Declutter Help in Auckland

Are you about to move and need a hand to declutter? Are you finding it hard to make a decision of what to keep, what to discard and what to donate?

We have all, to some extent become the ultimate consumer… far too many of the same items floating around our homes – do we really need them?

Lisa has been in the home-staging industry for 9 years and has seen a real need for clients to declutter prior to moving.

“Too often I see people packing up items, only to discard them in their new homes because of lack of storage – or realise through their moving experience they just don’t have any purpose anymore. We have all witnessed the boxes in the garage a year later – still not attended to!”

By making the hard decisions of what you really need to keep, and downsizing before you move, you can save time and money and stress.

With good, practical, kind advice – and either advisory or a hands on “get stuck in approach” – whether it be furniture/homewares or personal items, Lisa at The Final Touch can help you through the process.

I have had many clients tell me how liberating it feels to finally down-size, let go and start afresh!

Buy Less, choose well – make it last! (Dame Vivienne Westwood) 

Contact:  Lisa – Final Touch 

ginod@xtra.co.nz

Ph: 021 275 5860 

7 Home Staging Tips to Increase Your Home’s Marketability

You’ve decided to move, and now need to sell your home? The length of time it takes to sell, and the amount of money you sell for, will vary based on many factors; including location, pricing strategy, size, the state of the property market, and the presentation and appearance of your home. While some of these factors are outside your control, you can control how it looks and broaden its appeal through using home staging techniques.

 

Home staging is a marketing technique used by homeowners to increase the desirability of their home to buyers. Rather than renovating a home, it requires you to highlight the areas which would be most appealing to buyers.

 

As Auckland furniture movers, we meet many homeowners who have used home staging successfully when selling their property. Today we’re going to share seven home staging tips we believe played a large role in our clients’ successes.

Your home is your castle, and all the decisions you’ve made regarding its décor and furnishings were to your preferences. When selling a home though, you want to make it appealing to a wide audience and not just to yourself. This requires you to highlight the positives, and make the negatives more appealing. This can be done through home staging – here are seven tips to get you started:

 

  1. Declutter – there’s nothing worse than seeing hundreds of books, ornaments or pictures in a home you are interested in purchasing. While you may enjoy seeing them, buyers do not, as they like to be able to visualise their own belongings.
  2. Put extra furniture and belongings into storage. Like with decluttering, removing and storing excess furniture helps to make your rooms look larger and more appealing. The Smooth Mover can help you with your declutter process, by packing, moving and storing your excess items. Our North Shore self-storage units are perfect for keeping your excess items while your home is on the market.
  3. Remove personal items – put away toiletries, photos, certificates and artwork belonging to you and your family members.
  4. Use neutral décor – you may love bright colours, but not everyone does. A splash of colour in rugs and cushions is fine, but keep your walls, floors and drapes in neutral colours if you can.
  5. Keep things clean and tidy – remove all mould and mildew. Put items away in cupboards or drawers and make sure there are no noticeable odours which buyers will find off-putting.
  6. Don’t forget the outdoor areas – keep the lawns mowed, trees pruned, weeds and rubbish removed and add a few coloured flowers or shrubs to improve the appearance of your garden area.
  7. Remember your furniture – if your furniture isn’t something you are proud of, consider borrowing or hiring some to display in your home while it is on the market. A few nice pieces can set off a room, portraying the type of lifestyle a buyer is wanting to see in their new home. The Smooth Mover works with and recommends Distinctive Homestaging (www.distinctivehomestaging.co.nz) who can help you present your home for sale within Auckland.

 

When your home is sold and it’s time to shift, we’re here to help! Available for relocations within the Auckland area, the Hauraki Gulf, or anywhere in the North Island, our furniture removal and storage services cannot be beaten! Get in touch with our friendly team today for a free quote regarding your upcoming move.

Two forces combine

Master-Movers

We are pleased to announce the merging with Master Movers – another reputable furniture moving business, which was started by Falk Mohr in 2010.

The joining of the two businesses increases our team size and general ability to service your packing, moving and storage needs.

Falk and his team are now proudly wearing Smooth Mover colours. Falk will be primarily office based in an operations role, working alongside Gavan and supported by Erika.

We are Expanding

We’ve been busy recently making a few additions and improvements at our office and storage facility. We’ve added eight 20 foot shipping containers (accessible 24/7) to our site, boosting our storage capacity from 64 up to 72 storage units.

 

We offer a range of unit sizes and are happy to offer you accessible storage solutions for either residential or commercial contents – whether short or long term.

And we’ve just added an extra bathroom for both staff and clients’ use, significantly enhancing the functionality of the building.

We are fortunate to have premises offering great accessibility, plenty of space, parking and options for the future.

Contact us today to book your next move 🙂

Trampolines are Great Fun

Trampolines are Great Fun

Sure, trampolines are great fun for kids and adults alike. But they can be a real challenge on moving day!

The sheer size and shape of them often mean they will not fit in a furniture moving truck. And if they do, will often require a dedicated load between addresses (maybe with outdoor furniture and BBQ thrown in).

Trampolines are Great Fun

 

They will often therefore require full disassembly – especially if it’s important to fit everything in a single load – as is usually the case in moves involving settlement and specific timings around getting keys and access.

It can be a time consuming process to pull apart and then reassemble at the new property. To ensure a speedy and efficient move, we would highly recommend (where possible) that trampolines are disassembled prior to the movers’ arrival. If not, we need to know about them in advance – so we can schedule time and truck size accordingly.

Springfree Trampolines do offer a service of disassembling, moving and reassembling their tramps. Please see www.springfreetrampoline.co.nz/relocation-services

We would also recommend you think about the need to take your trampoline with you. Will you have sufficient space at your new property? Do your kids still use it? If not, it may be sensible to list it on Trade Me (with the buyer responsible for removing it ahead of your move date). Or see if the new people moving in might want it?

Occasionally our clients move very close by – so we can take the tramp for a little walk. But only if it’s safe with regards to traffic, overhead obstructions, etc. And only if it can safely be gotten out from your current property and back into your new property in one piece!

Contact us today to book your next move and let us know if you have a trampoline!

Trampolines are Great Fun

New Storage Options

New Storage Options

We’re pleased to be underway with a site development project at our main premises (11 Tarndale Grove, Albany) in order to provide new storage options and parking to our premises. We have just received Auckland Council consent to add a new vehicle crossing (driveway entrance) and increase our yard space. So we’ll soon have additional parking and space for up to eight 20 foot shipping containers for clients’ short term or long term storage.

new storage options

 

It unfortunately means making significant alterations to the shiny fence we added only in 2015!

But the addition of shipping container storage units will add to our 64 permanent units housed within our main warehouse. High security will be maintained, with high definition CCTV and monitored security systems in place.

We have a range of unit sizes from 25 cubic metres up to 43 cubic metres, and can also accommodate smaller space requirements. All of our units have furniture blankets in them, to keep your possessions protected whilst stored.

And our friendly team are of course happy to assist you with your moving needs in or out of storage. Call us on 0800 36 36 10, submit an enquiry online or email us direct.

new storage options

Jono & Ben Show

Jono & Ben Show – How much is a clutch worth???

When we received a call from the producer of TV3’s popular Jono & Ben show requesting use of a truck for a new “Got a Trade” segment, we wondered what could go wrong? As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad publicity!

So Tim left the office and met the production team in a deserted carpark in Albany at the requested time. A slalom course was set up, the objective being to drive between the cones, miss pedestrians, and stop as close to the egg as possible.

jono & ben show

Tim went first, and did an admirable job. Followed by Ben, who wasn’t bad, really! Jono then went third, and definitely came last! His inability to handle the truck was impressive. He showed reckless disregard for said pedestrians. There were some nervous moments as he left the course and failed to stop where required.

But all finished well, and the truck was still intact. Ready for the next smooth move!

To see the full episode, check out the TV3 site www.3now.co.nz/shows/jono-and-ben/118499

Moving House During NZ Winter

Moving House During NZ Winter

Moving house during New Zealand winter.  It can be a lot of people’s worst nightmare… apart from the packing and organising needed.  Actually moving house in winter time is a thought many people would dread. Wind, rain, limited daylight and cold weather conditions make the moving process more difficult, and sometimes dangerous. But by following certain strategies, problems can be averted.

Book a professional removals company

Employing professional movers will not only take some of the work off your already busy plate, but will also help reduce the impact of bad weather. The Smooth Mover staff are trained to handle bad weather situations and will come well prepared for your move. They are trained to lift and carry things properly in slippery or wet conditions. They will take practical steps to ensure your belongings are protected from the elements as best as able.  They will (where appropriate and safe to do so) put floor protectors down to minimise mess at both properties. They will pack and load the moving truck quickly and professionally, saving you the discomfort and work of yourself traipsing to and fro in the cold.

Book Early

The Smooth Mover is busy, so it pays to book early to avoid disappointment. Fridays and Saturdays tend to fill particularly early (Fridays being the most common day for settlement transactions). Extra demand on these days means that we can get booked up very early. But regardless of day of the week, we advise booking your carrier as early as able. Providing as much information as possible about your move requirements (quantity, access and timings) ensures correct scheduling and estimates of time needed to complete your move safely.

Be ready for the weather

Bad weather has the potential to delay your move, through extra traffic on the roads (and the inevitable accidents that slow Auckland to a grind).  Moves scheduled prior to your own taking longer than they otherwise would in dry conditions. If the weather does delay your move, communication is key – The Smooth Mover will keep you fully informed.  You can in turn do the same with the other parties involved. Do make sure you have correct contact details of important people at hand, such as your solicitor and estate agent. Check your weather for today with the Metservice

Get extra help

If you’re really pushed for time and want to get settled as quickly as possible then you might want to consider using the extra services on offer – getting help with both packing & unpacking will ease your work and stress levels (see www.movingnz.co.nz). Also ask friends and family to assist if able to get you settled quickly.

Boxes and labelling

It is especially important in winter to use quality boxes which will withstand a few spots of rain, without collapsing, or damaging the contents. And don’t forget to label your boxes carefully before the move, especially mark those essential items that you will need first. Make sure the ‘room of destination’ (eg. Kitchen or Master Bedroom) is clearly labelled on each box. Speak to your carrier about supplying quality boxes. The Smooth Mover sells both new and used boxes, with a buy-back system in place.

Talk to your vendors about heating

Consider speaking to the previous occupants of your new home about the heating and how to operate it.  This will let you quickly get your new home warm for comfort and safety. Surely nothing is worse than spending the first night in your new home freezing cold!

More information below

Moving House During NZ Winter

Pack an Essentials Box

Always pack an essentials box with the weather in mind… in winter, a kettle, tea, coffee, soup and mugs are top of the list.  Don’t forget some snacks to keep your energy up too. And make sure you keep warm clothes accessible. If you can’t get someone to watch the children for the day, then remember to pack toys and books in your essentials box to keep them entertained. Keep a bag packed ready in your car with a fresh, warm change of clothes, some towels and toiletries.

Think about your floors

Moving furniture and boxes out and back in at your new property in winter brings a risk of dirtying your flooring. Winter weather means wet and dirtied shoes coming repeatedly into your home. Make sure you inform your carrier on the type of floors you have at your new home. This will enable us to create an appropriate plan, including floor protection where practical. Wet laminate, tiled or polished floors can be a real health and safety risk. Extreme caution needs to be taken to avoid slips and falls that could hurt people or damage your furniture.

Driveway access

The Smooth Mover will always endeavour to supply the most appropriate sized truck(s) for your move requirements.  Contemplating both the quantity to be moved, but also ability to get into driveways and park in close proximity to entrance points. It is sometimes inevitable for the moving men to walk up wet, slippery paths, and sometimes across wet grass. If your driveway is mossy and slippery, consider having it water-blasted prior to moving.  This will make it safer for everyone to get in and out, but also enhance the look of your home prior to selling and/or moving out.

Furniture Removal for Home Staging

At The Smooth Mover we are able to assist you with any furniture removal for home staging or decluttering when you are preparing to sell your home.  We can also provide temporary storage of your items whilst your home is for sale.  Contact us to find out more about how we can help you.

The Smooth Mover work closely with Distinctive Furniture Solutions who provide professional home staging services.

Here are their comments on how important the presentation of a home is, for that all important sale.

“When people view a house, first impressions are vital in the decision-making process. After those first few seconds, as they tour the house, they are looking to confirm that first impression. Great home-staging captures the buyers imagination and our role is to present your property at its best to potential buyers. Our goal is to maximise your home’s value and sales potential.

Statistics show that home staging can reduce the time your property is on the market, as well as increasing its value. Our team works within your budget to create the desired effect – one that sells your home, fast.

Whether a classic villa, a beach front home, apartment or family home, Distinctive Furniture can provide a unique look to each individual property, personally tailored to meet your requirements and to create a lasting impression.

Contact Distinctive Furniture Solutions to maximize your home sales potential.

Furniture Removal for Home Staging