All You Need to Know about Moving to Pukekohe

Pukekohe is a large town that lies on the edge of the Auckland Region, which is sometimes considered to be a suburb of Auckland because of its proximity to the city. It is a self-sufficient town that has everything you and your family would need while still being close to the big city. Are you planning to move to Pukekohe from Auckland? Are you still wondering if it is a good decision to move to Pukekohe?

Options for moving to Pukekohe from Auckland

  • Packers and movers: If you have never moved before, do not have any help packing and unpacking, or have a lot of belongings to be packed and moved, this is the perfect option for you. It is relatively more expensive to hire a moving company than choosing other moving options, but it is worth the cost if you want to save yourself the hassle. Packers and movers usually provide packing, moving, and unpacking services. They can take apart furniture and put them together in your new place, set up your new place the way you want it, and make the move smooth and easy for you.  
  • Man with a van: This is a budget moving option is particularly suitable for you if you are moving by yourself and do not have a lot of belongings to move. In this service, you basically hire a vehicle, which comes with a driver. The packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking in your responsibility. It is a good idea to go for this service to move to Pukekohe if you have moved before and know how to go about it, and have some help loading and unloading your belongings. Students and young professionals who are just starting off with work usually go for this option.
  • Backload moving: This is a great budget option for those who have a lot of belongings but cannot afford or do not want to spend a lot on moving without compromising the services. Backload moving refers to booking vehicles

How to Find a Moving Company that Understands Your Needs

Moving to a new house or apartment can be a stressful process. That’s why it’s of the utmost importance that you find a moving company that understands exactly what you want to be done and does it quickly and efficiently. Even the most organized people have difficulties packing up everything. It can be a lot to do by yourself. You can never just hire the first moving company you come across without having done any homework. This could potentially lead to a lot of broken furniture, missing boxes, and headaches that last for days. You could even end up paying a lot of money for below par service.

The best thing to do when you have a big move coming up is to start doing your research on moving companies, at least a month prior to the big move. This gives you ample time to compare and weigh the pros and cons of all your options carefully. Don’t just take your friend’s word for it. The Internet is a place full of information. So turn to Google. Do a quick search of movers in your area and make a note of the ones you find promising. Here are a few things you should keep in mind.

Background checks

Once you’ve picked a list of movers, vet them thoroughly. Do a background check on them online. You could even call and talk to them directly if you want more information. Go to their websites and look for customer reviews.

Shortlist companies

From the list, you already have, start evaluating your options by analyzing their pros and cons. Ask for quotes from the different companies. Make sure you’re not overpaying. Ask what services will be offered or provided by the company once they’re hired and compare that with the initial quote. Make sure the companies understand the nature of your move. Is it long distance? Will it include heavy machinery? How much furniture will there be? Tell them all the concerns you have regarding the move and make sure they’re equipped to handle everything you want them to.

House visits

The moving company will likely want to visit your home to see what they’re dealing with prior to the move. Give them all the details and show them all the things you want to be moved. Some moving companies even offer packing services. If you also want this service, provide clear instructions as to how and where you want your things packed. Communicate with your moving company. Make sure they know all about any and all possible complications at your new place. While they’re in your house, ask them all you want to know about their company.

Here are a few questions you can ask:

  • What’s the company’s full name?
  • Are there other names they go by?
  • How long has the company been in business?
  • What’s the company’s phone number, address, website name, and email address?
  • Are they licensed-members of the Ministry of Transport?
  • What are their license numbers?

Don’t be shy or scared to ask questions. You can never be too forward with these things. After all, they are your belongings and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Compare the estimates

When you finally get quotes from moving companies, take everything you’ve learned about them and see whether their services are actually worth the money they’re asking for. Although a low price is always nice, be careful of the companies that have especially low prices. Look at higher bids and find where the extra cost is coming from. Is there an extra service included? Is the moving transportation insured? Where’s the money going? If you’re unclear about something, communicate. Call or email them. Better yet, go to the company yourself and enquire in person. Once you have affordable bids from companies you like, negotiate. Get yourself the best rate possible through negotiation.

Back to the drawing board

Take all the data you’ve collected so far, and get back online. Go back to their websites and do some fact checking. Make sure that all they told you is true. Consider each of your options carefully, weighing their pros and cons, estimate cost, services offered, and even customer reviews.

Selecting the mover

Once you’re satisfied with your list, it’s time to finally pick a winner. Don’t forget to take certain names off your list as you go through the research phase. By now you probably have a moving company in mind. Once you’ve studied all your information, pick a moving company that you think will work best for you.

Different moving companies have different qualities to them. It’s your job to do your research prior to the actual move and pick one that’s suited to your specific needs.

What is Devanning all About?

Packing can be a difficult task. When you’re moving from one place to another, you’re usually overwhelmed with confusion, excitement, or a mixture of both. You’re unsure about what to pack and what to leave behind, but you’re still pretty psyched about the big move coming up. It’s going to be a big change but a good one nevertheless. After you’ve packed up all you can and moved all your personal belongings to your new place, the headache moves from the stress of packing to the stress of unpacking. Usually a more difficult task than simply packing up your things.

While you’re packing, you know where all your things are and all you’ll have to do is put them in containers and maybe label them for ease. While unpacking, you’ll have to show more caution and care than that. You have to decide where to put all your belongings so that they make an aesthetically pleasing picture. You have to decide the outlook and interiors of your new home. You’re starting afresh and besides, the layout of your new place would be a completely new one so you can’t just put everything back the way it used to be at your old place. A lot of thinking goes into unpacking and devanning your personal belongings.

Not only do all your things need to be handled with the utmost care, but you’ll also need to put a lot of thought into where you’re going to place them once you’ve taken them out of the van.

What is devanning?

The standard definition for devanning says that it’s simply unloading products or packages from a container. After the container lands, it is unsealed, and its contents are all taken out. However, devanning could mean so much more than its simplified standard definition.  

Devanning services can help you unload shipping containers, unpack the containers with your personal belongings, and even help you unpack at times. Half of your job is already easier once everything has made it out of those boxes. Devanning services can help you with that. Moving companies and movers usually also provide a devanning service. If you’re interested or would like to know more, contact your movers to find out whether they also do devanning.

Advantages of opting for a devanning service:

Devanning saves you a lot of time. While your movers are devanning your items, you can go about your day and get busy with something more important. The best part is, they all know what they’re doing. They’re experienced and trained to unpack all your items quickly and efficiently. They are thorough and accurate so you won’t have to worry about your belongings going missing or getting lost in the mix of it all.

You can rely on devanning service providers. The crew responsible for devanning all your containers or unpacking all your things are professionals who are trained in the field. They are thorough, pay attention to detail and almost never make mistakes. Usually, devanning companies are certified in handling all kinds of goods like glassware, furniture, electrical goods, consumer goods, and more.

Opting to go with a devanning service will also save you a lot of money. It’s truly cost-efficient, and you won’t regret your decision. The crew will have the satisfaction of having done their job accurately and you will have the satisfaction of getting unbeatable value for the money you spent. Most devanning jobs come with a fixed price, so ask around and get quotes from a number of companies before you pick one. Weigh the pros and cons of each company carefully and pick one that’s best suited to your needs personally.

How to pick the right devanning team

  1. Do a lot of research.

Know your devanning teams. Look into the pros and cons of each company, look for qualified employees, an experienced crew, and professional, high-class equipment for the actual devanning process. Maybe even get testimonies from previous clients if you want to be extra sure.

  1. Ask a lot of questions.

For your peace of mind, it’s better for you to be on site while the team is doing all the devanning. Not only will it ease your worries to a degree, it will also give you a sense of what the devanning and unpacking process is like for future references. So ask if you’re allowed to be present while the crew is doing their thing.

Devanning doesn’t have to be all that difficult to navigate. It isn’t a complicated concept. All the movers are doing, is helping you with something you’d rather not do yourself. They have professionals to do the job more efficiently and accurately than you ever could, and just for a small, affordable fee. You can relax and do other, more important tasks, while this part of your moving is taken care of.

Planning your inter-island move

There is something fascinating about island life to people living on the mainland. Surrounded by sea on all sides, a home with a view of the sea or a weekend trip to the beach may even be a reality! Beautiful sunrises, heavenly sunsets and tourists envying your good fortune, it sounds like a dream life, and perhaps it is, except when it is time to move.

Shifting houses is almost always stressful even if it be by road. Moving from one island to another by sea presents a unique set of additional challenges. Here are some ways to overcome them.

  • Pre-plan your move

Before you make an inter-island move, make a preliminary plan on how you are going to go about it. Do a quick reconnaissance of your belongings and identify the items you would be transporting. Decide at what stage you would need the help of your movers. In addition to transporting your belongings, many movers offer a packing to unpacking service at an additional fee.

Another thing to keep in mind is the travel plan. While you would most likely be taking a flight to the island, your belongings would be coming by sea which would take a longer time. So it is best to book your flights in advance and chart out the packing and transportation of your belongings accordingly. Also decide whether you would need the movers to deliver the items to your new home immediately. Some movers also provide the option to store your belongings at their warehouse for a while at a small price till your new home is ready for possession.

  • Set aside a budget

At the planning stage, all the preliminary requirements have been identified. The next step is to get it into action. But before that you need to set aside a budget for moving. Quickly calculate how much would it cost for packing, transporting your belongings to and from the docks and for the ferry. A professional company of movers should be able to help you arrive at a reasonable cost with a preliminary quote. Add to this the travel expenditure, any temporary hotel stays that might be required and insurance for the items.

  • Identify the movers

Compare quotes and select the movers who are going to help you with relocation. It is advisable to go ahead with a reputable, experienced and professional group, even if it costs a little more. Transporting your belongings safely across the sea is more difficult than land transport and it will cost more in the long run if you place your trust in inept people.

Be sure to update the movers on all your requirements so that they can give a realistic time and cost estimate and bring in all the necessary equipment on the day of shifting. Also ensure that they provide all the services that you want from them such as packing, storage and insurance. Get all the estimates and documents in writing so that there are no surprises in terms of hidden costs after moving.

  • Discard the unwanted

Carefully go through each of your belongings and ask yourself whether it is really required and whether it would suit the new home. Always keep in mind that every additional item packed would increase the cost of transportation. An item should be either useful or elegant to be worth the trouble of packing and shipping. Though exceptions can be made for things that have sentimental value, moving can generally be se


Working with Tight Driveways to Unload and Unpack Your Belongings

Moving houses is a big decision, and there are innumerable factors that you need to consider when planning a move. The season, expected weather conditions, availability of a moving company, school schedules if you have kids, de-cluttering and how many belongings you actually need to move, and so on. Many moving companies also help you unload and unpack in your new home, and the extra help to set up the house can be a blessing. Among the many factors to consider are roads and access ways to your new home, especially for moving vehicles to park and unload.

Working around tight driveways to unload your belongings

What if you discover that you need a large moving vehicle for all your belongings but that the said vehicle cannot fit into the driveway of your new home? What if it is a very narrow driveway? What if there isn’t enough space for the moving vehicle to turn around and maneuver? What if you are moving in the winter and piles of snow are making your driveway narrow and inaccessible?

Here are a few things that you can do to work around tight and inaccessible driveways when moving into your new home:

  • Check the location beforehand: Once you have finalized your home, planned your move, and know how big the moving vehicle will be, visit your new home again, if possible, and check whether the moving vehicle will fit in the driveway. Take measurements and talk to the moving company about the kind of space they need to park, maneuver, and unload your belongings.
  • Keep an eye on the weather: If you are expecting bad weather or know that the weather might be unpredictable, keep an eye out for any major weather changes. Check for rain and flooding as well as heavy snowfall, depending on the season. Such conditions can make your driveway inaccessible or difficult to access for a large moving vehicle. If the weather seems to be especially bad, you might want to reconsider your moving date and move it around a bit, so you are not caught in bad weather. This will also help you ensure your belongings do not get damaged because of unloading and unpacking in bad weather.
  • Inform the moving company in advance: If you think of anything, be it narrow driveways, bad weather, or any other factors that may affect the moving process, keep the moving company you have hired informed well in advance. If you are expecting especially bad weather, you can talk to the moving company about changing your dates a bit so it is easier and safer for them and for you to move. If you are expecting a space crunch at your new house, ensure you let the moving company know, they might be able to arrange a smaller vehicle for your belongings for the last mile, parking the larger vehicle safely a little distance away.

Unpacking after a move by professionals

If you want the moving company to unpack and arrange your belongings in your new home, here are a few steps you should take to make this happen and make the process smooth:

  • Ensure that you inform the moving company well in advance that you need to need unpacking services. If they do not have such a service, you can either look for a different moving company or hire unpacking professionals to accompany the movers.
  • Have a plan for where you want your various belongings to be placed and arranged in your new home. Having a clear idea will help you direct the professionals easily and avoid confusion. It will also ensure that you do not have to rearrange large furniture and other items later on.
  • If there are items that you do not want them to unpack, mark these items and boxes clearly so the movers know which boxes and items they need to only unload and which ones need to be unpacked and arranged.

Taking these steps will make unpacking easier and faster for you and for the unpacking professionals. It will also ensure that there is no time wasted trying to figure out what needs to be done and how various furniture and other items need to be arranged.

Tips for a smooth move


How to prepare for a long distance move

While a long distance move t a new place of residence can be quite challenging, there are a lot of ways in which you can ensure that you have a smooth and hassle free transition. A long distance move is very different from a local move on many levels. In addition to involving a greater risk of damage during the transition, the long distance moves also sometimes include temporary storage of the shipment in special storage units depending upon the availability of the required logistics. From packing your stuff to hiring a reliable and reputed moving company, there are a hundred and one aspects of a long distance move that you need to take care of. That being said, it is extremely important for you to take your time in planning things out well in advance and make the moving process a little less stressful for all those involved. To make things easier for you, we here have a list of some smart and handy tricks for preparing for your next long distance move and pulling it off with grace and wisdom.

Identify the type of move

For starters, you need to consider the kind of move you are making (interstate or intrastate) and plan things accordingly. More often than not, most long distance moves are interstate and you need to hire a moving company that specializes in cross border transports to avoid any legal hassles along the way. Determining the type of your move will not only help in identifying the right mode of shipment (rail, road or air) but also enable you to get an idea of the how much it might cost you.

Get an in-home estimate

Before you finalize a mover for the job, you must ask them to provide you a proper written estimate for the costs associated with the entire move. Exchanging estimates over the phone will never be able to help you get an accurate understanding of how much your move will cost you and it is important for the movers to evaluate your case by dropping in at your home in person.

De-clutter before you begin packing

Moving is a stressful ordeal that shouldn’t be made any more challenging by packing things that you don’t need. If you haven’t used an item in an entire year, there is negligible chances of it being of any use to you in the future as well. Identify all such excess possessions, pieces of furniture, utensils, appliances, clothing and so on that have been lying untouched for quite some time now, and separate them from the useful items that you would be taking with you on the move. If you do not have the heart to throw away your favorite mittens in the bin, donate them instead!

Ensure that your belongings are packed securely

Given the fact that a long distance move will typically involve your shipment being handled by different teams across different vehicles and storage units, it is important to ensure that your belongings have been packed securely within good quality cartons and boxes and adequately sealed with packing materials to restrict movement of the goods during the transition. Also, the items must be first segregated on the basis of their fragility and utility and then packaged separately to eliminate any chances of damage or mix up. Always pack the breakable items in dedicated fragile packaging boxes with proper indications. More often than not, the moving company that you hire will take care of the packaging part and ensure that your items are packaged in a professional manner.

Keep the items that you would need upon arrival separately

There are a lot of things such as your personal documents, identification cards, keys, chargers, clothes, toiletries, sleeping materials and such that might need even before your shipment arrives at your new place of residence. That being said, you must make sure to keep these separately and take them with you instead of hauling them onto the shipment truck along with the other items. Doing this, will avoid any inconvenience and ensure a pleasant and hassle free move. It is also a good idea to label each of the boxes with your name and mention the contents of the package on the box to avoid opening up all the cartons searching for a small pair of scissors that you might urgently need!