Monthly Archives: December 2019

Interstate Moving Checklist

Interstate Moving Checklist

It’s as much of a fact as gravity… moving is the most stressful activity you are likely to do. Add an interstate relocation into the mix and it can seem almost impossible. However, with a trusted and reliable interstate removalist, and a detailed interstate moving checklist, you can do it. And you can do it with minimal stress.

Where do I find a good interstate removalist?

Next Level Removals are your trusted moving service for interstate moves from Sydney to Brisbane, Sydney to Gold Coast and Sydney to Melbourne.

We are the highest rated removalists in Sydney and pros at interstate moves. We’re experienced. We know what we are doing. We are here for you 24/7. We care as much about your possessions as you do and will deliver them safely.

From our experience, you need a good, old fashioned checklist to help you with your move, making sure you have everything covered and are not forgetting something important. So, what do we recommend should be on your interstate moving checklist?

Your interstate moving checklist

A lot of people think packing is the start of your move, but there is some groundwork you can do before this to help make your move easier and more efficient. So, let’s start at the beginning:

  • Do a thorough audit

Boring as it is, make sure you do a thorough audit of all of your possessions and get rid of what you don’t need. There is no point wasting money on moving things that you don’t need and are likely to throw out as soon as you get to your new place.

Also identify your fragile items or items in your home that need special care. Let your removalist know your special requirements are relating to these.

  • Do you need storage?

Next Level Removalists can help with storage options and removal of your furniture or items to your storage unit.

  • Calculate how much furniture you have

Once you are confident you are moving only the absolute essentials, do an accurate volume estimate of your furniture and large items. To get the most accurate view of your household items, use our furniture calculator.

  • Do you need a container to move your home interstate?

If convenience is your number one concern, container removals for interstate moves may be for you. Next Level Removals are the experts in container removals.

  • Engage your removalist

Next Level Removals are your trusted moving service for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane removals.

For a quick removal quote, you will need to provide your removalist with the number of rooms in your home. Your more accurate estimate from the furniture calculator will help at this point also.

  • Order your removal boxes

Next Level Removalists provide you premium boxes, free of charge. We have a full range of large item boxes, small item boxes, fragile item boxes and porta robes.

  • Start packing

You can do it yourself, or you can outsource it. If you are choosing to outsource your packing, Next Level Removals have a specialised packing team that can help with both your packing, and your unpacking at the other end. So convenient!

  • Organise your services at the other end

Remember that your electricity, gas and internet services won’t follow you automatically, so make sure you remember to connect them in time for your arrival. Next Level Removalists can do this for you. Just ask our friendly team.

And most of all… Enjoy your new home!

7 Tips to Get Your Full Rental Bond Refunded

7 Tips to Get Your Full Rental Bond Refunded

It’s a constant struggle for tenants. You have a lot of money tied up in a rental bond, which you want to have returned. Money that could be better spent hiring a professional, reliable removalist such as Next Level Removals… but we digress.

The truth is a very large number of tenants forfeit part or all of their bonds every year.

So, what are the top tips for getting your rental bond back?

Read your lease; know the requirements; know your rights

Make sure you read your lease carefully before you sign it, and also before you vacate your rental property. Know what is expected of you. Know any special requirements that are in your lease.

If you are moving interstate, make sure you are aware of any lease requirements that differ between states.

If you are renting an office, be aware of potential additional requirements. Commercial leases generally have ‘make good’ provisions, meaning you need to return the fit out to its original condition when you move in.

Refer to your entry report

As part of your lease, an entry and exit report must be completed by your managing agent. This records the condition of the property on moving in and out, specifically detailing any damage.

Your entry report will tell you what you need to fix, and what was pre-existing damage. Be very thorough with this, it can save you a lot of time, money and hassle.

Take your own photos

Property managers always take photos of the property, but it is a good idea to take your own. Take photos when you move in and also when you move out. They may help if any disputes arise.

Take care of the property

The most common reasons tenants don’t get their bonds returned are:

  • damage they have caused to the property
  • the property is kept clean.

The easiest way to get your bond back is to keep your rental property clean and in good condition. Fix any issues as they arise, that way it won’t be a big job when you move out.

Be aware of any special cleaning requirements such as having carpets or blinds professionally cleaned, or a pet clean if you have animals.

Also, be very careful not to lose your keys, these can be expensive to replace and will come out of your bond.

Call the professionals

Professional cleaning can go a long way to getting your bond back. If you use a cleaner recommended by your managing agency, it will be difficult to argue with the results. If there is an issue, you can also work with the cleaner to them return if the work is not satisfactory.

Using professional removalists such as Next Level Removalists can help also. This can mean that your furniture is safely removed without damage to your rental property.

Keep your rent up to date

It might seem like a very obvious thing, but if your rent is not up to date, it will come out of your bond. Make sure your payments are up to date, it will make things much easier later.

Give enough notice

Many leases will have minimum notice periods to either re-sign or exit your lease. Know these and stick to them. There may be charges if you don’t, which will automatically come out of your bond.

Need further information?

Check out the top tips on our website or connect with our team. We are your local Sydney specialists for both household and office moves both locally or interstate.

5 Tips for Moving in Hot Weather

5 Tips for Moving in Hot Weather

Moving house can be hard work. Moving home in the middle of the summer heat not only makes the task harder, it can be dangerous to your health if you don’t take the right precautions.

Australia has had a record run of above average temperature days of late. And all predictions are saying it’s going to be a long, hot summer. In this case it’s well worth understanding how to manage the heat if the day you have set aside for moving turns out to reach temperatures that resemble the inside of your oven when it’s cooking your Sunday roast.

What are the top tips for moving house in hot weather?

Get started early in the day

Beat the heat by getting an early start. This will make sure the hard work is done before the heat takes hold and drains any energy you had left in your body. It also means that sensitive items prone to heat damage are likely to fare better than being moved in the middle of the day. But more on this later.

Look after yourself

  • Make sure you have enough water with you all day to keep hydrated
  • Keep a sports drink on hand to help replace the salts in your body that you lose through excessive sweating
  • Wear loose, light clothing to keep you cool
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible
  • Making sure you use sunscreen and wear a hat if you are out in the sun.

Look after you pets

If you have pets that are moving house with you, make sure you take special care with them in the heat. They will likely be stressed from the changes already and the heat won’t help them at all.

Make sure they have lots of water. Make sure they are always left in a well-ventilated area that is out of the sun. And most of all, give them a little bit extra attention and reassurance. They might just need it.

Heat sensitive items

There may be some items in your household that area heat sensitive, and you will need to take extra care when you move them.

Heat sensitive items might be electronics such as TVs, computers, phones and so on. Also keep in mind if you have some special photos printed out, they may need to be kept cool to prevent any damaged. Paintings can be the same as well. Treat them carefully. Don’t leave them in the car parked in the sun. Keep them in a cool place until you are ready to load the car and drive immediately to your new place. And then unload them straight away, keeping them out of the heat as much as possible.

Get the professionals do to it for you

If this is all sounding a little bit too much like hard work (it is very hard work!), then hire professional removalists to help you out.

Professional removalist teams will come with their own hot weather kits. They will know how to handle your heat sensitive items. They will be prepared for any situation that may occur relating to your move.

Next Level Removalists are your local Sydney removalist experts. We specialise in local house or office moves, as well as interstate moves to Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and everywhere in between. Reach out to our friendly team today.

Furnishing An Office On A Budget

Furnishing An Office On A Budget

Having a well-designed office can improve productivity and happiness amongst workers, and impress clients. Best of all, it doesn’t have to cost a small fortune. Here are tips for furnishing your office without breaking the bank.

Lease Equipment

Rather than having to pay for all your essential office equipment upfront, you can consider leasing items rather than buying them. For things like computers that usually have an upgrade cycle of 3-4 years, it may make more sense. If there are also items that you use on a semi-regular basis, you can get a good deal renting it only when you need it.

Sharing Model

There are some items which staff can share instead of wasting money on things which aren’t used so often. Not everyone needs a printer when you can have a communal one. Also, not all staff members may need a work phone on their desk, especially if you have a shared office environment. Also consider buying long bench desks which many staff members can use, rather than buying individual desks.

By having a more communal feel, it creates a more social office environment, which can lead to better workplace culture.

Buying Refurbished Products

You may be able to get a better deal buying refurbished hardware than leasing. For items like printers and laptops, the price is significantly lower for things that are almost like new.

Have A Flexible Layout

If you’re a start-up or small company, the most cost-effective way is to create a flexible office space as soon as you move in. This will allow you to effortlessly expanded, and your office can grow with your needs. Avoid items like individual offices and fixed partitions. Instead, focus on the layout and furniture which you can rearrange and expand quickly.

Invest In Quality Office Chairs

While it’s a good idea to furnish your office as cheap as possible, one area which you shouldn’t skimp on is office chairs. Sitting for long periods can cause back pain, and can lead to employees taking sick days. It’s essential to have high-quality ergonomic office chairs. They will make a significant improvement to your employees’ long-term health and comfort.

Buy the Kitchen Essentials

It’s easy to overlook the importance of having a functional staff kitchen. But it will drastically improve staff happiness and productivity. Essential items include a fridge, toaster, microwave, and kettle. You can buy everything at once for a potential discount from a chain store.

Lighting

Natural lighting can provide a drastic boost to employee wellbeing and morale. It will also save on lighting costs at the same time. When deciding on your office space layout, set up areas (like desks) where people will be spending the most amount of time near windows. This will let you utilise as much natural light as possible.

Go Digital

Going paperless doesn’t only save the environment. It can also help slash your expenses significantly. Storing all your files digitally means you can cut back on the cost of the printer, paper, and ink. You can even reduce the need for folders, shelves, and filing cabinets. It’s also possible to have contracts signed digitally using an app like DocuSign.

Are you looking to minimise your downtime between moving office? We’ve got you covered. For professional, reliable and trustworthy office relocation Sydney Removals, call Next Level Removals on 1300 005 400 or contact us online.