Here's a few tips to help you through the Furniture Moving process!

 

  • Selling and Buying on same day - as well as moving house?
    • This is not uncommon and can be the source of much stress.  Unless you're in a position to obtain access to your new residence prior to settlement of your old residence, then a date for settlement will be set but the time of settlement on that day is unlikely to be available until closer to the settlement day itself.   Put simply, you are required to have vacated your old residence, but generally will be unable to enter your new residence until you have received confirmation that the "settlement" process is complete.  Assuming all goes to plan, this information can usually be confirmed by the people handling your Conveyancing approximately 30 minutes after the allocated settlement time.
  • What if the properties fail to settle as planned or settlement is set back to a late afternoon? 
    • This is not common but it does happen for a variety of reasons.   If you have a very large consignment we sometimes suggest that the Uplift of your consignment take place on or prior to Settlement Day with delivery to occur on the next business day (or other days by prior arrangement).  This means that if any delay occurs, it's just a simple matter to store your consignment until the problem has been rectified.   Additional costs can be associated with this solution but it can be money well spent to relieve stress knowing that a back-up solution is in place. Sometimes these extra costs can be recovered by you from the party who caused the problem,  but rest assured that we wont walk away without ensuring a mutually suitable solution is in place. 
  • Safety of our Staff and risk to your goods - Some items we cannot or it's just smarter that we don't move for you!
    • Think about the items in your consignment because some things we cannot move and they're not always obvious - so ask yourself;  Will it leak and cause damage to my goods or a person?  Could it explode?  Could it poison or harm someone? Is it legal for us to carry the item?   If pre-packing your own boxes, think about what you're about to pack and hand to us for Removal!  If we are moving garage equipment or light machines, ensure all moving parts are secure.  It's an important issue that you need be aware of - we want our people to return home safe and uninjured after moving you and at same time your goods to arrive in good shape.    
  • Using the correct Removal Cartons and Packaging for your move is as important as putting the correct fuel in your car!
    • We can provide a quote for full Preliminary Packing services.  Our professional staff know not only what type of carton will be required - but also how to pack it!  From Chandeliers and Long Stem Glassware to Wine, Books, Artwork and Soft Toys.  The Carton (or Box) is only part of the solution, how to pack the carton is critical to the safe delivery of the contents. It should be noted that in most cases unless the Removalist supplies, packs an unpacks your boxes they have no way of knowing if your cartons are suitable for what you have packed and in fact if the technique you have used will adequately protect the contents during the inevitable "shocks" associated with moving and handling process!
    • If you choose to carry out your own Preliminary Packing - we recommend that you ensure the Boxes you use are suitable for the items you intend to pack.  Ensure boxes (once packed) are managable in terms of weight.  Professional Furniture Removalists use four main carton types and whilst there are many carton variations available these will, in the majority of cases meet your Prepacking needs.  We can supply and deliver boxes and packing materials for you - just visit our online BOX SHOP for all these needs and no nonsense information.
    • Beware of "cheap" packing materials.  Some advertise "Removal Boxes" when in fact they couldnt be further from suitable for this purpose.  Forget what is written on the outside of box! Look for innappropriate sizes, (one customer we visited had been supplied with boxes that once packed, wouldnt fit through the doors!), look for soft or weak carton walls - the carton once packed appropriately should easily be able to support 2-3 boxes of similar weight packed on top without collapsing.
    • Be aware before using plastic tubs for Removals!  These are fantastic for static storage within your cupboards but due to their inflexible walls and lids, they are prone to cracking and splitting!    
  • The 5 "P's!" - Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance!
    • If taking advantage of our on-site quote service, think about any items which you definately will not be moving from each room. Start the discussion with other family members and identify any items which may be in contention for disposal - make sure you're all on the same path so we can be too!  We will use this advice to prepare your quote. 
    • Proper preparation is the key to success with most tasks we perform in life and Moving is no different!   In the weeks leading up to Removal Day, dispose of unwanted paints, clothing, furniture, foodstuffs (it is wise not to transport liquids without the manufacturers seal in place - they tend to leak and if they do, it will be on to your goods!).  
    • It is not safe / wise (and in some cases illegal) for our staff to transport the following:
      • Caustic Cleaners, Poisons
      • Paint, Oil, Fuels, Turps an alike
      • Pressure Pack Cans,  Opened liquid foodstuffs (Soy Sauce and alike)
      • Gas Bottles (unless empty - DO NOT empty LPG into atmosphere - it's highly explosive, take them back to supplier and swap for an empty!)
      • Guns, Ammunition, Black Powder, Fire Works, Explosives, Flares
      • Pressurised Scuba tanks 
      • Some other items not listed here may also be rejected if identified as a safety concern.
  • Some items may need special prior preparation.
    • It is important that items you allocate for removal are clean and dry. Fuels and/or oils must be emptied from mowers and like items.
    • Are you moving interstate?  Did you know that Quarantine Laws exist in some states?  Tasmania and Western Australia require you to sign a Quarantine Declaration regarding your consignment.  As such it is important that you familiarise yourself with the requirements of that state. Make sure bins, mowers, whipper snippers, vacuums and alike items are empty and clean, interstate transport of plants may be rejected.  Quarantine Officers may direct us to dispose or clean any items identified as a Quarantine risk, this is an additional cost to you, so best to prepare or dispose of any items prior!
    • Some "pre-fab" furniture items may need special preparation.  Did you buy the items and need to assemble it in house sometimes these items are not designed to be moved once erected and it is much safer to dismantle them for the trip.
    • Moving Washing Machines - refer to your manufacturers transport instructions. Some "Front Loader" Washers need special preparation prior to being moved,  please ensure this is carried out prior to the arrival of the Removalists.
    • Do you have high value works of Art?  Extraordinarily fragile items?  Consideration should be given to special packaging or crating - we can provide guidance and options for this.
    • Make sure your Fridge and Freezer are empty, cleaned and importantly; dry!  This is particularly important if your goods are being moved into storage, dampness can encourage mould!
    • Large Flat Screen TV's must be packed.  Packing into their original carton (if you retained it) is best, otherwise we can provide a quote to supply a Generic Flat Screen TV Carton. 
  • Insurance and Moving (Note this is company opinion and not Insurance Advice!)
    • Ask yourself if you have home contents insurance?  Does this cover your goods once they leave the house?
    • Have you been told "Transit Insurance is included" or "Free Insurance" as part of your removal?  It's a common sales technique, but not always accurate or the supposed Insurance policy (if any) only covers you for remote risks like flood or fire.  If you have been told "it's included", ask for a copy of the Policy which shows that you are an "interested party" and the relevant "Product Disclosure Statement" - so you can see exactly what risks are covered. At  E W Hogan we are very clear that Transit Insurance is not included unless you specifically direct us otherwise in writing.  Why you ask, because in some cases your own contents policy may already provide coverage for the moving process - a saving for you if coverage is already in place.
    • Shouldn't the Removalist cover my goods automatically?  We can cover your goods, but you need to advise us of the risk in dollars so we can include this in your quote.  Whilst we pride ourselves in our professionalism and old fashioned care when carrying out your removal, we are human and very clear that our quotes exclude Transit Insurance unless advised otherwise when quoting.  Like Car Insurance, Transit Insurance for your goods is not free!  
  • Got Other Questions About Moving?
    • Call us on 1800 678381 - Talk to a person!  Remember, if moving house from Melbourne Metro area, we will be happy to come to you and provide an on-site inspection and quote.

 

 

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 KIDS NEED TO MOVE TOO!

Irrespective of which state/territory or overseas country you are moving to, the following points are applicable :
  • Contact your child's Present School and notify them your child is leaving. At the same time :
    • obtain a Transfer Certificate where relevant;
    • collect Samples of Work - either a Portfolio or a range of work samples in different subject areas;
    • talk to the class teacher[s] and see if they can give you any Additional Information
    • make or obtain notes on any Special Programs in which your child is involved and need to be continued. Some detail of where they are in a program would be useful.
  • Make sure you Return Equipment which belongs to the school, e.g. library books, readers, etc.
  • If you have Uniforms no longer of use to you, consider donating them to the Clothing Pool, or to another family.
  • Consider a Thank-You to the school for what it has done. It is surprising how often people who are happy with their child's school never do this.
  • Contact your child's New School and let them know your child is enrolling. Do this as soon as possible. Have the following information available :
    • name, age and birthday;
    • the year/class they have been in and the state/territory/country they are coming from;
    • any special programs they have been in and indicate you wish to discuss these when you visit the school for child's enrolment. This includes things such as acceleration as well as programs like Reading Recovery, English as a Second Language, etc..
  • When you visit the school for the first time to Enrol your child :
    • take all Documentation and give it to the school during the initial meeting. You may wish to keep a photocopy for yourself;
    • discuss Special Programs and your desires in regard to them. Find out whether the programs will continue or what options exist either at this school or another school;
    • as well as meeting the Principal or designated enrolment staff, ensure you meet your child's Class Teacher/Year Advisor, so you know who they are for future reference;
    • ensure you are aware of what Equipment [stationery, calculator, instruments, special clothing, etc.] your child must have. Most schools will provide a list, either separately or as part of a booklet of information;
    • arrange a Tour of the school for yourself and your child [if not offered] so you know where things are;
    • make sure you know, if your child is Not Starting Immediately:
      • what day/date/time they commence;
      • what things they need to bring;
      • where they are to go when they arrive;
      • whether they will be able to purchase Food, and what sort, during the day;
      • where they have to go for Transport Options [bus/train/bicycle/car pickup/etc.] at the beginning and end of the day;
      • what time they finish so you have an indication of the time they should be home following the end of the school day OR what time to pick them up;
      • whether After School Care is available and its details;
      • details regarding Fees and/or contributions and their payment; the dress code/Uniform requirements. I
    • f they are starting Immediately, check those items listed above which still apply.
    • If you wish to become involved in school activities this could be the time to ask [e.g. helping in classrooms, in the Canteen, Reading. You may wish to leave this until you have settled into your new home and your child has settled into the school.
  • Check to see who you should Contact if you have further questions. This may not be the Principal or even the class teacher, depending on the circumstances.It is far better to contact the school, if you are not happy or not clear about something.
  • Once you have done the above, place your child in the school's capable hands and leave as soon as you have said a brief farewell.
  • If a Problem that requires your attention occurs, they will be the first to contact you regarding this.

Aussie Educator  www.teachers.ash.org.au

 

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