5 important furniture moving tips

Moving furniture in Auckland? Then you have come to the right place for moving tips that will help make your move a stress free one. It is not an easy task when it comes to moving furniture from one place to another, especially if it is your very first time.

Don’t worry we have identified some important tips to help you move safe and sound. Auckland is a busy city and traffic is getting worse day by day, but never mind we all must buckle up and move on and not stress.

Tip #1 – Preplanning is a must

We all know by now that having a good plan in place prior to accomplishing any task is a must. So, start by planning your move first, before it is to late and you get stressed out because time is running out.

You may plan to move furniture yourself or hire a moving company in Auckland to do it for you. Either way a plan is always helpful and will ensure everything is running smooth.

Tip #2 – Pick the right day and time

Moving your furniture on the right day and at the right time of the day can save you some time. Select the day you are least likely to experience weather issues, traffic issues and most importantly a day with no other work to take place. Mark the calendar to ensure furniture moving is the only task for the day.

Selecting the right time of the day can help you avoid traffic, which in turn can save you time with loading and unloading the furniture and have time to unpack and settle.

Tip #3 – Choose the right furniture moving company

If you are not looking to move your furniture yourself then do some research and select the right furniture movers in Auckland to help you move stress-free. An expert moving company will have the knowledge and experience for moving your furniture safely.

Get quotes from different companies and then shortlist one or two that best fit your needs and are within your set budget. When doing your research make sure to read the companies reviews to get an idea of the company’s values and if the company delivers to your required expectations.

Tip #4 – Keep energy levels high

You are ready for the move but are your energy levels, right? Have you eaten? Packed some snacks for in between? Fueled up? Hydrated? These are all the questions to ask yourself, because when you get moving you will get tired and drain your energy.

Ensure that you have the food and drinks available when you feel your energy levels are falling, then you can just quickly have a snack and get back to moving. This can also save some time, because you don’t want to feel hungry in the middle of the move and then run out to get some takeaways wasting time.

It would also be kind to offer some snacks to the movers that are helping you move your furniture and ensure they are also well fueled up.

Tip #5 – Don’t rush it in a day

Moving in one day can be very stressful, drowning and not safe for yourself and the moving team. So, when you do your planning, spread it over a weekend or even 3-4 days if moving a big house with kids involved.

Take it easy and don’t over stress yourself. That is why it is important to choose experienced Auckland movers to help make your move a stress-free one.

Happy moving everyone 😊

Is your house well ventilated?

Firstly, in New Zealand we are currently in the coldest month of the year with snow falls and temperatures falling below the zero-degrees. We may have eliminated community transmission for covid-19 but still we are getting cases from around the world who come through our borders into managed isolation. Hopefully we can keep these cases in our managed isolation and not let it escape out in the community where we might fall back to lock-down again. We all need to play our part and ensure health is our top priority during this global pandemic. We in New Zealand have the freedom now to travel nationally and explore our own backyards, as international travel looks like a thing of the future, lets check out our backyards.

People are now moving around houses and people returning from overseas are shifting into new houses, so weather it is office moving or house moving Auckland wide we are back fully operational helping New Zealanders move. All staff is well trained and aware of the hygiene practices that are being followed nationally/internationally. As we are in the coldest month of the year let us cover some key tips to help us keep fresh and warm this winter.

HRV systems stand for heat recovery ventilation systems and these are now more popular then ever in New Zealand. Let us look at the two different types of systems below.

Regular home ventilation system – The most selling ventilation system which makes use of fans/ducts to get rid of the moist air in your house. If you are the owner of a house that is fed up with condensation, then this is the perfect solution and will get rid of all condensation if installed correctly by a professional. This may also be a very good selling point for your house as it adds value and also if you are looking to buy a new house then this feature is to look at for as it may become a must have in houses in the coming years in New Zealand.

Heat Pumps – These come in different types such as Wall mounted, Ceiling mounted, Central heat ducted heat pumps, Multi room heat pumps, ETC. Consult a professional before deciding on which type of system would best fit your requirements for the house you are living in. Heat pumps work all year around and are very cost-efficient compare to other heating units you buy from your local market. In the winter they keep the house warm and in summer they keep it cool. These heat pumps can be installed in the whole house or separately in rooms as you wish.

Very beneficial to have a heat pump in your home in New Zealand as you experience both types of weather changes. This as well as the HRV Ventilation system we talked about earlier are now must have systems in the house. Especially if you are allergic and stay home mostly then it is important to have a good ventilation system installed to keep the fresh air coming in and get rid of the dirty allergens. Beneficial for asthma sufferers also, but make sure the right system is selected with proper high-quality filters and that the filters are replaced every 1 to 1.5 years. Just like the water filters need replacing after 6 months of use or so onwards.

Having a good ventilation system installed ensures the family is healthy and safe. Keeping warm in winters and cool in summers is essential.

Happy moving everyone 😊

STAYING IN AUCKLAND

We have done it! New Zealand is now at Alert level 1. The team of 5 million have shown the world that it is doable and there is a lot the world can learn from a small country like ours. We can now freely roam around with no restrictions at all, it feels like we have our life back. Let’s keep it this way. Our team is now back on fully operational and ready to move. You have come to the right place if you are looking for reliable furniture movers 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”.

Housing – Either buying or renting, Auckland has it all and start selecting today as we are back to more of normal life here in New Zealand. 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 move to the rural areas. To overcome traffic, you may want to choose other alternatives such as biking, public transport or simply live close to work.

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 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 2018 expat survey with a score of 94 percent. The cultural festivals take place where people come together and celebrate under the same shelter. The workplaces 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. So, get out there and start exploring the natural beauty that New Zealand has to offer.

We are now able to get back to normal life in alert level 1. Get your travelling gear and prepare to explore our own backyard. This will also help in boosting our economy and help our local business get back up and running. For the house movers it is now possible to plan or start your move and get in touch with furniture movers in Auckland for a hassle-free move. Keep well and enjoy.

Happy moving everyone 😊

House Movers Auckland (Covid-19)

With Covid-19 amongst us, it becomes very tough for every individual and in these tough times it is important that we lookout for each other as a nation together. New Zealanders together can fight of this virus if we keep doing what the government is asking us to do.

On behalf of the furniture movers Auckland team we hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and obeying the alert level 4 rules set out by the New Zealand government. It is now looking more encouraging with the latest number of cases we are seeing here in New Zealand. If it keeps on going as it is then we are hoping we will be back to normal, but keeping in mind that we will only move down in the alert levels and abide by the rules set in that level of alert.

In times like these it is very obvious that all businesses are now shut and no one is moving around. Especially not houses and that will still be a long way away as we face this epidemic. Let’s look at it positively and take the time to catch up with our friends and family all over the world through online services available and social media now days can bring you even closer. Check up on your elders and ensure your family is doing well. In New Zealand we are very fortunate to have such a committed government to look after all of us.

Now let’s look at things you can do around the house while under lock down.

Cleaning – It is perfect time for each one of us to do our cleaning around the house. You now may have all the time in the world to focus on your house and make it look spotless. You might have also thought of re-arranging your cupboard and get out the unwanted clothing. The kids might also be bored at home doing nothing, so get them involved and they might just learn a few things from you. A clean house is always so welcoming, it can change the way we live and help bring a smile to our faces. Open up the windows and let the fresh air breeze through, wind up your blinds and let the sun bring the natural light inside.

Gardening – The garden is one area where we always say that we do not have enough time for it. No excuses now! Put on your gumboots, gloves, masks and get ready to get dirty. Well dirty for only a little while as you spark up the garden and then sit back and enjoy it. It is best to use this time wisely and keep busy! Sitting home all day can be very unhealthy, physically or mentally.

Touch ups – The little things you may have noticed over the times you have come home from work can now be fixed. You may not have the tools to fix everything, but you could always get a few things done with the current tool set at home. It could be as simple as tightening up the screws on the bed, touch up of paint on walls if available, replacing light bulbs, fixing the oven, etc.

Furniture movers Auckland team at The Moving Squad hopes that this epidemic is over soon and we can all get on with our normal day to day lives. Keep up the positivity and enjoy the time at home while you can. Stay safe and ensure safety of others as well.

Stay home – Wash your hands often – wear a mask when going out – Avoid sharing – cover your coughs and sneezes.

Keep your homes clean and well ventilated.

House moving solutions

Have you just bought a new house or are you planning on moving into your new house?

If the answer is yes, then there are few things that you need to line up before making your grand move to make the transition as smooth as possible. Let’s have a look at some of the things that we need to be mindful about.

 

House moving and packing services

It’s essential to pick the best movers in Auckland when you are thinking about house moving and packing services. The best movers Auckland will ensure that your stuff is being taken good care of and that it’s in safe hands. An experienced moving company will have a wealth of knowledge and the expertise in making your house move as stress free as possible. There is nothing worse than going for the cheap un-reliable option when selecting a company for these services and then later finding the whole house moving process to be a big nightmare. Thus, the importance of selecting the best house movers in Auckland would be beneficial and take away the stress from you.

 

Storage services

You are planning to move into your new house in about a months’ time but don’t have a storage space to store your important items in the meantime? Then you might have to pick a company that provides storage services as well as house moving and packing services or pick a separate company for the storage services only. Picking a company that does it all might make it be a lot simpler for you as there is one point of contact and items can be managed in a much easier way. The other option can also be beneficial for some people that might want to do the heavy lifting them selves but just need a storage space for the mean time. So, it really depends on what suites you best and if you are up for a challenge or would prefer to leave it up to the professionals.

 

International moving

Another thing to think about is that if you are moving within the North Island of New Zealand or moving overseas. There are very few businesses that would be able to provide you everything including international moving services as well because there is a lot to do when sending items overseas. Again, this could make things a lot easier if you can trust a business that can do it all including international moving. You might also decide if you would like to keep this part separate as moving items overseas can be a challenge and better left alone to the experts that do this on the daily bases.

 

Setup services

Once the big move is done, you might consider a business that offers setup services as well. This could make everything much more efficient for you as you would walk into your new house with most of the things already set up for you. The setup part is also a fun part so you might want to take this task upon yourself and do it slowly to setup items on your pace. This can be a bonding time for your family, but you can get your relatives or friends involved as well to get things moving faster.

 

So, there are many things to think about before you pick the best house movers in Auckland. Go online and read some google/facebook reviews or maybe have a chat to a friend that might have used a house moving company before which they could recommend. Take your time and give few shortlisted companies a call and then make that hard decision to select one right house moving company to help you with your big move.

 

 

Owning your own house in New Zealand

 Will the new generation kids will ever be able to afford a home in New Zealand? Especially in bigger populated cities like Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch and will the properties ever stop rising? Owning house now days seems next to impossible for the younger generation that is working day to day jobs and it sounds like a dream for the upcoming generation who have to work very hard to even save up for the deposit of their home. So what are the work arounds if you cannot afford a house in bigger cities of New Zealand?

Have an exceptionally good income

It may be possible for the few of us on very high incomes to be able to afford a house in bigger cities of New Zealand and be able to pay off the mortgages.  These highly paid jobs are not easy to find and for you to be able to get one after your hard work over the past years throughout university and gathering experience, it might be a little later in life that you actually have the money to put forward for a deposit. Not everyone straight out of university gets a very highly paid job; it is the experience that counts afterwards. So it takes years to build up experience and then be looking to get a high income in your working job. This is one of the ways and other ways are for the extremely talented that do start-ups/businesses and make it big to be able to afford property in New Zealand.

Getting help from the parents

Another way in which you may be able to afford the house is to get some help from your parents. They could help you by letting you stay in the house without rent or if they are rich enough then they could help you with paying the deposit up front. Some of us may not have rich parents and some of use might not even have parents to help us at all. So it becomes very tough to rely on this sort of help. It would only work for the very few of us and whose parents are actually willing to help their kids own a home.

Getting a home from your wealthy parents

This is for the very fortunate millennials who have parents that are very wealthy and can help their kids by giving them a property to start off with. Once you get onto the housing ladder then it becomes easier for you to own even more properties as the bank will give you a loan easily based on the equity you hold. But do remember to take a calculated risk and not be foolish when investing into a property.

For the rest of us that do not have high incomes or parents that can help us out. We are looking to work very hard to get onto the property ladder here in New Zealand. It might be better to think outside the box. Invest into a property in the cities that have much lower prices. You might not want to stay their but it’s a good idea to invest into the property market as the property rates look to be on the rise every few years. It does not look like the property prices will ever take a dip. They might just take breather and stop, but will keep rising as the world grows. Also ensure the property you invest in has good rental income to help you cover the mortgage, property rates, insurance, maintenance etc.

Once you have found your investment property then you can look into Auckland movers to help you out with the moving part. 

Goodbye 2019

Welcome to the year 2020, Happy New Year to everyone. As every other year we all set new goals to begin the year and slowly get back into the work life. The long vacation over Christmas and New Year is now over and it is now time to put on your work shoes once again, but let us do it with more positivity. A New Year marks a new beginning leaving behind the past, forget about all the downs you would have had in the past year and focus on the “New Year New Beginning”.
Getting back to work after such a long relaxing holiday can be a rude awakening and it becomes very hard to slip back into the normal routine. Enjoying the festival season, catching up with family and friends, sleeping in and doing whatever you desire has come to an end. We are back to the normal work routine in 2020. Let us not feel down and be positive about the beginning of this New Year. Set some new goals, achieve targets, get a promotion, become healthy, seriously there is lots to do in the New Year and whatever it may be that you do, please make sure you actually stick to it and do it! It is important to set new targets but working hard and staying positive throughout the journey is the key. Keep it realistic and don’t expect too much.
Create healthier office habits
Did you drink too much coffee last year? Did you end up eating too much of the cake and sweets at the work meetings/functions? Did you miss your meals? Did you feel very tired after work and could not wait to go home and sleep? Did you feel tired all the time? Did you feel bad leaving work because others were still working? Did you give yourself time and put effort in to be healthier?
These are just some of the questions that pop up in our minds when beginning the New Year and we get dragged back into work and the normal routine of having our morning coffee, attending meetings, eating unhealthy, missing meals etc.
Let’s make a change this year with more positivity and put more effort into our daily life choices that we make. It is your body, your mind and your heart. No one else is going to come and do it for you! So make the right choice and be healthy.
Replace your morning coffee with a healthier choice of maybe green tea, herbal tea, lemon water, and the best choice as professionally recommended is Apple Cider Vinegar to start of the day fresh and boost your metabolism. There are a lot of benefits to having Apple Cider Vinegar in the bright early morning. Have healthier breakfast mixed with berries, oats, grains, fibre etc. Then follow up with a light snack in between before lunch. Lunch is very important and every one looks forward to this time throughout the day. It is the time to get a break away from desk and relax your mind and eyes. There are a lot of healthier lunch choices/recipes online for you to get hold off and enjoy the benefits. You could have another snack between lunch and dinner.
Get home from work on time and don’t be feeling bad if others are still in the office working but the time is up. Go home get a break and maybe hit the gym or go for a run before having a nice meal at dinner before bed. Have a look at some of these healthier dinner choices.

Start enjoying your days at work and have Happy New Year. Happy moving everyone.

Tips on moving on moving houses over Christmas

 

So it is the festive season and also a beginning of the New Year very soon. Kiwis love this time of the year as work closes down over this period and there is a lot to look forward to. Work parties, house parties, family get together and vacation is all we can think off.  It is time to put the work shoes away as you make the most of the upcoming holidays. For some of us it might be time to pack up and move houses. Don’t worry you will still get time to celebrate and relax while the movers do the job for you. Organise a mover within your area and if not sure then search for one such as Auckland movers or any area you are looking to move around in.

 

Let’s share some important tips on moving

  1. Have a plan ready

It is important to plan ahead and have a set timeline in order to make the move stress free and easier. Mark up a checklist to tick of as every task gets completed. If you still have stuff to be packed than plan for that as well ahead of the move.

  1. Book your nearest movers (Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch)

The quicker you get the movers booked is better as they are all very busy over this period. Also get it booked first thing as you have plenty of other things to plan for. Some Auckland moving companies also help with packaging and also have packaging material available if requested. Search for quotes from different companies.

  1. Declutter while you can

It would be a big mess if you start moving some unwanted items from the current property to the new property, so take this opportunity to get rid of the items that are not required and the ones that might not be suitable for the new property you are moving into. Declutter or donate them on to some useful people or some friend that might be in need. Ensure you only donate the items that will be in good condition.

  1. Less is more

Do not ever misjudge the amount of items you may have and then leave it for very last minute on the packaging. You might run into some real trouble and might have to book an extra trip to get the items over to the new house. So once again plan ahead and be reasonable.

  1. Weather warnings

Even though here in Auckland, New Zealand we may not experience very bad weather over the Christmas and New Year’s but do keep an eye out for the early weather watch. Things can get much worse if the weather does not behave. Even if moving on hot sunny days make sure to keep that sunblock handy.

  1. Relax

Once you have moved to the new property it is time for you to sit down and relax. Crack open a cold one, you deserve it. If things go according to plan then you can also have the time to enjoy this holiday period with friends and family. It is all about planning and having a deadline for every stage.

 

This time of the year is very joyful and cheerful. So make sure that you are safe no matter what you are planning to do. Take this time to reflect on the whole year and set goals for the upcoming year. Have a safe Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Happy moving everyone.

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 🙂

Painting the new house

 Congratulations on your new house. It is probably time to crack open a cold one and let it sink in. Some of us might just start unpacking and settling in to the new home, but for the rest of us we start to think about changes. The very first thing that comes to mind is the color of the house inside and outside. Changing the color of the house can make big differences in the way of living and make it feel more of a home you would love to go to after a long day at work.

The main key point for choosing good interior color is to research for colors that can make the space you live in look spacious and large. The light colors can brighten up your house and dark colors will make it look a lot dull. There is a lot to decide once you think about painting your new home and it is totally okay to be nervous while choosing a color as it may appeal to you but not your partner. So if you have decided to color up your new house before you unpack and settle then start your research and choose the best fit colors for your new home. Below we will list a few colors that may provide some help in your selection. The colors below are for interior décor.

 

Wind Sky (Very Light Blue)

Wind Sky works very well as neutral and it is such a love able shade to have in your new home and also gives a touch of color to the wall. It does not take over the space and is a cool-color providing a natural look and very live atmosphere like. Light blue creates a sense of calm and serenity to the space and works very well with other colors or even brown flooring and grey carpet.

 

Chamomile (Light Warm Yellowish)

Chamomile is very light warm yellowish color and pairs well with other strong colors such as magenta, yellow, burnt orange, teal etc. White lighting works well with this color and light brown flooring. This is one of the favourites for today’s modern living lifestyle.

 

Exotic red (Bright)

You will fall in love with this color as you add to your room or even add it to the kitchen cabinets and have the walls maybe crisp white for the exotic red to stand out even more. This color is the one to go for when bringing energy into the house. Be bold with your choice and live bright. If you decide to go exotic red with the kitchen then ensure you have other colors that are light for the red to stand out. A light marble kitchen top works perfect with this exotic red.

 

Black White (Sort of light grey)

Black White color is perfect to have the home feature’s stand out. This again is a modern lifestyle color providing luxury looks. It creates a very calm and soothing like atmosphere to the living room. Black White on the walls works exceptionally well with white roof and grey flooring/carpet.

 

A new home is your very own personal space and with a new fresh paint it will provide comfort and a sense of belonging. Earlier you make this decision the better the results and make sure you plan ahead and within your budget. Give yourself a fresh start with new colors to your newly bought house. It is better to paint the house before you unpack and settle down because once you settle down then you will become lazy and might never get the chance again to do so. Happy moving everyone…