Thinking about moving to Auckland?

The Auckland housing market has come to a halt as many of us believe. The market really surprised everyone in the years 2012-2017 as it raised above expectations and made it super difficult for anyone to buy or invest in the housing market. It took a toll on everyone and especially the first home buyers, who had been saving up to get their foot in the market. Kiwis shifting houses from all over New Zealand to Auckland were also struck by the big rise in house prices and settled for renting a house while saving up for their own home one day.

 

As we had more and more people moving to Auckland due to job needs, we also had kiwi families scattering across New Zealand where houses were more affordable and the rent was low. It was about time the government did something to slow down the housing market and put restrictions on investors, builders, overseas buyers, house interest rates, deposits etc.

 

The Moving Squad were also very busy as kiwis were shifting across New Zealand and were also surprised by the housing market going to such high ranks amongst the world. Auckland house prices relative to wages are still very high compared to the rest of the world and the government needs to consider this. The team at moving squad are aware of the house market in Auckland and know that it is much quieter as the year 2018 has begun. The Moving Squad are experts in house moving in Auckland and known as the best moving company amongst other Auckland moving companies.

 

Housing shortage is another problem that our customers come across and share with us when we help them move around in Auckland. The government took the step to seize the outbound migration, but it does not look like they have the correct data to proceed with. This ban needs to come into place to slow down outbound and inbound migration. Since 2012 the Auckland housing market has worsen created a shortfall of 30,000 homes according to Westpac. Housing shortage is a big factor in house prices rising to such high levels.

 

Questions you need to ask before buying a house in Auckland

  • How long has the property been on the market?
  • What are the nearby properties selling for?
  • Was the house rented or owner occupied?
  • What is the deposit required?
  • What are the alteration costs if needed?
  • Property boundaries?
  • Any schools zoned in the area?
  • The title and restrictions?
  • Any know issues with the property/damage?

 

Make visits to open homes around the area you are most interested in buying a home. The best outcome from the visits is the knowledge gained while speaking to different real estate agents and asking questions related to the house as listed above. Every agent having an open home will provide you with a brochure to take away which will list most of the answers you are looking for and it makes it easier while going from one open home to another to compare and look for advantages and disadvantages. Also by taking the brochure home you can expand the interest to other family members and get their point of view on the property. Do as much research as you can to get the best results possible.

 

Do not hesitate to ask questions from the agent. They are there to sell and it is their job to answer every single question that you put forward. Take the time to look at the property privately and if interested you could take an extra step to get a builderā€™s inspection done on the house to assure everything is top notch. Get in touch with our team today for the most affordable and cheap house movers Auckland. The best moving company in Auckland.

 

Happy moving everyone šŸ˜Š

The Moving Squad

 

 

 

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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Quick Energy Saving Tips for Winter!

The only thing which stings more than the winter chill is the winter energy bill” – Shane, The Moving Squad.

Here are some quick energy saving tips which can save your family hundreds in power bill this winter:

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For more handy tips, visitĀ Energywise.

 

Top eateries you must check out in Auckland.

We often move clients who are new to Auckland and get asked to recommend a good eatery or restaurant to unwind after a day moving (its the last thing anyone wants to do is cook after moving!)
Take a look at Metro magazineā€™s Top 50 restaurants in Auckland 2016 for award-winning Auckland restaurants and top notch food. Whether youā€™re heading out for a tasty brunch, business lunch or a romantic dinner, these Auckland dining spots are sure to satisfy. Check the list out list outĀ here.Ā We also recommend the Tasting Shed out in Kumeu with is worth the extra-drive time! Enjoy!
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Some uber cool Auckland companies we recommend!

Whether your packing on our own, looking at a storage company or looking at getting upholstery refurbished, it can be hard finding the right supplier who will go the extra mile to help out with expert advice.

If you’re after some packing materials on short notice, we recommend trying out your nearestĀ Warehouse Stationery. They have branches all over Auckland and while the quality of their packing materials isn’t really professional grade, it’ll still cut the mustard and the price ain’t to shabby either.

Storage KingĀ is a great option if you’re after packing suppliesĀ on short notice and don’t mind forking out a little extra for professional grade materials. Otherwise speak to our team today on 0800 086 683 to order them directly through us and save yourself a fortune off retail rates. On a side note, these guys usually have mattress covers in stock which can come in handy if you’re unlucky enough to be moving on a rainy day.

For a quick storage solution in a brand new facility close to our depot, we STRONGLY recommend usingĀ Spacemax in Henderson. Their team is a cut-above being a family run operation and they’re genuinely focussed on exceptional customer service.

Need leather refurbished? You can’t go pastĀ FibrenewĀ – not only are they ridiculously cheap, they do a flawless job with refurbishing or repairing furniture, and best of all – at the convenience of your home. Double the savings as you don’t have to pay extra for pickup and delivery.

Transit insurance is usually the most overlooked aspect of moving. Whilst we do have basic Carriers Liability cover in some instances, we strongly recommend trying outĀ EzimoveĀ for a more comprehensive cover. They’re specialist transit and moving insurance cover providers and partnered with Vero which have a good rating apparently.

Finally, we’d like to endorseĀ Swanson TransportĀ if you’ve got oversize items (think grand pianos or monster sized spas) going into tricky places. Their expert hiab operators together with our expert-er team of movers combine Ā to perform mind-blowing acts of pure awesomeness! ThinkĀ Cirque Du Soleil!

Special thanks also toĀ Moa BeerĀ for providing the occasional beverages to finish off a successful moving day!

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