Thinking about moving to Auckland?

The Auckland housing market has come to a halt as many of us believe. The market really surprised everyone in the years 2012-2017 as it raised above expectations and made it super difficult for anyone to buy or invest in the housing market. It took a toll on everyone and especially the first home buyers, who had been saving up to get their foot in the market. Kiwis shifting houses from all over New Zealand to Auckland were also struck by the big rise in house prices and settled for renting a house while saving up for their own home one day.

 

As we had more and more people moving to Auckland due to job needs, we also had kiwi families scattering across New Zealand where houses were more affordable and the rent was low. It was about time the government did something to slow down the housing market and put restrictions on investors, builders, overseas buyers, house interest rates, deposits etc.

 

The Moving Squad were also very busy as kiwis were shifting across New Zealand and were also surprised by the housing market going to such high ranks amongst the world. Auckland house prices relative to wages are still very high compared to the rest of the world and the government needs to consider this. The team at moving squad are aware of the house market in Auckland and know that it is much quieter as the year 2018 has begun. The Moving Squad are experts in house moving in Auckland and known as the best moving company amongst other Auckland movers companies.

 

Housing shortage is another problem that our customers come across and share with us when we help them move around in Auckland. The government took the step to seize the outbound migration, but it does not look like they have the correct data to proceed with. This ban needs to come into place to slow down outbound and inbound migration. Since 2012 the Auckland housing market has worsen created a shortfall of 30,000 homes according to Westpac. Housing shortage is a big factor in house prices rising to such high levels.

 

Questions you need to ask before buying a house in Auckland

  • How long has the property been on the market?
  • What are the nearby properties selling for?
  • Was the house rented or owner occupied?
  • What is the deposit required?
  • What are the alteration costs if needed?
  • Property boundaries?
  • Any schools zoned in the area?
  • The title and restrictions?
  • Any know issues with the property/damage?

 

Make visits to open homes around the area you are most interested in buying a home. The best outcome from the visits is the knowledge gained while speaking to different real estate agents and asking questions related to the house as listed above. Every agent having an open home will provide you with a brochure to take away which will list most of the answers you are looking for and it makes it easier while going from one open home to another to compare and look for advantages and disadvantages. Also by taking the brochure home you can expand the interest to other family members and get their point of view on the property. Do as much research as you can to get the best results possible.

 

Do not hesitate to ask questions from the agent. They are there to sell and it is their job to answer every single question that you put forward. Take the time to look at the property privately and if interested you could take an extra step to get a builder’s inspection done on the house to assure everything is top notch. Get in touch with our team today for the most affordable and cheap house movers Auckland. The best moving company in Auckland.

 

Happy moving everyone 😊

The Moving Squad

 

 

 

House Moving

Moving houses is something we hardly ever look forward to as we are so used to the house we live in and have beautiful memories in. It is a very big decision when it comes to moving houses here in Auckland, due to the house market rising unexpectedly over the last few years or so and making it very tough to move about. This blog will give you some tips on how to pack up and move houses. The most important factor when it comes to moving houses is planning and getting everything right according to the plan. Book your packing and moving service now with The Moving Squad based in the heart of Auckland providing you excellent services.

 

Start your move by selecting a packing and moving company that best fits your requirements. Plan everything with the moving squad from packing to pick up and delivery and set up at your new home. Ensure that the company you choose will help you with the packing and provide you with packing services including boxes, wrapping for bespoke furniture and high valued items, plastic protection bags for delicate furnishings, crates and consult with the moving company for custom made packaging to suit your budget and schedule.

 

Pack early so that when it comes to the day you’re shifting houses it becomes easier for yourself and the company you’re moving with. A large house with 5 bedrooms will take you maximum 2 months if you pack one box a day and for houses with 3-4 bedrooms it may take you a month depending on the contents you have to pack. This information is just to give you a rough idea with rough numbers. The easiest way to begin packing is to start with the rooms you may least require for use over the next few months and consider packing items that you would not use on daily basis. Start slowly and pack one room at a time so that everything is done in an organised way and according to the plan you have made. The items that you might not need or are not required anymore can be sold by holding a garage sale over the weekends, which will help you meet your budget and get rid of the clutter. Safety is utmost important when shifting houses and make sure you limit the weight on your boxes to a maximum of 20kgs per box which will make it easier to lift and won’t hurt your back. The last thing you would want is to hurt yourself so be careful when you pack and move.

 

Label the boxes and write the contents on all of the boxes you pack. You may want to print out several stickers which you could stick onto the boxes labeling room number, contents inside, fragile item, etc. Another handy tip to packing is to label the boxes with room numbers and level of the house, which makes it easier when the movers deliver your packed items to the new house and also easier to unpack. Once you are packed up and the moving date is nearby ensure everything is up to date according to the plan and again consult with your moving company for any other changes or if further planning Is required.

 

If suitable check to see the weather is promising for the day you move about and make sure if the weather does not look promising to have alternative plans discussed with the moving squad to ensure everything will be covered while moving around in such weather conditions, especially for moving long distances. Happy moving everyone :)

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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House Packing Tips

Packing is never a simple task. We often come across customers who are ill-prepared, have left packing too late and have had to cut corners to get everything ready before we turn up for the move. Poor packing is the number 1 cause of damages in transit and also the number 1 reason why transit insurance companies decline claims for damages. After having packed and moved thousands of homes over the last 8 years, here are out top packing tips:

  1. Invest in sturdy, professional grade and suitable packing materials. There is a common misconception that all you need to pack are banana boxes and tape. This could not be further from the truth. Sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard rolls, acid-free wrapping paper, shrink wrap and mattress covers are all worth their weight in gold and are inexpensive compared to repair or replacement cost for your valued contents. Speak to our packing experts on 0800 086 683 to discuss packing materials which you can order through us. We can also deliver your packing materials within Auckland (fees apply) and can recommend the right materials to suit your needs.
  2. Always have a priority box with keys, remote controls, cables, Wifi modems, unopened mail, a roll of toilet paper( Yes you read right!), kids activities, medication and first aid kit. You’ll need to carry these with you in your vehicle so you know exactly where it is at all times. Keep screw, bolts and nuts in sandwich bags with labels in this box, with allen keys and tools needed to re-assemble your furniture.
  3. Label all rooms and all boxes with brief description of contents. These WILL reduce your stress when unpacking and trying to locate things in your new home. Our professional, expert and friendly moving team will place all boxes in corresponding rooms to make it easier for your to unpack.
  4. Mark boxes as fragile and top-stack where appropriate, do not over-fill and place heavier items first with lighter ones on top.
  5. Dont stress about disassembling and re-assembling furniture or uninstalling and reinstalling white wear. Our moving team can give you a hand and sort this out in minutes.
  6. Keep an eye on weather conditions. Request our shrink wrapping service to protect couches and furniture from the rain and order mattress covers well in advance. These are single use due to hygiene reason which is why we don’t carry them as standard.
  7. We recommend unpacking your drawers if its flat-pack/MDF furniture or antique. Whilst its ok to keep drawers full for solid wood drawers, it does help the lighten the load. Filing cabinets should always be emptied out (unless they are anti-jam) as jams caused during the move can be a nightmare to sort out.
  8. We do not carry gas bottles, fuel, paint, corrosive chemicals and car batteries as these are Dangerous Goods. Please make alternative arrangements for these.
  9. If you have expensive wooden furniture and antiques, talk to us beforehand about our corrugated cardboard wrapping service. Our movers can easily do this before moving and this adds an extra layer of protection to the standard blankets which we ALWAYS use.
  10. Always wrap television, artwork and paintings in 2-3 layers of protective material. If this is too much for you, talk to our moving consultants on 0800 086 683 and we can organise our expert house packers to get this done. We use the highest grade materials can can have up to 5 layers of wrapping materials to cover valuables such as paintings and artwork.

We hope these tips will make your house pack a little easier. Give yourself enough time and start packing early. Things such as books, toys and old clothes can be packed well in advance so have a packing plan and schedule in place.

For any questions or moving help, talk to our team. The Moving Squad is Auckland’s Expert Packers and Movers specialising in home and office removals as well as storage.auckland packers movers removals

8 Easy to Follow Moving Tips from Auckland’s Expert Packers and Movers

Plan in advance

The earlier you organize your house move the better! Weekends are a popular house moving time in Auckland so give us a call to pencil in a time as soon as you know and we’ll happily hold it for you without any booking fees.

Be boxed up

Use moving boxes to pack your possessions to ensure their safety and a quicker move. For smaller, heavier items like books, crockery and cd’s please use ‘book boxes’ and for larger ornamental items or cushions and linen use ‘tea chest’ boxes. If you are overwhelmed by the amount of packing to be done our friendly removalists can help. Ask us about our professional Auckland packing and moving service.

Parking / Access

Make sure with your neighbours or your building manager that there will be suitable parking for the moving truck. If you are moving from a house it may be simply a matter of parking a car (or two if you can!) in front of your house. For apartment buildings in Auckland there is usually a designated loading zone for removalists but make sure to reserve this in advance along with the lift. Your building manager will also have special blankets/covers to protect lifts and its very important to arrange this well before the move.

Spring Clean

Moving house in Auckland is a great opportunity to declutter and donate unwanted items. Speak your local Salvation Army to arrange pickup or we can deliver it for you. For all other rubbish and unwanted goods check with Auckland council about booking in a free hard rubbish collection. Recycling furniture and clearing hard rubbish before your house move can save you a lot of time and money.

On a tight moving budget?

Minimize your house moving costs by moving the smaller items yourself and leave the bigger items to us. Quite often people do prefer to move some boxes, clothing and smaller electrical items themselves.

Should I hire my own removal truck?

We have found that for a great many house moves it is actually cheaper to use a reliable Auckland removalist than to hire your own truck. On a weekend in Auckland truck hire can be up to $280 per day not including petrol or the surcharge for kilometres. Also you have the added stress of driving the truck, finding sufficient blankets and straps to protect your furniture, and most importantly finding friends to help you!

Four seasons in one day!

No one can predict Auckland weather but you can always plan ahead for worst case scenario and keeping an eye on weather report. If it’s a cold and wet Auckland day have plenty of packing materials like plastic covers for beds and couches. These can be purchased from any of the reputable Auckland storage company nearby or by ordering it from us on 0800 086 683. We can also bring your order along on your moving day to save on delivery fees. If you’ve got muddy access or unpaved driveways, you can buy drop-sheets from your local Mitre 10 or Bunnings Warehouse for movers to use.

If your Auckland house move is in the middle of summer , stick to 2 simple rules – keep hydrated and don’t forget to slip-slop-slap.

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