Posts made in May, 2015

How To Organise a Yard Sale Prior To Your Move

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Removals Tips, Simple and Frugal Living | Comments Off on How To Organise a Yard Sale Prior To Your Move

​If you have used your garage and attic as a dumping point for items you no longer use, now would be an excellent time to get rid of all that. Why? Because one box can make all the difference between two removalists trucks and one and identifying what you will need and what needs to go is crucial for minimising your removals costs. You have a few options: Donate your items; Organise a garage sale; Throw away; Reuse, repurpose, recycle; Obviously we wouldn’t encourage you to throw away your stuff, especially if your items are working and can be useful to someone who can’t afford to buy them new. Why dump them in a landfill where they will just do more harm than good? Instead make some profit by organising a garage sale. It is such a wonderful way to re-connect with neighbours and members of your community. How To Organise a Proper Garage Sale Try to pick a sunny day for your garage sale and create an event in a local Facebook group. Alternatively you can use the old-fashioned leaflets that always work like a charm. Make sure you hand them around a week prior to your sale. Give your neighbours a call and make sure they have seen your leaflets. You can also post a note in a local newspaper, or on a traffic post. Clean thoroughly all items and improve them if they need a little polish. It’s true that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but you don’t want to sell people junk. If something’s broken fix it before hand and present it in good working condition. Organise an area for people to test items. If it is an electrical appliance, people would want to see if it is working. And finally, make a day out of it. Garage sales are supposed to be fun. Get some drinks and snacks and try to enjoy your day. It is not only a day you get to make a few extra bucks, it is a day you are letting go of items you no longer need. It is also a day to rekindle old friendships and neighbourly relations....

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How To Compost Cardboard After Moving Homes

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Removals Tips, Simple and Frugal Living | Comments Off on How To Compost Cardboard After Moving Homes

How To Compost Cardboard After Moving Homes

​Going green, recycling and re-using items is now no longer an activity reserved for hippies and hipsters, but an absolute must for everyone. Everyday a numbers of species become endangered and it won’t be long before the same happens to us. Did you know that around 31% of landfills contains nothing, but cardboard? Moving to a new home requires anything from 15 cardboard boxes to 30 and more depending on the size of the family. For this reasons, our removalists at Paul’s Removals Melbourne take seriously our responsibility towards the environment and the health of our clients. For this reason we aim to use reusable or recyclable packing materials and we encourage you to continue our mission. Besides being recyclable, cardboard is also compostable. If you are a keen and green gardener you might find the following tips very useful. Types of Cardboard Corrugated – the one used more often for moving and packing purposes. It doesn’t look fancy and is easily composted. Flat – cereal boxes, juice boxes and all other commercial ones. Wax-coated – such cardboard is often covered with laminated materials, foil, or is chemically processed. For this reason it might be best if you can recycle it, instead of throwing it in the compost container. How To Compost Cardboard? Always cut in small pieces – this way it becomes easier for bacteria to consume it. Larger pieces are hard to decompose. Soak the cardboard in water – this allows easier decomposition and bacteria thrives in moist and dark environments. Always make sure your compost pile is moist! When you are mixing your compost pile place your cardboard at the bottom and add some items rich in carbon such as dead leaves, hay and straw. Add nitrogen too. After you have made sure the cardboard forms the base of your compost pile and you have added items rich in carbon, now is the time to add materials rich in nitrogen to the mix. Those include mowed grass, spoiled fruits and veggies, peels, manure. Trap the gases and “seal” with a layer of soil on top of the mix. This isolates the compost pile and protects it against outside factors. To further enhance decomposition “stir” and turn the pile around. It takes 6-8 months, but it provides healthy, natural compost for your garden, reduces your garbage disposal and spares...

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On The Other End: Post-Relocation Stress Reducing Techniques

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Removals Tips | Comments Off on On The Other End: Post-Relocation Stress Reducing Techniques

You’ve carefully planned your home relocation and carried it out accordingly to the moment where all your furniture is safely moved to your new home and your boxes are neatly delivered by our removals men. Now, you may feel like the worst is behind you, but you have to be careful of the post-relocation blues, as we call them. Post-Relocation Blues May Include: Stress – it may come in the form of an urge to unpack and sort every box lying around, even though you know it is mathematically impossible at this time. You have to fight your OCD and just accept the “new normal”. You may not be able to unpack and put everything in order in one spree. Confusion – even though you packed and labelled everything, you feel lost amid boxes and items and wonder when and how you should unpack. Maybe the layout of your new home isn’t the same as you remembered it during the viewing and now you feel like some furniture don’t fit, or some boxes should be  This may be due to fatigue. All you need is a bit of rest and it will all come back to you. Nostalgia – sadness and sudden feeling you miss your old home. Your new house still feels empty and foreign and you are overwhelmed with memories from your previous home. Depression – a feeling like you don’t belong in this place, like you’ve maybe made a mistake and/or carried the move against your will (husband/wife’s new job, kid’s new school, etc.). Now you are left feeling stuck. In such a case give it a bit of time and look at the bright side. How To Fight Post-Relocation Blues? Make the beds In our years of experience we know that a bit of sleep and well-deserved rest can do wonders. Make sure everyone’s bed is sorted and ready in case someone wants to take a nap. Go through the bathroom and give it a quick clean. A shower and a (hopefully) comfy bed is all you need to forget your negative feelings and emotions, or at least until a later time when you will be better equipped to deal with them. Have a meal You can get some takeaway or order food. It may be improvised, but it will instantly energise you and give you strength to carry on unpacking. Unpack essentials first Don’t worry about the clothing just yet, simply unpack toiletries and other personal belongings that are essential. Delegate little jobs You can’t do everything yourself, so discuss who will do what. Take care of children And no, don’t get rid of them permanently. Simply arrange a friend or their grandparents to take them during the first night of your move. The can be nuisance and you need to be hands-free during moving day. Get rid of stuff you don’t need We usually give this advice prior to the move. You really don’t want to pay for a truck and removals men to help you move something you don’t need anyway, but if you still end up with items like this on the other end – be ruthless. It is immensely liberating to let go of things you don’t know where to put, but in the same time know you are not going to need anyway. Chuck out everything that is not functional, working, aesthetically pleasing, or useful. If you thought you will use the beautiful vase you bought sometime ago, but now you see it just doesn’t work anywhere in the new home – out it goes! You will fee better,...

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Identify and Eliminate Potential Risks During a Relocation

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Removals Tips | Comments Off on Identify and Eliminate Potential Risks During a Relocation

Identify and Eliminate Potential Risks During a Relocation

To most people relocations are costly, tiring and stressful, but rarely they consider them dangerous. As a professional removals company in Melbourne, we do feel the need to warn potential clients that there are certain risks when moving and those need to be identified prior to the big move. We always go the extra mile for our clients and eliminate those as much as we possibly can. What are the Potential Relocation Risks and Obstacles? Bodily harm This is the first and most important risk during a move. Possible bodily harms include – back injuries, twisting of the body, fractures, tripping, etc. It is important to always hire removalists that are covered by insurance policies and will receive an adequate medical treatment in the unlikely event of damage. If you pay individuals who are not insured and they hurt themselves doing work for you, you might be liable to pay them for any bodily harm or injury acquired during the move. Awkward items and heavy boxes Some items are either to big, too heavy, slippery or plain awkward and won’t go through tight corners and stairs. Slippery items can pose danger too. Obstacles on the way These could include blocked halls and corridors, blocked front door or stairs an elevator that doesn’t work, or a congested road. Our Removalist’s Solutions How to Eliminate the Chances of Bodily Harm? Do not involve children, pregnant women, elderly people and those with previous injuries or with a condition that makes them more prone to such. Take regulars breaks and do not engage in heavy-lifting in close succession without Wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Clothing that restricts movement can slow your reaction time, or force you to move items in an unhealthy posture. It’s better to pack more boxes with an equal and bearable weight, than just few boxes that are either too big, too awkward, or too heavy to move. Warm up a little bit and always start with the lighter boxes and literally move on to heavier. Where possible minimise manual labour and substitute it with a mechanical – use furniture dollies instead. A relocation sometimes involves the moving of items that haven’t been moved in years. This can cause piles of dust to come out. Individuals sensitive to dust particles, such as people who suffer asthma should not be in the room. To minimise twists to the body be careful when you are reaching above shoulder level and mid thigh level. How To Pack Items So They Are Easier To Move? When you pack boxes make sure you don’t fill them to the brim. Secure them with tape, so they don’t open. Warn our removalists about any big items. Not that we are scared of them, we just need to come up with a plan if there are corners too tight, or stairs too narrow. Label boxes correctly. We need to know what contains fragile items and what confidential. Those will be arranged in the truck accordingly. How To Remove Obstacles on The Way? ​ Clear clutter, throw away or organise rubbish removal services for items that you don’t need. You need to do so to clear hallways, corridors and patios for our removalists to be able to carry on their duty. On the day of the move call at your new address, or check the day before if the elevator (if there is such) works properly. It doesn’t hurt to be informed. Pass this information to the removals team. To avoid congested roads and traffic make sure you you hire a man and a van at a time when...

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How To Disconnect and Move a Laundry Machine

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Removals Tips | Comments Off on How To Disconnect and Move a Laundry Machine

How To Disconnect and Move a Laundry Machine

Moving large, heavy objects from A to B sounds like a no-brainer, but it is always easier said than done. This is why we thought you might find this laundry machine removal guide useful when it comes to preparing for a relocation. To Successfully Move Your Washing Machine You’ll Need: Heavy-duty furniture dolly; Bucket; Blanket; Cord/Rope; Wrench; Towel; Two professional removalists 1 Truck; Laundry Machine Removal Steps: 1.Empty the washing machine and set it to a short 30 cycle. This will rinse it and allow the water in the hoses to drain into the washer tub. Afterwards set the machine to spin, allowing the water to drain out. 2. Shut both hot and cold water supply and wipe it clean. Disconnect from the power supply. Unplug the electrical cord and secure it with tape at the back of the machine. 3. Now its time to unplug the draining hose from the drain pipe and the water hoses from the water lines. Place a bucket at the back of the machine under the water lines. Surround the bucket with several towels to make sure there are no water spills. Water will just make everything more messy. 4. Store all removable parts and lines that come with your washer in the tub. This will ensure no parts are lost or forgotten. 5. Center the laundry machine on the furniture dolly. If you have hired professional furniture removalists they will do that for you. Secure the washer with a rope. 6. Cover the washing machine with the blanket. This way you will not only protect your walls and other furniture from any damage the laundry machine can cause, but you will prevent its surface from being scratched too. Image Credit:...

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