With so much to think about when you move home, you’re bound to come across the occasional problem along the way. We’ve compiled a list of the most common stumbling blocks to help you be better prepared, and to help you decide whether you should go it alone or get a professional to take some of the strain.
This could happen any number of ways, from leaving it behind to accidentally packing something vital in a box that is labelled to go into your attic. The safest option is to keep anything that’s really valuable with you, such as important documents or small valuables.
Not Preparing For Your First Nights
Remember that you’ll most likely be moving into an empty shell and will need to keep the essentials handy. Packing an ‘open first’ box or two with clothes, towels, bedding, bathroom essentials and anything else you might need right away will stop you from having to root through every single box just to find your toothbrush.
It’s best to get a surveyor to go and have a look at what needs to be moved. This will ensure that what’s there will fit in the vehicle that gets sent to you, and will also mean that you won’t get any nasty surprises when you get the bill as your estimate will be fairly accurate. You also won’t end up paying for a larger-then-necessary vehicle. We can make estimates based on information provided by you, but always prefer to send a surveyor so you know exactly what you’re getting.
Improperly packed up furniture is liable to get knocked around in transit. Things like delicate wooden furniture or glass tables are especially likely to get damaged. Putting some effort into protecting your furniture during the move and storing it properly in the van to avoid it slipping around is crucial. Getting an experienced removals company to help you is the best way to protect your property.
Not Labelling Your Boxes
It’s a simple task which, when overlooked, can cause you a lot of problems at the other end. You don’t have to make a full itinerary of exactly what’s in each box – a simple scribble with a marker pen of ‘kitchen’ or ‘bathroom’ will save you time and hassle.
It’s common for home movers to pick up muscle and back injuries from lifting heavy boxes or furniture if they try to do everything themselves. It’s better to get a professional to do it for you, even if you only choose to have your heavy goods moved and do the rest yourself.
Another, less common injury comes from moving old wooden furniture, such as you’d find in your garden – a splinter isn’t as big a deal as back strain, but can really hurt and become infected. If your furniture is likely to splinter then wear gloves, cover with thick plastic, or sand it down if you have time.
Thinking ahead is the key to getting this right. Your services companies need to be informed that you are moving. Equally, you’ll want to check that you are connected at the other end, too! Remember to take meter readings just before you leave to avoid future disputes. As for your electrical equipment, if you’re taking your washing machine, fridge etc. with you, make sure you plan to have them disconnected at the last possible moment so you don’t have to go for any length of time without them.
Have a proper look at all of your larger furniture and check that everything is going to fit through the door. If it’s been some time since you moved it in, or if it originally came flat-packed, you may not realise until the last moment that something is too big.
Some of these problems you can easily solve for yourself, like labelling your boxes or separating your valuables. Others may require the services of a professional removals company. To get the services of a professional Bath removals company, call Intransit on 01225 759200 and start planning your stress-free move.