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 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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