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The Pros And Cons of Moving House With Container Removals

The Pros And Cons of Moving House With Container Removals

When moving long distances interstate, it can become expensive, fast. Are you looking for an economical and cost-effective way to safely move your belongings to your new home? Using container removals may be the right option for you.

Moving containers come in several different sizes, to accommodate moves of all sizes. These include:

  • 10 feet (approx. 3 meters) – recommended for an apartment.
  • 20 feet (approx. 6 meters) – recommended for 2 or 3 bedrooms home.
  • 40 feet (approx. 12 meters) – recommended for a 4+ bedroom home, or if you have a lot of items to move.

If you need additional space, you can hire more than one container.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of moving using containers:

Container Removals Pros


Interstate removalists will deliver the shipping container directly to your home. You can choose a day and time, which is convenient for you. Then you can pack and load your belongings at your own pace into the container.

After you’ve finished packing, the movers will come and pick up the shipping container and deliver it directly to your new home. After you’ve arrived, you can then unpack on your own time, instead of having everything at once unloaded into your new home.

Easy To Move

With moving containers, you have the option of a self-pack container removal service. This means that you will have the container delivered to your home, and you can then pack it at your leisure. You no longer need to have hundreds of boxes throughout your house in the lead up to your move, and then have everything loaded onto a truck within hours.


Using moving containers is a much better cost-effective solution to regular removals. With many different sizes available, you only need to pay for the space you need. You will also keep your costs down, as packing is all done DIY, rather than having to pay for labour costs of a moving team.

Secure Storage

Moving containers provide safe and secure storage. You can lock the storage container for maximum security and peace of mind. Your belongings are also protected from the elements.

Container Removals Cons

DIY Loading

While it helps keep costs down, do-it-yourself loading into a moving container can be a stressful and challenging job. It’s time-consuming and labour intensive, and you’ll have to provide your own moving equipment like dollies, blankets, and moving straps.

More Time Consuming

As you will be moving your belongings DIY, it will take longer to pack your home than if you had an experienced and professional removals team

You Need Extra Space Outside For The Container

During loading and unloading, you need a space to store the container next to your home or apartment. If this is in a public or shared space, this may create problems with other residents. You may also need to seek permission from the building manager or local council.

Are you moving interstate and looking to keep your costs down? You should carefully consider the pros and cons of moving using containers and if it is the right solution for you.

Next Level Removals are here to help. Contact us today to speak to our friendly removals team to discuss your needs. Call 1300 005 400 or contact us online for a free quote.

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.

How To Move Interstate (On A Tight Budget)

How To Move Interstate (On A Tight Budget)

Moving interstate is often an exciting time, but it can be an expensive process. It’s often easy to focus on your new lifestyle, a different culture, and the weather. But the longer you put off organising your interstate move, the more likely you are to lose sleep and stress about how much it’s going to cost. Luckily, you don’t need to spend a small fortune for interstate removalists.

Let’s take a look at tips from removalists on how to move interstate on a tight budget.

Throw Out Anything You No Longer Need

When you are packing to move, it’s the perfect time to declutter, because you have to sort through every item anyway.

By getting rid of things you no longer need, not only will you be reducing the clutter you bring into your new home. You will also be reducing the number of physical boxes which needs to be packed. This can lead to your stuff fitting in a smaller sized removals truck and a lower price.

It will also save your time and energy from having to pack them, and then unpack them at your new home.

Besides making it easier to set up your new home, you can even sell anything you no longer need and make some extra money to put towards the cost of moving.

Be Flexible With Your Moving Day

The more you plan your move in advance, the cheaper the price will be. Last-minute moves tend to be more expensive.

Avoiding school holidays, public holidays, and weekends can also help reduce the price. Since a lot of people also take an RDO on a Friday, prices tend to be more expensive. When the weather is warmer over the summer, prices are usually higher.

For the best price, aim for a move between Tuesday to Thursday during a non-peak time. By bundling services such as packing services, or removals storage can also help get a better deal.

Consider Back-loading

If you are flexible with your moving date, back-loading provides better interstate moving rates. It also ensures the same premium service.

There are two different types of back-loading:

– You can share a truck with other customers and only pay for the space that you need.

– You can book a full vehicle which would otherwise be returning empty after completing an interstate delivery.

The only downside is that you may need to wait a few days until there is an available truck.

Choose A Reputable Moving Company

When moving interstate on a budget, it only seems logical to go with the cheapest moving company with the lowest quote, right? If so, you’d be making a huge mistake. A cheap moving company might provide you with the lowest initial quote. But, you will quickly discover that there are many add-ons, extras, and surcharges which are not included in the initial price.

You also run the risk of a cheap company hiring subcontractors who don’t handle your belongings with care. Are you willing to risk damage to valuable and irreplaceable items? They may also have double booked, which means they don’t show up on time or deliver your belongings on schedule to your new home.

In the long run, it can end up costing you way more than a reliable and trustworthy moving company. A professional moving company will provide you with transparent prices. They will also ensure a professional, honest, and comprehensive service without extra fees.

For high-quality interstate removals on a tight budget, Contact Next Level Removals today. Call 1300 005 400 or contact us online today.

The quote can end up being more expensive than other removal companies who are reliable and trustworthy.

Seniors Guide To Choosing The Right Retirement Village

Seniors Guide To Choosing The Right Retirement Village

Moving to a retirement village is a major lifestyle change, and requires a lot of thought to choose the right one. It allows you to continue living an independent lifestyle while being surrounded by other seniors. Let’s take a look at how to choose the right retirement village for you.

What to do before moving to a retirement village

Before moving to a retirement village, there are a few things you should do. First, consider other options like home help or moving to a smaller home.

Make sure to speak with your friends, and family about your decision, and tell them why you want to do so. Also, ask them about their plans for the future.

How To Choose The Most Suitable Retirement Village

Choosing a retirement village is one of the most important decisions you will need to make in your life. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice:

  • Make a list of your retirement village must-haves.
  • Also, make a list of your wants, but not essential needs.
  • Speak to a lawyer or financial advisor for expert legal advice before signing a contract.
  • Visit as many retirement villages as possible, which are in your ideal location, and suit your budget
  • Don’t be pressured to make a decision with the first one you visit.
  • Ask each retirement village for a standard fact sheet. This will help you to compare the differences in facilities on offer.
  • Talk to residents of each village. Find out what they enjoy, and what they don’t like
  • Ask your friends and family to come along with you, and to give their feedback
  • Carefully read the contract. Make sure it aligns with the verbal information you were told.

Questions To Ask About A Retirement Village

When you visit a retirement village, you should prepare several questions in advance, which can give you peace of mind and help you make a decision.

Some recommended questions to ask include:

  • Is there a waiting list for the retirement village?
  • What is the policy for pets?
  • When are visitors allowed?
  • Is car parking provided?
  • Is there a bus for the retirement village? What route does it take, and how often does it run?
  • How close are facilities such as public transport, medical facilities, entertainment, supermarkets and shopping centres?
  • Is there a residents’ committee? If so, how do they elect members?
  • What common areas are there to use?
  • Are you allowed to make changes inside the unit, or do you need permission (like in a rental home)?
  • How much are the fees and charges?
  • Are there more facilities planned in future? If so, what are they and when will they be completed by?
  • Are there meals available? If so, how much do they cost?
  • Are support services available, such as cleaning, and assistance with meals, if required?
  • Can you be moved from the facility without your consent? If so, what are the circumstances?
  • Is there a nearby aged care facility?

You should make an informed decision when choosing the right retirement village.

Need a removalist to help you move into a retirement village? Next Level Removals are here to help. Our courteous, friendly, and professional movers take care of moving your belongings as if they were our own.

For a free moving quote, call 1300 005 400 or contact us online.

5 Ways To Save Money On Moving Home

5 Ways To Save Money On Moving Home

Moving home always has a lot of unexpected expenses which can add up fast. No matter whether you are moving across town, or to the other side of the country, you need to keep an eye on your spending.

To help keep your moving costs to a minimum, here are 5 ways to save money on moving house.

1. Plan Well In Advance

One of the best ways to save money when moving home is to plan your move well in advance, and also to give yourself a budget for it.

Booking early can help you get better rates for hiring removalists, and not have to pay last-minute premium fees. It will also help you get an idea of the price ahead of time so that you can budget for it, rather than having to pay all upfront unexpectedly.

Using a removal calculator can help you get an idea of the total price.

2. Get 3-5 Estimates

There are many variables when moving. Quotes may also fluctuate significantly between different removals companies. You should get quotes from 3-5 different removals companies. This will let you know that you are getting the best service for the most affordable price.

Before automatically going for the cheapest option, read some online reviews about all the companies. Also, make sure the removalists have insurance, and your belongings are covered for any damages. Otherwise, it could cost you a lot more by having to pay to repair or replace any items damaged while moving.

3. Sell Some Items You No Longer Need

Moving home is the perfect time to go through all your belongings and get rid of anything you no longer want or need. It will also eliminate any clutter from coming into your new home.

Sell your unwanted items on eBay, Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace, or an old fashioned garage sale. Not only will it give you extra cash to put towards moving, but it will also reduce the amount you have to pay removalists. Because there will be fewer boxes which need moving which means less van space is required. It’s a win-win situation.

4. Find Free Moving Boxes

Buying moving boxes can be a significant and unexpected expense. Luckily, there’s no need to pay for moving boxes, when you can source some for free! Check with supermarkets or department stores if they have any empty boxes – they will only throw them out anyway.

Even better, a lot of removalists provide free moving boxes which are the perfect size for moving and reinforced as well.

5. Pack Everything Yourself

Removalists offer excellent extra services such as packing and unpacking your belongings. As well as dismantling and reassembling furniture. But, if you are really on a tight budget, you can pack everything yourself. Just make sure to do it in advance and have it all ready before the movers show up on moving day.

It’s essential to pack your belongings correctly, to protect them in transit. To do so, you will need to use blankets, towels, sheets and old newspapers for padding and protection. This can help reduce the cost of having to buy packing supplies such as bubble wrap and packing paper.

There are many different ways you can save money on moving house. While it may seem like small savings, when combined, the savings add up fast.

Looking for an affordable and experienced professional removalist company? Next Level Removals are here to help! Call us today on 1300 005 400, or get a free quote online.

Best Advice to Hire a Removalist in Sydney

Best Advice to Hire a Removalist in Sydney

The process of moving takes time, planning, and energy. Looking for a removalist in Sydney? We’ve got you covered. The right removalist can ensure a smooth move. While the help of friends and family is invaluable when you’re moving, trained and skilled removalists know that the aim of the game is to get in and out, and make sure nothing is damaged in the process.

To help make your moving journey as easy as possible, we’ve compiled a list of our top tips for hiring a Sydneyside removalist.

  1. Look around: No matter your budget, if you’re looking for the best removalists in Sydney, it’s always a good idea to compare prices. Many removalist services offer different packages, and can offer packing and storage help and advice. It’s a good idea to make sure you’ve done your homework to ensure you’re getting the best service at the best price for your budget, and your moving situation.
  2. Know the rules: Check out Fair Trading NSW to get your head around NSW and Sydney’s rules, regulations, and removalist accreditation bodies (AFRA – Australian Furniture Removalist Association). Knowing these rules helps protect you against dodgy providers, but we recommend picking a company that is aligned with the AFRA.
  3. Get a written quote: Getting a quote in writing before you book is really important. This will protect you from hidden additional fees, so make sure you have a copy sent to you, and check through the price list to ensure everything needed has been itemised.
  4. Check your contract: Your moving contract needs to include a few things, including insurance for damages incurred, or items lost in transit. While all reputable moving companies will take the utmost care when it comes to your possessions, accidents and acts of god can occur during this confusing time.
  5. Extra services: For most reputable removalist companies will include services such as packing and van or truck rental. Some companies will offer box provisions and unpacking as an additional service. In the busy city of Sydney, finding a removalist company that can offer something like unpacking can save you time and hassle as you adjust to a new job or home life.
  6. Update your Insurance: When you’re preparing for a move, especially in a busy city like Sydney, it’s best to check your home and contents insurance agreement and make sure that your possessions are protected during transit. Don’t forget to call them and make arrangements for any new coverage you might need.

Sydney is a large city with a lot to offer in apartment living. However it can be a tricky place for removalists getting furniture up and down tall buildings. That’s why doing your homework and making sure you hire a removalist company with lots of urban experience is necessary. Removalists that offer balcony lifts, and are well-trained, or accredited through AFRA will take a load of stress out of your moving experience. Make sure to do your homework, check the NSW rules for removalists, read your contract, get a written quote, and look for specialised services with experienced sydneyside removalists.

Tips for a Successful Garage Sale Before Moving

Tips for a Successful Garage Sale Before Moving

Ah, the humble garage sale. It’s a staple of Saturday afternoons, particularly when you’re on the hunt for an affordable and dining table to match your millenial aesthetic. The worst part of a garage sale is when no-one shows up. Luckily we’ve got a foolproof marketing plan for your garage sale to ensure success.

  1. Make sure you’ve advertised properly: These days the old sign on the side of the road isn’t enough. You need to set your date a minimum of two weeks in advance, put your sign up (trendy, hipster areas are a goldmine), and then get digital. Post about your garage sale on buy, swap, and sell pages, and across private rent pages on Facebook. Take well-lit photos of some of the best items you’re selling too.
  2. Check the weather: Nothing puts a faster stop to a garage sale than an impromptu hurricane, or even a mild drizzle. Spring and summer are the best months for garage sales.
  3. Make sure you’ve picked up some petty cash, and don’t say no to taking paypal payments! Paypal payments can be sent directly to your phone if some cashless jogger running past notices your mums chic vintage lamp from the 70’s that you’re um, totally not throwing out. Prepare to accept those online payments!
  4. Price low, sell out – A garage sale isn’t like luxury marketing. The idea is to make a small profit off things one might find in a thrift store, or to pass on things that no longer suit your style. Set realistic prices and be open to bargaining with prospective buyers.As a rule of thumb, used books should be no more than $1-$2 each, clothing under $5, and toys, games and other bric-a-brac around this same price. Remember, people are here to buy things with pocket change.
  5. Make sure everything is clean and well-presented: Lint roll clothing, dust and wipe down furniture and toys, and wash out crockery. Set out a couple of tables – fold out camping tables or desks are fine – and lay a clean tablecloth, sheet, or curtain over them. You can arrange your items on shelves, clothes racks, or in plastic tubs and clearly label the cost by pinning a sticker to the table next to them.
  6. Bundle items – don’t be afraid to play auctioneer and bundle a few items together, especially as the day winds down. Someone looking at one book for $1 might happily take an offer of three books for $2.
  7. Head to depop – Once the day is over, if you have items remaining that can still be sold, head to online marketplaces like depop, etsy, eBay and marketplaces to see if there are any online takers.

Garage sales are a great way to earn back a little bit of cash for your old purchases, and they do especially well in trendy suburbs! If you’re not in a more hipster area, make sure you advertise your garage sale in the more hip areas of your city or town to bring in prospective vintage hunters.

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.