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.

Conclusion

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.

There are some items we can’t move

Did you know that there are some items that our removalists can’t move for you?

These items all need to be disposed of responsibly and by contacting your local council they can advise of the collection centre closest to you for disposal.

  • Hazardous Goods
  • Poisonous materials
  • Prohibited or dangerous goods
  • Animals
  • Plants (particularly interstate moves)
  • Unclean items
  • Paints and flammable items

There are some items we can't move

There are others that require special attention before we can move them for you!

  • Gas bottles – need to be purged of all gas and certified
  • Lawnmowers and other gardening equipment should have all fuel drained. If they are going into storage they need to be completely cleaned of all fuel deposits.
  • Remove batteries from the items that are going into storage or getting moved overseas
  • Interstate or international moves may also have special regulations which we can advise you of at the time of your booking.
  • Make sure you dispose or use any fresh food items and any others that will not last a few days.

Prepare yourself a survival kit with toiletries, tea, coffee, milk and other drinks, personal items, first aid kit, spare clothing, tea towels and other dish cleaning equipment. This is great for the first night so that you don’t have to try to search for the simple things you need immediately at your new home.

Other items that you are best to keep with you are your valuables like jewellery or family heirlooms, even important documents really are best to be kept out of a moving van. For your own peace of mind, you are better to have these items with you or stored securely elsewhere.

Lastly, your pets – moving is a very stressful time for pets and they need their own special attention. Make sure you keep your pets confined and safe during the moving process. Speak to your vet about moving tips to ensure they can transition into the new home peacefully.

If you have any questions about your next move – speak to the team at John Bull Removals and Storage.

 

Decluttering to move house

You may have lived in your home for just a few years or you may have lived there for many decades. When it comes time to move, chances are there will be a few or many extra items that you may not want to take with you. The tricky part is knowing where to start!

Declutter definition: ‘to organise and prioritise your possessions’

Moving house is the perfect time to do just that – organise and prioritise your possessions. You have to touch everything in your home to move so it is the ideal time to get rid of all those items you have forgotten about or that won’t add value to your life in your new home. Moving to a new home can be a new start or at least a time for a change.

Some tips

  • Start small – just one room or one draw at a time so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by the task at hand.
  • Set up some boxes – Keep – Donate – Sell – Trash
  • Pack and label the boxes that you are keeping. This will get your home packed in no time at all.
  • It is a great time to be ruthless, if you haven’t used something in the last 12 months, chances are you are not going to any time soon.

The benefits of decluttering

  • With clutter, we can feel overwhelmed – clearing that clutter clears the overwhelm
  • Decisions become easier when we are not burdened with too much stuff
  • We can relax as there are not the pressures of ‘things’
  • Moving time and costs will be less
  • You have additional cash from selling unwanted items
  • You feel good about donating to charity
  • The new home really is a new beginning
  • Your new home really is your castle and a place where you feel proud to invite family and friends

So when you are decluttering to move house know that John Bull will be ready to help. We can recommend services to help with your decluttering, packing and ultimately moving you to your new home.  Contact John Bull Removals and Storage

Decluttering to 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.