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Tips for the move

At NKA Removals, we want to make you as comfortable as possible when you are moving.

To relieve you from the stress, we’ve written up a list of tips and advice for any move!

1 month before moving

– Round up supplies, rope, tape and boxes
– If you’re moving abroad or fairly far away, make sure that all of the necessary bookings are made for rental car reservations or hotels
– Seach for your removals company
– Close any apartment rental or real estate needs
– File away insurance documents, as well as legal and medical in a secure location
– Hand out mailers your new address: banks, insurance companies, dentists, doctors, tax authorities, government agencies, debit and credit card companies, along with friends and families
– Change debit and credit card companies
– Save moving receipts
– Familiarise yourself with your new area through frequent visits/maps
– Calculate a moving budget

2 weeks before moving

– Let all of your gas, water, electric and phone providers know that you are moving and then sign up for services at your new address
– Recruit a professional removals company to help with your move
– Make sure that all the necessary travel reservations are in place
– Make the arrangements of transferring or closing banks accounts

Packing

When packing, keeping the following accessible will be useful:

– Different boxes
– Bubble wrap, balled up newspaper, other forms of protective packaging
– Marker pens
– Measuring tape
– Old blankets
– Scissors and packing tape
– Money/credit/debit cards

Ensure that all of your boxes are labelled with the room the contents of the box belong in. It is also advised to number boxes and keep lists of what is in each box, similarly, label fragile items that are boxed clearly.

When in the process of the move, you may want to pack a bag with essential items that may be required, such as clothes, medicine, food, drinks, (potentially) maps, a medical kit etc.

Don’t forget to book our professional removals help when following the above tips!

NKA Removals Moving Checklist

Have you seen our moving checklist we have created to help you with your move?

3-4 weeks prior to moving:

  • Contact mobile phone companies, telephone, cable, satellite and internet service providers and notify them of your change of address and the date you are moving.
  • Start packing / de-cluttering if you are doing this yourself
  • Notify your bank or building society, notify your credit / store card providers
  • Notify your child’s existing school that they will be leaving and then contact their new school
  • Contact your insurance provider for your life, motor, medical, pet and contents insurance
  • If you are moving from your local area contact doctors, dentists and opticians and re-register in your new area
  • Notify your local council in both your current area and the area you are moving to with regards to council tax

1-2 weeks prior to moving:

  • Contact TV Licensing and notify them that you are moving
  • Notify your electricity, gas and water provider
  • 3 days before you move
  • Pack a large bag with useful items that you may need on move day, for example a first aid kit, nappies, tea bags, knives and forks, matches, candles and a torch
  • Pack all your jewellery and keep it in a safe place, remember to take it with you and keep it secure on move day
  • If there is any dismantling of furniture you should have pre-arranged this with your removal company. If you are doing it yourself make sure that you keep all the screws in a safe place. Make sure that you arranged to have appliances disconnected by a professional

One day prior to moving:

  • Park your car outside your house in readiness for the removal vehicle to arrive tomorrow

Day of the move:

  • Make sure you leave the kettle out and be prepared to make tea for the removal men as moving house is exhausting work
  • Make sure you check everywhere in the house, looking very carefully in cupboards and drawers to ensure everything has been removed

You can use our “Moving Checklist” on the lead up to your removal, which also provides some useful hints and tips.

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Moving abroad

Handling a move from one town to another comes with its own difficulties.

Imagine moving across to the other side of the world?
Nevertheless, moving abroad is incredibly exciting but it can be stressful.

NKA Removals can off the assurance that your belonging will get to your new home safe and securely, we can also offer you tips for when moving abroad!

Containers

When shipping overseas, rather than being charged in weight you will be charged in bulk thus meaning your belongings will need to fit into the standard shipping containers (20′ or 40′) and will be charged for the space that is needed, whether it be the entire container or part of it.

To speed things up a little, you may want to book your own container which will arrive on a lorry at your day for you to pack, sealed and then shipped. Once it has arrived it will proceed to be delivered directly to your new home.

De-clutter

When deciding what to bring, this is the perfect opportunity to de-clutter. If your new home doesn’t have a garden, consider throwing out any garden tools you won’t need.
Ask around and see if you could potentially store anything with friends or family.

You can then list your remaining items into ‘Non-essential’ and ‘Essential’ lists and acquire quotes for the move of your essentials, or for both.

If the cost to ship out the items that aren’t necessarily essential outweighs their worth, you may opt for leaving them behind and use that money to purchase replacements when you arrive.

…And make money

If you decide to sell any belongings that you no longer need, you can easily make a decent amount of cash. Any items that are baby and child related will possibly sell faster.
Any other items can be either given to family and friends or to charity.

Packing

If a company has been enlisted to help you with your packing or do it for you, ensure you’re present to help with instructing how the fragile items will need to be packed.

Make sure you take any portable devices i.e mobiles, tablets, kindles and laptops with you along with important documents.

Take as much as you can

Bear in mind to consider what to and what not to ship; it won’t be worth shipping items you will require straight away.

A majority of airlines may increase your baggage allowance if you let them know you are emigrating.

Tax

Remember to fill out tax forms when you are leaving the UK and ensure to set your post up for re-direction if necessary.

Another tip if making the effort to learn the language if it isn’t your native tongue; learn the standard phrases, details can be picked up once you’re in your new country.

These tips will hopefully make your move abroad easier.

Please visit our website for our removal services abroad and other removal services.

Packing tips

Moving is an exciting time, the day getting closer and you need to start packing all of your belongings.

By thinking ahead prior to beginning the process packing all of your possessions, and encountering problems such as shortage of boxes etc. you’ll be able to reduce the possibility of any forgotten items.

Before beginning

Instead of leaving everything till the last minute, consider what won’t need to be taken with you, what will need to be packed with care and that you have a cover for potential breakages.

– Prioritise items on your packing list
– Set aside time to clear-out unwanted/unused belongings
– Calculate the amount of boxes you will need and the variety of sizes, these will be needed well in advance to packing
– Obtain sealing and protective materials such as bubble wrap, tape, newspaper to line boxes etc.
– Refrain from the habit of overfilling large boxes; they do not need to be packed to the brim because they are large – they will be rather heavy and difficult to move
– Ensure that all of your boxes used for packing aren’t damaged or soiled (corrugated cardboard boxes will be sturdier than regular boxes)
– Check if your contents insurance covers any damages and breakages that may happen during the move
– Separate hazardous materials i.e. paint, bleach etc. into another box

Thinking ahead

Know that on the day of arrival to your house you will not be able to unpack everything, thus it worth the time to pack belongings that you will need immediate access to once you’re in your new home.

– Pack any essentials in a clear container, such as coffee, snacks, cups, tea and a kettle
– Pack an overnight bag for each member of the family containing toiletries and a change of clothes etc.
– Always keep important documents, medication and a first-aid kit on you at all times
– The boxes containing the items you need the least can be loaded first

Packing sensibly

Take time to consider how you will be packing your items, the wrapping and dismantling of furniture – books will be the easiest to pack, however they will be heavy.

– Begin early as packing will take much longer than expected
– Start at the top of the house and make your way down; if you have an attic, begin there
– Pack the heavier items in smaller boxes as it will be more convenient when transporting them
– Label your boxes as you move from room to room, also the fragile items, and pack one room at a time
– Group the boxes that belong to the same room together
– Stick to packing the heaviest items towards the bottom of the box and the lighter items towards the top
– Wrap each item individually before placing them in a lined box with newspaper and bubble wrap
– Breakable items should be wrapped in bubble wrap
– Store important documents such as birth certificates etc. and keep them on you at all times

Remember to gain your free quote from us, here!
Please visit our website for further information on our removal services and packing.

What is the best time of year to move home?

Question: what is the best time of year to move home?

Moving, regardless of the month, is an incredibly difficult and stressful process, but there are times in the year where having a flexible schedule can pay of and give you a number of benefits. There are a number of factors to consider when you’re trying to decide your moving date, so be sure to keep these in mind when you’re choosing your particular moving date.

What is the “ideal time”?

There though may be no definitive answer to this, a good time of year to move home would be either in the spring or late fall, a time that’s easier to find a rental company at a fair price. Also, remember that moving home on a weekend will cost you more, as weekend rates are most usually the highest. Good times to avoid are weekends, the start of a new month or generally in the Summer, when moving home is at its peak. Naturally, we will all have different factors that come into play when moving home, like children, your work schedules and even schooling options for your children. Here are the most common factors faced by prospective movers:

Avoiding holidays

Although it may be difficult, avoid moving before major holiday take place: Christmas is a fantastic example of this! A big part of the holidays is spending time with your loved ones and this can become difficult when you’re in the transition period. Be sure to give yourself enough time to settle in your new home before the holiday season begins.

Dodging the school calendar

If you have children at home with you, moving during the school calendar can be a difficult choice, one we recommend you avoid. Although it may be a little more expensive and busier during the Summer, it’s probably the best time for you to move as your children will be out of school and it gives them time to say their goodbyes to their school friends. When setting the date of moving home, be sure to allow a few weeks at your new home in order to allow your children time to unpack, meet their new neighbours and develop friends in time for school. Children are more likely to be prepared for the school year if they take their time to settle in to their new surroundings. Too much change too quickly can be demotivating.

So, what do you think? What’s the best time of year for your to switch homes?

Regardless of the month, NKA Removals are always at hand to offer friendly, affordable removal options to yourself and your family, so the next time you move home, remember we’re here to help!

For more on our services, please visit our website here.

From all of us at NKA Removals, we’d just like to wish all of our customers and friends a very happy Christmas and an even better 2015.

Removals check-list

We have a removals check-list!
We figured we’d help you ensure that you have everything in check and ready for when you move, so we devised the check-list.

Only, this is a quick recap of what we have mentioned in our check-list, highlighting the key features from our check-list.

3-4 weeks prior to the move

Ensure all of your mobile, home-phone, television and internet service providers are notified of the date of your move and your new address.
Do the same with your bank, building society, credit/debit/store card providers and any other services that need to be notified.
If you are doing a solo move, you may want to start sorting what you are and aren’t taking.

3 days prior to the move

You may be planning on taking a large bag for essentials that might be needed on your moving day, including your jewellery and personal possessions that you’d like to keep safe and secure.

The day before

If you drive, you’ll want to park in readiness for the removal vehicle to arrive tomorrow.
Something to do for caution would be to ensure everything that needs to have done, has been and check that all of the fragile items have been labelled clearly.

Moving day

As moving day can be quite a strenuous day for yourself and for the removal men, you might want to leave the kettle out and go about making a cup of tea.
Also, for the last time, check in small spaces and cupboards to make sure that everything has ben removed.

Bon voyage!
For more information about the services we can offer you, please visit our website.

What questions should you ask a removal company?

Be sure to get what you want from your removal company

We’ve been asked a range of questions over the years, from the obvious to the somewhat unusual. So, in this concept, we were wondering what questions you should be asking your removal company, regardless of which one you choose. Here’s a list of questions that we thought up between ourselves!

The ‘Pre-Move’ Survey

It’s a good idea to get a full grasp on the job at hand. Ask your removal company to send a surveyor round to your home in order to confirm the true volume of your possessions. Remember that hiding items from the surveyor will only result in an inaccurate estimate for the removal process, so discussing the true volume of the move and your requirements can help you get a grasp on the move. It’s unusual for a removal company to charge you for this process, but it can change depending on the business.

Be sure to ask the company if they can provide a packing service, as this will be an important requirement come moving day. They’ll need to dedicate a considerable amount of time to the packing process, so be sure to tell them of your needs straight away. You can include the cost incurred from this in your quote, but be aware of the cost.

To finish of this process, ask for a written quote so you have proof of the quote if needed.

Ask about the staff members

There’s nothing wrong in asking the experience and skills that the members of staff have. Remember that these will be the people who are in charge of the safety of your valuables, so it’s good to get a grasp on who they are. Are they trained? If they are, who by? All of the questions are important for peace of mind and safety policies.

Also, further questions to ask are: Will the movers be casual, contracted or full time employees? Casual workers are more than often less inclined to worry for your possessions or the responsibility the job has.

What about insurance?

Ask the removal company if you can view the details of their insurance policy. It’s good to check that it’s in date and covers any damages that can be incurred through the moving process. Remember that there are some items which won’t be covered by their insurance policies, so you may need to cover some items yourself. A number of household insurance policies actually don’t cover household times when they’re in transit, so remember this when choosing your insurance policy.

Also, ask if you can see the VOSA number of the removal company. Given that the removal process needs to operate a goods vehicle that sits above a certain weight, you’ll need to be sure that they currently hold a license issued by the Traffic Commissioners.

The details of the move

Remember to get a landline phone number and a full physical address for the business (you shouldn’t accept a PO Box as proof of legitimacy). Non-legitimate removal firms will only operate from a mobile phone, so be sure to avoid these.

Ask how the company would like to receive payment. Again, non-legitimate firms will ask for cash-in-hand payment, will reputable removal companies will have no problem taking cheques or credit cards.

Their previous feedback

Finally, it’s good to remember that you can check out their customer feedback online, as a number of websites exist which will hold reviews for millions of businesses worldwide. Looking at just how they operate and treat their past customers will give you a good general idea of whether or not you wish to deal with them.

Again, it’s important that you employ the services of a removal company that you feel generally comfortable with. Skimping on price could lead to the damage and loss of your personal possessions, so remember that cost doesn’t reflect overall performance.

NKA Removals:

Removals Amersham
Removals Ascot
Removals Aylesbury
Removals Bracknell
Removals Henley-on-Thames
Removals High Wycombe
Removals Maidenhead
Removals Marlow
Removals Newbury
Removals Reading
Removals Slough
Removals Thame
Removals Wallingford
Removals Windsor

For more removal tips, advice and prices, please visit our website.

Things to do before you move house!

Moving day can cause worry to even the most relaxed of those amongst us, so here’s a list of things you should handle before the dreaded move in order to avoid the worry!

Get your mail redirected

Data protection and identify theft are two things that have become more of a worry with the technical revolution in the past 10-15 years, getting your mail redirected to your new address from the Royal Mail is a service that you MUST use in order to avoid any of your personal information going astray. You can set up a redirect in your mail before the day you move for as long as you want, though 6-12 months seems more than sufficient.

There’s a small charge attached to this service, but no charge is too big when it comes to your important paperwork entering the hands of a criminal. A mail redirect can be set up here.

Let your bank know

Your bank isn’t necessarily at the front of your mind when you’re moving home, yet failing to tell your bank, building society and more about your move can lead to your paperwork, cards, cheque books, PIN numbers and more entering the hands of potential undesirables. Telling these companies in advance allows them to change their details for future reference.

Write to your bank in advance to inform them of your new home address. Doing this before moving day means less stress and new post arriving on the day you move!

Take final meter readings

Ensuring that you only want to pay for the water, electricity and gas used by you is vital when moving home, as failure to make note of your final meter readings could lead to you getting billed for someone else using the utilities.

Your energy companies will want to know the change of address, as so they can move the details across for future billing/usage. You should be able to keep the same gas and electricity companies when you move, depending on your choice.

Change your details on the electoral roll

Updating your information on the electoral roll will make sure that you can still vote in the local and national elections after you have moved home. Ensuring that you are registered on the electoral roll at your new address will help improve your credit rating by an amount, sometimes considerable.

Visit aboutmyvote.co.uk to find out how you can change your electoral records.

Switch your TV license

If you want to watch TV at your new address then you will need to notify the TV licensing company about your change of residence. Be sure to inform them of your new address and tell them the dates in which you are moving to ensure that you are covered from day one.

Visit the TV licence website for more information on how to update your details.

Get your TV and Broadband moved

Most Internet, landline and digital TV providers will allow you to move out with your existing package at no extra cost – providing they can offer the service in your new area.

However, you will need to contact them in advance to be sure of this potential. Try and find out whether it is possible to move your service or not, as you’ll have to move provider if they cannot deliver the same package you want.

Change the address of magazine/DVD subscriptions

If you have a monthly or weekly subscription to any form of media, whether it be your favourite magazine, DVD, brochure or more, then it’s easy to forget to change your details with your new address. Leaving it until after you’ve move isn’t the best idea – especially if your magazine is still going to your old address!

Contact companies that regularly send you pieces of media before you move out, which will ensure that you don’t miss out on things you’ve paid for.

So, what do you think of our list? Let us know in the comments below!