- Hire a removal company at least two weeks before the moving date. Most people have a moving date once the contracts are exchanged.
- Look at a few quotations before you select a removal company. Look at factors such as the provision of packaging materials, storage and disposal services.
- Avoid weekends and Fridays for the move because this tends to be the busiest times. Off – peak slots could be less stressful.
- Ensure that the removal company you’re using is fully insured for the move. If you have any valuable belongings use your contents insurance for the move.
- If you accept an estimate, make sure that you receive a written quotation as well.
- Once you have booked the removal company, make sure that the removal company has a detailed account of your house set- out to make the move as smooth as possible e.g. if there is a flight of stairs or parking permit is required. If a parking permit is required it’s your responsibility to sort it out. It’s best to keep your removal company in the loop coming up to the moving date.
- Expect to be charged for the extra facilities used such as the packaging service, the delivery between the addresses and the storing of your goods.
Packing and labeling
- Start to gather the packaging materials required for the move. Materials such as newspapers, bubble wrap, string, and boxes from local supermarkets and shops. This will ease the hassle of the moving process.
- Use the move as the opportunity to have a clear out. Separate the items that you need from the items that you do not need anymore. You could donate those items to charity shops, recycle them or take them to an auction house.
- Fully defrost and clean your refrigerator and freezers a day before the moving date. Washing machines should also be drained and unplugged.
- Avoid using black bags to carry your goods has they tend to rip easily. Consider a vacuum storage system.
- Pack the fragile goods separately from your belongings and clearly label the boxes that contain your fragile goods.
- Protect the fragile goods by wrapping them with bubble wrap or newspaper.
- Do not overfill the boxes. Pack all your boxes to the top and if there are any spaces in the box fill them with filling materials such as crumpled paper. In the case of there being large spaces, use cushions or pillows to protect your belongings.
- To ease the lifting of boxes, put the heavier items in the smaller boxes and the lighter items in larger boxes e.g. pillows and beddings.
- Clearly label packaging boxes and furniture to make it easier for the removal team to put your belongings in the right rooms.
- If you feel that you need some help with packing, some removal companies provide a packaging service before the moving date. You can choose between a full or partial packaging service.
- Ensure that you read your utility meter before leaving the property, and keep the utility and telephone providers informed about your move so a transfer of services can be arranged.
- Inform the following parties of your move; telephone and internet providers, TV license, Building society and Banks, employers, DVLA, local council and the schools your children attend.
- Collect all your keys to give to the estate agents or solicitors.
- If you have pets, try to ensure they are not present when moving.
- After the vehicle is fully loaded look around the property to check all your belongings are packed, and nothing is left in the old property. You want to avoid having to make another visit.
- Upon arrival, read the gas meter and make sure that the smoke alarm, central heating, gas, electricity and water work well.
- It is important that the removal team has access to your new property. In that case, make sure that someone is at the new property to allow access to the property. This will help ensure that your belongings are placed in the right rooms to make the settling in the new property easier.
- Contact your surveyor if there are any serious faults that were not identified during the initial survey. If anything is missing make sure that your solicitor is also informed.
- Consider changing the locks of your new property since you do not know who has had access to the property.
- If you require your new property to be cleaned, consider hiring a professional cleaner.
- Use Royal Mail’s redirection service to direct the mail from your old address to your new address. This is to avoid identity fraud. This tends to last for one year and can be sorted at the post office.
- Finally, make sure you have some food and relax in your first night in your new property
Frequently asked questions
Yes. We have a very comprehensive Goods in Transit Insurance covering your contents up to £20,000. If you require a higher sum assured, then this can be arranged specifically for your move. You will need to let us know if there are any particularly valuable items, so we can insure they are covered.
We can supply a whole range of protective equipment including various sized boxes, garment carriers, tape, bubble wrap and packing paper. Any special requirements need to be mentioned before you move. Please let us know what you require, and we will be more than happy to accommodate.
It is a very rare occurrence, but after all we are all human and accidents can happen. In the unlikely event of a breakage, all claims are dealt with efficiently and amicably.
Yes. If this service is required please add the name of the items to be dismantled in the notes box which can be found on the get a quote page.