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Clearing an Estate property - where to start?

There are many ways to disperse and clear an estate. Variations on the following three are the most common. The family arrives after the funeral and clears the estate amongst themselves. The huge job is made workable by many hands all pitching in.Second Hand Dealers are invited to cherry pick the best and the hard work is handled by the family.Over & Above Moving and Secondhand Avenue are called in, items are sold, the property is cleared and the complete job is done, with just one contact perso...

September 12, 2017

How to Help the Elderly with Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air and that means that it's time for some Spring Cleaning! This is the perfect time to swap out your winter wardrobe, get rid of piles and boxes from your home or garage and clean up the house; but caring for a home takes a great deal of time and elbow grease, which can become unmanageable for our aging loved ones.  Here are some spring cleaning tips that will help you get the job done: Make a checklist:First things first! Write down everything you and the loved one you ca...

August 23, 2017

13 tips for packing!

It's a daunting task to pack up a house load of items. Here are 13 tips but if it becomes overwhelming give Over & Above Moving a call on 0800 22 88 24. 1. Clear out the Stuff Go on a decluttering regime. Donate, give away and chuck. There is no point in filling your new home with items you no longer need. 2. Start early No matter how good you are, packing always takes longer than you think. Start two or three weeks before moving day. Pack items you use least first. I always start wi...

April 21, 2017

Choices for our parents? Where to go!

It is widely acknowledged that moving house is among the most stressful experiences in life. When we are older, this already daunting life event can simply become too much to contemplate and it becomes overwhelming to the point this becomes a reason to delay or defer a move. Moving home may come under consideration for many reasons: health conditions - changes in mobility - bereavement - changes in the surrounding community - changes in family circumstances There are many good reasons to mov...

March 3, 2017

House Packing

Moving from your old home to a new home means that you're going to have to pack up everything in your entire house, only to unpack it at your new home. Does that sound like a daunting and even tedious task? Of course it does. But it's also one of the necessary evils of moving. To start a new beginning at your new home your packing must be perfect enough to avoid damaging your precious belongings, which would certainly cause a lot of unneeded and unwanted headaches amidst all of the other moving...

January 26, 2017

Helping your mum and/or dad move?

Supporting an elderly person to make a move means much more than simply packing up boxes and calling in a moving company. It is important to recognise and understand the physical, emotional and cognitive changes faced by an older adult and the impact this will have on their ability to participate in the process of moving. Even a fit and well older adult will have less energy, will tire more easily and can become mentally fatigued more quickly than a younger person, or even compared to their ...

January 19, 2017

How to Help the Elderly to Move!

Supporting an elderly person to make a move means much more than simply packing up boxes and calling in a moving company. It is important to recognise and understand the physical, emotional and cognitive changes faced by an older adult and the impact this will have on their ability to participate in the process of moving. Even a fit and well older adult will have less energy, will tire more easily and can become mentally fatigued more quickly than a younger person, or even compared to their form...

November 20, 2016

Does your wardrobe seem like an exotic country to you?

Mysterious, impenetrable? Does the thought of opening your wardrobe doors strike fear in your heart? Transform your wardrobes from frightening to friendly with these helpful organising tips. SPACE: Don't waste space storing things you don't need, like or use! Clear the clutter! Your wardrobes are prime real estate. Just because you paid a lot of money for something, don't let it guilt you into keeping items you know you won't use or wear. KEEP THE DEAR NEAR: A key organising principle is to st...

November 10, 2016

Lost a loved one in the Bay of Plenty? Don't know where to start?

Have you lost a Parent who was living in Bay of Plenty and you don't know where to start? It can be a challenging time when you are living in a different town. Don't know where to start or who to contact? Over & Above Moving can help with sorting your loved ones' possessions. A person's daily possessions form a kind of exoskeleton, and the act of disposing of them is another stage of mourning and letting go. Never does this become more apparent than when dealing with the lifetime of posses...

November 4, 2016

You have Lost a Parent - Where to Start to clear those Possessions?

A person's daily possessions form a kind of exoskeleton, and the act of disposing of them is another stage of mourning and letting go. Never does this become more apparent than when dealing with the lifetime of possessions accrued by a loved one, which their nearest and dearest must somehow deal with once they have died. The secret of dealing with the emotional attachment that clings to material objects is all in the timing. At one end of the spectrum is the person who can let nothing go. At th...

October 23, 2016

Are you trying to help your Aged Parents?

I want to talk about one of the transitions that many of us will be involved in sooner or later, and that is helping our aged parents to make the huge leap in moving out of their home and into a smaller home, retirement village or residential care. It's probably mainly the baby boomers among us who are facing this tough time, and I know first-hand how emotional this can be for all parties involved, and especially for our loved ones who may be unwell and needing special care. Having been thro...

October 17, 2016

Storage Wars NZ

They had sold their house and put their furniture and household items into storage and had been travelling around New Zealand for two years. Every month they received their account for the high cost to store those items and recently went and opened the doors and laughed when they looked inside. They asked me whether I had ever seen Storage Wars on TV. Anyway, whether you pay for storage or not, there are some questions you can ask yourself to help you decide what to keep and what to toss. My f...

October 1, 2016

Selling your Home and it Looks Like a Bruised Apple?

There's an old saying – 'first impressions last' – and nothing could be truer when it comes to presenting your property for sale. That means a tidy and presentable interior and exterior, as many people will drive-by before deciding whether to inspect it during open homes. Your property is usually just one in a very long list of properties a buyer will see, so it's crucial that they see it in the best possible light. The more desirable your property appears, the better your sale price is like...

September 25, 2016

If you can find it! Part One

Garages tend to become a dumping ground for just about everything. Because they are big open spaces, they're easy targets for that suitcase that won't fit in the closet, the rollerblades your daughter doesn't want to throw away yet, the sewing machine you need to give back to your neighbour, and anything else that doesn't have a set place. And how often do you (or more likely, can you) actually park your car in it! How often is your garage facing the road but you are too embarrassed to leave the...

August 28, 2016

Sick of opening your bathroom cupboards and not being able to find what you’re looking for? Here’s how to tackle a somewhat daunting task in four easy steps.

After browsing Pinterest and seeing all the things you can make from toilet rolls, it's easy to start thinking what if I need that empty toilet roll latter? The easy answer is: do not do it! It is hard enough to keep the bathroom free of clutter. Usually one of the smallest areas in the home the bathroom is always a challenge. Multiple tooth brushes no-one knows who they belong too! Those half empty containers of shampoo and conditioner! Make-up you don't like anymore. Here are some tips to ke...

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