If you’re relocating there are several things you’ll need to take into consideration, including what sort of removal firm you hire.
Smaller ‘man with van’ companies can be cheaper, but if they have to do multiple trips or use multiple vehicles the costs will soon add up.
If you’re moving a considerable distance, a larger removal company should be able to carry out the full move with just one journey and may also offer cost-effective packages to include packing materials and packing services, leaving you with less to worry about.
Tip 1: Make the most of the removal company’s expertise. The best way to ensure a hassle-free move is to prepare thoroughly. Make sure you research what size van you’ll need to transport your possessions and don’t forget to ask the advice of the removal company, who should have a good idea what size van is required for the relocation from different sized houses. Larger vans have several advantages, including hydraulic ramps, sliding side doors and wider rear doors that can accommodate larger pieces of furniture.
Tip 2: Preparation is key. The more organised you are in advance of the move, the smoother moving day will go.
Start as early as you can with decluttering and a spring clean – this will help you to organise your things and make a moving checklist of what should be taken to the new property, what can be given away and what should be disposed of.
It will also help you think about what packing materials you might need, enabling you to buy them in advance, which will give you the opportunity to shop around for the best prices and save you money.
You can organise your moving checklist either by item size, or by item location, either will help when it comes to loading things onto the truck.
Make sure you label each box carefully and ensure you make a copy of the moving checklist for your movers. Making a floorplan of the new property will also help your movers when it comes to unpacking the van, and make it easier for you when unpacking and arranging heavy items in the new house.
Tip 3: Expect the unexpected. Moving day often doesn’t go as you’d planned, so always plan for the unexpected.
Make sure you have extra packaging available and take any extra precautions you can in terms of protecting fragile belongings, as you never know when you’re going to need to do some emergency re-packing.
It’s also a good idea to pack an bag with more food and drink than you’re likely to need, important phone numbers, a torch and keys for your new house in case you get held up or have any problems when you arrive at your new property. You should also make a map for your removal company and plan at least one alternative route in case of traffic hold ups.