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What is a Cubic Metre?
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What is a Cubic Metre?

When moving house, you will have a seemingly endless list of tasks to do. However, one of the most important tasks is often the one that is overlooked. That’s making a comprehensive list of every item and figuring out how many cubic metres you need to move. Put simply, you need to calculate each item’s volume in cubic metres. This is the first question many removalists will ask. To make this task simpler, this blog explains:

  • The definition of a cubic metre
  • Why items are measured in cubic metres when moving house
  • How this measurement system will impact your move
  • Other factors which impact the overall cost of your move, and;
  • A list of the most commonly moved items and their measurements

What exactly is a cubic metre?

A cubic metre (i.e. m³ or cbm) is the preferred unit of measurement used by removalist companies. As the name suggests, the measurement determines the volume of space taken up by a box or cube of 1 metre x 1 metre x 1 metre. So, how exactly do you determine the cubic meterage of a particular piece of furniture? The answer is quite simple.

The furniture does not have to be a perfect square. You simply multiply a piece of furniture’s length by its width, then multiply that number by its height. The total will tell you exactly how many cubic metres the item will occupy. This, in turn, indicates the size and how many boxes you will need, and the total cost of these boxes.

When purchasing moving boxes, measurements are often given in litres. Converting litres to cubic metres is easy: 1,000 litres is equal to one cubic metre.

Why are items measured in cubic metres when moving house?

While essential, this task is often overlooked. Cubic metres are the unit of measurement used by removalists when moving furniture. Your removalist will need you to give them accurate measurements of each piece in cubic metres. Why? Because this is the way they can offer you a detailed relocation quote.

Ultimately, the volume (total cubic metres) you quote will determine the size and number of removal vans you require, and the cost.

It can be tempting to just call a removalist without first measuring your belongings, and you certainly can do this. By doing so, however, you run the risk of either over-or under-booking the transportation required. This may delay your move and drive the costs up. Also, you will not be able to budget effectively. Worst of all, without accurate measurements, you will be unable to shop comparatively for the best deal.

Which other factors impact the cost of moving house?

There are many factors which affect the overall cost of your move. As you have seen, the total volume of your belongings is essential. This measurement is very important. It determines both how many removal vehicles are required and also how long packing will take. However, this is not the only important factor that influences moving costs.

Firstly, the distance you need to travel is a clear indicator of cost. The further the distance, the more petrol and more hours the removalists need to be hired for. These factors will lead to a higher quote.

Secondly, any access issues to your property must be taken into account. These may include things like stairs, a sloping property, an electronic access gate and more. Lastly, breakable items (i.e. mirrors, vases, antiques, etc.) will need to be handled carefully. These will take longer to pack.

A list of commonly moved items and their measurements

Packing your belongings when moving house can be a daunting task, especially if you are unclear on the precise measurements. To give you a helpful starting point, we have compiled a list of the most commonly moved items and their measurements in cubic metres. This will help you visualise the size of the boxes you’ll need and how many are required for a hassle-free moving experience.

  • Standard tea chest – 0.12 cbm
  • Dining chair – 0.15 cbm
  • Dining table – 1 cbm
  • Bedside table – 0.15 cbm
  • Chest of drawers – 0.7 cbm
  • Glass cabinet – 0.8 cbm
  • TV – 0.25 cbm
  • Washing machine – 0.5 cbm
  • Refrigerator – 1 cbm
  • Armchair – 0.8 cbm
  • 2-seater lounge – 1.2 cbm
  • 3-seater lounge – 1.5 cbm

Other factors impacting the total cost of your move

When moving house, your situation and requirements are unique. The issues which affect your move will be entirely different to someone else. That’s why the team at JD Movers take the time to get to know you and understand your individual needs.

We understand your move will be affected by many different variables. Some of these include the distance, your timeframe, your budget and more. Above all, the volume of the items you need to transport is the most important factor, which influences the overall cost.

Determining this is vital, as it dictates how many removal vehicles are required for the job, and how long the packing will take. However, this is not the sole factor that influences the cost of your move. Another key variable is the distance from your current residence to your new home.

As you may expect, the longer the journey, the more fuel and manhours are required by your removalist team. Also, you need to consider any access issues (i.e. stairs, steep land, tight spaces, etc.) in your property and items which need to be handled carefully (i.e. breakable possessions).

When selecting a removalist company, look no further than JD Movers. We’ll give you a comprehensive breakdown of removal costs, so you’ll be able to work within your budget. And, it helps you understand your quote. This way, you’ll know the quote is fair and accurate, and you have not been charged for services you do not require.

Don’t want to deal with the stress of packing up the house yourself? Simply contact the JD Movers team – we’ll handle it all for you.

The Ultimate Moving Boxes Price Guide
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The Ultimate Moving Boxes Price Guide

Moving house is often considered one of the most stressful experiences you will undertake, and this is easy to understand, as there’s a seemingly endless list of things to do. Among these activities, properly packing and transporting your possessions is the most important. Despite this, packing everything effectively and efficiently is often overlooked.

By leaving decisions like packing boxes to the last minute, people often settle for whatever they can get. This can put a major dent in your moving budget. This blog will help you:

  • Explore different types of packing boxes
  • Choose the right packing boxes for your budget
  • Compare packing boxes by price
  • Examine the average cost of box deliveries, and;
  • Determine which other packing supplies you need

Choosing the right packing boxes for your needs

Proper, secure packaging is the secret to ensuring your belongings are safely transported to your new home. However, many people simply buy boxes from grocery stores. While this can work for some things, they are often flimsy and will jostle about in the moving truck, shattering your breakable belongs. By purchasing the correct moving boxes for your needs, you can rest assured are well protected during transportation.

But how do you know which boxes are right for you? To help you make the right selection, here are three key characteristics of quality moving boxes:

#1 The right size – Selecting the correct size is essential. For instance, if the box is too large, you will ultimately pay extra transportation costs. While a small box could potentially damage your items.

The box’s size should match the item’s dimensions, with some extra room for protective packaging (i.e. bubble wrap, etc.). Ensure the box has up to 7.5cm of space for protective wrapping.

#2 Strong, quality material – Ensure you select a box of strong structural integrity. It should be able to be transported with no (or minimal) damage. Ensure fragile items are properly protected with bubble wrap or foam. This is a far less expensive option than having a damaged item repaired or replaced.

Selecting the right moving box material is also vital. There are two main options:

Corrugated – This flexible, sturdy material is ideal for heavy or breakable goods.

Paperboard – This lightweight material is easily printable and perfect for packing hardware, cosmetics and other non-breakable items.

#3 The right quantity – The exact number of boxes you’ll need depends on how much you need to transport. For one or two rooms, for instance, you will require between 20-25 boxes, of varying sizes. Whereas, for a larger home with seven or eight rooms, you’ll need between 90-100 boxes, of differing sizes.

How many moving boxes will I need?

At JD Movers, we understand that the task of moving house can be extremely overwhelming, and deciding exactly how many boxes you will need to safely transport your possessions is difficult. This is why we offer several options for moving boxes. You can either:

Choose a package – Just tell us how many bedrooms you have, and we’ll provide the appropriate package, complete with all the packing supplies and boxes you will need.

Purchase boxes individually – If you don’t need as many, we also offer packing boxes for individual sale.

Are you still unsure how many packing boxes you may need? Don’t worry, because our knowledgeable team is ready to help. Simply tell us about your situation (i.e. number of rooms and possessions that need packing), and we’ll find the most efficient, cost-effective solution for you.

The average price of moving boxes

The cost of moving boxes largely depends on these key factors: their size, the quality of the materials, the number of boxes required and whether packing materials are included. As a general guide, here is a breakdown of moving box costs, based on: the size of your home and which packing materials are included.

Studio apartments (15 boxes)

  • 5 x large tea chest 100-litre moving box
  • 5 x medium 61-litre moving box
  • 5 x small 40-litre moving box
  • 1 x packing tape
  • 1 x roll of butcher paper
  • Cost: $60 – $80

1 – 2-bedroom unit or house (30 boxes)

  • 15 – 20 x small boxes
  • 10 x large boxes
  • 2 x rolls of packing tape (more available, if required)
  • 2 x rolls of butcher paper
  • Cost: $90 – $110

3 – 4-bedroom house (50 boxes)

  • 20 x large boxes
  • 20 x medium boxes
  • 6 x small boxes
  • 4 x rolls of packing tape
  • 4 x rolls of butcher paper
  • Cost: $125 – $200

For a comprehensive quote on your next move visit: https://www.jdmovers.com.au/pricing/ today.

Different moving box types

Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. In other words, the type of box you choose will indicate its quality, and ultimately, price. There are many different types of moving boxes, to suit your every need. So, regardless of the size or weight of your belongings, you’re sure to find boxes to suit your requirements and budget.

To help you decide which boxes are right for you, here is a comprehensive breakdown of moving box types and their average prices.

Large (100 – 110 litres)

  • Extra strength – $5.99 (per box)
  • Standard strength – $4.50 (per box)
  • Light weight – $4 (per box)
  • Dimensions – W: 465mm, L: 360mm, H: 600mm

Medium (50 – 70 litres)

  • Heavy duty – $4.50 (per box)
  • Light weight – $2.75 (per box)
  • Dimensions: W: 335mm, L: 310mm, H: 500mm

Small (25 – 40 litres)

  • $2 – $2.50 (per box)
  • Dimensions: W: 230mm, L: 310mm, H: 445mm

Port-A-Robe clothes moving box (275 litres)

  • Cost: ranging from – $12 – $18

Picture / mirror box

  • Ideal for framed photos/artworks or mirrors
  • Dimensions: W: 75mm, L: 775mm, H: 1,040mm

TV box

  • A wide variety of sizes available. Can cost from: $69 – $99

Slider box

  • Suitable for larger, fragile household items
  • Dimensions: W: 120mm, L: 920mm, H: 1,550mm

The average cost of box deliveries

This can vary, based on which provider you choose:

  • Bunnings charges $10 for any quantity, with a three-day delivery timeframe
  • Storage retailers (i.e. National Storage, etc.) sell moving boxes online, from $12-$16, delivered within 24 to 48 hours
  • Online box stores generally offer free delivery if you spend a certain amount (i.e. $50 or $100), and;
  • A courier will deliver a set of boxes (for houses of 3-4 bedrooms) for $40-$50 if urgent delivery is required

Can you get moving boxes for free?

The short answer is, yes, you can. Many people opt for “buy, sell and swap” websites, or from department and grocery stores. There are some clear benefits to choosing free moving boxes, including:

  • A good way to save money during a move, and;
  • Environmental sustainability

Having said that, there are also major downsides, such as:

  • Some previously used boxes may be damaged and could spill. This may damage or even destroy your goods.
  • If the boxes are not thoroughly cleaned, you may find dirt and bugs inside, and;
  • You’ll need plenty of time (and money for petrol) to pick up enough packing boxes to suit your needs.

But what if you don’t want to waste time and effort searching for free moving boxes? There is a convenient way you can save money when packing your belongings. Always keep some reusable shopping bags handy or even suitcases. These are perfect for small, loose, non-breakable items (i.e. clothes, tea towels, etc.).

Additional packing supplies

Generally speaking, boxes are the main concern for people when moving their belongings. However, the packing supplies to help you secure these items are just as vital. Yet these essential items are often overlooked. Don’t worry, though, as JD Movers has everything you’ll need. As an all-service removal company, we proudly supply a complete range of ancillary packing materials, as well. We offer:

  • Pens
  • Protective covering (ideal if you’re not using a removalist)
  • Fragile packing tape and fragile stickers
  • Packing tape
  • Butcher paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tape dispenser gun
  • Tissue paper, and more.

Don’t want the hassle of packing yourself? The professionals at JD Movers will handle everything for you!

Getting the most from your packing boxes

We know packing can be a long, complex process. To ensure you make the most of your boxes, here are some useful tips.

Fill your boxes – When filled, a box is much stronger. However, if there is too much space inside, the box may crush or lose its shape.

Put everything inside – This also includes loose items. Doing so ensures you don’t have to juggle items in your arms, which makes for a much easier move.

Place items in separate boxes – When packing, separate fragile and heavy goods. Placing them in the same box may result in crushing breakable items.

Label each box carefully – On each label, write where the items will go in your new home. This preparation will make packing and unpacking a much simpler task.

Purchase higher quality boxes – Make sure at least 50% of the boxes you purchase are made of high-quality material. You can continually reuse them, and know that even your most fragile items will be completely safe during transportation.

Whether you need individual boxes or a package, call or email our team today.

Fridge Removal Tips
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Fridge Removal Tips

Although essential, the fridge is one of those items we are hesitant to move. This is understandable, as a fridge is very bulky, heavy and difficult to manoeuvre. For many, moving their fridge may seem impossible, but by following these simple tips, moving your fridge will be an absolute breeze.

#1 Switch off and disconnect the night before moving

Before it can be transported, your fridge must defrost properly. Failing to do this often results in damaging the appliance during its transit. Shutting off your fridge the night before also allows fluids and oils to settle, as they stop generating through the compressor. If you have an automatic icemaker, remove all ice from the compartment and disconnect the hose. This prevents leaks and damage.

#2 Clean and disinfect your fridge

The moment you turn the fridge off, ensure you start removing all food and clean the interior thoroughly. Remember, the moment the fridge is switched off, it will begin to heat up. A dirty, warm fridge will create a very unpleasant odour. Also, ensure it is properly disinfected to ensure there is no mould, germs or other nasties lurking inside. To prevent these problems, make sure the interior is cleaned and disinfected properly.

#3 Remove interior glass shelves and wrap them separately

To move your fridge safely, it’s crucial to reduce the risk of damage. Quite often, people make the mistake of not removing the fridge’s interior glass shelving. After cleaning and disinfecting them, wrap each shelf in bubble wrap or packing paper and move them separately. Leaving them inside the fridge will cause them to move during transport and shatter.

#4 Move the fridge without scratching the floor

Being able to move the fridge carefully so your floor is not scratched is vital to any successful move. This can be avoided if your fridge has wheels. You simply gently roll it away. However, if your fridge is not equipped with wheels, you’ll have to be careful. Avoid shuffling it across the floor, as this will cause serious damage. Avoid this by rocking the fridge back, and sliding a sheet underneath. Then, stand it back up and you have the ideal protective mat.

#5 Wrap your fridge in professional packing material and cover it in blankets

To protect your fridge from dents, scratches and internal damage, invest in quality packing wrap. Encase your fridge in two layers of protective material. Firstly, use professional quality protective wrapping. Then, cover the fridge with moving blankets, which are secured with packing tape. Ensure the packing tape is never on the fridge surface, as this can leave permanent marks.

#6 Slide the moving trolley beneath the fridge

Gently slide a moving trolley underneath and secure it in place with a strap. During this process, one person should tilt the trolley back as you push the fridge forward. If you’re placing the fridge on a moving truck, the person holding the trolley must go backwards, while the person at the front prevents the fridge from falling forward. When inside the truck, secure the fridge to prevent damage during transit.

#7 Move the fridge carefully

The most important part of the process is transportation. During transit, your fridge must be moved slowly and carefully. Always keep it upright to ensure the fridge’s internal mechanisms are protected and ensure it is properly secured and wrapped. This will prevent sudden movement and damage while it is transported to your new home. Remember to wait for three hours before turning the fridge on, so its mechanisms and fluids have time to settle.

If you don’t want to move the fridge yourself, JD Movers will do it for you. Call or email JD Movers today, and our team will move your fridge safely and efficiently.

Pool Table Moving Tips
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Pool Table Moving Tips

There’s nothing quite like relaxing with your mates and playing a few rounds of pool. It’s one of the most challenging, yet enjoyable indoor sports. But what happens when you move and want to take your prized possession to your new home? Typically, slate pool tables weigh over three hundred kilos, so moving one can seem like a difficult task. But with this simple guide, it doesn’t have to be.

Should you move the pool table yourself?

Attempting to move the pool table yourself can save on costs. Before doing so, however, it’s important to consider the effort, time, investment and logistics involved (especially if it is slate-based). If moving it yourself is not feasible, there are two key options. You can either leave the pool table and sell it with the house, or you can call a removalist. This is your best choice. Simply contact our team today for an online quote.

If you decide to move it yourself, however, here are some useful tips.

Considerations when moving your pool table

If you do decide to move it yourself, there are a few important things to consider. Firstly, if the table has a slate base, you will need a few friends to help you disassemble and move it. Secondly, you will need to rent a light truck or ute to transport it. When you consider the cost of truck rental, a removalist is far more viable. And, factors such as stairs, hallways, door widths, room sizes and available parking are also important considerations.

Steps to disassemble your pool table

To move a slate pool table safely, it must be disassembled first. This involves removing the felt, rails, pockets and legs. To do so, you will need the following tools:

  • Needle-nose pliers or staple remover
  • Socket spanners
  • Rechargeable drill
  • Screwdrivers
  • Carpenter’s level, and;
  • Plenty of packing material (i.e. blankets, packing tape, bubble wrap and tarps for weatherproofing)

#1 Remove the accessories – Remove the table’s rails and pockets. After doing so, wrap the pool table’s accessories securely.

#2 Remove the felt tabletop – Using a staple remover, remove the felt top. Then, carefully fold and wrap it for easy reassembly later.

#3 Remove the slate – If your pool table is slate based, carefully remove the slate. This must be done with the utmost care. Then, carefully wrap and appropriately label each slab. This is crucial, as they should go back exactly as they came out. Be sure to handle the slate pieces very carefully, as they are made of an extremely soft stone and may chip.

When you remove the slabs, you will feel the slate’s full weight. Depending on the type of slate, the slabs can weigh up to a massive 450 kilograms (while most weigh between 70 and 120 kilograms).

#4 Remove the legs – Unscrew and remove each of the table’s legs, and wrap them carefully.

#5 Ensure careful transportation – A pool table is extremely fragile, so ensure you travel very slowly and carefully. It’s important to take special care when going over speed bumps, driveways, gutters or any unstable road surface.

Can you move the table without disassembly?

Yes, this is sometimes possible. However, it depends largely on the distance, how many people can assist you and if the area is free of access difficulties. In this case, you can move the table as a whole, after removing the legs. Place the table on its side and lift carefully. Ensure your path is free of obstacles and move the table using either furniture sliders or a trolley.

If you aren’t confident in removing the pool table yourself, call or email the team at JD Movers. Our helpful team can give you a free quote, so you can choose the most cost-effective option.

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Tips to Save Money on Moving House

Moving house is, of course, an exciting and fun time. However, there are many stresses attached to making a move – the most pressing of which is often how expensive the process can be. Especially if you are moving interstate.

So how can you best save money while moving house? There are some expenses that you simply cannot escape, but we have collected some ways you can make small savings that will soon add up and bring a smile to your face.

Hire good removalists

This one goes without saying, because you want your move to be smooth and for your items to be safe. However, hiring skilled and experienced removalists who have great references is a vital part of saving money. Good movers will complete your move in a timely and efficient manner. While this may be more costly than hiring a truck and moving yourself, this also makes a saving on stress – which is worth its weight in gold. Make sure to read client testimonials to find a good fit for you.

Choose your date carefully

Weekends are often a more expensive time to move – understandably, as this is when most people choose to move, avoiding taking time off work. If you can take the time to move during the week, you may be able to save a little money right out the gate. You will also enjoy a little more flexibility about what time of day you move on a weekday.

Think about your move date

No, we’re not just telling you the same thing again – you should also consider the date you move based on your bills and potentially rent payments. Selecting a date without too much crossover allows you to not be paying for two properties for longer than is necessary.

Plan your meals

Preparing your meals ahead of time might seem like a pain when you are in the process of moving, but doing this can help to keep you from ordering food in. While doing this once or twice is fine, you don’t want to be eating out for every meal for a week or more, as this can quickly add up.

Help out

Want to spend less on your removals team? Then ask your friends and family to pitch in and help out with smaller items. Your movers will be happy with the support and this will help to save on manpower, cutting down on the overall cost.

Pack carefully

How can packing up your house save you money? Well, for a start if you choose to borrow boxes or use recycled packaging this can be cheaper than buying boxes brand new. Also, if you are careful to package up your items securely, then this can save on time and overtime costs with your movers – if boxes break upon lifting, it will take up extra time to repackage the contents.

Get in touch

Are you feeling prepared to make some serious savings on your next move? Don’t forget the importance of choosing an excellent and reasonably priced moving company. JD Movers has an excellent team of highly skilled removalists, and we can help you to move in a stress-free way – well, as much as possible! Experienced in all sizes of house moves, and benefiting from our own insurance, you can trust us to get you settled in your new place. Get in touch to find out how we can best help you save on time, money and worries with your house move.

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Making Your House Move More Eco-friendly

If you are someone who is always looking out for the environment, you are no doubt aware of the areas we don’t think about. You might recycle and try to walk rather than drive, but have you ever considered the environmental impact of a house move? You might be surprised to find out how much simply moving house can contribute to your overall carbon footprint – but don’t let that put you off making that move.

We have come up with some top tips for making your house move more eco-friendly, so you can feel good about every part of your big day.

Donate unwanted goods

It can be tempting to simply throw out things you don’t need in the stress of moving. After all, it’s easier to toss something in the trash, right? Wrong! Rehoming your pre-loved items is a great way to reduce your ecological impact. When we move, we tend to notice all the things we haven’t used in a while, so now is the perfect time to send them on to a great new home. There are many charities that will collect items from your house, from old clothes to large pieces of furniture, making it even easier to donate in your local area.

Source boxes carefully

One thing almost everyone requires for a house move is some good, sturdy boxes. You might be surprised to hear that you can find cheaper boxes pre-used, with many made from recycled materials. Best of all, there is no need to work out what to do with them once you’re finished. You can pass them along to somebody new once you have moved, saving on stress and environmental impact.

Avoid bubble wrap

We are all trying to use less plastic these days, but we don’t think twice about wrapping up our plates and glasses with bubble wrap. Choose a small change that could make a big difference when you wrap your breakable items with towels, blankets, clothes and other soft things from around the house. For smaller pieces, you may want to use old newspapers, which you can recycle once you have unpacked.

Pick paperless

During a move, one of the biggest time and energy drains is switching over to your new address with your energy providers, friends and companies that might send mail to your house. An easy way to ensure that you don’t end up with a pile of letters at your old property is by updating your details and going paperless at the same time. Not only will this save you an annoying headache as you have to swing by your old home to pick up your mail, but it will also save a few trees too.

Go green

While you are updating your address, you might want to think about making the switch to a green energy provider. This is an easy way to help the planet that won’t cause much of an impact on your daily life. While it might feel like a hassle usually, this is the perfect time to make the change. You can also trade out your old lights for newer, more energy-efficient lighting in your new home. These little changes really can make all the difference!

Clean consciously

When cleaning your new property (or polishing up your old home for its new occupants), make a small shift that could help the environment. Changing out your usual cleaning products for eco-friendly alternatives is an excellent way to be a little greener during your move. In fact, you can even make your own cleaning products using natural items you probably already have around the home, such as lemon and vinegar, for an amazing non-toxic clean.

Get in touch

If you want to make a move, then JD Movers is here for you. Our reliable and experienced removalists are skilled in all sizes of move and can guarantee a smooth journey to your new home. Get in touch with us to find out how we can help to take a little of the stress out of your move.

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How to Move House with Pot Plants

Are you known for your green fingers? If you have a collection of pot plants, moving house might feel like more of a hassle than a happy time. How can you safely transport your plants from your old home to your new one, minimising damage and making sure that you have the same flourishing greenery you had before? While they are often hardy, plants can be quite sensitive to the smallest change, so knowing how to transport them is key to keeping them healthy.

We have collected some handy hints on how best to move house with pot plants. Read on to discover how to make that move as easy and safe as possible.

Think about transport

If you have a car, you may wish to transport your pot plants yourself so that they are taken completely out of the moving day madness. In this case, you will want to ensure they are kept away from the items being moved by your removalists. This might be a good option for smaller plants, but for larger and heavier ones, they will need to go into the removal truck.

Make enough space

While your pot plants might be of varying sizes, you definitely need to consider how much space they might take up in the moving truck. Larger plant pots can easily fall over and break, so this needs to be accounted for during the move. They cannot be stacked like boxes can, meaning they need more space than other items – even larger furniture items can usually be stacked.

Provide protection

It is vital that plants are protected from falling so that ceramic pots do not break and the plants within are not damaged. Moving blankets are a great way to pad plant pots and ensure that they do not fall. However, you also need to think about keeping your other items protected from your plants.

What do we mean by this? Simply that plant pots are usually filled with damp soil and water, which can easily get onto furniture and boxes, causing damage. While moving blankets can help with this, you should also prepare your plants for moving in advance.

Consider preparation

Consider how you can best prepare your pot plants ahead of time. If your pots have drainage holes, this can cause water and soil to leak out. Get some plastic bags and secure them around the base of your plant pot in order to keep your other items safe, and to make sure that your plants do not lose any soil or moisture. You should also avoid watering your plants on moving day, so that the pots are less heavy and less likely to spill.

What size are your plants?

You will need to think about the size of your plants, especially if you have large planter pots to consider. If the pot plant is very large, it may be too heavy for even skilled removalists to lift. Discuss this ahead of time with your removal company, but it is often advisable to remove the soil from the large planter pot and store it in sturdy plastic bags, or in smaller pots. The plant should be stored in a heavy-duty plastic bag with soil to keep it safe during the journey. Plan to re-pot the plant as soon as you possibly can in order to ensure its survival.

Have a discussion

Even if you have primarily smaller pot plants, it is worth discussing this with your removalists, and seeing if they have previous experience. They will be able to plan ahead and let you know what size of truck you are likely to need to safely accommodate your leafy friends. Do not box plants up, as this can lead to them being handled less carefully.

Get in touch

JD Movers have a wealth of experience moving all sorts of items – including people’s precious pot plants. We know how important your plants are to you, so we can guarantee that we will transport them with care and attention, providing plenty of space for each plant while keeping them well-padded and safe. Get in touch to discuss your exact needs so we can provide the best solution for you.

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How to Pack Boxes for Moving House

We’ve all been there. You move house, go to excitedly unpack your boxes and set up your new home, and find a bunch of broken plates, a cracked TV screen, or a shattered heirloom vase. Broken items can really put a damper on your big day, so knowing how to pack boxes properly for moving house is essential.

You may think that this is an easy task, and it can be – but only when you have the right information. We have collected some top tips for how to move house without the heartbreak of broken items. Read on to find out more.

Common mistakes

There are some incredibly common errors that people make when packing to move house. While your removalists will be as careful as possible with your possessions, if you have boxes that are stuffed too full or taped improperly, this can cause the boxes themselves to break during moving, slowing down the day altogether. Not to mention breakable items being insufficiently protected, or lighter items being needlessly placed in smaller boxes.

Think about your box strength

The strength of your boxes is an important factor in ensuring a smooth moving day experience, and fewer breakages. You should use sturdy and firm boxes which are well constructed – you will often be able to get these from your removal company itself. Try to avoid boxes with open tops, as these can spill contents and are less easy to stack up.

Tape, tape and more tape

Do not be conservative when it comes to taping your boxes. Both the bottom of the box and the top should be firmly taped together, which gives it a greater amount of strength and keeps it from splitting open.

Wrap it up

Another area where you should be more than generous is with wrapping your items. Bubble wrap and newspaper are great ways to protect more breakable items – ensure that these boxes are filled so that the items do not shift and move around during the drive from your old home to your new one. This also makes them a little easier to stack.

Size matters

How you package items should relate directly to the size of your boxes. For example, your larger boxes should be packaged primarily with lighter items. This ensures that your movers can lift the boxes easily. Put heavier items into smaller boxes, and put just a couple of heavy items in each box. This helps to spread the weight distribution more evenly. You can also use towels and bedding to pad heavier items and keep the weight manageable.

Label clearly

You should label each box with clear instructions for your movers – such as which way up the box goes, or if the contents are fragile. You can also mark each box with which room it belongs in, making unpacking that little bit easier for you. Think about packing a little box marked “essentials” so that you have everything you need for your first night in your new home easily to hand.

Get in touch

Are you ready to get all packed up and make that big move? Let us help! JD Movers are skilled in safely transporting your precious possessions to your new home, so get in touch to let us know how we can get you where you need to go, whether in Melbourne or interstate

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Moving House with Pets

Moving house is a stressful time for you – you are uprooting your life, packing up all your possessions, and moving to a brand new location. While for a human, the stress is balanced out with excitement and new opportunities, the same cannot be said for your pets.

When moving house, your pets are likely to be worried and uncertain – and you have to contend with how you can move them practically speaking. But how can you best move them to make everything convenient for you, and also less scary for your animal? We have collected some tips on how to move house with pets so that you and your furry, fishy or feathered friends can have the least stressful experience possible.

Why is moving hard on pets?

For some critters (such as fish, birds and smaller mammals) moving house is mainly difficult because of the move itself. Being shifted from place to place is unpleasant and can make them feel insecure. However, for cats and dogs, having to leave their home behind can be especially hard.

Dogs, for example, are familiar with the smells, sights and sounds of their existing home – they may have a playmate they see every day or have a special spot for burying things in the yard. Losing these can be intensely confusing and upsetting. Cats, too, are very territorial by nature and will have spread their scent around their existing area. In a new place, they may become lost, or feel unsafe around new neighbourhood cats. But how can you ease this?

Make moving day arrangements

One of the most difficult days for you during the moving process is moving day. Your pets may well pick up on your feelings of anxiety and stress, so the best thing to do is to keep pets separate for the day.

Ideally, you should organise for your pets to be off the property while your possessions are being moved, so ask a friend or family member to help out. This will negate the chances of a cat or dog escaping during the chaos of moving day. If this is not possible, then clear a room in your house away from the hustle and bustle of the removal process. Set your pet up with food, water, and a comfortable place to sleep, and make it clear to your removalists that this room is off-limits – putting a sign on the door is a great way to do this.

Stick to routines

So you have arrived in your new home. How can you help your pet to feel safe and happy? You probably have a pretty fixed routine with your pet. While moving can be a hectic time, try to keep their routine up. For a dog, walk them when you usually would, and all pets should be fed at the same time as usual. This gives them some stability even in these uncertain times.

Create a new space

An important way to help your pet with the move is by setting up a new space for them in your new home. Ensure that their familiar bedding, toys and food bowls are there, and that they have a place to go that is just for them. This will help them to acclimate to their new home. Similarly, give outdoor animals like cats a while (a week or more) inside before letting them roam the new neighbourhood, and ensure that the area around your home is safe for both cats and dogs.

Let your removalists know

One important task when moving with pets is ensuring that your removal company knows upfront. This is especially important if you are moving with any caged animals (such as rabbits, guinea pigs etc) or exotic fish, reptiles or birds. This will make the entire process easier for you, your movers, and your pets. If your pet requires any specialist equipment, this might be fragile and less easy to move, so giving your movers all the information is the best way of guaranteeing a smooth move.

Get in touch

We know that moving house with pets can be challenging to navigate. At JD Movers, we are familiar with all kinds of moves. Get in touch with us to discuss your needs and how we can help you and your little friend to have the best moving experience possible.

How to Find a Housemate in Melbourne
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How to Find a Housemate in Melbourne

Living with housemates is a rite of passage, and can be a wonderful experience for you at any stage of your life. The right housemate can become a great friend, and living with others means you can afford a better place to live, and cut down on the cost of bills.

But if you are looking for a housemate in Melbourne, that’s where things can start to feel a little tricky. You know yourself, and what you look for in someone you live with, and finding that perfect person puts you in mind of the old saying about needles and haystacks. You might be looking for a non-smoking vegan who also enjoys exotic reptiles, or just someone who will chip in with doing the dishes and won’t scare your mum when she comes to visit.

Whatever qualities you’re looking for in a housemate, it is important to get the right fit – as being stuck in close quarters with someone you can’t get along with can be pretty miserable.

We have collected some top tips on how to find that perfect fit housemate. Read on to have the best chance of finding not just someone to live with, but potentially a friend for life. (Or at least someone who isn’t super into alien based conspiracy theories…)

Ask around

One of the best ways to meet that great housemate is by word of mouth. Ask your friends if they or someone they know well is looking for a room. Don’t feel beholden to say yes to anyone just because they happen to be your best mate’s third step-cousin, though. You should still make sure to meet anyone you’re considering and make sure you gel with them. But you never know – one of your dearest friends might need a place to live, and you won’t have to do an extensive interview or worry about those nasty housemate surprises after all.

Flatmate Finders

This site might remind you a little of online dating, but in a good way. You can easily advertise your room (for a fee), and those searching for a room can post a free advert letting you know what they are looking for. This could help you to locate a new housemate without even posting an advert, and is a great way to check if you’re a good fit before getting in touch.

Fairy Floss Real Estate

This Facebook group might be one of the best reasons to still have an account. It boasts of “Lending a sweet hand to homey people” and this could not be more true – it is something of a hotspot for finding a new housemate or place to live in Melbourne, with over 200,000 members. This means a huge pool for you to look for a new member of your household, and an easy place to find somewhere new to live. You can either post about your available room (complete with images), or you can read some of the many posts made by those seeking a room. Fairy Floss is simple to use, and can connect you with your new housemate in moments – plus, it’s free!

Remember to interview

We know it’s painful and the last thing you want to do, but interviewing potential housemates is a real must. Let them view the house, check their references, and make sure every existing housemate has met them before you make your final decision. Remember – moving someone in might be easy, but asking them to leave will be much harder!

Get in touch

Are you moving into your own new flat? Do you have a little too much stuff to ask your mates to drive it over? JD Movers can help! Our skilled and experienced professional removalists can handle jobs of any size, so you can get settled in your new home as quickly as possible. Get in touch with us to see how we can help you to move more easily, and to get a quote for your move.

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