Moving house is an important and exciting event in your life. So, at Britannia Movers we’ve compiled an easy to use guide to help your move day go as smoothly as possible:
Make a list of the things you have to do. Get plenty of packing material, think about the furniture and other belongings that you want to move, and the items you need to leave behind. If you have small children or pets, for example, you may wish to organise care for them during your move day. Moving home is also a good time to clear out unwanted belongings, either by donating to local charity shops, or selling unwanted items online or at a car boot sale.
Moving boxes & Packing
You can choose from a wide range of quality packing materials when you contact your nearest Britannia office. This helps you get a head start before moving day arrives. If you prefer you can arrange to have your chosen removal company carry out a professional packing service, a useful option if you have many fragile and valuable items.
If you choose to do the packing yourself, start a few weeks before moving day, and go through everything systematically. Label moving boxes clearly, for example mark them up so you know which rooms the boxes should go to in your new house, and pack essential items only in the last few days. Don’t put too many or too few items into one box.
Communicating with your moving company
Choose a moving company that gives guidance and advice, and with whom you can communicate effectively. Establish the date of moving as early as possible, do not be afraid to discuss anything you need to know, and confirm the removal again a week before the moving day.
Access for the removal van
Think about how the removal vehicle can access your current and future homes, advise your neighbours out of courtesy that the vehicle will be parking outside your house, and arrange any necessary parking permits well in advance.
Decide what to take
You will not necessarily want to take everything with you. Make a list of the things you are definitely taking with you – it is useful to have an inventory for when you are unpacking. Don’t just throw away the items you are leaving behind. Ask your relatives and friends if they want anything, give the items to charities, or organise a car boot sale.
Think of your new home
Draw up a map of your new home. If it is smaller than your current home, you definitely need to leave some things behind. If you start packing based on how you are planning to unpack in your new home, moving in will be much easier.
Removal Companies help people and businesses move their goods from one place to another. They also offer services for relocations such as packing, loading, moving, unloading, unpacking, arranging of items to be shifted. Additional services may include cleaning services for houses, offices or warehousing facilities.
The moving process also involves finding or buying materials such as boxes, paper, tape, and bubble wrap with which to pack boxable and/or protect fragile household goods, and to consolidate the carrying and stacking on moving day.
Nowadays removal companies also provide transit insurance to cover potential damage to objects.
Moving to a new house can be stressful so take away one of the biggest stresses by hiring a removal company!
Depending on the size of the property you are moving from, it might be worth hiring a professional removals company to help you move. To go about finding a removal company you might want to visit Which? As they provide information on trusted traders after going through a rigorous assessment process this may be a good place to start. It might also be worth checking whether the company is a member of the British Association of Removers (BAR) as this means they have met specific criteria such as training, insurance, capacity and experience.
Rightmove also provides an extensive comparison for removal companies and man and van services.
It is worth getting at least three quotes from removal companies, preferably from firms that will visit your property. If they cannot visit your property to provide a quote, be as honest and accurate as you can and try to list all items. Ask for an estimate to be broken down so that you can see how much you will have to pay for packing, mileage, an hourly rate and any other costs. It is also worth asking what would happen if the move is delayed.
Once you have chosen your removal firm it can be helpful to send them a briefing sheet with information on specific packing, difficult to move items, any carpets or curtains going with you and any items you are moving yourself.
Choosing a removal company can be daunting but don’t choose based on price. Ensure to pick a remover that suits your requirements as it can be a good stress buster to have help with moving by a well established and professional removal company as they are used to the moving situations and ensuring it goes as smoothly as possible for you.