Guest Post: Moving Home Removals

Moving Home? These are our top tips for packing and moving your things safely.

Moving home can be one of the most stressful times that a person can go through. Packing and moving your belongings is often the main reason for this. These are our top tips for moving home.

Set a date

Things can often get confusing when planning a move. This is why it is important to set dates and stick to them. The last thing you want is to be rushing to get things sorted for a certain date. If you plan in advance you will find that things will run more smoothly and will the chaos surrounding the move will be reduced too. When setting a date bear in mind that the roads are much busier on weekends as well as on bank holidays. When setting your date try planning for a weekday, this should help you to avoid traffic jams and further unnecessary stresses. It is advisable to plan all this as soon as you sign the contacts for the property to allow yourself as much time as possible to get things ready.

Find a reputable moving company

A lot of your things are unlikely to fit in the back of a hatchback, meaning you are going to need a larger vehicle to transport your things. Trusting your valuables with a stranger can be daunting. This is why finding a reliable moving company is important. You want the peace of mind that your things are going to arrive at your new property safely and undamaged. Everyone wants to budget but be careful of resorting to the cheapest option. If things seem too good to be true, they probably are. There are many websites that can give you free impartial advice for removal companies as well as their prices. You can also use this site to choose what part of the service you require, if you don’t need help packing you needn’t pay for it. Also if you know a friend or family who has recently moved home ask them how good or bad their removal company was. The best advice you can get is from someone who has dealt with a company first hand. If the removal company smashed all your friends’ precious china you can assume they aren’t going to take care of your items.
Removal companies may send a person to your property before the move to check the items that need to be moved. It is during this time you need to make them aware of the family heirlooms that need to be kept more secure than the rest of your items. This allows the removal company to make special arrangements for any large or extremely valuable items.

Insure your items

Even the most careful of removal men are unable to prevent things from getting broken in transit. All it takes is hitting a pothole and your ornaments can get smashed. To avoid losing money on valuable items that could potentially get broken it is a good idea to take out insurance. These policies are usually offered by reputable removal companies. There may be certain guidelines you have to stick to in order to get full cover, for example things that you have packed may not be covered for damage. Paying for this service may mean that the removal company pack your valuables more carefully and safely to avoid damage. It may also be worth checking that things you may carry in your own vehicle are covered, as some policies will give cover for items that are being moved, regardless of who is carrying them. Your household insurance may also offer some protection for moving home so it may be worth checking your policy.

The more you plan the less stress you will encounter on the big day. Knowing your belongings are safe and covered for the worst can help to stop you worrying so that you can focus on other things that will need to be done, before, during and after the move.

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