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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:

  • Transit times between Capital Cities and their surrounds, so for example Melbourne to Brisbane and Perth to Adelaide we advise generally allowing between 5 and 7 business days to receive your goods.
  • Household goods headed to regional areas such as Cairns, Alice Springs and Kalgoorlie we suggest allowing anywhere between 7 to 15 business days depending on the origin and delivery destinations.

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Moving House With Kids… Make it Fun!

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Although moving has become a common event for Australian families, it is a‘moving’ experience in more ways than one. No matter how often families change residence, moving brings with it a variety of emotions and situations. Moving can be an exciting adventure for families as they look forward to new places, friends and neighbours. Many families even find that the experience of moving can bring them closer.

Moving to a new home can be a stressful time for everyone, but especially for children. It is natural, therefore, for parents to be concerned about the effects of the move. Parents often wish to help ease the transition for their children and make moving a positive experience. The good news is, it is achievable and can even be fun. Younger kids often become confused when their daily routine is disrupted, while older children and particularly teenagers, fear the loss of friends and dread the prospect of having to make new ones in a strange school or neighbourhood. But relax, there are steps you can take to help alleviate their fears and involve them in the move, it just takes a little thought and planning.

Communicate

First, it’s important for parents to demystify the moving process by providing their children with as much information about the upcoming move as possible. Also allowing them to participate in decision-making discussions is an important part of the involvement. This will give children a sense of control and help relieve anxiety. Talk about the positive aspects of their new home, school and neighbourhood. Take time to research the new area, facilities the children may be interested in i.e. parks, cinemas, play centres etc. Try to communicate the idea that the new home and neighbourhood, might be even better than the old one. Encourage questions and invite children to talk about their worries and concerns. It is often the simple things in life that worry children the most.

Children Learning

Often, preschoolers will express a great deal of excitement over a move, but may not really understand everything that is going on. The details of moving inevitably frustrate parents, and preschoolers tend to think that the chaos and frustration may somehow be their fault.

Preschoolers also find it hard to understand what will go with them and what will stay behind. They may not realise that you are taking furniture and toys with you, and may be anxious about their personal belongings and toys. Also, they may not realise that close friends and neighbours will not make the move and this takes time to sink in. But don’t worry, these little people are the most resilient in the moving process, and will soon see the fun side and look to you for encouragement.

Professional Assistance

If you are engaging the services of a professional removalist or relocation company, consider one that is professional, experienced and accredited. Companies such as WridgWays provide a tailored door-to-door service, which means you can spend less time worrying about the packing and unpacking, moving, house cleaning, and transporting cars and pets, and instead you can spend valuable time with your children. We will even provide checklists, moving advice and our website features a unique Quick Quote option which will allow you to obtain an initial estimate in a matter of minutes.

Rehearse

For younger children, the move should be made into an exciting adventure because after-all, it is.

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Encourage your child to pack his or her own things, writing their name and the contents of their precious cartons as they go. But be sure to leave favourite toys and belongings out until the very last minute, pack them onto the moving vehicle last and bring them out first. Rehearse the moving day well ahead of time. A conversation could go something like this: “On Tuesday when we wake up, there will be a big moving truck in the driveway. We will have breakfast, then go into your room and show the removalists what they will need to put in the truck…” If your children are under 10 years old, consider hiring a baby-sitter or asking for help from relatives or neighbours, while you pack and unpack on moving and delivery days. This also assists the moving team quickly move through the home, without fear of tripping or hurting a young child. If your child is a little older, perhaps resist the temptation to send them away during the move as participating will help them understand what’s happening and adjust more easily. Remember that no matter how much effort you put into involving and explaining to your child or children, it is a natural part of the process for children to sometimes exhibit unusual or regressive behaviour during times of significant change. They will soon adjust in their new environment when they see you are happy and provide the reassurance they need.

Child psychologist Dr Emma Spelling suggests that it can be helpful to engage in play-acting with your younger child using dolls, boxes and a toy truck to help them get a feel for moving before the event, and help them to understand what to expect.

Ideas for a smooth transition

Human beings fear the unknown and children are no different. If possible, take your children with you to look at their new neighbourhood, home/apartment, and school. Even better, if you are prepared to invest a little more time and money, a relocation company is the answer to the perfect transition. Their job is to assist you and your family settle into your new life. They appreciate that moving to a new suburb or state can be as disruptive to children and teenagers, as moving across the world. But the stress can be minimised with a little help from the experts. WridgWays is a relocation company that specialises in all aspects of relocation including home searches, school searches, spouse counselling, furniture rental, travel arrangements and much more. Other simple suggestions to help your children with the transition include:

  • Taking a camera or video recorder with you when you visit the new home and neighbourhood. Take footage or pictures of the new home, the child’s room, the school, parks nearby, whatever you feel will be of interest to your child. Your children will appreciate the photos and/or video that you bring back, and it will help them begin the transition.
  • You can also use a map to help them understand the new area and the route you will take to get there. Show them the route they will take to their new school, kinder etc. make it interesting and fun.

Make it fun

For older children, a move that involves leaving friends, sports teams and favourite hangouts behind can be extremely difficult. Help them say goodbye to friends by hosting a farewell party if you can. Emphasise how easy it is to keep in touch through email, telephone and letters. You could even give each of your children their own address books and make the party an opportunity for friends to write in their personal contact information. It is important they know they can easily keep in touch and to know that you support this.

Kids at the Beach

Other ways to involve the older children is to buy them a disposable camera or let them use the family camera to take photographs on moving day. They will love being the reporter, snapping all the ‘action’. Once you complete the move and are settled in, aim to make time together to create ‘a moving story’ in their scrap book, journal or the family photo album. Perhaps have your kids draw a picture of how they want their new room to look or a picture of them standing outside their new home with a big, happy smile.

Needless to say, children often settle in a little easier if the move coincides with the start of a new school/kinder year or term. Often new friendships commence as the new year does too, so this is often an easier transition to any new environment be it school, kinder or University. If you cannot move at a time that adheres to the term starting times, contact the school and ask that they assist in the child’s transition, and you will find that they are always happy to help.

Getting back into the ‘normal routine’

When you are settled in your new home, resume familiar routines as soon as possible. If the child usually attends swimming lessons on a Saturday morning, or enjoys watching a favourite TV program on a certain day, then aim to continue the routine as soon as possible in your new home.

Don’t worry if they blame you

Finally, don’t take it personally if your children blame you for taking them away from their old home and friends, it is to be expected. No matter how well you’ve prepared them, expect them to be a little upset and allow them some time to grieve for the life and friends they have left behind. They will almost certainly grow to love their new home just as much as the old one, they are resilient and make friends far easier than us adults. Also, remember to enjoy the experience yourself and try to remain positive for you and your children. Happy moving!

Strategies to help children adjust to the move:

  • Be understanding. Acknowledge both positive and negative feelings from your children. Let children know that it’s OK and normal to feel anxious in relation to the move.
  • Provide continuity. Much of the stress associated with moving comes from the “newness” and “difference” of things. Try to keep routines and other daily living habits as normal as possible. This is not the time to make a lot of major changes in your family life.
  • Be patient. New adjustments take time. Some children will ease slowly into a new situation, some will dive in head first. Allow for differences in personalities and responses at this time.
  • Be a positive role model. Children need to see and hear their parents express their feelings and work through problems. A parent that feels comfortable with saying “Sometimes I feel scared too” or “I’m not sure where the nearest butcher is, let’s go and find the shops”, can provide a lot of support for children.
  • Promote peer interaction. Try to connect to your new community as quickly as possible. Ask a neighbour if they will introduce your child to other neighbourhood children. Link up with familiar organisations such as sporting groups, and you will find it makes a big difference to your child.
6 Tips to Moving House with your Feline Friend

6 Tips to Moving House with your Feline Friend

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Moving house can be a stressful time at the best of times, so much to do and often the challenge of a new home, job, school, etc can be a little daunting. So for your smaller family members, particularly cats, the stress can have a greater impact. Of course stress levels can be minimised when you choose a professional moving and pet transport company such as WridgWays, after-all we’ve been safely moving people, their belongings and their pets for over 120 years!

So how do you minimise stress levels and make the move a pleasant experience for your feline friend? Here’s a few tips to assist you:

1. Prior to introducing your cat to its new home, take time to clean the room where your cat will be staying in the initial ‘settling-in period’

Cats are territorial by-nature, they mark their home territory by rubbing their scent over furniture and objects in their home. ‘Scenting’ alerts other cats that this territory is already ‘owned’, and defines your cat’s boundaries. When a cat is relocated to a new home, the experience can be quite stressful, particularly if the new home has scents from a previous cat occupier

2. A few days prior to packing and moving day, have your cat collected or arrange for cat boarding for a few days.

Remember cats don’t like dramatic changes in their environment and the noise and activity of packing boxes, arrival of your removalists and moving furniture can confuse and frighten your cat. Its natural instinct is to run or hide, so be aware that your cat is safely secure or on a mini vacation until the removal is completed.

3. It’s worth the peace-of-mind to enrol the services of a professional pet transport company!

Professional pet carriers, such as those used by WridgWays, are the experts in pet transport and they perform this day after day and they love it! It’s worth the extra security and peace-of-mind to engage such a service when transporting your feline friend. You may be surprised at how affordable such a helpful service can be. They also provide expert veterinary advice and support during every stage of the moving process. Find out more here.

If you are moving locally and choose to take your car in the car, be sure to securely lock her in a suitable cat carrier, include a familiar toy or blanket and don’t forget the seatbelt. If you are unsure, always refer to your vet.

4. Getting your cat ready for arrival to her new home

It is important to confine your cat to just one room until unpacking is completed and your cat starts to become accustomed to their new environment.

There are a number of products on the market such as Feliway, a synthetic pheromone, that can be sprayed or ‘plugged-in’ in her new environment to add reassurance and reduce stress for your cat. Of course ensure your cat has fresh food, water, a litter tray and their favourite toy, or cat bed in the room. Be very aware that your feline friend may be a little stressed and looking for escape hatches, so do not place her in a room with a chimney, open windows or large cracks.

Also remember to leave their cat carrier in the room for reassurance and give her a place to hide. We recommend your cat should remain in the one designated room until the removal delivery is complete and a further 1-2 days following. During this adjustment time, be sure to regularly sit with and talk to your cat, reassure her that everything is fine and will soon return to normal.

5. Update her ID – don’t lose track!

Your cat may already have detailed identification on her collar, or registered via her microchip, if not be sure to look into this, and if you already have this covered, remember to update all address and contact details on existing ID.

So after a few days post-move, settling-in your feline friend is ready to explore her new environment. It’s suggested the best approach is to simply allow her to do this in her own time. If your cat is used to being outdoors during the day, check first to make sure there are no dogs nearby and probably best to keep her indoors for at least the first few weeks. Allow her to fully adjust to the new home, all the rooms, smells and noises before letting her venture outdoors. Check with your local council as to their local laws too as often there are ‘cat curfews’ in most parts of Australia and European countries.

A little pre-planning and preparation can make a huge difference to the transition of your cat into their new home.

6. Remember to reduce stress for the yourself, your family and your pets use a reputable, professional moving company like WridgWays – after-all it’s what we have perfected in over 120 years – We Make It Easy!

Visit our pet transport page for more information.

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3 Ways Valet Services Will Make Your Move Stress-Free

The most pain-staking task when moving house is the time and effort that it requires to pack up your household items and have them ready to be moved to your new home. From ensuring that you’ve packed fragile items with materials to minimise damage, to making sure that the box you’ve packed isn’t too heavy, there are numerous factors to consider along the way. This is where a WridgWays valet service can save you time that can be spent doing more enjoyable things like furniture shopping for your new home or getting the family together to decide where everyone wants to explore in your new area.

Here are three ways valet services will make your move far easier:Amanda Unpacking Bowls

  1. Packing – Your dedicated WridgWays valet lady will come to your home and carefully pack all of your precious belongings so that they’re ready to be moved, including the use of specialised protective materials for any fragile items that you may have. They will also ensure that your boxes are of a safe weight for lifting and transportation.
  2. Cleaning – Your professional valet member can then clean your home completely, so that it is ready for the next family to move in and/or any inspections as arranged by your real estate agent. Upon arrival at your new destination, your valet services team can also give your new home a thorough clean prior to unpacking your furniture and household items, ensuring it’s nice clean and fresh for you to move into.
  3. Placement & Unpacking – Organising your new home to suit your families’ needs and preferences can be a demanding task. Our valet ladies do this for a living and have extensive experience in ensuring the set-up of your new home is just perfect for your family. From placement of furniture, to the setting up of your bedrooms, office, bathrooms and kitchen in the most efficient manner possible, you can kick back and relax while having someone else do all of the hard work for you.

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Moving From an Apartment to a House? We List 5 Tips to Have You Settling in with Ease!

Two story houseMoving from an apartment to a house marks an exciting new chapter in life – possibly with kids, pets, a garden and lots of new space to enjoy! And if you already have pets, your life is about to get much easier. However with all of this excitement, the process can also be a little overwhelming.

While a home might require some upgrades, which can be expensive. The good news is there is no reason to fear a move to a house. As long as you’ve factored in some added costs associated with a house, the rest of it is fun and invigorating. Here are some tips to have you settling into your new home with ease:

  1. Call in the removalists

Imagine moving all the furniture from your apartment into your new home without the stresses or strains typically associated with moving house. Well, with the help of a professional removalist like WridgWays, you can! Accredited removalists generally have many, many years of home moving experience and will be able to complete the move to your house in the minimum of time. They can also offer added help with things like a vacate clean in your apartment, connecting utilities in your new house and a professional valet unpacking service.

  1. Filling your house with furniture:

The extra space in your new home means you will need new furnishings to fill it. From the moment you know you are moving to a house, start researching ideas for styling so that you can make sure you stick to a theme throughout the house rather than picking up pieces from very different styles as you see them.

Try to these places to pick up great quality cheap or even free furniture items, ready for your new home:

  • Buy second hand furniture or try online sites like gumtree.com.au
  • Ask friends and family if they have spare items they no longer need and would be happy to give you
  • Recover an old sofa to give it a fresh, new look
  • Beautify with accessories such as cushions
  • Give worn pieces some fresh paint
  • Wait for sales like those at the end of financial year or on Boxing Day
  • Consider some stores which offer complete packs that are much cheaper than buying individual items

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Get Connected With Your Relocation – Download Santa Fe’s Mobile App Today!

Have your entire relocation at your fingertips, like never before. Download the new FREE Santa Fe Relocation Mobile App today!

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Santa Fe’s new App is designed for relocating individuals and provides a wealth of information and interactive features to make your relocation easy. Receive instant access to a broad range of useful tools including:

  • A fully-customisable move planner
  • Currency conversion
  • Travel and language tools
  • A complete collection of destination guides full of practical information to help you learn about your new location

Get Connected With Your Relocation, Download The Mobile App Today!

Santa Fe’s Relocation App is available now and completely FREE to download via Apple’s iTunes App Store or Google Play. Simply search “Santa Fe Relo”.

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Moving House in the Rain? Make it easy with Tips from Santa Fe WridgWays!

So you’ve booked a removalist well in advance, the packing has started and the house will be cleaned and clutter-free all in preparation for the big day! But as moving day approaches mother nature decides to intervene; now you’re just going to have to move in the rain!

While it’s not an ideal situation, our experienced removal team deals with harsh weather constraints on a daily basis. So who else is better equipped to guide you through tips for moving in the rain than WridgWays? Follow these tips to make in the rain moving as painless as possible:

  1.        Ensure that you and your family/friends moving safely:

Everything will be more slippery than normal so remember to wear sturdy boots with a heavy tread.  Consider wearing gloves to give you that extra grip if you are planning on moving furniture and boxes around on the day.

  1.        Use the right removal boxes

Protecting your precious belongings is of course a priority, especially on a rainy day. Be careful what kind of boxes you use to pack and move your belongings. Boxes collected from supermarkets and fruit stores might lose their structure and ability to protect your items when they get wet.  Choosing purpose built removal cartons will ensure durability on the day and added protection for the items inside. If you will be moving some of the boxes yourself make sure to hold the boxes from the bottom for support, and keep them under shelter as much as possible.

  1.        Engage in the services of a professional removalist:

Your experienced removalists will be there on the rainy day to assist with all of the heavy lifting! We have been moving in the rain for over 120 years, so there’s no one better placed to handle your move with efficiency and care. Our experience, combined with our specialised packing materials, will provide the best possible protection to your precious belongings on a rainy day. Leave the hard work to us! (more…)