The relocation process is full of potential problems. Homeowners first have to sell their house at a price they are happy with, and then find somewhere else to live in their desired area and within their budget. The chances of the potential buyers and sellers wanting to exchange both sets of contracts on the same day are fairly remote. If you need to vacate your old home before you are able to move into the new one, you will need to find a good deal on removals and storage as well as making sure you and your family have somewhere suitable to stay in the meantime.
1. Many removal companies also offer storage facilities or can advice you on local providers. Storage space is normally charged at a daily rate per cubic metre. This means it is important to pack your possessions into boxes that will stack safely and neatly to take up as little room as possible. You can either do this yourself (possibly with your friends and/or family to help) or you can have your movers do it for you at an agreed cost.
2. DIY packing is obviously a cheaper option than using removal services. Many of the materials needed to securely wrap your possessions can be found at no cost. You can store up old newspapers to pack out boxes for a few weeks before your removals are due to take place. Remember that you will be taking cushions, blankets, towels, clothes and pillows with you when you move, so why not kill two birds with one stone by using these things to protect your belongings whilst in transit?
3. If your goods need to go into storage it can be worthwhile buying packing boxes from your transport company. This way you should be sure of having well-built, robust boxes of a uniform size and shape to make it easier to load them into a smaller storage area. The money you spend on the boxes can be recouped in savings on storage costs.
4. Research is an essential part of every step along the relocation route. Check that your belongings are fully insured whilst being stored and transported. Look closely at the insurance policies to make sure that you will get the cost of a replacement new item for anything that is lost or damaged. It is wise to work out an approximate total value for your goods and ensure that the insurance will cover this figure. The company providing your transportation services must also have full public liability insurance – ask to see that it is current.
5. Whoever is packing your goods, make sure that every box is marked or labelled with a list of the contents, your name and destination address and details of into which room the individual boxes should be placed. This should cut down on time and confusion. Mark off every item as it is loaded, again when it is put into storage, once more as it comes out of the warehouse and onto the removals van and finally upon reaching your new home.
Removals will always run more smoothly for people who begin their planning and preparations in plenty of time. It is sound advice to be ready for the unexpected and to allow extra time for any problems that crop up. Packaging materials should be gathered together at least a month before the impending relocation. Confirm all travel arrangements a fortnight before moving and transfer your bank accounts to the new branch.