A Checklist for Moving House
Sooner or later, we all have to endure the harrowing experience of moving house, and with so much to arrange, it is understandable why some people find it a little bit harrowing. To add to that, there is likely to be a team of total strangers who will manhandle your valuable possessions, which, for some, feels like an invasion of privacy, and with that in mind, here is a useful checklist to help ensure that the move goes smoothly.
- Screen All Potential Removal Companies – It is never a good idea to simply go with the very first quote you receive, and if you are under the misapprehension that all removal contractors are the same, think again. There would be an awful lot of useful information on their website, and when making an enquiry, you should expect a prompt reply, which is a good indication of what is to come. All good removal companies would offer a comprehensive service – which would include packing – and also they should have access to secure storage facilities. If by any chance, you happen to be on the hunt for house removals in East Anglia, there is one local company that ticks all the boxes, and with a “can do” attitude and affordable rates, you really can’t go wrong.
- Arrange Utility Connections – With all that is going on when you relocate, it is easy to overlook the utilities, which must be terminated at the old dwelling and connected at the new location. This can likely be carried out over the phone, and by clearing all bills, the new owner can take over the account, and when you arrive at the new home, you will need water, gas and electricity, which can be organised in advance.
- Confirm the Moving Dates – All removal companies will make a provisional booking when you first agree to hire their services, and they will expect you to confirm the dates around 7 days before the planned move. This is due to the many customers who, for one reason or another, have to alter the moving date, so make sure you confirm the dates with the removal company.
- Hire a Skip – If you think there’s no need for the extra expense, think again, as the average family home contains a mountain of stuff that is no longer wanted. As you work your way through every room, anything that is not going to the new residence, simply put it to one side, and with a suitable sized skip outside, the unwanted items can be responsibly disposed of, and anything that can be recycled, will be.
- Don’t Forget the Keys – You might think this is laughable, but you’d be surprised at just how many homeowners arrive at their new home – along with the removal transport – only to find they left the keys somewhere. You must also ensure that the keys to the old property are handed to the relevant person, otherwise they will have the same problem.
Finding a good removal company is half the battle with a relocation, and with an online search, you can browse through the local contractors and ask 2 or 3 for a quote.