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There’s an old saying about moving house: you never quite know how much stuff you have until you need to pack them!

Anyone who has ever has to organise a major move will know how stressful it can be. As well as packing all of your belongings, you also need to ensure that everything will be safe in transit, that you will have access to your new home and that all of your utilities have been updated.

Arranging all of this can be a huge undertaking, especially if you work full time. If you want to relieve yourself of some of the stress and ensure that your move is done quickly and efficiently, you should seriously consider booking a professional house removal service with a local remover. An experienced removal company can offer invaluable expertise in organising and carrying out removals, as well as everything from packing materials to well sized transport. Furniture collection and delivery services can be particularly useful if you have heavy or specialist furniture which cannot fit in a car. If your new home will not be immediately available, you could also consider booking short term storage with your removers. International home removals can be particularly terrible to organise on your own!

Remember, moving from one property to another is about more than simply moving from A to B. You will also need to make sure that all of your valuables arrive safely and in line with your schedule. You should not be afraid to collect a few quotes from local removers, but remember to do this as far in advance as possible; trying to book a remover at the last minute will almost certainly end in tears, either because their schedules will already be filled or because of the added costs involved!

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Organising house removals

The most important part of organising a successful house removal service is to speak with your remover early on. You will need to let them know where you will be moving to and what they will need to transport before they can give you an accurate quote for the work. They will more than likely have questions for you, or they may even require a consultation. 

Keep in mind that there are a lot of elements involved in moving house:

  • Access - On the day of your move, your remover will need to be able to get their vehicle close enough to your property to be able to start loading your belongings. You will also need to give them access to the property itself, as well as your new home. Will you have your new keys ready in time? Will there be enough room for your removers to unload everything?
  • Specialty items - A key piece of information for your remover will be whether or not you have any belongings which will require special care. Some common examples include pianos and chandeliers, though this can generally apply to any belongings which are particularly heavy, valuable or fragile. You should also let your remover know if you have anything that will need to be disassembled and then reassembled once you arrive at your new home.
  • Destination - Where are you moving to? How far away is it? If your new property is particularly far away, your removers may also need to factor accommodation for your drivers into their price. This is simply because there is a legal limit to how long HGV drivers can stay on the road on any given day. If you are moving internationally, you may need to consider shipping rather than transporting your belongings.
  • Packing - This is easily one of the most stressful parts of moving. While you may want to pack certain belongings yourself, such as clothing, it will be a good idea to have your removers pack delicate or valuable items. The reason for this is threefold: first, it will be far less painful for you if you do not have to do all the packing yourself. Secondly, your Pros will be able to provide boxes and protective packaging. Finally, allowing them to pack your items professionally may be required for their insurance policies, which can cover your belongings in case they are damaged or lost.
  • Timing - One thing that we cannot emphasise enough is the importance of booking your remover as far in advance as you can. Certain times of year are particularly busy for them and removers can often have their schedules filled months in advance. This is particularly important for international removals, as you will want to ensure that the necessary staff and vehicles are available for your big day. Trying to book at the last second could also lead to significantly higher quotes!

Moving house checklist

Once your house removal is booked, it will be a good idea to write a list of everything you need to get done before the big day. This should include:

  • Decluttering your home, which will make packing much easier. You may find that you have belongings which you don’t want anymore; these can be sold, donated or even freecycled.
  • Have a qualified local electrician take down any light fittings or other electrical devices which you want to take with you.
  • Make sure that your removers are properly insured. This should include public liability insurance, employer’s liability insurance and insurance for goods in transit. You should also check whether your quote includes VAT.
  • If you are having your removers do your packing, ensure that all of your belongings are well laid out and easy for them to find.
  • Ensure your driveway is kept clear.
  • Cancel your council tax, utilities, phone lines, internet and so on. These will also need to be arranged for your new property.
  • Try to have your packing done beforehand, especially if you are preparing for a long distance move. A classic trap that people fall into is not realising just how long packing can take.
  • Check that your property can actually hold all of your belongings. If not, you may need to get rid of some of your belongings.
  • If possible, arrange to have the locks changed at your new property. You will want to make sure that you know exactly who has access.