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

 

 

How To Get Ready To Sell Your Home

Are you thinking of selling your home? Every seller wants their home to sell fast and achieve top dollar.  Trish Leddy from Harcourts Cooper & Co has kindly offered some tips on how to get ready to sell your home.

7 ways on how to get ready to sell your home and make your home more attractive to buyers

Purchasing a home is both a financial and emotional decision so the look and feel of your home will be an important factor in attracting interested buyers.

Here are Trish’s top tips for helping you prepare your home for the market:

1. First impressions count

What will people see the first time they walk up to your house? Make sure your property has ‘curbside appeal’ with a well-maintained fence, driveway, letterbox, front door, lawns, hedging, and exterior. Outdoor living is a big selling point so make your outdoor space inviting.

2. Declutter

Remove clutter from your home and put it in storage. This includes oversized or too much furniture, large bench top appliances, and personal items like photographs, CDs, books and magazines. This will make your home appear bigger and allow buyers to picture themselves in the space.

The Smooth Mover will be able to help with your declutter move to storage. If their units are too large they are happy to recommend and move you to one of the more reputable storage facilities that offer smaller units.

3. The personal touch

Your house should feel like a home. Once you’ve decluttered, a few personal touches such as flowers, a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter, and a pot plant here and there will do wonders to help buyers feel like your property could be their dream home.

4. Freshen up your walls with a coat of paint

Use a neutral, light shade to make your home appear more spacious. This also gives prospective buyers a blank canvas to visualise what they would do with a room. Don’t forget to paint or varnish the doors too.

5. Make your home sparkle

Clean every room in your home, including the windows inside and out. In particular, ensure your bathroom sparkles, remove any mould and replace your shower curtain. While you’re cleaning, you should eliminate the source of any unpleasant odours inside and outside your home. A bad smell will quickly turn off prospective buyers.

How to Get Ready to Sell Your Home

6. Do necessary repairs

Buyers don’t want to spend their time or money doing repairs to a home they’ve just bought. You can remove that barrier by fixing anything off its hinges, replacing broken tiles, repairing holes in walls etc. Replace threadbare carpet and ensure wooden floors are well maintained. Give your home some TLC so that buyers know that it’s been well looked after.

7. Brighten your home

Aim for soft lighting throughout the home and bright light in the kitchen and bathroom. Use lamps to brighten dark corners. If you have old curtains or blinds, take them down and replace them with basic cotton or linen ones and make sure they are tied back to make the most of any natural light. Make sure you replace burnt out light bulbs.

It may sound like a lot of work, but doing these simple things, can really pay dividends by helping you to attract interested buyers. Remember, you’re not just selling a property but a potential new lifestyle for the homeowner so put yourself in their shoes when preparing your home.

If you require any help with your declutter move please contact us The Smooth Mover on 0800 36 36 10 email office@thesmoothmover.co.nz or Trish Leddy if you need help selling your property on 027 275 4090 email trish.leddy@harcourts.co.nz
Trish Leddy Harcourts Cooper & Co

Moving Boxes

Don’t underestimate the humble cardboard moving boxes.

Suitable packing into sturdy moving boxes will not only help ensure your household effects reach their new location undamaged, but will also help ensure your move is completed efficiently – thus saving time completing the move, and ultimately saving you money!

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Cardboard moving boxes can be sourced from lots of places. Do be mindful though of using single walled boxes (which have only a single layer of corrugation). These are flimsy, and will not withstand being stacked without crushing. Boxes should have a double wall (a twin layer of corrugation) for strength. Boxes from the supermarket are generally not suitable – they do not have strength, and are of mixed and varying sizes, making the job of loading into the truck more difficult. With the exception of banana boxes… these are great, with good strength and carry handles. Just ensure they have a lid, and have nothing protruding through the top.

When packing standard removal boxes, ensure you tape both the bottom and top closed. Don’t overfill boxes to bulging – this weakens the box and will lead to damage of the contents.

The Smooth Mover sells either new or used quality boxes (plus wrapping paper, tape & transit/bubble wrap), and we offer to buy boxes back for a 30% refund once you’ve moved and unpacked! This means you get some money back, and we’re able to put them to reuse.

You’re very welcome to collect from us in Albany. Or we may be able to deliver to you for no extra charge (subject to minimum order quantity and location).

Feel free to drop into our storage facility at 11 Tarndale Grove, Albany at any time during our normal opening hours of 8.30am till 5pm Monday to Friday, or 8.30am till 1pm on Saturday. We have EFTPOS available onsite, or can simply add boxes and other materials to your moving bill (if you’re booked to move with us).

To make it more efficient you are welcome to call and place an order so we can have the moving boxes ready and waiting when you arrive.

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When to Book your Furniture Removal

Below are some useful tips for when to book your furniture removal with The Smooth Mover.

BOOKING YOUR FURNITURE REMOVAL

Contact us, as soon as you have a settlement, rental move or new build completion date.  You are welcome to contact us before this for our rates.

If you are planning a move around a public holiday make sure you get in quick! as the week prior to or following a long weekend tend to get booked up pretty fast.

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are high demand days for the moving industry, so book well in advance if you require one of these days.

If you do have a choice of moving dates, or you haven’t yet set a date for your settlement move, opt for a Monday to Wednesday.  The Smooth Mover offers discounted rates for these days.  It will also be easier to get your move booked.

If you have a last minute move, please check with us, on occasion we do have clients postpone their moves so spaces do come available at short notice.

ESTIMATING THE QUANTITY OF YOUR FURNITURE REMOVAL

In most cases your move will be before or after another move (unless your move requires a whole day).  When booking please tell us as much about your move as you can, such as

  • Indicative quantity of goods to be moved (if you are moving house, the number of bedrooms, lounges, study, rumpus is a good indicator). Don’t forget garage, extra storage areas and outdoor items.
  • Any special/difficult items (eg. piano, side-by-side fridge, trampoline, antiques, spa, lots of pot plants).
  • Access difficulties at either property (are there are lots of stairs involved, a lengthy walk from the property to the truck parking space, or is there a particularly steep, narrow or winding driveway?)

Informing us of these things in advance will ensure we are fully prepared for your move, and schedule sufficient time to complete your move without delaying our subsequent customers.

Special items that require movingDURATION OF A FURNITURE REMOVAL

There are many variables that can affect the time it takes to move your home.

  • Level of preparedness – the more prepared you the are the faster the whole move will be.
  • Weather – wet weather can slow a move, care of your items and our staff are paramount.
  • Access conditions – difficult access can add time to the move especially if the items need to be walked a distance to the truck.
  • Number of Men – different sized homes require different number of men.  Read more about our Third Man.

 

Removal and Storage Options

The Smooth Mover is expanding! We are proud to offer both a Removal and Storage Options to our customers from the 1st August 2015.  We will be moving to our new premises at 11 Tarndale Grove, Albany, taking over and maintaining the good work currently being done by Safe T Storage.

The warehouse contains purpose built storage units that come in 3 sizes.

25cbm    2.4 x 4.5m suitable for a 2brm home or flat
33cbm    2.4 x 6.0m suitable for a 2/3 brm home
42cbm    2.4 x 7.5m suitable for 3brm – moderate 4brm home.

The secure, clean, dry storage units are suitable for household effects, commercial stock holdings or document storage.  All units are easily accessible and with our solitary structural design, it makes loading and unload a breeze on those wet miserable days.

This not only protects your personal effects from being rain damaged while loading into storage it also prevents mildew from developing on them during your stay.

Removal and Storage Options
Building ready for a new coat of paint and security fencing

Furniture blanks (the same as used in our removal trucks) are supplied in each unit to cover and protect your furniture while being stored, so international wrapping of your effects isn’t necessary.  More floor area is available per cubic metre in our units and a low ceiling height of only 2.4 high, makes stacking easier (no steps required) and reduces the pressure placed on the items below.

24 hour monitored security alarm is installed and security patrols inspect the premises at night.  A separate fire alarm system incorporating smoke and heat sensors are linked directly to the Fire Service.

So now The Smooth Mover can offer both removal and storage options for a complete package.

Stay tuned as our website gets an update with more storage information.

Thank you to all our clients, without your support we wouldn’t be heading in this great direction.

 

 

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.

To check out or like our Facebook page click here

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

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