Decorating your new house

 

Everything is set for the new house you are moving into, but have you thought of the decorations? This is the most important part of the house as it will affect the way you feel inside the house and outside. Decorating the house with such detail can make a big difference on yourself and your visitors. The house on its own will not have much of an impression on anybody unless it is decorated well. Think about the room you are staying in for example, does it look appealing to you? Can you spend the night after work in your room comfortably? If you can jot down ideas on the type of room you want your bedroom to look like and you think that it will make you feel more at home, then do it while you have not moved in, because once you move In there is such little time for you to think about such things and all you want is to set the house up and get on with life.

 

So in this blog the team here at The Moving Squad will present a few ideas to think about while decorating the house and making your stay at your house more comfortable when you move in. If you are looking for cheap house movers in Auckland then get in touch with our team to help plan in advance.

 

 

Think about the style

Brainstorm some ideas on how you perceive your house to look like; modern, traditional, etc. It would not be a good look if you decorate your lounge into a traditional look, but a modern decor for your kitchen. Think of different styles and pick one that you could lay out in the main areas such as kitchen, lounge, guest room, walkways, stairs, guest bathroom and lobby. Each style is different and varies depending on the type of house you have and the layout of it.

 

 

Style and placement

Think about decorating one room at a time and get help from your family members on how each member wants there bedroom to look like. Maybe ask them for a picture of the type of room they would prefer, which makes its easier as you go out for shopping and selecting the right products by choice. Having a room inspiration photo is very ideal when moving into the new house and bear in mind you can always make adjustments. To find some interior pictures visit Pinterest where you can select the rooms of your choice and save the picture to get ideas.

Take not of the floor plan and the walls. What type of floor is used and what furniture would best reflect the floor, and wallpaper or paint on the walls matching some of the interior could make a big change in the appearance.

 

 

Get rid of the old furniture

Obviously moving into the new house would change your mind set about some of the furniture back in the old house. It won’t all fit into the new plan and might even affect the look of the new house, so be wise and get rid of the furniture that you think will not fit well with the new house plan. You could have a garage sale to make back some of the cash and invest into the new furniture that would better fit in with the new plan. Or simply donate some to the poor.

 

Moving furniture around is a responsibility for the moving squad and it is our utmost priority to get the furniture to its place safe and in one peace. Happy moving everyone :)

 

 

 

 

Living in Auckland

New Zealand’s largest city Auckland is built in the north of the north island with a population of around 1.6 million and with a growth rate 2.6 percent yearly. Auckland is rated as the 8th most liveable city globally in 2017 measuring several factors related to health care, education, safety, environment and infrastructure. Auckland city is located between two harbours and very well known as the “City of Sails”. Auckland weather provides you beautiful sunlight over the summer and known as one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand. In winter we have shorter days with cold temperatures falling to a low of 3 degrees. Auckland has so much to offer to new residents shifting here, whether it be with family or on your own.

 

Housing – The choice is yours whether to buy or rent! Auckland has a variety of houses to choose from and with different suburbs the price will fluctuate. You may want to consider renting to start off with and once settled in then you could look at the Auckland house market to invest in a home you will own in this ever-growing city. Make a smart choice by choosing a house that would best fit your requirements such as transporting to work, work to be close to home, shopping nearby, public transport services, etc. The traffic in Auckland is ever increasing and it can take easily an hour to get to work within a 20 – 30 km radius. Traffic is one of the major setbacks for Auckland city and hence why the elder generation shift to the rural areas.

 

The people and the culture – Auckland is a multi-cultural city with more than 40 percent of the population born overseas and which makes it more diverse then cities such as New York, Sydney and even Los Angeles. This goes to show that Auckland has done well in settling migrants from across the world. The Maori heritage in New Zealand puts us in a very unique place in the world. New Zealand is also well known for tourists and some tourists decide to make a permanent shift to New Zealand as they fall in love with its natural beauty and a very calm lifestyle. The people here are known to be very friendly as per the 2015 expat survey with a score of 94 percent. The cultural festivals take place where people come together and celebrate under the same shelter. The work places also seem to promote cultural festivities as the diversity increases.

 

Nature and outdoors – New Zealand is well known for its beaches and Auckland alone has beautiful beaches near the coastline. The top 10 beaches in Auckland are Anchor Bay, Orewa, Cheltenham, Piha, Bethells beach, Oneroa, Karekare, Missionbay, Takapuna and Point Chevalier beach. Auckland is also surrounded by beautiful parks and it is the perfect way to explore the beauty of our landscapes. List of few beautiful parks situated around Auckland are Awhitu Regional park, Duder Regional park, Hunua ranes regional park, Tawharanui regional park and Auckland botanic gardens. The islands around Auckland are also a must visit if you love sightseeing and nature. The main Islands that you can catch a ferry to are Waiheke Island, Great Barrier Island, Rangitoto and Motutapu island. New Zealand is a beautiful place to live and explore, providing you with lots of opportunities to take on board.

 

Are you ready for your move with The Moving Squad? Get in touch with us today 😊

 

 

4 Effective tips on keeping the house cool over this summer

Summer is officially here with temperatures rising up to 30 degrees and beautiful long sunny days with plenty of time to hit the beach. It can get very hot inside the house with such high temperatures and humidity. But never the less there are some ways to help keeping your house cool over the summer period and yes cooler the house better the energy and a good night’s sleep not waking up in sweat. Also the kids are very sensitive over the summer nights and can have you up all night with restless periods. So let’s list a few tips for you to consider in this heat.

 

  1. Ventilation – The first step to keeping your house cool over the summer period is to have ventilation. Open up windows and sliding doors in every single room especially all the windows at the top of the house letting the heat escape which rises from the bottom of the house. So the cool air enters through the bottom of the house and escapes heat that’s built up from the top of the house. You may consider closing the blinds in sunny areas of the house to block the sun and not let heat enter the house. This will keep the room cool by the fresh air reaching inside the room. This is the simplest most effective way for not letting heat build-up inside the house.

 

  1. Fans – If you are looking for a cheaper and fast alternative to keeping cool then a fan would be your best choice and that’s only if the shops haven’t run out of them already. Now days you can get wireless remote controlled fans making it easier for you to control the fan speed and rotation while you are lying away on the couch or the bed. You can check out the Warehouse, Kmart, Noel Leaming, Harvey Norman etc for best deals.

 

  1. Heat Pumps – Heat pumps are being installed in almost every single household as they provide heating throughout winter and cooling air conditioner throughout summer keeping the house nice and cool. The main point you would want to consider about a heat pump is the energy efficiency. The recent improvement in heat pumps is the multi split system reaching every room with heated and cool air as desired. Get your hands on one of these right now and check out this page for extra information on heat pumps and their efficiency, Genesis Energy.

 

  1. Double Glazed Retrofit Windows – Excellent idea for every household to have these fit on every window and glass doors in the house. These Double Glazed windows help in keeping the sun blocked providing less heat and solar radiation to enter the house and while in winter you heat your room it will decrease the amount of warmth lost through the glass. Perfect tip for long term solutions to prevent heat escaping in winter and entering the house in summer. It also provides less condensation eliminating crying damp windows and of course power saving as a bonus.

 

Season’s greetings from the team here at The Moving Squad and hope you had a merry Christmas and a happy new year. We look forward to extending our services to you over the New Year and will keep striving to be the best moving company in New Zealand as the years go by.  Happy moving everyone

 

 

Before you move in your new Home

Congratulations on your new Home! This is where the excitement kicks in when you are about to shift to your new home and also sadness when you leave your old home behind with beautiful memories left back with it. Most of us Kiwis struggle to buy a new home especially with the prices here in Auckland and it’s even more difficult when you only have an average income of two and kids to look after. The crime rate in New Zealand over all is very low compared to other countries across the world and house robberies are also on the decline with better crime management systems in place. So, before you move in to your new house let’s have a look at few things that you might want to consider.

 

  • Security system – The most important thing when moving into a new home is safety of the family. Check to see if there is a security system set up at your new home and is it operating as it should, cameras in the house or outside, smoke alarms, etc. As soon as you pick up the keys for your new house make sure to change the locks on the exterior doors or get someone to change it for you. You never know who might have lived in that house with keys distributed and especially if the house was ever placed on rent previously. This will give you some peace of mind with new locks being installed. Also, another one of your very first steps is to change the security alarm pin and if not sure ask the agent or previous house owners to help you set it up.

 

  • Essentials – Set up a phone line if not already in place. Important to have your internet connection sorted weeks before you move in because it does take some time with internet service provider being booked out and in today’s world things can get tough without internet. Energy switchover is also required with the previous owners name change to the current owner as well as gas supply. Notify all your relatives, bank, post office, and schools etc. of the new address change. Organise new house and contents assurance so that you are all covered as soon as you move in.

 

  • Cleaning the house – Before you step into your new house get pest control done to get rid of bugs and protect your property from pests for a longer period of time if done correctly. Look around the house to see if there are paint patches that need to be touched upon, electrical switch covers need changing? Dishwasher in place? Carpet stains? Etc. Always good to clean the house before you step in and it reduces cleaning time after the move is completed and you can sit back enjoying a cold one on the couch watching the sunset. Hire some professional cleaners if you are not feeling up to it.

 

  • Saying good bye to the old home and the memories – It sometimes is very hard for people to move to a new home as they are so attached to the home they have been living in for a long time. The decision has been made and you’re ready to say goodbye to your old home and if budget allows throw a barbecue party at your old home for one last time to cherish all the moments spent together under one roof and a toast to the new memories to be created in the new home. Once again happy moving everyone and make sure to get in touch with The Moving Squad for your next move or to discuss any other services.

House Moving

Moving houses is something we hardly ever look forward to as we are so used to the house we live in and have beautiful memories in. It is a very big decision when it comes to moving houses here in Auckland, due to the house market rising unexpectedly over the last few years or so and making it very tough to move about. This blog will give you some tips on how to pack up and move houses. The most important factor when it comes to moving houses is planning and getting everything right according to the plan. Book your packing and moving service now with The Moving Squad based in the heart of Auckland providing you excellent services.

 

Start your move by selecting a packing and moving company that best fits your requirements. Plan everything with the moving squad from packing to pick up and delivery and set up at your new home. Ensure that the company you choose will help you with the packing and provide you with packing services including boxes, wrapping for bespoke furniture and high valued items, plastic protection bags for delicate furnishings, crates and consult with the moving company for custom made packaging to suit your budget and schedule.

 

Pack early so that when it comes to the day you’re shifting houses it becomes easier for yourself and the company you’re moving with. A large house with 5 bedrooms will take you maximum 2 months if you pack one box a day and for houses with 3-4 bedrooms it may take you a month depending on the contents you have to pack. This information is just to give you a rough idea with rough numbers. The easiest way to begin packing is to start with the rooms you may least require for use over the next few months and consider packing items that you would not use on daily basis. Start slowly and pack one room at a time so that everything is done in an organised way and according to the plan you have made. The items that you might not need or are not required anymore can be sold by holding a garage sale over the weekends, which will help you meet your budget and get rid of the clutter. Safety is utmost important when shifting houses and make sure you limit the weight on your boxes to a maximum of 20kgs per box which will make it easier to lift and won’t hurt your back. The last thing you would want is to hurt yourself so be careful when you pack and move.

 

Label the boxes and write the contents on all of the boxes you pack. You may want to print out several stickers which you could stick onto the boxes labeling room number, contents inside, fragile item, etc. Another handy tip to packing is to label the boxes with room numbers and level of the house, which makes it easier when the movers deliver your packed items to the new house and also easier to unpack. Once you are packed up and the moving date is nearby ensure everything is up to date according to the plan and again consult with your moving company for any other changes or if further planning Is required.

 

If suitable check to see the weather is promising for the day you move about and make sure if the weather does not look promising to have alternative plans discussed with the moving squad to ensure everything will be covered while moving around in such weather conditions, especially for moving long distances. Happy moving everyone :)

The Moving Squad Moving Tips

The move can be quite a big task whether it is a small office to a large one. If you have the right plan in place things can become much easier and the earlier you do the planning more time for you to focus on scheduling tasks to others helping you with the big move, making it quicker and effortless. Start with selecting a moving company in your area and discuss your plan with them to get an idea of the services they have on offer. The Moving Squad is on top of the list when you think about furniture movers Auckland and offer wide range of services across the country. When it comes to time management, reliability and trust you can count on us with years of experience under the belt. Arrange a meeting onsite to discuss the move, figuring out a mutual moving plan and outline all special requirements beforehand.

Below are some handy tips for the big move. It can all be discussed with your preferable moving company.

Important things before moving – Confirmation of the dates that your moving, office shutdown dates & opening of the new office. Arrange for staff to label their personal items before the move. Think about disconnection or reconnection of your phone systems, computers, fax, cell phones, electricity, internet, etc. Before the move have your notifications sent to the required parties of address change, business name change if applicable & website change if applicable. Consider things like replacement or upgrade that might be required for the changeover such as furniture, IT equipment, electrical equipment etc. Look up furniture movers Auckland or area you are in google search to find the right company for your move.   

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Things to consider – General office plan

  • Inventory of all your equipment
  • Security systems – Alarms
  • Air-conditioning
  • Smoke detectors
  • New stationery
  • Business cards
  • New signage in the new office
  • Health and safety requirements

 

 

Packing – Before you move packing everything in order is very important. It is ideal to clearly label all items/boxes that are packed with items inside according to the setup of the new office. Below is an example of a sticker type label that could be handy when moving offices. It includes Floor number, Room number, Contents that are inside that box, box number, fragile item or not & lastly is it heavy. This basically covers everything and makes it easier to locate items when setting up at your new location. Desks, chairs, computers and files etc, can be labelled with staff member names for easy identification.

Packing Label

During the move – Delegate a supervisor for the move at your old office location and one at the new office site. The supervisor at the old office can assist the movers and make a checklist of the things that need to be shifted in an order. The supervisor at the new office location can have an office floor layout chart set up with the help of the checklist from the other supervisor, so that process can run smoothly without confusion. Communication is very important in this procedure and can take effect on how well it is managed throughout the move. Once everything has been shifted to the new office and everything is in place according to the office floor layout plan, go through the checklist and make sure everything is ticked off.

 

After the move – Testing begins! Check everything is up and running such as telephones, internet, gas supply, electricity, computers and etc. Take a detailed tour of the office and assure everything is in place and record any damages that can be noticed. Send notifications to the required parties of the completion of the move. Confirm the change of address corrections made and finally crack open a bubbly, and enjoy!

 

For any questions/queries you might have, feel free to call or email The Moving Squad – Auckland’s Expert Movers and Packers. We specialise in home and office removals, storage and any other furniture removal requirement you have. Read more about our services here.

Beginners Guide to Moving in Auckland

We often receive enquires from customers who have no previous moving experience or haven’t moved in a very long time.

If you fall in either category, this guide may help .We’ve complied a list of things to consider or discuss with us:

  1. Do you need assistance with partial or full packing or unpacking? If there are any items or areas which you specifically need packing with (such as artwork or fine china), we can usually fit in a partial pack on the same day as your house move or a day prior.
  2. Let us know about access or parking issues at BOTH sites- things such as overhanging tree branches. telephone cables or narrow driveways can result in a costlier move if not matched with the right size truck.
  3. Oversize items such as double door fridges, pianos or spas need special handling with equipment and extra men, best to let us know in advance so we come prepared. If items need to be hoisted over balconies, we usually have to bring extra long straps and 3 or 4 men so advance notice helps with planning.
  4. If you’re settling houses, its best to allow the full day for the house move or at least budget for it. We come across settlement delays every Friday and this can easily add hours to the bill unfortunately. We recommend speaking to your solicitors ahead of time to arrange access to the garage of your new home to allow us to unload whilst settlement is taking place – this can save hundreds off the bill. If you’ve got concerns over settlement falling through, talk to us and we can pre-arrange storage as a contingency.
  5. If you have valuable items which you have concerns over, talk to us about transit insurance options. We can usually provide you a quote within 24 hours.
  6. Need packing boxes? We can provide free advise on the right type if packing materials to use of you are self-packing and can arrange delivery of these items with 2 business days throughout Auckland.

For any more questions you might have, feel free to call The Moving Squad – Auckland’s Expert Movers and Packers. We specialise in home and office removals, storage and any other furniture removal requirement you have. Read more about our services here.

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House Packing Tips

Packing is never a simple task. We often come across customers who are ill-prepared, have left packing too late and have had to cut corners to get everything ready before we turn up for the move. Poor packing is the number 1 cause of damages in transit and also the number 1 reason why transit insurance companies decline claims for damages. After having packed and moved thousands of homes over the last 8 years, here are out top packing tips:

  1. Invest in sturdy, professional grade and suitable packing materials. There is a common misconception that all you need to pack are banana boxes and tape. This could not be further from the truth. Sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard rolls, acid-free wrapping paper, shrink wrap and mattress covers are all worth their weight in gold and are inexpensive compared to repair or replacement cost for your valued contents. Speak to our packing experts on 0800 086 683 to discuss packing materials which you can order through us. We can also deliver your packing materials within Auckland (fees apply) and can recommend the right materials to suit your needs.
  2. Always have a priority box with keys, remote controls, cables, Wifi modems, unopened mail, a roll of toilet paper( Yes you read right!), kids activities, medication and first aid kit. You’ll need to carry these with you in your vehicle so you know exactly where it is at all times. Keep screw, bolts and nuts in sandwich bags with labels in this box, with allen keys and tools needed to re-assemble your furniture.
  3. Label all rooms and all boxes with brief description of contents. These WILL reduce your stress when unpacking and trying to locate things in your new home. Our professional, expert and friendly moving team will place all boxes in corresponding rooms to make it easier for your to unpack.
  4. Mark boxes as fragile and top-stack where appropriate, do not over-fill and place heavier items first with lighter ones on top.
  5. Dont stress about disassembling and re-assembling furniture or uninstalling and reinstalling white wear. Our moving team can give you a hand and sort this out in minutes.
  6. Keep an eye on weather conditions. Request our shrink wrapping service to protect couches and furniture from the rain and order mattress covers well in advance. These are single use due to hygiene reason which is why we don’t carry them as standard.
  7. We recommend unpacking your drawers if its flat-pack/MDF furniture or antique. Whilst its ok to keep drawers full for solid wood drawers, it does help the lighten the load. Filing cabinets should always be emptied out (unless they are anti-jam) as jams caused during the move can be a nightmare to sort out.
  8. We do not carry gas bottles, fuel, paint, corrosive chemicals and car batteries as these are Dangerous Goods. Please make alternative arrangements for these.
  9. If you have expensive wooden furniture and antiques, talk to us beforehand about our corrugated cardboard wrapping service. Our movers can easily do this before moving and this adds an extra layer of protection to the standard blankets which we ALWAYS use.
  10. Always wrap television, artwork and paintings in 2-3 layers of protective material. If this is too much for you, talk to our moving consultants on 0800 086 683 and we can organise our expert house packers to get this done. We use the highest grade materials can can have up to 5 layers of wrapping materials to cover valuables such as paintings and artwork.

We hope these tips will make your house pack a little easier. Give yourself enough time and start packing early. Things such as books, toys and old clothes can be packed well in advance so have a packing plan and schedule in place.

For any questions or moving help, talk to our team. The Moving Squad is Auckland’s Expert Packers and Movers specialising in home and office removals as well as storage.auckland packers movers removals

8 Easy to Follow Moving Tips from Auckland’s Expert Packers and Movers

Plan in advance

The earlier you organize your house move the better! Weekends are a popular house moving time in Auckland so give us a call to pencil in a time as soon as you know and we’ll happily hold it for you without any booking fees.

Be boxed up

Use moving boxes to pack your possessions to ensure their safety and a quicker move. For smaller, heavier items like books, crockery and cd’s please use ‘book boxes’ and for larger ornamental items or cushions and linen use ‘tea chest’ boxes. If you are overwhelmed by the amount of packing to be done our friendly removalists can help. Ask us about our professional Auckland packing and moving service.

Parking / Access

Make sure with your neighbours or your building manager that there will be suitable parking for the moving truck. If you are moving from a house it may be simply a matter of parking a car (or two if you can!) in front of your house. For apartment buildings in Auckland there is usually a designated loading zone for removalists but make sure to reserve this in advance along with the lift. Your building manager will also have special blankets/covers to protect lifts and its very important to arrange this well before the move.

Spring Clean

Moving house in Auckland is a great opportunity to declutter and donate unwanted items. Speak your local Salvation Army to arrange pickup or we can deliver it for you. For all other rubbish and unwanted goods check with Auckland council about booking in a free hard rubbish collection. Recycling furniture and clearing hard rubbish before your house move can save you a lot of time and money.

On a tight moving budget?

Minimize your house moving costs by moving the smaller items yourself and leave the bigger items to us. Quite often people do prefer to move some boxes, clothing and smaller electrical items themselves.

Should I hire my own removal truck?

We have found that for a great many house moves it is actually cheaper to use a reliable Auckland removalist than to hire your own truck. On a weekend in Auckland truck hire can be up to $280 per day not including petrol or the surcharge for kilometres. Also you have the added stress of driving the truck, finding sufficient blankets and straps to protect your furniture, and most importantly finding friends to help you!

Four seasons in one day!

No one can predict Auckland weather but you can always plan ahead for worst case scenario and keeping an eye on weather report. If it’s a cold and wet Auckland day have plenty of packing materials like plastic covers for beds and couches. These can be purchased from any of the reputable Auckland storage company nearby or by ordering it from us on 0800 086 683. We can also bring your order along on your moving day to save on delivery fees. If you’ve got muddy access or unpaved driveways, you can buy drop-sheets from your local Mitre 10 or Bunnings Warehouse for movers to use.

If your Auckland house move is in the middle of summer , stick to 2 simple rules – keep hydrated and don’t forget to slip-slop-slap.

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Easy moving hacks from Auckland’s Expert Removalist

Moving house is among the top 5 most stressful life experiences. Having a great Auckland moving company can make all the difference. Here is a collection of our top moving hacks to make your next move a whole lot easier!

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