Guest Post: Getting ready for a removal, have you got the essentials?

When it comes to moving house, there are a lot of things that you can do to be prepared. Being prepared is perhaps the only way to prevent the move from being a total disaster, so it is well worth having a look through the following ideas for a way in which to ensure that your move is the best it can be.

Without wanting to panic monger, there is a lot that can go wrong if you are not prepared for your move, and this is the sort of thing that can easily be prevented by simple planning.  To ensure that you are ready for the worst, have all of your packing and moving necessities ready well in advance, and a solid time table to follow, and you should have no trouble whatsoever.

For a start, get going as early as you can. Setting out a plan at an early stage will let you see how much you have to get done in the amount of time that you have left. Hopefully you get going early enough to be pleasantly surprised; the aim is to make a time table or plan that only involves a little work every day in order to get the move ready. If you leave it too late, you may be rushed off your feet, but getting it sorted early means that you can approach the move in a much more relaxed way.

Planning is as much about assessing the methods that you use, as it is working out when to do things. You will likely find that having a little time to think about how you go about doing stuff will ensure that you can work out ways in which to do them better. Whether this means faster or more cheaply it does not matter, as long as you do not cut any corners that could jeopardize the safety or integrity or the move. Alternative methods to things like removals companies can involve renting a van and doing the move with friends, or even finding an unofficial storage unit in a local farmer’s barn. These sorts of things are not the way in which most people go about moving house, but they may work better for you, so take a moment to have a think about it all.


Planning out a timetable based on this information means that you will have a strict set of instructions to follow in order to ensure that the move goes ahead successfully, but be prepared to make last minute changes, as nothing ever goes completely to plan. You will no doubt find that there are a number of ways in which to get any one thing done, so have them in mind throughout the process, so that plan B can be set in motion should anything go wrong.

One of the things that tends to go wrong whilst packing, is that you run out of materials! It may not seem like a big deal now, but running out of tape will often lead to you giving up on packing for the day, or even improvising with other things that are not as good for the job. This can make the process less effective, and slow down your packing overall, so be sure to have a lot of boxes, tape, tissue, newspaper, bubble wrap and marker pens to ensure that you never find yourself trying to work out ways to keep a box shut with string! Be sure to label each box immediately as well, otherwise you’ll forget whats inside!


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