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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
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.
What to do on your moving day, time saved equals money saved !. Once again we will be adding to this list, we would like to include customer experiences such as what they found hard prior to our arrival or tips that they may want to share with others. Email us your suggestions
What to do on your moving day
Have a good breakfast!
Ensure that your driveway is clear of vehicles prior to our truck and staff arriving. If you share a driveway make sure that your neighbours are notified well before your move day.
Either take your pets to kennels or friends, or ensure they are in a locked room during the removal.
Be on hand when The Smooth Mover arrives, and throughout both the loading and unloading process. If you can’t be there, make sure someone ca be there to direct the movers – or otherwise leave clear instructions.
Disconnect your washing machine (though we can do this for you if you don’t know how)
Fridges generally need to be emptied into chilly bins of all but lettuce and light/non-fragile items. they will be tipped backwards diagonally for carrying. Freezers ideally need to be emptied – though can often remain full, subject to weight and access – it may be required to remove baskets and replace in the truck, repeating at unload address.
Identify items that you will not be taking with you to our staff when they arrive.
Identify your ‘last minute box’ to our staff who will pack this last.
If you are moving from a storage unit we will need to meet you there. Please bring access codes and keys. If you prefer we can empty on your behalf. These could be left with the storage facility or ideally dropped or posted to us in Albany.
Either take your pets to kennels or friends, or ensure they are in a locked room during the removal.
If you have time to do so, dismantle your bed(s) in advance of the move (but no problem if you can’t – we always come fully equipped with tools).
Wherever possible, make sure plant pots and holders are drained of excess water. Plants cannot be stored in storage units, so may need to go elsewhere.
Once the load has been completed, make a final tour of your home. See that nothing has been overlooked.
Our guide can save you hours in preparing for your home for your upcoming move. We will be adding to this list regularly so stay posted!
Packing home contents can be very time consuming (especially the kitchen ), so start early, packing as much as you can. Leave out only the minimum amount of crockery etc that you can get by with, and pack the rest.
If you have enough notice before moving it is great to get the job done in a stress free way by packing 2 or 3 boxes a day/night so there is not rushing and panicking the week before your move. The Smooth Mover will assist with small packs in conjunction with your furniture removal, so please ask when booking your move. Alternatively consider employing the help of professional packers such as The Finishing Touch for your full home pack.
Keep entrances clear of boxes. Try stacking into corners of each room, or have one bedroom reserved for all packed boxes, alternatively use your garage. This will ultimately save you money if all your boxes are located in one area.
Take pictures and mirrors down, wrap and put them all in one place.
Sell, give away, and dump anything that you no longer need or want. Moving is the ideal time to have a clearout! We may be able to sell furniture items on your behalf – either at reputable second hand furniture shops or via the Trade Me website. Storage is available for this service, if required.
Clean as you go, as rooms or cupboards are emptied.
As you pack, it’s great if you can create a pile in the garage or similar area on the ground floor. This keeps your house uncluttered while you pack, and saves time during your move!
Keep ‘last minute’ things and other essentials (kettle, tea, coffee, snacks, medication, cleaning supplies etc) out and pack them last. This box should also be loaded on the truck last or taken by car ready to come off first at your new property.
If disassembling furniture, tape screws, bolts, bed legs and other loose items to the underside of the furniture or place in the drawers of furniture items destined for the same room at your new property. Make sure you bag screws etc first.
Disconnect your TV, check with your provider (eg Sky) for reconnection.
Have a good idea of where you want your furniture placed in the new property. It can be handy to make a sketch of the floor plan of your new home to determine the placement of furnishings.