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Popular Questions About Removals During Melbourne COVID-19 Lockdown

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Is house moving essential?

Currently Yes, Removalists are considered an ‘essential service’ under freight & logistics definitions by each State Government and you are able to move your goods either locally or interstate in Australia. Government information states that those with more than once residence “can choose which one to be your principal residence and then must stay there for the stay at home period”.

Can I move interstate during covid-19 restrictions?

Most Australian states and territories have various border control measures in place, with some enforcing mandatory quarantine periods or turning people back if they don’t have a good enough reason to be entering the state.

Unless you’re classified as an essential traveller (and you’ll need documents to back that up) you may be subject to 14 days quarantine paid by the state(each state is different) or possibly out of your own pocket.

You can apply for an exemption that classifies you as an essential traveller, but there are conditions attached to that.

For more information Please refer to DHHS website.

Should I hire removalists or get friends to help when moving a house?

You can only assist someone in another household(friend or family) or vice versa with moving house where care and support is required due to age, infirmity, disability, or because of their health.

Hiring removalists is the safest and easiest option for house moving during stage 4 if possible.

Is house moving stressful?

Moving house is stressful enough, but with stage four COVID-19 restrictions in place in Melbourne, spanners you never knew existed have been thrown into the works especially with the prospect of a $1,652 on-the-spot fine for breaking stage four rules.

We have comprised a list of some helpful moving house tips when moving to help ease the stress.

What are house moving costs?

Moving home can come with a variety of expected and unexpected costs depending if you are renting, purchasing or renovating a home.

Costs can include packing material fees, building fees, furniture removalists, professional cleaners, lawn and garden care, painting, utilities(phone, waster, power) and possibly higher grocery food bills why you arranging the move as you may be eating takeaway/delivery during this time.

It is also a good idea to increase your bottom line amount to make sure you have extra money reserved for unexpected costs or higher fees than anticipated.

How much does it cost to move a house in Melbourne?

Moving homes within Melbourne and or Victoria can vary depending on your needs.

If you are moving a small 1 bed home or a large 4 bed family home for example will understandably have varying costs which will also vary depending on the pickup and delivery locations.

For more information please contact Jake Removals Melbourne. Email info@jakemove.com.au or call 0433 955 908 for more information.

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The Best Way To Pack Fragile Items For Storage – Tips From Jake Removals & Storage Melbourne

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The number one problem most people encounter with storage is damaged or broken items. Fragile ones are most at risk, and it can cause quite a headache – particularly for expensive items or those with sentimental value. Thankfully you can prevent this happening by packing fragile items properly for storage. A bit of preparation and care will prove the difference between a stress-free move and a box of broken plates. Follow tips Jake Storage and Removals Melbourne below to pack fragile items for maximum protection, stability and safety.

Collect the right packaging materials

Great protection for fragile items starts with the best packaging materials. Arm yourself with packing tape, a tape gun, newspaper and packing paper (either will do, but newspaper ink runs), bubble wrap and a permanent marker. Finally, collect yourself enough boxes to fit everything in. It’s tempting to use second-hand ones to save money, but for valuables, you should invest in new boxes. Jake Storage Melbourne recommend asking boxes with double-corrugated walls to stop your valuables being crushed in storage.

Line the box with padding

Construct your first box and use the tape gun to secure the bottom with tape. When it’s ready to go take a sheet of packing paper and use your hands to scrunch it into a ball shape. Don’t worry about making it too tight. Place it inside the box to create some padding for your fragile items. Keep making balls until the entire floor of the box is covered. You may buy packing material from Jake Storage Melbourne.


Wrap your fragile items

The best way to protect valuables is to wrap each one individually before packing. For extra fragile pieces, wrap with bubble wrap first and then with packing paper. Here’s a simple process to follow:
1. Find a stable bench to work from, and lay out your packing sheets flat in a pile
2. Place your first item in the middle of the top sheet.
3. Fold one corner of the sheet to the diagonally opposite corner and edge the end underneath your item. Do the same with all other sheet corners.
4. Seal the edges using packing tape.

Fill the box carefully

It goes without saying to handle fragile items with care, but the right techniques offer superior protection. Place your heavier items on the bottom. Cut your cardboard (old boxes can be used here) to create dividers, and use them to add structural support between items. Make sure you fill up all the spaces. If you’re packing dishes for storage, load them sideways for better shock absorption.

Finish and seal the box

Pack your box to the rafters, but be careful not to make it too heavy. When you’re finished, follow the same process as before to scrunch up balls of packing paper and place them on top for padding. Finally, seal the box with several layers of packing tape and finish it with a ‘fragile’ label big enough for your removalists to notice!

Follow these tips to keep your treasures safe in storage. And if you’d like the professionals to take care of it for you, check out Jake Storage Melbourne affordable packing services.

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What You Need To Do and Plan 2-4 Weeks Before Your Moving

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The actual moving day is getting closer. Jake Removalists Melbourne recommend you some tips which can be planned 2 to 4 weeks before the moving.


• Finalize moving transportation and make necessary arrangements (i.e. helpers).
• Schedule disconnection / connection of utilities at old and new home:
• Phone, Internet, Water, Gas, Electric- have a few spare light bulbs on hand just in case. Strangely some people take them when moving
• Discontinue any delivery services, automated payment plans and local memberships (i.e. gym).
• Change your contact details with various service providers (banks, licence, insurance, lawyer, etc.).
• If you have a pet you must change/update its registration with your council.
• Organize contents insurance if you don’t already have any.
• Create an inventory list of items (furniture, boxes etc) to use as a check list on moving day.
• Begin packing non-essential items. You can buy some packing material form Jake Removalists Melbourne if needed.
• Label boxes by room and contents (bathroom, kitchen, laundry, etc.) -get the removalists to put the boxes directly into the room labelled on the box, this will help make the unpacking process more manageable.
• Identify valuable items to transfer separately – label as DO NOT MOVE.
• Create an essentials box to keep with you on the day of your move and the first couple of days of moving so you don’t have to search through and open all of the boxes.
• clean bed linen for each bed, toilet paper, paper towel, snacks, water, cups, coffee, all-purpose cleaner, bin liners, scissors, paper plates, hand soap, tools to help you assemble items, toiletries, medication, such as pain relief, first aid kit, you may need a Band-Aid or two, tissues, pet supplies, dustpan, kitchen sponge, detergent for dishes, corkscrew/bottle opener
• Store valuable items like jewellery and legal documents at the bank / or in a safe place while moving.
• Confirm the time of settlement with your Lawyer/Conveyancer if buying.
• Contact a cleaning service, if you are using one, to ensure they are available on moving day.
• Arrange time off work if possible for moving day.

Additional tips if you are renting

  • Formally notify your landlord or property manager of the date you’re vacating the premises.
  • When moving out of a rental property, you may need to steam clean your carpet, and ensure the property is returned in a satisfactory state.
  • Arrange for a property inspection to recoup the bond.

Call Jake Removals and Storage Melbourne at 1300 766 658 | 0433 955 908 or Online to get an instant quote. You can also check Jake Removals 5-star reviews on Word of Mouth


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Things to Do and Plan 6 Weeks Before Your Moving

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Wanting to create your next move as stress free as possible? Jake Removals Melbourne will provide you some tips. Spending a little time planning now can save you a whole lot of hassles in the days leading up to move home, which is when you will be too busy to think about all the other little things involved in moving house. This helpful moving planner will help you organise your move, with checklists for all elements of moving, pages to help you plan dates, room layouts and more, you’ll find everything you need to eliminate the overwhelm and be able to focus on being ready and stress free for the day you move house.

Things to Do and Plan 6-8 Weeks Before Your Moving

  • Plan your move with our very experienced and trusted movers at Jake Removals Melbourne.
  • Create a folder to keep a record of everything related to your move (receipts, inventory, etc)
  • Cleaning Services
  • Confirm with the agent when you can pick up with keys. This will determine your moving day.
  • Book storage boxes from Jake Storage Melbourne if needed.
  • Redirect your mail and fill out a Change of Address form at a post office or online.
  • Design and plan your space. Try to establish the exact purpose of every room;
  • Pack boxes accordingly – you can use a floor plan or sketch – colour coding boxes so it’s easy to identify which room they belong in.
  • Hold a garage sale, donate, sell, or throw out unnecessary items – take the opportunity while packing to purge items you no longer use. Sell, donate or throw these items away, don’t take items you no longer use to clutter up the new house. If you don’t have the opportunity to part with them before the move label the box to sell or donate so you don’t unpack it.
  • Plan and schedule repairs to be done.
  • Contact the local council to arrange a rubbish pick up if you are getting rid of a lot of stuff.

Acquire packing materials from Jake Removals Melbourne

If you have not arranged for us to organise the packing process for you in which we can supply the packing material.

  • Boxes, tape/tape gun, furniture coverings
  • Newspapers/bubble wrap/butcher block paper
  • Labels, Markers

Call Jake Removals and Storage Melbourne at 1300 766 658 | 0433 955 908 or Online to get an instant quote. You can also check Jake Removals 5-star reviews on Word of Mouth


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How To Declutter For Storage Before The Move – Tips From Jake Removals Melbourne

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A critical part of every big move is decluttering your house, particularly if you’re moving things into storage. Clearing your possessions reduces moving costs, decreases time and effort on move day and generally helps you feel a whole lot lighter. If you’re building a new place, renovating or just downsizing for a while, decluttering takes some much-needed weight off your shoulders. It can be very therapeutic. If you’ve got a big declutter job ahead of you but can’t decide how to approach it, follow these simple tips from Jake Storage and Removals Melbourne to declutter for storage like the best of them.

Don’t start with the wardrobe

Most people get overwhelmed thinking about where to– but often the wardrobe is the biggest mental hurdle. Instead of going for broke and attacking that first, however, get started on something easier. Try going for a less essential room like a laundry or a study to kick off the job. Once you’ve built some momentum, take a big breath and go storming into your clothes collection.

Apply the multiple rule

Do you really need that many towels, or five sets of bedding? Over time we collect multiples of household items and save them for a rainy day or when family comes to visit. However, in most cases, people tend to save way more than they practically need. Look past those multiple sets that you do need (think cutlery and kitchenware) and cull those you don’t.

One room at a time

Decluttering across the whole house leads to burnout. Approach it practically by choosing a smaller part of the house (a room or large cupboard) and commit clearing until it’s done. To save time later start loading moving boxes as you go. Only then can you move on to the next one. Try to move slowly, and identify a room or area to stack your unwanted goods. Anything in good condition you can bundle up and give to charity or sell online for some much needed moving cash.

12 months or it’s gone

This is a harsh one, but fewer belongings to move means cheap storage. Try it on anything where you need a quick keep-or-throw answer. If you’ve physically used it or thought about it sometime in the last year, keep it. If not, it’s usually a bad sign. Obviously, this isn’t the case for record-keeping like photos and family heirlooms, but it does force you to get serious about everything else.

Essentials only

We tend to purchase or hold on to items that sound practical in theory but hardly see the light of the day. Kitchens and bathrooms tend to be the biggest culprits for this. Pans, baking trays, pots and bread ovens all take up critical space. Same applies to the bathroom – soaps, creams, gels, sprays, the list goes on. Do you really need them all?

If you need further help about how to declutter house before your moving, contact Jake Storage Removals Melbourne at 1300 766 658.

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Another Storage Move From Our Happy Customer

Mobile Storage Melbourne

Moving Out From Our Storage Facility at Notting Hill – Mobile Storage Melbourne

  • Jennifer is a customer of ours who we had been holding her items in storage while she was awaiting her new home to be ready.
  • We had moved all her belongings into 3 of our storage units which are all 8 cubic meters each containing a variety of her belongings.
  • Jennifer had requested to move her belongings now out of storage into her new home located in Bentleigh.
  • The team assigned to this move were Luke and Jay. Both great workers who are very friendly, efficient and dedicated to giving fantastic service every time.
  • The guys used our smaller 4T truck for this move as the items all together came to the equivalent of a standard 1 bed room home.
  • All items carefully placed into the truck using trolleys and dolleys and handled with the most care. The items then arrived and were placed accordingly into Jennifer’s new home without any fuss or damage at all.
  • Jennifer was thrilled at the service once again provided to her and would suggest to everyone requiring mobile storage Melbourne.
  • Another 5/5 star review, great work. View Word of Mouth all 5 stars reviews.

Contact Jake Mobile Storage now at 1300 766 658 or make an instant quote.

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A Small House Move With Jake Removals Melbourne

A Small House Removals Melbourne

Happy customers always have similar stories, let’s share one moving job from Thornbury to Fitzroy by Jake Removals Melbourne

A Small House Removals Melbourne, Our guys also helped uninstalling and installing customer’s washing machine

  • Rosanna called to discuss her upcoming move. She had a 2 bed room property however the amount of furniture she had was that closer to a 3 bed room property.
  • With this information in mind we had decided to go for our 8T truck with hydraulic lift which was the usual truck for a 3 bed room home.
  • The guys chosen to work on this specific move were our team of Eric and Michael. Both great movers with many years of experience and who work very well together for the best possible results.
  • They first assess the amount of furniture and map out a plan of which items will go where with great positioning in the truck to make the most possible use out of the room available for them.
  • All items are handled with great care with the use of wrappings, coverings, trolleys, dolleys and the use of the best tool, the hydraulic lift.
  • They guys also went above and beyond and assisted Rosanna with uninstalling and installing her washing machine.
  • Rosanna advised that “the guys were really great, they were super helpful and efficient and I’m very happy with my experience”.
  • Great work guys with another satisfied customer who required removals Melbourne resulting in a 5/5 star review on word of mouth.

Call us today on 1300 766 658 or make an instant quote.

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Customer Testimonials of Removals and Storage Melbourne

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Jake Removals and Storage Melbourne always value feedback from our customers so we can keep improving our services. It time to share two true feedback from our customers.

June 2018

Type of service: Multiple heavy item moving into storage

Moved to Jake Removals Storage in Notting Hill

Moving items like an upright piano or a pool table can come with some unique challenges. On this day our customer Kerryn required not one but both items to be moved along with a motorbike and various other items creating a not so ordinary move. Luke and Kevin conquered this challenge with ease, exhibiting years of experience and skill to combat multiple steps and awkward turns with the use of well placed ramps, trolleys and coverings. Kerryn was very impressed and relieved to see her belongings treated extremely well and to also know they would be left in great hands in our secure storage facility with 24-hour surveillance. Thanks guys.

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June 2018

Type of service: Furniture delivery for Display home

Moved to Kilsyth

One of the great things with our removals and storage Melbourne is being able to develop great relationships with many businesses throughout Victoria which on this day includes on of our regulars Felicity. Working in a home staging business they require furniture to be moved from their factory to many homes throughout Victoria and our guys here are more than happy to oblige. This is no ordinary move as the guys not only act as movers for the day but also assist Felicity in finding the perfect spot for each item to assist in making the homes for sale as appealing as possible. Felicity is always happy with the work provided and is one of our many valued regular customers and business partners. Great relationship building everyone.

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For more information and special offers of Removals and Storage Melbourne, you can visit Jake Removals Melbourne. Or call us today on 1300 766 658.

Find our 5 stars review on WOMO.


Organize your packing


1. Make an inventory sheet with what you are packing. Get rid of the stuff not on the list.
2. Pack room by room in order to avoid confusion between your belongings when unpacking.
3. Prepare your packing materials. They can be purchased in store or ordered online. You can also ask the movers to provide you with some.
4. Do not pack valuable items, you should take them with you on moving day or place them in a deposit box for the safety.


Get a stress free moving day


1. Be thrifty, find free moving boxes. Save a little cash and get as many boxes as you need for free. Best places: the grocery and clothing stores, and warehouse style stores.

2. Create a schedule so you don’t get overwhelmed. Don’t forget to defrost, towel dry, and clean your refrigerator one to two days before moving day. Otherwise, it’ll be pretty stinky and leaky!

3. Take pictures of your electronics before unplugging. Before you disconnect them to be boxed up, take a picture on your phone or camera of the cords on the back of your television and other electronics so that you can remember where they all go! This will save you lots of time when you set it up again.

4. How to pack jewelry? You can use egg cartons to easily transport your jewelry and tape them shut therefore nothing falls out! You can also use toilet paper rolls for packing necklaces or loose bracelets. Just put one end through the roll and fasten the clasp.