Moving house is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful and fraught with difficulties. With this in mind, we have created a list covering the most frequently asked questions on whole moving process from start to finish.
To make the process as smooth as possible.
How do I find a good removal company?
You can find a good removal company by searching online or asking around your friends and family. It is important to do research ahead of time so that you know the person, place, or thing that you are getting into before committing yourself to anything.
Do they have experience in moving? What about any reviews from past clients?
Can they verify their reviews? Can they give you contact details for a Reference? If not why not?
Are they members of a trade association?
Do they have All relevant insurances? and can you see a copy?
How busy are they, respectable removal companies have a steady flow of work, if not why not?
When should you contact a removal company?
How soon you contact a removal company will depend on how far away your new place is and the type of move you’re doing.
If it’s less than 50 miles, then allow about one month before your move to find a suitable removals company for yourself. For anything over this distance, allow up to 2 months in advance. This length of time should be sufficient so that everything can run smoothly and there are no delays or problems along the way.
Who do I need to inform when moving house?
You will need to inform your employer, if you work full-time. You will also have to notify the council and utility providers such as gas, electricity or water so that they can update their records with your new address. This process is called “service updates”.
If you are moving abroad then the country’s embassy may be of assistance for enquiries about visas etcetera.
FAQs about moving house?
most common questions and answers about moving house:
How much will I need to budget for my move?
Answer: This depends on the removal company , the time of year, the size of your house and your personal situation.
On average you should budget about £499 for a small local removal up to £2000+ if moving across the UK . If there are any specific requirements such as large and heavy items, stairs etc then this will increase the price.
How can I reduce the cost of moving house?
Answer: you can cut the cost of your removal by: Packing light to reduce costs on packaging materials, again this is where professional advice may be useful but you can also look online for tips on how to pack efficiently.
Getting quotes from multiple companies before making any decisions – make sure that each quote includes everything required so there aren’t any nasty surprises later down the line such as waiting time fees at an extra expense.
What should be included in a removals quote?
Answer: A good removals quotation should include everything for the move including all packing materials, Insurances, labour and transport costs. Removal quotes typically range from £500 to £4000+ so make sure you have a full understanding of what is included before committing to any company.
When is the best time to move home?
Answer: There is no single best time for moving, but a good rule of thumb is to plan it out in advance so you can factor in potential house showings and other commitments.
Summer months are very expensive due to demand so it is often best to move in the winter when rates are cheaper.
The first two weeks of December have been found to be a good time for house moving as not everyone will wants to do this at Christmas, but you’ll also need to factor in how busy your local removal company might get during that period if you’re considering using them.
Should I start packing before arranging a date with a removal firm?
Answer: No, it is best to wait until you have an estimate from a removal firm before starting packing. This will mean that the removals company can provide accurate pricing for both loading and unloading your furniture – which means you’ll know how much space they need in the van as well.
It’s also worth noting if there are any items of value like antiques or artworks that require specialist handling by a professional moving company rather than just general movers. Specialists may be more expensive but would offer peace of mind, especially when priceless objects might otherwise get damaged during the move.