Thursday 17 January 2019

Tips And Factors To Consider When Moving House

Moving has never been a fun experience for many people. This is because you have to manage the removal company as well as send a notification for an address change among bits. Preparing well for a move should however make the process smoother and less stressful. Outlined below is a checklist of things you ought to know when moving house. 

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1.Avoid Moving During Bank Holidays 
Most people confirm a move once they have exchanged the contracts. This gives one at least a month to prepare for the move. It would therefore be wise to consider the moving date very carefully and try to avoid weekends and bank holidays. Most moving companies are busiest during these times, a reason you should consider moving during the week, maybe a Wednesday or Tuesday. 

2.Ask for Recommendations
Asking your friends, neighbors, and even work colleagues for recommendations on the best moving company can save you lots of time. Shopping around for such companies and getting quotes from candidates is recommended as well. The British Association of Removers (BAR) can also help you get up to 4 no-obligation estimates from several of their members. Should you decide to use a member of the association (e.g., Storers and National Guild of Removers), you can then be assured of quality service, code of practice, and also be protected by their regulations and code. 

Their website has an interactive moving guide that allows you to enter the planned moving day, and even provide you with a guide on you to plan the move (week-by-week list of tasks in readiness for the move). Such information can be particularly helpful if you aren’t sure what or where to start. 

3.Start Working with The Removal Company Early
After identifying and choosing the removal company (and have a written quotation in hand), you should then arrange to visit the company in person to discuss the details.  Enlighten them on items that need to be handled carefully, as well as share a map to the new house. This should help the removal company identify the best way to park as well as arrange access for the new home too. 

4.Start Preparing for the Move
If you have already started packing for the move, you might then want to look at the new house's floor plan and what setup to adopt. Consider the items you already have and try to fit them in the new home, virtually. Doing this will allow you to have enough to give up any equipment or furniture you might not need anymore.  You can even put them up for recycling on sites such as Freegle. 

This is also the time to start informing the local schools, doctor, local authority, and dentist of the planned move. 

5.Notify Concerned Parties
In addition to informing your work colleagues, friends, and family of the planned move, you should also consider notifying your bank, TV provider, the building society, credit card companies, HMRC, and DVLA of the same. This includes the water, phone, electricity, gas, and internet company. This ensures you don't continue getting charged for services you no longer use, as well as avoid your mail and bills mailed to the address.  Consider having essential cards printed with the new address as well. 

Preparing a list of everything makes it easy to prepare well for the move. Britannia Movers provides a free checklist for moving house that you can use for all these tasks. You can even have the checklist printed for easier access. The checklist also comes with a courtesy list of information you should pass on to the new homeowners. Simple information such as where the fuse box and stopcock is will come in handy for the new homeowners. 


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