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Things to consider when moving house

What should be included when you’re moving house?

What questions should I ask a removal company?

Use your common sense: Vehicles that are in great condition, being company branded whilst being driven by a smartly dressed, competent estimator who reassures you and eases your worries are all good signs to have. Having an expert to talk to who is open about their reputation and references are all great things to have in a removal company. You wouldn’t hire a shifty looking individual to work on your gas boiler, so don’t skimp on the removal company who’s going to be driving off with your house hold possessions and valuables.

How much should I pay?

If you only have a few rooms of items to move, you actually may be considering hiring a van for as little as £200 or using a small ‘man and van’ type firm and applying some elbow grease to save those extra pounds. Small removals firms may be happy for a ‘cash no questions asked’ sort of deal, but it’s worth considering that all of your possessions still hold the possibility of being lost or damaged.

Once you actually add up the value of everything in your house, it may surprise you how much your possessions could be worth combined – most contents insurance policies use figures around £30,000 – £50,000.

Moving house should be as care free as possible

Moving house should be as care free as possible

How much do removal companies charge?

There’s a lot to consider when thinking why a good removal company will ask to visit your property to ensure their price is accurate. Prices can range depending on how big your property is, so expect prices roughly from around £500 for a small 2 bed house and up to a sizeable several thousand for large houses and complicated long distance moves that will cover a considerable few miles.

When evaluating what removal companies to use, beware of buying on price alone. The lower you pay does not necessarily mean that you will achieve the best level of value for money. What matters most is a successful result.

What days of the week should I avoid moving home?

Understandably, many movers will try to move over the weekend in order to minimise your time off work. This also means it’s a premium time for moving prices to increase with the growing demand. If you can move in the mid-week then you’ll get more time and keener prices.

How can I properly prepare for the move?

If you have a floor plan available, make a key for the rooms that will indicate what goes where. Removers often provide stickers or colour coding to help with this, so take advantage and be sure to get an idea of what’s going to go where in order to prepare for the move.

If you’ve opted for the removal team to pack for you, help them out by getting organised before they arrive – the faster your team can pack up, the quicker you can be on the way.

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Top tips for moving house

Follow the these top tips in our blog for the moving process

Before you get started consider these thing

Moving house can be difficult for many people, but moving doesn’t have to be painful either. You don’t need to put everything off until the day before move. It’s always good to consider what you won’t need to take with you in the move, as this is a good chance to de clutter and rid of any unwanted items. Be sure that you prepare for any breakages.

Take your time to go through all of your belongings and have a proper clear out. A good idea is to make up a charity box filled with the items you no longer need and donate them to your nearest charity shop. If you’re looking to a raise a little bit more cash, always consider carrying out a car boot sale or post some items in an online auction, putting the resulting proceeds of your items to re-decorating your new home, buying new items, carpets etc.

Tally up what exactly you’ll need for the move. Things like storage boxes are necessary in the move, naturally, as this is where all of your items will be stored in the moving process. Get the storage boxes well in advance, finding a variety of sizes for all of your various item sizes. Think about what else will be needed, like bubble wrap, tape and self-seal bags for all of those nuts and bolts together in the moving process. There’s nothing more frustrating than a few missing screws! Old newspapers can be used for lining boxes. In the moving process, don’t completely fill those large boxes; they’ll become too heavy and can lead to damages.

Using sturdy packing boxes for your items is necessary, or all of your items may end up scattered all over the pavement during the moving period. Be sure to check that you have contents insurance, ensuring that this will cover any damages or breakages that will happen during the moving process.

The moving process is important for most people, so plan accordingly.

The moving process is important for most people, so plan accordingly.

Keeping hazardous materials, such as paint, bleach and aerosols, in separate boxes is necessary; keeping them away from the rest of your belongings is important for their safety.

Think ahead before the big move

Unless you travel light, which we doubt will happen as this is a big move; you will not be able to unpack all of your belongings in the first day of the moving process, so it’s worth making up your mind about what you might need to access as soon you cross the threshold of your new home. Packing a box exclusively for the storage of your essentials is important, as this will allow for you to access all of the important items on your first night in your new home. This will allow instant access to tea, coffee and snacks, along with your kettle.

Prepare an overnight bag for all in the family, making sure that there are enough toiletries for everybody in the moving process. Useful items that should be kept close to you are a torch, a small tool kit and other items. Be sure to finish any laundry before you the moving begins in order to avoid packing damp clothes. Keep a separate box for dirty washing in order to avoid unnecessary laundry. Make sure that the boxes which contain items you need the least are loaded up first.

Be sensible in your packing

Spend a considerable amount of time how you are going to pack all of your possessions. Books are easy to store but are heavy, whilst your valuables are in need of careful wrapping. This will take a considerable amount of time. There’s always one thing to remember: Start early. Packing will always take longer than you anticipate, particularly when you start viewing over old photographs stored in the attic.

Pack one room at a time, making sure to clearly label each box with the details of its contents and the room to which it is stored. Clearly mark up boxes that contain breakables and those that are load-bearing and can be stacked in the van.

The moving process doesn’t have to be hard, as long as you follow the above steps! For help in your big move, please visit our website.