Millwaters Choice for Furniture Removals

With such nice customers we seriously don’t mind being Millwaters choice for furniture removals.  One of our wonderful clients in Millwater has forwarded us a screenshot of the Millwater Families groups’ page.  Makes for interesting reading… seemingly we’re doing a good job!

Thank you

We would like to thank everyone for their business to date, kind words and hope we can help you for any future removals.

For any new customers thinking of moving to Millwater or within Millwater please contact us on 0800 363610 or via our contact page or email.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Millwaters Choice for Furniture Removals

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Moving in Winter

Moving in Winter

Now that we are moving toward winter, high winds and rain are becoming the norm, we thought it was a good idea to run through some tips for moving in winter.

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Have a read of the tips below, if you have some useful ideas that have worked for you in the past please feel free to pass them on, email us office@thesmoothmover.co.nz

Keep Track of Weather Reports

Be sure to check out the weather forecast for your up coming move.  The Metservice provides great information on rain levels, wind and temperate.  You are also able to check out the weather 10 days in advance.

Protect your Belongings

Whether it is raining or sunny make sure that you have used quality boxes, poor quality boxes can crush under the weight of other boxes stacked on top of them or start to crumple with a sprinkle of rain .  The Smooth Movers box range are double walled, which provide you with a lot more durability.

Seal all boxes up with tape, folding the top of the boxes is just not enough to guard against the weather, the boxes also can’t be stacked effectively (rain or shine) in the truck taking up valuable space for the rest of your household items.

Schedules

Schedules can be delayed due to gales or rain.  Its better for the truck to be slower so that it, the movers and your belongings arrive safe and sound.

Protect your Home

Protect your home with old carpets or towels, move all the manageable items into one or two rooms closest to the door, this prevents water being tracked inside.  Consider using old sheets at the entrance especially if you have tiles or wooden floors, this will prevent them becoming slippery, making it a safer move for all.

The Essentials Moving List

The Essentials Moving List

Hi all, here are some more helpful hints for the big move day – the essentials moving list will ensure that you have the necessities at hand to make your move day and first night in your new home a little more easy.

  • Pack an overnight bag for you and/or your family – include pajamas, toiletries, toilet paper, change of clothes, bath towels.
  • Pack a last minute box which can include kettle, tea, coffee, water, snacks and lunch for the move day. Consider what you will be having for dinner that night and breakfast in the morning.  Cups, plates and utensils, just enough for one each per person is enough.
  • You will also need a box cutter handy if you want to access your boxes, inventory list if you have completed one.
  • Keep your cleaning kit and vacuum handy.
  • If you feel tired by the end of the day make sure that the beds have been assembled, we can help you with this if required.  Make them sooner rather than later at least you have somewhere comfortable to sleep that night.
  • On waking up on your move day you may want to fold all your bedding into the bottom sheet, transport in your car so that you can just lay out onto your bed (no need to go hunting through boxes to find your sheets!)
  • Organise a sitter or family to look after the kids and/or pets on move day.

The Essentials Moving List

  • Read and record your water & power meters at both addresses.
  • When you arrive at your new house make sure that the hot water cylinder is on, there is nothing worse than hopping in the shower at the end of a long day to find no hot water.
  • Seal any immediate boxes that you may require over the next few days with a coloured tape so they are easily found.

If anyone else has some handy ideas or can tell us what works for them please email your suggestions.

You may like to ready more tips for your move day here.

Storage Packing Tips

Hi all, here are some great storage packing tips if you are planning on storing your household items, these tips will maximise your space and prevent damage to your belongings.

A lot of these tips are used by the Smooth Mover as standard practices and also from personal experience of storing household items.

  • Make sure that all your white linen, clothes etc are washed before storing.  After a period of time any trace of sweat or grease will turn your whites yellow.
  • Use sturdy boxes so they can be stacked on top of each to maximise the height of the storage unit.
  • If you are storing wine, check out storage facilities that offer climate control.
  • Make sure that you number all your boxes and keep an inventory of what is in those boxes, you may need to find something whilst everything is in storage. When you move to your new place an inventory will help in telling our guys where each box needs to go.
  • Don’t cover furniture with plastic, this can lead to condensation and mildew issues.
  • Remove petrol from lawnmowers and clean all your garden implements.
  • If able pack all your electronic equipment such as computers, tv, stereo’s in their original packing.
  • Roll your rugs rather than fold, folding may cause permanent damage to the pile.
  • You can not store food, pot plans and hazardous materials in storage lockers for obvious reasons.
  • Hazardous materials include: Gas bottles, paint thinners, petrol and cleaning fluids.
  • Leave your fridge doors open, if closed you will have mold issues.
  • Disassemble furniture to save space.

    Above all remember “If it fits in a box, put it in a box”

If you are stuck on where to start for your storage needs please contact us via our website or phone 09 415 4222 for our unit sizes and prices.

Apartment Moving

APARTMENT MOVING

Apartment moving certainly has its own set of challenges. The overall moving logistics are a lot more technical than moving into a plain ground level townhouse, you have a lot more to think about such as elevators, stairwells, access to apartment building for your removal truck and so forth.

Here are some helpful tips to help you and The Smooth Mover, to complete a seamless transition to your new home.

Access into the Apartment

  • Make sure that you talk with the apartment manager about how other moves have gone in the past.  What have others done?
  • Find out whether there is a service elevator in the building rather than just the resident elevators, sometimes these elevators are larger and can take more weight.
  • Book an elevator key – this will ensure a faster load and unload time.

Measure

  • Make sure that your furniture will fit, measure any existing furniture and visit your new apartment, measuring things such as the elevator door opening, corridors, apartment door etc.  Take note of any stair or tight corridor corners that may cause a problem – photograph if need be.
  • If you are downsizing to an apartment you will either have to be ruthless when packing, gift or donate away items that you really just don’t need anymore.  Alternatively organise for a storage unit until you have time to sort out.  Advise us if you plan to do this so we can book a 2nd drop off location for your current booking.
  • If you are buying furniture, consider going with styles that can be disassembled and reassemble each time you move.  Our guys can help you with this on the day.

Parking

  • Again talk with the apartment manager, as to the standard protocol for moving trucks.
  • If underground parking is available, make sure you advise us as to Maximum height allowed, so that we can allocate the correct truck on your move day.

Above all make sure you pass on all this information to us prior to your move date, this will ensure a SMOOTH! move on the day. (you are welcome to email photos of anything you may think will become a problem) or contact us to make a booking 0800 36 36 10 or office@thesmoothmover.co.nz

Apartment Moving

The Third Man – Furniture Removals

Are you trying to decide how many men you require for your move? while still keeping to your budget?  Our advice is don’t forget about The Third Man, sometimes he can get quite lonely.

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Yes, we can all agree that our two man rate is lower than our three man rate, but is two always better than three when you are trying to save some $$?

The truth is that three men working on your household or office removal can get your move completed 50% faster than with two men (or put another way you will have less overall hours than you would with two men).

It’s all in the co-ordination of the loading and unloading, fitting the furniture in like a giant jenga puzzle so that nothing moves or gets damaged during a trip and the basic truth is that three men can get this task done more efficiently than two.  The extra man power is also great for those difficult or heavy items so they can manage more safely and efficiently.

The Smooth Mover are able to provide you with a recommendation of how many men you may require and allocate these men to your move based on the information that you provide to us.  So please don’t under report how big your move really is, think about the third man, he is always there ready to help and in the end will reduce the overall cost of your move!.

To obtain a quote please contact The Smooth Mover on 0800363610 or submit an enquiry through our contact form, alternatively email us office@thesmoothmover.co.nz

Packing Tips – Moving House

Packing Tips – Moving House

Our packing tips – moving house can save you hours in preparing your household items for your upcoming move.  We will be adding to this list regularly so stay posted!

  • Use good quality, strong boxes which can be stacked without crushing.  Stationery shops sell boxes, but he quality is typically poor, with a ‘single wall’ which easily collapse.  We can sell you good quality boxes and other materials, we also offer a buy back scheme once you are finished.
  • Be wary of boxes obtained from the supermarket – they are typically not very strong, and of varying sizes (which makes packing the truck more difficult and can take more time)  Having said that, banana boxes are great – very strong, and with a lid can be stacked easily.
  • Make sure your boxes are not too heavy (should be readily lifted by one man). Pack books and heavy items in small boxes, and linen and lighter items in larger boxes.

Packing Tips - Moving House

 

  • Always tape boxes closed bottom and top.  Never ‘criss-cross’ boxes – especially on the bottom!
  • Pack heavier items on the bottom of boxes
  • Fill boxes, but without over-filling/bulging.  Space left in boxes allows movement of contents and possible resulting damage.
  • Wrap all fragile items in paper.  Butchers paper (unprinted newspaper) is ideal as newspaper ink can mark/stain your possessions.  You are able to purchase this from us if required.
  • Make sure all boxes can closed properly and are sealed so the tops are flat.  If you over-pack a box, you risk damaging your own property.
  • Label all boxes with a permanent marker pen.  Labels should include the room in which you want the box to end up, and a rough description of contents (including Fragile, if relevant)  for example:  Kitchen / crockery & plastics / Fragile, or Master bedroom / clothing.
  • If using second hand boxes, ensure all previous labels are clearly crossed out to avoid confusion.
  • Liquids (bottles/jars etc) must be kept upright – and clearly labelled with arrows upwards and “This End Up”
  • Keep clothing in dresser drawers.  Remove any fragile or heavy items
  • Linen/clothing can be packed in STRONG rubbish bags
  • We recommend boxing computer and stereo equipment, consider taking your monitor with you in the front seat of your car.
  • Organise a chilly bin for your fridge items on the day of the move.
  • Start packing early.  Its a lengthy process.   The more prepared you are, the quicker and more efficient your move will be – ultimately saving you money!

Tips for Moving House in the Rain

Tips for Moving House in the Rain

Now that we are moving toward winter and high winds and rain are becoming the norm, we thought it was a good idea to run through some tips for moving house in the rain or blustery wind, fingers crossed not both at once!

moving_in_the_rain

Have a read of the tips below, if you have some useful ideas that have worked for you in the past please feel free to pass them on, email us office@thesmoothmover.co.nz

Keep Track of Weather Reports

Be sure to check out the weather forecast for your up coming move.  The Metservice provides great information on rain levels, wind and temperate.  You are also able to check out the weather 10 days in advance.

Protect your Belongings

Whether it is raining or sunny make sure that you have used quality boxes, poor quality boxes can crush under the weight of other boxes stacked on top of them or start to crumple with a sprinkle of rain .  The Smooth Movers box range are double walled, which provide you with a lot more durability.

Seal all boxes up with tape, folding the top of the boxes is just not enough to guard against the weather, the boxes also can’t be stacked effectively (rain or shine) in the truck taking up valuable space for the rest of your household items.

Schedules

Schedules can be delayed due to gales or rain.  Its better for the truck to be slower so that it, the movers and your belongings arrive safe and sound.

Protect your Home

Protect your home with old carpets or towels, move all the manageable items into one or two rooms closest to the door, this prevents water being tracked inside.  Consider using old sheets at the entrance especially if you have tiles or wooden floors, this will prevent them becoming slippery, making it a safer move for all.

 

Furniture Removal Truck – Auckland

New Furniture Removal Truck – Auckland

Our first 29cbm new build truck ‘Huey’ is just about ready to roll. The second 38cbm truck ‘Dewey’ is around three weeks away, joining our existing 38cbm truck ‘Louie’. And rounding out the fleet is our trusty 18cbm truck, which is well suited to Auckland’s super tight driveways.

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New Furniture Moving Truck – Auckland

All of us here at The Smooth Mover are very excited, Build number one of the new furniture moving truck – Auckland is well underway. 30 cubic metre box structure complete, and Zepro two tonne tail lift about to be added. The sides are now on with the truck heading off to the sign writers tomorrow, which means it will be hitting the Auckland streets soon!

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Build Number Two

Our build number two will be ready early May and will be another 38 cubic truck to handle or help even the largest of home moves.  To make a booking with The Smooth Mover and perhaps one of these nice shiny new trucks call us on 0800363610 or email at office@thesmoothmover.co.nz, alternatively fill out our contact form.