Mov­ing house in a hurry

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - News -

RE­MOVALS firm Bri­tan­nia Movers In­ter­na­tional is warn­ing that the oldfashioned 30-day slot be­tween ex­change of con­tracts and com­ple­tion has all but dis­ap­peared. Tra­di­tion­ally, house­hold­ers could rely on a full month’s grace to ar­range re­movals firms and pack ev­ery­thing. But Gavin McCarthy, sales di­rec­tor for BMI says com­puter tech­nol­ogy has made the whole whole process much faster – leav­ing some fam­i­lies try­ing to book re­movals firms in a bit of a rush. He says: “To­day the tra­di­tional 30-day pe­riod is no more. Now, be­cause com­puter tech­nol­ogy has speeded up the whole process, the for­mal­i­ties can be com­pleted much quicker – some­times com­ple­tion can be achieved on the same day as ex­change. The prob­lem is that this con­trac­tion of the process leaves no time at all for do­ing those es­sen­tials. One of which, of course, is book­ing your mov­ing com­pany. “We are quite used to work­ing at short notice but, even with our re­sources, sched­ules can be­come a lit­tle hec­tic. Fri­days es­pe­cially, the most pop­u­lar day to move home, can be­come very busy and short notice book­ings can be­come a prob­lem.” Gavin rec­om­mends telling your so­lic­i­tor and es­tate agent know that you re­quire at least two weeks be­tween ex­change and com­ple­tion and to in­sist upon it. If that isn’t pos­si­ble then at least alert your mov­ing com­pany early and even if you are un­able to give a pre­cise date, book a pro­vi­sional date and con­firm it as soon as you know for cer­tain. Gavin added: “We al­ways try to be as ac­com­mo­dat­ing as we can. Tech­nol­ogy is won­der­ful but, in this case, it can get in the way. Un­less cus­tomers con­trol the process them­selves, they can’t al­ways rely on the nat­u­ral flow of events to do it for them.”

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