and moving in -
Whilst selling your house it is
a good idea to start packing up a lot of your contents in cardboard
boxes, as it can make your house look less cluttered and more
presentable to your prospective purchasers. We can supply silica
gel sachets to put in your cardboard boxes whilst they are being
stored in your garage or shed to prevent moisture damage to your
Start planning your move as soon
as you have decided on the removal date. Begin by getting rid
of all unwanted items: charity shops and jumble sales will take
items in reasonable condition or do a car boot; the rest can go
to the local rubbish tip - or the refuse collection department
of your local authority may be able to advise you about 'special
collection' facilities, sometimes available for a small fee.
If you really want to save money
and are physically fit, you can hire a van and do your own removal
- driving, loading and unloading, perhaps aided by friends or
family. You can use our full range of cardboard boxes. Vans are
available in various capacities for hire on a daily basis. To
drive a 7.5 ton van you will need to have a driving licence issued
prior to 1st January 1997 - any queries regarding this contact
the DVLA on 0870 240 0009. Try to get a van or lorry with a tail
lift as it is no fun humping beds and furniture on to a 3 foot
raised loading area. Give the vehicle a good clean inside, especially
the floor, before you start loading, in case a builder hired it
Estimate carefully the size you
will need, and if it involves a long journey try to make the move
in one journey if a long distance, returning the van immediately
Allow plenty of time for loading
and unloading - it takes longer than you think - as well as for
If, however, you are moving the
full contents of a home, employ an experienced removal company.
Use our enquiry
form for a quote for your house move.
Getting an estimate - The company
will send an estimator to decide what size of van is required;
make sure that he knows exactly what is to be moved. Forgotten
items that involve an extra journey can bring heavy additional
Go through the house with the estimator,
pointing out any fittings - such as carpets and curtains - that
you are leaving behind. He will tell the removal foreman, but
as an extra precaution label all items to remain, not to be removed.
The estimator will also ask if you
are doing your own packing, or want it done by the removers. This
will cost extra, but may be worthwhile if you are short of time
to do your own - for example, if you are self-employed.
If you are taking fitted carpets
with you, ask the estimator if they can be lifted by the removal
company in advance, or if you must do it yourself. The removal
men will not take up fitted carpets on moving day; they will only
roll them up and carry them out. They will not refit them.
Fix a date and time of removals
with the estimator, and arrange Insurance cover for possessions,
from when they are loaded to when they are unloaded, including
any storage period. Removal firms usually offer insurance at about
10 per cent of the removal charge, but it may be cheaper to obtain
a temporary extension of your home contents insurance.
The removal company will send you
a written quotation; check it carefully for date and time, then
confirm your acceptance and ask the company to confirm in writing.
Once agreed in writing, it becomes a contract and its terms cannot
be altered, except by any special provisions in the quotation.
Check that these are fair and reasonable before signing.
Do not pack heavy items such as
books in the larger tea chest style boxes otherwise you will have
difficulty in lifting them up especially up and down stairs, or
a removal firm may refuse to lift them up. It is better to pack
your items in various sized boxes so your items are safely packed
and protected. You can purchase different size packs of boxes
to suit your house move.
Pack for a 1 bedroom house or flat.
Pack for a 2-bedroom house/flat
Pack for a 3 /4 bedroom house.
Pack of 3 Boxes
Pack of 6 Boxes
You can now safely pack items with
the following individual boxes and wrappings.
record boxes, singles
record boxes, fridge-freezer-washing
machine-dishwasher boxes, polystyrene
and poster tube, videos
player box, DVDs
player box, satelite
If you have special items such as
antique furniture, cabinets, you can have bespoke cardboard boxes
to exactly fit in any quantity
You must take down curtains, fixtures and fittings, and dismantle
self-assembly furniture, to save on space in the move if you are
doing it yourself.
Clothes in the wardrobe
Books, kitchen items, garage tools, videocassettes, shoes, in
boxes or general
Plates, crockery, china, china cups, saucers in the plates
Wide screen TV, large duvets, curtains, lampshades, large light
items in the 32" wide screen TV
Bedding, towels, clothes, shoes, lamps, kitchen appliances, sauce
pans, portable TV, computer monitor and equipment, in the tea
Pictures, paintings, mirrors in the picture
Glass ware, drinks bottles, in the glassware
Office Files in the archive
Fridge/Freezer, fridgefreezer, washing machine, dish washer, in
LP Records in the LP
Single 7" records in the 7"
CD's, Floppy discs, in the CD
Dvd's in the DVD
Golf clubs,fishing rods, standard lamps, ski-ing equipment, curtain
rails in the telescopic
Bycycle,skis,very large pictures, large mirrors, table tops,in
Mattress'sin the mattress
Sofa's, armchairs in the sofa
Wrap delicate and fragile in bubble
wrap and tissue
paper. It is better to use bubble
wrap to protect furniture, televisions, computers, pictures
etc. Use tissue
paper for china, silverware,glass ware, as if you use bubble
wrap this will take up to much room in your boxes.
Pets cannot be taken in the removal van - you must take them with
you. Cats, small dogs,small animals can be taken in the pet
carrier; birds can be carried in their cages, goldfish in
a plastic bag containing ten times as much air as water. Tropical
fish can also be placed in plastic bags, but put the bags in cardboard
boxes and fill the spaces with expanded polystyrene chips or granules
to maintain the temperature. If the journey is long, the fish
may have to be tranquillised by a vet, as stress can kill them.
Run down the contents of Refrigerators
and Freezers and defrost as near to removal day as is convenient.
A freezer can be kept in use if you are moving only a short distance
- the contents will keep without thawing for up to eight hours.
Arrange to have it loaded last and taken off first, so that it
can be quickly reconnected.
Gas appliances permanently connected
to a supply, such as gas heaters and cookers, must be disconnected
by the gas board or an approved corgi gas fitter. Arrange for
him to call on the morning of the move, and for reconnections
at your new home. You may also want an electrician to disconnect
At the same time arrange for the
gas ,electricity, water meters to be read - you will then be charged
only for units used up to that time.For the telephone, notify
the sales office of the telephone company of your move, so that
they can make up your final bill. If you are moving only a short
distance, you may be able to retain the same number.
Other people you need to notify
include the local authority and water authority, your employer,
bank, credit card companies, insurance companies, Inland Revenue,
Department of Social Security, and any clubs or organisations
of which you are a member. Send your car registration document
to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre, Swansea SA99 1AB.
Send your driving licence to the same address, with your new address
filled in on the reverse side of the licence.
The Post Office needs seven days'
notice to redirect your mail. Fill in Form P944G, available from
post offices, and your mail will be redirected for up to a year
for a small charge. Remember also to cancel milk, newspapers and
any other regular deliveries.
Moving out - Before removal day
make a room-by-room plan of your new home, numbering each room.
Then number the articles to be moved, so that the removal men
know where each piece goes. Give the plan to the removal foreman
when the van arrives.
Before it leaves, make sure the
driver knows the way; give him a rough map or print one for him
from streetmap .co.uk if he does not, and tell him of any access
or parking problems there. If there are parking restrictions outside
the house, tell the remover in advance, so that they can arrange
Give the foreman the house keys
if you are not travelling ahead, though it is best to be there
first if you can.
At your old home, have a final check
to see that everything has been loaded before the van leaves,
then shut all windows and turn off the water at the stop valve
and the electricity at the consume unit. Leave a note for the
new owners explaining what you have done. Leave something for
the new owners perhaps some flowers, box of chocolates, as you
will want to keep good relations with them if they get some post
for you and you want them to re-direct it. Hand over the keys
to the new owner or estate agent.
As soon as possible after the move,
check the conditions of your goods; any claims for damage or breakages
must be made within seven days.
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