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Before you start packing...
Other than your furniture, we all have lots of "stuff" in our homes that we need to move to your new home.
Before you start packing everything for your move to your new home its always a good time to de-clutter and dispose of things that you don't want or need any more.
It takes time to pack up and move your unwanted stuff, once its at your new home you then have the issue of where you're going to put it all so why not dispose of it before you move it rather than having a sort out after you have moved it all.
We all have stuff that we keep in a drawer, on a shelf, in a room that we don't actually use and haven't used for a long time. If its some thing that can be reused why not pass it onto a charity shop, offer it to a friend or have a carboot sale (if you have a lot of half decent stuff).
If its just junk bin it or if you have a lot of junk take it to your local tip.
The less unwanted stuff you have to move to your new house means the quicker your move will go and in turn could be saving you money as well as time.
When to start packing...
It always takes longer than you think it will to pack your things away for the move and you always have 3 times more boxes and bags at the end than you thing you will have.
When you know your going to be moving soon so start packing early and pack away any non-essential items like ornaments, books, kids toys, etc meaning you only have to concentrate on the everyday used items closer to moving date.
Packing your things up...
Strong double walled boxes are always advisable as they are strong enough to hold your possessions and don't crumple and collapse when we stack them up in the van. Use strong parcel tape to secure the bottom of the boxes and always try to pack them so the top can be closed flat and again tape them closed.
You can get these type of boxes from various outlets on the internet like amazon or ebay and you can also pick these boxes up in person from a local self storage company.
Remember to buy different sizes of boxes because some items in your home like books are heavier than others. Use smaller boxes for books as they soon become very heavy when you put a few books together, you can use larger boxes for things like clothing, bedding, etc.
If you're running short of boxes, things like bedding, towels and clothing can also be put into Strong Bin Liner. Don't put books or other more solid items into these bags as they will rip and you could have a pile of stuff on the floor in the street.
When you have filled your boxes up, tape them up and write in marker pen on the top of each box which room in your new house you would like each box placing. That way when we are unloading we know where to take your boxes without asking you every time we pick one up and you get them in the correct rooms so you don't have to move them around again after we have gone.
We don't need an essay writing just a simple "Front Room" - "Kitchen" - "Bed 1" - "Bed 2" - "Garage"
When packing fragile items like ornaments or cups, plates, glasses, etc use bubble wrap or newspaper to pack around these items to stop them moving around and banging into each other in the box when we move them. Also write on the boxes "Fragile" so we know to be extra careful moving them.
Any boxes with bottles or anything which may spill inside of them please write "Keep This Way Up" so we don't put them on their side when loading into the van which could then result in a spill or leakage.
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When you've found your new home...
Have a think about what furniture items you are taking to your new home.
Will it all fit in your new place, will you have to place some items into different rooms in your new home.
Check your furniture will fit into your new home, make sure it will fit through doorways, hallways and staircases.
Draw a plan of how your new furniture will be laid out in your new home.
If items won't fit are you going to place them into a different room to where it is now or is it just going to be surplus to requirements.
If its not needed at your new home its better to get rid of it now rather than take it to the new home and struggle to store it until later. Offer it to friends, sell it on auction sites like ebay or advertise it on a local site like Gumtree, ask a local charity like the British Heart Foundation if they can use it or if its coming to its end of life take it to the tip or arrange the local councils Bulk Waste Collection service to remove it for you.
Long Before Moving Day....
Start to prepare your furniture for the move well in advance as it can often take you some time to pack everything up. People generally have more than they realise to sort out and pack up.
Pack the Contents of sideboard, display units, kitchen cupboards, shelving units, book cases, dvd units, etc that are non-essential into boxes well in advance, don't wait until you get a confirmed moving date as sometimes that can be as little as 7 days notice, often not enough time to pack up your home properly as well as continue working and keeping appointments you need to attend.
Bedroom Drawers - left in / taken out ?
We often remove the drawers so we can lift and manoeuvre the drawer units around corners and down stairs and then replace the drawers back into the unit again in the van.
Bedroom and other Drawers are better emptied of clothing and other contents if possible but if the drawer itself can be removed from the drawer unit we can accommodate the drawers with items in if you prefer, saving you time packing and unpacking them. We've moved lots of drawers with clothing and underwear in over the years, it doesn't make any difference to us but items can spill out when we try carrying them down/upstairs etc so the choice is your.
Please do NOT take the drawers out and place other large items in them or wrap the drawers with bin liners or cling film as we always place them back in the unit they came out of saving room on the van when loading.
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Furniture That Originally Came Flat Packed....
When you buy flat pack furniture its usually very easy to get it into any room in the house.
You build it up in that room and leave it for a while, then comes moving day.
Getting it out again can be an issue sometime if you have built something large like a 3 door wardrobe in an upstairs bedroom. If you think its not going to come out in one piece it may be best if you dismantle it again ready for moving day.
We can often do dismantling for you on moving day and re-build it again at the new place but it will add time to your removal which could possibly result in extra removal costs.
Chests of drawers, sideboards, tv units and other smaller items are generally okay for us to take built up and they are usually at a size and weight we can carry.
There are various sizes and styles of dining tables that we come across in homes. Sometimes its possible to move these in one piece of we have good access or just good luck with the layout of rooms and doors.
But often dining tables need the legs removing so we can get them through doors and this also helps greatly when we load them onto the van, trying to pack around a large built up table means we either have try pack under and on top of the table or turn the table on one edge and pack around 4 sticking out legs.
Again with these, we can usually remove the table legs ourselves if required using the range of tools we carry on the van.
All we ask you to do with these is remove the food. Try use up any frozen foods the week before you move, any that's left place in strong carrier bags back inside your freezer. Any food from the fridge part is to be boxed up and marked accordingley.
The frozen food often adds quite a bit of additional weight to your appliance, on moving day we will remove the bags of frozen foods so we can load it onto the van. If needed, the frozen food can then be placed back into the freezer compartment and removed again at your new home so we can off load the appliance again.
Leave your appliance plugged in if you want to until we are ready to move it unless you want to defrost it prior to your move.
We can transport Fridge / Freezers stood upright in our van so you can turn it back on again and use straight away at your new home.
Please Note:- These appliances usually have a drip tray at the bottom around the back of the appliance. This sometimes has stagnant fluid in, best if you try empty this maybe by using a small sponge before we start lifting the appliance to avoid spillage.
Frame Type Beds usually need to be dismantled so we can move them out of the bedroom and down the staircase out to the van. Kids single metal bed bases will often go through the house (the ends need removing) but adult double beds frame based don't often go down staircases in one piece so may need totally dismantling.
Divan type beds can be easily split down by us to load them on to the van. Any divan bases that have drawers in need the items removing as we sometimes need to remove the drawers so we can get them downstairs and loaded on to the van safely.
Any Mattresses can moved by us as they are. We prefer you Don't use plastic mattress covers as they often split or rip whilst we try to get a grip of your mattress so are often a waste of your money. If you really want to cover your mattress try using 2 old fully fitted sheets, one on each side. Our van floor is carpeted and we usually load these first onto the van so they are placed on a floor area with very light use so chances of them getting dirty is reduced greatly.
Before we arrive please put these through a Spin Only cycle or an Empty/drain setting if it has one, which helps remove water from the washing machines system.
If you can, disconnect your machine before we arrive to save time, if you can't disconnect the machine we are happy to do this for you and re-connect at your new home (standard fitments only).
Free Standing Cookers / Ovens....
We are happy to move these for you to your new home, we require any loose items like fitments on a gas hob top or baking trays from the oven removing.
Please note:- We can NOT disconnect or reconnect gas or electric ovens.
There are laws requiring you to having a registered qualified trades person do this for you.
Mirror and Glass Items....
If you can, wrap mirrors and glass items, porcelain lamps etc, in bubble wrap, this is the best solution to keep them safe whilst moving them.
We do often have to carry these types of items without any protection provided by the customer that's why we do carry fleece type removal blankets to wrap around your fragile items although this doesn't give you the same protection and as bubble wrap.
***NEVER USE BROWN PARCEL TAPE ON FURNITURE***
Do not use brown parcel tape to secure cupboard doors or drawers or fridge doors closed.
When you try to remove the tape it will more than likely leave a sticky brown tape residue on your furniture.
An alternative if you really need to tape things shut is masking tape but we are aware of doors swinging open and can usually either carry the item accordingly or for things like wardrobes we use our straps to keep the doors closed. On the van we place covers over items which helps protect them and also stop drawers and doors opening.
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If you are renting your new home its a good idea to get your keys to your new property a week or so before your planned moving day.
You may have to pay rent on two properties for a week or two but this takes a lot of pressure off you.
This gives you chance to go in to the new house and plan your furniture lay out and decide what you are going to do with your full boxes on moving in day.
You also get time to move a few delicate or fragile items that you may not want the removal men to move for you.
And of course time to go back to the old house to make it spotless and make any minor repairs so you can get your original bond/deposit back from the landlord or letting agent.
If you are selling your present home and buying your new home you may be restricted to a specific time schedule for your move.
Contact your solicitor and agents to check what's happening when and what time you should expect to receive your keys to your new home and what time you have to hand over your keys to your old home too.
In our experience its often around lunchtime when money and keys exchange over but new rules coming in can mean exchanges can be as late as 6pm.
A lot of the actual timing depends on the buying / selling chain that you are part of and of course everyone else running to schedule on moving day.
Its absolutely essential you are organised and have all your thing properly packed up ready to go on moving day as you may be limited to a very small 2 hour window from when you get your new keys to handing over your keys for your old house.
People in the chain are often friendly and accommodating whilst organising the buying/selling processes but on moving day when the money has changed over your old house is now someone else's new house and they often want it NOW!!!
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Change of Address - Utilities....
Contacting the various utility companies is another important part of moving.
You need to notify Gas, Electricity, Water, Council Tax, Tv, Phone, Broadband (Sky - Virgin Media, BT, etc) of your move and moving date.
Gas, Electricity and maybe Water will need meter reading when moving out. If you can, try taking a photo of the meter reading as you may loose pieces of paper which could be an issue with the utility company or if you have to query any final bills.
Same goes for the new house, again take photos of the readings on Moving In day, you never know the last people may not notify or may have given the wrong readings to the utility company, you don't want to be paying for the last peoples gas bill.
If you have a TV, Phone, Broadband package with someone like Sky or Virgin Media speak to them early to arrange disconnection in the old house and re-connection in the new one on moving day. If you need new installation of cables or dishes try arrange it for the day before or after moving day (It can cause you further issues and stress if its done on moving in day).
Don't forget to also change your address on important things like Driving Licenses, Car Insurance (car insurance may be invalid if not changed asap), Vehicle Documents, Home Insurances, etc.
For Moving Day, make sure you have arranged time off work or are moving on a planned rest day.
If you are an important part of the business you work for and often receive work related calls outside of work, ask your employers and work colleagues not to call you on moving day and maybe add a voicemail message on your work phone informing people you're unavailable for a few hours on your moving day.
Give your partners number as a main contact number to all parties involved in making your move happen, that way you can switch your work phone off and concentrate on getting your move completed without the added stress of work calls.
Moving itself is often stressful enough, your partner needs your help and resassurance and your move needs your full attention. Work will still be there tomorrow but your move needs to be completed today.
Once you've decided to move pack all those items that sit there on a shelf or in a drawer that you don't often use as soon as possible, that's a big part of the job done..
Schedule the rest of your packing to start as soon as you've got your moving date.
You always have twice as much stuff to pack than you thought you had and there's always those little problems that crop up that keep you from packing when you plan to do it so start to get all your boxes packed as soon as possible,
Any furniture dismantling you may need to do (except beds) get finished early, may be a day or two before moving date so then you have time to wind down and relax a little and not have everything to do last minute that evening.
An early start on moving day is often required, if you planned it right you can start the day with very little stress, just the beds to dismantle and those last minutes bits to pack away.
On Moving day...
For Moving Day plan to get up early and have a good breakfast.
As moving day progresses you may not get lunch at lunchtime as you usually do and its essential you have something to eat to keep you going through out the day.
You'll need to pack up any last minute items like crockery and pack up your bedding and any other items that may still need to be done like bed dismantling so make sure you've kept some boxes and bags back for these items and some tools to dismantle the bed..
And most important of all...
Don't forget to get the removal man's money ready for when the move has been completed :-)
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