House moving decisions

House moving decisions can be quite involved and require a lot of thinking before you take your first step. The timing could not be any more perfect to own a family house now due to the foreign buyer ban, introduction of capital gains tax and axing landlord’s tax deductions. So if you are thinking of moving house especially in Auckland  then this is the time for you to make those decisions and get things moving.

 

House market

The house market is always known to have its ups and downs but the as of today it is probably the best time to buy a house. The house prices have steadied for the last 6 months and have started to decline due to the NZ government banning foreign buyers from purchasing NZ houses as well as the introduction of capital gains tax.  The ban for the foreign buyers was introduced in September 2018 which had a great impact on the NZ house prices as per the article published by NZ herald. The NZ government is now in the talks of introducing capital gains tax which could further decline the housing market. So, if you keep up with the latest news then surely you would definitely be considering buying your first family home of moving into a new house that you might have always desired.

 

House moving plan

Buying a house is already tricky enough but moving into the new house can be a challenge on its own. Therefore, you must have a good house moving plan to ensure that everything goes smoothly when the need arises to move into that new house. Below are a few things you must consider while preparing for the big move:

  • Tenancy notice (If applicable) – Make sure that if you are currently renting that you advise your current landlord about your big move and the dates that you will be vacating the house as you are required to give at least 21 days’ notice.
  • Insurance – It is very important that you have your House and content insure all setup before you move into the new house.
  • Electricity – Ensure you have spoken with a electricity provider company and informed them about the your move and dates so that the electricity is on when you get there.
  • Phone & Internet – Set up an account or move your current account with your current phone and broadband provider as these days we heavily rely on internet for most of the things.
  • House moving company – Also the most important aspect of moving is find a good and reliable house moving company to shift all your furniture and belongings to the new house in one piece.

 

House moving companies

Let’s look into more details on how you should do your research to find the perfect house moving company. Having a reliable and experienced house moving company make all the difference as they will make your house move a breeze. So, how should you start your research? We have a few steps as mentioned to below to help you out:

  • Google search – Yes, as we all know that google knows everything. So let’s start off by searching on google for the Auckland house moving companies.
  • Google results – Next click on the first 5 links that you find most relevant to you.
  • Review companies website – Spend some time and review their website
  • Read reviews – Once you have selected a few companies then it is a must to read reviews about them online.
  • Get quotes – Request the selected companies to provide you with the quotes.

 

After all that hard work we hope things become a little bit more easier when you move into your new house.

 

New Year New Home

 

Well done for achieving this great goal of purchasing a new home! This is the place where the energy kicks in when you are going to move to your new home and furthermore bitterness when you abandon your old home with delightful recollections left back with it. The greater part of us Kiwis battle to purchase another home particularly with the costs here in Auckland and it’s significantly increasingly troublesome when you just have a normal salary of two and children to take care of. The wrongdoing rate in New Zealand over all is extremely low contrasted with different nations over the world and house thefts are additionally on the decrease with better wrongdoing the executives frameworks set up. Along these lines, previously you move in to your new house we should view couple of things that you should need to consider. So take a look at some of these key points before you step foot in your new home.

 

Essentials – Set up a telephone line if not already done so. Critical to have your web association arranged a long time before you move in on the grounds that it takes some time with internet supplier being reserved out and in this day and age things can get extreme without  internet. Vitality switchover is likewise required with the past proprietors name change to the present proprietor just as gas supply. Inform every one of your relatives, bank, post office, and schools and so on of the new location change. Sort out new house and substance affirmation so you are altogether secured when you move in.

 

House cleaning – Before you venture into your new house ensure pest control is done to dispose of bugs and shield your property from nuisances for a more extended timeframe whenever done accurately. Check out the house to check whether there are paint fixes that should be contacted upon, electrical switch covers need evolving? Dishwasher set up? Floor covering stains? And so on. Continuously great to clean the house before you venture in and it lessens cleaning time after the move is finished and you can sit back getting a charge out of a cool one on the love seat viewing the dusk. Contract some expert cleaners in the event that you are not feeling like it.

 

Security framework – The most essential thing while moving into another house is security of the family. Verify whether there is a security framework set up at your new home and is it working as it should, cameras in the house or outside, smoke alerts, and so forth. When you get the keys for your new house make a point to change the locks on the outside entryways or inspire somebody to transform it for you. No one can really tell who may have lived in that house with keys appropriated and particularly if the house was ever set on lease already. This will give you some genuine feelings of serenity with new bolts being introduced. Additionally, another of your absolute initial steps is to change the security alert stick and if not certain ask the operator or past house proprietors to enable you to set it up.

 

Goodbyes!  – The end is here and it is exceptionally hard for individuals to move to another home as they are so appended to the home they have been living in for quite a while. The choice has been made and you’re prepared to bid a fond farewell to your old home and if spending plan permits arrange a grill party at your old home for one final time to esteem every one of the minutes spent together under one rooftop and a toast to the new recollections to be made in the new home.

 

Good luck and happy moving everyone from the team here at The Moving Squad.

 

 

 

 

Important Hidden costs when buying a new home

Happy new year and welcome to 2019. Like the start of every other year, everyone sets new goals for the new year and hope to achieve it. In New Zealand most people have goals to buy a new home and save up for it. It takes a lot of saving to have enough for the deposit up front and ready to take over, but deposit just by itself won’t be enough as other costs come into effect.

 

Below we will talk about the important hidden costs that come with purchasing a new house. These types of costs also require you to save up before you start thinking of buying your new house. Mortgage is one of the main costs that everyone knows they must pay on time after the settle in date and most banks now days are offering very low interest rates in New Zealand. So, get in quick if you have the savings and are looking around to buy your new home.

 

Building report – If you want to be on the safe side then get the building report for your new home to ensure you don’t end up spending your savings on hidden defects in the house, which you might find once you move in. So, get in touch with a qualified property inspector to find out the hidden defects and what the condition of the house is. Getting a building inspection done does cost extra when purchasing your dream home, but it will take the thought of your mind that what if there is defects in the house and some of these defects such as a leaky home might cost you more than you pay for the building inspector to inspect your house. Try buildingsurveyors.co.nz to find a property inspector.

LIM report – Along with your building report it is best to get the LIM (Land Information Management) report as well. LIM report consists of information related to the property including risks as contamination, erosion, flooding and it will give you a heads up on the landslip risks, drainage or any illegal work carried out on property without consent. It might even cover leakage. It is best to get your LIM from the local council or get your lawyer to do so.

 

Check out How to order a LIM on the Auckland Council website with prices for Standard LIM and Urgent LIM.

LMI Premiums – Loan Mortgage Insurance premiums are paid usually by new home buyers that have a deposit of less than 20%. So you might be liable to pay the LMI if you don’t have deposit over 20%.

Rates – Rates include land/council rates and water which are not covered in the mortgage. Council rates.

House Appliances – Before you sign your contract with your real-estate agent ensure that you check what Appliances are listed in the contract when you move in. If you don’t have essential appliances listed such as Stoves, Washing Machine, Dishwasher, heaters and driers then you will have to purchase your own. This adds to the extra cost right after you move in.

Home insurance – It is very important to get home insurance to properly protect your home and some lenders also encourage you to buy mortgage protection insurance in case of you being made redundant from your job or cannot attend work due to major illness/accident.

Moving Expenses – Finally in this section is cost of moving into your new home. It is best advised to get different quotes from different moving companies in Auckland and choose the best one. Ensure that the moving squad you choose are trustable, honest, good time management, reasonable price and staff are highly trained.

 

Good luck with your new goals in 2019. Happy moving everyone 😊

 

 

Festival Season

We are at the end of the year 2018 and it is festival season with Christmas and New Year celebration’s taking place all over the world. New Zealand is the first popular country to celebrate Christmas and New Year. There is a lot to do here in New Zealand and in this blog we will share some event information’s on New Year celebration’s across the country.

As it is festive season there is not much moving around in terms of houses or shifting houses at this time of the year and everyone just takes the time to enjoy and refresh. It is important to keep safe in this period of time as a lot of deaths and injuries take place. Keep yourself safe while on the road or at home. Drink responsibly and do not over eat as it will take effect on your health and well-being.

 

Let’s list a few things to do here in New Zealand over Christmas.

Coca-Cola Christmas in Park – There is a fabulous fireworks display at Christmas in the park hosted by Coca-Cola. This is the perfect time to go out for a night with your family/friends and enjoy the entertainment night with a beautiful display of fireworks to end it off under the stars.

Motat Nights (Christmas Lights) – This is a Christmas light up event hosted every Friday, Saturday and Sunday two weeks prior to Christmas day. There will be live entertainment, beautiful lights, Christmas displays, treats. The best part is that it is $2 gold coin entry which is for donation going towards kids gifts for the charity. This event takes place 19 – 24th December 8pm – 11pm.

Wynyard Christmas Quarter – ASB Satna’s Bach customised with gifts to be delivered on 24 December by the help of some kids and families at Silo Park 7. Also Silo Cinema will be back up with your favourite Christmas movies show casing every Friday night. Then we have the Silo Markets decorated with Christmas attire. This event will be on from 5 – 24 December (Time does vary).

 

Let’s now list a few things to do here in New Zealand over the New Years.

Rhythm and Vines – This is a very big festival held in Gisborne, New Zealand and this is the very first place in the world to firstly welcome the New Year’s Sunrise. It is a big set up with multiple stages having 70 local and international artists performing from 29th – 31st December at Waiohika Estate Vineyard. The crowd and the atmosphere is amazing and totally worth the money you spend on it with tickets and accommodation.

New Year’s Ever in Queenstown – This place is well known as the party central of New Zealand and very attractive with tourists from all over the world coming to visit. Queenstown is a beautiful place with natural beauty surrounding the little town near the lake. There is a lot happening on New Year’s with pub/bar crawls, buzzing lights and scenery, events all over the city, festivities at the Lake Front, live music and fireworks display known to be the most beautiful setting in New Zealand.  It is the place to be on New Year’s Eve and especially if you are a party animal and love a good time out.

There are lots of other things to do around this time of the year in New Zealand. The best tip is to book in advance because it is a very busy time of the year and to find accommodation in December is almost impossible at popular locations. So be in quick and have a great time.

 

The team here at The Moving Squad wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’s J Happy moving everyone.

 

 

House Movers Auckland

 

1) Have enough time

Time is the key and if you can manage your time well, you will not get frustrated towards the end. Any individual who’s at any point done anything to a due date will realize it is very difficult and time flies. Allow yourself 24 hours to pack up your home and you’ll most likely oversee, however saying this doesn’t imply that you’ll have the capacity to discover anything at the opposite end. Give yourself a decent couple of days to pack and a couple more to clean before you move.

 

2) Get yourself some boxes

If you are getting house movers to help you with shifting to your new place then do ask them if they provide boxes. Most of the house movers Auckland will be able to provide you with boxes. Begin storing daily papers and air pocket wrap when you realize you’re moving… for reasons unknown air pocket wrap is extremely expensive to purchase.

 

3) … And some bags

Best moving tip is to get down to your nearby pound shop and get a portion of those enormous plaid clothing sacks. On the off chance that you don’t recognize what I mean, look at your neighborhood launderette. These are ideal for pressing duvets, cushions and even garments since they hold their shape, you can pack loads into them and they zip shut. In addition, on the off chance that they’re pressed full you can stack them up and there’s a touch of give in them to pack them into ungainly corners of your van.

 

5) Cleaning

Attempt and get the house you’re leaving cleaned to the point where you just need to complete a last vacuum once the crates and furniture have gone. Profound cleaning (particularly the ice chest and stove) dependably takes longer than you suspect as much leave a lot of time. We suggest these additional products for easy of cleaning.

– DYC White Vinegar: the main thing I’ve discovered that totally evacuates that horrendous grime and dirt around the base of taps/plugholes. Cheap and affordable.

– Selleys Rapid Mould Killer: this product is very quick and will save you a lot of time. Removes all the mould and leaves treated surfaces hygienically clean in just 2 minutes.

– Easy off Bam Oven Cleaner Fume Free: This product is very good for cleaning ovens, stainless steel and bbq, it also penetrates hard baked grease and grime. Important to note that don’t use this product for microwave ovens.

 

6) Put some signs on the rooms

You’ve presumably been arranging how you’ll utilize each room in your new home for quite a long time, however recall that when they’re unfilled, which one you expect to use as your visitor room/den/home office won’t be evident to your expulsion folks/assistants. When you touch base at your new residence, blu-attach signs to the entryway of each room relating with the marks on your cases. Along these lines everybody can work out where boxes go themselves and you don’t have to organize everything. Consider marking your furniture similarly as well.

 

7) Make a list for your last minute checks

It’s anything but difficult to overlook those last basics when you’re drained and edgy to get out and about. Make a rundown of your very late errands and stick it on the front entryway so you remember. Perusing your meters, dropping keys to the bequest specialist, killing the ice chest/heater and leaving your sending address for the new proprietor should all be on this rundown.

There are plenty of house movers Auckland so get in touch and sort out your move J Happy moving everyone.

 

Selling your home?

 

Research

Do your researches before you get on the market to sell your home in New Zealand as the market might have changed ever since you first bought your home. It is good to have a good knowledge of the area you live in and go to open homes to get a good idea of what the houses are selling for in the market of 2018. If you have a salesperson helping you out then get him/her to get you the recent information on the housing market. To get a good understanding of the market it would be beneficial to also get a list of houses sold recently in your area. Your salesperson again can provide you with this information.

Know the need of people and what they are looking for. For example, elder couples might want to live in a quiet neighbourhood as to the young ones. Different people, age groups have different needs when it comes to buying a house.

 

Attraction for buyers

First impression is the last impression and the buyers will judge the house by the first look from the road. If it attracts the buyer from the front it surely will make them come in and check out the rest of the house. So ensure to make the front of your house very attracting to the buyers.

Tips on attracting the buyers from the very first impression

  • Give the lawn a fresh new cut
  • Clean around the house and your fence
  • Make the garden look attractive with some flowers
  • Paint the house if needed to be
  • Water blast the concrete/walls

Once they enter your front door it comes to the decoration and the cleanliness to attract them further to get interest into the property.

 

Getting the house ready inside

Before the house goes on the market and you start having your open homes, it’s the perfect opportunity to declutter and have the house clean. Try storing all your unwanted items in a self-storage and make the house look spacey and big. The last thing you want is to have a home that is full of unwanted items all over the floor and making the space you have looking very small and unattractive to the buyers. This will be a great start to having the house items packed before you move onto your new property as well.

  • Clean the whole house from walls, skirting’s, roofs, and every little corner
  • Carpet to be looking spotless if you have one
  • Every buyer who is interested looks at your cupboards and closets, so have them clean

 

Renovations?

All those little touch ups you thought of fixing and had left them for last are now due. It is time to fix up the little patches and get a good return on your little investment.  It could be fixing the fence, doors, holes, dirty or ripped old wallpaper, Paint, and any leaking issues if there are any. The buyers will be looking at these things closely and would not be interested if the find holes and leaky bathrooms. These things are little of cost and so easy to fix.

Get your repairs done before the house goes on market and invest a little to get a greater profit. Do not leave it to the last minute.

 

Make it presentable to the buyer

 Remove all your personal belongings from the house and make it look alike a show home, so that buyers don’t feel put off by coming across your family pictures or other personal stuff. The house should be professionally decorated and set up for viewing purposes. It might help to buy in a house decorator to help set it up and it surely will attract more buyers.

 

Happy moving everyone J The Moving Squad

 

 

Tips on cleaning your house in spring (New Zealand)

Spring cleaning is a respected method to expel winter blues and redecorate your home. So many advantages after cleaning your house and making it look different and cosier; you get as much mental advantage from spring cleaning as your home procures stylishly.

 

It is very common in New Zealand to become lazy over the winter period for most of us individuals. Most of us individuals turn the heat on at home and just become lazy after a long day at work. This ads to the house not being clean and leads to us coming home and getting into our comfort zone. So, spring is the best time for cleaning your house and make use of the school holidays and get your kids to help out with the cleaning.

 

Rooms and closets

Start with your bedding, wash and stash winter bedding and replace with the summer bed linen. If it is possible to achieve then change the position of your bed in the room and make it feel like you are coming home to a new bedroom with a different view.
Empty out your drawers and expel the things that are not required anymore, wipe clean and arrange remaining items utilizing cabinet holders/dividers. Be heartless! Keep just the things that fit in well, look great and make yourself feel extraordinary.

 

Kids’ rooms

This is where you can get your kids in to help and make the cleaning job easier. Little individuals’ rooms can rapidly end up chaotic. The best remedy to kid mayhem is to get sorted out with fun and adaptable stockpiling with the help of your kids. Issue instructions to the kids and get them to sort out their toys by keeping the floor clear and making use of crates/tubs for books, toys, shoes, etc.

Get some label holders and organize things as often as possible utilized things within simple reach. Add a clothing crate for all the dirty clothes to be stored and ready for a wash over the weekend. And be a little generous by selling, giving away or reusing unused or outgrown toys and garments.

 

Kitchen

The kitchen is the most used part of your house and often one that gets dirty over and over. It is time to wash your kitchen dividers, roofs, fridge top and bottom, microwaves, ovens and etc with hot water and a kitchen cleaning liquid that best fits you.
Sort out the things together with putting the most used items in the top drawers and expel other items not in use or broken over time. Get rid of the expired items in your cabinets and fridge etc. Empty and clean ice chest and defrost the cooler if necessary.
Give away unnecessary silverware and unused little machines that are in great working request.

 

Washroom

Washrooms are also very important part of your everyday use within the house, so make sure to give it a good clean overall. Empty out washroom cupboards, expelling terminated pharmaceuticals and old makeup. Discard securely. Arrange substance by putting away comparative things together
Clean the grout and replace any broken seals around shower, toilet seat, or bowl. Use a glass cleaner to wash the glass and other roof cleaning substances to clean the roof of your washroom. The roof may require a repaint as the steam building up from the hot showers leaves the roof in paint clips falling off.
Last but not least add a vase of fragrant crisp blossoms for a nice fresh feeling.

 

Front rooms

These are rooms you would most likely use for relaxation and entertainment with the family after a long day at work or simply over the weekend. Rearrange the couches, TV, Coffee table, if possible to do so, as this can make a big difference to the relaxation of your mind and not have to come home to the same old boring lounge all year around. If conditions permit, consider adding an indoor plant to make a much-needed refresher in what can be a bustling space.

 

Clean out all the items in the rooms and give the carpets and roofs also a good clean to ensure you enter the room feeling fresh.

Arrangements in the new home

 

Moving to another home has put forward another chance to begin once more and inhale another life into your new living condition. It’s additionally a perfect time for you to apply some new thoughts and amplify the stream of positive vitality in your new home. What’s more, prepare to have your mind blown. The manner in which how you orchestrate your living space may fundamentally impact your state of mind. Things being what they are, animating positive vibe in your home doesn’t require spending excessively cash. With a touch of organizing, de-jumbling and revamping you can make an ideal agreement subsequent to sinking into another home.

By executing simple methods you may adjust your home inside to your own vitality and state of mind. Making an upbeat and sound condition that influences you to feel good is urgent to your passionate prosperity. Besides enriching your new home, such methods may enable you to accomplish adjust and convey satisfaction and favourable luck to your new home.

 

Room design and furniture arrangement does make a difference

The main room (Lounge) is apparently a standout amongst the most imperative premises in the house every relative appears inclined towards. Things being what they are, it has a tendency to be the main room we connect with in the wake of going into the house.
When choosing the best course of action of the furniture, you might need to decide the fundamental capacity of your family room. Will you utilize it for associating with your visitors, eating suppers, staring at the TV, unwinding? So as to make congruity and adjust around you, make a point to alter your living condition to your own needs.

 

Making a mess free new home
Leave enough space for an appropriate vitality stream. Since mess and bedlam are normally joined by terrible vibes, you might need to free up some space in any case. Beginning once again in another house offers an ideal chance to relinquish every one of those pointless or undesirable things. Encircle yourself with the articles that bring you bliss and pleasant recollections. In the event that something triggers terrible recollections or uneasiness, don’t dither to dispose of it with the end goal of your enthusiastic prosperity. Then again, a messiness free home looks clean and actuates quietness and positive vitality.
Home stockpiling is regularly considered as an obstruction for the vitality stream. Along these lines, in the event that you are moving to a little studio flat, exploit the space-sparing, multipurpose furniture.

 

Set up some craftsmanship
Strangely enough, the situation of your work of art might be straightforwardly related to the condition of your enthusiastic and physical wellbeing. Pick workmanship as per the reason for the rooms: unwinding and sexy pieces for rooms, while enthusiastic fine art ought to be put in parlor or office space. Important pieces should bring out bliss, solace and profound association with your living space. Additionally, remember that finding an ideal harmony amongst craftsmanship and void dividers can represent the moment of truth your methods for setting up at new home.

 

Natural Lighting to be welcomed
Whatever your insides plan maybe, utilize your windows to their maximum capacity to let some outside air and characteristic light in. All things considered, it’s an imperative yet economical plan component anybody can fuse subsequent to moving to another home.
Known to everyone, there is a great deal of physical and mental advantages of the immediate daylight. Presentation to daylight may support your state of mind and help you remain engaged and inspired for the duration of the day. Notwithstanding, if your room doesn’t have guide access to normal daylight, you may select different indoor light sources to welcome great vitality.

Making money mistakes when looking to buy your new home?

Everyone loves to have that stash of cash sitting in your bank account and always going back to check the account balance to get that rich feeling and being happy. As you start looking for your new home the money sitting in your bank account will soon be disappearing and most of us make the big mistake of not using the cash wisely! So take a step back and think about the savings you have. Burning through cash can be overpowering, particularly with regards to spending a lot of it. You need to ensure you’re spending the perfect measure of cash with regards to obtaining a home and here are some cash botches we recommend you stay away from when acquiring a home:

1. The cost isn’t the main factor
The cost of a home can truly represent the deciding moment of choice; however you ought to dependably consider other central point to guarantee you’re settling on the correct choice. A house that is near the maximum of your financial plan might be justified, despite all the trouble in the event that it accompanies what you’re searching for, yet in the event that its cost exceeds everything else; it may be insightful to investigate different alternatives. Again ensure to be within limits and get the best bang for your buck.

2. Don’t just buy to buy
Maybe you’ve been hunting down a home for some time now, and you may feel just as your next home is no place in sight. Don’t rush into things and ignore the costs that may throw you down track. Try not to utilize these sentiments as a way to race to buy a home you don’t really cherish. Ensure you buy a home you adore, in light of the fact that it could be yours for the following 20-40 years!

3. Choosing the wrong home loan
Anchoring a preapproved advance can spare you a great deal of time with regards to getting a home loan. Be that as it may, seeing whether you’re prequalified isn’t sufficient to anchor the correct home loan. It’s vital you’re cautious while choosing a home loan, so ensure you do your exploration and address an educated home loan proficient. Make a wise choice and spend your money wisely.

4. Underestimating genuine expenses
Numerous individuals neglect to legitimately spending plan the genuine cost of a home. There are more things that factor into the full cost. Conceivable moving expenses, credit applications charges, contract protection thus substantially more go into the full cost of a home, so it’s savvy to spending additional cash to guarantee you can manage the cost of your turn and buy!

5. Going past your financial plan
When setting your financial plan, it’s best to remain inside it. A home may feel ideal for you when you see it, however its expenses might be more than you might suspect. Homes over your value range can abandon you with less cash to alter or revamp. Remaining under spending abandons some space for you to be innovative or put aside cash for any unanticipated conditions. There is a lot to calculate before taking such a risk. Ensure you are within your limits and capability to bounce back if things don’t go as planned.

The ideal home is practically around the bend. Do not lose hope and keep searching for the beautiful home you have always dreamed off. The longer it takes the better as you could be revving up your bank account with all the savings. It takes time and patience to find the good things in life. Everything occurs for the better, so just wait and watch. Happy moving everyone 

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 😊