Save the Stress. Why Hiring A Professional Company For Office Relocation Is Essential
Moving office can be stressful for everyone involved. Whether it’s to a new area within the same building or a move to a different town, people don’t enjoy change. Things will go wrong. It will take longer and cost more than expected.
This article will identify some of the ways you could prepare for your move to reduce risks and help lower your stress level. We will discuss how planning and budgeting are essential for a successful move. We will talk about the items to be moved and, most important, the people involved.
Finally, we’ll consider whether using a professional office removal company is the best option for you.
What items are you moving?
You must consider the items to be moved. You will need to pack, label, transport and unpack everything.
Furniture includes desks and office chairs, plus meeting room tables and chairs. If your office has an employee kitchen/lounge area, you may also need to move dining tables and chairs or sofas and armchairs from a reception area.
Office furniture probably won’t require any packaging but must be handled carefully due to bulk and weight.
Paper and card documents and books require careful packaging to ensure they maintain their condition. They must be transported in waterproof packaging.
Office equipment includes IT assets, plus office storage.
IT equipment (desktop)
Ideally, each member of staff will have a crate, or similar, padded, moving box. All of their desktop equipment will be packaged together. This may include a desktop tower or laptop computer. There will be keyboards and cables. There may be multiple monitors, a mouse, a mousemat and possibly a modem.
Each individual crate should be carefully labelled. It will be left in the best spot for unpacking in the new office location.
Some of the desktop equipment is fragile and will need to be loaded and transported accordingly.
This includes two types of items:
Devices such as servers, large hard disk drives, computer racking, printers and photocopiers are expensive and will require special care during the move to avoid damage. These items can be large and bulky and may need specialist moving equipment such as padded crates or cushioned castors or wheels to reduce the risk of damaging bumps during transportation.
Shelves and cupboards, desk lockers and even coat and hat stands may need to be moved or disposed of. The new location may already have adequate storage equipment. If not, these often bulky items will have to be moved with care to prevent them from causing damage to walls and floors.
Your employees will need care and attention ahead of your office relocation, too:
Many people find change uncomfortable. Involve your staff in planning. Advise them of details as soon as they are available.
Involve your staff in the move to make them a part of the project. Give them responsibilities, even if it is clearing and packing their own desk or workspace. Tell them the schedule for packing, moving and unpacking. Advise of plans for any alternative working arrangements, such as working from home, during the office relocation.
Visit the new location
Whether it is in your existing building, across town or out of town, it is important to arrange a site visit for your employees, if possible. They spend a lot of time at work and will be curious about their new location.
You could provide travel information, such as reasonable, or free, car parks and bus or train routes. They’ll want to know where the office bathrooms are and would like local information on cafes for lunch and coffee and, possibly, local shops, banks and medical facilities.
You must make sure your workforce remains injury-free with some OHS education.
If your employees are doing their own packing and unpacking, you should ensure they are trained in lifting techniques to avoid straining themselves.
Education in how to correctly pack delicate IT equipment should be considered as well as warnings of hazards around the office, including trip hazards, before and after moving day.
Your new address
You will need to make sure you update your address details ahead of the move.
Including letterheads and envelopes. Don’t forget to print new business cards and update the ‘contact me’ details on your website and social media pages.
Send emails advising of the change of address well before the move then send some reminders before and after relocating. You want visiting customers and key suppliers to know where you are.
There are some crucial days ahead if the move is to be successful. Some considerations:
This is the period when the current office should be packed, ready for moving out.
You should aim to have packing materials, such as crates, tape, padding and labels ready early. Inevitably, some staff won’t be at the office on ‘packing day’. They may be on holiday, ill or part-timers. They will pack on their last day in the office or ask somebody to pack their workspace for them.
You should have a date by which everybody must have packed their desktop equipment and anything they have stored in lockers or cupboards. Often, this is a Friday. Your employees may complete packing and leave the office earlier than usual for the day. This will help the move proceed on schedule.
Depending on your lease, or whether you have sold your current office, you may be required to, clean the space. This could be a simpler task than usual if you wait until everything has been removed and is in the process of being transported to your new office premises. You may have an empty space to clean.
After packing and unpacking, transport is the riskiest task for your more fragile office equipment. laptops, monitors, servers and photocopiers are all at risk of damage as they are loaded onto and removed from the transport. Poorly stacked and packed equipment is also liable to dame during transportation.
The transportation itself may vary from trolleys to a full-on removal van, or vans, depending on the number of assets being moved and the distance to your new location. Loading and unloading a full office will be hard work and take a long time. You may decide to get employees to help you, or hire some help.
You may need to arrange storage for some, or all, of your office assets, during the office relocation. It may be the new space isn’t available immediately or you decide you don’t want to move everything at once.
You will need to arrange transport to the storage facility and unloading of your goods, to move them to your designated storage area. You should check whether the storage facility maintains air quality and is waterproof to ensure valuable equipment and priceless documents remain as they were when packed.
The location of the facility is key, especially if you or your employees will be visiting to retrieve or deposit your assets. Make sure you can get in when you want and the facility is easy to get to.
You should consider cleaning your new office before and after your furniture and equipment have been delivered and unpacked. Your employees won’t be pleased to arrive at a dusty office on their first day in the new location.
This will be your employees’ first day in their new location. Make sure the crates they packed are near their new workspace. They will want to set up their desk the way they are used to working.
Coat racks, lockers, shelves and cupboards should all be in place.
You may need to delegate unpacking duties for employees who aren’t at the new office on the first day. You will need to make sure the empty packing crates can be stored away from the office.
Have a stress-free office relocation with The Moving Man
As you have realised, planning and successfully completing an office relocation can be stressful and has risks for your equipment, your employees and your business.
At The moving Man, we have years of experience and we have successfully completed dozens of commercial and office moves for customers in and around Perth.
We can provide a full service to make your relocation as easy as we can for you and your employees. We will minimise the risk of damage to your assets and have your staff ready to start work again as quickly as possible.
We have proven, quality packing equipment to make relocating easier and safer and reduce the risk of damage to goods being moved.
Our crates are strong, environmentally friendly, reusable polyethylene. They have special interlocking lids making them easier and safer to pack and they stack on top of each other to optimise space.
Standard crates can hold office equipment, books, documents and stationery.
Our library trollies allow you to move books from your shelves to the trolley, without changing the order of the documents. When we reach the destination your books will still be in display order before you place them on your shelves.
IT Desktop Crates
Our IT crates have foam padding and are capable of holding a complete individual workspace, including monitors, a laptop and peripheral equipment. We provide padded bags for monitors and a packing guidelines sheet with each crate.
Office Equipment/IT Cages
Our top-of-the-range cages have completely enclosed shelves to move quantities of hardware. To help ensure the safety of your equipment, the cages include padded bags for monitors and the castors are shock-absorbing.
Our Packing and delivery services
We are experienced and professional. Our team have moved commercial premises and offices many times. We have developed techniques and methods and use specialised materials to greatly minimise the chance of damage.
We will help your employees to pack, load the transport and unpack at your destination. We will unpack goods according to your new office layout.
We can arrange for your existing office and your destination to be cleaned.
Our facilities are dust and moisture-free, secure and easily accessible, for your convenience and peace of mind.
Why not relocate your office the stress-free way with our friendly, helpful, professional team.
Contact The Moving Man today for more information.
Packing to move house: Where to start?
Packing up your life to move house can be overwhelming. It’s such a big task that it can be hard to know when, where, and how to start. Luckily, all it takes is a bit of forethought and planning to simplify the process.
When should I start packing?
The simple answer is: as soon as possible.
The more time you give yourself to get your life into boxes, the less stressful the whole experience will be.
Obviously, there are some things that can’t be packed up weeks before the move without being inconvenient. The easiest way to work through this issue is to prioritise your packing and work through your belongings methodically. Read our guide about things to do before the moving day and start organising your move.
Where should I start packing?
As a general rule, the first things to go into boxes should be the things you know you won’t be needing any time soon. A good place to start is with anything that you already have in storage. If it’s been sitting in your junk room for the past year, the chances are you won’t be needing it before you move. Once you’ve tackled the things in storage, you’re safe to move onto packing things like your seasonal wardrobe, extra blankets, and any big pieces of art or home decor.
Around a week out from your move, you can start looking at packing up your living spaces and clearing out the kitchen drawers. Leave only the essentials to get you through a week of cooking, dining, and light entertainment. It’s also wise to start packing a suitcase with some clothes, toiletries, your important medications, and other necessary bits and bobs. Once you’ve put aside the necessities to get you through a few days (think of it like packing a weekend bag), you’re free to start moving on to packing up your belongings in the bedrooms and bathrooms.
For more packing tips, this article provides you with 10 packing hacks that will make moving house so much easier.
How should I start packing?
The packing process begins well before you start putting things into boxes.
Packing starts with planning. Putting a well thought out packing plan into place before you start not only ensures your belongings are well packed and protected for the move, but it helps to streamline things when you get to the other end. Start planning your move by writing a list of all the packing materials you might need – things like boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and packing beans. Then, work on a room by room plan of attack (which rooms are to be packed first and what is being packed into where).
As you start taking action on your packing plan, take the time to take stock of your belongings too. Packing to move house is also the perfect time to spring clean. Work out what you do and don’t want to keep, and what you can donate to charity. There’s no point in lugging things you don’t want or need all the way to your new home.
To make it easier to locate your items at the other end, clearly label each box with its contents and the room that it belongs to. This will also help your removalists put the boxes in the right part of the house as they unload the truck.
The Moving Man has many years of experience relocating families in and around Perth CBD. Find out about our home removal services.
How to prepare your home for removalists?
So, you’ve decided to make the big move? Congratulations!
Moving into a new home is exciting, but we know just how much prep work is needed to get you there. To assist you in navigating the ins and outs of the moving process, we’ve put together a handy checklist to get your home and contents prepared for the removalists.
1. Dismantle your furniture
If you’ve got large or awkward pieces of furniture to be moved, make sure you dismantle and pack them down flat prior to the removalists arriving. Help disassembling and reassembling beds can be provided, but removing drawers, unscrewing doors, and disassembling large bookshelves (for example) are all things to have done ahead of time.
2. Order packing materials
Don’t shortchange yourself and head into the packing process underprepared. Before putting your things in boxes, call your local packing solutions company to purchase everything you need to protect your belongings. Consider getting some different sized boxes capable of holding different loads, bubble wrap to protect fragile pieces, packing peanuts, and some packing paper. Keep some old towels and blankets handy to protect larger pieces of furniture too.
3. Be strategic in your packing
Make life easier for your removalists (and for the base of your boxes) by thinking carefully about how you’re going to load each box. Avoid boxes that are too heavy and awkward to lift by saving the smaller boxes for your heaviest items, and keeping the larger boxes to fill with your lighter items. If you’re putting quite a few items into your larger boxes, start by packing the heaviest items first and placing the lighter items on top.
4. Label your boxes
Properly labeling your boxes saves your removalists a lot of time at the other end. Clearly mark which room each box belongs to on the top and sides of the boxes so they can be offloaded into the corresponding rooms at the new house. It also pays to tape a list of the contents of each box to the side. That way, if you’re looking for something in particular as you’re unpacking, you can quickly and easily tell what is in each box.
5. Defrost your fridge
Most fridges take quite a few hours to fully defrost, so starting this process at least a day before the removalists arrive is essential. Empty the contents of your fridge and freezer into eskies with ice, lay some towels, unplug your fridge, and leave the fridge and freezer doors open overnight to defrost. Before the removalists arrive, give it a quick clean out to remove any leftover food and water.
If the packing process all seems a bit overwhelming or hard to fit into your busy lifestyle, you can look into paying for a full ‘pack and move’ service. Having The Moving Man team come in and expertly pack up your household belongings (from the shed through to bedding and cushions) saves a considerable amount of time and effort on your behalf.
Our trained removalists have a considerable knowledge in how to pack and protect even your most valuable items and antiques so, rest assured, your belongings are in good hands.
Choosing the Best Office Location for Your Perth Business
Location, location, location: it doesn’t just apply to residential property. Choosing the right office location for your Perth business can make all the difference to its day to day runnings, and how it’s perceived by customers and employees. Not all businesses are suited to an office in the CBD and, similarly, not all businesses will find they work in a more industrial area of Perth.
To help you make the best choice for your business, we’ve outlined five things to keep in mind when searching for a new office location in Perth.
One of the biggest constraints when choosing a new office location in Perth is budget. Knowing how much your business can afford to spend on a premise each month will help you to determine what areas you should be searching in, how much space you can work with, and what amenities are most important to your business and its stakeholders. Generally speaking, offices in the CBD will cost more than those in outer suburbs, and an office sporting state-of-the-art amenities will sit higher on the price scale than an empty warehouse.
|Area||Indicative price range|
|Perth||AUD 600 – 1000|
|West Perth / Subiaco / Osborne Park||AUD 500 – 900|
|South Perth / Fremantle||AUD 500 – 900|
Source: minimum to maximum average cost for serviced offices, per person per month compiled by instantoffices.com
Another important factor to consider in your search for an office in Perth is size. Can your business work from a small office, or do you need several floors and rooms to accommodate your processes? Analysing your business and what kind of space is needed for its operations is imperative to making the right decision on office size.
Tip: to ensure longevity in your new space, be sure to factor in any growth you see happening in your business within the next few years and select an office space to reflect that.
Is your business something that will work well in a collaborative co-working space? Or are private offices key to your day to day operations? The way a space is set up is a very important consideration for businesses, and something that shouldn’t be dismissed when looking for a new office. Don’t discount the external environment of an office either, as what’s nearby to the office (i.e. parks or a view of the river) can have a huge impact on how your office feels.
Actual office space is just one small part of the equation when looking for a new home for your business. There’s a lot to be thought about outside the office too. What infrastructure is important to your business? Offices in the CBD are attractive as there’s a high concentration of surrounding businesses and they’re close to plenty of public transport. A little further out of the CBD and things like parking spaces become hot property; especially when, in the 2016 census, it was reported that 36.1% of people in the City of Perth drove to work in a private car.
5- Suburb Profiles
Understanding suburb profiles around Perth will help inform your decision on what location is best for your business. Every area will have it’s pros and cons. Suburbs like Osborne Park have a great mix of residential and commercial properties – many of them being larger warehouse type spaces – whereas West Perth attracts many mining, law, consulting, and medical businesses. Broadly speaking, the most popular areas to rent office space in Perth are the Perth CBD, West Perth, Subiaco, South Perth, and Osborne Park.
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.
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?
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:
- Pre-packing and packing
- Commercial cleaning
- Relocating everything to the new site
- Digital updates
- Mail redirection
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.
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.
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!
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/
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:
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:
- Governmental organisations: ATO, Pension cards, Senior cards, CentreLink, etc.
- Utilities: Apart from the ones we have already mentioned, but you may need to update for your mobile phone if it is not bundled with your internet.
- Financial, legal, insurance services: accountant, banks, credit card provider, superannuation fund, insurance providers, etc.
- Medical services: Medicare, dentist, health insurance provider, etc
- Cars: driver licence, car insurance, vehicle registration, etc
- Others: Libraries, newspapers and magazines subscriptions, charities, etc.
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.
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:
- South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Perth-Peel regions,
- Mid-West, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions,
- Goldfields-Esperance region,
- And within Kimberley Local Government areas.
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!