toll stickers that could be automatically charged on the trip. Additionally, you may want to wax the exterior to minimise any damage that could occur en route.

To prepare your car for transit on a closed carrier, have the brakes and fluids checked. The vehicle may undergo extreme temperatures while on the carrier, and it's up to you and your mechanic to ensure that high temperatures do not damage the engine.

Regardless of specific transport method, you may be required to empty the gas tank until it's approximately one-fourth full. This step reduces the vehicle's overall weight. If you're transporting a caravan, you may also be asked to remove or empty the water tank.

Clean Thoroughly

Before your moving day, clean the interior and exterior of your vehicle completely. A thorough cleaning minimises the difficulty and hazards of moving your vehicle. For example, clearing away any debris in the footwells makes your car safe for a worker who's unfamiliar with the vehicle.

This step also ensures that any new damage that could happen during the process is immediately visible, especially scratches and scrapes on the exterior. If your vehicle has existing damage, take pictures for your records.

As you clean, remove any valuables and personal items, especially electronics like a GPS or custom radio. While your removals team works hard to keep your vehicle safe during transport, carriers are often targeted by thieves since the driver cannot necessarily see all the vehicles he or she is shipping at all times.

Set Aside Your Second Set of Keys

Your removalist will likely need to start and drive the vehicle for loading and unloading purposes. Set aside your second set of keys for the removalist to use. If you do not currently have multiple sets of keys, consider having a new key made.

When you give one set of keys to your removalist and keep a set for yourself, you ensure that the vehicle is still driveable if one set becomes lost or misplaced during the moving process.

 

In addition to the steps listed above, check with your removalist to determine if the company has any specific policies you may need to comply with while using their services. For example, your removalist may want to go over the condition of your vehicle with you to ensure that the documentation he or she has of any existing damage matches your records.

If your upcoming move includes a secondary vehicle, discuss your options with Price's Removals. We offer full-service removals, including boat, caravan and second vehicle transport services.

A Guide to Packing Valuable Paintings

Other SEOCo - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Moving home can be stressful, and this stress can be exacerbated if you have valuable paintings to pack and move in addition to your other possessions. However, you can make sure that your treasured paintings arrive safe and undamaged by packing and moving them correctly.

Here's some helpful information and advice on packing and moving valuable pieces of art.

Appraise Your Paintings Prior To Moving

Before you move, you should have pieces of high-value artwork professionally appraised to establish their current and replacement values.

Appraisals enable you to take out adequate insurance cover for your paintings so that you're protected in the event that they are damaged in transit. Your local art dealer will be able to provide you with details of fine art appraisers in your area.  

When you meet with your moving consultant from Price's Removals, you'll need to tell them that you are moving valuable paintings. Be prepared to fill out a form for your high-value items to ensure that your collection won't be limited to minimal liability removal insurance.

It's also a good idea to take photos of your paintings to accompany the inventory.

Pack Your Paintings

There are two different methods of packing paintings, depending on whether they are framed or not.

Framed Paintings

In some cases, an antique frame can be almost as valuable as the painting it houses. Framed paintings should therefore always be packed in crates to prevent jarring and to shield the contents from damage by other adjacent items that may move around in transit.

You can obtain gallery-grade crates from specialist art dealers, but the helpful experts at Price's Removals will supply you with a custom-built wooden crate to fit the piece's precise dimensions if you prefer.

Before you crate your paintings, cover the front of each piece with a sheet of acid-free glassine paper to protect the paint from damage by moisture and dust.

Unframed Paintings

Removing paintings from their frames can make them easier to transport and also saves valuable space.

Wear cotton gloves when handling the painting to avoid damaging the media. Put the painting on its back onto a sheet of cardboard, and then place a sheet of acid-free tissue paper over the front of the piece. Use small pieces of tape to secure the tissue paper in place, sticking the tape to the reverse of the painting.

Sandwich the painting between several more sheets of cardboard to form a sturdy foundation that won't bend. Wrap the cardboard with tape to hold the package securely. Finish the job by placing the packaged picture between two sheets of corrugated cardboard and secure it with more tape.

Pack all the pieces flat in a clearly labelled, sturdy box.

Move Your Paintings

Oil paint can melt in excessive heat, so if you have valuable oil paintings, it is advisable to place them in storage until the cooler months of the year when it is safer to move them. Price's Removals can provide storage facilities until you are ready to move your paintings.

Note here that valuation coverage does not cover damage sustained due to climatic change during transit.

When you arrive at your destination, the removalist will disassemble the crate for you. Check your artworks carefully against your inventory. If anything is missing or damaged, notify your removalist straight away.

 

When moving valuable paintings, be sure to have them appraised professionally for current and replacement value for insurance purposes. Pack your artwork correctly and be prepared to place oils in storage if your move is scheduled to take place during hot weather. Marine transit and storage insurance can be arranged if you require these services.

For more information and advice, have a chat with one of the helpful experts at Price's Removals.

Eliminate Moving Tears and Tantrums With These 3 Child-Focused Packing Tips

Other SEOCo - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Moving to a new house can be stressful for any family, but when you throw young children into the mix, things get even more hectic. Children may be small, but their collections of toys, art supplies, games, books, DVDs and other knick-knacks are often vast.

Sorting and packaging toys can quickly turn into a nightmare when you have a child to keep happy at the same time, but you can make the process easier. With careful planning, you can get everything ready for moving day without worrying about your kids screaming and crying over lost teddies and discarded favourites.

Here are three tips to follow when packing for your big move and keeping your child happy.

1. Limit Your Child's Involvement

In the spirit of fairness, you may feel like you should give your child an equal say in which toys are packed away. While this idea is great in theory, it can actually lead to children getting more upset about the process. Remember that young minds don't always think rationally, and most children can't bear the thought of parting with anything—even the toys they never use. 

Instead, limit your child's involvement by asking leading questions and using your own judgement.

If you ask your child an open question like "Which toys would you like to take to the new house on moving day?", you're likely to get an answer like, "All of them!". If you give your child too many possibilities, you'll never get anything packed away. Instead, ask leading questions with limited answers to determine what gets packed, what gets discarded and what stays with your child through the moving process.

Good examples of questions and instructions include:

  • Which doll do you want to take to the new house on moving day?
  • Do you want to keep out your building blocks or your train set today?
  • Do you want to play with your modelling clay when we get to the new house or would you rather have your paints?
  • I'm donating some things to charity today. Which game do you not like to play that we could donate?

Limited involvement will make your child feel independent, responsible and part of the process, and it will help you avoid mishaps like packing away a comfort teddy or giving away a toy your child uses all the time.

2. Keep Toys Clean and Dry

One thing children are known for is their inexplicable ability to make a mess. No matter how many rules you set and how much you clean, you always seem to find mud on a shirt or snacks under a bed. 

When you're packing away toys, you need to make sure none of this typical childhood mess makes its way into the boxes. Even if you know exactly where everything's going to go in the new house, you're likely to have unpacked boxes around for a few days, weeks, or months. If you put these boxes in a garage or attic and there are dolls inside with chocolate in their hair or half-empty cookie packets mixed in with toy trucks, these unpacked cartons could attract pests.

Likewise, after cleaning, you'll need to make sure every toy is dry—especially soft toys like teddies. Mould and mildew can grow in damp environments quickly, so thoroughly dry all toys before packing and make sure soft ones are stored in waterproof, airtight containers.

3. Make It Fun

If you think moving house is an unpleasant experience for you, imagine how it feels for your young son or daughter. Children get bored more easily than adults—combine that boredom with their heightened emotions about leaving their old friends, and this experience can be very unpleasant for the whole family.

To help your child, try to make moving fun. One way to do so without creating more work for yourself is to allow your child to decorate his or her moving boxes. If you're using cardboard boxes, set your child down in a room you're not using and let him or her write his or her name and draw pictures on them (preferably just one or two sides so you can mark them too). If you're using plastic moving boxes, stickers and adhesive labels are just as fun to colour on. 

This easy activity keeps your child occupied while you're packing and gets him or her more excited about the move ahead. If negativity persists, try to make your child focus on the positives. Ask your little one where he or she would like to set up their toys in their new room. This question helps your child visualise a normal, happy life in the new house and gives you layout ideas at the same time.

 

Of course, packing is only half of the moving battle. Once you've got all your child's toys sorted and contained, you'll want to get them transported to your new house without any losses or breakages. If you're moving in or out of Tasmania, contact Price's Removals & Storage for a quick quote online or by phone.

Bass Strait Bureaucracy: 4 Things You Can't Afford to Forget When Moving Interstate

Justin Davies - Monday, January 09, 2017

Moving out of Tasmania can be an exciting experience. There are new environments to adjust to, new friends to be made and a world of opportunities available on the mainland that aren't open to you on the Apple Isle.

However, the mainland is home to seven different state and territory governments. Once you move across the Bass Strait, you will need to notify the local government in your new home that you have arrived.

Most interstate migrants know that they need to change their driver's licences and car registration over to their new state of residence. Some requirements for interstate settlers are less obvious, though.

Here are four oft-forgotten bureaucratic processes you will need to follow when you make your move.

1. Enrolling to Vote

It is a legal requirement in all states and territories that Australian citizens aged 18 years and over enrol to vote.

When moving house within Tasmania, updating your electoral enrolment is a relatively simple affair. It is done automatically when you update your address on your driver's licence.

However, when moving out of Tasmania, the procedure is more complex. New residents of New South Wales, for example, will need to fill out a fresh enrolment form.

Many voters forget to check their electoral enrolment until a state or federal election draws near, by which time it is often too late to make changes to the roll. Don't get caught out and risk a fine. Check with your new state's electoral commission for their requirements as soon as you have settled into your new home.

2. Pet Registration

Moving interstate can be an exciting experience for pets, as well. The legal requirements for registering domestic cats and dogs differ for each council area, and may not be the same as the requirements in Tasmania.

For example, in Tasmania, cats do not need to be registered or even desexed, although councils strongly recommend owners carry out the latter to prevent unwanted litters.

However, over in Western Australia, all domestic cats need to be both registered and desexed, and owners face $200 on-the-spot fines for failing to do either of these.

Before you leave Tasmania, make sure you locate or obtain proof of your pet's desexing and microchipping, as you may be required to provide these certificates to your new local council on arrival in your new state of residence.

3. Get a Copy of Your Public Hospital Records

Despite recent moves to establish national e-health records, state and territory public health systems do not have links with each other.

If you or your family has had treatment in a Tasmanian public hospital or health facility, you will need to apply for copies of your records under the Personal Information Protection Act 2004 before you move interstate.

This step is particularly important if you have an ongoing condition that will need to be managed by a specialist in your new state of residence. Your new doctor will likely ask for your full clinical history in order to ensure continuity of care, so it will be helpful to have a copy of your records on hand.

4. Changing Schools

Changing schools within Tasmania is simple, as all schools operate under the same education system.

However, each state and territory has different school starting ages, so when you move interstate, you may find your children are placed in different year levels than they were in their Tasmanian school.

For example, a child turning five on 1 February would be placed in kindergarten in Tasmania, but the same student would find themselves in the higher level of Prep if in Victoria.

The best way to ease the transition between education systems is to obtain an Interstate Student Data Transfer Note from the principal of your Tasmanian school before leaving. This document contains a range of important information that will be invaluable to your child's new teachers.

It seems there is so much to keep track of when moving interstate. For more tips on keeping track of things when moving across the Bass Strait, check out the interstate moving guides written by the specialists at Price's Removals.

There's an App for That! 4 Ways Technology Can Smooth Your Move

Other SEOCo - Friday, November 11, 2016

It doesn’t matter whether you are moving down the street to another state, or another country—moving house can seem a daunting task. There are plenty of ways you can ease the stress of moving, and one of those ways is by embracing modern technology.

For example, there are different apps you can download to your smartphone or tablet to help with the moving preparation. This blog offers advice about which apps are the most effective when moving house.

Recording Box Contents

A move involves many boxes. On your first night in your new home, you want to access the most important boxes first. These boxes contain bed linens, tea bags, and the cherished toy your child will not sleep without. No parent needs an upset child at the end of a long moving day.

A paper list is one way to keep track of the number of boxes you have and the contents of each. However, an app is a modern way to do this task. Not only can you keep an electronic list of the contents but you can also take photos of each box as you fill it. This method removes the risk of lost records and is the most efficient way to find specific things you need.

Moving Van on iTunes is a great app that lets you keep track of your boxes. 

To-Do Lists

In the weeks leading up to your move, there are specific tasks to be done. From organising the final electricity reading to cancelling the paper, your to-do checklist is a long one. Price's Removal & Storage offers a valuable list, and their suggestions can be easily incorporated into an electronic app.

A to-do list app already has the major tasks listed in it. You can delete ones not relevant to your situation and add those that are. The benefit of having these tasks in an electronic form is that you can also include reminders. These reminders reduce your chance of completely overlooking anything.

Look for Moving Planner on Google Play to see how easy a to-do list can be.

Final House Clean

One of the least favourite tasks when moving is cleaning your old home. Both rental houses and owned homes need a deep clean so the property is ready for its next occupant.

A house cleaning app can help you break down this big chore into manageable chunks. Many apps come with a full list of cleaning tasks you can alter to suit your home. You can then choose to complete the checklist by room or by day of the week. Again, this app ensures you don't overlook an essential cleaning component.

Don't forget your gardens or yards when you tidy up your property. No one wants to move into a home with a neglected, overgrown landscape. You can add this chore to your cleaning list, and you can even ask your kids to head outside and help pull up some milk thistle and dandelions.

House Clean on Google Play and Unfilth Your Habitat on iTunes are both easy apps to use.

Moving Day Entertainment

Finally, consider your needs on moving day by adding an app or two just for you. Whether flying or driving, you will have some downtime to kill after loading the moving truck. A new game, crossword puzzle or online jigsaw puzzle helps keep the mind distracted. Alternatively, add a couple of age-appropriate apps to keep your kids amused since their toys are in boxes.

The days leading up to your move are stressful and busy, but apps can ensure you don't overlook anything important before this day arrives. Armed with this information, you shouldn’t have a problem finding the apps to make your move a much easier one.

Packing Procrastination? 3 Secrets to Starting Your Move Sooner

Justin Davies - Wednesday, October 05, 2016

For many people, procrastination offers multiple benefits. As the deadline draws closer, you may feel a boost in energy, focus and determination. You work harder, letting your brain and your fingers kick into high gear. And when you finish the job with a few minutes to spare, you can’t help but feel a sense of accomplishment for defying the odds.

But when you have a big move on the horizon, procrastination won’t necessarily work in your favour. If you save your packing for the last minute, you may forget important boxes, lose track of essential documents and suffer expensive delays. 

For a smooth move, you’ll need to prepare several weeks (if not months) in advance. So what can you do to kick your procrastination habit to the kerb?

1. Give Yourself Smaller Deadlines

When you procrastinate, you usually wait until the big deadline before you start to panic. Why not work with that habit by giving yourself smaller deadlines that lead up to your moving date?

If you break up your packing tasks into smaller, more manageable projects, you won’t have to worry about packing your entire house in one go. Start by dividing your house into rooms. Focus on packing the guest bedroom one week, the living room another week and the master bathroom the following week.

Then, divide those packing projects into even smaller to-do lists that you can accomplish by day. For example, pack your living room bookshelves on Monday, your display cabinets on Tuesday and your wall hangings on Wednesday.

If you still struggle with the smaller lists, feel free to divide them by hour. Perhaps fill one box by 2 p.m., remove nails from the walls at 4 p.m. and colour-code your day’s boxes before 6 p.m. 

2. Set a Limit on Distractions

As a busy adult, you already have multiple priorities that you need to address, and understandably, packing for your move may sit slightly lower on that list. You have to go to work, make dinner and care for your children. 

But in addition to your major tasks, you likely have a few other smaller to-dos that distract you from your packing goals. A few minutes of checking Facebook, answering emails or posting photos to Instagram may not seem like much, but those minutes add up over time.

According to some estimates, the average Australian spends 1 in 5 minutes a day on social media, totalling 3.6 hours. Approximately 13 million Australians do more than check Facebook or update their Twitter, spending a whopping 18 hours a day surfing the Internet. That’s valuable time you could use to pack and prepare for your move.

If you find that you spend a great deal of time looking at Reddit or browsing Wikipedia articles, set a timer on your phone specifically for online activity. When that timer sounds, dedicate an equal amount of time to sorting your seasonal items and wrapping your glass décor in tissue paper.

3. Team Up With a Friend or Family Member

Your move may still seem overwhelming, even if you eliminate distractions and give yourself smaller deadlines. With so much to do, you may feel tempted to ignore the problem completely and take a nap instead, hoping that somehow your move will resolve itself.

In these moments, you need a friend or family member who can hold you responsible for meeting your deadlines. Your spouse could encourage you to pack items under the kitchen sink while he or she tackles the garage. Your parents could give you regular check-ins or watch your kids for an hour while you pack. Your friend could text you encouraging reminders or buy you extra packing tape when your supplies run low.

The more help you have, the more successful you’ll be.

Did You Wait Until the Last Minute?

With the above tips, you can conquer procrastination and get your move on its way. However, if you wait too long to read and implement these suggestions, you might not have the time to finish packing before your final moving day.

When you’re down to the last few days or hours of moving, call in a team of removalists and packers to help you finish the job. Trained professionals can have your books, clothes, dishes and furniture boxed, wrapped and padded in record time. 

8 Ways to Make the Flight for Your Overseas Move Less Stressful

Justin Davies - Saturday, July 09, 2016

Any move is stressful, but your upcoming move may seem more taxing when you have to cross an ocean to get to your new home. Let your movers take care of your belongings-all you need to worry about is the flight. Here are eight tips to make that flight less stressful.

1. Pack Less

The less you pack, the less you can lose, whether it's a checked suitcase that got lost somewhere along the way or a bag that was forgotten at the gate. Bring only what you need and try to pack it in one bag. Have the moving company take care of the rest of your belongings so you don't even have to think about them during the flight.

2. Dress for Comfort

The airport is not the place to make a fashion statement. When you go through security, you have to take off your belt, your shoes and any jewellery. Choose slip-on shoes instead of lace-ups to make the process easier and faster. Bring a jacket just in case the plane feels colder than you expect. Remember to dress for both the location where you're departing from and your final destination.

3. Bring Plenty of Entertainment

Overseas flights last a long time. While a nap may take up a couple of the hours, you may still have another few hours to fill on the plane. Fill your tablet with games and movies to entertain yourself, or bring along a good book.

4. Double-Check You Have Essentials

While you can easily replace items like a toothbrush or a phone charger at your destination if needed, other items prove more difficult to replace. Before leaving, double-check that you have your passport, your glasses or contacts, your phone, your laptop and other essential things that aren't replaceable. Make sure you have your itinerary and the mover's information as well.

5. Bring Snacks and Water

While some flights still offer free peanuts or similar snacks, on an overseas flight you'll probably want something a little more filling. Bring plenty of snacks, but don't eat too much. Especially if you get nervous jitters. A too-full stomach combined with nerves doesn't make for a pleasant experience.

After you go through security, make sure you buy or fill a water bottle as well. The air in a plane is extremely dry and you can get dehydrated easily. Avoid alcohol as it makes dehydration worse.

6. Know How to Fight Jet Lag

Combating jet lag requires some experience to perfect, but even first-timers use some simple tricks. If you're traveling west on a morning flight, sleep as little as possible the night before, then sleep on the plane. If you're traveling east in the evening, sleep a little the night before and then stay up until your bedtime in the new time zone.

These practices, of course, differ according to departure and arrival times. Whatever you do, however, don't take a quick nap after traveling. You'll only wake up groggier and unhappier than when you fell asleep.

7. Exercise the Day Before

Get more exercise than usual the day before your flight. Your exercise may consist of cleaning your old house or a full day of packing, but it should be a considerable amount compared to what you're used to. This additional exercise will help you sleep more easily on the plane and release chemicals into your body that reduce stress.

8. Get Sun and Fresh Air After Arriving

When you finally arrive at your new home, spend some time outside. Revel in the fresh air and sunlight. Maybe explore the city a little bit to get some exercise. This step helps your body restart after sitting in a cramped plane for hours.

 

Remember also to figure out arrangements with your removalist company beforehand for retrieving and unpacking your belongings when you arrive.

Some philosophical questions...

Justin Davies - Friday, July 01, 2011

This is my first second blog post on this website - this online business to be exact!

Feel free to grab a cup of tea and a cookie, put your feet up and take a look around. You'll find heaps of great content and information about my business, and there's plenty of goodies.

I hope you enjoy and feel free to let me know what you think!

Welcome to my Blog!

Justin Davies - Friday, July 01, 2011

This is my first blog post on this website - this online business to be exact!

Feel free to grab a cup of tea and a cookie, put your feet up and take a look around. You'll find heaps of great content and information about my business, and there's plenty of goodies.

I hope you enjoy and feel free to let me know what you think!


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