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.


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


10 benefits of self storage

10 benefits of self-storage at John Bull

Self-storage has lot’s of benefits, here a just a few for you.Northern beaches storage

1 – Storage for your business. Do you have business equipment, materials, office supplies, excess inventory or similar that is taking up space? All these items and more can be placed into storage until you need them. The benefits are that your office/factory or home is free of all these items and you can still access them at any time.

2 – Transitions. A divorce is one of those transitions where you may need to store your belongings until you are settled in a new place. By putting your items in storage they are safe and secure until you are ready to unpack them again.

3 – Retirement. When you have finished working you may be going to travel and rent out your home. You may be going to travel and rent out part of your home or even just store a few boxes. The solution is secure storage.

4 – Travelling for work. Many families have to travel both interstate and internationally for work. When this happens you may need to leave many items in storage as you will be returning or perhaps you wish to send them at a later time.

5 – Seasonal. Why not store all those winter items you don’t need in summer or the summer items you don’t need in winter. Get rid of the clutter in your home with self-storage.

6 – Declutter. By removing all the belongings that you only use occasionally you can make your home far more spacious. Also when you re selling your home there is the need to move out all those personal items and knick-knacks that make your home yours.

7 – Sports. Do you have bulky sports equipment that you don’t use all year round? Self-storage is the perfect solution.

8 – Hobbies. Is your hobby overtaking the house? Using self-storage can keep all your family members happy.Northern beaches storage

9 – Downsizing. Have you decided to move to a smaller space? You don’t have to get rid of everything immediately. Perhaps you will again have a larger space so there are specific items you wish to keep. Perhaps you want to pass these items to family members or sell them in the future. Self-storage solves these problems.

10 – Moving house. When you move not all the timelines match up and there may be a need to store your items for a period of time.

Whatever the reason John Bull Removals and Storage at Mona Vale have the storage solution for you and at extremely affordable rates too.

Contact us today for all your storage needs.

Northern Beaches Self Storage

At John Bull, we are pleased to offer you a self-storage option! Located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and situated in our secure warehouse with a back to base alarm system.

Yes, that’s right you can access your storage on site with us at Mona Vale.Mona Vale storage

Just give us a call the day before and we can have your storage pod ready for you to access at a time that suits.

Storage pods – As you may know we use a storage pod system this has several benefits.

  • Plywood modules keep your valuable possessions clean, dry and protected.
  • We bring the modules to your home in our specially designed truck. Your possessions are professionally wrapped and packed directly into the modules.  When we return to our warehouse, instead of having to handle all your furniture again, we simply use a forklift to lift the modules off the truck and put them away inside our secured warehouse.
  • The modular system eliminates unnecessary double-handling, and when you reduce the handling, you reduce the risk of damage associated with carrying furniture.

Modules are made out of plywood, and for a very good reason – because plywood breathes. The modules are not designed to get wet, so they are never left out in the weather, they are always kept in a secured warehouse. This means modules maintain a very constant temperature whilst in store, which prevents deterioration that can occur from damp, mildew and rust.

John Bull storage modules are slightly elevated from floor level, ensuring a steady airflow under and around the storage module. Therefore on a 40-degree day outside the plywood, the module will be comfortably cool inside our warehouse, and on a freezing winter night, the plywood keeps things comfortably warm inside.

Long-term or Short-term

From just $22.99 per week, we can store everything you need within a 5 cubic meter space or for just $29.99 per week for 9 cubic meters.

Not sure what size you need – just ask our helpful team.

Our storage is not just for household items – you may have business items that need to be stored securely and locally. As mentioned above you can have access to these items with just one day’s notice.

Contact John Bull Removals and Storage today for Northern Beaches Self-storage.

John Bull Removalist Northern Beaches

Moving Boxes

One of the first things you may think about is “I need moving boxes”

Do you:

  • Get new ones
  • Find some used ones
  • Look on Facebook or Gum Tree to see anyone giving them away
  • Ask your friends and family

What size boxes, tape, bubble wrap, paper and more do you even need?

Well, luckily we have everything sorted for you at our Box Shop in Mona Vale! John Bull is a one-stop-shop for all of your packing needs, from boxes to packing tape and mattress covers-we have you covered, literally!

You can find our Box Shop at Unit 3, 83 Bassett Street, MONA VALE, NSW 2103


BOOK BOXBox shop_book box – Length 42cm x width 32cm x height 35 cm
Constructed from top quality, dual ply cardboard, this box is specifically designed to carry anything heavy or fragile. This is the ideal box to choose when packing kitchen crockery, glassware, cutlery and tins of food. Called the ‘book box’ for obvious reasons, but also perfect for many other household items such as files, stationery, ornaments and anything too heavy for packing in the Tea Chest. Please consider, when packing your boxes, that if the box is too heavy for you to lift it will also be too heavy for your removalist!
We will credit you $1 for each box that you return to us

TEA CHESTBox shop_tea chest – Length 42cm x width 40cm x height 63cm
This is the ideal carton to use for everyday clothes, kitchen appliances, lamp-shades, Manchester, children’s toys, bric-a-brac and anything too large for the book box.
We will credit you $1 for each box that you return to us.

Yes, we have used boxes available too and if you have no idea what you need just ask one of the friendly faces at John Bull. Plus we have all the paper and bubble wrap you could need and tape to keep everything secure.

Don’t forget – you don’t have to do any of this yourself if you don’t want to – we can arrange to pack and unpack EVERYTHING. 

Here is a recent testimonial

I’d like to commend your staff on a great job.  The packing ladies were polite, pleasant, easy to deal with, fast packers and professional.

The removalists were the same.  Everyone just arrived and got on with the job, and it was done efficiently and effectively.   Nothing was a bother, anything a little out of the box ( eg moving the desks into the new building and TV out of the old) was handled with no fuss.

You have great staff, doing an awesome job for you.

Sandra van Kool

Moving house the easy way

Are you looking to move house the easy way? John Bull is here to help!

Once you begin packing you may be surprised by just how much ‘stuff’ you actually have. It is vital that you don’t leave it to the week or two before you move to get started. If you do leave it this late you will find that you are in a whole world of chaos and frustration.

At John Bull, we can provide you with a packing service and also an unpacking service to save you all the hassle of doing this – the choice is yours!

John Bull Packing and Unpacking Removalist

If you are going to pack here are some tips:

BOOK YOUR REMOVALIST EARLY – So often we receive last-minute calls for bookings in the same week and this is not always something we can accommodate. By booking John Bull as soon as you know you are moving we are more likely to be available for you.

Get yourself set up with a moving workstation – At this station have a simple caddy that has packing tape, coloured labels, a marker (sharpie), notebook, boxcutter and scissors. This caddy can travel around the house as you pack and be ready to go to the dining table or desk when you need to sit and make notes.

Boxes – You can use any type of box, but you want to make sure that is it a strong one. The last thing you need is the bottom falling through when someone is carrying it. At John Bull, we can supply boxes for you.

Opportunity – There is no better time to get rid of the things you don’t want or need when you move. Don’t ever take it with you as you will never get rid of it. Sell, donate or take a trip to the tip.

Colour – By colour coding the boxes with stickers or paper you can then create a room code. This makes it so easy to know which box to put where. You also can have a list to pin up in the new house to make the drop off of the boxes so much easier.

Give it a star rating – If you know the items you need immediately unpacked give the box a 5-star rating. If it can wait a few weeks to be unpacked perhaps just 1 star.

Valuables – Take the valuables yourself in your car. This will give you the peace of mind that you know exactly where they are.

Wrap your breakables – Using the linen to wrap breakables, socks around glasses and pillows to stop things moving in boxes is a great trick.

Label the cables – By writing labels and wrapping the cables you will know how to reconnect everything. Take photos too of what is plugged where if you are unsure.moving house the easy way

Clothes – Leave them on their hangers and group them with large garbage bags. At least if they slide off the hanger you still have the item!

Suitcases – These are great to stack books or heavy items as they are on wheels!

Be organised – The more organised you are the faster it is for us, the removalists. Have everything ready the night before and then all you need to do is clean the house when it is empty.


The team at John Bull want your move to be as easy as possible so if you have any questions – just ask.

John Bull Removals and Storage.


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.