Moving house is a hellish experience and there is no short cut to it. There are some tricks, though, that will save you a lot of drama. Whether you’re hiring a professional removalist or moving with the help of friends or family these tricks will make your life much easier.
Moving house is one of the most stressful events in your life, especially if you have been in the same home for a long time. Our moving house checklist will help you plan your move and help make your move run like clockwork.
The first thing you need to confirm is the actual date that you need to move. Until this is finalised, you can plan and prepare, but you can’t hire a removalist, organise a cleaner or do a lot of other tasks. This can be stressful because although you’re planning what to do, you can’t actually do anything! (more…)
The moving industry includes the services of truck and trailer equipment rental companies, alongside companies selling moving supplies such as boxes and bubble wrap for people who want to do the preparation work themselves. They then will use a removalist to load and unload their belongings. Removalists may offer training or advice for homeowners who will be using their equipment to relocate themselves.
Removalists will firstly assess how much space will be required to move your items. They will then work out which items to pack together, and how to best utilize the space they are going to use. They may use bubble wrap, specific item cartons, custom-made packing, paper blanket wrap and other packing items to ensure that your belongings aren’t damaged.
Careful wrapping and packing is needed to prevent damage to property, and many contents insurance policies won’t cover goods in transit unless they’re professionally packed and unpacked. When packing a van or container for a removal, removalists will need to make sure that polished surfaces are protected with moving blankets and/or cardboard where appropriate.
Fragile items should be packed in rigid boxes with screwed up newspaper being used to protect against scratches and chips in transit. Softer materials can be packed in suitcases, boxes and bags.
Moving furniture can present many challenges, especially in older properties when trying to get items through doors and windows. A good removalist will be creative with the dismantling and moving of items through entrances.
It is good practice to get quotes from multiple removalists in order to find the one most suited for your needs.