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Advice Santa Fe Wridgways Handy Guide to Transit Times in Australia

Would you like to know how long your personal goods will be in transit for before they arrive at your new home? Wouldn’t it make life so much easier to plan ahead of time! Well lucky you can, with the help of Wridgways. It is important to note that time frames for household deliveries around Australia depend largely on where your goods are being moved from and to and how much you plan to take with you.

Once you have determinedLoading Cartons Container Shipping Removals Relocation what you’re taking, making the decision of whether to have the sole occupancy of a 20ft or 40ft container, or whether you would prefer to share a container with other peoples goods going to the same destination is so much easier! Both options have their advantages; sole occupancy containers are sent to your new destination straight away so you will have much a shorter transit time from uplift to delivery. Shared containers are great if you don’t require the full container and would like to save some money by combining with other peoples items headed for the same location. Sharing a container can have a longer transit time for this reason as the other consignments may not be ready to be sent on the same day.

Here’s Our Guide to Transit Times for Sole Occupancy Containers:


Achieve the Most Organised Kitchen in Your New Home!

Valet unpack ladyPacking and unpacking your kitchen is often one of the most dreaded tasks when moving house. After making sure you haven’t left anything behind, then to organise the kitchen upon arrival at your new place, there are many things you can do in between to make the process not only less-stressful, but achieve the most beautifully organised kitchen as possible.

We’ve listed some tips below to make the transition to your new kitchen an easy and gratifying project:

The Clear-Out/Packing Stage:

  1. Clean out all cupboards and drawers – Start by setting up boxes for things that are either travelling to your new place, being donated to charity or going in the bin; whether that is recycling, compost or general waste. Follow this up by going through your food items, appliances and storage containers – have you used this item in the last 6 months? Are you likely to use it in the next 6 months? If not take it out of the “moving” pile, and put it into the “donate to charity” pile. This should minimise the contents you will be moving to your new home already.
  1. Wrap crockery and breakables carefully – Bubble wrap is great to utilise if you’ve got some, if not, cardboard dividers in conjunction with towels will do just fine. For extra protection, contact a professional moving company that offer a packing service – they provide all of the packing materials and do the hard (and delicate) work for you. If you are moving with Wridgways and have elected to pack yourself, we will happily provide you with recycled packing cartons and wrapping materials free of charge! After all, we want to make the moving process as easy and safe as possible for you.


Preparing your Washing Machine for Removal

Whether moving house yourself or using a professional removalist, preparing your washing machine prior to moving day is essential.

While washing machines and clothes dryers are a common household appliance in most Australian laundries, they are not considered easy to move. They are bulky and heavy items and do not come with mounted wheels, therefore requiring careful preparation, specialised removal equipment and handling for effective transport.


There are a number of steps required before you or your removalist move your washing machine, so allow 2-3 days prior to your move for these important tasks.

Step 1:

First of all, disconnect your washing machine from both the water source and electricity source. So begin by unplugging the power source and neatly wrap the cord using tape or string to secure in place. Next you will need to disconnect the hoses from the taps or water supply, and turn off the valves. Keep in mind that there may be residual water inside the hoses so keep a small bowl and towel handy so you can drain and dry the hoses thoroughly.


De-clutter Before You Move

Moving house is the perfect time to get organised and declutter, sell and dispose of any unwanted items! Even if you’re moving to a larger home with more space, streamlining will help revitalize your life and provide a fresh start in your new home.

It’s never too early to begin clearing out the clutter and typically, the longer you live somewhere, the more clutter you gather! To make the process less overwhelming, just take your time; begin a month or so in advance and go through your home one room at a time. It may be hard to ask yourself the often excruciating question: “do I really need this?” But rest assured, once all of these difficult decisions are made and extraneous belongings removed; both packing and unpacking will be much faster and easier.

Organised lounge room after de-cluttering

So here’s a room-by-room guide to get you started:

Kitchen – start with your kitchen appliances; seek out old, broken or unused items. If you haven’t used an appliance in the past 12 months, let it go! Next check your plates, pots and pans. If it’s broken, chipped or cracked, throw it out. Finally, go through your cookbooks. When was the last time you used them? Consider getting rid of old ones and any you have never used. Now there’s the kitchen drawers, including cutlery and the bits n bots drawer, go through one at a time and dispose of the items you simply no longer need or use.

Pantry – clear out any out-dated food cans, jars, spices etc. Half empty containers of food and stale snacks can all go too! Remember your removalist can’t pack or move open bottles of liquids so give them to a neighbour or move them yourself.

Dining room – old, unused or damaged dining ware, china and glassware is a good place to start. If you have any stained linen like table clothes or runners, add these to your purged pile. Keep an eye out for any broken or damaged artwork also.

Lounge Room – old ornaments, nick-nacks and damaged items can be quickly discarded. Outdated picture frames and wall hanging features are always welcomed items at your local Op Shop too. The old favourite CD’s and DVD’s can be recoded to your iPod and make ways for new music purchases. When it comes to movies; if you don’t love it, let it go. Try listing them on eBay or adding them to your give-away pile or hold a garage sale before you move. Consider selling unwanted video games and kids electronic hand-held game devices to gaming stores; you may be surprised at how quickly your funds grow from the sale of your unwanted goods. (more…)

How many boxes will I need when moving house?

So you’re moving house. Amid the long list of things to do before you move, packing of your boxes is of course an item high on the moving agenda.Cartons and Packing materials

If you are thinking about doing the packing yourself, remember that you can always opt to engage the services of professional packer from a reputable removal company to pack only your fragile items such as glassware, crockery, electrical items, mirrors, ornaments etc. and you may be surprised at how cost effective this is. You are then free to pack the non-breakable items such as clothes, toys, books, etc., keeping your costs down, and protection high.

So when packing yourself, it is often difficult to estimate how many removal boxes you will need for the task. So our experienced team of removalists have assisted in preparing this easy-to-follow estimation guide for you:

Small move – 1 or 2 bedroom home approx. 15 – 25 cubic metres