Forget Christmas, it’s time to move!
CHRISTMAS is all about presents and ham and packing boxes, right? Yes, that last one wasn't a mistake.
While most people are out and about shopping for gifts and goodies, or at home cooking over the festive season, a good number of the Northern Rivers' residents are moving house.
Said Jamie O'Grady from O'Grady's Transport and Removals in Ballina: "December is our busiest time of the year. We even have someone booked in on Christmas Eve."
In fact, around the area, you'll be hard pushed to get a mover until January with other businesses such as J&J's Transport Removals in Lismore and Mullumbimby Removals confirming they are pretty much booked out for the festive season.
Mr O'Grady said, just like Santa, he'd even worked Christmas Day in the past.
If you are desperately searching for someone to lug your worldly goods, be aware that rates vary widely, from a pretty standard $130 up to $165 an hour, which usually includes two burly blokes.
While you can get cheaper, mostly from the local paper, Mr O'Grady warns that you should make sure you aren't getting someone with no experience or insurance.
And you probably won't get cheaper at this time of year. In fact, it seems some removalists are pegged to the variable prices of prawns and cherries.
So as a renter or homeowner moving on, what's one of the worst things you can do?
Well, it's to lie to the removalist about awkward access, heavy items like pianos, or just how much furniture you have.
And, if you are intending to move in somewhere with lots of stairs, or up a long, winding driveway, you'd better be prepared to pay for specialist equipment such as a truck with a forklift.
Mr O'Grady said that while his company would pretty much move anything - "we've moved coffins before" - the most difficult things to shift were tool tables and, surprisingly, plants.
"A lot of removalists won't take them, but we'll have a go at anything," he said.