The reasons for moving home are usually good ones, like upsizing to a bigger property or relocation for a new job. That said, moving home is also said to be one of life’s most stressful events, up there with divorce, getting sacked and relegation play-offs! However, with a little prior planning you can anticipate and overcome many of the pains of relocating.
First decision concerns how you’re going to do the move- solo, or with a bit of help!
It you’re a DIY kind of person, let’s talk packing. Joy! Moving takes time, and if you are doing your own packing, make sure you give yourself lots of it- at least six weeks before your move date. Careful planning and packing will save you time, money and fingernails. We’ll be putting together a packing master-class in a couple of weeks, so watch this space. And if you need any packing materials, why not visit the Gentleman & a Van Boxshop.
If you’re also moving your belongings yourself, start by hiring the right van. Too small and you may need to make a few journeys, too big and you may have problems parking. It’s often cheaper to book vans on weekdays. But if you move at the weekends you may be able to make the most of special two-day hire rates.
Like any good boy Scout- always ‘be prepared’. Before moving into a new property, take time to give the place a good once-over, noting any potential problems areas. Is all your furniture going to fit through doors/ windows?!
Watch out for parking restrictions. Imagine how upset you’d be if you got a parking ticket for, say, £40 on the first day in your new home. So, be sure to check parking restrictions in your new street. Having the right parking permit (or plenty of change for parking meters) could save you a lot of grief…and pennies!
Have some emergency rations handy. Moving home is hard work, so you won’t have much time to stop and eat. Furthermore, lugging boxes around all day is thirsty work, so be sure to have some snacks and drinks on standby. You’ll be worn out by the end of the day, so find a decent takeaway restaurant in advance. Also, it’s a good idea to buy spare light bulbs, as some people remove everything that isn’t nailed down when they leave!
Alternatively, you may choose to employ a professional home removals company. Lots of things can go wrong on the day of a move. Items can be dropped, fixtures damaged, and things can go missing or be stolen. Whether it’s Gentleman & a Van or another company, we would recommend using a professional remover. Such companies will have specialist insurance to cover goods in transit and on arrival. In addition, having your packing done by a home removals firm will take away a whole load of hassle.
Please feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions about moving home.