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How To Ensure Your Staff Are Ready For An Office Move

How To Ensure Your Staff Are Ready For An Office Move

Moving is often a cause of excitement. Is your company is growing, and it’s time to move to larger office space. Or are you moving to a more modern and cost-efficient space? But making sure your staff are ready for an office move can be more complicated than it sounds.

People generally fear change and stepping out of their comfort zone. Taking the right approach to preparing your staff for a move can be the difference between ensuring a smooth transition or a nightmare.

Keep reading for tips on how to ensure your staff are ready for an office move before the movers show up.

Communicate With Your Staff Effectively

Not much is worse for an employee than finding out news which directly affects them right at the last minute. Or, hearing it second hand from someone else.

Your first focus after the move is confirmed, should be to communicate the information to your staff. This way, they will have plenty of time to prepare for an office move.

Keep in mind that if you are moving to a whole new location, it may have a significant effect on your employees. This includes their commute times and childcare arrangements. As well as their general day-to-day routines.

It’s not enough to tell them your business is moving, also explain why your business is moving.

Will it affect their jobs? What will be the impact on customers and clients? What about suppliers?

Create A Moving Calendar

To help reduce the stress your staff will feel moving to a new office, provide them with clear timelines for moving, including the process for moving day once the removalists arrive. The best way to do this is to create a detailed, shared moving calendar.

Be sure to list any key milestones which must be completed by specific dates. By planning everything out in great detail, it will help keep the office move organised and reduce stress. Ask for a volunteer or team from your staff to create and manage the calendar.

Let Your Employees Be Involved In The Moving Process

Instead of just telling your staff the details after a move has been organised, let them be involved in helping with the entire process.

This helps your staff accept the change sooner, and feel like they have a platform to air their concerns and also provide input. The most effective way to do this is to establish a moving committee who then leases with management. This gives staff a great platform to ask questions, and have their concerns addressed.

Consult your employees about feedback for the design and layout of the new office. You can help to reduce the challenges and stress that comes with moving and create a positive and exciting environment.

Declutter and Organise

Moving all your office supplies, furniture, and records to a new location is very time-consuming. It also takes your staff away from doing work. But it’s also an excellent opportunity to organise and declutter years worth of items.

Ask your staff to go through their belongings and to pack away their equipment, files, and documents. This helps you to move into a new office in an organised way and make a fresh start in a new space.

Provide boxes and labels to staff. Also, ask them to bring their personal items such as ornaments and photos themselves. This will ensure their belongings don’t get lost or damaged.

For office removal experts who minimise downtime to ensure a smooth transition for staff and clients, call Next Level Removals today for an obligation-free quote on 1300 005 400 or contact us online.

Common DIY Moving Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Common DIY Moving Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Planning a DIY move isn’t what most people have in mind when they think of a good time. Moving from one home to another takes a lot of time, energy and money. It’s not often that most people move home, which means that mistakes can frequently occur.

To ensure your moving day goes according to plan, here are the most common moving mistakes (and how to avoid them).

Not Having Enough Time

For a successful DIY move, you need to give yourself plenty of time to pack. As well as safely load, secure, and unload your belongings on the truck, and then also unpack at your new location.

While professional movers are experts at removals and work efficiently, you should allow extra time when handling your items on moving day. It’s recommended to start planning and preparing for moving one month in advance.

Packing Too Many Things

It’s easy to round up all your belongings and start putting them in boxes. Out of sight, out of mind, right. But doing this may lead to more problems further down the track.

Packing when moving is the best time to go through everything you own and get rid of anything you no longer need or want.

Not only will it be fewer things to pack and move, decluttering will let you have a fresh start in your new home.

Don’t know where to start? Make three piles with all your items, ‘sell’, ‘donate’, and ‘throw away’.

List the items for sale on eBay, Gumtree, and Facebook Marketplace. You can also consider holding a garage sale.

Then, anything which doesn’t sell, it’s easy to donate. Either ask your friends and family members if they want anything, or contact your local charity. Most charities will come directly to you and pick up any donations you have.

For any items which can’t be sold or donated, throw them out. You can rent a rubbish skip or plan a trip to the tip to get rid of everything.

Not Labelling Boxes Properly

Many people don’t label their boxes specifically enough, or they forget to do it all together. Whether moving DIY or using professional removalists, labelling boxes will make the moving process so much easier.

It’s recommended to:

  • Label boxes by room
  • Colour code each room, using stickers on the box and door of the room (e.g., blue = kitchen, green = bedroom)
  • Write “FRAGILE” on any box which contains delicate items
  • Have an “OPEN FIRST” box, which has the essential things you will need for the first few days in your new home.
  • Label each box on three sides

These tips will make it easy when unloading your belongings.

Using Incorrect Packing Equipment

By DIY moving your belongings, you need to make sure that you have the correct packing equipment. This will ensure that your furniture, electronics, fragile items, and family heirlooms are well protected, to avoid damaging anything.

It’s best to use similar packing materials that professional movers also use. Such as sturdy boxes, blankets, furniture pads, bubble wrap, packing tape, shrink wrap, straps and rope to keep your belongings secure from moving in transit. Also, invest in tarps and plastic sheets in case it rains while you are packing and unpacking.

Is DIY Moving The Best Option?

DIY moving is a good solution to keep costs down if you don’t have too many belongings to move, and you don’t have any heavy, big, or awkwardly shaped items.

For most people, the money saved with DIY moving is far outweighed by the extra time it takes. As well as having to buy moving supplies to keep their items safe.

If you are thinking about DIY moving, but are interested to see what a professional removalist company would cost, contact Next Level Removals for a free, no-obligation quote. Call 1300 005 400, or contact us online.

6 Effective Tips for Moving Your Plants

6 Effective Tips for Moving Your Plants

Are you planning to move to a new home or an apartment? Your transition should be precious and not painful, especially if you are planning to carry along your plants with you.

Today in this guide, professionals from Next Level Removals are sharing essential tips to make your move more comfortable, even enjoyable with some pre-planning.

Remember if you ever need any expert assistance, Next Level Removals is always here to help you when moving your leafy friends to a new home.

How to Move your plants?

Undoubtedly, your leafy friends are an essential member of your home. With some of them, you might even have a great bond because you have spent so much time watching them grow.

Below, I will discuss some important steps (shared by professionals) you need to take to bring your plants safely with you to your new home.

1. Prepare your plant

3 to 4 weeks prior to moving out make sure your plant is pruned properly that is you have removed all sort of dead leaves and broken branches.

Then 1 to 2 weeks before going out to get rid of pests and weeds.

2. Repot your plant

You shouldn’t carry your plant in mud pots as they are prone to damage, especially when you have to travel a long distance.

So, it’s better for you to repot your plant in plastic pots which are not only more durable but also quite resistant to damages caused while traveling.

3. Use well-padded container

To move your plant, you can use large-size brown paper containers. Once you have, it put your plant in it and add polystyrene padding at the bottom that is near the plastic pot and newspaper wrap or bubble wrap padding around the leaves.

Now loosely seal the container and mark it properly so when you are moving out, you know that this container holds a living creature which definitely needs proper care.

4. Keep proper temperature

If it’s possible for you then try to transfer your plants in your car (any vehicle) where you can control the indoor temperature.

5. The right amount of water

There is no need for me to explain to you the importance of water for any plant, but it becomes even more important when you are travelling. No matter how much you try to control the atmospheric temperature, you need to properly water your plant before moving out.

If its winter in your state, then you need to make sure that your plant’s soil is dry and if it’s summer you will have to keep your plant’s soil wet.

6. Moving a big plant

If you are planning to move a big plant along with you, then you probably need to shred it down or else, it won’t fit in your vehicle.

Follow the steps listed below:

A. Early in the morning make a clear cut around the plant (it can be a flower or a bush) that you want to carry along with you such that 5 to 6 inches of healthy growth is still visible.

B. Now to carry the cut, you need to properly wrap the bottom area (the root) with a wet paper towel to ensure proper humidity and water content. Moreover, to ensure that the damp paper towel is appropriately covering the root, you can tie it up with a rubber band.

C. Once you have secured the bottom area, you need to repot it in a plastic pot for safe transportation.

Before preparation, you must consider these factors.

1. Get familiar with the state guidelines

If you are moving within the state, then you can skip this step, but in case you’re sifting to a locality in another state then you need to have complete information on the regulations and laws of that state regarding importing plants from another place.

For example, in some states, they only allow you to bring in your plants if they are in a specific type of soil, are potted or if they are indoor plants.

All these regulations are implemented by the United States Department of agriculture and various other federal agencies to keep in check the diseases, the pests and allergies a plant may carry along with it and spread in the region where its planted.

2. Know everything about the growing conditions

You must understand that every plant, every vegetation requires specific environmental conditions to grow naturally and healthy.

You cannot expect to grow a banana tree in Utah or Arizona, is simply impossible.

Why? Well because, not every locality or state has the same weather, temperature, humidity, atmosphere, soil, and dozens of other things.

So, when moving with the plant, you need to make sure that your new locality has suitable environmental conditions necessary for your plant to grow healthy.

Environmental conditions are not of that importance for the indoor plants but still, if the atmosphere is too dry or is too humid then it may cause some issues.

3. Only hire a trusted moving company

First of all, due to many liabilities and laws of different states, many moving agencies will side-track themselves from moving your plants. They simply won’t take any risk because they know moving any plant in a proper, healthy condition is not easy.

This is where you can trust the Next Level Sydney Removals, which is a prominent moving agency serving his customers with the utmost professionalism in Australia.

4. Ship Them

If you don’t feel comfortable moving with your plant or if you feel that you won’t be able to carry it along with you in your vehicle then you can simply ship it via mail.

But before you do so, you need to make sure that your plant is well-trimmed and is well packaged. You need to cut the roots and the leafy area so that they can be contained inside a new container. Once your plant fits container, you need to make sure to pad every corner with either polystyrene, bubble wrap, or paper wraps.

Conclusion

Moving a plant is not an easy task, and it becomes even more complicated if you want to move a plant which is big and is bushy.

In this guide, I have shared some essential steps that I think will be of great help to you. If you are moving to a new home and need help shifting your stuffs, you can contact next level removals for their professional assistance.

Best Apps To Sell Your Unwanted Items

Best Apps To Sell Your Unwanted Items

Moving home is expensive, and costs add up fast. If you are moving interstate or to the country, it can be even more expensive. A lot of your moving costs can be reduced if you don’t just haul your unwanted items with you.

Not only will they clutter up your new home, but you will also have to pay the removalists extra for a bigger moving van. Not to mention higher costs for the extra time it takes to pack and unpack your belongings, and then also more for any packing supplies too.

Luckily, there’s a better way. Instead of bringing all your unwanted items with you, you can sell them, declutter your life, and use the extra money towards the cost of moving! It’s a win-win situation.

Selling your items is now easier than ever. Let’s take a look at the best apps to sell your unwanted items.

All apps are available on both iPhone and Android.

1. Letgo

Letgo is the easiest and fastest app for selling your unwanted items. You can post anything for sale in less than 10 seconds! Just take a photo and let will automatically title and categorise your listing, thanks to its cutting-edge technology. Then potential buyers will send you a message.

2. eBay

eBay is the largest online marketplace in Australia, and it continues to go from strength to strength. For selling high-value items, it is the number 1 place to use. You can set a fixed price and allow members to make you an offer, or you can set up an auction where people bid on your item. Listing is easy, just create an account, take some photos, and write a description!

3. Facebook Marketplace

Anyone who has a facebook account can use Facebook Marketplace, making sure that your items get seen by a huge amount of potential buyers. Items for sale are based on your geographic location. After you upload your photos and list the item, then you must communicate with the buyer to work out payment and delivery/pickup deals.

A bonus of Facebook Marketplace is that you can access it directly from your phone, and not need to download a new app.

4. Gumtree

Gumtree is a well-established community market place which connects you with buyers. It allows you to list items in hundreds of categories. You can list an ad for free, or pay to boost it or have extra features to make it stand out. Gumtree is great for selling used furniture and home appliances. It’s popular with people looking to furnish their first home, as well as international students. Gumtree also integrates with PayPal, making payments easy.

5. Nextdoor

Next door is a social networking app for your neighbourhood. It’s also an excellent option to sell items locally. Just add your item details and photos and then post it. A bonus is that everyone in the neighbourhood will see your item for sale in their newsfeed. This gives it great exposure and leads to faster sales. It’s then up to you and the buyer to negotiate the price and pickup or delivery.

For affordable, reliable and trustworthy movers, contact Next Level Removals today to book your move. Call 1300 005 400 or contact us.