Moving Across the Country: The Benefits of Backloading

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Moving Across the Country: The Benefits of Backloading

When I was offered a new job in Perth, I had to relocate my life from Brisbane. I had no idea how I was going to ship all my things across Australia. I considered hiring a van and doing it myself, but driving thousands of miles and then starting work when I arrived just didn't appeal to me. I looked into using a moving company, but I was put off a little by the cost. It was then my friend mentioned backloading. Backloading allowed me to haul my things across the country on trucks which were returning from another job. This drastically reduced the cost. I am now settled in Perth, but I wanted to start this blog to help others who need to store or move the things they own.

Essential Tools For A New Garden Shed

Many people, after purchasing a new shed for their yard, are unsure of the types of tools to store there, so that they can properly maintain their garden and yard. Although some people have all the tools and electrical equipment you could think of, this has been built up over the years and through gaining knowledge as they do each job. They, like everyone else, had to start somewhere. This article looks at some of the most basic and essential tools you will need to have in your new shed.

Spade And Shovel

Depending on where you live, the words spade and shovel may be used interchangeably. In fact, they are two completely different tools, but both are essential in your new shed. A shovel has a prominent curve from both edges of the blade, making it useful for scooping and moving, for example, earth or wood chip. A spade has a straight blade, as this allows you to dig into the ground with a degree of accuracy, which the curved blade of a shovel is much less accurate. Ensure you have one of each of these tools.


A hoe is an essential tool for your new shed, as it performs two functions; its sharp back edge is used to cut out and remove weeds and other unwanted plants from your garden, and you can also use it to separate soil – perfect for when you need to form rows in the soil to plant potatoes, for example.

Garden Rake

Many people forget to add this tool into their new shed, and end up buying one soon after they realize, as it is an essential tool to have. Don't get a plastic headed rake, opt instead for a steel headed rake; these types of rakes can be used to break down earth and soil, as well as leveling the soil.


A good quality fork will not only help you in the garden bed, as it is good for turning and aerating soil, but it can also be used to turn over a compost pile. It is another essential tool for your new shed.


This piece of equipment should be in all sheds, new and old. They can help you to move plants and tools, but are also good for moving and cleaning, such as loading heavy rocks, or removing turf that you have dug up. Wheelbarrows cut down on the amount of work you have to do yourself.


Lastly, make sure that you add a good quality, reinforced hose to your new shed. This type of hose will not kink, and will have a wheel on it to unroll the pipe.

Always try to visit a place that you can test how the tool feels in your hands, such as a garden center; this lets you know if it will be comfortable to work with before making a purchase.

For more information, check out companies such as Storage World.