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Moving House, the simple method!

People often ask whether there is a simple way of moving house and the truth is moving is rather hectic however you look at it but if you plan the move carefully it doesn’t have to be stressful!
Follow our simple guide for moving house minus the headaches, palaver, fuss or anything else that may be of worry or concern during this time.
Get your thinking caps on!
Instead of sitting back worrying and waiting for the day to arrive start making some plans for moving day by writing a list of all the things that you need to do as well as beginning to carry out certain tasks prior to the day.
Last minute rushing around only sets you up for disaster and leads to stress so instead start to organise this move well in advance.
Don’t waste valuable time!
So, by now you are pretty certain that this move is going to go ahead and are probably thinking what should I do? Or where should I start to get myself prepared?
As soon as you get a certified date for the removal you can begin your quest for finding a suitable removal company to assist you. At this stage booking is not that important however you shouldn’t leave it too long because you do not want to be in a situation where you cannot get the date you want because they are all booked up. So, book early on but before you do book take time to find a good reputable removals company.
Do not book up with the very first company that you come across because you may not know anything about them and their reputation, what you do not want to happen is to book with a dodgy company that cause more than good. Instead take time to find a genuine, friendly, hardworking and more importantly helpful and trustworthy removals firm by asking around or looking online.
Everybody wants to get a great deal when it comes to hiring a man with a van and to do this you should collect a few quotes from different companies to get a good idea about what is a reasonable price to pay and if you are willing to try you could even try to haggle the price down a little by comparing the quotes given by others and making the removals agency aware of it.
Equally important you should ensure that the best removal company you wish to hire can offer you the services you are looking for. Some offer a man and van or self-drive removal vans. Others will offer a whole range of other important services such as packing services and storage units, so try to go with whoever seems to offer those services relevant to you.
Once you have a date available to move there are things which you can do whilst waiting for that date to arrive. You start by clearing out at home, de-clutter why you have the chance as it helps to reduce the amount of contents you have and will make it less work when moving. Most people prefer not to take all of their hoarded unwanted items with them so this gives you a good opportunity to sort through it all now.
In the meantime you can use the valuable time which you may have right now to sort out and organise your home, ready for the move! Do some de-cluttering, minor repair works for private rental properties that will ensure you get your deposit back and also you could do some early packing by packing up all those things that you use less often.
Anything that you can do now makes less work later on!

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First time domestic removals for the beginner

If you are about to move house for the first time, then you are likely aware that you have a bit of a roller coaster ride ahead of you. There are many ways in which the removal can get a bit hectic and stressful, so it makes sense to have as much prior knowledge of the process as possible before you even begin planning. This way you can work in elements of the planning to cover factors that you feel may be an issue. A first time removal is often quite a small one – you are perhaps moving in to your first flat, or out of a flat into your first home with a partner, and for this reason, you may not have a huge amount of furniture. Whether you do or you do not, the same rules about safety and planning apply, except perhaps on a smaller scale. You need to be aware of the potential issues, as then when they crop up, you will be ready and waiting to deal with them in a calm and conserved manner, rather than getting panicked!

Your first time removal planning process is very important. Obviously a larger move will require a bit more planning, and a smaller one can be treated with a little more looseness, though you should still get the planning done in advance, to ensure that you are completely sorted by the time the removal day comes. In the event that you are using a Chiswick man and van service rather than a removals company, there is actually more planning to do on your part, as on a larger removal, the removals company will be the ones dictating much of how the day itself will pan out. If you have not booked your removals company yet, then you need to get on that, as they can be instrumental in the planning process, providing you with tips and ideas about how to make your removal a lot easier overall, and ensuring that everything is done safely.

Work in to your plan the nature of your packing, when you are going to transfer electricity and other energy or communications bills, as well as who will be in charge of what and when. If you have kids or pets, they need to be accountable for at all times, and this means having to work out who is looking after who on every day that the removal takes up. The reality of the situation is that the move should not take up too much of your time if you start well in advance, as then you can spread the jobs out across a couple of weeks or months, ensuring that you are free to do other things for the rest of your time. The ultimate situation is to be able to look across your planning and to realize that in fact you only need to spend a couple of hours or less per day on the removal, to ensure that it all goes to plan. This may be spent packing, picking things up, consorting with the removals team, or anything else, but it must always be geared towards getting the removal done safely and efficiently without the whole thing taking over your life entirely. A good removal will not get inside your head so much as to make the process a negative one. You will find that a well planned first time move will be quite an easy series of steps that you get ticked off. However, if not planned well, it can be a nightmare!

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To pack or not to pack?

We’ve all been in this dilemma. Whenever we have to move out, the question of what to take and what to discard is one of the first ones to crop up in our minds. Sometimes the decision is easy. Other times, it is not. However, there are a few things to take into account that will hopefully help you to make the right decision. You have to be prepared to be quite unsentimental about the whole affair and regard this situation with as much objectivity as possible. In these instances, a friend could be a good source of help since your friend will no doubt have an objective view of the situation. Your friend will be more likely to be unsentimental-too, as these are your things not his!

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Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself:
1) Is the item worth sending or not? If the answer is ‘yes’, pack it, if not, sell it or discard it.
2) Is it truly irreplaceable? In other words, will I be able to buy this item again in my new place? If it is available, will it be more expensive to buy it again than sending it off?
3) Is it practical to send it off? Is it too heavy? Bulky? Too fragile? Will it become damaged during the move or while it’s being shipped abroad? (think about an exercise bike or furniture for instance ) You also have to think that, more likely than not, the people who will handle your boxes and stuff (both in your country and abroad) will not treat it with the same amount of care or love as you do. Sad, but true.
4) Is it something I will really have use for in my new home? Do I really need it? (consider items such as clothes, or home appliances which you can easily buy again)
Finally, you have to also be prepared for the fact that maybe, just maybe, some of your stuff will not arrive in perfect condition. The amount of time, dedication and care you devote to packing (in the best case scenario you can even hire professional packers) will be in direct proportion to the safety of your stuff and how it will arrive at its new home.
Some people, specialized collectors, for instance, become quite worried when having to pack their irreplaceable items. Rare books, hard-to-get vintage LPs or rare musical instruments are only some examples.
Finally, but not least important, consider the fact that, unless you hire professional movers and packers, you will be having to lift and pile up most of the boxes yourself. People with back problems should be especially careful when considering this. Sometimes, it is worth spending a little bit more money. Remember that your body is one of a kind and you will not get another one! You also need to consider the fact that you might have to have space to store the boxes for a few days before the removal van arrives to pick them up.
This is all designed to help you, not only to save money but also to save you a few headaches. Moving out to a new place is quite stressful and it should be tackled so that it is as easy on you as it possibly can be.

London Removals – how to utilise a lift in removal efforts

Live in a London apartment that can only be accessed via lift? By definition, the elevator constitutes difficulty in moving, but, with a little forethought and preparation, your items can be moved out easily enough. Let’s not forget of course that everything presently located in your upstairs apartment, including heavy furniture, got up there somehow in the first place, so it can be retrieved as well.

In fact, the ease with which a lift passes across floors can contribute to a fast removals process and also facilitate numerous but resourceful trips across small items. Especially in the case of moving furniture that can be taken apart, the quick lift service is a Godsend. While not all items can be melted down so easily, understanding what can be folded, unbinded, released, contracted, or compacted in some way is a good start. Make a list of these things. This consideration will in fact comprise the first step in our list of tips in elevator-based removal efforts below as it informs the rest of your task:

1 – List things that can be down-sized

Does your mattress fold up? How small can you make your clothes-horse? Can you stack all those dining table chairs in a compact manner? Can your fridge be separated from your freezer and moved manually by two people sharing the same lift? And so on, think economically and pragmatically. Make a list of all such collapsing items before anything else. Do so well ahead of moving day.

2 – Assign specific lift attendees

Whether it be a willing man and van assistant or someone else, it helps to have two helpers that never leave the lift. In embracing items with open arms, these people will speed up the moving process by some margin. Their sustained presence will save people elsewhere trying to get into the lift awkwardly alongside the items they’re transporting. We’re all familiar with trying to walk backwards into a tight corner while holding a heavy object – it’s not pleasant. So leave the responsibility to your lift assistants instead, especially since they can simply move to the far back corners of the elevator and stand face out in greeting each new item.

Think of how a factory functions in the interests of maximising productivity. In this case, those employed exclusively in the lift handle the vertical transitioning process single handedly.

3 – Repeat the above trick elsewhere

With the responsibilities of such ‘vertically-oriented’ workers isolated above, we can now match the role of these helpers elsewhere. Since most London apartments open out onto busy streets, you’ll want to have a couple of people tend exclusively to public affairs across the duration of your move. These helpers should designate the moving areas with cheap mini cones wherever permissable and remind passers-by to be careful in walking around the moving area. Let’s not forget of course that your removals van may have to park further down the street.

Similarly, for those posted upstairs and downstairs respectively, emphasis needs to be placed on either handing over or dropping off items ahead of the time it takes for the elevator to fall. This could be 2-4 minutes for example. By all means comply with safe means of transport, but do the job quickly too. The elevator makes moving fun in this regard since it gives everyone a goal to work towards, including those in the lift since they are responsible for placing items most efficiently.

4 – Be sure to have half a dozen people on hand

While this point could easily sit at the top of our list too, it’s worth leaving until last since people tend to remember the last thing on a list without any difficulty. It’s a simple point too – call around a dozen of your friends in on moving day and ideally split them across the three core levels of upstairs, lift, and downstairs. With the additional assistance of your man with a van (http://www NULL.bestvanandman, and his colleagues, the day will fly by.



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How to clear your garage or attic for your house move

Clearing out your current property is an essential part of preparing for your house move. If you don’t sort through all of your belongings before you move to your new home then you could end up wasting a lot of time and energy on packing and moving things that you no longer need or want! If you want to move house efficiently and quickly, then start by clearing your home of unwanted items. If you have a garage or an attic that’s full of your belongings then this can be a little tricky!

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Here are some helpful tips to get you off to a great start!
1) Assess the situation.
The first thing to do when you get into your garage or attic is to assess it. Think about the size of the room and how full it is. This will give you a good idea of how long you’ll need to set aside to fully tackle the area.
2) Have the necessary equipment.
You’re going to need storage boxes, cardboard boxes, marker pens, packing tape, refuse bags and cleaning items if you’re going to do this properly. Make sure you have a duster, a vacuum and an antibacterial spray as well as clean cloths and sponges.
3) Clearing out.
You can now start the clearing out process. Begin in one section of the area and sift through the items that you find. Pack anything that you might want to take with you to your new home in the cardboard boxes and clearly label them. Once you’ve completed a box, take it into another room of your house so that you aren’t going to be making more clutter as you go and so that you can keep track of how many boxes you’re packing. If you’re using cardboard boxes then make sure that they’re fully sealed and can take the weight of whatever you’ve packed inside. Use packing tape to reinforce and strength boxes, and never overload them as this can cause them to break! Any items that are broken or that you don’t want to keep can be separated into another pile. Divide this into things that you want to throw away, things that can be donated to charity and things that can be sold online or at local jumble sales.
4) Selling or donating unwanted items.
Selling or donating your unwanted items is a great way to help other people and cut-down on clutter at the same time! Don’t donate anything that’s in bad condition, as it won’t be able to help anyway! Clothes that are worn or stained shouldn’t be donated to charities either. Try to fill a charity bag with as much as you can, but if you’d rather sell your items on then this is also a great option to consider.
5) Cleaning your garage or attic.
Once everything you want to keep has been boxed away and everything that you want to get rid of has either been sorted out for charity or thrown away then you’re ready to begin cleaning! Vacuum the floors, dust any corners and use antibacterial sprays and glass cleaners to clean any windows, items of furniture or shelves. Your attic and garage don’t need to be as clean as the rest of your home should be, but it’s good to have them looking their best for the new tenants or homeowners.

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