Moving, Transporting, Storage: Everything You Wanted to Know

Tips to Ease Moving Heavy Furniture

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips to Ease Moving Heavy Furniture

Keep the following tips in mind in case you find yourself having to move heavy furniture without the help of furniture removalists. Use a Jack  It may be hard to lift heavy furniture in order to place dollies under it even if you have a friend to help you. A trick that you can use to overcome this challenge is to make use of the car jack. Place it under the furniture and use it to lift the furniture in the same way that you would use the jack to raise your car before you replace a flat tyre. This approach will save you from expending a lot of energy in the process of placing the dollies underneath your furniture. Lighten the Load This tip sounds obvious but many inexperienced homeowners do the exact opposite. For example, many place items inside desk drawers in order to utilise all the space in the removal truck maximally. This can make the furniture very heavy and difficult to move. You should therefore remove anything that can be removed from the heavy furniture. For example, remove all the desk drawers and their contents so that the desk is lighter. You can also remove all the cushions from chairs before moving those chairs. Remove any detachable components (such as legs) from heavy pieces of furniture. The reduced load will be easier to move. Keep Moving The hardest part of moving heavy furniture is getting it moving after placing dollies underneath it. This is because the force of inertia is at its highest when the furniture is at rest and yet you want to get it moving. It is therefore very important that you do not pause as you push the furniture because you will have to overcome that inertia once again. The heavy furniture will gain momentum as it moves so you will need less energy to keep it moving. Use Cardboard Anyone who has moved furniture down a flight of stairs will tell you that it is a challenging task because the individual stairs keep halting the movement of the furniture. You can reduce this friction by securing the furniture onto a cardboard sheet using straps or cords. The cardboard will level out the surface onto which the furniture is moving and it will be easy to make the furniture slide down the stairs. There are many risks associated with moving heavy furniture. For example, you may use a wrong lifting technique and you may end up injuring your back. It is therefore advisable for you to hire (or at the very least consult) furniture removalists so that you reduce the risks to which you are exposed during the furniture removal...

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House Moving | 4 Loading Tips Into A Self-Drive Removalist Truck

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on House Moving | 4 Loading Tips Into A Self-Drive Removalist Truck

If you’ve decided to move homes on your own, then several removalists offer self-drive or only drive truck options where you do the loading and unloading on your own. Before you start loading heavy boxes into the truck, you need to know these loading tips to ensure that your possessions travel safely and securely to your destination. Prepare The Truck For Loading   Before you begin loading any furniture items into the truck, be sure to lay plastic tarp or wrap on the floor. This will protect your belongings from dirt and scratches, especially if they are not packed. Park the truck in an obstacle-free location that allows you to seamlessly move furniture between your house and the truck. Start by loading everything into the front of the removalist’s truck and slowly work your way towards the rear. Load Large And Heavy Items First Begin your loading process by placing the heaviest and largest furniture pieces and appliances like sofas, dishwashers, washing machines and tables against the walls of the truck to evenly distribute the weight across all the corners. This even weight distribution will make the trip smooth for you or the truck driver. Make sure that all the heavy items are properly packed to prevent them from getting cracked and chipped against the corners. Avoid Placing Breakable Items At The Bottom Keep in mind that the process of loading will require stacking boxes and furniture items on top of each other, so pay close attention to where everything goes. You’ll want to avoid placing breakable items like thin table tops, glass furniture and fragile boxes on the bottom because they will break with the top load weight. Any fragile boxes and furniture should be placed above your sofas and other bottom-stacked furniture to prevent them from coming into direct contact with the ground. Dress Yourself Properly To Avoid Injury Loading and unloading heavy items isn’t a small feat, so don’t take it lightly. Avoid wearing loose clothes that may get caught up in furniture or nails when carrying items out of your doorways. Always wear leather gloves when loading and unloading because your skin could get grazed against some sharp edges. Avoid open-toe shoes and wear supportive footwear with good grips to ensure that you don’t slip while carrying furniture. These tips are designed to help you with your loading process. If you want to avoid the hassle of doing the loading and unloading on your own, you may want to consider hiring professional removalists to make your move as seamless as...

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Choosing Your Boat Cover Fabrics

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing Your Boat Cover Fabrics

Owning a boat is a great investment. For this reason, you want to prolong and protect the value of your boat, maintaining its condition for the happiness and pride it offers. Winter is approaching, which means that you will have to put your boat away. It is therefore essential to find the best location for storing your boat during the boating off-season. While there are many boating storage options with varying sets of pros and cons on efficiency, price, and security, there is one more thing you will have to consider: boat covers. These are important especially for boats stored outside. For this reason, choosing the right fabrics is essential. To help you, here are three choices that may work for you: Polyester Polyester fabrics are among the strongest materials that will offer you the greatest outdoor durability compared to other fabrics. Sometimes, premium polyester covers will come with a unique coating of urethane or acrylic to add waterproofing as well as durability. With its outstanding abrasion resistance and tear strength, polyester will make the best cover for towing. Polyester is not only as durable as some fabrics that are even twice its weight, but it is also highly water repellent.  In addition, it is stain, UV, mildew, and rot resistant, making it an excellent choice for long exposure to rain and sun. Besides, it does not stretch or shrink like other comparable fabrics. Nonetheless, polyester fabrics are not breathable and may not be ideal for humid areas. Cotton Canvas These types of boat covers may be the least expensive. Nonetheless, they will offer an all-round protection for your boat, particularly in mild climates because cotton is a highly breathable natural fibre. However, it is not completely waterproof, although some types such as marine-grade cotton may be treated to produce an excellent water repellent, as well as rot and mildew resistant, fabric. It is an ideal choice if you want to combine air permeability and strength. Adding tie-down straps on cotton canvas makes them suitable for highway towing, and if you have a choice of weave as well, duck canvas will have tighter weaves, making it more durable. Poly Cotton This type is often a blend of both polyester and cotton fabrics to get the best features of each. This is done by combining water repellence and strength of polyester with breathability of canvas. Poly cotton would work best for you if you’re compromising between performance and budget. For more tips on preparing your boat for the winter, you may want to contact a local boat storage...

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The Importance of Proper Boxes for Your E-Commerce Business

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Importance of Proper Boxes for Your E-Commerce Business

Beginning an online business is an extremely popular option for many entrepreneurs. It offers the advantage of much lower expenses and overhead, including for utilities and rent; however, this does not mean that you need to skimp on any other important expenses. One of the important areas that any online retailer needs to focus on when creating product listings is the packaging that is used. There are a number of box options to consider, but making sure a quality and durable option is selected is paramount. Selecting Your Cardboard Box Modern cardboard boxes are designed to stand up to a beating and provide protection for the product inside. Take some time to think about how the box will be used: Are you going to discard the box once a product arrives? With the box be part of the in-store display? Are you trying to create a marketing display with the box? Cardboard shipping boxes can be extremely versatile. Today, they don’t have to just be discarded once something arrives in them. There are some, such as the cardboard suitcase box, that can be folded and used as a stand-alone display for a product. This makes it a smart option since it will be performing double-duty for a single cost. There are a number of e-commerce business owners who tend to spend too much time thinking about the website’s status, rather than focusing on the quality of the items they ship. When you use adequate packing supplies, you will make a great impression on customers. Other Shipment Considerations An experienced and reliable supplier of packing materials can provide anything that your e-commerce business needs to ensure the uniqueness, reliability and safety of shipments. If you have heavier items to pack and ship, then a thicker, more durable cardboard will be necessary. Boxes are sold in various thicknesses, so choose the right one. Additionally, protective packing tape and quality shipping labels are just as crucial. When you own a business, you want to ensure that nothing goes wrong when the item that has been ordered is shipped out to your customer. When you have quality packing, you will also make a great impression. Cheaper boxes and packing goods can make your business seem as though it does not care about the state of the product that is delivered. This can hurt your business’ image significantly. When you find the right supplier, you will be able to find boxes that look great, stand up to being shipped and arrive at your customer with a professional message – that your business is serious. Contact a company like Tasbulk Pty Ltd for more...

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Packaging Supplies for Proper Moving and Storage of Property

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Packaging Supplies for Proper Moving and Storage of Property

Whether moving from one office premises to the other or from one house location to the other, you need good quality packaging supplies. The supplies will prevent property from breakages and keep the losses to the minimum. The storage may be temporally or for extended period depending on your needs. It is therefore important to get the best packaging supplies that can be used in the process of moving and storing your stuff. There are several packaging supplies that one needs depending on the type of stuff to be packed. You need to decide whether you want to box your items, wrap, pack, lock or tape them. Here are some important packaging supplies that you can consider; Boxes as Packaging Supplies There are different sizes and styles of boxes that one can choose from. Jumbo heavy duty boxes are suitable for beddings and odd furniture. They have double cardboard walls making them suitable for fragile items and for long term storage. Jumbo light duty boxes with single cardboard walls is also good in packing beddings and less fragile items. There are also archive box and lids for moving and storing items that will not be used in the short while. Crockery boxes and inserts are perfect for glassware and crockery, while cube and flat boxes are the best for small items. There also different sizes and styles of cartons to use when packing and moving. Wrapping Packaging Supplies Corrugated cardboard rolls are used as versatile cushion and protective materials for furniture and whiteboards. This protects the products during moving and storing. Bubble wraps are also used to protect furniture in addition to crockery, commercial and electrical products. A protection blanket is used as a soft padding to cushion products such as furniture when in transit. These are re-usable and highly effective. Unprinted packaging paper (also known as butchers paper) is used to provide cushion and fill the gaps on fragile items in a box. Since it is not printed, the wares will not bear any print marks. Packing to Move or Store The use of bags and other methods of packing are also helpful when moving or storing your property. When moving household products, you can use mattress protection packs, lounge cover protection packs and back packs. Other packaging supplies that are important include tapes and tape dispensers. Padlocks are important in making sure that your property is safely moved and stored. Marking pens are also handy in the moving and storage process. For more information about packaging supplies, contact a local moving...

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Advice on how to effectively package your large appliances

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Advice on how to effectively package your large appliances

Whether you are moving to a new house or you are simply putting an appliance into storage, it can be a difficult process to effectively pack it up if you do not know what you are doing. The last thing you want to happen is to damage your appliances as a result of inadequate packing and carelessness. Large appliances have many key components that can be easily damaged or broken off if they are not protected. If you have no experience transporting large appliances in a vehicle, you should make the most of the service of a professional removalist who will be able to help transport your appliances in a safe fashion. In order to get your large appliances to your destination in proper condition and working order, you need to learn how to package them correctly. Here is some advice to do just that. Preparing the appliances for packaging Before you begin the packing process, ensure that you have all of the relevant packaging materials and tools at hand. Useful materials to have are bubble wrap, sturdy cardboard boxes, labels, heavy duty tape and wrapping tissue. Before you start packing the appliances, you need to make sure that any individual components are removed and packaged separately. This will prevent them from getting lost or damaged during the move. It is a good opportunity to give the appliances and their components a comprehensive clean, as you have access to all four sides of the appliance. The packaging process It will take time to effectively package your large appliances, and it is never something that you should rush. Improper packing could lead to potentially expensive consequences down the road. Wrap all of the separate components first in wrapping tissue, then in bubble wrap. You should then keep all of the components for each appliance in their own cardboard box, so that you don’t mix up the various components. Clearly label each side of the box with what exactly is in it, as well as what appliance the components are for. When you are moving cookers, there can often be some glass components on it, such as oven doors. You need to be extra careful in these cases, wrapping the door and lining of it with a strong tape. A rule of thumb to keep in mind when packing large appliances is to always keep them in their proper upright position. There are often different types of oil and coolants in the appliances that can be disrupted if turned the wrong way.  For more tips, you may want to contact an experienced moving company like Melbourne Cheap Suburb...

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What to Consider When Choosing Packing Boxes for a Move

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What to Consider When Choosing Packing Boxes for a Move

Moving can be very stressful no matter how much preparation you put into it and how much help you get. Moving can be even more stressful when you find that your items have not arrived safely at your destination, but your things have gotten crushed or otherwise damaged because of poor-quality moving and packing boxes. This is why it’s good to think about the boxes you will use for your move rather than just buying the cheapest boxes you can find, or picking old boxes out of the trash and using those. Note a few things to consider when you need to get some packing boxes for yourself. 1. Always check the strength, not just thickness, of packing boxes A box may be somewhat thick but if it doesn’t have added padding inside, meaning a layer of cardboard between the inner and outer walls, it may not be very strong. Boxes meant for moving heavy items will have a honeycomb-patterned layer of cardboard between the inner and outer walls to give them added strength, and when you choose boxes for heavier items in your home, you want the same design. Note if you can easily bend a box with your bare hands and if not, it is probably reinforced inside and is the right choice for your packing needs. If it does easily bend, it shouldn’t be used for anything other than your lightest clothes and linens, if you use it at all. 2. Always inspect secondhand or used boxes before buying Secondhand boxes can be very strong and still have lots of strength left in them, but if they’ve suffered water damage or damage in the corners, this will reduce their strength overall. When buying used boxes online, be sure you only opt for those with a guarantee of strength if you cannot visually inspect them yourself or if pictures are not posted. Check them as soon as they arrive so you can return any boxes that are damaged rather than using them. 3. Look for packing box kits Kits can make it easier for you to pack certain items without having to fit them into an awkward box and then choose the right packing materials. Kits may include walls you put inside boxes to protect glasses and other individual items, or layers of cardboard you put between plates for protection. If you can choose packing box kits rather than individual boxes, this might make your packing easier...

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How Does a Self-Storage Facility Differ from a Portable Storage Facility?

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Does a Self-Storage Facility Differ from a Portable Storage Facility?

You may be wishing for additional storage space for your belongings. You may be unsure about whether you should select a self-storage facility or pick a portable storage facility. Your indecision may be due to your inability to tell the two options apart. If that is the case, read on and discover some important information about those two ways of keeping your belongings. Self-Storage Self-storage facilities are available at a location that has been set up to provide that service. You can rent a unit that meets your storage requirements. For instance, you can rent a self-storage locker where you can keep a few things. You can also rent a large climate-controlled unit for your large book collection. These self-storage facilities are ideal when you would like to store your belongings but you are not moving to a new address. In this case, you can pick a self-storage facility that is close to where you live. Self-storage units offer several advantages. First, they have security measures that you may not have at home. For instance, each self-storage unit may be equipped with an alarm system and a CCTV monitoring system. This ensures that risks to your property are minimised. Secondly, self-storage facilities are cost effective. This is because you may not incur costs to access the facility, and you will not be charged pick-up or delivery fees. However, the cost of these units varies based on the location and on the range of the services that you would like to receive. Portable Storage This refers to a storage option where a container (such as a shipping container) is delivered to your address for loading. The containers also vary in size. They can be rented or purchased. Once it is loaded, the container can be picked up and taken to a portable storage facility, or it can be taken to your new home/address. These facilities are ideal if you are moving from one address to another. However, portable storage has shortcomings. For instance, the container can be an eyesore if it remains on your property. You may also be charged each time you wish to access the portable storage container once it has been taken to a portable storage depot. You will also incur drop off and pick up costs as the container is brought to your address (and taken away after you have loaded it). As you can see, each storage option has its own unique benefits. You should select the one that will meet your specific needs. You may need to contact a moving and storage company near you for additional help in choosing which option will meet your...

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Safely Putting Your Old Computer Into Storage: It’s Not That Hard (Drive)

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Safely Putting Your Old Computer Into Storage: It’s Not That Hard (Drive)

Do you have any old computers at home that you no longer use? The resale value of an old computer is generally quite low, and so selling an old computer might not be worth the effort. But perhaps you want to hold onto your old hardware just in case you need a backup at some point. However, old computers (which can sometimes be quite bulky) don’t need to clutter up your home. Yes, a computer can be quite delicate, but there’s no reason why a computer can’t be placed inside a storage unit until the day comes when it’s needed again. So what do you need to do before you place your old computer into storage? 1. Take a Peek Inside Check the computer prior to placing it in storage. Check the CD and disc drives and remove any discs that might be inside. The machine can be damaged if these items are kept inside the computer’s disc cradles for an extended period of time. Don’t forget to backup any data on the computer that you might need. 2. Take a Photo Prior to disconnecting all the cables from the back of the computer, you should take a photo. This photo will allow you to reconnect everything quickly and easily when you need to use the computer again. Bundle these cables into loose loops (tight loops can break the delicate wires) and bind them with a twist tie. Put them into a plastic bag and store them in the box with the computer. 3. Original Packaging The computer’s original packaging is best to store it in. If you’ve retained the box and its polystyrene inserts, then this is ideal. Pack the computer back into the box with the inserts and it’s ready to be stored. You might also be able to obtain packaging from an electronics store. It will probably not be for the exact model you’re storing, but it will be close enough. 4. Plastic Is Not Fantastic If you cannot obtain computer packaging, then an adequately sized cardboard box is fine. Do not wrap the computer in plastic before you place it inside the box. Plastic can allow trapped moisture (however miniscule) to infiltrate the computer’s internal components. The cardboard box will be sufficient protection, but if the storage space is dusty, you might want to cover the box with a fabric dust cover (an old sheet is perfect). 5. An Elevated Surface Do not place the box on the floor of the self storage unit. While unlikely, a small amount of water might be able to enter the unit during heavy rain. Place the box on an elevated surface. If there is not something suitable already inside the storage unit, you might want to place an old chair or table inside the unit specifically for this purpose. You can also talk with a storage company, such as Dawson Moving, about the availability of pallets or place in the unit.  With a few easy steps, your computer will be safe and sound for as long as it needs to be...

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How to Pack Your Belongings for a Stress-Free Move

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Pack Your Belongings for a Stress-Free Move

Whether you move yourself or you hire professional removalists to do it for you, there are some key things to remember when packing so moving day is as stress-free as possible. Items you’ll need to gather for packing include boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape and at least one Sharpie marker. Furniture Anything that can be taken apart should be, such as tables, lamps, and sofas. If the furniture does not come apart, it should be wrapped carefully in plastic or with blankets to protect it once it’s on the truck. Clothing This can be bundled and moved in boxes or bags. Formal clothes and those on hangers can be left as is and placed in bags or plastic. Clothes are normally transported in your own vehicle, rather than in a large moving truck, so they can be protected from ripping or staining. Plants Don’t water plants the day before the move, and if possible, wrap them in plastic. If possible, try to move these in your own vehicle, to prevent damage. That’s not to say removalists will not take care with your plants, but they can be quite fragile, and the truck may jostle them too much. Food Cans and other food can be placed into boxes or reusable grocery bags. Be careful not to make the boxes too heavy with cans, or the bottoms may fall apart. Try to consume all perishables from your refrigerator before moving day. Anything that needs to be kept cold can be placed in a cooler with plenty of ice. Plan on having takeaway on the day you move so you don’t have to worry about cooking or dishes. Glass/Breakables These items require the most care when packing. Dishes, glasses, collectibles and other delicate breakables need to be carefully and gently wrapped in bubble wrap. If you run out, you can use newspaper, as long as you place them carefully in the box. Packing and Labelling Don’t overstuff your boxes; make sure you can close the lid properly on each box. Use a marker to write the contents of each box, as well as what room it belongs in. For example, for dishes you would write, “Dishes – Kitchen.” This will keep you organized and make it easier to unpack everything in your new home. Removalists will ensure that your belongings are moved with the utmost care and will help get you moved into your new home with as little stress as...

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