Updating Details When Moving Home: Part 2

by Troy on November 4, 2014

Welcome to Part 2 of Interstate Removals’ checklist for updating your details before organising furniture transport. With so much on your plate already, we’ve broken the task down into two manageable sections. Check out Part 1 to make sure you haven’t missed any other important providers. Get your pens and mobiles ready….Let the phone calls begin!

Charities
Unless your credit card expires, you will still be supporting your sponsor child through way of donation, but you’re not going to receive your quarterly updates with pictures and personal messages unless you notify the charity of your change of address.

Gyms
Looking for an excuse to cancel your gym membership? Not so fast. These days, most of the major fitness centres have gyms in just about every capital city and town. Contact the centre and let them know you’re moving and they will help you with the process of becoming a member at your new location.

Toll tags
Most toll tags can be used nationally, however it’s still a good idea to update your contact details to ensure you receive letters regarding credit card renewal and other notifications that may prevent you from accumulating surprise fees.

Loyalty programs
Failure to update your contact details with FlyBuys, Woolworths Rewards and other loyalty programs means missing out on the family sized Cadbury 2-for-1 chocolate deals in your letter box at the end of a bad week – it’s just not worth it! Jump online and make sure you continue to receive the awesome coupon deals after your move.

Electoral Commission
Updating your new address on the electoral roll is essential; failure to do so may result in your name being taken off the roll making you unable to vote. This can be easily done online at the Australian Electoral Commission in a matter of minutes, and will ensure you get a say in the next election.

Updated all your details? Bring on the furniture removals interstate! We can’t help with the arduous task of updating contact details, but we can help with the cheapest furniture transport in Australia. Call 1300 299 969 today and get your furniture removals interstate in motion!

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Updating Details When Moving Home: Part 1

by Troy on November 1, 2014

The first service providers that spring to mind for most people when updating details are banks. In the haste of interstate removalists, it’s easy to forget about the others. Arranging a mail redirection is one way of ensuring you receive all snail mail post-move, however for those on a budget, this checklist will help make sure you’ve updated your new address and contact details before interstate movers Melbourne arrive.

Medicare
If you’ve tried to visit a bulk-billing doctor without a valid Medicare card, you probably left with a headache you didn’t have on the way in. Make sure you receive all communications and new cards from Medicare by updating your details online. Simply register for a myGov account and change your address online or call 132 307. 

Australian Taxation Office
You are required by law to tell the Registrar of the Australian Business Register within 28 days of any changes in your registered business details, which include postal, email or business address. You can do this online by registering for an Administrator AUSkey, or by calling 13 92 26.

Superannuation
You’ll want this when you retire, so make sure they know where to find you! You can update these details online with most providers if you have registered for online services. Alternatively, a quick call to customer service will ensure your quarterly superannuation certificates are sent to the right address.

Driver’s Licence
Updating the address on your driver’s licence is as easy as visiting the issuing Main Roads Department website. This can usually be done online and they will send you an adhesive sticker to place on the back on your licence. If moving interstate, there is typically a grace period of around three months within which to transfer your licence to your new state. If the licence is valid, it’s unlikely you’ll be charged a fee, however in the event it has expired, a fee may be payable.

Doctor
Pap smears and prostate tests; not fun for anybody, but a necessary part of life. It’s not something we like to think about and as a result seem to conveniently forget – unless we receive a notification from our doctor. Make sure you continue to receive postal reminders of when you’re due for your next health check by calling your doctor and updating your details.

Of course the best solution is to arrange a mail redirection for a couple of months to ensure you don’t miss any semi-regular communications, and with the money you’ll save with Interstate Removalists’ price beat guarantee, you’ll have a few dollars to spare!

For interstate movers Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and everywhere in between, contact us for a quick quote and tick another item off your moving checklist today!

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Students’ Checklist for Moving Out

by Troy on October 30, 2014

You’ve been accepted into university and it’s finally time to fly the coop. You’ve managed to find three other uni students to move into a share house and your Mum has arranged the removalists Melbourne interstate to transport your few worldly possessions.

It’s your first time out of home and you think you’ve got it in the bag, but have you thought about all those homely comforts you’ve taken for granted for so long at your parents’? You’ll miss them when they’re gone, so be sure to pack these essentials for a seamless transition into your first share house:

Corkscrew & bottle opener
You’ll want these in O-week. Unless of course you’ve got your priorities straight and studying is your primary reason for attending university, which you expect to be doing all weekend.

Kettle
If you don’t drink coffee, you’re about to. Is there any other way to endure a three hour 8am economics lecture on a Monday morning? Even if you prefer Red Bull, chances are you’ll be snacking on Mi Goreng noodles between classes, which are best served softened by boiling water.

Cheese grater
There is no substitute for a cheese grater. It’s not like a sharp knife, where you have the option to endure eating your steak with a blunt knife – there really is no other way to grate cheese than with a grater.

Can opener
You are about to start a long and loving relationship with tinned food. There is no feeling more helpless then returning home from a long day at uni to a meal of baked beans, only to discover you physically can’t open the can of beans.

Your parents have been waiting a long time for this and chances are they’ve been holding onto backup appliances, eagerly waiting for the day the removalists interstate arrive, so before you rush out and buy everything, check with your parents.

When you’ve got the essentials packed for the removalists Melbourne interstate, call your housemates and discuss backloading your furniture to split costs. To find out how call 1300 299 969 and chat to one of our removalists interstate about helping you move out of home and into the real world!

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What to Do When Vacating a Rental Property

by Troy on October 17, 2014

You’ve requested a cheap removalist quote and finally selected the budget removals Melbourne to Sydney to start your new life as a blues supporter. Your bags are packed and you’ve organised for the electricity to been cancelled from the day you move – but what else? If you’re moving out of a rental property, there are a few other things to tick off your checklist before hitting the road.

Cleaning
It’s the least glamourous part of relocating. For rentals, it’s best to consult your real estate agent as to which cleaning company they recommend. This way, if there’s any dispute between the cleaning company and the real estate agent – who already have an existing relationship – they can sort it out between themselves.

Final inspection
Try not to book flights or schedule your departure on the day of your final inspection in the event that additional cleaning or property maintenance is required. If your landlord asks that you return to the property to fix the blinds and you’ve already skipped town, they will be deducting money from your bond to have this done professionally – at a price you have no control over.

Bond
If you didn’t receive bond refund forms in the mail when you advised your agent you wouldn’t be renewing the lease, drop into the office and collect them. If you can’t recall how much bond you paid (typically equivalent to four weeks’ rent), check with your agent before completing the form. Double check the property against your entry condition report and gather photos taken when you arrived as evidence in the event of a dispute.

Metre readings
Arrange to have the electricity, gas and any other utilities or services turned off the day after you leave. Taking dated pictures of any metre readings before you vacate the premise may also avoid any disputes about metre readings on your final bills. And remember to hand the keys back to the office before you take off!

Mail redirection
You spent an entire year scribbling ‘return to sender’ on previous tenants’ mail and wondering what kind of gift cards were inside the department store loyalty program letters addressed to former residents. Don’t let your David Jones birthday voucher fall into the wrong hands! Take a trip to Australia Post to organise a mail redirection until you find the time to update all your details.

If you’re nearing the end of your lease and looking for budget removals Melbourne to Sydney, call Interstate Removals today for a cheap removalist quote that won’t be beaten – even by our biggest national competitors! Remember to ask about our backloading service for singles and smaller loads to save you money, so there’s more of it to spend on your new home after the move!

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Moving After a Separation

by Troy on September 25, 2014

Divorce and moving house both rank in life’s top three most stressful events. When they coincide, it can be a turbulent time full of complicated endings and new beginnings. Hiring a removalist interstate is the easy part – it’s what happens in between that can affect the chances of maintaining a respectful relationship with your partner and the effects this can have on children, pets and property.

Prevention is better than cure, particularly in the event of a separation. With so much emotion weighing in on decisions, it can be hard to make objective evaluations, and casual conversations can quickly escalate into heated arguments. Hiring an experienced solicitor or mediator before things turn nasty can help maintain open communication and bring clarity to decisions, often preventing slow and costly court proceedings.

Before leaving home, make alternative living arrangements somewhere stable and preferably close to your support network. When you have organised a permanent address, arrange to have your mail redirected to your new home. Despite how amicable the separation may be, it’s best not to rely on your partner to redirect your mail – they’ve got enough on their plate already.

When deciding what to take, pack personal items first, like paperwork, photos, clothing and laptops. For items acquired together, discuss the division of property with your partner, as taking things without reaching a mutual agreement first is likely to slow down settlement negotiations later.

Who pays for the removalist interstate is another decision best made with legal support if an agreement can’t be reached. Interstate Removals can deliver packing boxes and supplies to the house in the interim to begin the moving process. In the event both parties vacate, Interstate Removals’ Melbourne storage warehouse can hold home wares and furniture for Melbourne locals, providing a short term storage solution for shared property until it is legally distributed.

The ownership of cars, motorbikes and leisure vehicles is also best handled with legal advisors. If your partner takes the car while still registered in your name, you are legally responsible for damage caused in an accident, so be sure to have your name removed from the paperwork as soon as possible.

If you decide to relocate interstate and take the car with you, Interstate Removals can arrange to have your vehicle transported for you, so you can take the plane and not have to worry about driving long distance with the stress of the separation.

To book vehicle transportation, start the packing process or organise furniture removals interstate with a qualified, reputable removalist offering a price beat guarantee, call Interstate Removals today on 1300 299 969 or email service@interstateremovals.com.au.

We look forward to helping you move towards your new life interstate!

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Precision-Packing for Interstate Moves

by Troy on September 19, 2014

More than 10 years experience in the removalist industry have taught us a thing or two about typical breakages caused to household items during furniture removals interstate. Loading your entire house into the back of a truck to travel hundreds of kilometres can spell damage for some items if not precision-packed to ensure their safety throughout the long-haul trip.

Below are a few of the most commonly ill-packed items at greatest risk of damage, and how to manage the risk with appropriate packaging procedures. If there’s something not listed that you need help with packing, call our specialists on 1300 299 969 and they will happily talk you through it.

Plants: Before transporting flora with your furniture removals interstate, check with local authorities online to make sure it’s legal to bring plants across the boarder and what restrictions are in place. If you’ve got the green light, resist the temptation to water plants a few days prior to moving. This makes them easier to carry and won’t cause water leakages into surrounding cardboard boxes. If placing the plants inside boxes, leave the box open at the top so heavier items aren’t placed on top causing the box to collapse. Alternatively, clearly label the box with ‘PLANT’ so removalist can pack it appropriately, and remember to leave holes in the cardboard for plants to breathe.

Furniture: There is some furniture that requires little or no packing to protect it during an interstate move, and there is other furniture that should be carefully packed with specialised materials to keep it clean and safe during transit. Interstate Removals have a wide variety of professional packing supplies from mattress protectors through to commercial-grade packing blankets. If you’re unsure of how to pack or add padding to awkwardly shaped furniture, leave it to our qualified removalists and their custom-made packing supplies.

Kitchenware glass: Given the weight of stacking glass plates, jugs, cups, bowls and china, stick to smaller boxes. This makes them easier to carry and less vulnerable to breakages. Wrap each piece individually with bubble wrap or newspaper so that no two pieces of glassware are touching – don’t be afraid to layer. If when you pick the box up to move it you hear jingling inside, place it back on the ground and locate the jingle to add more padding. When you’re confident it’s good to go, label the box with ‘FRAGILE’ so our removalists know to take extra care when moving the box.

Need some advice on precision-packing for your furniture removals interstate? Get a no-obligation, over the phone assessment of how we can help you pack your property to get it interstate in the same condition it left by contacting us today.

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Tips for Fast & Fuss-Free Bond Refunds

by Troy on July 9, 2014

Assuming you completed the entry condition report diligently in the beginning of your lease agreement, getting your bond refunded after interstate removalists have moved your contents should be easy, right? Not always. Fortunately there are government bodies in place to protect the rights of renters when it comes to altercations with landlords, but you can reduce the risk of a disagreement by following some simple precautionary steps:

Take entry condition reports seriously: prevention is better than cute! Many people assume that landlords will find a way to withhold bond money no matter what, and therefore pay little or no attention to entry condition reports. Be warned – this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy! Make the time in the beginning to take photos and note any small, seemingly insignificant discrepancies on the form. Even though these reports accommodate for general wear and tear, this can be a contentious definition at the end of a tenancy.

Ensure you have cleaned the property to a ‘reasonable’ degree: the definition of reasonable includes vacuuming, wiping surfaces and removing all items from the property. Depending on the setup of your house, the following list of cleaning products is a good place to start: bleach, gumption, multi-purpose spray and wipe, Easy Off oven cleaner, white vinegar, abrasive cleaning sponges, mop and bucket, steel sponges, micro fibre cloths and Kleen stainless steel polish.

Hire a cleaner: if you’re notoriously lazy, or just generally exhausted after packing and arranging cheap interstate removalists Sydney, it might be a better option to hire a cleaner – but not just any cleaner! Every real estate agent has their own preferred cleaning company who specialises in end of lease cleaning. Using their chosen company will reduce the likelihood of the agent arriving a few hours before you leave, telling you to return to the house to wipe down walls!

Unless you have ample time to clean your rental property properly, hiring a cleaner so you can focus on organising interstate removalists, mail redirections and utility disconnections may pay off in the end. Besides which, if you’ve hired cheap interstate removalists Sydney, you’ll have a few dollars left over to invest in cleaning, which will ensure your bond is returned in full!

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Interstate Removals – Tips & Tricks

by Troy on October 31, 2013

There is more to moving house than packing boxes and booking a removal truck. Anybody who has ever attempted to move across the country side would be able to tell you it isn’t a walk in the park, but with the right attitude and preparation it can be achieved with minimal fuss and bother.  

There are many things we must organize before and during the move such as vehicle registrations to update, removal insurance to buy, mail redirections, disconnections & connections and the moving out and moving in party to organise of course!

Before the stress buzzer goes off, take a deep breath and utilize Interstate Removals – we have put together the following helpful hints about Australia’s varying regulations when moving across state:

Interstate Removals Queensland

Removals Insurance

Before you confirm your move we strongly suggest you do a little research.

  • Does your current insurance plan cover you for moving house interstate?
  • Have you notified your insurance provider for your home and contents that you are moving interstate?

They would like to know this is happening, and if anything out of the ordinary happens during the move, you will be glad you got it sorted.

Interstate Removals Queensland include basic transit insurance with all our quotes and we will be glad to help you organise your full insurance cover by using CARTS or VERO MARINE.

Full insurance is the customer’s responsibility and can be taken out right up until the day of the move.

Disconnection & Reconnection of Utilities

It is best to be organised, to minimise the stress, most utility companies allow their customers to arrange disconnections in advance, this would be ideal to organise prior to your move instead of at the last minute.

However, remember to leave the electricity connected until you have vacated and finished cleaning the house – it’s not much fun to clean in the dark!

Most of your utilities will need to redirected to your new address; gas, electricity, internet, telephone, foxtel. It will be piece of mind to have this organised before you even arrive at you new humble abode.

There are now companies that do all connections for you by filling in a form and emailing or faxing to them. This will save most people time but you should read the fine print before commiting to such an offer as they are all a bit different.

Pets and Plants

Generally you are not the only one stressed when it comes to moving interstate, your pets can feel the tension and can make a runner if they feel uneasy. Check your ownership regulations across Australia RSCPA Knowledge Database.

You don’t need to microchip your cats and dogs in South Australia or the Northern Territory (and only cats in Western Australia), however everywhere else is compulsory for both cats and dogs. This procedure makes for an easier search if your pet decides to take a trip down the road to meet the neighbours.

It is also best to be aware of the quarantine restrictions in relation to plants and foods which can threaten the local flora and fauna in your new location.

Motor Vehicle registration

There are varying regulations for vehicle registrations across Australia’s governments. It will depend where you are moving to on how much time you have to organise your registration transfer.

If you are moving interstate to Queensland you will need to register your vehicle within 14 days of relocating to your new address or you will put yourself at risk of receiving a fine.

Visit the Department of Transport & Main Roads for more information on transferring your vehicle registrations from one state to another. Where ever you are moving to interstate, be sure to check the local requirements so you are not driving around illegally, bearing in mind some states will give you three months opposed to 14 days.

While you are organising all your insurance, utilities, pets and plants, and vehicle we will take care of your furniture.

We have weekly backloads from Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Townsville and Tasmania, we are pretty versatile and can accommodate to your removal needs.

Call us today to discuss your interstate removals plans.

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Interstate Removals From Brisbane

by Troy on October 29, 2013

There’s more to moving home than packing boxes and removalist trucks, as anybody who’s ever attempted interstate removals will tell you.

There are registrations to change, insurance to buy, disconnections & connections, mail redirections, and that’s just the beginning!

Before you hit the panic button, take a deep breath and tackle tasks one at a time with Interstate Removals’ helpful hints about varying regulations across Australia affecting interstate relocation:

Insurance

Firstly, before you even think about interstate removals, do some research into your current insurance plan. Does it cover you for moving house? Have you notified your home and contents insurance provider that you’re moving interstate?

They like to know these things, and if anything out of the ordinary happens to your furniture during transit, you’ll be glad you got it sorted.

Utilities

Most companies allow you to arrange disconnections in advance, so get this over and done with. Gas, electricity, telephone, Internet and pay TV will either need to be disconnected or redirected to your new interstate address when vacating your property. Remember to leave the electricity connected until after you’ve cleaned the house – it’s even less fun in the dark!

Check out Energy Australia for more tips on all things energy related when it comes to moving interstate.

Animals & quarantine

While you don’t need to microchip domestic animals in the Northern Territory or South Australia (and only cats in Western Australia), it’s compulsory for both cats and dogs to be microchipped everywhere else.

The non-invasive procedure means you’ll be able to track down pets if they take off during the move. For info about pet ownership regulations across Australia visit the RSCPA Knowledge Database. A

lso be aware of any quarantine restrictions regarding plants and foods that threaten local flora and fauna in your new region. Taking your pet rabbit to Queensland? Ah-hem…you’ll need a permit for that!

Car registration

Vehicle registration is also regulated by state governments, so you’ll need to sort this out too. If you’re moving interstate to Brisbane you need to register your car within 14 days of establishing your new address or risk being fined.

For more info about transferring registration from another state or territory to QLD visit the Department of Transport & Main Roads.

South Australians are more relaxed: if you’ve arranged interstate removals to Adelaide they’ll give you three months to apply for a local licence and register your car. Wherever you’re moving interstate, be sure to check local requirements so you’re not driving around town legally.

While you’re taking care of all that, we’ll take care of your furniture. With weekly backloads from Sydney, Melbourne, ACT, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns, Townsville, Darwin and Tasmania, we’re pretty flexible.

Give us a call to find out how we can work in with your plans for interstate removals.

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Furniture Removals & Feng Shui

by Troy on October 25, 2013

Yep, you read correctly. Furniture removals and Feng Shui!

They’re not two concepts normally associated with each other, but there’s one thing they do have in common: moving house. If you’ve ever moved house before you’ll recall the stress and anxiety that comes with turning your home inside out, having it packed into the back of a removalist truck and shipped to your new address, only to have to deal with the chaos again at the other end.

This is where Feng Shui comes into play…

Before you even think about putting things into packing boxes, consider if you really want or need them. You don’t want to clutter your new space with senseless possessions; the stronger the connection you have with your belongings, the better your Feng Shui energy will be apparently.

Now that you’ve minimised your load to a sensible size, you’ve got a more accurate idea of how much you need to move and can start looking for competitive furniture removal quotes.

After you’ve finally arrived at your new home, but before the furniture removalists are ready to unload, have a think about where you want the removalists to put everything. The bedroom is your space for relaxation and escaping technology, so leave the plasma television, x-trainer and computer to the office and living areas.

If the house has been vacant for some time, open the windows – the quality of air in the bedroom is vital to positive Feng Shui. Add some lamps to bedside tables, as various levels of lighting are conducive to a calm environment. Make sure any mirrors are facing away from the bed, as this is a huge Feng Shui no no! Plants in the bedroom are also frowned upon, but the good news is you can put them in the office.

Your home office should be an environment in which you feel productive and creative, and it should ideally be as far away from your bedroom as possible. To avoid double handling, ask the furniture removalists to place your desk in a Feng Shui commanding position – when you’re working your back should not be facing the door. For quality, fresh air, add some air-purifying plants.

If Feng Shui is all a bit airy-fairy for you, stick to the basic principle of creating a living space that invigorates you, sustains your energy and makes you feel content, which is exactly what we strive for here at Interstate Removals with our extensive list of professional contractors.

Chat with one of our friendly staff today about your furniture removals needs. Ask about our backloading quotes and let us know if you’d like us to drop off some packing supplies. We’re not all experts in Feng Shui, but we sure know a thing or two about local and interstate furniture removals! :o)

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