Moving house is a major undertaking, but if you plan ahead you can remove the stress and give yourself every chance of making it as smooth a process as possible. So, while you’re dealing with the legal paperwork, last-minute phone calls and financial transactions, spare some time for sorting out the mechanics of the move – you’ll be glad you did.
Once you’ve found your new home, you can start putting your removal plans in place. First-time buyers might be able to manage with a van and a little help from their friends, but for most people a professional removal firm is best. It’s vital to get estimates from at least two and to use a reputable company. Costs depend on the amount of furniture and belongings involved, distance, and whether accessibility allows the use of one big lorry rather than two smaller vehicles.
CHOOSE YOUR REMOVAL FIRM WITH CARE
If your budget allows, avoid scrimping on removal fees. Don’t jump at the cheapest quotation and check the firm has insurance for your possessions while they’re in transit. Consider having delicate and valuable items such as pictures, china, glassware, cooking utensils and books packed for you a day or two ahead of moving. It costs extra but saves time and energy, and proper packing can also reduce breakages. Estimates should itemise the extras you’ve selected.
When choosing a remover, word-of-mouth is valuable, as is membership of the British Association of Removers and/or the Road Haulage Association, as these signify professionalism. Wait until your completion date is fixed (usually at exchange of contracts) before confirming removal details. Most removers can offer storage if you need it.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
Occasionally, unexpected events can cause delays. An optional advance payment can cover the removers’ extra costs if there’s a last-minute glitch. If everything runs perfectly, the keys will be released just as the removers arrive at your new address. While this can never be guaranteed, you can take steps to improve your chances of it happening.