House Moving Tips &
Moving Company Advice
We have outlined some valuable guidance below, for you to use as you prepare your move. Please print this page and use it as a checklist.
Prepare an inventory of the furniture, boxes, bags etc. that are being transported. To make this easy for you, we have prepared a room by room checklist on our website for you to use.
Consider selling your low value bulky items and/or giving away your unwanted items before you move.
Advise your house and home contents insurance company that you are moving as they will normally provide free cover for "goods in transit".
Ensure that you transport items of high value (eg. jewellery) or sentimental value (eg. photographs, documents) yourself as your insurance company is unlikely to be responsible for them.
It is very important to ensure that delicate or fragile items are adequately packaged to ensure safe transportation and delivery before the removals company arrives. Unless of course you are paying the removals company extra for a packing service, in which case they will bring the packaging materials with them.
Advise the removals company well in advance if there is to be any furniture that must be dis-assembled / re-assembled.
You must advise the removals company if there is restricted access to your floor by staircase or lift at either address.
Also please advise the removals company if you have any items to be moved that cannot be easily lifted by two men, otherwise they may have to be left behind.
Please do not underestimate the number of men required to move all of your goods, as doing so may prevent the move from taking place on the specified date.
Put all the items that are not being moved in one specific area and inform all of the movers individually of this area and that they are not being transported.
Buy some materials needed for packing for your glassware, dishes for added safety.
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Some Tricks and Tips In Moving House
A person who has experienced moving out will know how stressful the experience can become especially if done at a short time with little help. However, a person can make certain preparations, which can make the stress lighter. He can learn from the experiences of professionals.
Some Useful Guide
A person moving out must be aware that the moving business has peak and off seasons like any other industries. Summer months and beginning and end of the months are usually the peak time while winter holidays are busy seasons for moving companies.
A person may want to move out during peak season, but if he is saving some money; he may reconsider moving out during off seasons. The moving companies usually give discounts and promos during off seasons which he can take advantage of.
If he has young children, it is not advisable to move in the middle of the year. It is better to wait for the school to end before making any stable arrangements to move.
A moving person on a budget must make estimates in terms of expenses. He can do this by asking how much expenses will be incurred from moving companies. If it is possible, he may ask for a consultant to come and give him an estimation based on a visual inventory of belongings. Look for companies that provide non-binding estimates.
A person must also be prepared when the relocation consultant comes and visits. He must be there to personally show him everything that needs to be moved and then check the accuracy of his list.
Once a person has accepted the services of the moving company, he must make sure that he opens communication between them. If he makes any changes, then better that he informs the moving company immediately.
If a person has decided to pack his things himself without the services of the moving company, he must be aware that the company is not liable for any damages incurred to the things inside the boxes.
If a person decided to pack his own things, he must make sure that he starts early. In this way, his stress is lesser with no packing at the last minute.
It is good news if an employer offers to shoulder some of the expenses. He must know exactly the percentage that the employer would be willing to give him so that he shall be able to estimate the budget out his own pocket.
Accounts and Services
Empty and close safety deposit boxes.
Advise your stockbroker of your new address.
Cancel newspapers, magazines, milk/water delivery etc.
Return leased/rented equipment/appliances and library books.
Terminate gas, water, electricity, phone, internet service provider accounts and advise your mobile phone company of your new address. Also acquire all of the utility services at the new address.
Cancel cable TV in good time.
Cancel (or advise of new address) clubs membership (health, golf, tennis etc.)
Cancel garden and/or housecleaning service.
Switch off water, gas and electricity from the mains supply and check the pilot lights on the cooker, water heater/boiler.
If you have children register them at a new school.