For most of us moving house is much more than moving day itself. It can take weeks and often months to make sure everything is ready to go when the removal vans pull up outside on your chosen collection day.
If you’re a regular mover or have moved recently you’ll no doubt appreciate the importance of planning when it comes to the complicated are of stress relief as you approach moving day. While there always seems to be one or two minor last minute panics; a carefully planned move really can make all the difference and ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
In this article we’ve outlined the things that can make the most difference when it comes to taking the stress out of moving. Following these steps you’ll cut out the majority of problems that can arise when moving home.Professional Removal Company?
As soon as you’ve made the definite decision to move house and you know the area you’ll be moving to it’s worth your while getting in contact with a professional removals company. Even if you intend to make the move yourself many people are surprised to find there is only a small difference between hiring someone with experience and doing it all yourself. Therefore getting a quote is a good idea and you’ll be under no-obligation to accept anyone’s services if you do choose to go it alone.
This might sound like common sense but always look for a local company. There are a number of reasons why you would want to use someone local as opposed to a big national removals firm:
- Firstly local removals companies are plentiful, as it’s such a location dependant professions, so you should be able to get a good selection of quotes and you’ll also experience the joy of bolstering the local economy.
- Local companies can often offer added services that aren’t possible for bigger national firms, such as free home visits. This really takes the hassle away from moving; with a local provider being able to visit you directly and calculate exact costs based on a quick look around your home.
- Competitive pricing. The reason so many local removal firms still exist is because they are able to compete with the big boys on price. Reduced overheads and shorter distances to travel on collection day make local companies your best bet.
You can start getting quotes from removal companies in your area from a few months to a few weeks before your move although sooner is better than later, as this gives you time to evaluate a number of quotes and ask any questions with ample time to get the best deal possible. Like with any bespoke service you’ll want to get your hands on at least three quotes but ideally more and check that the company provides moving insurance; the majority do but it never hurts to be sure.The Big Packing Adventure
When you start thinking of everything as something that has to be put into a box and transported potentially hundreds of mile you start to realise just how many possessions you have! There’s no two ways about it; packing is going to be the most time consuming part of your move. Of course you can always have your removal firm do the packing but most like to do it themselves both to save money and ensure that every item is handled with the care it deserves.
For many moving day is the perfect opportunity to turn minimal and get rid of all those possessions that never see the light of day. Surplus clothing, old furniture and old magazines or documents are ripe for this purging process. Some items will be suitable for charities while money can be made at car boot sales and even without leaving your home using popular auction websites, such as eBay.
Now that you’ve minimised your belongings to what is hopefully a more manageable task it’s time to get packing and this is where things can get costly. I bet you never realised just how expensive bubble wrap and boxes can be when you need enough to fill a house! However if you’re well prepared you can cut the costs of packaging materials by collecting cardboard boxes from supermarkets and asking friends for any boxes they have coming their way. So many people order goods online nowadays that putting a quick message out on your social media channels for everyone to save the boxes their items arrive in can go a long way to filling your packaging requirements. Do this a few months before the move and you should only have minimal costs for things like packaging tape and any extra materials you require.
Don’t make the mistake of packing everything up only to realise when you get to your new home that you can’t distinguish one box from the next. The traditional art of writing the room from which the contents originated is certainly a step in the right direction but this methodology can be brought into the 21st century with the use of some computer wizardry for those with the aptitude for such a task. Taking an inventory can seem like a lot of work but for those of you making use of a removal company can be a great help to easily pinpoint any items that go missing is the worst should happen. Simply number each box and record the items it contains as you’re packing using a spreadsheet. This will allow you to perform a quick search once everything’s done to find which box your frying pan is in when you realise you’ve no idea and could do with some fried eggs in the morning.
For any delicate or sentimental items, such as jewellery or laptops, it’s worth carrying these on your person when you make the move. Create a "survival kit" that includes your necessities, such as a tooth brush, towel, etc. so you can have a shower and brush your teeth without having to root through all the boxes. This can be a great stress reliever when everyone’s tired and exhauster and you realise your child’s favourite toy is packed snuggly in box 41; wherever that may be!Remember to Move Your Services As Well
It’s not just your physical belongings that need to be moved to your new home; all of your service providers need to be informed as well, allowing them to update their records. Here are the main organisations you should contact when moving home, this is not a comprehensive list and there may be other service providers that will need updating:
- Your employer. Let your employer know your change of address; this will benefit you when they need to send through any documentation relating to your employment.
- HMRC. Even if you tell your employer of your change of address it’s still necessary to update HM Revenue & Customs independently (http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/report-changes/individual/name-address.htm).
- Banks or building societies. Update your bank so that any written correspondence doesn’t get waylaid.
- DVLA. It’s a legal obligation to tell the DVLA when you more home and will require that your driving license are vehicle registration are renewed.
- TV License. This isn’t updated automatically, so to make sure your TV license is still valid in your new home you’ll need to let them know of your address change. It’s also worth contacting cable or satellite TV providers as well to ensure these services will still be functioning when you arrive at your new residence.
For anything you forget to update there’s always the Royal Mail forwarding service, which for a small fee will allow you to receive any mail sent to your old address at your new one for a period of 3, 6 or 12 months.
This article has been created by Alliance Removals, a Sussex based removals firm, to highlight the biggest issues to consider prior to moving home. For further advice and a free no-obligation quote please visit our website.
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