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How To Help Seniors Pack For A Move

How To Help Seniors Pack For A Move

Often senior citizens are settled and comfortable in their home. For a variety of reasons, they may need to move. Perhaps it’s time to downsize, or the lease can no longer be renewed anymore. Whatever the reason, seniors tend to avoid change, and it can feel overwhelming and unsettling having to leave home and move to a new place.

At Next Level Removals, we understand. Which is why we have prepared the following tips for how to help seniors pack for a move.

Make A Thorough Plan

Before jumping into such a life-altering decision, it’s best to make a thorough plan. How much of the moving process can your family and friends help with? Would you rather hire professional removalists? Do you need assistance with packing? Will you be putting any items in storage?

After working out what needs doing, next work backwards from your moving date. This lets you create a timeline of everything that needs to happen before moving.

Start To Pack Early

It’s never too early to begin preparing for a move. If you are still unsure the exact moving date, or your elderly parents do not know where they will be living, it’s always a good idea to start with the process.

Begin with any areas which tend to accumulate extra items over time. Spaces like a closet, or garage tend to fill up faster than we realise. Also, go through paper records and get rid of anything which is no longer needed.

Divide Things Into Smaller Tasks

Trying to accomplish a huge task like the entire moving process can be overwhelming if looking at it overall., But by breaking the task down into smaller pieces, it suddenly seems more manageable.

For seniors, it may have taken a lifetime to accumulate all the belongings they have. It’s going to take a lot of time and effort to sort through it all.

Help them start with one small area, perhaps a drawer, or a cabinet. Then select the next small area to move onto. By doing a small amount each day, it makes the end goal more achievable.

Save Memories

While sorting through belongings, you will find that some are easy to get rid of, but others have huge sentimental and personal value for seniors.

People keep possessions for their meaning and memories, but not for the value of the item itself.

When we see an item, it usually triggers such memories. It’s important to ask, is there another way to preserve the memory rather than the physical item? It may be difficult, but if there is limited space, it will be required to make some difficult decisions.

Also, factor in the cost of moving. The more things which need to be moved, or kept in storage, then the more expensive it will be.

Taking photos of items is a great way to remember them. Seeing the picture triggers the same memories and emotions that looking at the physical item does. Try this tactic with a few things which are not very important, and then gradually move up to more significant items.

Looking for a patient removalist who has helped many senior people through the difficult change process? Next Level Removals can help. Contact us on 1300 005 400 or online.

How to Plan your First House Move

How to Plan your First House Move

A lot of people get very nervous and dread a house move more than they dread a visit to the dentist. If this is the first time you have moved without your parents doing the planning and organising for you, then it is normal for you to be anxious. Just stay calm, make a moving checklist, so you do not forget to do anything, prepare yourself thoroughly, and this move will be as smooth as silk.

Special Considerations

If you own pets, then you have to make special considerations and arrangements for those pets. Pets are a big part of our lives, and on moving day they stand a higher risk of being injured, becoming stressed, or being lost. If you have pets be sure that you do the following things:

  1. Ask your vet to recommend a vet in the new area you are moving to. You also want to make sure you have a copy of your animals records proving immunisations, and medical concerns the animal may have so the new vet you choose will be able to properly treat your animal from the first day they see them.
  2. Schedule to have someone take care of the animal on the day you move. It is best if you get someone the animal is comfortable with and familiar with to care for them for a couple of days while you get moved into your new place and get settled in. This will allow you to not worry about your pet as much and on the day the pet is introduced to their new home it will allow you to have the time to help them adjust to their new surroundings.

Moving Your Valuables

Some of our personal belongings are more valuable than others. There are some of our personal belongings that we have to have, and some things that could be used to create false identities and such if they fell into the wrong hands. You need to take anything that you consider to contain private information or anything you think to be irreplaceable and move those things in your vehicle.

Things you should always move in your vehicle

  • Personal papers such as:
      1. Birth certificates and identification papers
      2. Contracts with banks and financial institutions
      3. Medical records
      4. Chequebooks and checking account information
      5. Credit cards and debit cards
      6. Stock certificates
      7. Securities
  • Expensive items such as jewellery
  • Money
  • Stamp collections
  • Coin collections
  • Soft copies of data that is saved on your computer hard-drives
  • Laptop computers
  • Tablets
  • Cell phones

Moving is a difficult time in our lives, and the only way to make moving more comfortable is to plan for the move in great detail. Do not wait until the day before you plan to move to do things like mail out change of address notifications, try to find packing materials, or call the utility companies.

If you plan your move and follow your plan, you can do this with a minimum of stress and anxiety.

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For professional and affordable interstate removalists, contact Next Level Removals today. Call
1300 005 400 or email info@nextlevelremovals.com.au for a free quote.

Tips for Garage Sale before Moving

Tips for Garage Sale before Moving

If you are about to move then, you know that you need to reduce the number of belongings that you have. By getting rid of some of the things that you do not need, you can reduce some of the stress of moving in Sydney, and you can reduce some of the cost of moving.

Before you begin packing to move you need to decide exactly what things you truly want to take to your new place, and what things you might want to leave behind. Of course, you cannot leave things behind, but you can have a garage sale and liquidate some of your stuff.

For you to have a successful garage sale, you need to read the following tips.

  1. Decide what day you will want to have the sale on. This will allow you to establish how much time you have to go through your possessions. Mark the date on a calendar, set it on a reminder on your phone, and tell all of your friends what day you have set aside for your sale.
  2. You will need tables or things that can work as tables to display the items you have for sale. You also need to decide how you will view items of clothing, such as hanging racks.
  3. You need to buy some garage sale stickers so you can mark each item with the price. Some people like to say all clothing is one price, or all books are one price. In these instances, you can create a sign to hang close to the items so that people can easily see it.
  4. Be realistic about the prices you put on your items. Just because you paid $100 for something when it was new does not mean that it is now worth $50. Look at the item and decide how old it is, does it still work correctly, is it stained, and how much would you honestly be willing to pay someone for an item exactly like it. Be ready when you have a garage sale people are going to try and talk you into lowering the prices on some items.
  5. Advertise your garage sale in local newspapers, on social media sites, put a flyer up in local markets and your church. You want to advertise at least one week before the sale, so people have plenty of time to come to your sale.
  6. Make posters that clearly show where the sale is located. Hang the signs along the route that the majority of people will use to travel to your home.
  7. Go the night before the sale and get change. You will need ones, fives and tens. You do not have to get any quarters or loose change unless you have things priced so that you need loose change.
  8. Get up early on the morning of the sale. Put your best smile on your face, and remember when people try to get you to lower your prices that you are trying to sell these items. Be flexible.

For professional and affordable interstate removalists, contact Next Level Removals today. Call 1300 005 400 or email info@nextlevelremovals.com.au for a free quote.

Why Hire Condo Cleaning Services?

Why Hire Condo Cleaning Services?

Do you live in a condo and need regular cleaning services? Or are you planning to move and need to clean up your residence after leaving? Well, then you will need professional condo cleaning services Edmonton residents can trust. The good news is that there are professional cleaning companies that provide low, affordable rates. They can help keep your condo clean or perform residential cleaning in case you are moving. Most condo cleaning services provide a discount when you book with them on weekly, bi-weekly and or monthly bases. So do not be frightened of the hourly rate, because when it all works out, it may be more affordable than you though.

How Condo Cleaning Services Works for You

While condos are different in terms of their size compared to homes, the same cleaning services apply. A professional cleaning company will charge a package rate for their services which may include the following:

– Regular or Scheduled Cleaning

– Deep Cleaning

– One-Time Cleaning

A regular or scheduled service lets you have your condo cleaned on a regular basis at a time of your choosing. This means that you can select a package that is once per week, twice per week, twice per month, once a month, or whenever it works best for you. Depending on your needs, you can work with the cleaning company to find the right times when they can come by and clean your condo.

Residential cleaning services are performed for two basic reasons. First, when you employ the company to clean your condo, they usually start with a deep cleaning to ensure that everything is fresh and like-new. Then they begin their regular cleaning services.

Also, when you are moving out of your condo or perhaps moving in, and you need a deep cleaning performed.

A one-time cleaning is when you have an emergency and need a quick cleaning. Or perhaps before or after a party, event, or get-together.

Why Choose a Professional Cleaning Service?

There are good reasons why you should consider cleaning services for your condo. Especially if you are juggling work, family, and other responsibilities.

Time

Consider the time it takes to fully clean your condo, and you can see the advantages of having a professional service do the job. Something that may take you hours to perform is handled instead by a trained crew that cleans your condo and backs up the work.

Effort

The effort it takes to clean is something that few people look forward to, especially after a long day at work or when trying to spend time with your family. Knowing that the work is being handled by a trusted company means that you can put your energy to better use.

Affordable

The package prices that the best cleaning services provide are designed to fit within your budget. Not only that, but think of what you could be doing with the time that otherwise would be spent cleaning your condo. Having an affordable cleaning service can be quite beneficial to your condo and your pocketbook.

If you are looking for an example of a professional cleaning company, then check out Duty Cleaners. They are the best residential cleaning Edmonton company that is properly licensed and insured. They also have a stellar record of reviews and recommendations from satisfied customers.

Should I hire a Solo Cleaner?

Many people have run into the nightmares of hiring a solo cleaner, and in the short run it’s cost-effective, but in the long run, it’s more expensive.

Why do we say that? We’ll solo cleaners are usually not insured and bonded, and so if your items get damaged or stolen, who pays? You. The headaches you go through are just not worth it over a long period of time.

The lack of scheduling, consistency in cleaning, and below average customer service can cause more stress that wasn’t needed. Solo cleaners don’t use expensive software’s that track your schedules, notes you’ve put on file, and allow you to make changes when possible.

So, if you needed the microwave cleaned this time around, you’d have to remind your cleaners, but what if you’re not home to remind them? Do you think they will remember? Most likely not.

Does your solo cleaner use the best products to clean your home? Or are they using dollar store supplies that leave streaks on your floor? We use only the best products to clean your home, after testing thousands of homes, we know what’s best. Sometimes solo cleaners are non-experienced, and they will say “this stain will not come off.” When in reality, it will, by using the right cleaning solution.

Solo cleaners do not have a brand backing them. Or a customer service line, a re-clean guarantee, or insurance in case of emergencies. Also, you know nothing about them. It is already dangerous to let strangers in your home with or without you there. But it’s even more dangerous when you know nothing of them. If you want that peace of mind, you will hire a professional cleaning service.

This is why you should choose a professional cleaning company. Duty Cleaners have a reputation to uphold, as well as branding, customer service, and great reviews.

Taking care of valuable items when moving

Taking care of valuable items when moving

When getting ready for a move, your primary concern is to ensure a secure packing for everything. And when you are looking for a good removalist company online, the thought of how you are going to move your valuable items stays topmost in your mind. Packing and moving valuables is distinctly different from packing & moving standard furniture and belongings. Here is a guide that will help ensure that taking care of valuable items when moving doesn’t have to be too much of a stress point.

moving valuable items

Some valuable items that you should move yourself

When moving any valuables with a relocation company, there is a list of things that should ideally be with you, including:

  • Documentation such as employment contracts, stock certificates, contracts with financial institutions, ID’s, chequebooks, credit cards, securities, bonds, doctor & other vital records
  • Jewels and furs
  • Dollars and foreign currencies
  • Stamp or coin collections
  • Soft copies of data on your computer

Hire a professional removalist company with experience

Aside from these valuable items, there could be things like precious china, antique furniture and other valuables such as expensive décor or artwork, pianos and other costly musical instruments that have. Many people also have belongings that have sentimental value, and these too have to be moved securely.

Whether you are moving office or home, the one way to rest assured that all these things are moved safely is to hire the services of an experienced and expert removalist company for the job. These professionals have the training to handle all your valuable items with care. They will pack these items securely and carefully.

They will also affix “fragile” stickers or “this side up” etc. stickers to indicate that these are valuable or delicate items and need special care during the move. It is essential to inform the company that you are transporting these things, so their personnel will handle them with care and mark them accordingly as well.

Have Insurance

If you have some valuables like very expensive artwork, a grand piano or even any antique furniture etc. it’s a good idea to have these insured before the move. While a good removalist company will make sure that it transport these things correctly, its best to have insurance cover just in case something untoward occurs, and these pieces suffer damage.

Hire the experts

If you want to know more about packing and moving, or need to book a service, don’t hesitate to contact us at Next Level Removalists Sydney or all 1300 005 400. We have been operating in this space for many years and focus on providing customised, cost-effective solutions for our customers. Next Level Removals have highly trained and experienced technicians on our team who can handle even the most complex removals with expertise and care. We are fully licensed and insured, and you can be sure that the experts are handling your furniture move with the utmost care.

Minimize the downtime in your business while moving

Minimize the downtime in your business while moving

An office removal can be very stressful for everyone involved; the entire office workings get topsy-turvy, and things are all out of place. You worry about who is going to field phone calls from customers and clients, deal with emails and manage all the other functions. Besides, there is a lot of work that needs to be done on a  daily basis, and no commercial establishment (office or any other business) can afford to lose working days even if it is for something as important as a move. While most of these things are unavoidable, there are some things that you can do to minimise the downtime in your business while moving. Here are a few useful tips:

  1. Seek out a company that offers weekend /night relocations

This is a straightforward solution that most credible removals companies offer. You can easily plan the move over a weekend or overnight (based on where your new office premises are located). You would only need a couple of staff members to supervise the removal, so your typical work week activities aren’t affected in any way.

Most companies have the equipment & tools to get the job efficiently done during the day; this means they will be even more efficient if they can pack and move everything after office hours when there is no one around, getting in the way of the technicians.

  1. Find a removalist who can offer you additional labour to get the job done quicker

A well-established removal company would be able to accommodate requests for an expedited move and can deploy other technicians on request. While these additional services increase the cost of the overall move, it reduces your downtime significantly, and you can start regular operations within a shorter timeframe. This means the impact on productivity and profitability is minimal. Some removals companies can also assign professional planners/coordinators who can help execute and monitor the process.

  1. Pack right!

Most removal companies provide labels that you can use on the boxes and items you pack. To ensure that every item is placed correctly at the new location, the movers give you numbered colour-coded labels that properly correspond with the floor plan at the new office location. You should encourage your employees to use bold markers to indicate the proper room numbers of everything that needs to be moved including floor mats, chairs, removable shelves, keyboards, glass desktops, and lamps. Place all the labels where they can be easily seen.

  1. Have all your items ready

If you leave all the sorting and packing for the last day, that can lead to chaos and the entire process will take much longer. This also means the technicians won’t be able to work efficiently which will increase the downtime as well. This is why it’s far better to ensure that all the items are packed and ready.

If you want to know more about packing and moving or need to book a service, don’t hesitate to contact us at Next Level Removals or all 1300 005 400.

How to budget for your office or commercial relocation

How to budget for your office or commercial relocation

When moving office, it’s almost impossible to keep track of every little thing that might surface. But you can make the move as seamless as possible if you budget everything right. Here are a few pointers to follow:

  1. Create/download a template

It’s very easy to budget everything well when you use an online template. That will help you keep all your expense in one place, where they can be easily accessed as you would need to consult it often in the days leading up to the move.

  1. Be realistic about the removals cost

Some things you should do include:

  • It’s important to conduct a certain amount of research on different removal companies in your area and get quotes from multiple providers. While it may seem like adding the lowest amount to your budget is the best thing to do, you should add in the highest one so you have some buffer in case there are changes and you need some additional packing material or need to add some more items for removal etc.
  • Factor in extra services such as hiring the removalists for packing and unpacking, disconnecting and connecting PCs etc.
  • Include extra charges such as special transport arrangements (such as temperature-controlled trucks for transporting sensitive materials), on-site custom crating for expensive equipment, accommodating tight schedules, expediting the move or moving over a holiday.
  1. Include packing materials cost

Most removal companies will provide quotes with and without packing materials (as per your requirement) and many providers also include a certain amount of packaging in the quote as part of their standard services. If you plan to complete the entire packing project by yourself, the cost of all the required packing materials isn’t something you can ignore.

An office move involves a variety of packing materials such as bubble wrap, small/medium/large boxes, packing paper, furniture blankets, packing tape and stretch tape etc. All these supplies will cost a significant amount of money; but you might be able to get a very good deal and have them included in the quote and overall packing cost.

  1. Disconnecting and reconnecting your utilities

Aside from this, you need to ensure that all office repairs and cleaning is completed at the older premises. Check Simplymaid prices for more info. Include the expense of disconnecting utilities at the existing office and reconnecting them at the new location.

All of these expenses can amount to a lot; the one way to reduce your stress is to examine your budget beforehand and allocate a little more than the estimated costs. In addition, look for a removal company that gives you packaging materials at a discounted rate. While some unexpected problems may arise, if you focus on budgeting for the move well, you will find that you have enough left over for contingencies and will be able to manage the move well.

If you want to know more about packing and moving or need to book a service, don’t hesitate to contact us at Next Level Removals or all 1300 005 400.

Tools Handy To Reassemble Items

Tools Handy To Reassemble Items

Have Tools Handy To Reassemble Items

Large pieces of furniture like shelves, beds, and storage units are often disassembled and packed before they are moved. This ensures they’re less likely to become damaged and are easier to move. If you have hired an experienced removalist with a full-service move, they will handle disassembling the furniture and reassembling it at the location. However, if you haven’t engaged a full service, you will need to hire a professional to reassemble or handle the process yourself.

What kind of tools do you need? 

It’s a good idea to keep a number of essentials handy if you need to reassemble furniture at your new home. Make sure all of these tools are stored in a clearly marked box so you don’t need search for them through a large number of packed boxes. Here’s a list of tools you should have:

  • Scissors or a cutter to remove the packaging.
  • Pencil or marker to make notes and mark areas if needed.
  • Allen wrenches or hex keys to drive the screws and nails into the material and ensure they’re not visible from the top.
  • Phillips head screwdriver to drive the screws into the material.
  • A traditional hammer or a rubber mallet.
  • Furniture adhesive if needed.
  • Instruction manuals to reassemble furniture.
  • Spare screws and nails that fit into the furniture pieces to ensure you have something to use if your original screws go missing.
  • Power screwdriver if you need to assemble several pieces of furniture at the same time.

Furniture reassembly is best left to the professionals because you might damage the pieces while attempting to reassemble them. Professionals can also fix any minor scratches and cosmetic problems that might happen during the moving process and restore the appearance of your furniture.

If you want to know more about packing and moving, or need to book a service, don’t hesitate to contact us at Next Level Removals or all 1300 005 400.

Start Early

Start Early

Start Early if You Want Your Move to Go Smoothly

Moving from one place to another can be a hectic process, especially if you’re on a tight deadline and need to get everything done quickly. When you rush through the moving process, you’re more likely to make mistakes and experience problems during the move. That’s one of the reasons why you should make sure you start early.

When should you start? 

This usually depends on the amount of personal possessions you have and how much you need to pack. However, as a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to start at least two weeks before you’re scheduled to move. You can start by packing things you won’t need during the two weeks leading up to the move. For example, if you’re moving during summer, you won’t need your winter clothes so you can pack them early.

Just create a list of priorities and start from the bottom so by the time you reach moving day, everything but the essentials you need on that day, will be packed. If you have to pack up a large home or office, it’s a good idea to start a month in advance just to ensure you don’t need to rush through the process.

The benefits of starting early

  • Your packing will be organized and you’ll have an easier time keeping track of everything.
  • You won’t be stressed or tired at the end of the day because you have time to pack at your own pace.
  • You won’t forget to pack something or leave items behind because you’ll have time to double check everything before you leave.
  • You will have ample time to focus on other personal and professional concerns before you need to move.

As you can see, starting to pack early has a number of advantages and can help you carry out a smooth move. If you want to know more about packing and moving, or need to book a service, don’t hesitate to contact us at Next Level Removals or all 1300 005 400.

House and Contents Insurance – Do You Need It?

House and Contents Insurance – Do You Need It?

Insurance helps protect your home and possessions from a variety of disasters, including theft and fire. But what happens to these items when they’re in transit, and you move them from one place to another? Most removalists have their insurance, but that isn’t enough to cover all of your possessions. The best way to handle this situation and avoid future problems is to get your insurance coverage.

House and Contents Insurance 

The House and Contents or Home and Contents insurance is an essential home insurance policy that covers your property and everything that’s stored inside it. Most companies will cover the move as well so you won’t have to take out another insurance policy right before you move. Before your move, check what’s included in your policy and call your insurance provider to get more information on the product. If your possessions don’t have insurance cover, look for alternative options and ask your insurance provider for recommendations.

It’s never a good idea to move without insurance, even if you hire a reliable and well-insured removalist company. If you don’t take this step, you might have to pay for some replacements and repairs out of your pocket if any items get damaged or lost during the move.

Getting insurance for your new home 

It’s best to arrange for insurance as soon as you purchase or rent a new house. This will help protect your investment and ensure you have some cover if something goes wrong. You can compare different insurance options available in the market on online platforms to determine which one is the best option for you before you make your choice. You can also ask your real estate agent to provide recommendations for good House and Contents insurance.

Housing professionals such as Adelaide Broker recommend all clients ensure they checked their insurance policies annually to ensure they’re covered – which can also be a requirement as a part of their rental or home mortgage requirement.

If you want to know more about packing and moving or need to book a service, don’t hesitate to contact us at Next Level Removals or all 1300 005 400.