How To Prepare Furniture While Moving

Are you moving house for good? Or, your office promotion is taking you to the land of possibilities and the metropolises that you never even dreamt of? Well, well, this was a bit dramatic, but we all understood the point! If you are reading this article, it means that either you are moving out or are planning to. Though, we are sure you must have hired movers, regardless of them being full-service or not, there is a lot of work to do. You need to decide which furniture items are worthy of being taken to your new place, and which furniture items have to be unfortunately discarded. There are a lot of wise decisions and a heavy lifting involved here. You will need a rundown of the items that are stocked up throughout your house, and start enlisting them into things to be taken, and things not to be taken. The easier thing to do would be to make an inventory of the items that you already have. Start by listing their significance, the time it will take to disassemble them in order to prepare for the big move. Once you have the data in front of you, you will know which furniture items are of utmost importance and are to be used till your last day at the old home, and which items can be disassembled to be shifted right away. 

Before you start moving furniture out of your home, there is another mandatory thing to be taken care of. We often neglect measuring the size of our hallways, stairwells, elevators and doorways. This results in last minute confusions and tensions, when you are unable to move a certain piece out because it is just bigger than the door frame. Though, if you have professional movers like furniture movers Altona up your sleeves, you would have already been informed of it, but if not, we have guided you. Try to keep your furniture in one piece first, and see if it can easily get out of the vicinity of your apartment the same way. By doing so, you won’t be going through the hassle of disassembling uselessly. However, if a particular item can get damaged while moving out in a one piece, then you are wise to know what you have to do.  

After making the crucial decision of the items that are going to be disassembled during your big move, select tools that will be used for doing it. Take plastic sandwich bags or larger as per your requirement alongside a permanent marker. For all those furniture pieces that are fragile or need to be taken utmost care of, make sure that you have furniture blankets to cover and protect them. Use them to wrap your items, keep them in a desired bag and mark ‘fragile’ so the movers are aware of how to handle them. You can also do another time-consuming task side-by-side; start preparing the furniture items that have to be disassembled as per the priority. Remove all those parts that can be removed, put them in the bags accordingly and label them. Try working on one piece at a time, so you know where the glass, shelves, nuts or bolts etc. are going. You wouldn’t want the precious tools belonging to your furniture get lost in this process.  

Start labelling items, label as much as you can. So, when it comes to unpacking you can match all the parts together. Pack any furniture item that can be packed. A wise thing would be to throw in a pillow or two in between the items so they are not only protected but your packing also shrinks a bit. Fasten the bags, wrap them with blankets or bubble wrap to secure properly. Make sure that you do not use tape directly on furniture or painted services otherwise they will chip off. 

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful, but we make it one. You can pour out your worry by securing and packing your large items and loading them carefully on the trucks before anything else. Supervise the entire moving process on your own even if you have hired top-notch furniture movers of your city. They wouldn’t know which item is packed in which box, so you have to help them with the entire taking process. Most of us don’t move out of homes quite often, so if you are one, try enjoying even this hectic and hassle filled phase of your life. And, best of luck for your new home from our end.  


Time To Rethink How You Live   

Living smart and intentionally is something that doesn’t come naturally to everybody. The truth is that for most people we let life happen to us rather than imposing our will on it. It might sound like an odd thing to say but far too often we live the way we do because that is the way we have always done things and we have just never thought about changing. And this doesn’t apply to the little things, like the route you travel to work or the place you park your car, this applies to the fundamentals of the way we live, the bigger things that impact us and the world around us. Here are a few examples of things that we should think about and seek to change in order to live better. 

Power to the people 

Just because your parents and their parents before them got their power from a utility company that was fuelled by an old-school coal or nuclear plant, doesn’t mean that you have to. If you live in a place where there is plenty of sun, like the Sunshine Coast, then you should think about the alternatives. Install a solar system Caloundra or surrounding areas and you will be changing the game. It’s clean and efficient and while it may be a bit of a capital expense initially it will help drop your monthly expenses immediately. 

In terms of how to make it happen it is much easier than you think. The internet is your friend, so type a phrase like electrician Beerwah into a search engine and see what comes up. Speak to a few potential installers and you are on your way. 

Chemical free 

Everybody loves a swim and for a very long time if you weren’t doing it in the sea you were doing it in a swimming pool. Traditionally swimming pools were chlorinated or salinated to keep them clean and sparkling. But a new trend is sweeping though Europe and the west and that is the ecopool, a chemical free, plant and sand filtered swimming pool or pond. And they are amazing! Crystal clear and great to swim in, they promote healthy ecosystems and provide homes to things like frogs and dragonflies and other water dwelling insects and animals. They are also very low maintenance and cost effective. 

Use water wisely 

Just because when you open the tap you get water doesn’t mean that it is a bottomless resource. Water, and more specifically clean water, is becoming increasingly scarce with some major cities around the world having come perilously close to running out of water in recent times. It’s time that we rethink how we use water and where we get it from. Look to store your own, monitor shower times and landscape with materials that catch run-off. Water is a critical resource and we need to look after it and appreciate it, the old legacy of use as much as you want because there is plenty is gone.

Tips For Bringing Maximum Value To Your Garden 

Having a beautiful architect designed house with the best modern furniture and stylish interiors is the dream of many people. We are talking about a house in which to entertain, in which to raise a family and a place that you can call home. It is a genuine dream to aspire to. Surprisingly though when conceptualizing and designing their perfect home, many people don’t think about the exterior, and they end up with a stylish and comfortable home that is very bland on the outside. Here are some ideas for bringing style and talking points to the outside of your house. 

Water works magic 

There is something very calming about outdoor water features Melbourne. These could be in the form of fountains or ponds or even something as simple as a birdbath, the presence of water has the ability transform a garden – and even better if it is running water. A water feature doesn’t have to big it just needs a degree of thought behind it. Where is it going to be placed and how is it integrated into the rest of the exterior. With the right plan it should be fairly cheap to install with a lot of benefit delivered in terms of style points. 

Create the illusion of space 

It doesn’t matter if your garden is big or small, you need to find ways to create the illusion of space. In the same way that infinity pools are designed to make it appear as if your swimming pool is much bigger than it is, a cleverly planted garden can make the garden look much more sizeable. Walls need to be covered with creepers or you could create an artificial vertical garden Melbourne for maximum greenery and feature value. What you want is to be able to look into the garden from inside the house and to see lots of green and not much of the neighbours. 

Work the flow 

A well designed house should have a seamless flow from inside to outside, in such a way that you almost don’t know when the one starts and the other ends. The idea should be that you can entertain and host parties and that the guests can move seamlessly from the shelter and calm of the house to an equally amazing external experience. 

Bring nature back 

Make a concerted effort to bring nature back to your garden. The whole idea of a garden is that it is your sanctuary and your opportunity to escape to a little piece of nature within the city setting in which you live. So if your garden is too sterile what’s the point? You should strive to create a place that entices insects and bugs. In turn these will attract birds and other small animals – like frogs and toads and lizards and such like. Bird feeders are also a great way to attract animals. And there really is nothing better than chilling in your garden and watching the birds feed and the butterflies do their thing, in a living and healthy ecosystem.      


Upgrading Your Garden For Your Family Life 

There are several times during the year when it can be best to upgrade your garden. If you have a big one or a small one, and you are not sure which direction to go in terms of design and layout, it can be a good thing to find a service that is willing to walk you through the process and advise your accordingly. There will be many considerations to think about, like type of flowers and shrubbery and positioning of trees and those sort of aesthetics to go through. A trusted and trained professional can save you a lot of money and time and headaches, just by giving you some simple advice here and there.  

Don’t mess around in the dirt 

While it might seem obvious to you that roses should be planted in such a scenario or your ground cover needs a certain amount of water a month, you will be surprised about the hidden needs of your garden and greenery. The landscape gardening Adelaide experts can certainly help you with this, so you are not left spending thousands of dollars on something that is not going to last, only because you didn’t take the time or care to lengthen its longevity. 

Then, what of the inside… 

Once you have redone your garden, or in truth you should consider the following before doing your garden, then you can think about some renovation builders Adelaide to upgrade your abode. The builders are probably going to have to store some of their machinery and equipment in your garden and will drop bricks and rubble there too, so yes, maybe its best that you get your house renovation done before you get your garden sorted out. That’s the best order for all involved. Both parties, the landscape specialist and building expert will almost certainly agree on this. 

Make a family thing of it 

While you might have your own ideas of what you would like your garden and home to look like and how you would like two bedrooms closer to the bathroom or a line of flowers to break the patch of lawn, your family – most importantly your spouse – might have some other ideas. You would do well, as a family man or woman, to have a chat to them and see if they have ideas and input and ambition for the home they live in and will grow up in. 

Perhaps this is a rental 

If this is not your primary home, and you are just upgrading it to get a better tenancy and rental fee, then you will really want to put in the best possible practical elements, one which are low on maintenance needs and will be easy for your tenant or tenants to attend to. Plants that are indigenous to the area and are not alien are pretty much a must – and in areas of low rainfall, then plants that need only small amount of water to survive will be the need. Again, your trusted professional can help you choose the right ones. 

Interesting Trends To Look Out For In The Next Ten Years

The world is shrinking on a daily basis. Not physically of course but in terms of reach and the ability to be in touch with people anywhere or to travel vast differences very quickly. In the space of one generation we have gone from steam ships for crossing oceans to supersonic flight and from snail mail to email via faxes. Progress is marching on at an incredible rate and there is no way to stop it, it’s relentless. It affects every part of our existence. Here’s a quick look at things we should expect to see as standard within the next ten years.  


How lazy are we? 
Youngsters these days would much rather sit an play computer games than go outside and build a tree house or throw a ball. It’s a sad state of affairs really but the truth is we are all becoming increasing couch-bound. It means that we are getting heavier and essentially lazier, and it comes as no surprise to think that within the next few year’s items like residential elevators will soon come as standard installations in new houses. In just the same way that air conditioning unit are now regular features in less moderate climates, so too does it seem inevitable that our inclination to use stairs will be replaced by lifts at home. 


Self-drive cars 
We all know that they exist. We might not have seen them yet, but we know that they are coming and quickly. They are all the rage at the moment, being spoken about at every dinner party, and it seems only a matter of time before they take over completely. Remember how quick digital cameras came to prominence and then decimated the old-school analogue technology. Watch out for a repeat performance from self-drive vehicles. 


Much the same as above, but this time in the air, drone technology is becoming faster and better with each day. And as the pace of development and the commercial interest gathers pace so the price of drones comes down making them more affordable to the man in the street. Drones are already commonly used for photographic and espionage purposes but their uses are many. Pioneering companies are using them to deliver medication to remote areas in the developing world. But there is no reason why they should not be delivering your shopping to you. Imagine how easy it would be if you could place an order online and then have it delivered by a drone. You would never have to leave your couch! 


Universal Communicators 
The cellular phone is very rapidly becoming the only device that you need in your life. It has already replaced landlines and cameras and calculators and computers and remote controls and GPS. And it is only just getting started. It is hard to know quite where it will advance to next, but it is safe to say that within the next ten years it will have taken significant strides forward in terms of becoming the only device that you need in your life. It really isn’t too much of a leap to suppose that it could making you toast and coffee before long!