Moving office? Things you should outsource

You can save yourself time and stress when relocating your office with a little planning and by strategically outsourcing some of the more time consuming tasks.

Where to start?

Having to move office is never convenient. Maybe your lease has expired, you have the need for more space or you are moving to a different part of town. Whatever your reason, having to pack up and move is stressful and time consuming. Your business still has to function, your workload doesn’t go away and you still have deadlines to meet. It seems like there are a million things to do, so where do you start?

Planning

As soon as you know you have to relocate, start planning ahead. Make a list of all the things that need to be done and prioritise them. You need to pack all the office equipment, furniture, files, kitchen and bathroom items, first aid and personal things.

There’s the task of notifying all your associates, clients and suppliers of your new address so they know where to find you.

On top of all that is the digital side of things, you need to update the information on your website, social media and online listings.

Save time by outsourcing

The next step is to work out timelines for each of the tasks and calculate which ones you can outsource so that you can focus on the most important things, keeping your business running smoothly, looking after your clients and meeting deadlines.

Things that can be outsourced include:

Outsource with a local removalist

The Moving Man has been relocating businesses all over Perth and the great state of Western Australia for over thirty years and we can take the stress out of your office move.

We offer packing and unpacking services as well as safely moving your office equipment, supplies and furniture to their new location. If you need commercial cleaning, we can help with those too.

Our skilled and experienced team will expertly pack everything with care so that it will travel well and arrive safe and undamaged at your new location. They will then unpack it all and place it how it was previously as much as the new office layout will allow.

Nobody likes the time consuming task of cleaning the office after vacating. With The Moving Man you don’t have to do it, we have associations with a number of reputable commercial cleaning companies in and around Perth and can arrange that final clean for you at an affordable rate.

Why choose The Moving Man?

With our years of experience and our reputation for excellent service, you know you can trust The Moving Man to deliver your office to its new location safely, efficiently and on time, saving you the time and energy to focus on business.

For a smooth office relocation, contact the experts at The Moving Man.

Guide to moving house with kids

Moving house is hard enough, but if you have young kids it can add another layer of difficulty to an already tricky situation!

If this is your kids’ first time moving, it will most likely be a confusing and stressful time for them, as they have to say goodbye to their home. But there are a few things you can do to make the move easier for your kids, and yourself!

Here are our top to-dos for moving house with kids.

Before the Move

Talk about it

The best way to ensure a stress-free move is to give your kids plenty of notice that is going to happen. No one likes surprises, so do your best to make sure everyone knows what is going to happen and when.

Your kids are likely to have lots of questions about where you are moving to and why you are moving, so be prepared to give them as much information as possible to help them start to accept this big change that is happening in their lives.

Even if this move is a great opportunity for your family (bigger/nice house, better suburb, etc.), young people will often not be able to understand from that perspective and may be focused on the negative aspects of the change.

Get familiar with the change

If you are able to, it’s a great idea to take them to the new place they’ll be living at before the move. This will reduce their anxiety levels and (hopefully) they will start getting excited about the prospect of their new home and location.

Discuss with them ideas for what their new bedroom will look like and let them plan how they will decorate it etc. This will help them feel a sense of ownership of their new home and will distract them from their worries about moving.

Prepare and pack

Moving day is not the best day to start packing! Give yourself as much time as possible to help reduce the stress on yourself, and your kids. Here is a checklist of things to do before the moving day.

We often forget how many things we own until we are forced to pack them all up! Allow the kids to help pack their belongings, so you can help assure them that their items (especially special toys) will be safe and won’t get lost in the move. Don’t forget to declutter as you go so move day isn’t a big, disorganised mess!

You can even let The Moving Man take care of all the hard work so you can focus on getting your family settled and comfortable in your new home.

Our team can start by packing all of your household items safely and efficiently, ensuring your possessions are protected from any harm. We can even help pack and relocate all of your outdoor furniture, plus the contents of your garage and garden shed!

Once one of our moving fleet arrives at your new home, The Moving Man team will unpack your belongings and place them where they are meant to go in your new home. Too easy!

The Move

Pack up a kids survival  box

Just before you move, get your kids to each pack a special box of their most treasured possessions, like favourite toys and books, things they will want to have as soon as they get there. Having easy access to these things will allow them to feel at home more quickly.

Be sure to also include things they will need the first night, such as bedding, pyjamas, toothbrush, and other must-haves.

Make your move an easy one

To make this move as stress-free as possible for you and your family, why not leave it all to the experts? Our “Full Monty” service allows you to leave for work in the morning and return to everything in its place; how easy is that!

This service includes everything from packing and unpacking, setting up and arranging all your furniture according to your preferences, making all the beds, ready for your first night in your new home, cleaning, storage, gardening, even arranging an evening meal for your family’s first dinner in your new home!

We do all the hard work for you so you can start making new memories in your home immediately.

So to get started with your next move, leave it to the experts at The Moving Man. We have over three decades of experience in moving Western Australian families to their dream homes. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can make your next move an easy one.

Guide to utilities transfer and change of address when moving house in WA

So you’ve found your dream house and are ready to make the move – congratulations!

But before you start packing and moving your furniture, or even start planning how you are going to decorate your new abode, you need to get the “admin” stuff out of the way. These are things like transferring your utilities, organising mail redirection and getting your internet set up.

While these jobs can sound like a chore when you are so excited to move onto the more fun things that come with upgrading your home, they are easier and quicker to do than you might think. Plus the sooner you get them done, the sooner you can enjoy your new home, without worrying about whether your internet is going to work or if your mail will get lost!

At The Moving Man, we have over 30 years of experience helping people move into their dream home, so we know a thing or two about making sure every little job is done and so have put together this handy guide to help you make sure that everything is completed, ready for you to settle in to your new home.

Let’s get started!

How to transfer your water account moving house
How to transfer your electricity account when moving house
How to transfer your gas account when moving house
How to transfer your Internet account moving house
How to organise mail redirection when moving house
Update your address when you move house

1. How to transfer your water account moving house

One of the most crucial things you want to ensure is done, is making sure that your water account has been set up correctly – imagine not being able to enjoy hot showers in your new bathroom because your water has been cut off!

Luckily in Westen Australia, Watercorp doesn’t cut off water supply when a home is vacated so you don’t need to worry about that at all. In fact, it’s very easy to ensure that your water account is set up correctly for your new home, in fact, it’s all done for you!

Moving into a new rental

If you are moving into or out of a rental property your agent or property owner will update the billing details and organise a meter reading with Watercorp.

Moving into a home you have bought

If you’re using a settlement agent, I have good news for you, you also don’t need to do anything! Your settlement agent will inform Watercorp of the sale or purchase details and organise a final water meter reading on your behalf to finalise charges, to make sure you are only charged for the water that you used, and then the charges will be settled/paid through your settlement agent.

And that’s it! Told you it was easy. If you want to learn more about the process, you can visit the Watercorp website.

2. How to transfer your electricity account when moving house

Transferring your electricity is another one of those essential items you need to consider when you move house. In WA, your electricity retailer will be Synergy and they will handle your billing transition when you move house. Make sure you get in touch with them well in advance of your intended move so that you can ensure that your lights will work at your new home!

Bonus tip: We recommend giving at least three days notice at a minimum before you move.

Simply call up synergy or head to their online form to get started – all you will need are your moving details and a copy of your bill.

Synergy will then contact Western Power to come and read your meter after your move date before any new account is assigned to the property, and then Synergy will send you a final bill for your old home.

For more details on the process, you can visit the Western Power website.

3. How to transfer your gas account when moving house

Whether you use gas for cooking, heating, or to make sure your showers are nice and hot, it is something you don’t want to forget about when you move house! No matter who your gas retailer is, getting your gas account transferred when you move house is very simple.

Most gas retailers recommend giving at least 1 day’s notice to book in your gas connection transfer. Simply head to your retailers website, log into your account and follow the prompts. Alternatively you can give your gas retailer a call and get the process started over the phone.

If you’re changing energy companies, you will need to contact your old energy provider to disconnect your old home and get your final bill. 

Bonus tip: if you are with Kleenheat, they will take care of notifying your old gas provider for you, saving you the awkward phone call!

Here are some helpful links to get started:

Alinta Energy: https://www.alintaenergy.com.au/wa/residential/moving-home/
Kleenheat: https://www.kleenheat.com.au/movers
AGL: https://www.agl.com.au/business/small-business/moving-premises
Origin Energy: https://www.originenergy.com.au/moving.html 

4. How to transfer your Internet account moving house

Picture this: you are finally settled in, have unpacked all your boxes and decorated your new home so that it’s worthy of a #newhome Instagram post… but then you can’t connect to your home internet! 

Don’t stress, we won’t let this happen to you! While dealing with internet providers can often feel like a huge hassle, most internet providers actually make it very easy for existing or even new customers to make sure that their internet is set up correctly. Most even have the option to do it online for free!

Check availability at your new address

Ensure that your new address has access to the same or similar broadband speed/NBN connection as your previous address. Most homes across Australia have access to broadband Internet but there are still blackspots across the country, particularly in more regional areas.
Thanks to the extensive NBN program roll-out, there’s a good chance your new place will have NBN available. However, if the NBN hasn’t rolled out to your new place yet, and you are moving from a place where you had NBN, you’ll most likely need to change plans. It’s important that you research a prospective provider’s NBN upgrade plans to avoid unexpected cancellation fees or loss of Internet access; since the old copper network is being disconnected as part of the NBN rollout, any non-NBN plan you sign up for will only serve as a temporary solution. Some providers will offer the option to upgrade you from the copper network to the NBN for free as soon as it’s available, so ask if your chosen provider can do this. You can check NBN availability at your new address here.

Bonus tip: If you do need to change your contract due to NBN availability, it is worth seeing if you can stay with the same provider and see if you can negotiate to avoid contract early exit fees.

Book your move

If you don’t need to change internet plans, then the next thing you will need to do is book in to change over your internet service to your new address. Most internet providers have an option to do this online, all you need to do is provide your new address and the date you will be moving. Most providers also have a free option, that you can do if you are comfortable setting up your modem, but you can select to pay a small fee for a technician to come to your home to set it all up for you if you prefer.

Plug and play

Once you have booked in your move or changed over to your new contract, on the day of the move you don’t really need to do anything! All the work will be handled behind the scenes for your internet provider, and you will normally receive some kind of notification (text, email or phone call) to let you know that your connection is now active. Then all you need to do is plug in your modem, connect your devices and you can Instagram away!

Here are some helpful links to some of Australia’s major internet providers to help get you started:

Telstra: https://www.telstra.com.au/moving-house
Optus: https://www.optus.com.au/broadband-nbn/home-broadband/moving-home
Belong: https://www.belong.com.au/broadband/moving-internet
Dodo: https://www.dodo.com/moving-house
IiNet: https://www.iinet.net.au/movinghome
TPG: https://www.tpg.com.au/moving-home-support
Aussie Broadband: https://www.aussiebroadband.com.au/nbn-plans/moving-home/

Bonus tip: Do you have Foxtel? Moving your foxtel connection is much the same as moving your internet connection, though unfortunately if your new home hasn’t had a Foxtel connection before, you will need to pay a mandatory connection fee as a technician will need to come to your house to set up your connection. You can find out more here.

5. How to organise mail redirection when moving house

Even though all we seem to get in the mail these days are bills or catalogues, redirecting your mail is still an essential step to moving that you don’t want to miss!

While one of the best things you can do is update your address with your bank, health insurance, superannuation etc, sometimes things slip through and the last thing you want is to miss a bill or for your new credit card to be sent to your old address!

Organising a mail redirection is done through Auspost, costs as little as $32 and is very easy, simply visit their website and follow the steps depending on how long you want to redirect for.

Bonus tip: We recommend redirecting your mail for up to 6 months if it is in the budget, that way you can monitor the mail you get and keep an eye out for the “redirected” sticker so you know that you need to update your address with whoever sent you the redirected mail!

6. Update your address when you move house

As we have mentioned, it is very important to ensure you update your address with all of your service providers. We have put together a handy list for your reference to make sure you don’t miss anyone:

The easiest part of the move

While this seems like a long list, making sure that everything on this list is checked off will give you a lot of peace-of-mind come moving day. With all the admin work completed, moving to your new home can be stress- and hassle-free! To make it even more hassle-free, why not let the Moving Man take care of your move?

At The Moving Man, our team knows no two moves are the same, and rely on our years of experience to ensure a stress-free move for you and your family. Get in touch with us today to see how easy we can make your move!

Disclaimer: This article is meant to be a short guide only and there is no affiliation with the providers linked or listed.

4 Rules for a Stress-Free Move

Moving house is widely acknowledged as one of life’s more stressful experiences. It’s so notoriously stressful that 60% of Australians aged 14+ have avoided a move and remained at their current address for 5 or more years (Roy Morgan 2016). 

Not only is moving to a new area daunting, but added time and financial constraints don’t make a move any easier. If you’re faced with the process of moving home, try following these 4 rules to make the move as stress-free as possible.

Plan, Plan, Plan

The number one trick to a stress-free move is planning. You can never be too organised.

Before moving day, sit down and research all there is to know about your new neighbourhood, from how best to get there, to where the closest grocery store is. Then, make a list of all the essential services – gas, water, electricity, internet etc – you will need to notify of your move. Knowing exactly who you have to contact and how much time is needed to connect all your services helps alleviate some of the stress of moving.

It’s also handy to write a timeline for your move, including a list of what to pack and when. This prevents a last minute packing panic, and allows you to stage your pack based on what you access the most. While you’re packing, don’t forget to keep lists of exactly what is in each box, and number the boxes according to which room they belong in the house.

Declutter, recycle, and donate

Spend some time doing a spring clean before your big move. Go through all your belongings and work out what you’re taking with you to your new home, what you’re donating, what you’re recycling, and what you’re tossing. Going through this process before the move means less to pack, less to move, and a fresh, less-cluttered start at the other end.

Accept help from others

Moving is a huge task that’s best tackled with more than just two hands. Avoid a more stressful move by accepting help from those around you; and don’t be afraid to ask for help either.

You’ll often find that there’s someone who’s willing to help you pack boxes or clean. Help might even come in the form of babysitting offers from family and friends, or school pick ups.

Whatever the offered assistance, don’t be afraid to take it up because every little bit helps!

Use professional removalists

When receiving help from others is not an option, enlist the help of professionals to help keep you focused on the task at hand (moving, obviously). Why worry about finding the time to scrub the oven when you can hire cleaners to do a thorough vacate clean on your property?

The Moving Man can also dial down the stress of moving by having your groceries delivered to the door of your new house, pre-ordering/pre-purchasing ready made meal packs for around moving time, and profesionally pack your belongings.

How to move house during COVID-19

As the restrictions on the COVID-19 pandemic start to relax across Australia, people are starting to prepare to move into new homes and return to their normal activities. For some people, moving home has been an unavoidable necessity.

With the current stay-at-home advice making it easier for everyone to sort through and pack up their belongings, moving house can still be a stressful, tedious and time-consuming process.

Removalists continue to be classified by the federal government as an essential service (under transport and logistics). If you’re considering a change of location and are looking to move house, you can take the stress out of moving by relying on the trusted team at The Moving Man.

Whether you’re beginning to make your moving plans, or if you’re almost there but need to be sure you’ve covered everything, this guide will tell you what you need to know about moving in these new times.

Book in advance

As restrictions have eased over the past three weeks, the demand for removal services has increased substantially. Whether your move is happening sooner or later, it’s best to book in advance. We’ll help you coordinate your booking to ensure you have plenty of time to organise and make your move as stress-free as possible.

Use new boxes

Eased restrictions does not mean that the pandemic and risk of infection is over. Scientists and health organisations are still investigating the lifespan of coronavirus on different materials and surfaces.

If you’re packing your belongings on your own, use fresh, unused boxes. By using new boxes, instead of recycling used packing boxes, you’ll be reducing your exposure and infection risk to COVID-19.

Choose a reputable company

Each business and essential service across the country is following specific hygiene and cleaning guidelines from federal and state governments. This includes following rules, such as social distancing, and higher standards (including frequency) of cleaning.

At The Moving Man, we follow the recommended guidelines to combating the spread of COVID-19, including keeping boxes and packing materials free from any possible contamination. We’re keeping ourselves updated on any changes to restrictions and safety requirements, ensuring your peace of mind in the moving process by putting your safety front and centre of our business.

If you’re not sure about the specific hygiene practices your removalist is following, be sure to ask them for this information prior to booking their services.

If you are ready to make your move in country WA, Get in touch with us today!

With regional restrictions being lifted, is now the best time to make your move?

Life in Western Australia has changed dramatically since the outbreak of Covid-19 across the country, with new government restrictions and advice coming in almost daily.

Luckily, it seems that we are seeing the light at the end of a very long tunnel with new advice coming from the WA state government recently, with the announcement of the state moving into Phase 2 of the four-phase Covid-19 Roadmap that will help Western Australians get back to life as normal, or as normal as it can be!

What restrictions have there been on moving house?

While removalists services like ours have been deemed as an essential service under Freight and Logistics definitions by each State Government and have been able to operate through the duration of the pandemic, fears of the virus and limitations on travel have understandably encouraged people to delay their move.

The WA regional travel restrictions during Phase 1 of the WA Roadmap meant that while removalists were exempt from restrictions, residents moving between regions needed to apply for a travel permit, which added an additional barrier for people.

As of Monday, May 18th, some of these restrictions for residents have been lifted as the state moves into Phase 2 of the Roadmap.

The strict regional travel restrictions have been softened somewhat, so that you can now travel to your “neighbouring regions”, with travel allowed between:

So if you’re moving to your new home within these newly expanded regions, i.e. if you are moving from Perth to Busselton for example, you can do so without needing to apply for a permit.

What effect will relaxing the Covid-19 restrictions have on moving house?

More restrictions will be lifted as we move through the different phases of the Roadmap, and while we are in Phase 2 from May 18th, there are still details being confirmed for what Phase 3 will look like, which is estimated to come into effect 4 weeks after Phase 2.

While the details are still being confirmed for the remainder of the Roadmap, we anticipate there will be an influx of move requests coming in around June and July, due to lifted and relaxed restrictions. If you are planning to move during this time, we suggest booking in early to avoid disappointment and delays.

Moving during Covid-19 FAQs

Do I need a permit to move between regions?

As mentioned, while the regions have been expanded with Phase 2 of the Roadmap, you – as a resident – will still need a permit if you are traveling from, for example, the Perth Metro region to the Pilbara. You can apply for a permit and learn more here. The Moving Man as an essential service provider will still be able to operate as previously.

Will I need to self-isolate once I have moved into my new home?

No, as long as you are moving within WA, you will not need to self-isolate, even if you are moving between regions.

Do I have to pack my own things?

It’s up to you! If you feel safer packing yourself, you are more than welcome to, however we are still offering this service and will still apply strict health and safety measures to ensure you and your family’s safety and hygiene.

Will there be any delays on my move?

As removalists have been deemed as an essential service, there are no restrictions to stop us from working. However, delays may come from restrictions from moving across regions and although most permits are approved within 24 hours, it would be prudent to factor any time delays due to permits you need into your plans.

So if you are ready to make your move in country WA or if you have any other questions, The Moving Man is happy to help! We have over 30 years of experience in moving WA families to their dream home and would love to help you with your move. Get in touch with us today!

Why is The Moving Man the best local choice for your move?

We’re just like you, local West Australians and proud of it. We have served the WA community for over 32 years and in that time have helped thousands of happy customers make the move into their dream place. When you let us help you make your move, you are supporting a local, family-owned and operated business, plus you are allowing us to give back to the community we love through our range of sponsorships for both local and worldwide charities.

Learn more on why our company is listed as the #1 removalist provider in WA on Product Review (out of 144 providers) and why thousands of customers have trusted us over the past 32 years in business:

 

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Is there a particular aspect of the moving industry that The Moving Man specialise in?
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While we are very proud of the great work that we do at The Moving Man, we aren’t ones to toot our own horn, so why not let other people do it for us? We were listed on HandymanReviewed and we are the top-rated furniture removalist in Western Australia, with an average rating of 5 stars on Product Review from over 281 verified reviews from happy customers all over Western Australia.

Here are some of the recent reviews we are most proud of:

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Have you got questions about moving? We have all your answers!

No matter how organised you might be, moving is generally a very stressful time, so we understand that you will have a fair few questions for us! We have put together a couple of our most frequently asked questions to help you make the right choices for your move:

How much does a removal normally cost?

It always depends on the size and scale of the move, but most of our jobs are charged at an hourly rate, and we will always be able to give an accurate estimate to help with your budgeting. If you need a fixed quote for your moving job, we’re happy to provide one of those too.

What makes The Moving Man pricing so competitive?

Because we’ve been in business for over 32 years, we know how to avoid all the little mistakes that can add up to cause big issues, resulting in missed deadlines and higher costs.

We do things the right way, the first time to get the right results, and that’s why we have so many great customer reviews.

Our prices reflect this level of quality and service, yet are still competitive because of our dedicated staff and their level of expertise.

What are the typical things that you need to know before you can provide a quote to a customer?

There are few basic details we need to be able to give you a price estimate, such as:

Armed with that information, we can then give you an estimate of costs or a fixed quote if required, as well as an accurate time-line for your move.

Is there a particular aspect of the moving industry that The Moving Man specialise in?

At The Moving Man, we pride ourselves in giving you personalised and tailored service. We specialise in residential and commercial moves throughout Perth and the wider WA, including city to country-town moves and vice-versa, navigating through the Perth hills and inner-city relocations. We are a one-stop-shop for all your moving needs, from packing your most precious possessions, to the actual move, and finally ensuring all of your items arrive safely in your new home.

Have you used The Moving Man? Let us know what you thought of the job!

Whether it’s a lovely compliment about our work or something that we can improve on, we love feedback! We love reviews and testimonials, whether you prefer to use Product Review, Facebook or Google Reviews, let us know how your experience was!

To read some reviews of The Moving Man from our past customers, click here.

If you would like to find out more about our full range of services or to get a quote for your next move, get in touch with The Moving Man today!

The 5 best rural towns in WA to move to

Are you planning a tree change? Or a sea change? Or… any kind of change, as long as it gets you out of Perth? There might be a whole host of reasons that you may want to get out of the city; better work opportunities, cheaper housing, or maybe you just crave fresh air and a bit of serenity. Whatever your reason, we have put together the 5 top regional towns to move to if you are looking for a slice of country life.

Margaret River

For those dreaming of a sea-change, why not make the move down south to Margaret River? Margaret River, or ‘Margs’ as the locals like to call it was named the state’s best country town for its stunning beaches, wine region, diversity and quality of life in a survey by The Demographics Group in 2018.

It’s the perfect place for younger families to make the move as the town’s median age is 36 and has a low unemployment rate of 5.1%, which is lower than both the state and national average. Speaking of employment, wine is a big employer in the Margaret River area, and a huge source of entertainment as well, so if you are a wine-lover, this place should be #1 on your list!

Geraldton

Geraldton is located about 4 and a half hours north of Perth and, while technically is a city, still retains a lot of that coastal town feel that makes it such a top tourism destination.

One of the major drawcards for those looking to move to Geraldton is its relatively low house prices, with a median house price of only $245,000! The block sizes are much bigger up North as well, a quick scan of REIWA has the average block size being around 800m2, no tiny blocks here!

Plus, according to REIWA, Geraldton has a 20% growth rate which is positive news for those looking to invest.

For those looking for a change in employment as well as scenery, major industrial and mining projects in Geraldton provide good employment for locals and FIFO workers, whereas the broader Mid-West region’s economy relies on tourism, fishing, agriculture and mining.

Another big tick for Geraldton is the lifestyle it offers, with all year-round fishing, diving and water activities, heaps of shopping options, historical heritage and a vibrant arts and cultural scene. So, if you are looking for a country lifestyle without having to give up the beach, Geraldton is the place for you!

Northam

Located 100 kilometres north-east of Perth in the Wheatbelt region, Northam is famous for the Avon River and its pedestrian foot bridge which is actually the longest bridge of its kind in Australia! It’s also WA’s home of the white swan, which was introduced from England back in the mid 1800’s. As Northam is the largest town in the area, the surrounding Farming communities (primarily producing wheat, barley, oats, sheep, wool and cattle) use Northam for their everyday banking, shopping and government servicing requirements.

In 2011, Northam was identified as one of nine ‘SuperTowns’ by the Department of Regional Development and Lands under the Royalties for Regions, Region Centres Development Plan, which gave them access to specialised funding for transformational projects within the town. Current shire planning has this money invested into the Avon river revitalisation and riverfront development project and the Avon health and emergency services precinct which will not only improve the town, but will develop a range of job opportunities that cater to the area’s diverse population.

The area surrounding Northam has many natural tourist attractions with rolling hills, riverine valley, and tracks of forest reserves making it the ideal location for those looking for a slice of country life without giving up modern conveniences, due to it’s relative proximity to Perth. Houses and blocks are also a bargain with the median house price sitting at $181,000 and the Median land price at $33,000 for those that want to build their dream home in the Avon Valley.

Chidlow

Next on the list is Chidlow in the heart of the Darling Range. While only technically about a 50 minute drive from Perth, we have included it as it is like a little country town within the greater Perth area.  Couples with children make up the most of the roughly 1,880 people that live in Mundaring, and it is surrounded by stunning walking and cycling trails, spectacular state forest and national parks, and nearby Lake Leschenaultia making the location perfect for active families.

The median house price is the highest of our list at $440,000 but that is mainly due to its proximity to Perth, along with all of the conveniences of the big city. If you are looking for that small town charm within an hours drive of Perth, you need to check out Chidlow!

Esperance

The last town on our list is the furthest away from Perth, 720 kilometres away to be exact!

Esperance has low unemployment, hovering around the 5% mark which is good news for those looking for a career change as well! Tourism is a big growth industry in Esperance with visitor numbers continuing to increase each year, thanks to the stunning and numerous beaches that offer scuba diving, surfing and fishing. There are five stunning national parks near Esperance including the Cape Le Grand National Park, which boasts a stunning coast of granite terrain and sheltered white-sand beaches. Esperance’s spectacular natural beauty makes it the ideal location for people who want to move out of the city and enjoy a slower pace of life. But don’t just take our word for it! Esperance was voted #2 in the “100 best towns in Australia” feature by Australia Traveller. While this was back in 2009, we think the town has only gotten better since! Why not see it for yourself?

Make your move with The Moving Man

So whether you decide to relocate to one of our favourite rural towns in Western Australia, or you decide to move elsewhere in this amazing state of ours, why not make the move easy with The Moving Man? The Moving Man has over 30 years of experience in long-distance removals, so to see how easy we can make moving into your dream home, get in touch with us today!

10 Packing Hacks That Make Moving House That Much Easier

There are endless other things more enjoyable than packing up your life into boxes and moving house. It is long and tiring, and we haven’t even got to the unpacking part yet. Next time you have to get everything into boxes and head off on a new adventure, remember these 10 packing tricks and we promise it will make the task a lot more bearable.

1. Use the move to go Marie Kondo on your belongings

The biggest and best declutter is always done at moving time. The realisation that you have a lot more stuff than you want to move is always the best motivation for a clean out. Plus, packing up items you are probably just going to put away in a new cupboard, never to be seen again, is a big waste of time, energy and packing space.

The most efficient way to declutter – as Marie Kondo would say – is to declutter by category, rather than by room. Systematically go through your clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous items and sentimental items, hold on to only the things that speak to you, and pop the things that no longer ‘spark joy’ in to a box destined for the donations bin.

2. Take plenty of photos

You can’t rely solely on memory to get everything moved in and reassembled the way they should be. Before you disassemble and pack up some of your more complex furniture or that intricate hi-fi system, take photos of them. Take photos of where the wires all go, how things slot together and what the final product should look like. Don’t forget to take photos of your new place either – having the rough size and layout of the rooms on hand makes moving things in a lot easier, especially if you are moving into a smaller space.

3. Clean your belongings before you pack them up 

Moving isn’t just the perfect time to declutter, it’s also the perfect time to give your furniture and appliances a bit of a spring clean. Before putting your things into a box, give them a bit of TLC and a once over with some cleaning spray to remove dust and grime. Only once they are in tip top shape and the risk of spreading any grime is gone, pack them up. You will thank yourself at the other end because all you have to do is unpack, install and get to using. 

4. Keep clothes on hangers and in their drawers

Why make more work for yourself when your clothes can be moved exactly the way they are? You don’t need to find a box, suitcase or bag to put clothing in when your drawers essentially do the same job. Just pull them out and load them in your car.

For anything that is hanging, just pop a bin bag over top a group of hangers and tie it up at the top or bottom. Voila, you are packed! Then, when you get to the other end, it is as simple as sliding drawers in to place, and pulling bin bags off and hanging straight in the wardrobe.

5. Keep a list of what you put into each box 

Keeping tabs of everything that gets put into each box takes a fraction more time, but you will be glad you kept track when you get to the other end. Having a good idea of what is in each box helps you to drop them in the right room; and knowing exactly where to go for what makes unpacking that much easier. Just tape a sheet of paper to the side of the box and update the list as you go.

6. Colour code your boxes

Take your box content lists one step further and colour code your boxes. Pick out some different washi tapes and stick them onto your boxes, using one print to correspond to each room of the house. Then, when you get to the new home, stick the same printed tape on the door or wall so that you and anyone else helping to shift boxes knows exactly where they need to put them down. 

7. Pack an ‘essentials’ box

Moving in rarely takes just one day – and if it does, our hat goes off to you. For the rest of us who never get to unpacking as quickly as hoped, it is always smart to keep all your essentials packed in to one easily accessible box or suitcase. Think of it like you are going on a camping trip. Pack your toiletries, chargers, some toilet paper and a change of clothes. Anything that you are going to need over 2 days to get on with your day. Even popping things like bin bags, plates and cutlery, sponges and cleaning spray in there is a good idea.

8. Tape your screws, nuts and bolts to your furniture

It sounds silly, but envelopes and sandwich bags will become your best friends in a move. They are perfect for keeping smaller bits and bobs all sealed up in the one spot. Tape them to a section of your unassembled furniture so you can keep all the essential screws and allen keys right there with the furniture it belongs to. To make doubly sure you know what belongs where, label each little pocket just in case things become unattached in transit.

9. Use any and all the space you can find

Space is a premium when packing – don’t take it for granted! Use the space in your pots and pans to store smaller kitchen items, and stuff your shoes with your trinket boxes or delicate makeup compacts. You can even use your clothing and soft furnishings as padding for your valuables. The more you utilise the items you are already packing, the less boxes you will need.

10. Pack your breakables vertically 

You might stack your plates one on top of the other in the kitchen, but packing them away like this for a move is likely to end in heartbreak. Basically, the more surface area that is open to force, the bigger the chance that there will be a break. To minimise the risk of breakage, pack any larger, delicate items – mirrors, plates, picture frames – into boxes like you were stacking the dish rack. Keep everything horizontal and separated with padding. 

Don’t forget to tape a cross onto your larger mirrors and frames for extra protection against shattering.

And there you have it, 10 packing hacks to make your next move even easier. If you have any clever tips and tricks you swear by, let us know!

The Moving Man has many years of experience relocating businesses and moving offices in and around Perth CBD. Find out about our home removal services.

5 tips for a seamless office relocation

Moving to a new office space doesn’t have to be as hard as it’s sometimes made out to be. A stress-free office move begins with good organisation, plenty of delegation, and the help of people who know exactly what they’re doing.

While the office removalists are taking care of moving the big things, there are a few things that, as an employee, you can do to make the relocation as seamless as possible. 

1. Declutter your desk before packing it away.

Think of it as a little ‘spring clean’. The perfect time to declutter, and get rid of unnecessary bits and bobs that you’ve accumulated, is right before the big office move. Shred those old documents and recycle any pens that aren’t your most reliable. Decluttering before anything else means less to pack up and less to unpack at the other end, allowing for a fresh new start in the new office. 

2. Donate anything you won’t need in the new office

No two spaces are the same, so it pays to go through your office and work out what you will and won’t need in the new space. While old stationery can be tossed, any unneeded furniture and electronics are best donated to charity organisations. There are plenty of organisations in Perth that accept your working electronics, and furniture that’s still in usable condition (see where to donate your old furniture).

3. Pack everything into categorised boxes

Keep track of where everything is during the move by packing items into categorised boxes. For example, everything from your desk drawers can go into one box marked ‘desk drawers’, while all your electronics (computers, phones, and printers) can all go in another.

4. Mark all your belongings

Not only should you mark each box so you know exactly what is packed where, but each box should be marked so removalists know where to put it at the other end. Give your new office a number (just an A4 sign on the door will do), and mark all your belongings – boxes to furniture – with the same number. Having everything in the right spot when you arrive saves a lot of time.

5. Leave the office organisation until last

Once everything is off the truck at the other end, focus on getting everything out of boxes before you attempt anything else. Plugging in computers and phones, and perfectly placing the photos of your family, can all wait until you get a feel for just how much stuff you have to find a home.

The Moving Man has many years of experience relocating businesses and moving offices in and around Perth CBD. Find out about our office removalist services.