Don’t get stressed by moving house

At John Bull Removals and storage we want to say “Don’t get stressed by moving house”. You don’t have to be a statistic which shows that moving house is among the top 5 most stressful situations.

Here are some tips for you:

  • Book the movers early – This means that when the time comes you won’t have to do all the heavy lifting on your own.
  • If all the following tips are not for you, we have a packing and unpacking service to make things easier.
  • Buy a pack of sharpies, tape rolls and boxes.Packing tape available at John Bull Removals and Storage
  • Take pictures of areas that you may like to recreate in your new home and pack accordingly.
  • Make sure you declutter BEFORE you move. Decide what you are keeping, donating or taking to the tip.
  • Pack one room at a time and label all the boxes by room and category for that room. TIP: you can also number the boxes for each room so you know exactly what you have.
  • Create a survival kit – toilet paper, chargers, snacks, tea/coffee, change of clothes etc. This should be in your car for ease of access.

Unpacking tips:

  • Frozen or cold items first
  • As your boxes are labelled and numbered it should be relatively easy to move room by room based on your needs in your home.
  • Make sure you unpack the items that make you feel most at home first.
  • If you can’t stand the idea of unpacking, arrange our packing and unpacking service.

So yes moving house can be stressful and difficult but at John Bull, we are here to make the process as painless as possible. We can do as much or as little as you need us too and we have plenty more tips and ideas to make your move happen.

Contact the team at John Bull Removals and Storage so we can assist you with your next move.

Holiday Greetings from The Team at John Bull

Holiday Greetings from The Team at John Bull

As another busy year comes to a close we hope that 2018 has been good to you and your family. The team at John Bull have been busy moving our clients all across Sydney and up/down the east coast. We have also moved into larger premises so we have even more available space to store your items securely. If you follow us on Facebook and Instagram you will see some of our interesting moves including a HUGE python skin we found while moving one of our clients.

Have a read of this letter below, I am sure you will relate – Stay safe and enjoy this wonderful time of year. The team at John Bull Removals and Storage

A Letter to Santa From Mum

Dear Santa,

I’ve been a good mum all year. I’ve fed, cleaned and cuddled my two children on demand, visited the doctor’s office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two cases of chocolate bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground and figured out how to attach nine patches onto my daughter’s girl scout sash with staples and a glue gun.

I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases since I had to write this letter with my son’s red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry between cycles, and who knows when I’ll find any more free time in the next 18 or so years.Holiday Greetings from The Team at John Bull

Here are my Christmas wishes:

I’d like a pair of legs that don’t ache after a day of chasing kids (in any colour, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don’t flap in the breeze but are strong enough to carry a screaming toddler out of the chocolate aisle in the grocery store. I’d also like a waist since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy. If you’re hauling big ticket items this year I’d like a car with fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television that doesn’t show any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking daughter doll that says, “Yes, Mummy” to boost my parental confidence, along with one potty-trained toddler, two kids who don’t fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools. I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting, “Don’t eat in the living room” and ‘Take your hands off your brother,’ because my voice seems to be just out of my children’s hearing range and can only be heard by the dog. And please don’t forget the Playdoh Travel Pack, the hottest stocking stuffer this year for mothers of preschoolers. It comes in three fluorescent colours and is guaranteed to crumble on any carpet making the in-laws’ house seem just like mine. If it’s too late to find any of these products, I’d settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a takeaway container. If you don’t mind I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare tomato sauce a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organised crime family; or if my toddler didn’t look so cute sneaking downstairs to eat contraband ice cream in his pyjamas at midnight.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your boots by the chimney and come in. Help yourself to cookies on the table but don’t eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.

Always…Mum.

P.S. – One more thing…you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my children young enough to believe in Santa.

Holiday Greetings from The Team at John Bull

 

Reasons to move house

Reasons to move house

At John Bull Removals and Storage we have made moving house our business for over 60 years. For almost everyone, we move it remains one of the most stressful things that you can do. It disrupts your entire life and puts it somewhere else. We do, however, try to ensure that your move remains one of the best things you do and try to take as much stress away from you as we can.

Our clients are generally a combination of…

  • Excited to move
  • Worried about the move

During the process of moving, you may need to remind you why you are moving in the first place.

Change of Lifestyle – The classic sea change or tree change is very common in Australia. Many of our clients are choosing this as a way to improve their lifestyle.Northern Beaches Removalists

Downsize – Often as children grow up and move out our clients find that they have too much home with too much maintenance. Moving to a smaller home with less maintenance can be perfect.

More Space – Perhaps the two bedroom apartment just isn’t suitable for your family anymore. Maybe you are having extended family come and stay as a temporary or permanent event and you need more space.

New Area – You may want to move so that you are closer to family or in a better school area.

Upgrade – It is time to upgrade your home and have things that your current house doesn’t have.

Work – Moving closer to work is a one way to improve your lifestyle and have a shorter commute each day with less time away from family. Job transfers are common reasons to move and this may be to another state or to a whole other country.

Health reasons – Perhaps you or a family member needs to be in a warmer climate or a cooler climate. Too many steps or stairs to get around can be a problem for many and a reason to move.

It was a mistake – You moved to where you are currently and have regretted it every day since. This move will be to correct your move and this time move for the right reasons. 

Regardless of the reasons you have for moving house, at John Bull Removals we will help you every step of the way and make your move as easy as possible. Contact us for a quote for your next move.

How long will my house move take

How long will my house move take is almost a “how long is this piece of string” type of question as there are many variables with each and every house move.

Let me provide a simple equation for you : TIME = (Access x number of items) + Drive time + Preparation/Packing + Placement Decisions.

How long will my house move take

Some items that may affect the costs of your move are:

How close can we park the truck to your new home?

Do you have lots of stairs for access?

Are there long halls to carry furniture?

Do you have a lot of furniture?

Have you got a lot of boxes?

Are their many items that are not packed?

If there is a lift, how big is the lift?

What is the distance between the old home and the new home?

Do you have items in storage that need to be picked up or items that have to be dropped off at storage?

Are we providing a packing and unpacking service?

Not everyone is the average move, but at John Bull, we have the knowledge and experience to ensure that your move is completed in the most efficient way possible. Contact the team at John Bull Removals and Storage for an obligation free quote on your next move, local or interstate we can help you move home as stress-free as possible.

Life on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Life on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Are you considering a move to Sydney’s Northern Beaches? John Bull is your locally preferred removalists as we have been moving families and individuals for more than 60years.

Perhaps you already live here and want to know more about the area!

Sydney’s Northern Beaches or Insular Peninsular is one of Sydney’s most beautiful places and highly desired as the place to live. Many locals have lived here their whole lives and have been lucky enough to stay and buy within the area. Nicknamed the Insular Peninsular as you don’t have to go anywhere else, we are lucky to have everything in the one place without ever leaving.

This peninsular runs from Manly through to Palm Beach and encompasses a lot of beaches and suburbs along the way. Anyone who watches Home and Away may realise that “Summer Bay” is actually the beautiful Palm Beach.Sydney's Northern Beaches

Food and Drink

There is a multitude of restaurants, bars, cafes and more up and down the peninsula to enjoy, you will never be bored for choice.

Markets

Held at Manly every weekend, Warriewood’s fresh produce each Friday, Palm Beach and Narrabeen each month and more.

Activity to Explore

With so many beaches to choose from you can swim in the ocean pools or surf the breaks. Walk the sandy shores or take the coastal walks. A snorkel at Manly’s Shelley Beach or an explore through the beach rock pools will keep you busy.

Bushwalking tracks abound and there is the loop of Narrabeen Lakes or the walk up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse. For the golfers we have many top class golf courses to choose from too.

Shopping

We have Westfield Warringah Mall, Stocklands at Balgowlah, Warriewood Square to name a few of our large shopping centres. You cannot miss all the small shopping pleasure of Manly, Freshwater, Avalon and Mona Vale for community, individually owned shops.

This blog has only touched the surface of what it is like to live life on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. So if you are considering moving here, let the team at John Bull ensure that your move is a peaceful one.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

To all our clients both existing and new, we wish you a wonderful, safe and cheerful time during this holiday season. We know that many of you will be travelling, having time with family and friends or just relaxing at home. So, regardless of your plans during this time, keep yourself safe and do the things that you love so you are ready to take on 2018.

An Ode to Christmas Food

Eat up, it is Christmas time, food is going amok:
Turkey, peas, potatoes, and dressing perhaps even a duck.
It’s OK, eat away:
Corn, gravy, cranberries, ham.
Eat up, it is Christmas day:
Salad, rolls, butter and jams.

Eat up, it is Christmas time:
Chips, bean dip, carrots, peas.
You must do it, it is the season.
Grape juice, milk, teas and coffee.
You can not refuse; there is no reason:
Cake, gum, chocolate, candy.

The year is ending, never fear.
New Years Eve will soon be here
All resolutions will be listed in play.
A diet awaits you the very next day.

Merry Christmas2017 has been a busy year for John Bull Removals and Storage. We have continued to deliver the service you know and expect from us and with storage requirements growing we expanded. John Bull moved into larger premises to offer our clients a larger space to store their items safely and securely.

With 2018 just around the corner we are excited to see what it holds for both John Bull and our clients.

Take care and stay safe over this holiday time, enjoy your celebrations. We look forward to working with you in 2018 and beyond.

Happy New Year