The Ultimate Checklist for a Stress-Free Home Move

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Moving home is undoubtedly one of the most stressful activities, as there are so many things you need to take care of and even a slightest problem can aggravate and disrupt the whole process. While it’s true you can’t anticipate every problem, you can greatly reduce the risk of things going wrong by carefully preparing.

So, if you don’t want stress to ruin the day when you’re supposed to start a new chapter in your life, make sure you use a checklist and start preparing well in advance. Here are some things you should do in different timeframes to make the whole process as smooth as possible.

Two months before the big day

This is when you should have the first draft of your checklist ready and, if you’re not doing the whole thing with a little help from your friends, contact a moving company or, better yet, book one of those affordable moving vans. Next, you need to schedule the date and set the budget, which should include the cost of movers, new furniture you’ll have to buy immediately and the food you’ll be ordering, since it’ll take some time before your new kitchen is ready for use. Finally, this is the time when you need to start collecting boxes and getting plenty of packing tape, since that’s what you’ll need for next steps.

One month before the big day

You need to begin sorting through your things by getting rid of the things you won’t be needing any more. If those things can still be used, consider donating them to someone in need, give them to a friend or sell them.

Make sure various providers (gas, electricity, cable TV and Internet) are informed about the fact that you’re moving. Also, if you have a pet, you might arrange with a friend or a pet sitter to spend those few days with them, because you won’t have enough time.

Inform your bank you’re changing address and, again, try to get rid of as many things as possible before packing and moving. You might have a garage sale and thus boost your budget a bit.

Two weeks before the big day

Now is the time to actually start packing those things that are not essential, and make arrangements with a cleaning company to clean up the place as soon as you leave. The earlier you schedule the cleaning day, the better chances of finding a company that can meet your expectations. Finally, check with your boss if you can get a day or two off for the actual moving day.

One week before the big day

Make sure you properly label each box, writing not only what the content is, but also which room it belongs to. This should ease and speed up the unloading process. It’s also a good idea to number the boxes and know exactly how many of them you’ve got. One box should contain all the essentials that you’ll need for the first night.

This is also the period when you need to make sure you have enough cash for the day of moving to pay the movers and order food for all those landing a hand.

The big day

This is the most critical day, since you have to think about leaving your old home in accordance with the agreement you have with the landlord and about settling into your new home. Once you’ve made sure you’ve left nothing behind, take out the trash and clean up the place. If you have pets and children, this is the time for them not to be with you, since they are likely to cause more problems than help. Switch the lights off, say goodbye to your old home and leave the keys with the landlord.

Before your safely packed belongings arrive in a moving van, you should remember to open any gates that provide access to the building or the house. Make sure you walk through the place with the new landlord before you put a single box in, since you’ll need your security deposit back at some point in the future and you don’t want any disputes to arise.

Your clearly labelled boxes will soon reach their destination, you’ll pay and tip the movers, provide pizza and cold beverages to your tired friends and you’ll unpack your priority box. Depending on the amount of energy left, you may be able to do more, but don’t push it. Your new home is not going anywhere, so get some well-deserved rest and get ready to enjoy your new home for years to come.

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Impact of Sharing Economy on Truck Transportation

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A lot has been written on the impact the sharing economy has had and will have on the logistics and transportation sector. Some have even moved so far as to predict that the sharing economy and the new opportunities it represents will destruct the traditional industry eventually (The New Economy). Others are less extreme in their predictions and talk more about the rise of new complementary business models and opportunities to collaborate (The International Transport Forum; Mckinsey; PWC).

In my view, the transportation sector is well established. Decades of investments, that easily accumulate trillion of dollars globally, are not easily replaced. Most businesses based on the sharing economy (i.e. Zipcar, AirBnB, Yerdle) also exist because they find ways to capitalize on these previous and continuous investments made by the existing industry or private individuals. Hence there should be synergies to be explored between the existing industry and the sharing economy. Let me ask a hypothetical question: What would have happened if Uber and the taxi industry had partnered in the early days. If we assume the taxi industry would have been receptive to new innovations and business models, perhaps both parties would have benefited rather than ending up as rivals. Uber could have saved billions of dollars on driver acquisitions; and expensive head on head marketing campaigns would have been obsolete. However, I did not raise this hypothetical question to encourage further speculation into what-if-scenarios.

I am the founder of Transfervans, which is best described as an Uber style delivery service for over-sized items. The idea came when I bought a new couch from a retailer on a Saturday but was told that they only deliver to my area between 8am – 5pm on Wednesday. Since I am working full-time it meant I would have to be at home the whole day to wait for the delivery. I tried to find an alternative delivery service but did not succeed. Given that everyone we spoke to had had a similar experience, we decided to build a business to solve this problem. Essentially, Transfervans is an online platform that connects customers in need of a delivery with van or truck owners. We solely focus on last-mile-deliveries, which amounts up to 28% of the total transportation cost of goods (Wikipedia). The last-mile-delivery network is also considered the least efficient part of the existing transportation network. Since our launch in June 2016, the market response has been well beyond our expectations.

Businesses such as ours that understand the sharing economy and possess the technical know-how to build popular platforms can create new opportunities that would not be accessible to the existing industry. But the existing industry also possesses capabilities and assets (i.e. optimisation, scale and fleet) that would help newcomers to expand faster and create additional value to be shared.

I foresee the sharing economy to become more embedded into the transportation industry in the future. How soon? That depends on the willingness among both the existing industries as well as so called ‘disruptive startups’ to listen rather than ignore each other. I see real opportunities for us, as well as for the existing industry, to focus on creating synergies and opportunities for collaboration rather than trying to compete or destruct what already exist.

Best way to get rid of your mattress

Mattresses are hard to get rid of responsibly. They are bulky and don’t compact well, practically not recyclable.

So what’s the best way to get rid of your mattress you no longer need? Here are a few ways that we think it’s best:

  1. Sell it on Trademe: This is obvious. If you have maintained it pretty well, you can most likely sell it on Trademe. Don’t want to pay listing fee? Use 4tradeit instead! No fee, no problem, though less traffic there so may take a while before someone takes it.

  2. Give it to Salvation Army Family Stores: Salvation Army have 24 family stores located in Auckland. They are great way to not only getting rid of useful things you don’t like, it also helps keep their organisation running. Win Win situation here!
  3. Break it down yourself: If you have the time, energy and tools, you can easily break a mattress down yourself. Simply follow these steps:
    • Cut around the perimeter of the fabric covering and peel the cloth and foam away from the box springs and wooden frame.
    • Roll these materials into a compact bundle and put them in your regular trash can.
    • Take a saw and cut up the frame, which you can then burn or turn into wood chips.
    • Take the box springs to a recycling centre or sell them for scrap.

And that’s it! 3 best ways to get rid of your mattress. If you need help moving the mattress, please don’t hesitate to get in touch us. You can booking your move here or call us on +64 9 9518705.

How to choose the right vehicle for your move

How to choose the right vehicle for your move:

Choosing the right vehicle for your move is tough. Don’t worry, we have got you covered.

If you are moving only one or two items, your best bet would be a van. Our vans can fit quite a few large items. here’s a list of combo that could fit in a van easily:

  • A lounge suite (2+3 seaters)
  • Washing machine and Dryer
  • Queen bed and mattress
  • 10-15 boxes
  • One room moves

Anything more than one bedroom will probably need a truck.

  • 1-2 Rooms: 10-15 m3 truck
  • 2-3 Rooms: 20-30 m3 trucks
  • 4-6 rooms: 30 cubic trucks-50 cubic trucks

When using the above numbers, though, make sure you:

  1. Count every room! Not just the bedrooms.
  2. Don’t forget your garage
  3. When in doubt, upsize the vehicle, it’s not worth getting the wrong truck, as it’s going to end up more costly and more time consuming if you get a truck that is too small for your move

Good luck with your move! Unlike other movers or truck rental companies, we, at Transfervans, will help you pick the right vehicle for your move. If you’d like more help, visit transfervans.co.nz or call us at +64 9 9518705.