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HELP, ADVICE AND TIPS ON MOVING HOUSE IN MELBOURNE

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By Tonya Davis 22 Nov, 2016
You would think that packing up your clothes for a house move is no big deal. After all, clothes are not fragile like your dinner plates, nor are they bulky like your furniture. But, if you don't give some thought to your clothes while packing, you may end up with damaged fabrics or lost shoes.

The staff at Melbourne Cheap Suburb Removal is  committed  the careful transport of your household items in our well-maintained trucks. When you put these four clothes packing tips to good use, you help our movers maintain this commitment.

1. Use Boxes Instead of Garbage Bags

Garbage bags may appear an easy choice when you need to pack your shoes. However, the problem is garbage bags offer little protection once loaded into the back of a moving truck.

Cardboard boxes are a better choice for shoes. Take the time to stuff scrunched newspaper into each shoe so it maintains its shape once packed. Next, layer the shoes carefully and put a piece of acid-free tissue paper between each layer. When you layer the shoes, they are less likely to rub against each other while in transit.

2. Use Your Suitcases

It makes sense to fill your suitcases before loading them into the moving truck, and two wardrobe items are the perfect choice for these bags.

First, load all of your shirts into the suitcase. Because of the length of the case, you don't have to fold your shirts up. Packing shirts flat makes it easy to unpack them and put them away in your new home.

Next, fill up any unused suitcase space with accessories—particularly all your belts and handbags. If you want to make sure these items don't leave any marks on your clean shirts, tape tissue paper around metal buckles to prevent damage to the fabrics.

3. Wardrobe Moving Boxes

You will likely move house more than once in your lifetime. In 2012, Australian Bureau of Statistics noted that 43% of Australians had moved house in the prior five-year period.

Good quality wardrobe boxes are worth the monetary investment since you can store them flat for future moves once they are unpacked. Wardrobe boxes are perfect for clothing items that easily wrinkle. If you have dry-cleaned clothes in your wardrobe, this type of box allows you to hang them up, and it stops them from getting scrunched up during the move.

When packing wardrobe boxes, remember that too many clothes will make them heavy. You don't want the box to collapse while in the truck. Spread your clothes across several boxes rather than trying to cram them all into one.

Additionally, since wardrobe boxes stand tall, use the empty space at the bottom to pack pillows or cushions.

4. Vacuum Bags

Vacuum bags, also known as space saver bags, are the perfect tool for moving bulky clothes. Clothes such as winter coats and ski jackets fit nicely into vacuum bags.

You can purchase these bags from your local department store. Place as many thick clothing items into the bag as the space allows, and then suck out the air with your vacuum cleaner. Vacuum bags do not need packing into boxes because of their thick plastic exterior. The vacuum bags are strong enough for loading straight into the moving truck.

Once you arrive at your new home, you may even decide to leave your bulky clothes inside the bags since they take up less room in your closets.

Use these four packing tips to ensure your clothes arrive at your new home in the same condition as when they left your old home. Careful preparation of your clothes now means a fast unpack at your new residence.

By Tonya Davis 24 Aug, 2016
As you prepare for your upcoming move, you can anticipate some of your delicate valuables suffering damage. Your grandmother’s China, for example, looks ready to crack with the smallest sneeze. Your newly purchased 3D TV, similarly, would shatter at the drop of a hat.

To keep these items safe, you may pack your plates, glasses and bowls with extreme care. You might even purchase customised boxes from your mover and surround monitors and speakers with more bubble wrap than you could possibly fit in a normal box.

However, some pieces may surprise you with their fragility. What may look as durable and strong as stone could easy dent, chip, crack and warp during travel. The following items, in particular, tend to undergo the most damage during your average move.

1. Bulky Furniture

Your living room sofa seems big enough to withstand a tornado without budging, and its soft, plush pillows seem more than able to absorb any blows during a move. But despite its size and built-in cushions, your couch might easily lose a foot when dropped or crack an arm when pushed through a narrow doorframe.

Before your move, remove any smaller parts if possible (such as detachable legs, loose pillows or covers). Then, carefully wrap any edges, feet or corners in protective bubble wrap or blankets. Clear a path from your furniture to the door, and if necessary, remove the door from its hinges so you have plenty of space to manoeuvre. 

As most accidents occur when individuals try to move too much on their own, make sure you have plenty of help lifting and transporting your couch or other particularly large pieces. Additionally, you should encourage your team to use proper lifting techniques and moving equipment.

2. Sporting Equipment

Typical sporting equipment will protect you during gameplay, and most items can take a hit without so much as suffering a scratch. Your hockey helmet, for example, can withstand a puck flying at speeds close to 160 km/h. Your golf clubs can hit a golf ball and deliver forces as strong as 1,814 kg.

Unfortunately, neither your helmet nor your golf clubs will hold up well when thrown carelessly in the back of a moving truck or stuffed next to a 190 kg armoire. Similarly, your ski boots, tennis racquets, lacrosse stick or cricket bat could crack, crumple, warp and shatter if not packed properly.

Always use the original sports bags, pouches and carrying cases for your individual equipment. If you don’t have official bags for loose baseballs, footballs or tennis balls, feel free to stuff them in a thick pillow case to prevent them from rolling around during the move. Once everything is in its respective case, place your sporting gear in a separate plastic storage bin for extra protection.

3. Washer and Dryer

Your average washer and dryer consist largely of sturdy, durable steel, making them seem invincible compared to your other appliances. A plunger can effectively remove any small dings your washer and dryer may suffer during the move, and if you need to, you can use a flat-ended hammer to bang out stubborn dents.

But dents aren’t your only concern when moving your washer or dryer. If you don’t secure the drum, the bumping and jostling of travel could result in a misalignment, rendering your machine completely useless. And if you don’t properly drain your machine, the water could drip into the electrical components.

Prior to moving, hire a professional to disconnect your appliances and pull them away from the wall. Thoroughly clean your machines, and allow them to dry for at least 24 hours to prevent mould and mildew growth. Secure the drum, and pad each unit with a blanket or cotton sheet (do not use a plastic tarp, as this can restrict air flow).

Hire Professional Removalists to Avoid Damage

With these tips, you can avoid accidents that would otherwise damage your belongings. However, many of these items would do best if handled by a professional removalist rather than your friends or neighbours. To keep your belongings in pristine condition, hire a moving team to pack and transport the heavy, bulky and delicate items for you.
By _dm_templates 17 Mar, 2016

You’ve made it to your new home, and now you have a labyrinth of boxes to greet you. Unpacking may seem like a daunting task when you have so much to do. However, you can make the process easier by having a plan before you start unloading.

Here are some tips to help you unpack like a pro.

Clean First

You might be tempted to jump right into unpacking boxes. And you may assume the landlord or previous tenants cleaned before they moved out. However, don’t count on them to clean thoroughly. Many times previous owners are concerned about loading boxes and don’t focus on the cleaning aspect.

Before you unload a single box, wipe down everything with soapy water. It’s not fun to begin your unpacking process with housework, but you’ll appreciate that you have a clean house later.

Open All Boxes

You may be tempted to push a few boxes in a closet where you can forget about unpacking them for a few weeks. However, a few weeks sometimes becomes months and then years.

Rather than waiting to unpack some boxes, unpack all boxes as you go. After you unpack a box, break it down, and put it in a pile. You can get rid of all the boxes on a site like Craigslist or by recycling.

Make Your Bed

By making your bed first, you create a warm place to rest your head after a long day of unpacking. Setting up your bed will also let you enjoy a feeling of normalcy in your new home.

If you don’t finish setting up beds for everyone in your family, get some mattresses together in your bedroom. Have a sleepover with the family in your room to add to the adventure of moving.

When you do unload the stuff in your kids’ rooms, allow them to help you with unpacking. When kids help you unpack, they get to arrange their belongings how they want.

Unpack the Kitchen

Once you unload your bed, unpack the food. This way you avoid food spoiling, and you encourage everyone to keep the kitchen clean instead of leaving clutter and snacks all around the room.

The kitchen is also likely to take the longest amount of time because of all the kitchenware. You will clear a lot of boxes just by starting with this room, which helps you feel even more productive. After you’ve unloaded all the boxes, the kitchen can become a relaxing spot where people can go to take a break.

Get the Bathroom Ready

Before too long, you’ll need to take a shower and use the restroom. Unload the bathroom essentials so you have a place to freshen up. Start by unloading the boxes for the bathroom that most people will use.

Make sure the plumbing works. You want to know right away if you need to turn on the main water valve. Next, hang the shower curtain, put towels out and fill the medicine cabinet.

Avoid Going to the Store Right Away

You may notice as you unpack that you need a few supplies here and there. However, you may end up going to the store five times in one day if you leave right away. Unless the item you need is essential, make a list of things you need.

Writing down everything you need first can save you from taking multiple trips to the store, spending too much money and creating unnecessary clutter.

 

By using these unpacking tips, you can save yourself from the overwhelming stress of unpacking. In fact, you may have some fun once you get started. Remember to take your time and be patient. Unpacking may take you a few weeks, but unloading right the first time will be worth it once you’re finished.

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