Here are a few handy hints and tips for moving house that will make your Wimbledon removals a walk in the park, or should it be ‘on the common’!
1. Plan in advance. You will avoid getting too flustered and panicked if you are thinking about things a good month in advance, especially if it is a large move. If you are only moving a small amount of stuff, then you can give it a couple of weeks, and should likely have less of a hard time. Write up a list of things to do, and give yourself deadlines as to when they should be done. Have a friend of relative look over your list and give you any pointers on how they think things should go. You may have missed out a major factor in the move, and an extra set of eyes can help enormously.
2. With a couple of weeks to go, call all of your providers for water, gas, electricity, phone and internet, and let them know of your move. Have all of your customer reference numbers ready for when you ring them, and find out about the protocols of switching your services over to the new property. Doing this with a decent amount of time to spare should prevent you from having issues with such things when you arrive at the new house to find that there is no heating or water!
3. Organize your mode of transport with a few weeks to go, to avoid paying more, or losing out on your choice. If you leave it to the last minute, there is a good chance that many of the companies will be booked up on your desired moving day, or will hike the prices in order to make things work for you. Getting everything sorted in advance will make things much easier and cheaper.
4. Plan the move with your removal firm. Write a list of times at which you want things to happen by so that your team have a sense of urgency about them as they move you from place to place. This will stop them just downing tools and leaving at 5pm when they decide that their working day is over! A timetable will also let you see how likely the timeframe is, and your company will be able to advise on how realistic your deadlines are.
5. Visit the new place before you move in, to get everything checked. Having the boiler and all of the kitchen appliances tested will prevent any disasters when you first arrive, as well as putting your mind at ease as to the safety of your new home. Doing this beforehand will also mean that any work that needs to be done can be performed without the clutter of your move getting in the way, as well as meaning that your belongings are not affected by dust, or any paint, should you be doing any decorating.
6. When packing, write on the box in big letters where the box should go in the new house, as well as a rough inventory of what is inside. This will help you find things in an emergency, and prevent from needing to tear through various boxes before you find what you are looking for. When you arrive at the new place, put signs on each room saying which each one is, and then the removals team will be able to drop each box off in the correct room, saving you time and hassle later on when you are unpacking.
Hopefully these easy steps will help you categorize your move into a manageable process, with no major disaster along the way!