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 NULL.co NULL.uk), and his colleagues, the day will fly by.
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