Hints & Tips

Your checklist

Listed below are a number of points for you to consider on the day of your move if everything is to run smoothly. Most of this you may already be aware of, but please, indulge us, the more we both can do to avoid problems, the better.

Parking
If you have yellow lines or parking bays outside your property, parking may be a problem. Parking dispensation will be required. This unfortunately is something only you as a resident can arrange, but we can help by supplying you with all the necessary information and relevant telephone numbers for your local council.

Books and records
These are deceptively heavy, so please make use of the smaller boxes or, alternatively, half fill the larger cartons with lighter items on top and avoid putting too many items into a box. Clearly label all boxes with their contents and the room from which they came.

Chests of Drawers
These can be left filled with linen and clothes as long as they are not too heavy. Fragile or valuable items should be packed separately and drawers in divan beds should also be emptied.

Clothes Wardrobes
Boxes can be provided on the day for the contents of your wardrobes, but please make sure that all hangers are packed the same way round as this makes re-hanging easier. All other small effects from wardrobes should be packed separately. Please ensure that items are clear of dirt or food residues as this promotes mould.

Lamp Shades
These should be packed separately into boxes.

Plants
Pack only 5 or 6 smaller plants into a box ensuring that some packing material is placed between the pots to prevent them from toppling over. Seal the box with the flaps up to give extra protection and to allow the plants to breath. You should advise us of any larger plants that require special treatment and leave their packing to us. It should be noted that, whilst we will take every care of your plants they are not covered by insurance.

Refrigerators and Freezers
These should be emptied and defrosted prior to removal.

Cookers
Gas and Electric cookers can be disconnected by the householder but, if in doubt, seek professional advice. Clean off all grease, particularly from the exterior of all appliances, as this can lead to a nasty accident. Remove any loose fittings from the cooker and pack separately. The glass base plate from your microwave oven should also be removed and packed separately.

Washing Machines
These should be disconnected and any contents removed. A drum-locking bar should also be fitted. We have moved thousands of machines without their locking bars being fitted without problem however, your manufacturers warranty does require this.

Notify those that need to know
Well in advance of your move, you should contact your utility companies of your vacation of the premises. Gas, electricity and water authority should be advised. We have a post office link on this site for you to notify the Post Office of you new address so that you can redirect your mail. It is also worth considering telephoning, posting a card or e-mailing friends and associates of your change of address.

Access to premises
To ensure a speedy removal and delivery of your goods, both the premises which you are vacating and the one to which we are delivering, have good access for our vehicles. It should be noted that if we have quoted for delivery to an address with good access and this is not the case, your quoted price may be subject to adjustment.

It is also important that someone is available at the destination to advise the crew as to where to unload the consignment. Within reason, your furniture will be placed where you require it to be situated. Labelling of boxes makes the distributing task easier. It is a good idea to have a room set aside for boxes that will not be unpacked immediately. This will minimise clutter.

Children
Children are always excited about moving and will want to help. Loading a removals van can however be hazardous. We would therefore ask that they be supervised and kept at a safe distance from the van and the crew whilst they are removing heavy items.

Final Checks
Before leaving, make sure everything has been loaded – check all rooms, particularly fitted wardrobes, lofts, airing cupboards, garages and sheds. Only then should you decide to vacate the premises.

The Crew
All our crew are helpful, courteous and professional porters with considerable experience and they are ultimately responsible for the safe delivery of your goods. It is heavy work, requiring lots of physical effort… so the odd cup of tea would be welcomed.

Bon Voyage!

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