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.
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!
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.
DURATION 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.
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.