Mak­ing Mov­ing Day Easy

The Oban Times - - Property -

With so much go­ing on, it can be easy to for­get some­thing es­sen­tial. Take some time to make a list of small tasks and tick them off as you go. As soon as you get the date for your move and the time for the ex­chang­ing of keys, you can start to get or­gan­ised: Book some time off work for the move Get mul­ti­ple quotes from re­moval com­pa­nies - once you are clear about your move in date, it is worth be­gin­ning to re­search re­moval costs. Hir­ing a re­moval firm can cer­tainly ease the bur­den, but don't set­tle for the first one you come across. Many of­fer dif­fer­ent lev­els of ser­vice in­clud­ing sim­ple trans­porta­tion of items right through to pack­ing them for you, so it is worth shop­ping around. If you are down­siz­ing to a smaller prop­erty, look at stor­age space rental costs too. Re­mem­ber, it might work out cheaper sourc­ing this ser­vice in­de­pen­dently from the com­pany you choose to trans­port your items. [ We would also rec­om­mend us­ing a re­moval firm that is a mem­ber of the Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­movers (BAR), the trade as­so­ci­a­tion that main­tains pro­fes­sional stan­dards within the in­dus­try. You can search for your near­est BAR reg­is­tered firm by vis­it­ing www.bar.co.uk] Don't rule out mov­ing your­self - Not all moves re­quire hir­ing the ser­vices of a re­moval com­pany. Work out the dis­tance to your new prop­erty, and most im­por­tantly the size of ve­hi­cle you re­quire to trans­port your pos­ses­sions. If you are will­ing to put the work in your­self, it can save a lot of money. That said, spe­cial fur­ni­ture might well re­quire ex­pe­ri­enced re­movers to pack and pro­tect it so as to avoid dam­age dur­ing transit so don't be over am­bi­tious. Should you de­cide to do it your­self, re­search self-hire ser­vices in the same way, be­ing care­ful to check you have the cor­rect ve­hi­cle li­cense for the type of ve­hi­cle you end up se­lect­ing. Set up ser­vices as soon as pos­si­ble - It is frus­trat­ing to move into a new prop­erty only to find the gas and elec­tric­ity isn't work­ing. It is worth check­ing with the agent for the pre­vi­ous providers so you can call them to change the name on the con­tract or set up new ac­counts. Also, make sure that phone and broad­band ser­vices are en­abled prior to mov­ing in as these of­ten take a num­ber of weeks to be­come ac­tive. Check who holds the key to the door - this might sound like an ob­vi­ous step, but it is sur­pris­ing how many new home­own­ers for­get to check the date for when the keys will be re­leased for the prop­erty. En­sure you clar­ify whether your new keys will be re­leased by your so­lic­i­tor/con­veyancer or your agent, and when. Of­ten it will be on mov­ing day, not be­fore. Re­search ac­cess points on the day - lo­gis­ti­cal con­sid­er­a­tions are of­ten over­looked, but mak­ing sure there is ad­e­quate ac­cess to the prop­erty for large ve­hi­cles will en­sure no hid­den sur­prises on the day of the move. It is al­ways good to check that ac­cess will still be avail­able to neigh­bours and other ve­hi­cles us­ing the road out­side the prop­erty dur­ing off­load. Plan your pack­ing well in ad­vance - Pack­ing up your old house may ap­pear a daunt­ing task, but it needn't be. Many peo­ple make the mis­take of pack­ing up rooms ac­cord­ing to what will fit best into boxes but it makes much more sense to plan where you want to put items in the new prop­erty. La­belling goes with­out say­ing, but work­ing on a floor plan for where you want ev­ery­thing to end up will help you to work out whether it will fit or not at the other end. Dis­man­tle heavy fur­ni­ture first - it's very tempt­ing to fo­cus on pack­ing the smaller items that can be easily put into boxes first but tack­ling larger fur­ni­ture like cab­i­nets and wardrobes should be made a pri­or­ity as this usu­ally takes longer. It is worth trans­fer­ring these items to the front of the house in the days lead­ing up to the move so they can be loaded first. Pack a 'ba­sics' box - It is very easy to for­get the essen­tials when mov­ing house but en­sur­ing that you have a spare change of clothes, a wash bag and a charger for your phone can be very help­ful. You want to avoid a sit­u­a­tion where you have to search through boxes on the day you move in to find the ba­sics. Com­pile a fact file for the peo­ple who have bought your home - In­clude things like rub­bish col­lec­tion day, re­cy­cling ar­range­ments and heat­ing in­struc­tions. On the day of the move, de­frost your fridge and freezer and make sure you leave any in­struc­tion book­lets for ap­pli­ances you agreed to leave. Pack a bag of essen­tials for your first 24 hours so you don't have to root through boxes for items like your tooth­brush. Make sure your old home has been thor­oughly cleaned - hire pro­fes­sional clean­ers to clean the house for you, it will be one less thing for you to worry about. Check the in­ven­tory - if you have been rent­ing the prop­erty you should check your orig­i­nal con­tents list, and en­sure that ev­ery­thing is in or­der.

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