5 best ways to save money when building your new home

Building a new home can be a challenging task. When you are thinking to build your dream home the first step is to buy a perfect section in good location. Before building your dream home in that section, make your budget first.

You can make your home under your budget and you can save money by following these five ways that we have mentioned below:

Research the land before buying

To build a home, first of all you have to buy a section carefully under your budget. Never buy a section with steep slope because in that case you need to add more than one storey, which is more expensive than single storey build.

Before buying any site make sure you have all the necessary information that you need about the access to boundaries, utilities and consents. The building costs will significantly increase if the site is difficult to access or requires retaining walls etc.

Select a good and simple design

The design of the house plays major role in overall cost of building a house in New Zealand. Building a house in rectangle or square shape will cost less than a U shape or L shape house.

Always try to reduce unnecessary ‘ins and outs’ and angles to reduce building costs. The house with such complexities requires more cladding, specialist engineering, roof plan, time and labour so always try to select a design that is good and simple.

Hire the right builder

Finding right builder is an important part in the building process. Always do research and make sure the builder you want to hire delivers quality work. A right builder can save your money in the long run because the home repairs can be quite costly.

There are some important points that you should know before hiring a builder such as- experience of the builder, read reviews on their website, how quick they finish the building projects.

Choose the right cladding

Selection of the right cladding is important when you are thinking to build your new home. Cladding can be made up of materials such as wood, metal, vinyl, brick etc. So, try to choose cladding that requires low maintenance which will help to save your money in long term.

There are many factors to consider (like thermal efficiency, fire rating and the sustainability of the material) when you are choosing any type of cladding for your new home. The location of your house is also important to consider for e.g. If the house is exposed to high wind, in snowy or windy region.

Explore flooring options

Before you get started on your flooring project, research on different kinds of flooring options is most important to learn about their costs and benefits. Thus, you can find a right floor that fits your space and your budget both.

There are many floor types are popular in New Zealand such as wood, vinyl, tiles and carpet etc. Each floor has pros/cones and create different kind of looks so select the flooring option that matches your budget.

To save your money when you are planning to build your house, determine your budget plan as soon as possible. These tips mentioned above will help you to build your dream home under budget, without sacrificing quality.

Good luck with building your new home, another important point to be mentioned is that do not compromise the quality of your house by choosing the cheapest things, be reasonable and quality will last longer so making it cheaper in the long run anyway.

Happy moving everyone.

 

 

5 Tips to avoid manual handling injuries while moving

Manual handling means when we use our body to lift, lower, pull, empty, or carry loads. The job that involves manual material handling may include the high risk of injuries. In the moving process everyone must be aware of the theory and the practice of safe manual handling because incorrect manual handling is a common cause of injuries, lower back pain, neck pain etc.

Below are 5 tips to avoid injuries when you are involved in any type of manual handling in the moving process.

Plan and check for danger

To avoid manual handling injuries always plan before doing any action for example always consider the weights and heights from where a load must be picked up and consider the distances involved. Always lift the load that you can manage safely.

A danger is a feature of task or environment (e.g. wet floors, uneven work surfaces, inadequate lighting) that may lead to harm to a person who is lifting a load or other people around. So before handling, danger assessment is most important to manage the hazard and to reduce the incidents.

Check your route

Before lifting or carrying loads always remove the obstructions form the route to make sure that your route is clear. For the long distances plan to rest the load midway on a bench or table to change the grip. Choose a clear path to avoid slip, trip and fall hazards.

In the moving process when you are lifting and carrying a load, you can prevent or reduce the chance of injuries by clearing your route.

Maintain a good posture

When you are lifting a load, the safe zone is between your knees and shoulders. It is important to maintain a good posture while manual handling to reduce the injuries. Always bend your hips and knees to squat down to your load and straighten your legs to lift the load.

To reduce back pain or back injuries always look straight ahead and keep your back straight with your chest out and your shoulders back. This will help you to keep your upper back straight while having a slight bend in your lower back.

Avoid twisting and keep the load close to your waist

During manual handling of loads you have to move smoothly; the load should not be jerked as it helps you to keep a good control on the lift. Avoid turning or twisting your body when you are lifting or holding a heavy object. Keep your shoulders level and facing in the same direction as your hips.

To reduce injuries always keep the load close to your waist by keeping heaviest side of the load next to your body. Use your feet to move.

Wear your PPE (personal protective equipment):

PPE is an equipment or clothing that will help to reduce the risk of injury. Before starting work always check you have been issued with the right PPE and make sure you wear it every time you do manual handling.

Wearing gloves and safety boots will help you to protect against cuts and crushed toes etc. wear nose, eyes, and mouth protection where dust and fumes might be a hazard while moving.
In conclusion, safety is the key to prevent the manual handling injuries while moving. If the injury happens, it is also important to find the causes of the injury to prevent the injuries occurring again. You can reduce the risk of injuries by following these five basic tips mentioned above.

Happy moving everyone.

Moving furniture in Auckland during lock-down

Moving houses during lock down period can be even more difficult then normal due to covid-19 restrictions applied by the government. Most moving companies in Auckland will operate during these lock downs up to level 3 only as level 4 means total lock down and everyone stays home except very essential workers.

In order to operate under lock down levels 2 & 3 the moving companies should only be operating if they have applied the required safety measures and followed the government’s advice on what is required. Below let’s list some of the safety measures applied by us as the best moving company in Auckland.

Basic hygiene measures put in place as per governments advice

  • cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues
  • put away the used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately
  • wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds) or use hand sanitizer
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Clean surfaces frequently

Training of staff members

The team has incorporated a covid-19 training schedule which comes in place when ever we go into lock down. The team is now fully trained and ready to move houses with restrictions in place during level 2 & 3. It is important to have such training due to the safety of our staff and our clients, so we take great pride in being the leading Auckland movers and safety is our priority.

This training also ensures our fellow clients that their scheduled house moves will not be interrupted during level 2, 3 lock downs. Also, tour lovely clients will be happy to know that all staff is fully trained and will keep in mind their safety and others.

Safety equipment on the fleet

All our fleet including vans and trucks have been loaded with the safety equipment required in order to carry out a safe furniture moving service. The safety items that our staff will carry on our fleet are as listed below.

  • Face masks
  • Sanitizer’s
  • Gloves
  • Tissue boxes

As well as this basic hygiene measures our staff will be equipped with the above safety equipment as well as any other equipment, they deem necessary as per the individual preference and needs of the staff.

Safety while moving furniture

As part of the training provided our staff is required to follow the safety measures they were taught. We also incorporate a working bubble structure which ensures that the team is divided into separate bubbles and those bubbles created will last through out the lock down.

It ensures that if any of the staff in that bubble feels sick will require the whole formed bubble to take the time off and self-isolate with a covid-19 test to be carried out for any concerns. Then the other stand by team will take over and carry out the required furniture move.

While moving furniture our team will ensure a minimum 2 meter distance is kept at all time from any other individual who is not part of the bubble and we expect our clients to accept this same pre caution in order for safety of both the client and staff.

Lock down as we know can come into place as short as 24hrs of notice or less, so the training and structure we have set up gives us the upper hand on dealing with such notices and our staff is notified ASAP of the lock down and to get their bubbles in place for the next move.

Happy moving everyone 😊

4 main Complications when moving to new house

Life is a journey and every one of us are moving for different reasons. As we know the property rates are very high and everyone wants to buy their own home before the property rates get much more expensive. The house moving process can be exciting, exhausting, stressful and challenging as well as costly. The move is going to be fine. There are many thoughts along the way, and we have pulled together some useful moving tips and advice to help you.

Accidents and Injuries during moving process

Moving can be dangerous job if you don’t take necessary precautions. Safety is the first priority in every moving process, but sometimes accidents do occur. Heavy lifting and bending improperly are two main causes of injuries while moving.

Smashing your head against the ceiling, dangerous chemicals and sharp objects can cause harm, sprains are common physical injuries that can occur during moving process. So be careful and lookout for such safety issues and be always alert.

One of the most effective way to prevent these injuries are by hiring professional movers who have experience. These experts know what they are doing and are fully aware of how to do heavy lifting and make use of safety precautions, accidents and injuries are less likely to occur.

Time and Money problems when moving

Firstly, make a timetable for your moving day and secondly, plan according to your budget. If you don’t have enough time to do your moving to your new home, you must read on moving companies. You can move safely with a furniture movers Auckland company.

Create a moving checklist that will guide you from the very beginning, reminding you what it is exactly that you need to do next to manage your time in the best possible way.

If your budget is low, you can find cheap movers online. You can also receive an assistance with choosing a moving company. Make sure to choose best moving company in Auckland that is fully trustworthy, licensed and insured.

Bad Weather

House moving during the bad weather can add extra complications to the moving process because We cannot predict the weather in advance. Bad weather conditions such as rain, wind, frost, and snow can create hazard for you and your moving company. If the weather is extremely bad, then try to postpone the move if possible.

Moving in heavy rain or snow can be dangerous for you, can destroy your goods and take much longer than you would like to complete.

Moving in a high temperature day can also create problems such as dehydration, sunburn etc. There are some tips when you are dealing with the summer move- Always try to move early morning, wear lightweight and loose-fitting cloths made from cotton or linen, make sure to keep a sufficient water supply for everyone, always cool down your house before start moving and apply sunscreen.

Not packing essentials separately

Essentials are items you will need to use for the first few days in your new home for e.g. important paperwork, phone chargers, medication, jewelry, keys, toilet papers, basic kitchen utensils, towels etc. if you don’t pack the essentials in a separate box then you may have to run around unpacking all the boxes one by one on the first day in your new home.

The solution is to pack essentials in a separate bag or a box that is that is not same as other boxes or you can write “essentials” on that box. This way, it is easily available and safe.

Happy moving everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Best New year resolution ideas for 2021

New year resolutions are great chance for those who have failed to accomplish their goals in past year and for all others who are thinking to make the positive changes in their lifestyle for happier and healthier life.

If you are still confused on making new year resolution, there are some ideas below for you to consider if appropriate.

  • Renovate or redecorate your home

Sometimes making a little change is exactly what you need. It is in our human nature that we get bored very soon from same decoration. It is necessary to do a little change in your home every month.

You can change the position of your furniture in a new way and can remove the things that are not looking good to you anymore. If you want to renovate your house and you do not have space to store your furniture in your home, then you can take help of a furniture movers Auckland company to help store your furniture.

  • Donate unused items

There are many things in your home that you are not using any more like old clothes, accessories, utensils, kids’ old toy’s etc. By donating unused things, you can help needy persons.

If you take time to sort out your cupboards & almirahs then you can remove mess up from your home and can help someone by providing your unused items who could make use of them.

  • Eat healthy and move more

To make yourself physically fit and mentally healthy, firstly change your eating habits by incorporating more whole grains and vegetables/fruits in your daily diet and eliminate all kind of fast foods from your diet. A well-balanced diet is a fuel for your body to perform daily activities, including exercise.

Regular physical activity is important for everyone, so find a simple exercise system that makes it easy to start and what works for you. If you never did exercise before then start from half an hour walk as warm up and when you are comfortable start doing exercises regularly.

  • Spend less time on social media

The social media is an easy way to stay connected to relatives/friends and keep up with the latest from your favourite brand, celebrities and publication. However too much use of social media can be dangerous because it consumes your valuable time.

So, be aware of how much time you are spending on social media and then set your time limit for social media this year.

The time you save by not using social media could be used in productive way. It could improve your sleeping pattern and reduce the risk of many health-related diseases.

  • Create a budget plan before starting of the month

You need a budget, if you want to control your unnecessary spending and work toward your financial goals. Before making a budget always calculate your total spending and income of last three months.

To calculate spending, gather your financial paperwork for e.g. bank statements, recent utility bills, investment accounts etc. Categorize your variable (travel, dining etc.) and fixed expenses (utility bills, rent etc.) then calculate the average income and expenses of last three months.

If your income is more than your expenses, you can invest your remaining income in the financial goal that you want to achieve. If you think you don’t have enough money after calculating your expenses, try to spend less on variable expenses that are unnecessary.

  • Try to do something new each month

Always try to do something new each month. If you love food, then you should make a habit of making a new dish each month according to your choice and you can be creative at it to.

Is there anything that scares you?

Let’s overcome those scary things. Make a list of things that scare you and then push yourself to try those things that are out of your comfort zone and overcome your fears.

Happy New Year everyone 😊

Back to moving houses Auckland (Alert level 2)

New Zealand is now on alert level 2 of Covid-19 and that means most businesses are now able to operate. This means that your plans of moving houses are now back on. Get back on track with your house movers in Auckland and plan your house move accordingly with the governments advice on keeping safe at alert level 2. It is not all over yet and might not be for a long time as covd-19 has made its mark on the whole world. Even though things in New Zealand seem better right now, it could all be taken away with people not following the given advice. Covid-19 has taught us a lot of things and made us realise what is important in life and never to take things for granted. People will now have a new perspective on life.

Let’s share some tips on moving houses while in level 2

Safety – The most important thing before we decide to even move is considering the safety of self and others. Keeping good hygiene practises such as having hand sanitisers, masks, gloves can prevent someone from being infected and it will work both ways as your own safety and safe for others you work around as well. Ensure the house moving company you use has these hygiene practises as part of their daily work routine. Especially when helping elderly people move who might more vulnerable to this corona virus. Always keep the 2-meter distance.

PackingPack your belongings in an easy to carry box or a sack ensuring that it is not so heavy for the person lifting it. Get extra boxes if you have to and pack them well with tape all around. Another good tip during this virus amongst us is that after you get your belongings shifted to your new house, then leave them there for at least 48 hrs before starting to unpack them. This will ensure that the virus has died out and if you are in a hurry to unpack then you could use a cleaning spray and wipe all touched surfaces and boxes down before unpacking. You could also pack the most essential things needed for the first night in a separate box and then wrap it with glad wrap that you can take of easily and unpack. Use hand sanitiser all the time. Its best to wait out 48hrs but if you are short of time then unpack safely.

Kids and Elderly – If you are moving houses with kids or elderly people then the best thing is to leave them out of the shifting house stage until everything is set up in the new house. These groups are the most vulnerable to this corona virus and it is important to keep them safe. After setting up the house ensure you clean the most touched surfaces once again before the elderly or kids arrive. Keep yourself safe as well as others around you.

House movers in Auckland are usually busy around this time of the year normally, but with this lockdown and housing market not operating the way it normally is has slowed things down. More caution needs to be taken when helping people move around and it becomes a safety issue if one individual does not comply. Most New Zealanders are looking forward to being back to somewhat normal life before this virus came to New Zealand shores. We will get there but it requires each Kiwi to play a critical part and move together as a team of 5 million.

Alert level 2 – Play it safe 

Happy moving everyone

 

Home loan pre-approval

New Zealand has come down in interest rates when buying property and banks are giving at a rate of 3.55% for a fixed year term. This decreasing trend in interest rate is having more and more kiwis wanting to either buy a first home or even invest in more properties. Before we step towards buying a house, we need our home loan pre-approved. Pre-approval will give us a strong starting point when you start your house hunt and when you know how much a bank is able to lend, you will be able to look for the right property.
The pre-approval you will get will be conditional, but it gives you head start for finding your ideal home quickly. The process involves quite a bit so it might pay to get a mortgage broker to do it for you or simply have the bank do it for you. Different people prefer different and most of us want the most we can borrow from the bank so that you can buy your dream home. So, what exactly is the process for a home loan pre-approval.

Pre-Approval?
So, what is pre-approval? In basic terms it confirms a certain amount of money you can borrow from the lender. The conditions set out are a rated valuation of the home you will be buying and followed with the copy of signed sale and purchase agreement after the offer process has been accepted. Pre-approval will be valid for a period of 90 days and which normally is a good period of time for buying a home.

Getting the pre-approval
If you have a mortgage broker, then he/she will basically fill in all the required forms and provide everything to the bank to get a favorable outcome for your home loan. This can also be done by contacting the bank by yourself. The required document you will need are listed below.

– Income is shown by presenting payslips of 3 months and prove you have regular income coming in. If you are self-employed then you will need to provide financial statements, and this should be done by your accountant.
– Debt will also be shown to the bank and this includes credit card, store cards, any overdraft etc. This will show how much and when are you expected to pay it by.
– Expenses also need to be shown to the bank so that they know exactly how much is being payed out and that you could repay the payments for the loan you will be borrowing. Your expenses will include the following, financial commitments, household costs, debt repayments, child support and any other outgoing expenses.
– Deposit that you will be making from your bank statement, KiwiSaver withdrawal, or any proof of gifted amount.

These are the main things you will provide alongside your ID, Proof of address, Bank statements for the past 6 months and bank account detail. The bank requires you to provide as much as possible for them to make a favorable decision to your home loan. This is where your mortgage broker comes in handy and they will make sure they present the bank with the required documents and get the home loan pre-approved. This is easier than doing it yourself and it assures you that you will get a better outcome from it.

So, you might think that you do not meet all the requirement for the pre-approval and not take the next step towards buying your dream home. Before you quit just talk to a mortgage broker and let him/her figure out if it is possible for you to get the pre-approval or not and then decide. Happy moving everyone…

Hardwood or Laminated Flooring?

Carpets are old news as the new trend is to have Hardwood floor or laminated floors for your house. But the question arises as to which is better? Hardwood/Laminated? The easiest answer is yes hardwood flooring is better quality and very durable. Both flooring types do have their own benefits when it comes to selecting the type of flooring that will best suit your individual needs.

So what is laminated flooring?
The word laminate speaks for itself and the material used for the laminate floor is fibreboard. Fibreboard is coated on the very top of its surface with the choice of designed pattern that makes it look either like the hardwood floor or another type of material. The durability of this is topped up with a wear resistant layer that makes it long lasting.

Laminate flooring has its own benefits. It can be installed as a floating floor, which means that it will not require any fasteners or glue that will attach it to the surface. The laminated floor planks are connected together when laying them down as a floating floor. This makes it much more easier then laying down hardwood flooring as that requires much more skill and hard work. Laminated floor also comes with a factory finish and does not require any finish or recoating. It come’s prefinished packed into boxes with guidelines and can be done on your own just like another DIY project at home.

Laminate flooring is slightly a cheaper option due to its production, material and ease of installation, but obviously that also has its downsides.

Hardwood Flooring?
Hardwood flooring can come in its purest form which is totally 100% wood and also comes in factory finished or engineered wood with comes with a plywood base. The pure 100% hardwood floor has the most benefits and can’t be matched by factory finished or engineered wood.

Premium hardwood flooring assures that it is very long lasting and can last for decades. Laminate flooring is only good for maybe 10 years! Hardwood floors can last a lifetime if looked after properly and very well maintained. If the floor does become scratched all over and bumps in it from the heels you wear around at home then it is just as easy as sanding it down a layer and recoating! This will give you a brand new look and hence very long lasting.

All these benefits that the hardwood flooring has to offer come at a price when installed originally. It takes great skill and dedication to get the flooring installed and finished. Don’t worry the price you will pay for it to be installed will be covered by the increase in the value of your home and that is for ever. As long as the hardwood flooring is in a decent shape it is bound to increase the resale value of any property. You can think of it as an investment opportunity.

This should answer most questions you might have for the flooring choice between laminated or hardwood. Both the types have their benefits and also negatives. It comes down to what you actually need it for. If you are in a hurry and don’t have the budget then laminated flooring would be the best choice. If you do have the time and the budget then go for the hardwood flooring as it will last much longer and will repay its value when you decide to sell. Both choices are not bad and both types will give your property a nice clean look. The choice is entirely yours.

Happy Moving Everyone 

Beginners Guide to Moving in Auckland

We often receive enquires from customers who have no previous moving experience or haven’t moved in a very long time.

If you fall in either category, this guide may help .We’ve complied a list of things to consider or discuss with us:

  1. Do you need assistance with partial or full packing or unpacking? If there are any items or areas which you specifically need packing with (such as artwork or fine china), we can usually fit in a partial pack on the same day as your house move or a day prior.
  2. Let us know about access or parking issues at BOTH sites- things such as overhanging tree branches. telephone cables or narrow driveways can result in a costlier move if not matched with the right size truck.
  3. Oversize items such as double door fridges, pianos or spas need special handling with equipment and extra men, best to let us know in advance so we come prepared. If items need to be hoisted over balconies, we usually have to bring extra long straps and 3 or 4 men so advance notice helps with planning.
  4. If you’re settling houses, its best to allow the full day for the house move or at least budget for it. We come across settlement delays every Friday and this can easily add hours to the bill unfortunately. We recommend speaking to your solicitors ahead of time to arrange access to the garage of your new home to allow us to unload whilst settlement is taking place – this can save hundreds off the bill. If you’ve got concerns over settlement falling through, talk to us and we can pre-arrange storage as a contingency.
  5. If you have valuable items which you have concerns over, talk to us about transit insurance options. We can usually provide you a quote within 24 hours.
  6. Need packing boxes? We can provide free advise on the right type if packing materials to use of you are self-packing and can arrange delivery of these items with 2 business days throughout Auckland.

For any more questions you might have, feel free to call The Moving Squad – Auckland’s Expert Movers and Packers. We specialise in home and office removals, storage and any other furniture removal requirement you have. Read more about our services here.

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Quick Energy Saving Tips for Winter!

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

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

energy saving tips

For more handy tips, visit Energywise.