Moving home is often going to require the use of a professional removals company. Ask anyone who has worked in such a capacity and they will never be shy of explaining how even the simplest jobs can encounter all sorts of problems. The good news is that with a little forethought most of these can be avoided. A great deal of unnecessary hassle and stress can easily be dodged with a small amount of diligent planning, sensible packing, and sourcing the best companies in your area. So let's take a look at the essential factors to bear in mind when planning your move.

1) Plan Your Arrival & Departure

Perhaps not surprisingly, most people tend to focus more upon moving out of their current home than moving into their new one. After all, you want to make sure that none of your prized possessions are damaged and leave the home in a good condition for the next occupants. However - never assume that your destination is going to be as well prepared as you would expect or hope for! Something as simple as making sure that utilities are connected will make a massive difference unless you plan on moving in by candlelight.

Make sure that all of your furniture and larger items can fit through the doorways (probably the most common mistake anyone makes). If in doubt, have contingency plans for storage - even a sheet of tarpaulin will do as a short term fix for items that need to be kept outside for a little while. Organize your load in a logical manner with heavy/bulky objects going in last so they can be moved in first (good removals companies will do this as a matter of course). Ideally, check over the destination property or be on site before your possessions arrive. It is amazing how frequently new keys are misplaced...

2) Preventing Loss & Damage

Are you or your removal company providing packing materials? Are they of a suitable standard and provided in great enough quantity? Ultimately it is in no one's interest for your goods to be damaged or lost somehow during transit - but if they are, make sure you understand what is covered by insurance. Liability works both ways and you may be legally responsible for hiring people who encounter injury while undertaking your removals - so be sure to work with companies who cover this themselves. As for your property, be sure to be insured entirely and make special arrangements for items considered especially valuable or fragile.

3) Understand That Delays May Happen

Most removals ought to go without a hitch but the fact is that sometimes events just conspire against you. Trucks break down, traffic can be bad, access may be surprisingly problematic - the list goes on. One common factor to bear in mind here is how it is going to affect your timescale. Decent removal experts will charge by the job and not by an hourly rate. Remember that there is an element of trust and mutual understanding here - it is important to have these established first and in writing. Larger companies will be better able to cover mishaps and have the resources to address these in a timely fashion. However, they will also be much more likely to have rigid parameters that allow little in the way of flexibility on your part.

4) Keep Key Items Separate

Gather up all of your essential documents and travel with them on your person. Any small sized precious items ought to also be packed into the trunk of your car when driving to your new home. It is sensible to keep anything essential separate from your household items so that they are not only safer but also readily at hand. You may be well advised to also take a reasonable amount of cash to cover unforeseen expenses. Company policy will vary in regards to tips, but it can often help to grease the wheels and ensure a perfect job that goes above the expected requirements - so the choice is yours!


5) Choose A Removals Company With Care

Most people will have an opinion on the quality of removals companies that they have used in the past and these can vary enormously! While it is good practice to listen to personal recommendations you will often find a less emotive opinion when it is provided by strangers who have already used the service. Choosing a moving company should be based on recent reviews and be sure to look into those who have accreditation and can handle aspects like insurance and specialist loads. Once you have a shortlist in place, do not just leap for the lowest quote. Be sure that they can comfortably cover the distance you are moving and the size of the load.

A good moving company will be genuine experts and will have experienced so many unique situations that their experience will make the move go incredibly easy. Even should unexpected circumstances throw your carefully laid plans into chaos, they will be able to find a solution and carry it through with a smile. Be sure to fully explain your circumstances and invite them to provide estimates for timescale and cost before signing up. Expenses will vary considerably, especially when it comes to essentials such as insurance and mileage, so it is important to present these accurately. Most good companies will provide a complimentary checklist for what you need to do before and during the moving process. Follow the expert's advice!


Published by Mohaned Gadnne