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You’ve decided to move house. But first, you need to sell the home you live in now. Instead of waiting until you do sell to move all your belongings out, you should consider storing some of them with your removalist while you put your home on the market. Here are three reasons why that might be your most prudent move:

1. Less Clutter, More Visual Space Means Higher Offers for Your Home

Ditch the clutter for more dollars: No one likes to buy a home that they’ll have to downsize their own belongings for. Yet if your home is stuffed full of your furniture, dishes, and clothes, potential buyers will think that your home lacks enough storage space. They’ll move on—and buy another home that’s clutter free. You’ll eventually have to drop your price, even though you know your home is worth more.

Engage buyers’ imaginations with more visual space: Buyers want to imagine themselves in your home. Draw their attention to your home’s more attractive features by removing the furnishings that stand in their way. Too many personal items won’t give them room to imagine their own pieces in the rooms.

2. Less to Clean Means You Can Clean More

When you’re on the hunt for a new home, it’s like having an extra part-time job. It’s hard work. You may not have enough time to clean your home, even though your agent wants to show it the next day. If you ask your home removalist to store some of the items that seem to draw dust bunnies like a magnet, you’ll save time, yet have a sparkling-clean home to show potential buyers.

3. You’ll Be Halfway Packed Before You Move

When you pack and store part of your belongings way before you have to move, you won’t have as much to pack after you find your dream home. With part of the hard work behind you, you’ll feel more relaxed and less likely to procrastinate on packing the rest.

If you’re selling your home, you owe it to yourself to find out how much time and money you can save by storing some of your belongings while you await the right buyer. It may surprise you just how inexpensive it is to store your stuff with your removalist. And—if that removalist is Zoom Removals—you can get one month’s storage for free when you prepay for six months in advance. Just think—you’ll get a head start on your own removal and make your home more attractive to buyers when you take advantage of the secure, economical storage facility at Zoom Removals.

To find out just how inexpensive storing some of your belongings while you sell can be, contact the storage and removal specialists at Zoom Removals today.

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MovYou may be no Fazil Say the pianist but you do love your piano music. And it really bums you out when it’s out of tune.

That’s why you’re stressing out about your upcoming move. Will the removalists take good care of your “baby?” Will you need to get it tuned again once they get it into your new home?

With an Experienced Removalist, Your Piano Is in Safe Hands

First of all, relax. Hire a removalist with a great track record moving pianos, and your treasured instrument will be in as good shape when it arrives as it was when the house movers loaded it into their truck.

Secondly, you’re right to be so picky when it comes to your piano. With thousands of parts, including two hundred strings, there are a lot of variables. Added to that uncertainty is your knowledge that even a little difference in one string’s tension can change the tuning.

Pianos Are Built to Last, But Just in Case, Purchase Insurance to Cover Your Removal

But, like all pianos, yours is a tough cookie. Built to hold up under tons of string tension and generations of use, moving—even across the country—shouldn’t hurt your piano or knock it out of tune. It’s always a good idea, though, to buy insurance for your belongings—just in case.

Changes in Environment and Flooring Cause Most Tuning Challenges

What you do need to remember, though, according to the piano experts at Bruce Music, is that a change in the temperature or the humidity can affect your piano’s sound. Because a piano’s soundboard is wood, it expands and contracts with both temperature and humidity. That, in turn, can tighten or loosen the tension in the strings, causing the piano to go out of tune.

One other thing to remember. If the floor in your new home is uneven, your piano might go out of tune temporarily until you can even out its footprint. In older homes, you might need to put a shim underneath one of its legs to adjust it to an even height. Use a carpenter’s leveling tool to make sure that your piano is resting evenly on the floor.

Wait a Few Weeks Before Calling the Piano Tuner to Your New Home

When you arrive at your new home, resist the temptation to call the piano tuner right away. Wait a couple of weeks until it has had time to adjust to the temperature and humidity in your new home. If you find that the temperature difference has produced a change in tuning, then call in the piano tuner.

For more moving tips—with a piano or without—contact the team of expert removalists at Zoom Removals today.

So your boss told you that the company is packing up and moving. If you want to keep your job, she said, you’ll have to move, too. Trouble is, you haven’t planned for a move, and your kids need braces. And you need to save up for their education. And your next holiday. How in the world can you stretch your already tight budget to find the money to pay the removalists?
Relax. At Zoom Removalists Sydney, we’ve been moving people on a budget for years, so we have more than a few moving tricks up our sleeve. Here are three ways to pinch pennies on your upcoming removal.

1. Sell, Sell, Sell. Donate, Donate, Donate.

You know you have stuff you’ll never use again. Instead of paying the removalists a bunch of money to move that stuff in a monster of a truck, sell what you can through Gumtree or eBay. That way, you’ll not only reduce your load, but you’ll also be able to use the extra cash to hire a top-quality removalist—one you can trust to handle your belongings with the same care you would—only with the expertise to do it right.
Donating the belongings that you can’t sell doesn’t just give you warm fuzzy feelings. It will do that, of course. But it can also greatly reduce the number of belongings your removalists will have to stack in their truck, which will, in turn, reduce the price you’ll have to pay.

2. Hire Professional Removalists to Pack Your Stuff. Stay at Work. Cook at Home.

At first glance, this might look odd. Why should you pay money for something you can very well do yourself? The reasons are simple. The time you have to take off work to pack can eat up a lot of hours. Your boss isn’t going to pay you for that missed time, is he? Keep earning and let the professionals do the packing. They can pack a lot faster than you can—and one more thing: professional removalists aren’t likely to break any of your treasured belongings or pack them incorrectly, causing damaged goods and costly replacements.
Consider, too, that you won’t have to eat out when you hire professional packers. When you pack yourself, you don’t have time to cook. Over the time it takes most non-removalists to pack, that can be days spent at expensive restaurants and take-away eateries. That can add up over time. Instead, eat in and save money while expert removalists do the work.

3. Find Quick Meal Ideas for Your First Weeks in Your New Home.

Finally, when you arrive at your new home, you need to have done your homework beforehand. Find the supermarket with the lowest prices and plan about three weeks’ worth of quick meals that will nourish your family, but won’t cost nearly as much as the usual take-away food most new arrivals have to buy as they unpack their belongings and settle into the new community.
If you’re planning to move in the near future, give Zoom Removals a call to learn more about how you can save money—by moving wisely. Call them today on 1300 721 826 or email them at info@zoomremovals.com.au

Most articles about moving house concentrate on what you need to do at your old home—tips on packing your things, choosing the right Sydney removalists, and even how to trim down your belongings so you won’t have to pay so much to move them. Yet what many new homeowners really need is a guide to getting through those first few days in the new place. Here’s how to survive those first few days:

Pack overnight bags for each member of the household—even the pets.

After the long trip and hours of unpacking, you’ll be ready for a snooze. But where are your pyjamas? Where’s Fluffy’s cat food? Oh no, the supermarket’s closed—and you don’t remember where you packed the pets’ food and bowls! Panic ensues.

Rewind. Start at your old home. Pack every household member an overnight bag. Include nightwear, a change of clothing, medications, a change of underwear, cosmetics, and even a bottle of water. Maybe even a snack or two. All that moving gets one hungry. For the pets, include their bowls, enough food for a couple of days (more if it’s during a holiday), and some drinking water in case the water isn’t yet on in your new home.

With preparation, you needn’t panic once you get to your new home. Everything you need will be in your overnight bags.

Keep the items you’ll need first with you if possible—the rest in clear boxes.

If at all possible, take along the other things you’ll need the first few days—school books, your first week’s worth of clothes, dishes, pans, medical and veterinary records, and any work-related items with you. If you can’t take them with you, pack them in a clear plastic box labelled “First Week,” and instruct your removalists to put it in the rear of the truck so they’ll unload it first. Ask the removal company to put those items in a designated place in your new home, so you can find them right away.

Plan for your first few meals at your new home.

It’s not only the pets you have to worry about feeding. Your household, too, will be hungry after a long day on the road and unpacking boxes. Know when you’ll arrive. Don’t plan to cook your first few meals. Before you move, have a list of restaurants and fast-food restaurants near your new home, or have ready-to-eat meals stored in a cooler, so you can concentrate on unpacking, arranging, and getting back to normal life. Be sure to include some disposable dinnerware, paper towels, and disposable wipes in your “first week” boxes so if there’s no water yet, you’ll be able to clean up without a hitch.

Just a little advance planning before you leave for your new home can save you hours of grief once you arrive. That way, all you’ll need to do when you get to your new place is to celebrate a successful move!

For more tips on stress-free removals, contact the relocation experts at Zoom Removals today.

Moving house doesn’t have to be the giant headache your mates warned you about. If you organise your belongings before the Sydney removalists arrive, relocating can be easy-breezy. Here’s how:

Organise Your Belongings by Category

In an earlier post, we talked at length about the need for you to declutter before you move. Before you start tossing your excess things, though, you need to take a look at what you have—by category. For instance, start with your clothing. If you move from room to room, you might not remember those other black satin pumps that have been sitting in your seasonal apparel box for two years now—you know, the ones that fit like a glove—and you’ll end up not tossing the ones in your closet, simply because you need a pair of satin pumps in your wardrobe. If you organise by category, though, you’ll have all your wardrobe in one place and can see at a glance which ones are duplicates. Do the same with books, holiday decorations, and dishes, and you’ll be able to declutter more efficiently.

Organise Your Removal

Don’t put off selecting a day for your move until the last minute. If you do, you’ll run the risk of hiring the remaining removal companies that aren’t booked for a reason—they have a terrible reputation. Instead, as soon as you know you’ll be relocating, do your homework on your local house removalists. Ask for recommendations, read online reviews, ask if they offer insurance, and ask for proof that they’re approved by the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA). At the same time, look at your calendar and select the best date for your schedule. That way, when you find the right removal company, you can reserve the date you chose and won’t have to worry about having to hire a fly-by-night removalist.

Organise Your Life at Your New Home

Unless you’re just moving across town, you’ll need to find new doctors, new shopping centres, and a new veterinarian, if you have pets. You’ll need to find a new sitter for your children, check out the local schools, and look at transportation routes to find the quickest way to work. You may even want to find some places where you can pick up a quick bite on your first few days in your new home, so you won’t have to cook. Before you move, do your research on what your new neighbourhood has to offer. Line up medical professionals and transfer your records there well before your move. Make sure you won’t have to scramble at the last minute to find what you need.

With these three tips, you’ll find that moving can be an adventure, not a hassle! To discover more about how you can organise before you move, contact our expert team of Sydney removalists today.

When you have pets, you need to take their needs into consideration when you move house. Make sure that before the house removalists Sydney arrive, you’ve made all the proper arrangements for them to be happy in their new home.

Transfer Your Pets’ Veterinary Records Before Moving

Find a good veterinarian in your new location and transfer your pets’ records there before you move. That way, if an emergency should arise, your new veterinarian will be prepared to handle it. Ask your current veterinarian or your removal company for a recommendation.

Get Your Pets Used to Crates Before Moving Day

Chances are you’ll need to haul your pets to your new home in a crate. If they’re not used to being in a crate, get them acclimated early on in the process. There are websites which advise owners to start by feeding their furry friends in their crates so they associate being in the crate with something positive. Gradually increase the time they’re in their crate. Reward them with a treat or playtime after they finish crate time. Once they’re used to being in the crate, take them for a short walk or drive. Again, reward them afterwards. Soon, they’ll be looking forward to the trip they’ll take to their new home.

Label Boxes with Their New Location’s Name

Not only should you label boxes with your own belongings with the name of the room they need to go in your new home, but you should do so with your pets’ belongings as well. That way, the removalists will put them in the right place, so you can find them easily when you get ready to unpack. Some removalists will even provide free boxes for your and your pets’ belongings. Be sure to ask, because boxes made especially for moving are more sturdy than your neighbours’ discards.

Hire a Pet Sitter on Moving Day

First of all, on moving day, it’s a good idea to hire a pet sitter to watch your pets while the furniture removalists do their job. To your pets, seeing your belongings taken out of your home may stress them out. After all, they have no idea who the people putting your furniture in their truck are.

Additionally, having a pet underfoot is a removalist’s worst nightmare when having to haul furniture or other heavy items. Trying to balance your load while trying to avoid stepping on Fluffy’s tail isn’t an easy task. Too, there’s a chance your pet might get hurt in the process. Better to hire a pet sitter to keep both the removalists and your pets out of harm’s way.

Carry Pet Supplies to Last a Few Days with You During the Move

When you get ready to leave your old home, take enough food, water, and other supplies to last your pet along with you so you won’t have to search through boxes when you arrive at your new home. That way, you can keep your pets right on schedule when it comes to feeding time.

Find Pet-Friendly Accommodations for Longer Trips

If you plan an interstate move, you’ll have to spend a night or two on the road getting to your new home. Make sure you’ve reserved rooms in establishments that are pet-friendly. Ask your veterinarian or friends for recommendations. On potty breaks and walks, keep them on a leash at all times. Because they’re in new surroundings, they may try to run away back to your former home. Again, find a quiet place or a pet sitter for your pet to stay with while the interstate removalists unload your belongings into your new home.

Introduce Your Pets to Their New Neighbourhood

Finally, when you’ve arrived and have settled in, take your pets for a walk around their new home and their new neighbourhood. Allow them to stop and sniff occasionally. That’s their way of getting acquainted with their new neighbours.

If you’re planning a move in the near future, it’s important to start to prepare as soon as you know you’re moving, especially if you have pets in your household. To learn more about how you can prepare for your upcoming removal, contact our team of expert removalists today.

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Sydney homes are raking in dollar after dollar for their former owners. If you plan to move house soon, get the highest price you can for your home by hiring a property stylist to showcase its best features. Here’s what you need to do:

First, Declutter and Find a Storage Facility for Extra Stuff

Interiors full of furnishings and treasured objects don’t sell homes. Buyers want to imagine themselves in their new home. Pack up all the extra furniture and personal items (such as family photos, holiday souvenirs, and sports memorabilia) in a box and head for a Sydney-area storage facility. Choose a storage unit that offers both temporary and long-term storage solutions. This way, if you don’t plan to move until after you have sold your current home, you’re covered until you’re ready.

If you’re short of time and can’t pack your extra belongings yourself, many Sydney removalists will pack them for you for a small additional fee. Remember, getting all the clutter out of your home will make it look more spacious. Buyers want to know that your home will give them all the space they need to store their own trove of family treasures.

Allow the Property Styling Company Free Rein

Remember, you won’t be living in your home much longer. To sell your home faster, you need to let the property stylist do his or her job. It doesn’t matter if you like the stylist’s decorating style. A property stylist with years of experience with people who want to move house knows exactly what your buyers are looking for. Instead of thinking about how the stylist has changed your home, think about how you’ll decorate in your new one.

To make decorating your new home a breeze, label each of your packing boxes with the name of the new room into which it will go. That way, you’ll be able to see what you have at a glance. If you want to plan ahead, make a list of the belongings that go in each room. You can refer to that list when you shop for any new furnishings you need—even before you move.

To make decorating your new home a breeze, label each of your packing boxes with the name of the new room into which it will go. That way, you’ll be able to see what you have at a glance. If you want to plan ahead, make a list of the belongings that go in each room. You can refer to that list when you shop for any new furnishings you need—even before you move.

Make sure you’ve arranged for TLC for your most treasured items—fine arts, musical instruments, and antiques—before the property styling company comes around. The last thing you want is for your prospective buyer’s toddler to try to feed your oil painting the remains of his peanut butter sandwich. Let the property stylist furnish artwork for the property showings.

Once you’ve sold your home for a premium price, you’ll be able to afford to hire top-quality house removalists to take your belongings safely to your new home. To discover more about how to save even more of your hard-earned dollars when you move, contact the relocation experts at Zoom Removals today on 1300 788 164.

Everyone wants moving day to go smoothly. The house removalists come, load up your perfectly packed goods, take them to your new home, and then unload them—each in its proper place. No worries, right?

Maybe that’s the way it goes in the movies. Most often, though, there are a few glitches along the way. But you can avoid the worst of the worst disasters by following these tips:

1. Vet House Removalists to Avoid Scams

Before you hire a house moving company, check out their reviews on the Internet. Ask your friends and colleagues who they would recommend. Check them out to make sure they have a brick-and-mortar location. Have a look around to make sure they’re legitimate.

Too many people just hire the first removalist they find when they search online. Anyone can put up a website. If they aren’t findable in real life, they may be a scam company. We at Zoom Removals Sydney have heard far too many stories about people who hire a relocation company, give them a down payment, only to have the house removalists never show up. To ensure high quality, dependable work, make sure the ones you hire are approved by the removal industry’s highest governing board, the Australian Furniture Removers Association.

2. Hire Only Experienced, Professional Removalists

Even more familiar is the story about how homeowners hired an inexperienced company or relied on the help of friends and neighbours to move their goods. Unless a removalist has years of experience with packing and hauling belongings properly, you risk scratched furniture, ripped upholstery, broken china, and broken dreams.

To avoid such heartbreak, simply do your homework before you hire. Hire only licensed removalists with a good reputation. Make sure you have purchased insurance that will cover your goods in case of an accident. Though well-trained removalists will pack and move your belongings with the utmost care, they can’t account for the rogue driver that swerves left of centre, hitting the moving truck. Insure your belongings and you’ll have fewer worries.

Hire the Sydney area’s most-preferred house removalists. With 9,000 successful removals each year, Zoom Removals can get your goods to their new home safely—on time and under budget. For your no-obligation estimate, contact Zoom Removals today.

Your mum always told you: never procrastinate. But when it comes to your upcoming home furniture removal, you feel helpless, stressed-out—even overwhelmed. Mum’s advice falls by the wayside as you look at the mountain of to-do’s. Don’t give in to the urge to put things off. Here’s an easy-peasy moving checklist that will make your upcoming move to your new location a rousing success.

Two Months Before the Move

  • If you haven’t found a new home yet, step up your search. You don’t want to end up living in a hotel until you find a home.
  • Go through all your belongings to choose what you’ll take with you to your new location.
  • Research removalists in your area. Be sure that the removalists you consider are approved by the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA) to avoid removal scams and to ensure the highest quality service. Copy this URL into a browser of your choice to see.
  • https://www.afra.com.au/search-member/?business_name=zoom

Six Weeks Before the Move

  • Set a budget for your upcoming home or office move.
  • Limit your list of possible removalists and get estimates from each.
  • Send notices of your planned move to doctors, employers, veterinarians, schools, banks, and other important institutions. If you know your new address, provide it too.
  • Find healthcare providers, veterinarians, dentists, schools, and stores in your new neighbourhood.
  • Decide which removalist you want to hire and book the date.

One Month Before the Move

  • Collect your family’s medical records, your children’s school records, and your pets’ veterinary records. Store them in a binder or other easy-to access organizer to take with you.
  • If your pet needs to update his or her immunizations, make an appointment with your veterinarian.
  • Clear out items you don’t want to take with you. Put all the items you want to donate to charity in one area, all of the items you want to give to neighbours, friends, or family in another place, all of the items you want to sell at a garage sale or online in another, and take the rest to the trash.
  • Collect your packing supplies. Some removalists will provide boxes and other supplies for free. Begin packing the belongings you don’t use often, such as holiday decorations and off-season apparel.

Two Weeks Before the Move

  • If you plan to drive to your new location, have your mechanic look over your cars before you go. If you plan to fly or take another form of transportation, book a ticket and make arrangements to ship your vehicles if you’re taking them to your new home.
  • File a change of address with Australia Post.
  • Make sure that your utility company will disconnect your service in your old home and that they will be turned on in your new home by the time you move in.

One Week Before the Move

  • Double-check your reservation with your removalist.
  • Give your new address to friends, neighbours, and family. Thank service providers who have rendered outstanding service over the years you’ve lived in your neighbourhood.
  • Begin to pack the items you use more often.
  • Create a special box or boxes of things you’ll need as soon as you arrive. Label it well, and make sure the removalists place it where it will be unpacked first.
  • Hire caregivers to take care of your children, pets, or elderly family members on moving day.
  • Make sure you have paid your bills and have returned items you’ve borrowed.

Two Days Before You Move

  • Pack everything up—all but the things you’ll need to eat, wear and clean with during your last day in the current home.
  • Clean and defrost the refrigerator. Make sure all appliances are dry and secure.
  • Put all your legal papers and other important documents, as well as your valuables: coins, jewellery, and collectables in a safe carrier. Keep them with you during the removal process.

On Moving Day

  • Get to bed early the night before.
  • Set your alarm to wake up earlier than usual so you’ll not have to rush when the removalists arrive.
  • Check your home to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.
  • Have some fast food or other refreshments for yourself, your family, your removalists, and any neighbours or friends who are helping you.
  • Give your removalists your mobile phone number. Double check to see if they have the correct address for your new home.
  • Clean up after the removalists are on their way to your new home.
  • Lock your old home and give the key to your real estate agent or neighbour.

If you plan to move in the near future, call the removalists Sydney homeowners trust—Zoom Removals—today on 1300 788 165.

Whether you store your extra stuff in your garage, in a spare room, or crammed into closets, you need to go through your collection of things before the arrival of your removalists. Sydney removalists expert Adam and his team from Zoom Relocations have some decluttering tips to make your move go more smoothly.

1. Realise What You’ll Gain by Decluttering

Removalists usually charge by the hour or by the size of the load. The fewer items they have to pack and unpack, the less they’ll charge. Not to mention, you’ll have fewer items to unpack and stow away when you reach your new home. Make a clean sweep, and you’ll be rested and refreshed before you start your new life.

2. Organise Your Belongings into Categories

Certainly, there will be some family heirlooms you won’t want to part with. Put those off to the side so you can alert your removalists to take special care when they pack. As for the rest of the stuff, it’s time to go to work. Designate four more areas in your packing room. You’ll label each area so you’ll know at a glance what item goes where. Here are your categories:

Toss: Put unusable items that you can’t repurpose, broken items, old catalogues and other unnecessary papers in this pile. When you finish, you’ll put everything in your “Toss” pile into trash bags and take them to the rubbish bin. Dispose of hazardous items carefully so you don’t pollute the environment.

Sell: Outgrown clothes and sports equipment, costume jewellery you received as a gift and never wore, that stoneware set from the 80s that will look hideous in your new contemporary dining room, all can help you offset your moving expenses if you hold a garage sale or sell them on Gumtree.

Donate: Your unwanted items may bring joy to people who have little in life. Refugee centres, battered women’s shelters, or charity thrift stores can recycle your usable apparel, toys, décor, and furniture to help those less fortunate get a foothold on a new life.

Keep: In addition to your family heirlooms and antiques, you’ll have other belongings you’ll want to take with you to your new home, such as furniture and china. After you’ve removed the unwanted items to the trash, sold them, or have taken them to a charity, you’ll need to start packing the smaller items in the “Keep” section. Some removalists even provide free boxes to their customers, so be sure to check.

3. Let the Professionals Handle Your Heirlooms and Furniture

Leave the heirlooms and large items to the expert furniture removalists. Sydney families rely on Zoom Relocations for more than 9,000 moves each year, so you know you’ll be in good hands if you choose Zoom. To learn more decluttering tips, contact us today.