When moving to a new home, this can be a great opportunity to organise your possessions. Get rid of rubbish and categorize items so can be given away to friends or charity shops. Get moving boxes well in advance from local removal company or supermarket, and get paper wraps for protecting breakables. For more advice, take a look at our packing services page.
If you decide to do a home move yourself, start by hiring the right van – try give the van rental company an idea of much possessions you need to carry so you don’t have to do too many trips back and forth. The size of the van depends on how many trips you want to make and the parking situation at the new home.
Professional removal companies
Unless there is not much to move, your best bet is to call in a professional removal company to help you move house. Many removal companies in London, for example, have a lot of experience in moving homes and can make your home removal a lot easier. Every aspect of a move can be arranged for you, of course you pay for the privilege, but the cost for the help is much less than the stress of doing it oneself..
- hire a removal company at least two weeks before you move
- use a removal company who is a member of the British Association of Removers
- get at least three quotes before deciding which one to use
- check if the company offers a discount on a weekday
- check the fine print in your moving insurance
- make a list of your possessions so you can check if you’ve left anything behind
It will help if you let the company know the following things:
- the amount of furniture you’re moving, so it can choose an adequately sized truck and plan the number of journeys needed between your old and new home
- a rough guess of how many boxes the company needs to pack, so it can estimate how long it will take
- the exact time you want the team to arrive
- clear instructions and directions to your new property
- arrange a parking space for the removal van
- always tell the removal firm well in advance of pieces of furniture which won’t go through the door
- make a plan of where the furniture needs to go in your new home