General Moving Tips & Tricks
We cannot properly carry out your move without good access to your premises.
Please ensure that you have spoken to your neighbours and where necessary,
arranged to leave parking places clear.
Also all walkways, pathways, stairs and passages should be clear of any obstruction
to allow us free movement to and from your property.
If an elevator is needed or if parking spaces are a problem, please ensure that
you get these booked and organised beforehand.
On the day stay cool, calm and collected and your move will be completed with
the minimum of fuss and stress.
Some of these may seem obvious. However, you would be surprised
how many people forget them when they have so many other things related to
the move on their mind.
Start packing two or three weeks in advance.
Keep only essential items aside until the last day or two.
Ensure that you have sufficient packing materials
It is essential that you have plenty of paper, bubble wrap, cartons and adhesive tape.
Beware of newspaper! When packing your valuable and fragile possessions, please remember
that newsprint will rub off. Use plain paper where this may be a problem.
Your ornaments, glassware and other delicate items can first be wrapped in kitchen roll
before using newspaper.
Boxes holding fragile items should be clearly marked as "FRAGILE".
Please ensure that you don't overfill your boxes and cartons. Remember that they
have to be lifted.
The removal men are fully trained but they are not supermen.
Also, boxes that are overfilled may break under the strain.
Partially filled boxes may collapse if heavy items are placed on top of them.
Try to distribute your things evenly in the available boxes.
Make up a list to help you to record what's in each box or container.
Devise your own system but keep it simple and ensure that it will allow you to
easily identify where everything is packed.
For example you could use numbered labels and cross refer these to a list or notebook.
In other words you could have a box numbered "6" and a reference to this in your
notebook listing the contents of box number "6".
Take Care with your Soft Furnishings
Ensure that you don't place heavy items with sharp corners on top of sofas
and other upholstery. These can be damaged quite easily if you do this.
Suitcases and Luggage
Where possible use your suitcases and other luggage to pack some of your things.
Don't Pack Important Documents
Remember to keep important documents aside.
This will obviously include any documents related to the house sale and your removal.
Paint and other Liquids
Ensure that any paint or other liquids are contained in leak proof containers.
Pack in plastic bags before placing in boxes to minimise the effect of any spillages.
Food should be removed from cupboards and packed before the move.
Ensure that all caps and screw fittings on jars and bottles are secured.
Remove all lamp shades before the move.
Flat Pack (Self assembly) Furniture
Some self assembly furniture does not move well while assembled and others
are better off moved while assembled. Call us to discuss this if you are unsure.
If disassembly is necessary, it is better if this is done before your move.
Remove all fittings and collecting them in a snaplock bag. Keep the bag with you.
DO NOT tape the bag to the disassembled item!
Fridge and Freezer
Ideally you should run the contents of these down over the last couple of weeks before you go.
Kitchen appliances such as fridges, freezers or washing machines that contain water should be drained and allowed to dry before removal.
Collect any keys from filing cabinets, wall units and display cabinets etc.
Put them in a snaplock bag and keep the bag with you.
DO NOT tape keys to the item!
Keys taped to an item can get knocked off the item and lost.
They can also cause damage to the item they are taped to.
We accept no responsibility for lost keys or damage to items caused
when keys are taped to an item.
Garden Tools and Equipment
Ensure that any petrol driven equipment is cleaned and drained of fuel well before the move.
Most beds require to be dismantled before they can be moved. Consider this and plan accordingly.
Remove all fittings and collect them in a snaplock bag. Keep the bag with you.
DO NOT tape the bag to the disassembled item!
If you have plants you may want to consider leaving these with a friend or neighbour.
Some plants are delicate and may be affected by dust and paint fumes. It is better to leave these until you are settled in.
If you have young children it would be advisable to look for baby sitters
while the move is taking place.
You will be stressed enough without trying to look after the kids.
Maybe organise for your removal on a weekday while the kids are at school.
If you have pets you should consider what is to happen to them on the day of removal.
It is generally better that they are removed from the premises before the move takes place.
You should make arrangements for your evening meal in advance of your move.
You don't want to be trying to cook whilst the place is in turmoil.
However, people can get short tempered when hungry so arrange a take away if necessary.
Finally you can rest assured that we will do everything to ensure
that your move goes off without a hitch.
Feel free to contact us at any time if you need further advice or clarification
about anything related to your move.