There’s a lot to remember when it comes to moving house – from all the big physical stuff right down to the small bits of paperwork – so it’s no wonder that there are some things that get left behind. Easy Move Removals is professional home and commercial removal company operating across South West Wales. They have come up with a list of the top five things people forget when they are moving home.
This might sound like an obvious one but when there’s so much else to think about, little things like labelling a box can easily be forgotten. And although it seems like a small mistake to make, the impact it can have on your move at the other end can be quite a big one.
Whether you are using a professional company or doing the move yourself, labelling is important so that you know exactly where things go at the other end.
Always label your boxes in marker pen with the name of the room they are to be put in when unloading. Mark any box containing fragile items clearly as this will ensure that youyou’re your removal team take extra care when loading and unloading it from the truck, and mark anything that’s got priority items in it with a number so that it gets unpacked first.
Using the correct packing materials
Underestimating the amount of stuff you’re trying to move and how many trips it will take you to get there is a particularly common problem encountered by those that try and move themselves. It’s always hard to calculate the volume of your goods by yourself.
Using a removal company means an experienced estimator will calculate the amount of boxes you’ll require and they will provide the standard of packing materials needed to safely transport your items. However, if you’re still intent on moving yourself make sure to buy the appropriate quantity (best to overestimate!) and appropriate quality packing materials. It is advisable to buy your boxes and packing paper from a specialist packaging or removal company; not only will they be sturdy enough to withstand the move.
Always start packing as early as you can so that you avoid running into problems, the more prepared you are, the smoother your move should be.
Moving on a Friday
Unless you really can’t avoid it, try as hard as you can not to move on this particular day. It might be tempting to deliberately schedule your move so that you have the weekend to sort your house out without taking too much time away from work, but Fridays are a notoriously busy day for removal companies, particularly during the height of the summer so you might struggle with availability.
What’s more, not only is moving on a Friday more expensive, but it’s also a lot harder to solve problems with utility companies and the like. In other words, situations that you can’t plan for at short notice when the weekend might cause inconvenience. You should also take into consideration the fact that if anything delays the move, such as the handing over of keys, and pushes the move into the weekend then your costs will start to rise considerably.
That’s not to say that every move on a Friday is a disaster, but it’s certainly something you should factor into your considerations when planning your move, particularly if your budget is tight and a removal company can offer you a cheaper rate for a mid-week move.
Collecting the Right Keys
You’ve got the front and back door keys and you’ve even remembered to ask for the ones for the windows and conservatories – but is that all you need to be worried about?
Make sure you check with the owners of the house that you’re buying whether they have all the keys you’ll need on moving day. Don’t forget about things like sheds, conservatories, garages and garden gates. Also, once you’re in, make sure you get ALL of your locks changed. The previous owners might no longer have keys but you can never be sure who else has been given a copy over the years, and many insurance policies will be invalid unless the locks have been changed.
Informing People About your Move
You’ve done the hard bit and moved from A to B – but just how many people that need to know about it actually do? You’d be surprised at the amount of people who move that simply forget to tell anyone about it, including their family members…
As soon as you get your move date confirmed, start letting people know. Remember to go through all utility providers, creditors, the bank, doctors, your place of work and anywhere else that you correspond with regularly and inform them of your new address.
Then go to the Post Office and fill in a form to get all post redirected from the date of your move. A couple of weeks prior to your move, fill in some change of address cards for friends and family with the date of your move on it to make it easier to let everyone know in one go…or they might end up paying your new owners a surprise visit!
If you need further advice and guidance on how to plan your move properly, call Easy Move Removals today on 07578 273852.