Professional Backloading Interstate Removalists & Removals https://www.interstateremovals.com.au Wed, 17 Apr 2019 03:00:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cropped-icon-32x32.png Professional Backloading Interstate Removalists & Removals https://www.interstateremovals.com.au 32 32 Nine house moves in 10 years? Army wife shares her secret to a stress-free move https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/news/nine-house-moves-in-10-years-army-wife-shares-her-secret-to-a-stress-free-move/ https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/news/nine-house-moves-in-10-years-army-wife-shares-her-secret-to-a-stress-free-move/#respond Wed, 03 Apr 2019 23:55:53 +0000 https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/?p=4315 Mandy Mann is used to relocating her family. Along with her husband, who is a Major in the Australian Defence Force, she has moved house nine times in the last ten years. I think you’ll all agree that makes her an expert in big moves. Are you moving with the elderly? Read our tips It’s […]

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Mandy Mann is used to relocating her family.

Along with her husband, who is a Major in the Australian Defence Force, she has moved house nine times in the last ten years.

I think you’ll all agree that makes her an expert in big moves.

Are you moving with the elderly? Read our tips

It’s easy to achieve by following her simple steps.

Firstly, as wife, mother and part-time nursing student, Mandy is time poor. But she’s found planning a to-do list prior to the move will not only save money but your sanity as well.

“Six to eight weeks out, begin condensing fridge and freezer contents,” she says.

“Only shop for bare necessities. The last thing you need to be doing on the day is emptying out and wiping down fridges or freezers.”

Secondly, Mandy admits moving with kids is not easy but it’s important to keep them involved and busy.

“A few days prior get the kids to pack their favourite things and decorate the outside with stickers and coloured markers. That way the kids can easily find their box in the chaos of the new place, and before you know it they’ll be busy unpacking, making their new room feel like home.”

Many also believes cutting down on time it takes to unpack is essential because, at the end of moving day, when fatigue kicks in, and boxes are piled high in every room, you’ll be grateful for the essentials.

“Wash bed sheets close to moving and on the day roll up all the layers including doonas and blankets in the fitted sheet, box the bedding up and at the other end, simply unroll all the layers onto the mattress and make the bed in half the time.”

Were these tips helpful?

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Packing tips: a guide for large moves https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/news/packing-tips-a-guide-for-large-moves/ https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/news/packing-tips-a-guide-for-large-moves/#respond Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:14:38 +0000 https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/?p=4272 For large moves, packing can be the last of your worries. What are some simple rules to packing all your household items? At Interstate Removals, we suggest these tips: – Use bubble wrap for all fragile or breakable items. This includes kitchenware, old books, paintings, clocks and jewellery – Use blankets and old doonas as […]

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For large moves, packing can be the last of your worries.

What are some simple rules to packing all your household items?

At Interstate Removals, we suggest these tips:

– Use bubble wrap for all fragile or breakable items. This includes kitchenware, old books, paintings, clocks and jewellery
– Use blankets and old doonas as an extra layer of protection for these fragile pieces. Particularly if you are moving interstate or a long distance, you’ll feel better knowing your precious painting had a smooth journey.
– Use small boxes for your valuables. If you’ve spent time amassing a jewelry or makeup collection, these can be difficult to transport effectively.
– For clothes, use vacuum seal bags. They are an excellent (and cost-effective) way of keeping your clothes together.

You could also use garbage bags (cut a hole in the top for the hanger) too if you are on a budget, or try plastic or sheets.

Read more about using the right boxes in our quick guide here too.

We specialise in large family moves and take pride in helping you enjoy the journey along the way. Here’s what a customer said recently.

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Get a quote for next big move today here and our friendly team will help you out.

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Travelling with your pet? Read this before the big move https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/tips/moving-with-pets-tips/ https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/tips/moving-with-pets-tips/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 02:22:40 +0000 https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/?p=4261 Moving interstate – and bringing your pet with you – doesn’t have to be difficult. Dr Nathan Koch, a vet with more than 30 years’ experience, says moving with pets can be made much easier following a few simple steps. Invest in some temporary pet housing to start with. “Transporting your pet in a crate […]

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Moving interstate – and bringing your pet with you – doesn’t have to be difficult.

Dr Nathan Koch, a vet with more than 30 years’ experience, says moving with pets can be made much easier following a few simple steps.

Invest in some temporary pet housing to start with.

“Transporting your pet in a crate is the smartest way to avoid pets becoming stressed. Cats especially as they are territorial,” he says.

“Essential for air-travel, a crate gives your pet a safe space and something familiar in the new environment. People should talk to their vet or reputable dog trainer for tips on correct sizing and crate training.”

You might be surprised to learn a vet check-up, and a clean bill of health is essential before airlines accept your pet for travel.

“The vet will assess your pet’s health, making sure vaccinations, worming and flea and tick treatments are up to date, as certain destinations have more prevalent parasites and a greater risk of disease,” he says.

Further reading: how to resettle your pet after moving

What if your pet is an anxious traveller?

Dr Koch believes taking into account your pet’s personality will determine your plan of action.

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Dr Nathan Koch. Credit: https://bondivet.com/vet-search/nathan-koch

“Anti-anxiety medication can benefit nervous animal companions if administered properly,” he says.

Dr Koch recommends starting your pet on a medicinal course six weeks from your date of travel to ensure “they are alert, not anxious.”

Alternatively, using calming pheromones for cats and dogs in a synthetic form available in collars, wet wipes, and diffusers is also an effective way to settle upset pets.

If you are moving your best mate by car, then read these suggestions about keeping your pet cool in the heat.

Has this helped you?

Ask for quote about a pet-friendly move today.

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4 ways to make your new home feel more permanent after a move https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/news/4-home-furnishings-for-people-on-the-move/ https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/news/4-home-furnishings-for-people-on-the-move/#respond Tue, 29 Jan 2019 00:28:59 +0000 https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/?p=3598 If you’re someone who moves around a lot, it can be difficult to create a sense of home in the places you are living. Thankfully, even if you know you won’t be staying in your current home long-term, there are some things you can do to give it more of a sense of permanence with […]

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If you’re someone who moves around a lot, it can be difficult to create a sense of home in the places you are living.

Thankfully, even if you know you won’t be staying in your current home long-term, there are some things you can do to give it more of a sense of permanence with pieces that you can pack up and move with you when it’s time to move on!

Here are 4 home furnishings for people on the move.

1. A large, detailed piece of furniture

One larger-scale piece of furniture like an antique lounge chair or couch is guaranteed to give any space a sense of permanence.

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If your space lacks architectural detail, choose a piece that is rich in detail to make up for what space is missing. The beauty of only having one of these pieces is that you only have one of them to move!

2. A piece of art

If you are a fan of original artworks, whether it is paintings, sculpture, pottery, ceramics, or glass art, it is well worth considering purchasing some to make the place you are living in feel like your own.

And don’t forget, art is a long-term investment!

3. Clever clothing storage

Portable clothing racks are the perfect solution for when you are short of cupboard or closet space.

Choose a sturdy and attractive looking clothing rack and show off your best looking items on it! If you do have closet space, but no drawers, find some stand-alone storage boxes that you can tuck inside the closet itself! Remember, if you end up moving to a place with more clothing storage, you can also use these items in the laundry room, or even as a coat rack!

4. Colourful rugs and light furniture

Woven rugs are a cheap and colourful way to lighten up an entire room with very little effort.

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Use them alone in small rooms or layer them on top of larger rugs in a bigger space! Head to Kmart or Ikea for some trendy and lightweight pieces of furniture. This will make each move a whole lot easier!

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How to move with elderly folks https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/news/how-to-move-with-elderly-folks/ https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/news/how-to-move-with-elderly-folks/#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 23:15:55 +0000 https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/?p=4247 If you’re like most people helping older adults move, it can be physically and emotionally tough for everyone, especially the elderly. Moving across states and time zones is no different. Follow the road to a positive relocation process for you and your senior friend or relative by following these five tips. Tip 1: Resist criticizing. […]

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If you’re like most people helping older adults move, it can be physically and emotionally tough for everyone, especially the elderly.

Moving across states and time zones is no different.

Follow the road to a positive relocation process for you and your senior friend or relative by following these five tips.

Tip 1:

Resist criticizing. Their housekeeping might not be up to your standard. Try and remember they don’t have your eyesight let alone your stamina.

Listen to them reminisce. Understand there may be some emotional attachment to their possessions. It’s an important part of the process.

Tip 2:

Avoid moving with too much stuff. If possible, take your elderly loved one to their new place to get a better understanding of its size.

Keeping things as simple as possible – like moving less items – is a good start. It will help the transition better.

Tip 3:

Evaluate items into six piles. If you choose to help your elderly loved one pack away their things, divying things into these piles will again make the move easier:

– the new home
– storage
– donation
– selling
– throwing away
– to keep in the family.

Tip 4:

Make the new place feel just like home, by replicating its smallest details.

Take pictures of the way your elderly person displayed their photos before so that you can set it up at the new place just like it’s always been. This simple act can go a long way to easing them into their new surrounds.

Tip 5:

If letting go of certain possessions is causing tension between you and your elderly person, your patience will pay off. Move first, store what’s needed, and purge later.

Interstate Removals are organizational professionals in assisting older adults and their families relocate stress-free. Contact our friendly team today for a quote on your next move.

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Five ways to make your pet feel at home after a move https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/tips/five-ways-to-help-your-pets-feel-at-home-after-moving/ https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/tips/five-ways-to-help-your-pets-feel-at-home-after-moving/#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 22:00:40 +0000 https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/?p=4229 Moving your pet doesn’t have to be daunting. You can move your four-legged friend safely and confidently. Here are five ways to help your pet do better after a big move. The scent of a pet parent Animals naturally rely on smell to confirm how they are feeling about a new environment. Scents can calm […]

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Moving your pet doesn’t have to be daunting. You can move your four-legged friend safely and confidently.

Here are five ways to help your pet do better after a big move.

The scent of a pet parent

Animals naturally rely on smell to confirm how they are feeling about a new environment. Scents can calm a scared or anxious animal companion.

Spray your perfume or aftershave on your pet’s favourite blanket or toy a few weeks before you move and then spray around the rooms of your new digs before your pet turns up.

Create your cat a third space

Create a haven, a quiet room empty except for your pet, their food, water, and bedding.

Keeping your cat relaxed while you unpack, let’s you do so without worry or distraction.

How to avoid medicating your pet

Recreating their usual surroundings at your new place, using familiar toys and bedding lessens the strangeness they may be experiencing.

Alleviating their anxiety naturally reduces the need to medicate them. That’s a cost you can do without.

Love them unconditionally

Check on your pets regularly to help them feel secure.

Make time for exercise and bonding and feed and walk them at their usual time if possible particularly during the settling in period.

Patient pets prefer routine

Also, remember that it isn’t unusual to see a change in your pet, after experiencing moving house mania. Upheaval can cause anxiety and bad behaviour in the way your furry family member;

– eats
– goes to the bathroom
– barks
– paces
– and protects themselves.

In time your pet will adjust to its new surroundings.

Link to a local vet if, past the settling-in phase, your pet’s problems persist.

All in all, remaining confident, calm and consistent will ensure your pet adjusts to your new home in no time!

Call Interstate Removals and we’ll help your pet a first-class moving experience.

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Here’s how moving house with pets can be as easy as a walk in the park https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/news/tips-for-moving-pets/ https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/news/tips-for-moving-pets/#respond Thu, 08 Nov 2018 22:00:46 +0000 https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/?p=4220 When you’re faced with moving house, if you’re like most Australians you’re more likely to live with a dog and/or cat than with a child. Naturally, moving your loved one without any drama would be any self-respecting pet parent’s top priority. The good news is at Interstate Removals we believe moving with pets should be […]

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When you’re faced with moving house, if you’re like most Australians you’re more likely to live with a dog and/or cat than with a child.

Naturally, moving your loved one without any drama would be any self-respecting pet parent’s top priority.

The good news is at Interstate Removals we believe moving with pets should be a positive experience for everyone.

Here are three tips for moving your pet companions hassle free.

Prior preparation prevents stressed pets

Pet travel

Unexpected activity, leading up to during and directly after a move, is challenging for both humans and pets.

Pets are likely to sense your anxiousness and go out in sympathy.

If you can’t leave your dog, cat or lizard alone while packing, keep Fido at your friends or kennel.

Are you going to drive or fly your pet to your new destination?

You will find you’ll need a month if longer to arrange the safe transportation of your companion animal.

Drive your pet to your new home yourself. It can be reassuring for both of you. You will be rewarded for having slowly introduced your pet to car travel. Having taken your pet to different destinations in the past, other than the vet, for instance, will make him/her more positive about going for a ride.

Sensory overload doesn’t sit well with some animals.

Throwing a blanket over their carrier in the car can lessen journey anxiety, and the inevitable scenery and smell change.

If they are travelling at 40,000 feet, it’s a good idea to make sure their container is the right size.

Send along a chew toy in the container to lessen pressure build up in their ears.

Give them plenty of water and exercise before, but don’t feed them for a least six hours before the flight.

What to ask your vet before you move your pet

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Do you know any good vets in the new neighbourhood?

Ask your vet for a referral.

What health documents and records does your pet need to take with them?

A vet must inspect your pet and issue a health certificate before being accepted for carriage by most airlines (check Qantas’ guidelines as an example.

Is your furbaby less ‘baby’ and more geriatric these days?

Your pet may need a blood test or a health check.

Are they anxious travellers?

Your vet can prescribe medication or a Thunder shirt to lessen their anxiety.

Interstate Removals can put your worries at ease if you choose to travel with pets. Get in touch with us today.

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Tools of the trade: our trucks https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/news/removal-truck-for-interstate-move/ https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/news/removal-truck-for-interstate-move/#respond Fri, 02 Nov 2018 02:19:50 +0000 https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/?p=4214 Moving interstate can mean a lot of furniture, valuables, TVs, beds and plenty of boxes. Here’s one of our big boys getting set for a long-haul move.

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Moving interstate can mean a lot of furniture, valuables, TVs, beds and plenty of boxes. Here’s one of our big boys getting set for a long-haul move.

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Moving interstate can mean a lot of furniture, valuables, TVs, beds and plenty of boxes. Here's one of our big boys getting set for a long-haul move.

Posted by Interstate Removals on Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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Moving precious items: our tips for using the right boxes https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/news/moving-precious-goods-packing-tips-when-moving-interstate/ https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/news/moving-precious-goods-packing-tips-when-moving-interstate/#respond Sat, 27 Oct 2018 07:21:06 +0000 https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/?p=4194 We all want to look our sharpest during racing season. The Spring Racing Carnival is a time for high fashion and breaking out into our finery. But if you are moving house, the thought of packing up your best suits, dresses and jewellery in boxes isn’t a pleasant one. Making sure you keep your best […]

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We all want to look our sharpest during racing season.

The Spring Racing Carnival is a time for high fashion and breaking out into our finery.

But if you are moving house, the thought of packing up your best suits, dresses and jewellery in boxes isn’t a pleasant one.

Making sure you keep your best clothes in good condition is important. And just because we are moving house doesn’t mean our nice evening wear has to get crumpled or damaged.

With this in mind, here are our top three tips about how to move your precious items next time you move home.

Hang clothes in wardrobe boxes

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Wardrobe box from U-Haul.

Did you know you can use boxes that are designed to replicate your wardrobe?

These special long boxes even have a place to hang your coat hangers off. Think of all your freshly ironed shirts. Or perhaps your business attire.

Using one of these means saving a trip to the dry cleaners when you arrive at your new house. They can also protect your clothes from dirt and dust.

Try Kennards for good quality moving boxes.

Wrap your clothes

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Vacuum storage bag from Bunnings.

Depending on your time, or if you don’t want to buy boxes, there are a few options to make sure your precious clothes don’t get crumpled too.

Vacuum seal bags are a fantastic (and cost-effective) way of keeping your clothes together.

You could also use garbage bags (cut a hole in the top for the hanger) too if you are on a budget, or try plastic or sheets.

Keep your valuables in small boxes

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If you’ve spent time amassing a large jewellery or makeup collection, these can be difficult to transport effectively.

Our first tip is to keep your jewellery and small items in separate boxes – don’t mix these up.

You could use tape to ensure your smaller goods are kept together.

Wrap them with a sheet, towel, or invest in a double layered box like this one from Storage King.

Have fun this racing season. And hopefully, these tips will help you move easier on your way to the races.

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Your moving checklist: preparing before and on moving day https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/news/moving-checklist/ https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/news/moving-checklist/#respond Fri, 19 Oct 2018 01:41:22 +0000 https://www.interstateremovals.com.au/?p=4185 It’s finally time to move! There’s so much to think about and organise. Boxes. Labelling. Organising kids. Getting them ready. And then there are your things too. But don’t despair. The team at Interstate Removals have years of experience helping people and families move across Australia. And due to popular demand, here is our moving […]

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It’s finally time to move!

There’s so much to think about and organise. Boxes. Labelling. Organising kids. Getting them ready. And then there are your things too.

But don’t despair.

The team at Interstate Removals have years of experience helping people and families move across Australia.

And due to popular demand, here is our moving checklist for both a) the day before the move, and b) moving day itself.

We guarantee it will save you time, money and give peace of mind.


Ready?

Checklist: Moving eve

– Unplug the fridge 24 hours before the move
– Remove food from fridge and freezer, defrost and clean interior
– Dismantle all items where possible
– Tape down all draws so they don’t open during uplift
– Cancel all utilities including water, telephone, rubbish removal, gas and electrical, internet/Foxtel. Have your meters read.

Okay. You’ve made it through the day before the move. Now, onto the big day. Follow these simple steps to make moving a breeze.

Checklist: Moving day

– Carry all valuables with you (for example jewellery, cash, medications
– Lock all doors and windows
– Check lights and taps are turned off
– Do a walk around each room, open all cupboards and check shelves
– Leave keys/garage door openers in one place
– Don’t forget your pets!

Click here to download a printable copy of your moving day checklists.

And if you’re planning a move between Australian states, then contact Interstate Removals. We’ll make your moving experience a fun and reliable one!

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