Monthly Archives: November 2017

4 Useful Tips to Slash Your Home Moving Costs

Moving house can be a real test on the emotions, and with the way the Australian real estate market is looking, it can be a test on your wallet, too.

House prices across capital cities have been soaring over the past few years, with Sydney mostly leading the charge. So, if you’re looking to get your stuff from old home to new, you need to be financially-savvy. Read on to find out about our top 4 tips for watching that budget when moving house.

4 Budget-Savvy House Moving Tips You Need in Your Life

Check out these 4 tips to find out how you can make the most of your budget:

1) Choose a Smart Moving Date

The sun’s out, the kids are on holiday, and all in all, it seems like a great time to move. While you might have this idea (and the weather may well make for a pleasant house moving process), everyone else is going to have the same idea. Suddenly, what was a great plan to start with has become one of the worst, as the roads grow busier and buyers rush to book removals companies, seeing prices soar.

As a result, you need to think smart. If you’ve got the luxury of time on your side, contact removals companies well in advance and try to plan your move outside of rush hour, sunny seasons and school holidays. Trust us – it’ll work out much cheaper overall.

2) Don’t buy boxes

Okay, we don’t mean don’t use boxes at all – unless you want to be making a million trips from house to van to house. We just mean that there are alternate ways of getting boxes.

Hundreds of people in your area will have moved house before, and they all will have bought boxes which they no longer need. If you search free sites online, you’ll no doubt find some people willing to give them away cheap – or even for free. Regardless, it’ll work out as much less expensive than buying them online.

3) Use household items to wrap other household items

This one takes a little more skill. If you’ve got a living room full of Russian dolls, you’re in luck, but otherwise, you’ll have to fully crack out your Tetris skills to pull it off. Some items will be easier than others. For example, instead of using bubble wrap (which can be pretty expensive), wrap your glasses, vases and other glassware in clothing and bed linen.

4) Clean your furniture before moving it if you’re using self-storage

One of the biggest mistakes home movers make is a simple one – not cleaning and protecting furniture before moving and storing it. Why? Because any hint of dampness – or any food left within cupboards – can attract critters and lead to some serious destruction.

As you no doubt know, furniture is pretty expensive. So, take additional precautions and work out how to protect your furniture when keeping it in self-storage.

Reduce Your Moving Woes with Hermes Removals

If you’re stressed about moving, as well as how much it’s likely to cost, look no further than Hermes Removals. We offer competitive pricing for removals services and even offer self-storage in the North Beach area. Get your free quote now – contact us today.

How to Increase Storage Space in Your Bedroom

No matter how many space you may have been able to edge into your bedroom, and no matter how open plan you may have designed it, there’s always a better way to squeeze stuff in. Come on, it’s science – perfection is hard to achieve.

Don’t worry, though – achieving perfection isn’t downright impossible. Whether you think it’s possible or not, we’ve got some handy tips that’ll definitely help you to take several steps closer to nailing your storage space. Read on to find out more.

1) Remove any clunky furniture

An armchair in the corner may be all the rage, but do you really use it? If not, it might be time to give it the chuck. More often than not, these large, standalone items are the ones that throw off the feel of your overall room, making it feel smaller. On top of that, you’re losing valuable unused space around their sides.

By getting rid of them, you won’t just free up valuable space. You’ll also notice how much cleaner, brighter and tidier your room looks.

2) Opt for a Wardrobe Wall

Unless you’re living in a Victorian mansion, it’s unlikely you’ve got the spare space kicking around to warrant a standalone wardrobe. And, although they’re usually pressed up against one of your walls, you’d be surprised the amount of space they consume.

Wardrobe walls are a great solution to keeping piles of clothes out of sight, but they also serve the function of transforming the look and feel of your room. Even the smallest of bedrooms can have elegance and style added to them with wardrobe walls, as long as you pick the right style for your overall theme.

3) Get a Smaller Bed

Although it might be tempting to have every night’s sleep feel like you’re in a hotel, it isn’t really necessary. And the truth is, a super king size bed isn’t going to guarantee a good night of rest.

Downsize your mattress and frame, and you could add up to a crazy 20 inches of additional space to your room. If that isn’t enough of a reason to do it, we don’t know what is.

4)  Add an Ottoman to Your Room

They’re fashionable, classy and pretty functional, too. Ottomans are a great addition to any bedroom, especially if you’re looking to add a little extra space to your room.

They’re a great use of space, as they double both as seating and storage. It’s a place to perch whilst you sort out your hair in the morning, and an area to stash any items unnecessarily littering your sides.

5) Invest in Self Storage

Okay, it’s not really an investment – in fact, self-storage can be incredibly affordable. If you’ve got too much stuff cluttering up your bedroom, but you’re not quite ready to part with it, self-storage is the perfect solution.

 

For affordable self-storage in the North Beach area, get in touch with Hermes Removals. We’ll even pick your belongings up for you. Get in touch today for your free quote.

 

How Can You Make a Small Room Look Bigger?

Finding the time to make extra space in a small room might seem like a chore and for the most part, it usually is. But let’s cut right to the chase – if you’re struggling to add space to your room, you’re doing something very wrong.

Okay, sure, knowing how to do it isn’t easy, so it’s understandable you might struggle to begin with. Luckily, however, we’ve got your back. No longer will you find yourself shuffling past footstools and coffee tables in your sitting room, or nudging past bookcases in your study to get to a window. In this piece, we’re going to show you how you can increase the space in your home.

* Disclaimer – we’re not builders and therefore can’t actually make your rooms bigger. We can, however, make them appear larger and more spacious, without losing that cosy feel. Read on to find out more.

1) Cut Back on Clutter

believe it or not, it’s one of the biggest challenges people face. Buying mirrors and changing wall colours are the easy part – but parting with beloved (but frankly unnecessary) belongings comes down as too tricky for many.

But it’s a necessary evil. Switch on your ruthless side and bag up anything that doesn’t serve a vital function. Okay, we’re not necessarily talking about books, DVDs or your cat, but if you’ve got a mountain of books coating every surface, hundreds of DVDs scattered around the room and 15 cats parading around, it might be time to take a long look at yourself.

The bottom line – if you don’t use it often, or don’t get much happiness from it, chuck it, or donate it to charity.

2) Play with the Lighting

Okay, darker colours might be great for helping you to seemingly lose a few inches around the waste, but unless you live in a 12-bedroom open plan mansion and are trying to make a room feel cosier, you don’t want to apply this technique to your home.

In fact, you want to do the opposite. If your target room is feeling a little big for its boots, change them (the boots are paint in this bizarre example). Swap out dark and dingy colours for whites and creams, and watch as your room grows in size with each swipe of the brush.

If you’re strangely protective of your colour scheme, don’t worry – you don’t necessarily have to completely do away with it. Even a small change like painting your skirting boards white will have a larger effect, as it’ll make them appear further back.

3) Stick to the Basics

Let’s be honest – it’s unlikely many of us are set to be Prada-level designers. And while you might have a bit of an artistic flare, converting your room into an inspiring, personal space is a more long-term project you can do bit by bit. Right now, you should focus on keeping it simple.

The easiest way to do so? Keep it simple. Stick to plain colours and the ideology of “less is more”. Stray away from fancy patterns and crazy wallpaper for now, as it can make your room look confused and cramped.

4) Hit the Lights!

Your room feeling small is a symptom of a bigger problem, and more often than not, lack of light sits at the heart of it. It might seem obvious, but get some light into your space! Trust us, it’ll make your home look bigger in the day, and artificial light can help it to look much more spacious in the night.

Consider Self-Storage

One sure-fire way to create more space in your home? Put your stuff in self-storage. Honestly, if you’ve moved into a property that’s maybe a bit cosier than you’d have thought, self-storage can be a real lifesaver, as it’ll grant you space to think and properly plan out where everything is going to go.