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

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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

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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!

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Why It Is Easy to Move In and Out of Auckland Anytime of the Year

Do you live in New Zealand and have been thinking about moving? Do you wish to move to Auckland and are wondering when would be a good time? Or do you live in Auckland and want to move away but are not sure when to move? Whatever be the case, Auckland is a great place when looking for moving companies and options for moving.

Why it is easy to move in and out of Auckland whenever you wish

The biggest advantage Auckland has is that it is a large urban area that has people from all over the country and the world living and working. More people means more opportunities and more viable options for moving.

  • There are a lot of moving companies in and around Auckland. Most moving companies elsewhere in the country also service the Auckland urban area.
  • Apartments and houses are easy to find in the city and surrounding suburbs if you take time to research the best areas to live and what works best for you. Research also helps get a good idea of the finances you need to have in place for renting or buying a place in the city.
  • You get a lot of options from moving companies when you decide to move houses—packers and movers, specialized moving companies, backload moving, and man with a van—as Auckland is a high-movement area for moving companies.

Why move to Auckland

If you are thinking of moving to Auckland but are unable to make up your mind, here are a few things to consider: 

  • It is a safe and vibrant city, the biggest urban area in the country, that is welcoming to everyone who comes to the city.
  • The city offers not only great opportunities for work but also caters to other interests and passions that you might want to pursue in you free time.
  • The city is great for single people, couples, and families to live, work, and grow.
  • As the city draws people in from various corners of the world, and has a large native population from all over the country, the population in the urban area is diverse and interesting.

Best time of the year to move in New Zealand

Although Auckland is a city that is good to move in and out of anytime of the year, most other places in New Zealand have times of the year when it is easier to move, find homes, and sell your old house. Selling and buying seasons differ across the country based on what each place is like and what kind of people it attracts.

If you live in a town that has a lot of schools and universities, then you will see a slump in property renting rates when school ends, and a sudden spike in renting prices just before schools open. Buying rates in such areas may not vary as much because most students rent properties for the school year and then move out.

If you live in a coastal town, you will mostly see an influx of people during the summer and a fall in visitors during winter. In such areas property buying and renting rates will also increase when tourists and others flow into the town and will see a slump when people visit less.

Are unsure what a good time is to sell or rent your property in Auckland before moving out or your property elsewhere before you move to Auckland? It might be a good idea to talk to a real estate agent in your area and have a chat with local moving companies as well.

Basic checklist when moving within New Zealand

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