Better, stronger packing supplies for those who are moving home this year
We made the decision earlier this year about switching from second hand boxes to new boxes because the quality of the second hand boxes had started to change to soft sides and ripped flaps. These changes had the potential to have the contents inside damaged because they were no longer well supported during transit.
After a bit of trial and error we designed two boxes that stack perfectly in the truck, are the right size to hold common items that are a particular size (kitchen items like chopping boards and oven trays for example), have strong sides for stacking heavier contents, like those with personal libraries, and look more professional that the tatty ones we were being left to use.
On the top of each box we have left an easy to use tick box system to easily identify which room the box is destined for in the new house. Genius, right!
Our smaller box is 410mm x 300mm and 410mm high and is priced at 4.50+gst each.
Our larger box is 590mm x 390mm and 410mm high and is priced at 5.50+gst each.
We are also offering free delivery to our local Cambridge area, Hamilton since we're over there most days and inbetween (Tamahere, Roto-o-rangi, Matangi). A delivery fee to all other nearby Waikato areas (at our discretion) a $10 fee will apply. Pick up from our Karapiro depot is welcomed after we have made up your order.
Keen to place an order?
- Check out http://www.whitehallmovers.co.nz/packing-services.html
- Place an order on the ordering system, or
- Give us a call and order over the phone, or
- Email us to place an order
Big city living is moving to the Country
Posted by stuff.co.nz, we look forward to seeing the smaller housing options coming to our local small country town!
Apartment buildings, a long-time feature in metropolitan areas around the world and only recently popping up in Hamilton, are on their way to Waikato's service towns. Cambridge is at the sharp end of growth in the Waikato. The St Kilda development feeds the quarter-acre dream. The Lakewood development overlooking Lake Te Ko Utu fulfils the town's commercial and residential home aspirations.
And construction will start in July on the latest development: a high-rise six-apartment block on Alpha Street in Cambridge's CBD. "For a provincial town, it's new," Fraser said. "Land is at a premium. "Ideally, it's a way people should go. It's secure, it's safe, it's sociable." Fraser grew up in Tamahere and after a few years living abroad, she moved back.
"As soon as I got here, I loved it. There is a real sense of community and there are some amazing shops and some great restaurants and I never would have thought there would be that standard of cafes and restaurants in Cambridge," she said. The building is designed to fit Cambridge's heritage look and it has retail space on the bottom floor, as well as car-parking for residents.There are six apartment units in her Alpha Street block. Prices range from $750,000 to $950,000. "We want to make a safe, warm, luxurious place for people to live and to enjoy the community," Fraser said.
Waikato University environmental planning Professor Iain White said the Cambridge market is developing innovative living options as house prices soar.
"There is not much choice, so it's good. It allows people to make different housing choices at different stages of their lives," White said. Apartments and duplexes have been cropping up around the country, White said. They succeed in creating more living space on each square meter of land and drive innovation in the retail area. "And it's good that people are living within walking distance of city centers. It generates a lot of income for the regional economy. They tend to spend a lot of money there - they don't need to drive around looking for car-parking places and it also fuels more investment in the CBD."
Apartments and duplex townhouses cater to a broad spectrum of the market. Statistics New Zealand projects that by 2030, those aged 65 and older will comprise about 25 per cent of the total population. In the same period, birth rates are projected to decline. As a result, more people will be looking for smaller homes to live in. "Perhaps it's home for someone who wants to be close to the centre of town or someone downsizing and doesn't want the maintenance."
Cambridge Real Estate consultant Sacha Webb, who is marketing the Alpha Street apartments, said the units appeal to a hungry market and will change the face of Cambridge. "Cambridge is seen as this beautiful picturesque place and now we are getting the accommodation to go with that," Webb said. Lodge City Rentals managing director David Kneebone agrees. His Hamilton-based company is fielding interested parties from Auckland, and more are asking to rent in Cambridge. "A lot of people coming into Hamilton are asking for Cambridge. I can't speak for the Cambridge market, but I'm imagining it's a real tight squeeze there as well. Everybody wants to live in Cambridge at the moment."
Waipa District Mayor Jim Mylchreest said Cambridge is reaping the rewards of the Waikato Expressway, which has removed heavy vehicles from the town and makes the commute to Hamilton easier. He expects, in time, to see similar developments elsewhere. "I think it is going to happen in Te Awamutu and Morrinsville. The fact is, people are resisting the complications of living in Auckland with all those travel and traffic issues, Smaller communities are, obviously, becoming more attractive," Mylchreest said.
Article written by ELTON RIKIHANA SMALLMAN for stuff.co.nz https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/101763144/city-living-moves-to-the-country.
Helping our local charities to help those in need.
We have been thinking about this since the New Year so now that the quiet season is upon us, it's time to launch our new initiative. From next week, any customer moving home or office with us can leave their unwanted clothing, furniture and household items with us an we will deliver those items to the appropriate charity:
- Red Cross, we'll donate any good quality, clean and hole/stain free clothing here
- Salvation Army, we'll donate any clean, secure and undamaged furniture here
- New Lives Animal Rescue, we'll donate toys, games and household items here
These charities do amazing things in our community so we're making it easier for you to help and their good work in our community.
TERMS: Items must be in the local area, if outside of our local area, the items must be able to fit onto the truck with your household items so they can be brought back to the above store. There will be no discount for the space taken on the truck or for the time taken to load the items onto the truck. Items must be clean and in good resellable condition. We have every right to refuse items that we believe are not appropriate to be donated to the above stores. These reasons may include but are not limited to: Not in good enough condition, not clean and stain free, item is too big to fit in the store, item has no resale value. If the items are refused, it is your responsibility to rehome or dispose of these items thoughtfully.
I'm a big fan of reading reviews - before trying a new restaurant, a family day trip of activities, best scenic roads to take... Which is why we make an effort to ensure you have all the information you need to know you're in good hands when choosing us to move your household furniture. There are a few places you can read reviews written by our customers, all are authentic and even the ones we have copied off emails are direct from the customers mouth, or in this case, written email.
To read our feedback you can:
Pop over to our facebook page (give us a LIKE while you're there) - www.facebook.com/pg/WhitehallTransport/reviews
Log into Trade Me and check out our Services page, scroll to the bottom of the page to read the reviews - www.trademe.co.nz/services/domestic-services/moving-storage/auction-856668346.htm
Here on our website, they are dotted throughout.
After you have moved and are all settled into your new home, we'd love to hear what you thought also!
It's an exciting time here at Whitehall Movers Headquarters, we have almost completed our new office and storage warehouse, holding all the packing supplies you could possibly need to relocate an office or home.
We can now supply:
- Strong, quality packing boxes (second hand to minimise waste) in two convenient sizes at a fantastic price
- Packing take and a take dispenser to tape those boxes up nice and tight
- Rolls of bubble wrap (100m) picture frames, glassware, smaller fragile items
- Rolls of corrugated cardboard (50m) for wall art, pots, larger fragile items
- Reams of packing paper for glassware, plates, mugs etc
- Bed bags to keep those mattresses dust free and clean
Pro's to using our packing supplies:
- We offer free delivery on every order (locally)!
- All the boxes are uniform, which means they are easier to stack, hold more than a banana box and will save time on stacking
- Larger rolls means you don't have to skimp on wrapping, meaning your items will be better protected during transit
- Bed Bags are an easy one size fits all, single mattress and base will fit in the same size bag as a Super King mattress
- We are a local business supporting local families
Even if we're not moving your household belongings, whether you're moving with another company or moving yourself - we'll still deliver locally for free. If you're thinking about moving, feel free to get in touch on 0800 266 839 to view our packing supplies pricelist.
Article credit to NZ Hearald - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/residential-property/news/article.cfm?c_id=76&objectid=11791857
There's evidence Auckland is starting to become a buyer's market as a jump in listings and cooling asking prices begin to emerge. Realestate.co.nz data out today shows new January listings in Auckland are up 5.5 per cent from the same time last year. At the same time demand from buyers has dropped by 25.39 per cent. Average asking prices have remained relatively static at $943,002 compared with $949,898 in December.
Chief executive Brendon Skipper said that meant buyers can approach the market with more choice. He warned it was however, too early to say whether asking prices have been affected by the traditional seasonality. "We've got to get out of this holiday hangover and sort of look at February to get a sure reflection."
The data shows nine out of 19 regions around the country achieved record-high spikes last month; most notably in Central Otago/Lakes where a 17.6 per cent increase raised the average asking price to $888,567. "I think in the regions, we're seeing what we saw in Auckland last year. Things are happening a little bit earlier. "There's still a little bit of a seller's market happening in those regions - especially when you look at the likes of Wellington and some of those outlying areas, which are starting to pick up like Auckland [did]. "You're seeing a really interesting dynamic here. Again, I don't think I would rest...and say this is how things will continue, because we're still in that January market - people are still on holiday,'' Skipper said. "At the end of the day, there may be more choice out there, but the prices will still be relatively high.''
Meanwhile, the latest QV House Price Index out today showed that nationally average residential values rose 1.4 per cent in three months to January 31. But many areas of Auckland including parts of Manukau and the North Shore, are now in negative territory. Average house values in Auckland rose 12.8 per cent year on year but flat lined over the last three months with just 0.2 per cent growth.
Andrea Rush, QV national spokesperson, blamed bank lending restrictions but expects value drops to reverse soon and noted similar drops at this time last year. "We've seen that trend with the introduction of the LVRs each time and then values have risen again. With the 20 per cent LVR, across-the-board growth slowed but then rose again at higher levels over time than previously "However, since the 30 per cent LVR was introduced in late 2015, Auckland's annual rate of value growth has slowed from in the late teens and 20 percentile range back down to under 15 per cent," she said, with further cuts lately.
Values in parts of Hamilton and Christchurch also fell lately while values are rising in Tauranga, Wellington and Dunedin and other areas near main centres.
"We are now seeing a strong trend of value growth in regional centres around the country, particularly those situated within two to three hours' drive of the main centres that have seen very strong value growth recently such as Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown," Rush said.
"These include the Kaipara District just north of Auckland where values accelerated 6.4 per cent over the past three months and 25.9 per cent since January last year led by strong growth in places like Mangawhai, now a favourite for those who are selling up and moving out of Auckland," she said.
"Similarly the Hauraki District south of Auckland and also commuting distance to Hamilton and Tauranga accelerated 10.8 per cent over the past three months and 30.3 per cent year on year with towns like Paeroa and Ngatea in high demand from movers and investors alike," she said.
Written by Anne Gibson, Property Editor of the NZ Herald.
There are so many things to take into account when moving from one home to another that residential moves often turn out to be overwhelming when considering to move yourself. Being organised will give you a much greater chance of success as it is considered to be the backbone of smooth relocation.
Without a doubt, the easiest way to move house is to leave all the move related work to people who you can trust with your personal items. Or at least the tasks that either will eat up huge chunks of your time (packing up your entire home is one good example) or jobs that you can’t possible finish on your own even if you tried (disassembly or re-assembly of large furniture, carrying large items out of the house, or loading the moving vehicle). You may also have special items in your home that will require even more special handling than your ordinary belongings – like pianos, antique furniture, huge and heavy furniture pieces, pool tables, spa pools, heavy safes, kitchen appliances, and so on.
When using a professional house removal specialist, you pay for peace of mind. Your belongings should arrive in your new home in the same condition they left your previous house. And for extra free time – you can use the scheduled break for doing other important things that you wouldn’t have the chance to do if you were moving on your own.
Give us a call on 0800 266 839 when you're ready to move and we can offer you that peace of mind, to have your relocation done by trained and experienced movers in a professional, friendly and careful manor.
It's early July and the coldness of Winter has only just hit, but that didn't hinder the rain in any way last month. Although Winter is our quietest season of the year for families relocating, it is also a time where the stress of moving house in the rain brings about many last minute relocation bookings. What is planned to be an easy morning shift using a few trailers, followed by a few beers by lunchtime is no longer feasible. If you find that you are falling into this category, don't hesitate to give us a call on the day to see if we are available to help, whether it be the full houselot or just the heavy items that can't be moved in the rain like lounge suits or beds.
Also, here are a few moving tips for our Winter shifters...