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5 benefits of hiring a removal company

How should you choose the right removal company

On many occasions before, we have said that packing is a time-consuming task for even the best multitasker. 

This can be especially trying when left to do the last minute and without any professional help from a removals company.

There are five reasons we believe hiring a professional removals company is the best option when moving house.

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How To: Declutter Whilst Packing for the Move

When you are preparing to move homes, there may be an urge to move all of the contents in your household.

However, you must bear in mind that the more the take with you, the more time you will spend packing and unpacking your belongings, plus, in a majority of cases you won’t need a lot of the things you are packing when you arrive at your new home. It is beneficial to factor in time to go through each of the rooms in your house and run through what you do and don’t need.

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4 Things to Know before Hiring a Removals Company

Hiring a removals company is essential for when you are planning a move, they offer many benefits!

However, before you decide on hiring a removals company, there are things that you should know prior to making the decision.

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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.

Use these links to find more about the NKA European Removals and Worldwide shipping branches across the home counties:

Please visit the website to view all of our removal services!

 

 

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.

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.

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

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How can you choose a removal company?

How do you choose the right removal company for you?

Whether you’re moving to a different town or even next door, choosing the correct removal company can make all the difference. Moving home can be a difficult process, so ensuring that you have a removal company to help you along the way can really make things easier.

So, we here you ask, how do I choose the right removal company for me? One that’s reliable and helpful to all of my needs? Read this blog for our tips on choosing the correct people for you.

Do you actually need a removal company?

You shouldn’t underestimate the amount of physical and mental organisation that it takes to move the contents of your home. All of your belongings, though it may not seem a lot, amount up to a consider collection and moving this to a new home can become very difficult at times. Packing your boxes is one thing, yet getting them around in and out of vans, up and down stairs is another thing completely. It can be extremely exhausting, specifically if you’re on a tight deadline. If you have a considerable amount to shift and valuable items, then it’s best to choose a removal company to do this work.

How should you choose the right removal company

How should you choose the right removal company

Shop around

Be sure to get several quotes in advance before any proposed completion date. You should take into account the costs, the service and when the move is able to be conducted. Large removal companies will offer a packing service, so you’ll be confident of everything being taken care of. Many companies will often give an instant online quote, though it’s better to get an assessment from the removal company. This allows them to get an accurate quote, helping you make a choice into a removal company.

Be sure to plan ahead

If you can, be sure to provide any details of your new property with your removal company. They should be aware of what to expect when they arrive at your property. For example, what’s the overall layout, will your furniture fit through the doors, how many flights of stairs and are there any alternative access routes?

Use the time available to you

The quotation process, depending on time frames, can take a couple of weeks. Finding a specific date can take another couple of weeks, so be sure to give yourself time to choose a removal company. Remember, you should book this up weeks in advance, so you should then be sure to look for a removal company a while before you completion date.

Get a recommendation where possible

The best way for you to choose a removal company is to try and gain a positive recommendation from a friend or family member. This will take away most of the uncertainty you may have that surrounds the expectations from the service. If you can’t gain a recommendation, then you can begin to trust your instincts and go with the company that has shown friendliness, helpfulness and professionalism. If they’re a little more expensive, ask around if you can negotiate for a cheaper price. Above all, be sure to have a good relationship with your removal company. As you’re trusting these people with your goods, a good relationship should follow.

Be sure that you have insurance

Many removal companies will already provide you with moving insurance, as this will cover against the loss or breakages of your property. Be sure that this is the case before you book, as this is an important step into your removal. You should also be sure to contact your home content insurer, but be sure to find out if your policy will insure your property.

For more on a removal company and how to choose, please visit our website.