For Sydney-siders, Spring means longer and warmer days. We find ourselves flocking to the beach in droves on the first real hot day, taking the kids to community fairs, celebrating and entertaining outdoors, as well as aiming to include more outdoor exercise in our daily rituals. For some it includes spring cleaning, and for those in the real estate and Sydney furniture removal industries, it is the promise of a greater market and the lead up to busy and prosperous times ahead, including the well-renowned Christmas rush.
If you find yourself moving house this Spring, here are some Frog-licious tips…
Book well in advance
Spring can be the start of a busy real estate market and if you don’t want to miss out on moving with your favourite Sydney removalist, then we advise you to book your relocation well in advance. This is probably the most important Spring moving tip as it is not uncommon for we Frogs to be fully booked three weeks in advance throughout the warmer months.
Culling items you no longer need may be the most effective Spring-time moving tip. Cull, cull, cull. And cull some more. Don’t pack everything you own with the expectation that you will cull while you are unpacking in your new home. For it may never happen at all, even if you have the strongest of intentions. It’s much more economical to throw away items you haven’t used in years, rather than packing them in boxes, moving them, and then unpacking them once you’ve finally moved in. Not only does this create double-handling which adds to your removal time, it also adds to the cost of packing materials.
The other main benefit of culling whilst you pack is that you will get to enjoy your new place so much more without unwanted items hanging around and requiring your attention after you have unpacked. And if you are super-nice to your favourite Sydney removalist, they may even take your unwanted items away for you, and dispose of them at the tip. Don’t forget though, not all your unwanted items should be tossed away, and you really should consider the impact of landfill and the environment. Some can be recycled or donated to charity. You know the saying - one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure! If you are the super-organised type, utilise your next council clean up and be sure to make use of that free service instead of having to dispose of the items yourself, which again will take up more of your time, energy and money.
Use sturdy packing boxes and do not over-fill boxes. Take a moment to imagine what will happen to that used, semi-damaged box you picked up from the fruit shop once it’s packed full of books and then moved at least twice - into the truck and out of the truck - to it’s final destination. Is it really going to endure a move? Probably not.
Over-filling boxes makes our job harder and takes more time. Time which you are paying for. Plus an over-filled box is also unlikely to withstand a relocation and may lead to your goods being damaged. Heavy items such as books go in smaller boxes - there is less risk of over-filling and the box can be moved with ease. Light items go in larger boxes so you can pack it right to the very top without compromising the integrity of the box, and your removalist’s back. It’s also a good idea to pack things you don’t use very often first, then do a final pack of necessities the night before move day.
There is no need to pack your hanging clothes. We do that for you and it only takes us seconds as we move them out of your wardrobe and straight into a porta-robe (a fancy word for a tall box with a metal rod at the top just like a portable wardrobe). We unpack your clothing back into your wardrobe when we reach your new premises - saving you lots of ironing time!
Kitchen items need to be wrapped well. Glass needs even more care. Label fragile boxes clearly and there will be less risk of breakages.
Precious and fragile items
Most of us have extremely fragile items, as well as heirlooms and highly valued possessions we can not stand to lose or break. We recommend you transport such items in your own car.
Pets need to be restrained or confined on move day, and relocated in your own car. It is the safest and calmest way of transporting pets. Keep in mind, even packing your contents ahead of time might cause stress to some pets, so you may want to consider keeping them indoors during the lead-up to move day. The same applies once you have finally moved in, and until your pet gets accustomed to its new surrounds, otherwise they may easily ‘fly the coup’ and get lost or injured.
You either love it or hate it. Another Spring tip is to clean as you go. So if you are packing items that barely get dusted, then do it before it goes into the box or the truck to save you time when you finally move in…enabling you to enjoy your new place even more. Moving furniture around will cause a lot of dust so try get behind and underneath furniture before move day, rather than taking the cobwebs and dust with you.
It’s a great idea to set aside one small box of absolute essentials. Things like medications, important papers related to your move, work essentials, the teddy your child needs in order to take a nap etc. THE box will save your sanity as you won’t have to go searching through potentially a hundred boxes with a tired, crying toddler in tow.
There are many more magic tips we haven’t even touched on here which are quite specific to certain relocations. Contact us by email or phone as we have over a decade of proven relocation experience, and are more than happy to share this with you.
Danny & Vesna.