Before your removalists show up at your front door, before you ever pack up your belongings in boxes, you want to make sure you’re not taking any unwanted guests into your new home. A good way to ensure that you’re not taking along any critters other than your pets is to have both your new home and your old home rid of pests before you pack up and leave.
Mice, pantry moths, clothes and carpet moths, and even fleas can hide within the folds of your carpets or other belongings without leaving a trace—until you arrive on your new doorstep.
Fleas and moths can lay eggs, which may hatch into larvae once you arrive at your new home. Even the larvae themselves are difficult to see. Be sure to have your pets up to date on their pest control method as well.
Mice, unfortunately, can get into openings as small as six to seven centimetres. Since mice are nocturnal, you’ll never see them sneaking into your moving boxes. They’ll just show up at your next home, ready for a feed.
To keep these pests—or others—from hitching a ride with your removalists, hire a reputable pest control company to inspect your home for evidence of a pest infestation. If they find any, have your home treated before you pack up your belongings.
If you plan to lease your former home, make sure to arrange for regular pest control inspections, even if your local regulations don’t require it. Pests can do a lot of damage—even in a year’s time—which will hurt your resale value or your ability to rent it out to a new tenant.
Don’t forget to have your new home treated before you move in, too. Start out with a clean slate and keep up regular inspections once you arrive.
That’s doubly true if you’re moving to a rural location. More undeveloped land means more room for pests to thrive outdoors until you show up on the scene. Once they sense that there’s food inside, they’ll find a way to come inside to enjoy a feast, well away from their natural predators.
If moving preparations—like pest control—have put you behind schedule, don’t panic. Have your removalist do your packing for you.
After you’ve made arrangements with your pest control service, it’s time to call in the removalists. For a smooth move across town or to the country, book your move with the experts at Zoom Removals today.
Whether your parents need to move to a retirement village, an assisted living facility or just another home that offers one-floor living, it still can be traumatic—no matter how much they want to move.
That’s especially true if they have lived in their former home a long time. If it’s the home in which you grew up—even you might even grow misty-eyed when the removalists pull up to the door. In other words, it can be a challenge for everyone involved. Here are some tips:
Book the removalists several months ahead, so you don’t have to rush your parents. After all, they need time to process the upcoming change of location. Emotions run high, so don’t pack away Great-Grandma’s treasured clock that always sat on the mantel just yet. Wait until Mum and Dad indicate they’re ready.
A treasured memento may look like junk to you, but to your parents, it’s a repository of precious memories. If there are objects that are of high value—either emotionally or money-wise, arrange for your removalists to give them special care. Make sure that your parents know that these belongings will be protected on their journey to their new home.
Take a few hours each week to help them pack their photo albums, old clothing, and knick-knacks. Talk with them as they pack these items. It will help them relive fond memories and help you grow closer to them.
Before your move, take them to their new home several times before they leave their old one. Doing that will help them adjust to the move. Encourage them to imagine their belongings in their new home. As they see how their belongings will complement the interior of their new home, they will become more enthusiastic about the move. A trip out several times will also get them used to leaving their former home.
If your parents haven’t any preferences as to the furniture arrangement, try to arrange the furniture as close to the arrangement of the furniture in their original home as possible. It will help them make their adjustment to their new home go more easily.
Visit your parents often, especially during the critical first weeks of their move. Encourage them to meet other residents or neighbours for social activities. Take them out to local restaurants, libraries, or parks where they can enjoy all the amenities in their new location.
Follow these tips, and your parents might even become excited about their new adventure in life! To book your parents’ move—or your own—contact the caring staff at Zoom Removals today.
All over the nation, Australians are investing in real estate to grow their income. Some of them move out of their current home and rent it out to others instead of selling it. Whether you plan to buy your next home or rent one, as a growing number of Aussie investors are doing, you need to do a few things before you move out to make room for your new tenant.
To make things go more smoothly for yourself and your tenants—especially if it’s your first time as a landlord—you need to avoid situations that might give rise to injuries, complaints, or broken equipment.
To ensure that your tenants will be safe in your home, check for any situation that might be a problem. Have your heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and electric systems inspected by professionals. If something’s broken or working poorly, fix it. Keep your tenants happy, and you’ll have a better chance to retain them longer.
Before your tenants arrive, you need a sparkling-clean place for them to spend their first few days. First impressions are everything when it comes to the rental market. Before you clean, it’s a good idea to move all your belongings out so you don’t miss a speck of dust. Pack everything into boxes and call the removalists. If you’re not ready to move into your new place yet, have your removalists store your belongings temporarily until you are. After you’ve cleared out everything, then clean.
Sit down with your tenants to review the lease agreement and any special rules you may have. Then, once they confirm that they understand everything, ask them to sign the lease agreement. Before they leave, provide your contact information to the new tenants.
Before your tenants move in, change the locks on your old home. That way, anyone to whom you have given a duplicate key won’t be able to access your home after your tenants move in.
Before you leave your home, make sure that you have your security deposit and first month’s rent in hand. Start off on the right foot, and your tenants will be motivated to pay on time every month in the future.
If you haven’t done so yet, now’s the time to get your belongings out of storage and enjoy your new home—with some extra income to help you pay your mortgage or rent.
Moving with teenagers can sometimes be more challenging than moving with young children. That’s because of several factors that impact your teen’s complex emotional life. Remember, your teen has formed close bonds with many of his peers—perhaps even a romantic relationship or two. It’s not going to be easy just to pack up and leave—not for your teen, at least.
Here’s how you can help your teen deal with the move.
One way that teens can unload their emotions is through a diary or journal. With a keepsake book that includes blank pages, they can write down their thoughts—and they can collect their memories of their current home to take with them to their new one. Encourage them to take photos of their friends, keep some keepsakes from some of their favourite places to hang out, and even some photos of the packing process.
Take them with you to look at new homes in your new location. Look for places near your potential homes where they can go for recreation. Get him or her connected with sport clubs and other youth organisations in the new area. If possible, introduce her or him to other teens in the area so they can correspond through social media, by phone, or by mail during the moving process.
Ask for their input in choosing your removalist. Encourage them to ask questions as if they, too, were in on the hiring process. They will not only become emotionally invested in the process, but will gain valuable interviewing skills for their own future.
If at all possible, take your teens to their new school to register. Ask the staff to introduce them to some of the students near their age, if school is still in session. Encourage your teen to ask the school staff questions about the academics, the classes he or she will be taking, and his or her new teachers.
Ask your teens how they would like to say farewell to their friends. Whether it’s a party at the beach or a backyard barbecue, make it a memorable event. Your teens and their friends will remember this event for a lifetime.
Professional removalists always recommend that their customers take along a few essential belongings in a separate bag to their new home. That way, they’ll have enough clothing, snack food, and other personal items to last them for a few days while they unpack their goods. Ask your teens to pack their own moving essentials bag. The more you get them involved in the process, the more they will take ownership of the move. For teens, feeling in control is more than half the battle.
No matter how surly your teens become, keep the lines of communication open. They may not show their appreciation, but they will remember your efforts and respect you for your concern.
If your teen is having a tough time adjusting, turn over the packing process to the removalists and spend more time with your teen. Saving a few dollars isn’t worth distancing yourself from your child. If neighbours, friends, or family want to help, too, let them. Give your relationship with your kids top priority during this challenging time.
When the removalists pull up to your door to take your belongings to your new home, they’ll pack all your boxes with the utmost care. All your belongings will be safely underway to their new place. There’s one thing, though, you don’t want your removalists to transport to your new home—pests.
How can you prevent pests from invading your new home?
Arrange for pest control at your new home: First of all, two weeks before you even move in, you should arrange a pest control inspection of your new digs. If they find an infestation, make sure they eliminate them well before you move in. Arrange for regular service so these unwanted guests won’t move back in once you’re settled in.
Arrange for pest control at your current home: Secondly, you should have the same thing done at your old home—well before you pack up your belongings. The reason? Because if you don’t, pests may hide in rugs, in upholstery, or even inside boxes, ready for their free ride to their new home. Give them the boot before you pack up so you won’t have a problem once you arrive.
Keep your pets pest-free: Thirdly, make sure your household pets are up to date on their pest control regimen. Regular medicine to kill internal parasites, as well as flea and tick control medications, will keep your four-legged family members from bringing these pests into your new home.
Keep your plants pest-free: Finally, apply a pest control spray to your houseplants, as well as any outdoor plants you want to take with you. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they’re not there. Many plant pests are tiny. Be proactive to keep your plants in optimum health so they arrive at their new home without any six-legged hitchhikers.
As you prepare for keeping your new home pest-free, don’t forget to protect your kids and pets from these harmful chemicals. Moving time can be hectic. Don’t let the crazy-busy pre-moving time keep you from remembering basic safety rules. If you have young children, use child-proof locks to keep these chemicals out of little hands while you pack up your belongings. You might even consider having your removalist do your packing for you, so you can keep your eyes on your children.
When you arrive at your new home, install child-proof locks on cabinets in which you store pest control chemicals and other dangerous substances before you unpack. If you choose to take these chemicals with you, you need to pack them in a child-proof container. Otherwise, your children might get into these boxes while you’re distracted with unpacking your belongings in your new home.
Practice proactive pest control during the removal process and you’ll have a pest-free home to move into on the other side. For more tips on making your move stress free—or to book your move—contact Zoom Removals today.
Your boss called—and she has great news! She’s sending you to the new Paris office to get it off to a great start. The only trouble is, you’ll have to move house within the month. Panic sets in—immediately.
Don’t call your therapist. Read these tips from the professional house movers at Zoom Removals first.
Australia Post has a fantastic redirect and hold mail service—one that even works for overseas moves. If you’re taking your family with you, you can submit a list of all the names of your family members so their mail will redirect to your new address as well. When you apply, be sure that you have either your passport or your driver’s licence with you since they’ll need to verify your identity. Make sure you know when you’ll return so you can begin to receive mail there when you come home.
For overseas moves, Australia Post has a special international mail redirection program. Just give them your new overseas address and they’ll send your mail there. One caveat, though. Australia Post can’t redirect mail that requires a signature or customs clearance. Arrange for someone else here in Australia to receive those kinds of packages and then send them to you directly. Otherwise, they will return to the sender as undeliverable.
Don’t let this step go until the last minute. You must lodge your application at least three days before your move.
If you’re coming back within a year’s time or so, you may not even need to move your furniture. There may, though, be a few things you’d like to keep in storage in a safe location. If, however, you plan to move elsewhere upon your return, it might be a good idea to store all your belongings with your removalist until you move back home.
If you’re under a strict timetable, no worries. Most reputable removalists have a packing service to save you time. There will be plenty of more important things to spend your time on.
If you’re moving to a non-English-speaking country and don’t know the language, it’s time for a crash course in the country’s culture and language. Learn the basics so you’ll be prepared to communicate when you go to the market, to your new healthcare provider, or conduct other business.
Make friends with the locals, especially when you’re there for business. Your company will earn a five-star rating when you make an effort to learn the culture and speak the language.
Also, have the name of a good translator handy to help you untangle the language in any legal documents, such as residency permits, apartment applications, and contracts. Most importantly, bring along patience. Bureaucratic systems tend to work slowly, particularly when communication is difficult.
Even if you’re moving to another English-speaking country, it pays to know the local culture and jargon. Some expressions that may be perfectly acceptable here in Australia may have a completely different—and often embarrassing meaning—there. Learn the local culture so you don’t offend.
With these tips in hand, you’ll be prepared for your temporary overseas move in no time. To book the services you need to prepare for your move, contact the helpful team at Zoom Removals today.
Whether you live in a small town or if you’re already living in the city, city moves are a breed apart. Carting heavy furniture up four floors or trying to crowd your spinet piano into your building’s lift challenges even the most seasoned removalists and their customers. Yet, if you prepare well for your move, your city move can be more an adventure than a stressor. Here are some tips from some of Sydney’s top removalists:
First of all, see if your removalists provide free boxes for your move. Many removalists supply their own boxes—which are much sturdier than the ones you get from your friends at the supermarket. Once you have your boxes, start packing early. Pack lighter items in larger boxes and heavier ones in smaller boxes. If you’re too busy to organise your packing, consider having your removalists pack for you. It will save you time (and after all, time’s money) in the long-run.
Living in the city often means that parking is at a premium. High-rise apartments, as well as walk-up flats, make it difficult to manoeuvre large, bulky pieces of furniture. Inform your removalists about which hours are the worst for finding parking and about any particular trouble spots within your buildings—like that tiny elevator that leads to your floor. It’s a good idea to scout out your new home’s area, too, so you can alert your removalists to any challenges on the other end, too.
Space is tight in city dwellings. Rural residents who move to the city for the first time may marvel at the tiny space into which they need to move all their belongings. Be ruthless. Donate or toss anything you don’t absolutely need or love. Those belongings you do treasure—be sure that the removalists you hire will treat them with kid gloves.
When you move into the city from the suburbs or from a rural area, you need to steel yourself for the differences in daily life. Learn to walk, bike, or take public transport for most of your errands. You’ll stay in better shape and meet more people. And, you’ll avoid the hassle of navigating heavy traffic on crowded streets. You may need to go the market more often, since it’s difficult to haul a lot of grocery bags up several flights of stairs or up a lift. The trade-off, though, is that you’ll find a better selection, fresher produce, and finer-quality meats.
One of the high points of city living is the availability of cultural opportunities. World-class restaurants, museums, symphony orchestras, and libraries—all within walking or biking distance—give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the finer things in life. Make the effort to find out what’s on offer and make the most of your city move.
To learn more about what you can do to make your move to the city go more smoothly, contact the expert team of removalists at Zoom Removals. If you plan to move in the next few weeks or months, book your move with Zoom today.
Indeed, you can pick up a larger block of property for less in rural Australia. With real estate prices in major cities skyrocketing, the thought of a laid-back lifestyle in the country is tempting. Yet remember, unless you telecommute, it may be more difficult to find a job in your field. With the population being way lower than that of the city, rural areas often don’t have as much demand for certain types of work. Search out job opportunities before you sell your current home. Set aside an emergency fund in case finding work is more difficult than you thought. Alternatively, you could learn another trade or start a business. Make sure, though, that you give yourself plenty of options so you can continue to enjoy rural life.
Learn to enjoy your own company: For many people who move from the city to a rural location, the relative isolation can be a shocker. Make sure you have adequate connectivity if you need it for your work. Learn where the nearest medical facilities are. Plan trips to town for supplies carefully. You can’t run to the corner store 24/7 if you forget something. Have plenty of petrol in your car in case of emergencies. Have a first aid kit at the ready and plenty of water in case the power goes out. Take up hobbies that don’t require others’ participation. Learn how to make minor repairs since tradespeople are few in rural areas. Learn to cook quick meals. Takeaway shops in the country are few and far between.
Love thy neighbours: Another aspect of rural living that confounds recent arrivals from the city is the sheer nosiness of one’s neighbours. Coming from an urban jungle where you may not even know your neighbours to an area in which your fellow residents seem to know every aspect of your business may, at first, be off-putting. This is actually a good thing, though. In a rural area, neighbours often are the first to lend a hand in an emergency.
Get to know your neighbours. Invite them to your home for a chat and a cup of tea. Offer to help them when they need it, and you’ll find them eager to reciprocate when you have a need. Finally, even if they do seem a bit condescending, listen to them. They know the area, its hazards, and its resources better than you. Heeding their advice may save you time and trouble down the road. Who knows? They may even help you unpack boxes after the removalists are gone!
Some of the country’s rural areas are susceptible to bushfires, particularly in the dry season. Have escape routes planned, as well as a backup route, so you can get to safety if one occurs. Wildlife, too, can pose a hazard. Make sure your pets are properly vaccinated and safely housed, your children forewarned, and that you update your first aid kit often.
When you follow these tips, your removal to your new rural lifestyle has a great chance to succeed. To learn more about moving to parts of rural Australia—or to book your rural move, contact Zoom Removals’ friendly customer service team today.
Practically everyone we know has made New Year’s resolutions to “be more organised” during the coming year. What they might not know, though, is that that new skill they’ve honed for the New Year will help them when it’s time to move house. Here are some organisation tips from the expert removalists at Zoom Removals that will help make your next move a great success:
Find a cheap notebook. Use a numbering system to number each box you pack. Enter the box’s number in your notebook before you pack it, and then write the number on the box itself. Beside the number in your notebook, list the specific contents of each box as you pack each item.
Set a place apart for packing. Keep your pens or markers, sturdy tape, labels, notebook, and boxes there.
People who aren’t professional removalists often don’t know how many boxes they’ll need to pack all the contents in a home. Make sure that the boxes you do have are sturdy enough to handle the rigours of the removal process. Have plenty of tape, markers, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, or other cushioning, and labels. If you use Zoom Removals for your move, you can get as many boxes as you want from us for free. After the move, we’ll take them back with us. You’ll never have to worry about our boxes being sturdy enough. We purchase only the best for our customers.
Once you get in your new home and the removalists leave, you may need to carry some boxes to other rooms. Make it easy on yourself by packing large boxes with lighter objects.
In your notebook, list a colour for each room in your new home. Apply the proper coloured labels on each box, close to where you wrote the box number. When you get to your new home, apply coloured labels to each door or doorknob leading to each room.
Use envelopes or plastic zipper bags to hold small parts. Keep them with the appliance or piece of furniture to which they belong. The last thing you want is to hunt through hundreds of boxes to find that missing screw or bolt.
When you organise before your removal, you’ll feel relaxed, in control, and ready to tackle life in your new home. For more tips to make your removal easier or to book a move, contact the team of professional removalists at Zoom Removals today.
Congratulations! Now that the little one is here, though, you discovered that your home is a bit small for your growing family. You have to move. You panic—because you’ve never moved with a baby in tow before. Relax. The expert removalists at Zoom Removals have a few tips that can help you and Baby tackle the challenge with ease.
Babies thrive on routine. Don’t wait until the last minute to pack. Keep your baby’s schedule as normal as you can. Pack while your baby snoozes during naps or after s/he has gone to bed for the night. If you find yourself falling behind, don’t interrupt your baby’s routine. Use your removalist’s pre-packing service instead—and spend more time bonding with your new arrival.
If you’re moving to a new state or city, you’ll need to arrange for your current paediatrician to send your baby’s medical records to his or her new provider. Have any prescriptions transferred to pharmacies in your new location as well. While you’re chatting, ask the paediatrician for extra tips on how to keep your baby entertained on the long ride to your new home.
Well before the removalists arrive, arrange for a caregiver to watch your little bundle of joy on moving day. Familiarise your baby with the caregiver well in advance so the new environment will feel familiar. You don’t want your baby to become upset when his or her home environment suddenly turns barren, bereft of favourite toys and comfort zones.
Just like the rest of the family, Baby will need her or his own bag with three days’ worth of supplies. This will give you ample time to unpack your belongings when you get to your new home. Avoid the panicky feeling that comes when you realise that something your child needs is at the bottom of a huge stack of boxes. Have all your baby’s supplies in a handy bag, and you’ll be prepared no matter what comes your way. Include nappies, pacifiers, blankets, several clothing changes, favourite toys, and plenty of bottled water. If your baby is bottle-fed, include several bottles and plenty of formula as well.
To maintain your baby’s routine as much as possible during the chaos of a move, create a familiar environment by unpacking his or her crib, favourite toys, and other items, arranging them in a similar way to how they were in your former home. Your baby will settle right in, paving the way for a smooth transition for the rest of your family as well.
When you unpack, make sure you baby-proof cabinets that house vitamins, medicines, cleaning products, alcoholic drinks, and other hazardous items, like paint and paint thinners. Keep poisonous plants in rooms to which your baby has no access—or better yet—find them a new home. When you unpack, keep Baby in her or his crib or other contained area, well away from stacked boxes and piles of belongings.
With a little advance planning and a team of removalists with years of experience moving families with babies, you—and your baby—will be settling in in high style, no matter how far away you move. To book your move with the baby-friendly removalists at Zoom Removals, contact their customer support team today.