Moving Tips and Advice
Everyone knows that moving home or office can be extremely
harrowing and is rated, along with Divorce and Death, as being in the
top five most stressful experiences.
No matter whether you are moving across town, around the
world or just next door, this is the start of a new beginning and making
sure that everything goes well is paramount to whether you enjoy your
experience or not.
Unfortunately, problems can occur which are caused by outside
influences such as late completion, delays with the exchange of contracts,
or even simply by people being away on holiday!
These kinds of setbacks can be tackled by having better
communication between you, the customer, your Estate Agent, Solicitor
and especially with the vendor or purchaser. By making sure that all parties
involved know what's going on, you could avoid many of today's moving
At Moving etc..., we strongly advise that you make sure
that the period between your exchange of contracts and the completion
date is as long as possible. AT LEAST TWO TO THREE WEEKS, if achievable.
This is so that you can give plenty of notice to all parties concerned.
After all, you don't want to exchange contracts just a
few days before your move, only to find out that your removal company
is fully booked!
However, many people still think that booking a removal
company is like booking a taxi - Quick and easy.
Because, what some people don't realise is that removal
companies can be fully booked for days and weeks in advance.
One major piece of advice that we give is to make sure
that you get quotes from Removal or Shipping companies as early as possible.
If you are moving Overseas then you will need to contact them at least
two months in advance. However, if you are only moving locally, we still
advise that you contact them at least 4-6 weeks in advance of your proposed
move date so that you are more likely to be prepared for short notice
completions. Also, the removal companies will be more patient and understanding
of your situation.
This is also a good idea so that you know exactly how much
your removal is going to cost, well in advance. Moving with a professional
company may be less hassle, but it can also be expensive. So Be Prepared!
To make life easier for everyone concerned and to avoid
as many problems as possible, use our unique Move Manager to make your
move as well-organized and as smooth as can be.
If you are not going to employ a professional removal company
to pack for you, then the best thing you can do when organising any house
move is to start packing early.
Please don't under-estimate how long it will take you.
One of the worst things that can happen is for the removal company to
turn up and you are not ready. They may well charge you more if they have
Following is a list of packing tips written by the experts
themselves, so that you can avoid any mishaps on your big day.
Items you will need to keep Handy
Before we tell you how to pack, there are a few items that
you will need to keep out, either whilst you are packing or during your
Scissors and Marker Pens
It is very important that when you are packing you know what is inside
each box! We suggest that you try to label the boxes according to the
rooms that they are going to as opposed to the room that they have come
from. This helps to make the delivery much more organised and stress free.
After all, if your new property has a different layout than your old one,
it is very hard to keep up with two or three Removal Men all asking where
their boxes are to be delivered to once you get to your new home!
Kettle, Mugs and Teabags
It sounds a bit cheeky, but Moving is Thirsty Work! Removal Men get very
Dehydrated due to the fact that their job is so physical. They need to
replace the liquid that they loose during the day and the best way of
doing this is by drinking lots of Tea.
Make sure that the last things to be packed are the Hoover, Cleaning cloths,
Polish and Duster. No matter how clean your house is, you will be amazed
at how dirty it can be after a house move. Moving furniture that has been
in place for years can leave dirty marks on the floor that even the cleanest
person didn't know was there!
Make sure that all beds are dismantled and the pieces labelled and tied
together so that you know how it goes back together at the new property.
Keep the allen key handy if you need this to put it back together. You
will need to pack any bed linen in the drawers so that the bed can be
Chest of Drawers
Some companies don't mind if you leave the drawers full during the move.
However, this will depend on how large and sturdy the chest of drawers
is, the access out of the house and what kind of move you are having.
For example, if you are moving overseas you will need to empty all drawers
and cupboards so that the removal crew can make a full inventory of your
items. Also, smaller, loose items should always be covered over to make
sure that they don't get damaged or fall out all over the floor! Please
check with your removal company beforehand.
Many Removal companies provide "Hanging Wardrobe" Cartons or
Rails for hanging clothes, so there is no need to iron everything after
your move. However, if you are moving overseas, then they may advise against
using these so that you don't add extra volume to your shipment. If this
is the case, your clothes should be packed into long thin cartons to avoid
as many creases as possible. After all, they may be in there some time!
Chests and Trunks
Bedroom Chests are perfect for keeping light weight items in whilst moving.
However, please make sure that you do not over fill them and that you
can move them fairly easily. After all, you don't want your removal man
to break his back halfway through your move!
Jewellery, Money and Bonds
Even if you only possess Costume Jewellery, we advise that you should
either, lock it away in a Jewellery Box or keep it with you whilst you
are moving. And No, this is not because we don't trust the staff that
work for Removal Companies! It is because, apart from the fact that these
items are small and valuable, they can easily get lost and most Insurance
Companies do not insure Jewellery unless especially listed seperately.
Plain and Simple!
The same goes with Money, Bonds, Stocks, Shares and any other item of
great value. If you do have very valuable items, please discuss this at
length with your Movers because they will then be able to advise their
Insurers so that theyare covered on their policy.
Although big and bulky, Televisions are obviously fairly delicate so if
you have the original packaging, that's great! If you have a large TV
over 28 inches this may need more than two men to carry it, so please
advise your Movers beforehand. Also, it sounds obvious, but make sure
you know how to wire up your TV, DVD, Video Recorder and cable, and make
sure that you keep all the wires together.
Bookcases and Cabinets
All cupboards will have to be emptied and any glass shelving taken out
and wrapped up. Books will need to be packed into small boxes so that
they can be lifted easier. Ask your Movers for proper book cartons as
they are especially strong and durable. Please DO NOT pack books into
big boxes. If you can't lift them, then the removal men will struggle
Make sure that if it is being moved then any shelving must be off the
wall, and tied up together, unless otherwise agreed. Removal men do not
always carry tools with them, so if you would like the company to do any
jobs like this, please discuss it before the men arrive. Also, please
note, that although they may take it off the wall, it is not always in
the contract to fix it on to the walls at destination. If you would like
this done, then please talk to them about their "Handyman" services.
Some Removal Companies recommend that you tape keys to the inside of the
cupboard or drawer. However, in our experience, it is always good to label
keys for the corresponding cupboard and then keep them together in a small
bag that safely remains with you. The worst thing that could happen is
that you loose the key and have to replace the lock. Especially if it
is an antique piece of furniture!
If you are planning on taking this with you then you will either need
to take it down yourself or call your Satelite Contractor to take it down
for you. Don't forget to tell them that you are moving so that they can
set you up in your new home ready for when you move in.
Video and DVD Players
Although fragile, they will usually survive the journey to your new home
if you pack them well enough. Wrap them up in blankets or sheets and place
them upright in a box. If you have the original packaging, this is great,
as it will protect them a lot better. Whichever way, make sure that they
have enough padding to get there in one piece. Some insurance policies
do not cover for electrical derangement so please check your policy before
Pictures and Mirrors
When packing these sort of items you need to make sure that they are always
standing upright and have extra protection around them. Because these
items can sometimes bend or break in the middle they need to be protected
by cardboard or a wooden crate. Never lay them flat as the glass will
not be strong enough to survive the journey. Large pictures with Gilt
or intricate frames must be cased so that the artwork can be delivered
in exactly the same condition that it was collected in. Medium size pictures
should be wrapped in cardboard or blankets and again, kept upright. Small
pictures can be wrapped up and placed in a box with other items. However,
please make sure that they are standing up so that they do not bend. Never
wrap Oil paintings in bubble wrap, because it makes the oil run. It is
just like sticking a plastic bag over your head!
Armchairs and Sofas
Due to the fact that most suites are very big and comfy these days, you
must make sure that it will fit into your new property. If you have an
extra large sofa, your movers will need to know about the access at both
properties. Was it delivered into your current property without any hassle?
Have you made any modifications since you moved in? If the sofa is going
upstairs, how tight is the staircase? If the sofa was delivered through
the window, have you had double glazing installed since you bought it?
Your movers will charge you extra if they have to dismantle it or deliver
it through a window in your new property - especially if the window is
not on the ground floor...
You should remove the shades and lightbulbs from Lamps and pack these
seperately. If you have a normal light fitting that hangs from the ceiling,
these can be wrapped up and place gently in a box with plenty of padding.
However, if you have a chandelier, these will either need to dismantled
completely or hung and tied inside a wooden crate or box so that you do
not loose or damage the glass droplets. Whenever you disconnect a wall
or ceiling light, please make sure that you get an experienced Electrician
to do it for you and that they replace the ceiling Roses once done. If
you ask your mover, they can arrange to either organise an Electrician
for you or use their own In House Handyman.
Never under-estimate how much hard work goes into moving a piano. If your
piano is upright, then you need to tell your Removal Company whether it
is an iron framed or a wooden framed piano. Either way, they are both
still very heavy. If your piano is either above the ground floor or needs
to be delivered above the ground floor and you do not have a lift then
you will pay quite a lot of money to get it moved as you will more than
likely require 3 - 4 removal men to move it. Even if you just have a few
steps up to the front door, this will require a lot of hard work by your
movers, so don't forget to congratulate them once they are finished. If
you have a Grand Piano, then the pedals and the legs will need to be removed
and the body of the piano is then moved on a "Piano Shoe". The
piano body should be wrapped up either in a piano cover or a blanket and
strapped to the "shoe" where it can be manoeuvred more easily.
China and Glass
Whenever packing anything breakable, always make sure that there is plenty
of padding underneath to soften any blow that the box might receive. Scrunched
up paper or cushions are always a good bet. After wrapping plates, always
stand them upright as they are a lot stronger on their edge than they
are face down. With glassware and ceramics always fill the void with padding
to make it a solid object and once wrapped, try to stand them upright
in the box. Again, they are a lot stronger standing up than they are on
Cups and Teapots
Just like Glassware, make sure that the void space in the centre of the
cup is filled with packing paper and then wrapped around the outside.
Again, these should be stood upright in the box if you can, because they
are stronger standing up than they are on their side.
Knives and Sharp Objects
It is fairly obvious, but please make sure that these items have plenty
of padding around them so that when you come to unpack them, you do not
Pots and Pans
Once wrapped, Large, Heavy items should be packed into medium size boxes,
so that the boxes don't get too heavy. Don't forget the rule of Thumb
- if you can't lift them, the Removal men will struggle too.
These should be wrapped up and placed in a box if possible. If you do
not have a box large enough let you Removal Company know so that they
can safely load it onto the van. Always remember to take the glass plate
out from the inside and wrap it seperately.
Items such as Washing Machines and Tumble Dryers should have the rotating
drum secured before you move them. You can do this either with the bolt
that was supplied with the appliance or by putting something inside the
drum, such as towels or pillows. This will keep the drum from moving whilst
on the move. Please also remember to empty as much water from inside them
as possible, especially if they are going into store! (This applies to
any item that can contain water.) After all, you don't want them to go
mouldy whilst waiting for delivery. You can ask your Movers for Silica
Gel sachets to dry up the water inside them. A good alternative is Tea
Fridges and Freezers
If you are only moving a short distance, then your Removal Company may
allow you to keep food in your Fridge/Freezer during the move. (Please
make sure beforehand.) However, it is very important that you eat the
food down as much as possible and that any loose items are in a plastic
bag inside the appliance to make sure that it can be easily handled if
necessary. If the journey to your new home takes longer than half an hour,
you will need to defrost your fridge and freezer completely, at least
24 hours before it is moved, so that no water leaks inside the van. If
they are going into store or being moved overseas, always make sure that
the doors are kept ajar for the journey, so that they don't smell once
they are delivered.
Please make sure that you contact a qualified electrician or Gas fitter
to disconnect these items. Removal Men are not insured to do this, so
please don't expect them to disconnect them for you. Please also try to
remember to clean them before you move, both inside and out! The last
thing you want is a dirty old cooker going inside your nice new Kitchen.
These are best moved in their original packing, however, if you don't
have this then make sure that they have plenty of wrapping around them.
Pack these items into a medium size box that can take fairly large items,
but won't get too heavy.
Again, it sounds obvious, but Please, Take the fat out before you pack
them. You'd be surprised at how many boxes get turned upside down when
being moved, and the last thing you want is chip fat everwhere!
Foods and Drink
If you are going any distance, you will need to eat your food supply down
to the bare minimum. Remember, food goes off very easily and it is not
covered by insurance. No food items are allowed in an overseas or storage
shipment for obvious reasons. Some Removal Companies may allow you to
leave Tins and Jars, but please double check with them first. In an Overseas
shipment, most alcohol is taxable, so we suggest that, unless you have
a very large and valuable Wine Collection, you do not bother moving it.
It can be more hassle than it's worth and may cost you a small fortune
along the way.