With house-hunting, offers, surveys, legal searches, new schools and other pre-move essentials to fit around everyday life, there’s not always a lot of time to consider how moving day itself will pan out. Because rushed final arrangements can make for a fraught moving day, savvy house-movers should take the time to focus on the logistics well in advance.
• Once you’ve found your new home, you can put provisional removal plans in place. First-time buyers will probably be able to manage with a van and help from friends, but for most people, a removal firm is best. It’s vital to find a reputable one and get estimates from at least two. Costs depend on volume, distance and whether accessibility allows the use of one large removal van rather than two smaller vehicles.
Extra help is good • If your budget allows, avoid scrimping on removal fees; don’t jump at the cheapest quotation and make certain any damage is covered. Consider having items such as pictures, china, glassware, cooking utensils and books packed for you a day or two ahead of moving. It costs extra but saves time and energy, and proper packing can also prevent breakages. Estimates should itemise the extras you’ve selected.
• When choosing a remover, word-of-mouth is valuable, as is membership of the British Association of Removers and/or the Road Haulage Association, as these are a mark of professionalism. Wait until your completion date is fixed (usually at exchange of contracts) before confirming removal details. Most removers can offer storage if you don’t want everything in your new home from day one.
• Occasionally, unexpected events can cause delays. An optional advance payment can cover the removers’ extra costs if there’s a last-minute glitch. If everything runs perfectly, the keys will be released just as the removers arrive at your new address! While it can never be guaranteed, you can take steps to improve your chances.