Tips on keeping warm this winter

June, July and August are our winter months here in New Zealand with an average temperature of 10-15 degrees Celsius. In the North temperatures are slightly mild with sunny days in the three months in winter. In the South Island, frost and snowfall is very common bringing in the cold temperatures. New Zealand is a travel destination all year along and in winter the South Island ski season is world class with tourists arriving from all over the world.

Obviously couple of layers of clothing shall keep you warm throughout winter but do carry an extra when you head to the mountains and ski fields. Fleece clothing on a calm and dry day would best suit you with water or windproof covering on top so that you don’t get it wet and get even colder. Fleece material being breathable will not stop the wind flowing in or the insulating if it does rain. Warmers are also very helpful in keeping warm over the winter for your upper body and lower body.
Let’s list a few other tips for keeping warm this winter

1. Warm yourself first (body heat)

Before you go turn on your heaters, heat-pumps, thermostats etc, dress yourself in multiple layers. It is time to take out your warmers clothes for the extra layers you will need to cover yourself throughout this winter. Let’s start with wearing a warm hat to keep your head and brain warm before the cold hits the head and you eventually turn sick. Take out your warm winter gloves for your hands to keep warm. Wear a warm scarf around your neck to keep that cold away. Let us not forget about our feet as they are very important part of your body to keep warm in winter, so put on your warm woolen socks. A nice big puffy Kathmandu jacket will always be a good investment. It is light and very warm and it traps the heat hence keeping your body warm.

2. Let in the sunshine

Sunny days in winter are very rare, so every time it is sunny try making the most of it and whether it is inside the house or outside. It’s always good to soak up the heat transferred by a natural source and make good use of it. While you are at home do ensure to open your curtains in the morning to let the sun shine through the windows and supply the natural heat to house. At night times try covering all the gaps to make sure the heat does not escape and this way it could work out very cheap and efficient, instead of having expensive heat pumps installed.

3. Hot drinks (Healthy)

Yes, winter brings in all the cravings for a nice cup of hot chocolate while you are snuggled in bed. Let’s not get carried away and chug down unhealthy drinks that will not have a good effect on your health and especially won’t be looking any good in summer either. So, replace such unhealthy hot drinks during winter with the healthy ones such as the hot lemon water to start of your day right. Hot lemon water has many good health effects on your health. Try replacing a normal cup of tea with ginger tea, which has tons of healing properties.

4. Heat pumps

Heat pumps are becoming more and more common in New Zealand as the usage increases to over 25% of New Zealanders having heat pumps. It can be expensive to begin with, but once you have a heat pump installed you could save in the future as it is very cost effective in the long run. Heat pumps are a good alternative to the expensive electric heating systems. Heat pumps do not generate heat, because they move the heat from outside and to the inside of the house keeping your warm over winter and in summer it moves cold air inside and becomes efficient as you can use it in summer or winter.

Happy moving everyone and stay warm 😊

Cost factors when moving

 Over the past years The Moving Squad has made its brand awareness across New Zealand and helped thousands of New Zealanders move from A to B. It can never be easy moving houses and business in a busy city like Auckland. When moving houses/businesses across Auckland, one of the main factors is cost and the question that arises is “Will the moving be within my budget”? The Moving Squad has been around for many years and has built its trust with customers as many of them return for our services in the future.

The cost factor does take into consideration the quality of service provided by many different moving companies in Auckland and hence why our customers pick us due to the reliability and quality of our service. The costs set for different services that are provided have been researched and are within the price range, so it’s neither expensive or cheap. If you are looking for cheap movers in Auckland I suggest you look out for the quality of the service being provided.

 

How to pick the right company for your next move?

It totally depends on what you require from the company? Are your assets fragile, expensive, heavy etc. Take note if you are wanting to move such valuable assets then check to see if the company provides any assurance for the move to be safe and of high standards with staff being trained to move such assets with care.

Some of the moving companies in Auckland use the phrase “Cheap movers Auckland” to engage the Audience and most of us defiantly fall for the word cheap, but are the companies reliable for the damages they will encounter in the move? What these companies don’t tell you is the quality of their service and hidden traps behind the move which may end up costing you more than you actually pay for the moving on its own.

 

Things to consider when picking the right company for your next move!

The companies listing “Cheap Movers Auckland” are basically attracting you to the word cheap and customers get dragged in only to find out the hidden surprises that come with the word cheap! The services that these movers provide will consist of cost cutting techniques such as low-quality packing material being used, no experience with the labor being supplied and no training provided to carry out a safe and quality move. End of the day the companies want to make money and they will use such cost cutting techniques that favor in their profit.

 

So watch out for such companies and their tricks and ensure the company you choose will provide a high quality move that will have your assets moved with zero damages and not have you face any hidden costs. The moving company needs to assure you that it is safe with them and you can totally trust the company with your valuable assets.

 

Some factors to consider!

  • Can you trust the company?
  • Does the cost match up to their services?
  • Insurance?
  • Trained employees?
  • Packing services provided?
  • Reviews on the company?
  • Trustable?
  • Quality of the service?

 

Moving in Auckland or around the country is very stressful as you have your family to look after, your job, kids or maybe even business commitments. Do some research and then hand over your assets into a trustable hand that will take care of all your assets being moved across.

The staff at The Moving Squad is fully trained and provides high quality moving with fast and efficient transition from A to B. The team strives on providing high quality service to build trust with our customers. So, make the right decision and good luck with your future endeavors.

 

Happy moving everyone.

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 movers 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 builder’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 😊

The Moving Squad

 

 

 

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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