Quick tips

REMOVAL COMPANY QUICK TIPS

  • Local and long distance removals
  • Part & full loads
  • Fully insured
  • House clearances
  • Packing service available
  • Boxes available to purchase

From your very first enquiry you will speak with your Move Manager who, alongside your Personal Move Co-ordinator will manage the whole of your move. Your Move Manager will arrange to visit you in your home to discuss your moving requirements, present our range of moving services and assess the volume of your belongings.

We′ll send you a personalised quote with a clear breakdown of costs and timescales for the move. This will include details of all timings, transport methods, moving services and team members. We know you need time and space to read and compare quotes, which is why your Move Manager will always be on hand to answer any further questions you may still have.

Once you have chosen your personal moving package, your Personal Move Co-ordinator will ensure that everything runs smoothly. If required our dedicated removals team will see that everything is logically packed, secured and boxed.

On the day of the move, the removals team will guarantee a seamless delivery of your precious belongings to your new home and unpack them if you require.

  • Arrange and confirm your removal date as far in advance as possible.
  • Prepare a list of fixtures you are leaving. up to three weeks ahead
  • Sort out the contents of your garage.
  • Organise suitable transport & care for pets or someone to look after them on the day.
  • Up to two weeks ahead Dismantle self-assembly furniture, unless we have agreed to do this for you.
  • Arrange in advance for disconnection of kitchen appliances, including your washing machine so that the drum is secured. Don’t forget to have the gas, electricity, telephone and water meters read.
  • Start running down freezers. We advise against moving freezers (full or frozen). If you require yours moved with food inside, wrap the contents in newspaper, boxes or trays. Full or frozen freezers are moved at your own risk.
  • Clear the loft unless we have agreed to do so.
  • Dismantle sheds, greenhouses, collect hanging baskets and any other garden furtniture etc. unless we have agreed to do this for you. Drain fuel from lawnmowers/motor cycles.
  • Remove any fixtures and fittings you are taking. If appropriate
  • Arrange for child care if required
  • If moving in or out of a block of flats, arrange to have the manual override key or priority use of the lift the day before your move.
  • TV aerials or satellite dishes taken down if they are part of the move.
  • Disconnect any light fittings you are taking.
  • Seal packets and tighten jars of food. Defrost refrigerator and freezer. (If you don’t intend to empty the freezer, please read our earlier advice).
  • Chests of drawers may be left full depending on the make of the furniture.
  • Set aside an area marked “do not move” for coats, handbags, snacks, tools and cleaning products

The Day You Move

  • Lock your valuables somewhere safe and carry them personally to your new home.
  • If already pre-arranged & agreed, we will take up fitted carpets and lay them on the floors of your new home.
  • If possessions are being stored, remember to retain important items – passport, driving licence, etc.
  • Before the removal van departs, check nothing has been forgotten.
  • Responsibility is yours to see nothing is moved in error. Ensure that our team has directions to your new property and a phone number to contact you. Agree a time of arrival. Arrive at your new property, with the keys beforehand.

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Companies move office every 7 years on average and most of the people who are tasked with the responsibility of managing the move are handling it for the first time. Planning is the first key step to take. While the whole process may be daunting, as with any process it can be viewed as a logical series of essentially simple tasks, checklists and procedures. Adopting this strategy can save companies hours of preparation time and allow managers to understand and appreciate what the costs are in moving an office and produce actionable budgets.

  • With the floor plan for your new location, work out at which desk each person will sit.
  • Assign each desk a number. It’s easiest to sequentially number the desks.  Also alter the number pattern per department. For example, if all your Marketing people sit in one area, assign their desks numbers 100 to 150, your IT Team 200 to 220, Customer Service 300 to 340, and so on. It makes items and areas more easily identifiable.
  • Match your numbered floor plan with the staff members who will be assigned that desk/office.
  • Name communal spaces
  • Work with IT to ensure all data and power needs are ready (or will be ready) for moving day.
  • Confirm that you have all details to access the building and that there will be parking available for our team.
  • Send them copies in advance of your numbered floor plan so that our team understand the layout ahead of time.
  • Tell staff members to number all boxes, computer screens, hard drives and furniture. Ideally, each item type should be labelled in the same spot (base of the computer screen, top of hard drive, etc).
  • Filing cabinets should be emptied and locked or taped closed for easy removal.
  • All keyboards, cables, phones etc should be placed in plastic bags and labelled with their allocated number.
  • Laptops, iPads and any other valuable/personal items should be taken home rather than packed.
  • Items for shared areas such as kitchens or utilities rooms should be labelled in the same way they are on your floor plan.

During The Move

  • Depending on the size of the move you may need to arrange to have company representatives at both locations; if there’s more than one removal vehicle working, someone needs to be at the new location to meet the first one that arrives while someone stays at the old location until the last of the removal team have completed their work.
  • Wait until everything has been moved in before trying to connect phones and computers. This usually means waiting until the day after the move. You should aim to have all computers connected before staff return to work again.
  • Before staff return, do a quick check to see that the boxes and items on peoples’ desks correspond with their allocated number.
  • Check the building is safe for people to enter, that any rubbish has been removed and walkways are clear.
  • Spot-check all facilities – make sure power, toilets, fridges etc are working.

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Properly planning how you pack and store your belongings now, can save you a lot of hassle later on. Here are our top tips on packing a storage space; how to pack,making sure you avoid pitfalls and get the most from your storage room:

Make sure you can easily access your belongings

Categorise your belongings into groups, for example, are there certain items you will need to access or use regularly? If so, store them where you can easily get to them, for example on top of other items and towards the front of the unit.

Keep your fragile items safe

Use boxes to pack your belongings, don’t rely on plastic bags. Boxes are stronger and much easier to stack and take up less room. Also, items enclosed in plastic bags can become humid and even attract mildew, causing irreparable damage.
Make sure you pack heavier, sturdier items at the bottom of stacked items. Pack any breakables or precious items in boxes, protected with bubble wrap on top of heavier, more unbreakable items. Some items may not fit in a protective box because of their shape, consider where in the room you can store them.

Get value for money

Make sure you choose the right size of storage room for your needs. You don’t want to waste money on a space that is too big. Our team can assist you with the right solution. Consider the packaging you use for your more fragile items. Filling up boxes completely will not only make the most of the space, but it also makes them stronger when stacked, avoiding breakages and damages.

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