Monthly Archives: August 2017

5 Hot House Moving Hacks for You Budding Property Hunters

Hotter months aren’t too far on the horizon. Among longer days and weekends out and about with friends and family, the summer also beckons one other thing – peak home moving season.

The summer is pretty much the only time of the year families can afford to take time off work to make the big move.

And although moving house during warm weather can be nice, if you haven’t planned the process well, you could end up losing your cool. This simple checklist will help keep tempers down when the temperatures rise.

1) Check All Alarms are in Place

Burglar, carbon monoxide, smoke – they all need to be working before you make the move.

If you’re renting a property, your landlord is legally required to have a carbon monoxide alarm installed, but this isn’t the case if you’re buying. Carbon monoxide is odourless and a completely silent killer, so getting an alarm to detect the poisonous gas is essential.

2) Take Meter Readings

Before you so much as flick a switch on the wall and make a cup of coffee, take your meter readings. This will help you to ensure there are no arguments with your utilities providers over how much you’ve used.

3) Get Smart with Packing

Don’t run around your home madly, packing all yellow items into one box. It might sound obvious but make sure all your belongings are packed based on the room they’re going into. Mark your boxes clearly, too, so you’ll know which is destined to end up where.

It’s also worth setting aside a separate box with your essentials in. this way, you won’t have to frantically rifle through all your boxes to locate your toothbrush.

4) Book Your Removals Van

Although cutting back costs and roping in a few friends to help might seem like a good idea, you’d be surprised the difference using a professional removals service can make.

You won’t just gain peace of mind that your beloved belongings won’t arrive in pieces, you’ll also avoid all the heavy lifting you’d have to do otherwise.

5) Arrange for any Interim Storage Space Rental You Might Need

You might have an idea in your head of where everything is going to go, but what you think and what actually fits are two wildly different things.

Play it on the safe side by booking storage space rental in your local area. Not only will it take a weight off your shoulders on moving day, it’ll also give you space to breathe and remove the stress of having to unpack everything in one go.

If you’re moving around Sydney’s North Beach area, Hermes Removals can help. We won’t just help you move your belongings from A to B, we’ll also provide the storage space rental you need. Get in touch today to grab your free quote.

Relocation, Relocation, Relocation – Last Minute Tips for Moving House

When you’re moving house, you need to be calm, collected, and firmly on top of all the jobs you need to do.

Unfortunately, all those jobs often sap your energy and leave composure in incredibly short supply. Calm turns to stressed, collected turns to frantic, and your firm hold on jobs turns into a tenuous grip.

We get it. Moving house is hard. And you’re not the only one who’ll spend 30 minutes running through a ravine of brown boxes to find the key for the en-suite window.

To help pause the pressure and ease the urge to throw those boxes though that bathroom window we’ve created a quick essentials checklist. It’ll help you make sure everything is sorted on the other end before you move in.

The Essential Checklist Every Home Mover Needs

Packing is a lot like Justin Bieber. It’s kind of fun at first, but after a while, you just want to walk away and never have to look at it again.

Once the packing is done, you’re ready to move. Here’s what you need to ask the sellers on the other end before you start unloading boxes:

1) Do any neighbours have keys?

When moving into a new place, you’ll want to have the locks changed anyway. However, this is still a valid question to ask. The old owners may well have given keys to neighbours in case they got locked out, or needed them to pop in take care of pets/plants when they were away.

If they haven’t returned the keys already, you can ask for them back when you head over to introduce yourself.

2) Who are your current broadband, phone and utilities providers?

When new owners take over, suppliers risk losing accounts, but also have the chance to gain new ones. As a result, they’ll often be willing to give you a hefty discount to get you on board. Find out who they are and pick up the phone.

3) Where did you get your fixed appliances/furniture?

If you’re house proud and clued up on your design, you won’t want any clashes. Find out where they bought their fixed appliances to save on sacrificing interior appearance.

4) What day are the bins collected?

With an ocean of unpacking to do, the last thing you need is a tornado of trash running rampant through your property. Find out when the bins are collected and remember to put them out.

5) Where can I find the water mains?

So, you’re nailing up an old family photo. The next thing you know, there’s water pouring out the mouth of your great Aunt Cynthia. What do you do?

Answer – without knowing where the water mains is, not much. Ask the sellers where to find it. They’re usually under the kitchen sink, but can occasionally be found lurking under baths.

6) What paint did you use?

It’s like tapping a dent out a car. It seems easy, but before you know it, you’re in too deep and have to get the whole thing redone.

If you try and patch some smudge marks on a wall, you’ll end up with mismatching colours, forcing you to paint the whole thing. Knowing which paint to use in this situation will save you a heap of strain.

7) Where can I find the gas/electricity meters?

Taking meter readings is important. The last thing you want 3 months in is to land a letter through the post for the ex-owner’s electricity bill. Ask where to find the meters and take readings as soon as you move in.

8) Where are your appliance warranties?

Things break. IT sucks, but they do. When judgement day dawns for your appliances, knowing if they have warranties can be a saving grace for your bank balance.

It’s Not the Destination that Matters, but Your Journey to get there

Okay, your destination is a house – that’s pretty important, too. But so is how you’ll get your stuff there. Start thinking about removals services early on, as well as any self-storage you’ll need in the interim.

By the way, these are two things we can help with. We offer competitive quotes on storage facilities and home removals in the North Beach area. Get in touch with us today to grab your free quote.