Summer is the busiest time of year for removals as people move for work or ahead of the new school year. But while many people will be moving this summer, a good proportion of them will make some avoidable mistakes.
Mark Prout, managing director of London removals specialists Aussie Man & Van, says: ‘Moving is renowned for being extremely stressful so it’s vital to know the roll call of top moving mistakes people make in order to avoid them. If you plan ahead and get some help, you can minimise your stress levels considerably.’
Here are Aussie Man & Van’s top ten mistakes that people most commonly make when moving – and how to avoid them:
* Packing late wreaks havoc with your nerves and leads to broken objects. Always plan to finish the packing so that you have a good buffer between the day you finish and the actual removal day.
* Likewise, book your removals firm as soon as you’ve got your moving date. If you don’t, you may find that everyone is booked up, particularly if you plan to move on a Friday, towards the end of the month or during the summer. You could do it yourself and hire a ban but while that may be the cheap way of doing it, it’s time-consuming and often backbreaking work.
* Choose your removals firm carefully: get a recommendation from a friend or family member.
* Some people forget how much of their life is computer-based. Back up everything to a portable hard drive so that you can access it even via someone else’s computer if necessary.
* Forgetting to label boxes means that your pots and pans end up in the bedroom. Label precisely and in detail. If your removal company is packing for you, good firms will label each box with the name of the room it is destined for, ensuring boxes end up in the right place.
* Work out measurements well in advance. Don’t end up with an item of furniture that doesn’t fit anywhere.
* Don’t disregard insurance. If you break something, it could be costly. If you are packing yourself, check your household insurance covers damage and breakages in transit. Removal companies will not be able to provide this level of cover unless they have done the packing themselves.
* Try to get your new home cleaned a day or two prior to your arrival. This isn’t always possible if you are moving in just as the previous owners are moving out but if there is some leeway, it will make a huge difference. It is also good form to leave your old house or flat clean and in good order. Aussie Man & Van has a cleaning service which can do this for you if time is short and you want to concentrate on getting your new home up to speed.
* Don’t decide to pack up clutter and deal with it at the other end. Declutter before your move and ruthlessly discard things with no thought to sentimentality. It’s much easier than taking it with you.
* Take valuables with you rather than packing them up for loading onto a van or lorry. First, you might need them quickly at the other end and secondly, you can relax knowing that your passports and jewellery are not stuffed into a large box, unreachable for days.