HOUSE CLEANING OVER THE SUMMER

Can you believe it? We are almost at the end of the year 2019. This year has just zoomed by us and Christmas and New Year is just around the corner. We are going to be entering 2020 in about a month and a bit. This time of the year could be a very busy time as work load picks up and people are out buying gifts and what not for the Christmas and New Year’s. The month of December is full of parties organised by work, friends, family and etc. It is the perfect time for summer vacation as well due to all businesses closing over the Christmas and New Year’s period.

The house can become a mess over the summer period and especially if you have kids and on top of that organise a party at home! So let’s share some tips on keeping the house clean over this period and help ease up the cleaning required after.

MAKE A SCHEDULE

To have a cleaning schedule will really help you throughout the summer period for keeping your house up to date and clean. Create something like a “Weekly Cleaning List” and specify day to day cleaning tasks. See reference below.

Weekly Cleaning List

Every Day Wipe down kitchen counters, wash the dishes, wipe bathroom sinks, sweep/vacuum main living areas, make beds etc.
Monday Wash all linens and swop with new bedsheets, wash a load of dirty clothes
Tuesday Vacuum the whole house, clean toilets/bathtubs/showers, Mop wet areas
Wednesday Clean essentials such as couches, dining table, TV cabinet, etc.
Thursday Put the rubbish out if it is the rubbish day tomorrow, Dust of furniture, pictures, frames, TV, etc.
Friday Wash laundry load if any, Vacuum if necessary
Weekend Relax, Organise a party, chill outside in the sun

 

Some of you might already have a list of cleaning weekly stuck to your fridge. Do not forget to amend that list and use it over the coming summer period when you might need it the most. When everyone is home over the summer vacation the house is bound to be messy and it requires cleaning almost every day and lacking behind in your schedule might just take over and you will be left with a very messy house towards the end of the vacation and a lot to clean afterwards.

KEEP THE WORK LIGHT

The main focus is to keep the work very light and space it out over the week. But do give yourself a break in between and over the weekends when you should take this time to spend it with the loved ones and party. To help ease up the workload try and involve the kids to do a cleaning job. You might even put assign cleaning tasks on you weekly cleaning list to the kids and this way it will be much easier for you. It will give all of the family more of a break and even workload will be shared amongst the family.

HAVE A GRACE PERIOD

Don’t be too hard on yourself. You do not have to do exactly what the list says and the list is there to be amended as per your requirements for that day. It is not a strict rule you should follow but just a simple guideline to assure that you keep your house clean. Spend the time with your kids as you may not get the chance to when they grow older and leave home. Make beautiful memories with the family and keep life balanced. Happy moving everyone 🙂

Home renovation tips

Renovating your home requires a lot of planning and most of the time people don’t succeed simply because no planning was in place. Planning is very crucial, it requires a lot of your time with so much effort. In the end it will save you a lot of time and frustration when you get hands on with your renovation. Renovations are done for variety of reasons. You might come to know that the home your living in does not meet your current needs and lifestyle. Looking for a new home and moving out might be a bit too much at the point and especially if you love that home or the area.

No matter what your reason might be, it is always a good idea to have renovations done for the better living. Renovating will also add value to your home and if circumstances change then you might just sell it and make bigger profits. You can renovate and leave the decision to the end of it whether you want to live in it or sell it.

Renovations could include variety of things such as re-painting, extending, changing the layout, changing the flooring etc. Before you start your renovations, consider thinking about these points listed below.

Sketch out a plan

Sketch out the renovations you want to do on a plain white piece of paper. This does not matter if you are an architect, it is a simple plan of your house and the way you want it laid out post renovation. Put your thoughts to the paper, think of the how you want the space to look and how it shall function. You might want to consider having a chit chat to your friends and get some ideas.

Have options in place so that if not satisfied change it on the spot without further research. The plan can also help you when you get contractors to come and do the work. They will appreciate that you have done your research and hence make the job much faster and simpler.

Have your resource and building consent ready

Resource consent is not only for new properties being constructed but also for existing buildings and it is always a good idea to check with the council if one is required. Building consent simply means a consent for any building work being carried out from alteration, demolition or removal of a building. Ensure that the work you are to carry out meets the building standards of the country.

Here is a link for beginners to find more out about resource and building consent : Starters guide

Set up a budget

Your budget needs to be realistic. You need to be able to afford it and keep extra in the reserve pocket for the unforeseen. It might help to jot up some numbers on the spreadsheet, this will help you keep track of your spending’s and guide you with your budget and home much is left. After you have thought of a reasonable budget then add on an extra 10 percent to your total to be safe.

Moving out or staying

Are you going to be moving out of your home or staying during the home renovation? Moving out means that you will be paying extra rent for the house you will be staying while you do renovations. This might work in your favour if you are looking to save time as an empty house is much easier to renovate having different contractors in at the same time to get more done. Staying in might take the renovations a bit longer but you will be able to keep track and save up on the extra rent you will have to pay if you move out.

Happy moving everyone

Tips on Furniture Selection

Selecting the right furniture for your new home plays a vital part for setting up the home, where you will be most comfortable. Everything to the style, color choice, construction, material, etc matters to the very tinniest of details. Your house is where you live for the most of the day and it makes sense to have the right furniture installed to come home to and relax. Quality is not to be compromised.

Shifting from an old home? It’s a very good chance now to get the furniture that you don’t want removed before you shift to your new home. A good tip is to search for furniture removals Auckland to remove the unwanted furniture.

Tips below on helping you select the right furniture

  • Style – Choose a generic shape that is trending now days and will be in trend for at least the next 5-10 years at least. It is a big investment for your new house and when guests arrive they will judge your furniture as they use it. The best feeling is to ensure yourself that you are happy with the furniture and its shape. You should fall in love with it the moment you see it and can picture it being at your house look fabulous. Contemporary/Professional, so many choices to choose from in the available market today. Go out, explore and make it enjoyable.
  • Construction – This is important when selecting the furniture especially for the lounge where you spend most of the time when at home. It must be of solid construction and long lasting (feel heavy). The material used should be known and trustable. The fancy look, decorated, beautiful furniture won’t be any good if it does not live up to the quality and is not at all comfortable. Furniture made of solid wood and solid wood construction will generally last very long. It’s also important to take care of the furniture as with kids around it can become much more used and worn. When purchasing sofas and chairs, cushioning is very important for comfort level.
  • Fabric – Choice of fabric may vary amongst different cultures and ethnicities. Living room may appeal more towards lighter fabrics. Couches, sofas may require a darker colored fabric due to extra usage throughout the day. Most people may prefer leather recliners now days and most sell in the color black. Recliner’s and lazy boys are more popular in the younger generation. Sofas are more for the elder generation. Sofas might give the room an elegant old school look as to the recliners being more modern. The fabric material must be comfortable and easily washable.
  • Price – Do your research well before the store visits and compare prices. There might be a public holiday around the corner and specials might just pop up. So it might be worth the wait to get the special price. Different stores and in different locations may vary in prices as well. It’s also best to get the word of mouth from relatives, friends and colleagues. Do not compromise quality and the comfort of the furniture. Especially if the furniture really appeals to you then go for it. You would want to make a wise choice and think long term when buying furniture as items discounted for clearance may use and break very quickly with no warranty on it.

Auckland is the hub for buying furniture with shops in every area possible. There is also shops owned by the Asian community that provide imported furniture from overseas and at a much lower price, but quality here may be compromised as to the design at appearance itself. So definitely consider all the points above before you go on furniture shopping spree. Get rid of the old furniture with the help of furniture removal companies in Auckland.

Happy moving everyone.

North Island Movers Tips

The move can be a significant enormous task whether it is shifting a little office to a huge one. On the off chance that you have the correct arrangement, setting up things can turn out to be a lot simpler. The earlier you plan more opportunity for you to concentrate on planning assignments to others helping you with the move, making it faster and easier. Begin with choosing a moving organization in your general area and examine your arrangement with them to get a thought of the services they have on offer. The Moving Squad is one of the best moving companies in Auckland when you are considering your next move and they offer wide scope of services. Arrange a meeting with the moving company to talk about the furniture move, making sense of a common moving arrangement and blueprint every extraordinary prerequisite in advance.

 

Auckland moving companies are very busy at this time of the year and here we list a few tips for you so that these points below will make it easier for your next big furniture move in Auckland.

 

Important things before moving – Confirmation of the dates that your moving, office shutdown dates and opening of the new office. Allocate staff to mark their own things before the move. Consider separation or reconnection of your telephone frameworks, PCs, fax, mobile phones, power, web, and so forth. Before the move have your notices sent to the required gatherings of location change, business name changes if appropriate and site change if relevant. Consider things like substitution or update that may be required for the changeover, for example, furniture, IT hardware, and electrical gear and so on. Look into furniture movers Auckland to locate the correct organization for your office moving.

 

While you’re on the move – Delegate a chief for the move at your old office area and one at the new office site. The chief at the old office can help the movers and make an agenda of the things that should be moved in a request. The chief at the new office area can have an office floor design set up, with the assistance of the other chief, so procedure can run easily without disarray. Correspondence is significant in this system and can produce results on how well it is overseen all through the move. Once everything has been moved to the new office and everything is set up as per the workplace floor design plan, revisit the agenda and ensure everything is ticked off.

 

The packing – As every office mover knows that packing everything all together is substantial. It is sensible to name all items/boxes that are packed with things inside as indicated by the setup of the new office. Have a sticker type mark that could be convenient while moving workplaces. It should incorporate floor number, room number, contents that are inside that crate, box number, delicate thing or not and have it stuck on every single box that is packed. This essentially covers everything and makes it simpler to find things when setting up at your new area. Work areas, seats, PCs and documents and so on, can be marked with staff part names for simple recognizable proof.

 

Interesting points – General office plan

  • Business cards
  • Signage in the new office
  • Stationery
  • Alarms (Security)
  • Health & Safety
  • Inventory
  • Kitchen essentials

 

After the move – Testing starts! Check everything is ready for action, for example, phones, web, gas supply, power, PCs and so forth. Take a nitty gritty voyage through the workplace and ensure everything is set up and record any noticeable thing that can be taken note of. Send notices to the required gatherings of the execution of the move. Affirm the difference in location rectifications made, lastly enjoy and appreciate. Ensure you take the time to acknowledge and thank the Auckland moving company you chose. Put a smile on everyone’s face.

Shifting Houses?

Shifting houses is something we barely ever anticipate as we are so used to the house we live in and have delightful recollections in. It is an exceptionally significant choice with regards to moving houses in Auckland, because of the house advertise rising startlingly in the course of the most recent couple of years or somewhere in the vicinity and making it intense to move about. This blog will give you a few hints on the most proficient method to pack up and shift houses. The most critical factor with regards to shifting houses is arranging and getting everything directly as per the arrangement.

Pack early so with regards to the day you’re moving houses it ends up simpler for yourself and the organization you’re moving with. A vast house with 5 rooms will take you greatest 2 months on the off chance that you pack one box multi day and for houses with 3-4 rooms it might take you a month relying upon the substance you need to pack. This data is simply to give you an unpleasant thought with a rough idea. The most straightforward approach to start packing is to begin with the rooms you may least require for use throughout the following couple of months and consider packing things that you would not use on regular routine. Begin gradually and pack one room at any given moment so that everything is done in a composed manner and as indicated by the arrangement you have made.

The things that you probably won’t require or are not required any longer can be sold by holding a carport deal throughout the ends of the week, which will enable you to meet your financial plan and dispose of the messiness. Security is most extreme critical when moving houses and ensure you limit the weight on your crates to a limit of 20kgs per box which will make it simpler to lift and won’t hurt your back. The exact opposite thing you would need is to harm yourself, so be cautious when you pack and move.

Select a packing and moving company that best accommodates your necessities. Plan everything with the moving company from packing and conveyance and set up at your new home. Guarantee that the organization you pick will assist you with the packing and give you packing administrations including boxes, wrapping for bespoke furnishings and high esteemed things, Plastic assurance sacks for fragile decorations, Crates and counsel with the moving organization for uniquely crafted bundling to suit your needs.

Name the crates and compose the substance on the majority of the cases you pack. You might need to print out a few stickers which you could stick onto the containers naming room numbers, substance inside, delicate thing, and so on. Another helpful hint to packing is to mark the cases with room numbers and dimension of the house, which makes it simpler when the movers convey your stuffed things to the new house and furthermore simpler to unload. When you are packed up and the moving date is close-by guarantee everything is forward-thinking as per the arrangement and again consult with your moving organization for some other changes or if further arranging Is required.

In the event that appropriate verify the climate is promising for the day you move about and ensure if the climate does not look encouraging to have elective plans examined with the moving squad to guarantee everything will be shrouded while moving around in such climate conditions, particularly for moving long separations. Cheerful moving everybody 🙂  

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 😊

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

 

 

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.   

Moving

 

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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