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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Donating Furniture in Melbourne

Donating Furniture in Melbourne

Are you making a big move to a new home? Renovating the house you live in? Or are you just looking around your home and wishing you had less furniture and more space? Whatever your reason, once you have collected your unwanted furniture and decided to send it on to a great new home, you may be wondering how you can do this.

Donating your pre-loved items can help you to make a difference to someone else while clearing out what you no longer need. Not only that, but donating items means that they won’t end up in a landfill, meaning that you will be doing a great thing for the environment as well as for your community.

Donating furniture in Melbourne is a lot easier than you think. We have collected some of the best places to donate your furniture to in Melbourne. Read on so you can get your furniture to those who need it, and enjoy your own space, clutter-free.

Talk to your friends and family

This might sound obvious, but before you donate, ask around! You never know who in your immediate circle of friends and family might want or need your old furniture. This is a great way of donating close to home, and is an especially great choice if you have sentimental items that you are struggling to part with. Nothing might come of offering, but it never hurts to check!

St Kilda Mums

Are your kids growing up? Have you still got all of their baby furniture taking up space somewhere in your home? There’s no time like the present to pass it along to a family who needs it! St Kilda Mums collects pre-loved goods specifically for babies and children. That means you know your old changing table or that first cot or toddler bed will go to a good home.

West Welcome Wagon

If you are based in the Western reaches of Melbourne, West Welcome Wagon will pick up your furniture right from your door. This non-profit organisation provides support for the households of asylum seekers, giving them the furniture and small household items they need to get settled in Australia. You can call them to collect large items, and also donate some clothing while you’re at it. A great way to help out the new members of your community!

GIVIT

When it comes to convenience, GIVIT offers a great option for those looking to donate in Melbourne. This site allows you to see which items are needed by which charities, so you can find the best place to donate your items. You can even read individual stories from the charities’ recipients, learning what they need and why. You will be able to connect with the chosen charity easily via email, who will also arrange for your recipient to receive your item easily. It’s a fantastic system for those looking for an online way to go through the donation process – and allows you to feel a little more of that personal touch.

Family Life

As an independent organisation, Family Life is dedicated to helping families and single people in their most vulnerable times. Active since 1970, you can find them all over Victoria, where they work to provide services such as support for people within their homes, and counselling. They also provide practical support, and that’s where you come in! Family Life accepts donations of furniture and knows how much great quality items can mean to a family or individual getting back on their feet. You can even have your large items picked up from your doorstep.

Get in touch

Are you feeling inspired to donate your old furniture, having found the perfect place to send it on to a new home? Some charities offer pickup options for large items, but for some smaller operations, this places a strain on their time and budgets. If you are donating a bigger quantity of furniture, or you just want to give that little bit extra by delivering it yourself, you might prefer to go with a removal company. You can have your large items collected and delivered by JD Movers. We offer a reliable and convenient service that is perfect whether you are moving house or just giving your old furniture a new lease of life by donating it to one of these amazing organisations.

Our expert removalists are skilled in handling heavy, oversized or delicate furniture, so you have full peace of mind. Get in touch to see how we can help you.

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