Once your sale has gone through, and you have finalised all of your paperwork, you can begin to package your belongings and get moving to your new home. However, despite the effort that goes into preparing a property for sale, many people often overlook the significant impact of good removal planning!
So today, we bring you part two of our mini moving guide, all about how to plan your removal for a smooth move! We hope these pointers will help to prepare you as much as possible, but feel free to get in touch if you think there is anything we may have missed!
Firstly, you need to piece together a plan which includes the key steps:
The research stage covers your foundations, from setting a budget, finding a removal company (if needed), enlisting the help of family and friends (remember, this can also help to cut your costs too!) and your packing materials.
The preparation stage of your move is in the title. It is preparing for your move; packing your belongings, completing the switch over of utility, bill and address changes for both your new and old house.
Your execution stage is the transportation of your belongings to your new home. The official ‘moving in’ process and the final hand over from your old property.
The best way to make the process of moving house easier is to compile a checklist of things to consider, things to remember and things to tick off along the way. This will help you to feel organised and also help you spot if there is anything missed from your list.
Don’t wait until a buyer is ready before arranging a removal quote! Think of it as the same way you chose your estate agent, act with caution and care and talk to several removal firms before you decide on a final. Here are a few pointers to think about when it comes to choosing a removal firm:
❏ The price
❏ The location
❏ The distance between your old home and your new property
❏ The form of transport and space available (this will impact the amount of round trips needed to make the move)
❏ The amount of people you can hire to help
Completion dates are often agreed on before the exchange, therefore this gives you a bit of time to play around with. Once you have your tentative date in mind, ask the removal company to pencil in the date - subject to confirmation.
And remember! Friday’s are usually the most popular day to move house, therefore removal companies do tend to get booked up fast. If there was a hiccup in the transition, are they available on weekends, with the space and transport needed to occupy your move?
Removal firms no longer just offer their assistance with the physical move. Some firms will be more than happy to go the extra mile for you. You can save a lot of hassle by asking the removers to pack for you. (But be careful - this may come at an extra cost so always check beforehand and don’t expect!)
The best way that you can help your removal firm prepare for a smooth move is by providing them with a brief. You should include the following:
❏ Any items that need special attention while packing, such as pictures, ornaments, antiques and/or valuable objects
❏ Items that are difficult to move or particularly large in size
❏ Wardrobes or other later furniture which may need to be dismantled to move
❏ If you are taking any carpets or flooring with you - let them know prior to the date
❏ Any items you are moving yourself - let them know before you do so
❏ Provide them with a floor plan of the new property so that they can move the boxes into the correct rooms when unloading
❏ Inform them of how many flights of stairs are in your new property (alternative plans may have to be made for certain furniture)
❏ Insurance - It’s always worth checking if your removal company has adequate insurance cover prepared for the moving of your personal belongings, and what the time limit would be for a potential claim if the worst was to happen
❏ BAR - To be on the safe side, choose a removal company that is a member of BAR - the British Association of Removers. The BAR Head Office telephone number is 01923 699 480
❏ House insurance - If there are any gaps in the insurance policy of your removal company, then does your home insurance policy cover you?
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