Moving home is always a challenge as there is so much to do. Where do you start? I know when I moved to my new house, the first thing I did was look for moving companies who I could trust to provide an excellent service and also give me good advice.
Moving Companies Auckland – Moving house, flat, apartment or office is a huge task and you need the right help!
The key to a stress-free move is to start planning early and know what to do first. Use our move planner to help ensure a perfectly organised moving experience!
N.B. Our Moving Checklist (Click here) provides the perfect accompaniment to this move planner, storing all the information you need to record in a single document.
Contact 2 or 3 Moving Companies
One month before D-Day:
- Contact 2 or 3 Moving Companies
- Order boxes and packing materials, all delivered to your home, from our storage and packaging suppliers.
- Compare quotes from several moving companies and book. Remember to check their insurance provision and terms of service carefully.
- Tell your bank and credit card providers, insurance companies, power company, phone provider, water provider, gas provider and all other relevant companies about your new address, giving them plenty of time to update their records (some require a month).
- Ask the moving companies if they recommend storage companies.
- Ask the moving companies if they provide cleaning services
Two weeks before D-Day:
- Start eating the food in your freezer.
- Send change of address cards or emails to friends and family.
- If you think you will need to book storage space, organise that now.
- If you are going to have your house professionally cleaned, arrange it now.
- De-register from your doctor, dentist, optician etc if you are moving out of their catchment area.
- Check you have insurance coverage for the move and make sure it is adequate for your needs.
One week before D-Day:
- Arrange parking for the removal and moving company vans and trucks at the new house, introduce yourself to your new neighbours and give them your moving-in date.
- Organise your utilities to be switched off at your current house when you move out, the meters read, and connected on your moving day at the new house. Don’t forget your phone and internet service.
- Set up a mail forwarding service through the Post Office.
- Make a list of all important phone numbers like estate agents, solicitors, removals company, insurance, utilities along with any account numbers.
- Arrange babysitting for any young children, and pet-sitting if necessary. If any kids may need a day off school, write a letter now.
- Find out your seller’s solicitor’s new contact details, in case of difficulties at the house.
- Ask the estate agent if the seller can supply a list of recommended local services eg. plumber, electrician, for when you move in.
- Visit your doctor and arrange supplies of any medicines you regularly take, to keep you going until you can find a new doctor.
Two days before D-Day:
- Start running down your freezer.
- Begin throwing out anything you don’t want. Divide into rubbish, which can go to your local dump, and donations, which can go to a charity shop such as Hospice
- Don’t forget to clear your loft, shed and garage.
- Cancel your milk delivery and newspapers.
- Take down curtains and blinds; if you will be putting the curtains up at the new house, drop them in to a dry cleaner’s near the new property (if practicable).
- Re-confirm arrangements with your moving company.
- Find out the locations of stopcocks and fuse-boxes at your new house.
- Call the local council and find out when the rubbish collection and recycling days in your new neighbourhood.
- Send an email out saying you’ll be offline for a few days and pack up all computers; also pack up stereos and big electrical equipment.
- Pack up valuable, delicate or small items like jewellery and ornaments.
On the day:
- Each person should keep their ‘personal luggage’ on them. Pile them by the door until you’re ready to go don’t leave with boxes where movers may put them in the van.
- Strip beds, pack bedding separately and mark clearly whose is whose.
- The box containing the kettle, mugs etc should travel with someone in the van who should then ensure it’s put in the new kitchen area.
- Leave a note with your contact details for the new occupants if necessary.
Smart Express is one of the leading moving companies in Auckland. The business is New Zealand owned and operated. With a large fleet of moving vans and trucks Smart Express can move anything large or small across Auckland. Our team of 18 professional movers will provide you an excellent service and always a job well done.
Make sure you speak to the right moving companies. For recent customer email feedback please refer to smartexpress.co.nz/customer-testimonials