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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; 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 the 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.

Get a professional to help you pack

Get a professional to help you pack

Packing is one of the most tedious aspects of the moving process. It takes weeks, a lot of packing material, good planning, and a considerable amount of effort in order to pack up all personal possessions and organise the move. Why handle this yourself when you can hire a professional to do it for you at a reasonable rate? Most moving companies will provide packing services along with their moving services and often at a discounted rate.

Why hire a professional for the job? 

It’s tempting to save money and try to pack all items yourself because moving can be expensive, but hiring a professional for the job can offer a number of benefits including:

  • Saves time – Professionals have experience and will know how to employ time saving techniques in order to get the items packed quickly. You can focus your time and energy on other concerns and let experienced packers and movers handle the process.
  • Efficient – Packers will label and mark every package so you can keep track of all items that are packed easily. This makes the unpacking process easy and less time-consuming as well.
  • Packing materials – Most professional packers will provide packing material and know how much you need in order to store and transport all of your possessions. You don’t need to worry about buying or renting the right amount of packing material.
  • Unpacking – Most professional removalists will provide unpacking services at the destination as well so you can focus on getting used to your new home while the removalists unpack and organise everything.
  • Safety – Professionals will know how to safely and securely pack all items so they’re not damaged in transit. They will use the right materials and ensure all delicate items are wrapped securely before they’re transported.

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.

Connect and Disconnect Services

Connect and Disconnect Services

You rely on a number of public and private institutions to provide you with essential services and non-essential services. Before you move, you need to make arrangements to ensure these services are disconnected at your old residence and connected at your new one. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Electricity 

The electricity provider will handle the disconnection so all you need to do is call them and inform them that you intend to move and want to cancel the service. Schedule the disconnection for a day or two after you move to give yourself some breathing room for delays. To connect electricity in your new home, just call the future electricity service provider at least a week in advance and place the request. This will ensure the electricity is up and running when you move in and you don’t have to deal with lack of power when you enter your new home.

  1. Gas 

The same process is applicable for gas as well; you can contact your service provider and ask them to disconnect the service on a set date. It’s a good idea to choose the day of the move or the day after for disconnection. Similarly, you can ask the new service provider at your new location to connect gas on the day of the move or the day before. Most people don’t start using gas immediately as they move into their new home so there’s some room for the connection to be set up.

  1. Internet 

Internet takes more time to set up than regular utility services; and in most cases, you need to be present in the house to set up a connection. You can request a disconnection at any time and ensure your internet service has been stopped a day or two before the move. Set up the connection immediately after the move to avoid delays. The same process applies to paid TV.

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.

Change of Address Checklist

Change of Address Checklist

When you move from one location to another, you need to change your address on all your official and unofficial documentation and ensure all your connections are informed. People often forget to change their address with some institutions and organisations, which can cause trouble down the line. Here’s a checklist that can help you:

  1. Personal Connections 
  • Parents
  • Separated spouses
  • Siblings and distant relatives
  • Neighbours
  • Friends
  1. Government organisations 
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Australian Electoral Commission
  • Pap test registry
  • Local councils
  • Concession cards
  • Seniors cards
  • Human services like Child Support Agency and Medicare
  1. Related to work 
  • Employers
  • Colleagues and work friends
  • Business associates
  • Customers
  • Employees and contractors
  1. Education
  • Your children’s schools
  • College and universities
  • Any after school or extracurricular programs 
  1. Related to finances 
  • Banks
  • Pension
  • Brokerage firms
  • Lenders
  • Superannuation funds
  • Credit card companies
  • Bonds, stocks, and shares
  • Accountants
  1. Healthcare 
  • General practitioner
  • Paediatrician
  • Dentist office
  • Special healthcare providers
  • Optician
  • Veterinarian
  1. Related to your vehicles 
  • Drivers licenses
  • Car registration
  • Car insurance
  • Maintenance service contracts of garages with franchise branches in your new location
  • Car companies you purchased the car from
  1. Utilities 
  • Australia Post office
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Television subscription
  • Phone
  • Broadband internet
  • Water
  1. Insurance companies 
  • Ambulance insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Health insurance
  • House and contents insurance
  • Special insurance
  • Medicare
  1. Legal services 
  • Personal lawyer
  • Real estate lawyer
  • Corporate lawyer related to work

These are just some of the many places you need to change your addresses during the move. Others are miscellaneous organisations like gyms and libraries that can wait until you settle down. If you follow this checklist, you’ll change your registered address at all important organisations and people. This ensures you get all your mail, government documentation, school and collage communication, and other such mail at the right location. You should also change your address with any magazine or service subscription in order to ensure you get the items at your new location.

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.

Decide What Needs to Go in Storage

Decide What Needs to Go in Storage

Storage is a great way to keep items you don’t need out of the way during your move. You can store them in a secure place while you organise everything else, transport essential items to your new location, decorate your new home and make it liveable, and then get items from storage transported to your location. However, before you can use this service, you need to decide which items you need to store in storage facilities:

  1. Items you don’t need to use urgently 

If you have items that you intend to keep but don’t need urgently, you can store them in a different location until you can sort your new space. For example, if you have decorative items that you don’t know where to place in your new home, you can store these at a facility until you determine where you want to place them. 

  1. Items you intend to sell in the future 

It doesn’t make sense to transport items that you intend to sell in the near future to your new home. You can sell them online and then ask the removalist company to transport them directly to your customer. You won’t need to worry about a cluttered home as you settle into your new space. Most storage units offer affordable deals for long-term storage as well.

  1. Extra furniture you don’t have room for 

Many clients have extra furniture that they don’t want to sell but don’t have room to house in their home. This is most common with clients moving into a rental home that’s smaller in size and doesn’t have enough space to accommodate all of their older furniture. These clients often intend to move into larger homes in the future and need the furniture then. Long-term storage is an excellent solution for that.

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.