How to Get Organized for a Smooth, Easy Move

Whether you’re moving cross-country or just down the block, moving is always a big event that can create a myriad of challenges. Before you pack up the truck and hand over your keys, it’s important to get as organized as possible to ensure that your move is smooth and stress-free. Getting organized and preparing in advance will make moving day a much more pleasant experience. Read on for some tips to help you organize your move so that you’re ready when the big day arrives.

Be Patient and Prepare with Time

Even if you’re excited about your big move, it’s still a stressful journey. Auckland movers make sure that you use the time you have before moving day to your advantage. If you have a specific move date already locked in, you’re already ahead of the game. Use this time wisely and make the most of the fact that you can plan ahead instead of rushing from one home to another. Here are a few ways you can prepare for your move in advance, so everything goes smoothly:

•  Download apps that can help make your move easier. Some examples including Trade me or Facebook Marketplace (for selling items you don’t want to take with you), Neighbourly (so you can connect with your new neighbors), and Sortly (an organizer app that helps you sort out all of your belongings).

•  Create a moving binder and use it to hold items like receipts, estimates, contact information like business cards, and more. This binder will be your go-to throughout the move, and it will make life easier when you can reference everything together in one place.

•  Start a moving checklist now while you have the time. This checklist should include things like dates you need to turn off or transfer utilities, when to reserve the moving truck, and which rooms to start packing and when.

•  Begin decluttering for moving well ahead of time. You can host a yard sale, list items to sell online, or donate furniture and other items you don’t plan to take with you to local charities.

Gather Items You’ll Need for Packing

The sooner you have everything you need to start packing, the easier moving will be. Gather all of your important tools together well ahead of moving day so that you’ll be ready to start packing up your home ASAP. Some crucial items to include for packing are a good pair of scissors, a box cutter, labels or permanent markers, quality packing tape, bubble wrap, and of course – moving boxes. You can start asking friends if they have any boxes to spare or head to your local grocery store. Many stores are happy to give people free moving boxes if you just ask. Make sure you get boxes in various sizes to accommodate large and small items alike.

Start Packing

Once you have everything you need to be gathered together, you can go ahead and start the packing process. The sooner you begin, the faster things will go on moving day. Begin packing up items that aren’t needed immediately, such as décor or winter clothing if you’re moving during the summer. Here are a few helpful packing tips to ensure a smooth, successful move:

•  Don’t pack too much in one box since oversized, full boxes are heavy and cumbersome to move. Instead, pack your items in reasonably sized boxes and limit the amount you pack in each one, so you don’t end up stuffing the boxes and making them too heavy.

•  Begin packing items you don’t need or currently use as soon as possible. Some examples include artwork, collectibles, and clothing that’s out of season. The sooner you can start packing, the faster the move will go later. Keep the items you use frequently out (like medications and bedding) and save packing them for the very last day or closer to moving day.

•  Disassemble furniture you’re not using now and pack the parts up. Wrap table legs in bubble wrap and secure the hardware in a plastic bag. Tape the bag to the underside of the furniture so you’ll have it ready when you arrive at your new home.

Label Everything

It’s easy to get caught up in the moment as you’re packing and forget to label your boxes. Labeling everything is crucial because if you don’t know what’s in each box, you’ll be frustrated and confused when it’s time to unpack. Look for box tags, stickers, or other labels you can affix to each box. A thick permanent marker will also do the job. Pack each box according to each room or each purpose. For example, pack pots and pans in one box and label the box accordingly. Repeat this process for every single box, making it clear what items are inside or which room the items will go in once you arrive at your destination. Use luggage to pack items you’ll need right away, such as chargers, medicine, and changes of clothing.

Making an Inventory

Part of packing for a move should include creating an inventory of your belongings. Number all of your moving boxes and write down the items you’re storing inside each one on a separate piece of paper. This is an easy and effective way to access everything you need once you finally move. When you label and inventory everything in advance, you’ll be able to grab what you need immediately without having to rifle through each individual box.

Packing Fragile Items

Whether it’s your grandmother’s antique vase or a framed work of art, it’s important to pack your fragile items carefully. Wrap larger items with moving blankets to protect them from scratches, dings, and dents. Use lots of bubble wrap around glass, ceramics, and other breakable items. Secure the bubble wrap with packing tape, then place the fragile items inside a cardboard box. Wrap your mattress and box spring with a thick plastic cover to protect it from bedbugs, dirt, and damage.

Take Some Luggage for the First Few Days

Once you have everything packed up in boxes, you might not be able to access certain items easily. To avoid having to dig through your stuff, use luggage to pack up important items that you’ll need for the first few days of your move. The luggage should contain items you will need immediately, like:

•  Prescription medications for yourself, pets, or family members

•  Several changes of clothing (enough to last a few days)

•  A few towels and washcloths

•  Cosmetics and toiletries

•  Pet food, water bowl, and other pet items that will be needed right away

•  Your moving checklist and binder

•  Smartphone charger and other device chargers

•  Cash

•  A few snacks if you’re traveling for your move

Recycle Your Used Boxes

Once you’re settled in and unpacked, don’t just throw your moving boxes in the trash. There are lots of ways you can recycle those used boxes including giving some to a friend or donating them to local organizations that could use them. Some examples of places you can donate your used boxes include Goodwill, local churches, homeless shelters, and libraries. Contact a few different associations near you and ask if they’re in need of boxes so you can recycle them in a helpful way.

Take Care of Your Utilities and Insurance

One of the most important steps to organize your move is to have all of your utilities and insurance set up ahead of time. If you’re moving to a place where the utility companies are the same, contact them and give them a date for transferring your service from one address to the next. Make a list of the utilities you’ll need to have turned on including gas, water, Internet service, and power. If you need to be present for these utilities to be activated, schedule the appointments in advance so you’re available and prepared when the technician arrives. It’s best to try and turn on all utilities the day before you actually move in, so everything is ready and working when you arrive. You’ll also need to call and turn off the utilities at your old place. This step is important since you don’t want to end up with a bill for utilities you aren’t using any longer!

Don’t forget to have all of your insurance set up ahead of time, too. It’s best to have all of your paperwork and insurance coverage in order well ahead of time so that you don’t get into any trouble during your move or run into any issues. If you’re a homeowner, have your insurance company transfer your policy to the new address. If you’re renting, get several quotes for renter’s insurance and start your coverage date on the day your belongings will arrive, so they’re covered in the event of an emergency.

With a few easy organization tips, you can be ready and prepared for moving day. Always pack items you don’t need immediately as far in advance as possible, and label each moving box accordingly. Declutter your home before you move to make the process lighter and stress-free. With the right planning, you can ensure that this major life event goes as smoothly as possible.

Originally posted on Porch.com

Moving Out of Auckland, What you should know.

If you’re planning on moving into or out of Auckland, there is generally A LOT more planning to be done than just your regular move across town, this is where we come in!

When it comes to organising Auckland movers it’s best to ask for someone from the company to view your property first to quote.

The reason being, when we ask how many bedrooms you have and you tell us that you have a 3 bedroom house, we may get there for the inspection and see that you may have 2 lounges, a garage, an office/study, outdoor furniture, a trampoline etc. (This happens often)

We want to be able to give you an accurate quotation as well as the correct truck size to ensure your move is completed in a smooth and timely manner.

With moves traveling outside regions, it’s imperative that we are able to fit everything in 1 load otherwise the quoted price will be drastically different from the end result.

  • Please let us know ahead of time if there are going to be any changes to the itinerary or anything else that could delay the move. Of course, we don’t mind if you have a couch or something you would like picked up on the way but communicating this to our team as soon as you are aware, is very important.
  • If you can afford for our packing team to assist, this would be a great addition to your move. Given that it may be a long journey, it’s best that everything is packed carefully to ensure nothing is damaged on the way to your new home.
  • Sometimes depending on where you are moving to, the roads can be quite rough riding so making sure that everything Is packed nice and tight, to give you peace of mind that your belongings will arrive intact and undamaged. Of course, our drivers strive to be as careful on the roads as possible but to eliminate any risk, we suggest using packing services.
  • If in doubt, arrange insurance for your move. Not many insurance companies cover furniture removals but would be best to check with your home and contents insurance provider to check if they might offer anything, otherwise, there are websites online that you can visit to get a quote.

If you are unsure about anything else before your move, feel free to ask any questions with the Auckland movers you choose.

New trucks – New beginnings

Kia ora tātou / Hello everyone.

We would just like to start by saying that we hope you are all staying safe and looking after yourselves and your families, not only with the situation with Covid-19 but also with Mental Health.  Check in with your loved ones.

On a lighter note, we wanted to announce that we have added a further 2 trucks to our fleet and have appointed more drivers/offsiders. To see our rates with these trucks included, head over to our “Rates” page or our “Home” page for more information.

We have been inundated with quote requests and bookings and we want to encourage you all to keep it going. Now that we have extra trucks and staff, we want to ensure that we can accommodate you in any way possible.

One way that really helps us to grow, is by giving us your feedback and positive comments on our Google Page or Facebook Page and by telling your friends and family about your experience with us.

We are striving to be the Best Movers in Auckland. We can only do this with your help.

Spread the word!

Stress Free Movers

Can I Move House In Alert Level 3?

The answer is yes.

We are still fully operational, as we were last time in Alert Level 3.
Our team will be conducting removals with face masks, and hand sanitizer will be kept in each truck for removals.

We please ask that you adhere to the social distancing guidelines. This is for the safety of not only our movers but you and your families also.

If you or someone in your household is unwell, please let us know and we can reschedule for you at no extra cost, we would rather do this than to have anyone in our team be infected, even if it is just a common cold etc, we can’t take that risk as our movers have young families/elders to go home to.

We want to take this time to say that we understand how stressful it is for everyone right now, and it is scary, not knowing what is going to happen, but we just have to be kind to one another and get through this. We’ve done it once, we can do it again. Hopefully, this is the last time we have to do it.

Once again, thank you to everyone for your understanding and ongoing support, we really appreciate it.

Kia Kaha

– Stress Free Movers (Movers in Auckland)

Top 5 Things To Consider Before Moving House

Hello everyone,

Hope you’re all staying warm during the colder weather we are enduring at the moment.

Just something to mention, even though it isn’t the best weather to be moving house, we still have you covered as we supply blankets for the furniture etc to ensure nothing gets wet during the move.

I just wanted to take the time to share some handy tips with you in hopes that your next move will be without any extra stress, as we all know how stressful moving can be.

Once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll start to know what steps you need to take in order to have everything ready by the time “Moving Day” comes along, but in case you haven’t had to organise moving before, here are a few helpful tips to get you through.

  • Check that the company you’re looking at choosing has good reviews. This is a good way to tell if they are essentially a service that you would recommend – Google Reviews can’t be deleted, therefore it is open for anyone to see. Most companies will have had a bad review or 2, but if there are several, it might pay to keep looking as it’s a good insight into that company.
  • Insurance – Unfortunately not many Furniture Movers in Auckland offer their services with Contents Insurance included. They may have Public Liability Insurance but this only covers eg. If the movers were involved in a traffic accident, then your contents would be covered. The best advice would be to check in with your House & Contents Insurance provider, firstly, to inform them that you will be moving properties but also to inquire as to whether your cover includes moving house. Otherwise, there are a few companies that specialise solely in house removal insurance. Generally, most people aren’t concerned about it as finding reliable furniture movers is a big part, but if you aren’t wanting to take that risk, ask your movers who they would recommend for Removals Insurance for that peace of mind.
  • Decluttering your home – This will be a money and space saver. We can also offer this service when you move with us. You could do this by giving some away to the Salvation Army, friends or family, or even posting on Trademe or other market pages so you could also be making some money back. It just means that when you move into your new house, if you have gotten rid of everything you don’t want to take with you, then you’ll have more space in the house, less unpacking to do, less to worry about.
  • Packing – If you don’t have a tight budget for your move, it might be worthwhile to get your movers to do it for you. They can provide packing materials including packing paper for all your fragile pieces. This way, you can focus on other aspects of your move. Some furniture movers will unpack for you as well, taking a lot of stress off your shoulders. If you decide you want to pack everything yourself, this will definitely save you money. The better you pack everything before the move, the easier it will be when unpacking and if you have as much of your items in boxes as possible, it will take less time for moving. We can offer you affordable packing material with our eco box rental or we have cardboard boxes for sale. If you are wanting to save money on packing materials, you could drop into your local supermarket to see if they have any available.
  • Make a checklist – List everything you need to complete before moving. This way you can work through it without procrastinating. This way you could also get friends or family to help if they know what you need to get done.

Just following these steps will be a total game-changer for when you move house.

If you have any other tips you would like us to add to our blog/website, let us know and we will come up with some more info for you all.

– Stress Free Movers

Keep Moving

So, we are week 2 of Alert Level 3, in the midst of Covid-19.

First of all, I just want to mention how great it is to be back and also how thankful we are to have received such positive feedback from our customers who we have been able to move since the commencement of level 3. Your support has meant a lot to us through these hard times, as we know there have been many businesses that sadly, have had to close their doors. So we are very grateful that we have been able to stay afloat during the lock down and are now back in business.

We have been very fortunate to have such an awesome team of movers in Auckland behind us who have worked tirelessly in the days before the Level 4 Lockdown and in the days since Level 3. We have had some new additions to our moving team as well as a new member of our admin staff to keep up with the influx of inquiries. We have been carrying out these jobs with the mindset of knowing that the numbers of new cases of Covid-19 are low, but we can’t be complacent.

We, as a team, are ensuring that while we are on the job, we are using hand sanitiser regularly, wearing gloves and face masks, as well as keeping our distance from our customers. Not only for the safety of our customers, but the safety of our team also, as they have families to go home to at the end of the day and we need to keep them safe.

Our storage units have been operational for a little while now and have been proving to be a great success as they can be moved around the warehouse ensuring an easier transition for moving in new items as we can place the unit right at the door for easy loading and unloading.

Moving forward, we just wanted to keep you all updated on how things are progressing. With our fantastic team, your support and by spreading the word about the “Auckland Movers that take the stress out of moving”, we can do anything. Our aim is to become Auckland’s Top Movers and with your continued support and our quality service, we know we can achieve this.

Covid-19 update

To our Awesome Customers,

As you are all aware by now, we are currently are in the midst of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Firstly, we hope that you are all safe and well. It’s very easy to become complacent as the days go by but its important that we all stay home, stay strong, stay safe and look out for each other, especially our essential workers who are doing a fantastic job to ensure we can all survive.

I would just like to mention that we are still available for you all to make bookings. Although, at this time we are unsure as to when this lockdown will be lifted, we currently have pending removals that we were unable to complete prior to lockdown so they will be first priority for when we are back up and running.

Please contact us as early as possible if you require our services after the lockdown, so we can save a slot for you as these will fill up fast.

Once the lockdown is lifted we will contact our customers to book the slots accordingly.

On another note, we have some exciting news!

Our Storage Facilities are ready for action! Despite not being able to operate, it has given us time to set up our storage units.

We have transitional storage available, which is just another service we now offer to make your move even easier! We do it all for you.

We PACK. We MOVE. We STORE and We DELIVER…….without having to lift a finger.

To find out more either scroll down our ‘Home Page’ or flick us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Although, we are all going through difficult times at the moment, this is temporary and we will all rise from this.

Do the things you never have time to do!!!

Kia Kaha

RJ & the team…….

MORE STORAGES ARE COMING!!!

To our loyal customers, My team and I (RJ, the director) would like to take the opportunity to say “thank you” to those of you that have helped and supported us throughout 2019 because without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today, which is the reason we are sending you this newsletter.

You may not know this but we were nominated as one of the Top 5 Removal Companies in Auckland! This is an amazing achievement but we could not have accomplished this if not for the great feedback as well as your recommendations to others.

New things are headed our way in 2020 and we wanted to keep you guys in the loop. On that note, we are pleased to announce that we are in the process of expanding! We have signed the new lease for the warehouse we have chosen for the new face of Stress Free Movers and we are in the process of preparing and planning the new storage units. We will have plenty available so if you would like to reserve one for yourself, please get in quick as we feel these will fill up fast!

Watch this space for more updates coming soon! Thanks again for your on-going support and we look forward to this next venture with you.