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Tips for Moving House

February 17th 2014

Top Tips for Moving Home

Five handy hints for a stress free relocation…

Congratulations on your forthcoming move! Whether you’ve bought a new home or are renting though, the process of moving can be a stressful, laborious task, and unfortunately there is no magic wand that can just miraculously take care of everything for you. But it is possible to reduce the amount of stress and bother that moving house can cause. With these helpful moving tips from Fletchers, you can enjoy a smooth and hassle-free relocation. 

1) Plan and prepare early
Remember in school when you’d have six weeks to get an important assignment completed, but you’d leave it to the last minute and feel completely stressed out because of it? Well multiply that feeling by 100 and that’s exactly what you’ll feel if you start planning your move and packing up your house too late in the game. Start planning as early as possible, perhaps 4-6 weeks before your move, and give yourself enough time to get everything done right.

2) Checklists are invaluable!
Use a checklist to plan your move – trust me, it’ll make life a hell of a lot easier. You’ll be able to keep track of everything you’ve done, everything you still need to do, and you’ll feel a small sense of achievement with every job you cross off the list. Divide the tasks you need to complete into several groups, so you’re completing some 4-6 weeks ahead of moving day, then the next group perhaps 1-3 weeks before, then another set of tasks days before the move and the final group on moving day and the days that follow.

Taking this systematic approach to your move will ensure nothing is left behind and everything is accounted for. Leading Melbourne removalists Fragile Removals feature a comprehensive moving checklist on their website.

3) Protect your possessions from damage
It should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway. If you’re packing up fragile items or valuable possessions for your move, make sure to wrap each one up separately. Use as much bubble wrap packaging as you think is necessary. If you’re putting anything in boxes or cartons, be sure to line them with blankets or packing paper. This will help to absorb the shock experienced while travelling on the roads. Ensure all sides of your boxes are secured with as much heavy duty packing tape as you believe to be needed. And probably the most obvious tip of all, make sure any boxes containing fragile items are clearly labelled FRAGILE.

4) Furniture & appliances
Furniture and electrical appliances are typically one of the most cumbersome and awkward parts of the relocation process, but there are some tips to make life a little easier.

- Make sure you securely shut any doors on wardrobes or cupboards with tape, rope or strong ribbon. Lock the doors as well if possible.
- Remove any shelving or drawers from cupboards and any bedroom units.
- Lighten the weight of your wardrobe or dresser by taking the clothing out.
- Dry and clean out any fridges, freezers, dishwashers and any other electrical appliances before packing them up.

5) Final tips
Be sure to have any mail redirected to your new address with Australia Post. Once you’ve moved into your new place, find out the basic day to day things like rubbish collection day and the on-street parking situation (i.e. whether you need a parking permit, or whether no permit is required) among other things. And have a contingency plan in place for bad weather. You’ll be surprised just how the weather can affect your plans. 

These tips barely scratch the surface when it comes to moving house, but they will help make the entire process that much easier. For more detailed relocation hints, get in touch with Fragile Removals & Fletchers today.

How to warm your home…

May 27th 2012

Yes, it is that time of year already…when we reach for the scarves, hot water bottles and the switch for the heater!

Pretty much anything that helps to ward off the wintery chill that is starting to descend upon us…particularly in Victoria…not that we’re jealous of the folks up in Queensland or Darwin or anything… 

 1. Prune those sun-sucking plants
At this time of year, you want to get as much sun into your home as possible. Wherever you can, prune those plants that are blocking out your sunlight.

2. Let the sun in
When the sun is shining, remember to open curtains and blinds during the day, especially on the northern side of your home, but also the east (in the morning) and the west (in the afternoon).

3. Block the cold out
Overnight you want to stop the warm air from inside your home being lost through the glass of your windows. It’s important to cover the windows to do this.

4. Switch over your ceiling fans
Now is the time to switch over ceiling fans to winter mode so they run backwards. Put them on their lowest speed and they will direct the warm air from across the ceilings where it sits high up, and down the walls.

5. Draughts be gone!
Gaps around doors and windows can let in a lot of draughts. Block them up with an appropriate draught-sealer.

6. Monitor it
It can be helpful to have a thermometer with an outdoor sensor set up in a prominent spot in the home to let you know when it is warmer outside than in (so you can open some windows).

7. Go passive
Try installing a solar heater, which draws the warm air from the roof cavity into the home.

8. Don’t disregard old-style aluminum roller shutters!
They may not be pretty but can be painted and it is like instant double glazing.

9. Cook up a storm
Definitely the time of year for baking and slow cooking…warm the house up whilst improving your culinery skills!

10. Control the thermostat
Running your heater at 18-21 degrees will keep you comfortable without toasting, and will also keep your winter heating bills down. Just one degree more in temperature can increase your heating costs by 15 per cent.

Read more on Domain.

Warm House

Marketing Your Property

April 23rd 2012

Melbourne Property TV, Season 3

Tim Fletcher appeared on the MPTV Property Panel earlier in the new season to discuss the different methods of marketing a property for sale.

With over forty years in the industry, Tim is one of the most respected and prominent members of his profession.

The panel discuss everything from property videos and photography, to social media and open for inspections.

Watch the segment here!

Keeping Cool and Saving Power

January 16th 2012

Here are some handy tips for saving power during the hot summer months!

- Keep windows covered: in the heat of the day, ensure that windows are covered by curtains, blinds or shutters;

- Turn off air conditioning: don’t leave your air conditioner running all day while at work, or keep it running throughout the night;

- Keeping cool rooms centralised: when cooling a central room, keep the doors closed to cool it more quickly and efficiently;

- Use a thermometer: purchase a thermometer and keep your temperature between 23 and 26 degrees…for every degree cooler, this will add approximately 10% to your power bill to maintain; and

- Moderate is best: use the economy setting on air conditioners to maintain moderate instead of cold temperature.

Most importantly, enjoy the Summer days!

Source for Power Saving Tips: Energy Australia, website http://www.energyaustralia.com.au/