How To Prepare For The Removalists: Five Tips That Will Make Your Next Move Less Stressful

‚ÄčThere's no denying it: moving homes is stressful. The internet is filled with advice on how to make it less stressful, but it's never going to be a stress-free experience. There are certainly things you can do to smooth the waters, though, and one of those things is to make sure your experience with the removalists is a calm and straightforward one.

  1. The most important first step is to make like a Boy Scout and be prepared. Book your removal company well in advance, and double-check your booking with them about a week before they're due and again the day before. If you have to make any changes in the dates or times of your move, they should be the first people to know -- not least because a last-minute change to your booking could mean you end up needing to pay fees. When you're picking your time slot, remember to factor in both travel time and potential traffic problems, and find out how much it will cost if you go over time.  
  2. Once they're booked, you need to give some thought to your insurance. If you're moving a long way, the moving van might need to stop overnight; does your insurance cover any mishaps that might happen during an overnight stop? Are you covered for other common moving mishaps, including damage to your possessions in the event of an accident? Check the terms of your home and contents insurance policies before you pay for extra moving insurance -- some of them will cover this already.  
  3. It's a good idea to start packing much earlier than you think you need to. Almost everyone underestimates how long it will take them to pack their home up into boxes, and removalists don't need to be paid to wait around while you finish up! While you're packing, be careful to label fragile objects as clearly as possible, and make sure you're using the right boxes for the job. Heavy boxes are difficult to carry and might break, while underfilled boxes will crumple when they're stacked up in a van; the trick is to have a large number of small boxes for books and anything heavy and to pack lighter things like clothes into larger boxes.  
  4. Make sure you have a parking plan both at your current home and at your destination address. You might need to buy or organise parking permits for the van, and it's a good idea to inform your neighbours that a large van will be parked in the street for a day with people coming and going from it. It's also a good idea to ensure there's a spare person around to watch the van while it's loaded; an unguarded van is a frequent target for opportunistic thieves.  
  5. Loading the van can be a tricky job, and it's a good idea to find out from your experts in advance how they're going to want to do it. They'll probably want to load large items or furniture first, so make sure they're as accessible as possible and not blocked in by boxes. Prepare your removalists in advance for any access concerns, like narrow corridors and sharp corners, and make sure they know how many flights of stairs will be involved in the process.

There are certainly potential sources of stress when you're moving home, but with a little forward planning you can make the experience as smooth as possible.