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Preparing and planning your move
We hope that you will find the information provided on this page helpful when planning your move, Moving home advice. If you need any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us for further information and professional advice. Thank you for considering small removals to quote for your removal. Advice on packing your boxes Packing tips
Removals advice and Tips
Try to use proper removal cartons as they are designed to withstand the weight of the contents inside and also the necessary lifting and carrying during transportation. They can be obtained from Boxes and Bubbles

In the interest of safety, please keep all small children and pets away from removal men it can be dangerous moving large items of furniture try to get a neighbour or family member to attend to them

If possible try to dismantle all beds prior to removal, putting all screws in a safe place if you need removal men to take beds apart let us know prior to move.

Washing machine to be disconnected, and water removed from any hoses or the washing machine bowl removal men will assist in this if needed

When packing clearly mark only fragile boxes and not every box, all boxes will be moved with care but fragile boxes need to be packed in a different manner. Also clearly mark boxes enclosed with liquid.

Label boxes with the room they should be placed at the destination and do not over load boxes, heavier the item the smaller the box do not exceed 30kgHelp moving house

Ideally bubble wrap should be used on crockery and ornaments before placing in boxes, try to make sure you have everything packed when we arrive. Packing and wrapping may take longer than expected

Unpack all wardrobes, cupboards and drawers. If you are able to pack all of your belongings into boxes or its original packaging, it will make the move more practical. To be sure your fragile items are secure, use bubble wrap when packaging. Pack heavier items at the bottom of the package and lighter items at the top. If you have a lot of books or heavy items, try to allocate them evenly amongst other boxes.

If you have any items that are extremely heavy, please let us know in advance so that we are equip with the right tools to move these items on the day. It is also helpful for us to know in advance if you have any outdoor furniture or garage or shed items to move.

Taping your boxes enables us to stack things more securely and keep your belongings safe for the duration of transport, and while loading and unloading. Pack everything that can be boxed.
Use thick and sturdy cartons

The Date
Book your removal as soon as you can confirm dates and times. Provide us with all contact numbers (mobile phone) for both the pick up and delivery address.

Please let us know in advance regarding any access issues at the pick up and delivery addresses. This includes parking problems, lifts, stairways, walk ways.

First of all:

  • Weeks prior to the move, begin with using up perishables in your fridge and freezer and try to use up cleaning supplies. Also, start packing things that you won’t be want in the next month.
  • Start selling or donate away household items or houseplants you’re not moving. You may want to arrange a car boot sale or give items to charity.
  • Make an inventory of everything you are moving.
  • Number and categorize all your boxes enter the total number of boxes you have after you’ve completed. Packing by room will make unpacking easier once you get to your destination. Keep a list of the number and description of the contents in each box.
  • Pack a box of vital items you will need at some point in and right after the trip. For example: first-aid kit, medicines, toiletries, coffee and coffee pot, small tool set, a can opener, paper plates, cups and utensils, a couple of pans, and paper towels. Pack the box in the moving van or in your car last so it will be easy to get to.
Two weeks to go:
  • Confirm all arrangements, times etc for meter readings, disconnections and reconnections.
  • Make sure you have a good stock of packing materials, sturdy boxes, string and sticky tape.
  • Begin to throw out unwanted items from attics and wardrobes. Throw away what you really don’t want, or send to your local charity shop.
One week to go:
  • Arrange and pay for automatic re-direction of your mail by the Post Office.
  • Cancel and pay up accounts for routine delivery services such as mail, papers etc. Reorganise these deliveries for your new address.
  • Defrost refrigerators in preparation for the move and if you are moving a freezer and contents, turn it up to maximum for a couple of days before you move.
  • If you have pets you should consider what is to happen to them on the day of removal.
  • If you have young children it would be advisable to look for baby sitters while the move is taking place.
  • It’s easier if you can get your decorating and carpet fitting done in advance where possible.
One day to go:
  • Complete your packing except for those items you are likely to need overnight, and arrange a picnic on the moving day.
  • Have a large enough cash float available to deal with unexpected expenses, tips etc and ensure you have collected the documents and valuables together in a safe place.
  • Pack small valuables separately and leave with “essentials” pile.
  • If you need to use an elevator or if parking spaces are a problem ensure that you get these organised.
Moving day:
Flat Pack self assembly furniture this can be difficult! In theory you are supposed to be able to dismantle and re-assemble most self assembly furniture. In practice, it never goes together again so well and can’t be covered by insurance. You can move it complete but joints may loosen.
  • Strip beds and pack bedding and nightclothes.
  • Pack items for washing/toiletries.
  • Take down curtains.
  • Take up rugs, carpets, floor coverings etc not included in the sale
  • Dismantle any light fittings, etc not included in sale.
  • Turn off electric appliances.
  • Disconnect cooker.
  • Turn off boiler/central heating.
  • Turn off water.
  • Read gas meter.
  • Read electricity meter.
  • Secure all windows.
  • Lock all doors.
  • Leave key as arranged for new owners eg with estate agent
  • Exchange contact numbers and agree meeting time with removal men.
Don't forget to furnish your latest address to...
  • Post office redirection of mail, and amend electoral information
  • Telephone notify BT to disconnect your phone
  • Cancel milk delivery, gardener, cleaners etc
  • Insurance companies car, life, medical, home
  • Council tax department local authority
  • National savings and premium bonds if you win they cannot find you
  • DVLA Vehicle registration
  • Inform Gas, Electricity and Water utilities
  • Newsagent stop papers and magazines
  • Motoring organisations and Breakdown recovery company AA RAC
  • Notify friends relatives and neighbours
  • Cable satellite and internet service providers
  • TV licensing
  • Banks Building societies Credit card companies
  • Health Doctor Dentist Optician
Failure to inform the subsequent could result in avoidable stress & charge
After arrival
When the removals arrive at your new home or apartment, make sure that the furniture and boxes are placed in the right rooms and that all your boxes have been delivered.
Unloading
At this point you’ll probably feel the urge to tackle everything at once. You don’t have to unpack everything in one day – or even in one week.
Start by unloading the van and placing boxes and furniture in their designated rooms.
Wonder where to start unpacking? Plan on taking things one room at a time, starting with the kitchen. Set up the microwave and coffeemaker and stock the fridge with easy-to-prepare meals. Once your basic kitchen items are in order, you can focus on other areas of the house knowing that you have somewhere to go for a cup of coffee or a quick snack.
Next focus on the bathrooms. Make toiletries and paper accessible and pull out a few towels. Once your new kitchen and baths are functioning, you can focus on the rest of the house at a more relaxed pace. Where you go from here is a matter of personal preference – take your time!
Finally you can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to ensure that your move goes off without a hitch. Feel free to contact us at any time if you need further advice related to the move. On the day stay cool, calm and collected and your move will be completed with the minimum of fuss and stress free Moving advice

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