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6 Things Most Removals Companies Won’t Move

Getting from A to B is without a doubt a lot easier with the help of a removals company. However, there may well be items in your house, loft or outside storage that many won’t be willing to move.

So you don’t get caught out on your big day, read on to check whether any of your belongings will require special assistance.

1) Animals

Your professional removals team will get their hands around most things, but sadly, your pet isn’t one of them. Animals within homes are a common issue for removals companies, as, believe it or not, plenty of home owners try to stack their cats and dogs outside their property ready for collection alongside their cardboard boxes. If you’re bringing your pet directly to your new address, they’re riding in the car with you.

2) Building Materials

Here’s another one you’re going to have to reconsider. If you’re big on your DIY game, it’s understandable for you to have surplus supplies lying around the house. However, if you’re looking to take a 500kg bag of concrete mix to your new home, you’re going to have to find your own way of getting It there.

This isn’t necessarily because removals teams aren’t equipped to lift items like this – it’s largely down to the vehicles themselves being unsuitable.

3) Hazardous Items

When you hear the phrase hazardous items, our minds immediately jump to plutonium and radioactive substances. And while these aren’t necessarily what we’re talking about here, don’t think that means they’re getting in the truck either.

The kinds of goods most removals companies will be reluctant to touch include fireworks, explosives (for good reason), opened cans of paint, and any other items that could spread fire if caught by a spark.

4) Server Rooms

Running a data centre from your home? You’re going to need a specialised team to help relocate it. These companies are backed by professional licensing that allows them to handle such sensitive equipment.

If you’re looking to move a home office or an entire office building, always ask the removals company if they’re qualified to handle the job before booking – especially if they’re going to end up in self-storage for a period of time after.

5) Small Motor Vehicles

Yes, really – surprisingly, a lot of Australians hire a removals company for relocating small-medium sized motor vehicles, thinking their service is general enough to cover their needs. However, this is another area that requires specific licensing. As with server rooms, always call your provider and ask in advance.

6) Grand Pianos

We’ve all seen those movie scenes where the unsuspecting bad guys run into a removals team carrying a grand piano down some steps. And whilst this isn’t the reason many teams won’t touch them, safety definitely factors into it.

The per-person lift limit for many removals teams is 25-30kg, and it’s unlikely you’ll have a team larger than 3 people in one van. So, if you’ve got a grand piano, you’re probably going to have to arrange its removal on your own. While self-storage is available for items like this, you’re going to have to work around their irregular shape and ensure they’re totally dry before dropping them off at the container.

Book Your Removals and Self-Storage with Us

If you’re looking for removals and self-storage in the North Beach area, you’re in luck – we offer an efficient, affordable service that’s perfect for most people’s budgets. Get in touch today for your free quote.

How to Arrange Self-Storage – Your Quick and Easy Guide

Whether you’re making the big move from house to house, or simply looking to free-up a little extra space in your home, self-storage comes in handy in more ways than one.

With Hermes Removals, arranging your self-storage couldn’t be easier. In this article, we’re going to take you through just how simple getting your self-storage container can be. Read on to find out more.

1) Pick Your Self-Storage Provider

Settling on the right option for you can sometimes be the trickiest part of the process. If you’re looking for self-storage in the North Beach, however, Hermes Removals is a great choice. Head over to our contact page to check our location and find out if it’s convenient for you.

2) Work Out Your Length of Stay and Unit Type

First things first – after you’ve selected your self-storage facility, the next thing you need to do is figure out how long you’ll need to store your belongings.

This largely depends on what you’re using your self-storage facility for. If you’re freeing up space for renovations or home decoration, for example, you might only need a unit for a month or two. If you’re moving house, however, a longer rental might work better for you, so you don’t get buried in brown boxes as soon as you move in.

3) Reserve Your Self-Storage Unit

The next step is to secure your self-storage unit, so it’s there on the date and time you need it. You can do this with us quickly and easily by heading to the bottom of our home page and filling out the “Get a Quick Quote” option. The process is completely free and we’ll get back to you within minutes to let you know if we can help!

4) Pack up Your Items

After you’ve booked your self-storage unit, it’s time to get packing. Work out exactly what you’re going to store, and get it boxed up. If you’re looking to store furniture, make sure that it’s cleaned, dry and wrapped up before it reaches the storage facility.

If there are any traces of damp, your furniture can end up damaged – and any traces of food can attract unwanted attention.

5) Arrange Your Transport

When booking with us, you don’t need to worry about hiring a van. We’ll send a team out to pick up your packed goods and drive them to your new storage unit ourselves, saving you some time.

If you’re in a pinch, don’t worry – we can usually arrange for your items to be picked up and stored within 48 hours. Just pick up the phone and let us know – it’s as simple as that!

6) Moving Out of Your Self-Storage Unit

After you’re done with moving or decorating and would like your items returned to you, simply get in touch and let us know. Either come and get them yourself, or give us a bit of notice and we’ll return them to you. If you’re moving abroad, that’s also something we can help out with. Get in touch and we’ll help you to arrange international shipping.

Book your self-storage in the North Beach area today. Get in touch now for your free, no-obligation quote.

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.

 

Craft a Productive Home Office with These Tips

Over the past 3 years, working from home has become more and more common. As lease prices for offices rise across Australia – as well as across the world – companies are regularly making the switch, allowing their employees to work remotely on a full-time or part-time basis. It saves them money. It saves their staff the commute. Everybody wins.

Actually getting anything done when working from home, however, is another challenge entirely. With TV, other people in your home and every other distraction possible thrown into the mix, staying productive can be a challenge. As a result, crafting a positive working environment is the key to your long-term remote working success.

Location Counts

Just as with the location of your property, the same rule counts for the location of your working space within. Remember – you’re going to be spending the majority of your day sat in this room, so it needs to be a productive, inspiring space.

Focus your efforts on finding the best room in your house and converting it into a home-working hub, with plenty of natural lighting. It also needs to be a big enough space so you’re not swimming in paperwork, or tripping over files. Nothing is going to ruin your Monday morning more than throwing your first coffee of the week over next week’s financial reports.

Keep it Tidy

We shouldn’t have to remind anyone of this, but it’s an essential part of any home office’s composition, so we will. Working from home isn’t going to give you an excuse for not having answers to hand, so if your boss calls you asking for information, you don’t want to be burrowing through a mountain of paperwork, hastily trying to locate it.

You can avoid this situation by sorting out your filing early on. Get the proper organisational hierarchy in place, and it’ll be that much easier to stick to. Pick up some cheap dividers, in-trays and files to stay on top of everything. That way, next time that phone call comes in, you’ll know exactly where to look.

Distance Yourself from Easy Distractions

So, maybe you’re working in your living room. And maybe that living room has a TV. And maybe a new episode of your favourite show has just landed on Netflix. Freeze – it might seem harmless, but you’re only a few clicks away from throwing your whole day out the window. The Netflix autoplay feature is an absolute killer to your productivity, so you need to distance yourself from any distractions.

Set up shop in a room where the only screen is the one on your computer, and get to work. If need be, you can also download apps on your smartphone that’ll lock it for a certain amount of time. If you’re an Instagram or Facebook addict, this’ll stop you from logging on and procrastinating for a set amount of time.

Make Space for More Permanent Remote Working Arrangements

If you’ve got a busy home (and are prone to distractions, preventing you from working from a main room), you might need to carve out some space in another area of your house. If it looks like you’re going to be working from home for a while, it might be worth setting more permanent roots.

Finding free space isn’t always easy, but that’s where self-storage comes in. for a relatively small amount of money each month, you can store your unneeded items for as long as you need. When you work out the amount of money you’ll be saving on your commute, it pays for itself. You can find a suitable self-storage firm by Googling “Self-storage facilities near me” or, if you’re in the North Beach area, we can help. Get in touch with us for your free quote.

5 Ways a Removals Company will Brighten the Big Move Day

We know it, our customers know it, and you’ve probably got an idea of it – using a removals company when moving house makes your life a whole load easier.

Granted – we can’t guarantee your move will be 100% stress-free, but we can guarantee one thing – we’ll take a substantial weight off your shoulders. When the big day comes around, having a removals company on your side will do you a tonne of favours.

5 Reasons You Should be Booking a Removals Company, Right Now

You probably know it’s a good idea, but might not be able to put your finger on why. Well, here are 5 reasons you need to be aware of:

1)      Your moving day stress will be vastly reduced

If this isn’t enough of a reason on its own, we don’t know what is. If you’re unsure of how you’re going to get everything packed into boxes, out of your home and into your new one, that’s where a removals company comes in.

We’ll take the weight off your shoulders and take responsibility for getting your belongings from A to B, whilst you sit back and relax.

2) Issues will be handled before they arise

If this isn’t your first move, you’ll know full well that, no matter how much effort you put into planning, mistakes will always happen. Issues crop up and even if you’re ready to expect the unexpected, they can block your path and stop your move in its tracks.

With a removals company, you don’t have to worry about this. The professionals handling your move will be highly trained in spotting these potential problems and tackling them before they arise, like a lack of available parking for a lorry at your new address, or dismantling a stubborn piece of furniture which hadn’t been picked up on in your move consultation.

3) You’ll have that invaluable added support

Sometimes, it’s not just the physical help you need with a move – emotional help can be required, too. And if you live on your own, or have lived in a property for a number of years and are finding it hard to let go, the moral support from a removals company can be invaluable. The team handling your move know exactly what they’re doing and will do everything they can to make your move as smooth as possible.

4) Bad weather will no longer be a setback

Just as when you’re planning a BBQ or a party, weather isn’t something you can account for in advance. If the heavens decide to open on the big move day, you could find yourself in trouble.

We don’t just mean by getting wet, either.- storms mean water, and water means reduced visibility and potentially hazardous conditions. A trained removals crew, however, will know exactly how to handle adverse weather conditions and will be ready to get you to your new home, whatever the weather may hold in store.

5) We can handle the added extras

These are the bits and bobs that you don’t really think you’ll have to account for with your big move, like disconnecting light fittings, the dreaded cleaning session, and self-storage facilities. Hermes Removals offer convenient and affordable self-storage in the North Beach area. If you’re in need of a place to keep your belongings whilst you wade through the barrage of brown boxes in your new home, get in touch today to grab a free quote. We’ll even collect your stuff before the big move and take it to the storage facility ourselves.

How to Move to a Beach Town

This isn’t anything new. The allure of the ocean is something that’s both mystified and captivated humans for centuries, and that trend doesn’t show any signs of stopping.

Today, people are still drawn to sandy shores as a quick retreat from the stresses of their daily lives. Buy some choose to make the trip a little more permanent.

When uprooting and moving to a beach city like Sydney, you’re no doubt aware that it could be one of the best decisions of your life. However, there are some key points you need to consider:

Why You Should be Moving to a Beach Town

Despite the sheer monstrosity of the task set before you, there are a number of reasons why moving to a beach town may well be the best decision of your life.

Your health

The fresh sea breeze isn’t just good for your soul – it’s good for your health, too. To this day, doctors still prescribe rest and relaxation by the big blue for patients suffering from stress and anxiety.

Beach access

You’ll have a beach on tap. If that isn’t reason enough in itself, we don’t know what is. Among other things, it’s an opportunity to chill out, meet new people and take up a cool new sport like volleyball.

Nature

If you like nature, you’re in luck. Sydney’s coastline is home to a wide variety of wildlife. And as long as you’re not looking at moving to the Arctic, you can pretty much guarantee any other beach town will have its fair share, too.

It’s a great place to raise a family

That’s right – your kids will get to grow up surrounded by fresh air, sunshine, and a vibrant atmosphere.

So, How Do You Move to a Beach Town?

If it’s a big difference from your current town, allow for a slow transition. That is, unless you’re looking for a change of pace – in which case, jump right in.

Meet the locals

You’ll be making their town yours so get to know the locals. This will make the transition much easier on you.

Explore the surroundings

Take your time to adjust to the surroundings before moving. The photos might look nice, but this will help you find out if it’s the right place for you.

Expect to find sand everywhere (we mean everywhere)

You could clean twice a day every day, but if you live by the beach, getting sand everywhere is just going to happen.

Anticipate the tourists

Locals might hate them, but tourism is no doubt a big part of your new home’s economy. If you prefer a quieter lifestyle, wait for the post-tourist lull after summer is over and soak it all up.

Book Removals and Storage Companies

You might have made the decision on your own, but getting your stuff there by yourself is a completely different (and much less fun) experience. Contact a local removals firm to arrange the big move, and get in touch with any storage companies to take care of those excess belongings.

Hermes Removals can help with both of these. Get in touch today for your free quote.

Spring Holiday? Here’s How to Pack Your Car

If you’ve got a large family, you’ll know that spring holidays are as stressful as they are fun. And if you can’t relax for fear of forgetting bags – or not being able to fit them in your car in the first place, you’re kind of missing the point.

We’re going to let you in on a little secret – holidays don’t have to be hard. And once you’ve booked and organised your spring trip, although packing your car might seem like a roadblock, it really isn’t. it’s a hurdle, and here’s how you can volt over it, landing safely and stress-free on the other side:

Packing Your Car, the Proper Way

Take heed of these holiday tips to chip away at your coastal shelf of stress.

Spread the weight out

You’ll thank us when you confront your first hill. Pack your heaviest items into the boot first to disperse the weight as evenly as possible across all 4 wheels of the car.

Pack your bags logically

Stop for a second and think – when you get to the campsite, what will you need first – the beer cooler, or the tents? This answer depends on you, so we’ll leave it up to you to decide. Whichever you settle on, make sure it’s left at the back of the boot.

Don’t double pack

Free space is a commodity on road trips, and it’s bound to be in short supply. Speak with everyone else coming on your trip and make sure only the essentials get packed. Instead of each of you bringing a tube of toothpaste, assign the responsibility to just one. Just make sure they don’t forget it.

Fragile valuables? Protect them

Taking a laptop along to watch a movie at the camp? All it takes is one shifted tent pole and that plan is out the window. Keep your valuables protected during the trip with pillows or, if you want to save space, bubble wrap. It’s super cheap and will do a great job of absorbing any shock.

Use all the room possible

Here’s another one you’ll thank us for. If you don’t want to hear “are we there yet?” more times than the kilometres you’ve driven, use foot well and floor space to your advantage. Place your little one’s toys down there to circumvent any unending complaints of boredom.

Have an emergency snack pack

This isn’t necessarily just for break downs. If you think a holiday is a great idea, chances are everyone else will, too. Lots of travellers means lots of traffic, so don’t bet caught out. Keep a bag of snacks and drinks in your glove compartment to fill any empty stomachs.

Find a Self-Storage Company for the Return Leg

Congratulations – you’ve made it! Once you’ve come back from your trip, it’s time to load everything up into self-storage, ready and waiting for next year’s trip.

If you’re after a self-storage company in the North Beach area, we can help. Get in touch today for your free quote.

Removals Companies – What Are They Going to do During Your Removals Consultation?

You might think it’s the case of picking up the phone and setting a date, but booking a removals company takes a bit more effort than that.

Any removals company worth their salt will pop around to assess what you need as a bare minimum. And if you’re avoiding a service like this to save cash, think again. If they don’t know what they’re doing, a removals firm could charge above and beyond the money they deserve for the job. But how can you make sure you’re getting good value? knowing what to expect from your move consultation, for one, is essential.

What is a Move Consultation?

A move consultation is where we get to find out a bit more about you. We’ll take the time to learn what you need, the size of your property, and when you’re looking to move. From here, we’ll be able to give you an accurate quote for the whole move (including any heavy lifting).

How Long Will My Consultation Take?

That depends entirely on one thing – whether we speak over the phone, or book an in-house visit.

Over the phone consultation can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes, as we’ll ask you to walk us around your home and talk us through what’s in each room. If you’d prefer us to come to you, it’s best to leave an hour free to allow us to be thorough.

What Will I Need to Tell You?

First things first, we’ll need to know everything you want moved, as it’ll give us an idea of what sized vehicle we’ll need to bring. If you’ve got a garden, please don’t forget to tell us about any furniture within that you’d like to bring.

Here are some of the other questions we’ll usually ask you:

– How close to your property can we park a lorry?

– How many flights of stairs are there?

– How far is the internal walk?

– How large is your property?

– Are there any obstacles you think might be tricky for us to navigate?

It’s important you give us as much detail as possible, as our quote will be built upon your answers. To help us not overquote you, we need to have a solid picture of exactly how much needs to be done.

Is Budget an Issue?

Understandably, we can’t work for free, but budget is rarely an issue for our clients. Why? Because we’ve got so many different options to help you move house.

To find out how you could benefit from our service, as well as learn about the self-storage we can offer you, get in touch today.