Monthly Archives: July 2019

Piano moving tips

Piano moving tips

How to move a piano.

Moving most things is as easy as packing it down and putting it in a box. Or wrapping it in a blanket or bubble wrap for safe keeping in transport. There are a few things though that require a little more thought, time and preparation. And muscle power! The team at Next Level Removals have literally encountered everything – big or small, from pets to pianos we find a solution that fits and keeps your possessions safe and sound throughout the moving process.

You may already have tried to shift your piano and are now sitting online looking at how to best approach this mammoth task. Did you know some pianos weigh a whopping 160kgs kilograms and grand pianos, almost unbelievably, up to 500 kilograms? Along with the weight of a piano, the sheer size and often the awkwardness can simply mean the task is impossible without the right knowledge and equipment.

Given this is something we do often, our team at Next Level Removals have put together some tips to assist in the process.

Step 1 Contact our team at Next Level Removals for a quote.

Step 2 If you are not using us or other professionals then gather a crew! Nobody in history has moved a piano on their own – it’s just not possible, believe us, we know. So put the call out to your friends and family and get as many people as you can on board to help. At least 4 people (2 per side of piano) is our minimum. Remember this is even more challenging if you are moving interstate or a far distance.

Step 3 Get your hands on the right moving equipment ahead of time to make sure you have everything you need. You’ll need straps, furniture blankets, tape and of course – transport.

Step 4 Prepare your piano before you start moving it. We suggest closing the lid and fastening it closed to protect the keys throughout the move. Wrap your piano in furniture blankets and use the tape to keep it in place to protect the exterior

Step 5 Think ahead of time and have the destination spot for your piano clean and clear ready for the arrival.

Step 6 Establish and clear a path to ensure there are no obstacles in the way. This will avoid having to stop and start and of course, any injuries or damage.

Step 7 Now it’s time to move your piano. Our number one pointer is that your piano must always remain upright, so make sure that everyone is aware of this and that the piano is not tilted or laid down at any stage. Place straps underneath the piano so there is room to hold them on each side, you’ll use these to lift the piano up to slide the dolly’s underneath. Take time to balance the piano well before you move it.

Step 8 When loading your piano on the ramp or lift into the truck – wheel it on lighter side first.

Step 9 During the move your piano will likely be shifted out of tune so be sure to book it in for re-tuning when settled into its new location.

Given the possible injuries or damage to your piano – both can be incredibly costly, we recommend talking to our team at Next Level Removals about the best way to move your piano. Leave it to the experts – we treat your belongings like they are our own. Call us today on 1300 005 400 or fill in our simple online form for a free quote.

Moving must haves – essentials for moving day

Moving must haves – essentials for moving day

Don’t get caught out on moving day – create your moving day kit here.

Whether it is a house or office move, the last thing you want on your moving day is to be digging through things like a mad person trying to find that hammer, or charger, or bedsheet. Our team at Next Level Removals often get asked what the necessary items are to keep handing for both local and interstate moves.

Here are some things to get ready and have on hand for moving day.

  • Tool kit
    There’s always something to be fixed or put together when you’re moving – have some essentials from your tool kit with you to avoid being caught out.

    • Hammer
    • Screwdriver
    • Tape
    • Scissors

     

  • Cleaning supplies
    Whether it is wiping down furniture that has been in storage or a final clean as you vacate your home, you are bound to clean on moving day. At Next Level Removals our must haves include:

    • Gloves
    • Spray and wipe
    • Sponges, rags and paper towel
    • Disinfectant
    • Broom + vacuum
    • Bin liners

     

  • Stuff for your belly
    Make sure you have food and drink on hand. Of course, by this point your fridge is probably turned off or very close to, so pack some things that don’t rely on being kept cool – or better yet, pack an esky!

    • Snacks/sandwiches
    • Water + other drinks as desired

     

  • Medications and first aid
    The last thing you want to be digging for are pain tablets when you’ve got a terrible headache or back pain so keep it close and handy along with any other medication for the family for easy access.

    • Any prescribed medication you or your family require
    • Pain tablets
    • Band-Aids

     

  • Electronics box
    There’ll be phones and laptops that need charging at some point – we guarantee it. Or the vacuum that doesn’t reach that last room. Pack the below bits and bobs in a box together so you know where they are always.

    • Phone, laptop and chargers
    • Extension cords
    • Double adapter

     

  • Document folder
    You don’t want to misplace any paperwork for the move itself or points of identification should you need them – have these stored in a document folder and kept close to your other possessions at the ready.

    • Rental/property documents
    • Identification documents

     

  • Kitchenware
    More than one person and only one bottle of drink? No worries, because you’ve kept some glassware handy for this reason exactly. Having a coffee might be nice throughout the day too and plates for snack time.

    • Plates
    • Cutlery
    • Glassware
    • Kettle
    • Toaster

     

  • Music
    This is simply to keep you going

    • A stereo or speaker to keep the spirit alive!

     

  • Kids entertainment
    If the kids are with you – you don’t want them to be upset because they can’t find things to keep occupied, have these things in the corner at the old and new place ready for them to delve into.

    • Toys
    • Games
    • Movies

     

  • Pet supplies
    Keep the pet supplies at the old place until the very last minute with your pet (for comfort) and then pack them all together and move in the one hit.

    • Food, water + bowls
    • Bedding and blankets
    • Toys
    • Leashes + collars/harnesses and car buckles

     

  • First night bag
    Think of the first night and following day in the new house, what will you need ready so you can fall into an exhausted heap?

    • Bedding (sheets, doona, pillows)
    • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant facewash, soap etc)
    • PJ’s
    • Change of clothes for the next day

We’re sure there are some more things you can think of that matter personally to you – but this should be a great starting point for you to be organised and prepared for the big day. If you have any queries, contact the team at Next Level Removals as we are here to help through each stage of the moving process. Call us today on 1300 005 400 or click here to arrange a quote.

Furniture assembly tips

Furniture assembly tips
  • Assembly services
     
    There are two types of people in the world – those who thrive on the assembly of furniture – and those who fear the very thought of it. Whether you fall in the former or latter, these tips may help you through the process. Whether you are moving furniture near or far, from home or office, the team at Next Level Removals have you covered.

    Before you move or purchase anything – measure the area it will live in and carefully match it against the measurements of the new piece of furniture. If it lines up well, then also be sure to research the difficulty of assembly before purchasing – this will help you know if you need help way ahead of time.

    Once you’ve got your piece of furniture in front of you ready to go, we suggest the following:

    1. Clear a spacious workspace that gives you space to move around and reach all angles of the pieces. Lay down some hessian or blankets to protect both your flooring and the new furniture while you move it around and put it together.
    2. Know what tools you’ll need and have them at arm’s reach, this eliminates any additionally, unnecessary stress.
    3. Lay the pieces from your package out flat in the space and compare everything received against the instruction booklet to ensure you’ve got everything, and everything is labelled correctly.
    4. Be patient and take your time as you piece everything together. If you don’t have an extra set of hands to help, using clamps can be a great way to hold everything together as you work. Remember not to tighten all screws completely as you go, doing this at the end will help keep everything in line.
    5. Resist the urge to start more than one piece at a time! We know that frustrations build and you’ll long to leave the hard part behind and move onto the shiny new piece sitting next to you – but you’ll regret it once the excitement of the new one wears off too.
    6. Revisit your work the next day to make sure all the screws and hinges are still in place as they should be.
    7. You can get creative too! Don’t be afraid to swap out any handles for something that suits your colour scheme or is a little funkier than the standard, or paint/laminate a door or shelf.

     
    Our top tip If you are moving to a new house or office – particularly if you are move interstate remember to keep the all pieces together after your disassemble your furniture, as you may forget which screws go with which piece of furniture after a few days of moving. Take photos and keep them together in your camera roll or great albums on your phone. This will make assembly much easier at the new home or office.
     
    Sometimes the fear of scratching a new piece of furniture or causing damage is just too much – in this instance we suggest outsourcing. Talk to our team at Next Level Removals, our expert removalists in Sydney will disassemble everything reliably and set it right back up again at your new home or office. Call us today on 1300 005 400.