Choosing a removals company

There is a large amount of preparation and organisation that goes into moving items into a new house.

If there are many boxes that hold fragile items, any valuables or large pieces of furniture to move, hiring a professional removals company to aid you with your move will be an ideal investment. However, it is important for you to choose the correct removal company for your move.

Things to remember when choosing a removals company is:

Price isn’t everything

Ensure you obtain several quotes from a variety of removal firms. When doing this, check over any fine print so you are aware of what is covered and what is not. Remember to not necessarily for the cheapest removal company; you must remember to factor in their availability along with the services you are being provided.

 

Asking questions

There are a number of questions you may want to ask possible removal firms in order to help you make a decision  such as:

  • What type and level of insurance is offered?
  • How long has the firm been trading and are they able to supply references?
  • How will possessions be packed and protected?
  • How long will the move generally take?
  • Will you need insurance? What does that insurance cover?

Be sure to begin early with your preparations to give yourself enough time to research into a number of removal companies and choose the right one.

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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 around Europe?

Are you thinking of moving elsewhere in Europe?

Europe offers many exciting opportunities for everyone whether you are moving for business purposes or not.

What isn’t fun is the hassle that you have to go through and stress of finding a suitable company that specialises in European removals, to then worry about how your move will be handled.

Worry not as NKA Removals can offer you that peace of mind as we handle European Removals the same as our UK removal services. Door to door service is provided and we assure you that we’ll protect your possessions as they make their journey across Europe from the packing to the delivery and your new home.

Before the move, we promise to:

– Provide you with a FREE quotation for your removal service
– Offer you all of our support and assistance through the schedule and entirety of the move

On the day of the big move, we promise to:

– Wrap and pack all of your household effects
– Transport them to your new home
– Unload your effects

Please keep in mind to update us on where you are moving, either in the town or the country, and remind us of any possible accessibility problems that could include narrow streets, parking restrictions etc.

To view our past overseas removal testimonials click here.

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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.

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How to choose a removal company

Whether you are moving nearby or abroad, choosing the correct removal company can make all the difference when moving.

Do you need a removal company?

Don’t underestimate the amount of physical and mental organisation moving the contents of your home, to a new one, requires.
Packing is one difficult task to overcome; lugging them in and out of vans and up and down stairs will be exhausting and potentially dangerous if you do not how to handle equipment properly.
If you have a lot of stuff that will be coming with you, including valuable items, antiques and fragile pieces, it would be suitable to opt for a removal company to relieve you of the duty of carrying out that task. It will allow you to focus on organising you actual move.

Obtain quotes

Ensure to gain several professional quotes well in advance of any proposed completion date. Take into account the price, the service you are going to receive and the date of when the companies will be able to conduct the move.
There is a possibility that your removal company will offer you a packing service, especially if they are a larger company, so can be assured your possessions will be taken care of.

Allow time for yourself

Waiting for your quotes, which can take up to a number of weeks, and waiting for a date, an additional set of weeks, will need to be done in advance, allowing time for these to be processed and giving you more time to decide on a removal company.
Bear in mind that many removal companies will be booked up weeks in advance, so it pays to start looking for a removal company well before your completion date is due.

Plan

If possible, provide your removal company with the details of the property you are moving to. Highlight all the access points and the layout so they have an idea when they arrive. Highlight if there will be numerous flights of stairs and how many, if the furniture will fit through the doors and if there are any alternative access routes.

Insurance

A majority of removal companies will provide you with moving insurance against the breakages or loss of your possessions while it is in transit. Ensure this option is available prior to booking any company.
Also, contact your home contents insurer to find out if your current policy can insure your possessions while it is being moved.

Negotiate

Depending if you are comfortable with negotiating a price, see if you are able to obtain a discount from the removal company. However, make you are aware that moving house at peak times, such as weekends and during the school holidays will be more costly because of the high demand.
If the date of the move doesn’t necessarily have to be on a weekend or during the school holidays, try to move on a weekday, possibly making your move cheaper.

Safety

Stay safe by checking if your prospective removal companies are members of either The British Association of Removers or The National Guild of Removers and Storers.
Both of these organisation are dedicated to providing excellence in the removals industry for the benefit of both removal companies and their clients.
They have standards and a set code of conduct that their members should abide by, thus you can be reassured of their professionalism.

Obtain recommendations

One of the best ways of selecting any removal company is through positive recommendations from your peers. This essentially takes away a lot of that uncertainty surrounding service expectations if you can be reasonably sure of their performance with other customers.
If you are unable to obtain a recommendation, rely on your instincts, whether the company has demonstrated professionalism, helpfulness and friendliness in your contact with them.
If you think they are quite expensive, enquire if the price would be up for negotiation. Ensure you have a satisfactory rapport with your removal company as you will be trusting them with your possessions – a good relationship will make the transition all the more smooth.

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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!
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Want to move abroad?

It’s an ideology near enough everyone exercises, what isn’t thought of is the unexpected that is to come along with it.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued a warning to Britons who have toyed with the idea of moving abroad, with advice to plan for the unexpected prior to moving to an unknown destination.

Minister of FCO, Mark Simmonds, outlined the appeal of moving abroad: “The appeal of warmer climates and experiencing different countries and cultures is strong for many British citizens. We want to pave the way for our expatriates to have the best experience possible when they move abroad.

Our consular staff across the world have dealt with a high number of British expats requiring assistance for financial issues – whether as a result of a house purchase gone wrong, having inadequate funds to pay for medical bills or experiencing some other misfortune that has resulted in financial hardship.

It’s important to do your homework so that you are well informed about your new environment before you travel.

The FCO compiled a checklist that will help movers join the other six million Britons living abroad and help make the transition smoother:

– Research your destination; visit forums and check out community resources to familiarise yourself with the area
– Know the local laws and customs
– Don’t rush into purchasing a property abroad, visit the area before had to get a feel of the place and imagine everyday life there
– Seek out independent legal advice and don’t feel pressurised to use an existing property developer’s
– Plan ahead for your health – once you have left the UK permanently, you are no longer entitled to any medical treatment from the NHS or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
– Financial requirements should be considered for – check if moving abroad may have any impact on benefits or income that is received
– Do your tax regulations homework
– Know the cost
– Say your goodbyes – GPs, the Social Security Office, HM Revenue & Customs and the Department of Work & Pensions will need to be notified you are moving overseas
– Integrate – probably the fun bit of moving is integrating with your local community, also make the effort to learn the lingo!

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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!

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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!
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3 benefits of using storage facilities

Moving to a new home presents complications and inconveniences for everyone – even the most experienced of movers still have difficulty with managing all of their possessions.

So a great option is to place your possessions with a moving company, that also offer storage, as they’ll have the available space, when you don’t have any.
You’ll pay a low monthly amount to keep your items secure, and in a climate-controlled space, that you, and only you, will be able to access when you’re ready for them.

Here are three benefits you are guaranteed, when investing in a storage unit from a responsible company like NKA Removals:

1. Time
With the rush of moving, you may not have time to go through all of your belongings, as your moving.
You can use the storage unit to your advantage, as you’ll get more time, and a lot more space to get settled in.

2. Inventory storage
A business with a significant amount of product stocks, but little retail space, can keep overflow in a climate-controlled storage unit, at a low cost.

3. Safekeeping
Your possessions and valuable items are stored with the utmost respect for your belongings, as they can be locked in a secure facility as you get comfortable in your new home.

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