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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 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.

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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!

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.

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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.