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To Move or Not to Move?

To Move or Not to Move?

How can you decide whether or not you should move? Before making the decision to move consider why it is you want to move. Are you moving on a whim, or is it a practical decision?

A practical move the kind of move you do for a job, or a better school for your children. An impractical move is one that you have romanticised. It’s important to assess your decision to move based on practicality, and the long-term impact it will have on you and your family.

Questions you should ask yourself before you move:

  • Am I financially able to move?
  • Will this move help me progress in my career, or send me backwards?
  • Will the stress from moving disrupt my family more than it will benefit them?
  • Will the new cost of living advantage, or disadvantage me?
  • Is moving a necessity or a preference?
  • Are there jobs available in the new town/city?
  • Can your lifestyle needs be met in the new place?

For most people work is the biggest motivator when it comes to moving. Whether you’ve been offered a new job, your whole company is moving, or you’re looking to re-skill and move up the corporate ladder, even if you’re keeping your same job or title, moving is still a major life change.

A practical move takes practical planning, with jobs, property leases, children, pets, and large furniture items to consider, planning a move can take a lot longer than making the decision to move. Moving can be a wonderful and enriching experience, allowing you to explore a new town, city, or even country, with your loved ones.

It might not be the right time for you to move if you haven’t fully considered the implications of leaving your support system, or if you’re simply unhappy in your current job. On the other hand, a fresh place to live offers the potential of new friends, reconnecting with long-lost family members, and career expansion. Typically, when it comes to moving, your career prospects should look better in the place you plan to move to, than the place you currently are.

It also might not be the right time if you just can’t afford it. From the removalist to the security deposit, to the lease overlap, pet transport, and more, moving truly is one of the most expensive things you’ll ever do. If it’s worth it, it’s money well spent, however, if the job prospects simply aren’t as good in the new location as your current location, consider maybe a shorter move – moving suburbs, or departments at work might help satisfy the moving bug.

We, at Next Level Removals, are 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.

Dealing With Moving Anxiety

Dealing With Moving Anxiety

It’s said that moving can be one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through. The uncertainty involved with moving is a major cause of anxiety, not to mention bickering between couples, families and housemates as they pack and prep for the big day.

Moving can also wreak havoc on your day to day routine. With real estate agents to call and removalists to finalise, you might find that you are getting less and less done, and have even less time to de-stress as you normally would.

Planning and Help

Two of the biggest keys to dealing with moving anxiety are planning and help. When it comes to planning, your Google Calendar is your best friend for keeping track of appointments, viewings, and removalists among other logistical issues. For help, lean on your support system. When it comes to more generalised anxiety, mindfulness, exercise, and deep breaths can work wonders on a hypersensitive amygdala. The amygdala processes events and then teaches the subconscious brain, and the body, how to respond to similar events in the future. So, if the amygdala identifies stress triggers within the moving process, it will send those signals to the brain and body. This creates a stressful situation, if you can identify some of your stress triggers, then outsourcing some of the more anxiety-inducing activities to friends, family, or your spouse might help.

Friends, family, partners, and even pets (they reduce stress!) can be an incredible help while you deal with the stress of packing, planning, viewing properties, and juggling work and other commitments.

Lease Overpalapping

Another thing you can do to reduce your moving stress is to try and work it out so that your old and new lease overlap by about one week. This allows for plenty of trips back and forth. You should also start purging – old, useless, broken possessions that are. Purge your closet, your cupboard full of containers missing their lids, useless saucepans you never use, and mismatched cutlery. Start the cleaning process early to avoid bringing your old junk to your new place. You can rehome, donate, or sell off items you decide not to bring and reduce the number of things you have to move.

Choose a Reliable Moving Company

Next, book a reliable removalist. A bad removalist will make your moving experience a living nightmare. A good removalist company will make it a breeze, with absolutely no losses or damage to your possessions. Picking the correct removalist is vital to reducing your stress levels, remember, the cheapest option isn’t always the best! A higher quote may denote a higher quality of training when it comes down to crunch time.

Once you’ve selected your removalist, sold off your unwanted stuff, asked your aunt Carol over to help you pack over the weekend, and used your cat as a security blanket against the night terrors that have taken over your sleep, it’s time to breathe, supervise the removalist company, and pick up the keys to your new property.

Contact Next Level Removals Now

If you are looking for a stress-free move, it’s time to get in touch with Next Level Removals. You can contact our furniture removal consultants in many different and convenient ways:

 

 

Tips for Long Term Storage

Tips for Long Term Storage

Sometimes moving means putting some of your beloved possessions into long-term storage. This can be stressful, especially if you pick the wrong removalist or storage company and items get lost or damaged. We’ve put together the following handy strategy to ensure you don’t lose your head when it comes to long-term storage.

Create an Inventory:

Prior to putting your possessions into long-term storage, make sure that you list off and itemise all of your possessions. It’s also a good idea to keep a digital copy of your receipts and various warranties within your inventory just in case.

Be careful with your whitegoods:

Moving overseas and leaving the fridge? Make sure you’ve properly cleaned, disinfected and disconnected all whitegoods. Items such as dishwashers and fridges can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mould. Prep all your whitegoods before putting them into long-term storage by giving them a thorough clean.

Use protective wraps:

When it comes to rips and tears, these look better in a Yeezy collection than on your furniture. Using packing blankets can prevent wear, tear, and damp and mildew growth on your belongings. Make sure you pre-treat leather furniture before storage to prevent cracking and seal wooden pieces. Plastic wraps and bags are typically not a good idea, as they can cause an increase in moisture in items.

Pack Your Electrical Items Properly:

When it doubt, keep the box. It’s best that electrical items being stored long-term are restored to their original packaging. This ensures maximum protection within packaging designed for that particular item. If this isn’t possible, try to ensure all items have been well-packed according to long-term storage standards, and that no batteries with the potential to cause leaks are trapped inside. Double-check those television remotes!

Vacuum seal all fabrics:

Nobody has time for dust mites! Or any other kind of creepy-crawly that might sneak into the folds of your favourite curtains, or childhood teddy bear collection. To ensure this doesn’t happen while your items are in long-term storage, make sure to vacuum seal all fabric items and soft furnishings, from cushions, curtains, and the rest. This will help to prevent the tell-tale dusty, musty storage scent and keep your items in tip-top condition while they wait.

Keep Your Items of the Floor!

The floor is lava, and you don’t want your sofa singed! When it comes to long-term storage for items big and small, stacking them up is the way to go. Storing items in shelving units, or on pallets allows for more air circulation, this means there’s a lesser likelihood of moisture or dampness buildup, keeping your big-ticket items mould-free and in great condition.

Pack and label your fragile items carefully:

Nobody wants to unpack a box labelled, ‘grandma’s vintage wine glasses’ and discover that they’ve inadvertently broken a treasured family possession! That’s why the same rules apply for fragile items in long-term storage, as they do when packing for a short trip on the removalist truck. Pack your fragile items carefully in tissue-paper, newspaper and bubble-wrap, label the box carefully and make sure to note which side should be facing up.

When it comes to keeping items in long-term storage, your best bet is to work with a trusted removalist to advise you on your best packing and storage solutions.

If having a next-level experience sounds like the type of experience you would like to have in your next furniture move, it’s time to get in touch with Next Level Removals. You can contact our furniture removal consultants in many different and convenient ways: