Moving House: Overview and Removals Tips
This is the final section of Beagle Street’s Home Buyers’ Guide – the first part to be written not for home buyers, but home owners!
Getting on the property ladder is a real achievement but if you’ve only ever been living at home or in rented accommodation before, the actual move in may seem a little overwhelming.
On top of this, you may have opted to go for a property that needs work. The repairs and upgrades could add value – essential when bridging the financial gap between yours and a larger property in future. But actually getting these done could be a little daunting. That’s why, in this section, we’ll cover:
Different people have different requirements when it comes to moving. This page aims to make sure you are as informed as possible on:
- The options
- Professional removal services
- The move
- What if I have too much stuff?
With advice from Hende Building Services Ltd
This section’s all about instilling confidence to make improvements from minor repairs to major structural works. For this you’ll need to know about:
- Having work done
- Adding Value to Your Property
- Setting up your home
After reading Part 5, you should be fully clued up on:
- The removals method that suits you best
- How to find a removals supplier
- How to find tradesmen to repair your home
- Things you could do to add value to your home
But most of all, you’ll be a home buying aficionado. There’ll be no pulling the wool over your eyes – you know a good tradesman when you see one. You’ll know if you want to use a solicitor and where to find one. Cracks in the wall – they won’t scare you. Finding a deposit? You’ll know the score.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – first things first, the final section: moving in.
If you have little or no furniture to worry about (because, for example, you’ve been renting a furnished property), you could probably do the move yourself. But if you have your own furniture, it might be worth hiring a professional removal company. Here, we’ll take a look at both approaches..
Professional removal services
When it comes to removal companies, there’s no shortage of choice, and you’ll probably want a company that handles your move as cheaply as possible. But cheapness isn’t everything: a reputation for quality, care and reliability are incredibly important when it comes to your most prized possessions. One step you could take to help ensure this is the case is to check that they are a member of The British Association of Removers, or The National Guild of Removers and Storers.
- Compare quotes early
You might want to start comparing removal quotes several weeks before your move. This enables you to get in touch with your chosen supplier and give them advanced warning of an approximate completion date, so that they’ll be able to pencil it into their schedule. You could then make a firm booking when you’ve exchanged contracts and a moving date has been agreed.
- Finding a removal company
You may already know of a good local firm, or know someone who might recommend one. If you don’t though, or if you want to compare quotes from other companies, you’ll find websites such as BuzzMove and CompareMyMove useful.
If you’re moving without furniture, you may only need a car and a couple of friends to lend a hand. And even if you have too much stuff for a car, you might want to consider a “Man with a Van”. Sure, you might probably have to do the packing yourself – but it could save you a considerable amount of money on your move.
Explore the range of Man and a Van solutions and compare quotes by suppliers who meet your requirements at sites such as Anyvan.com. If you’d like to hire a van, you could source competitively priced van-hire services at sites such as TravelSupermarket, or Zipvan if it operates near you.
Your removals to-do list
- Compare 3 (or more) quotes well in advance of your likely completion date.
- You may need a packing service – ask if your company offers one.
- Think about collection and delivery access points, and mention it if you think things could be difficult.
- Ask about insurance – what’s covered?
- Does the company send someone out in advance to evaluate your situation? This could minimise unforeseen problems on the Big Day.
What if I have too much stuff?
This might easily happen to first time buyers, especially those who are moving in together for the first time. If this happens to you, then you could consider self-storage as an option. Although this adds an extra cost, it could be quite small – and it might be preferable to throwing or giving away things you could miss at a later stage.
There are many options for self-storage but before you do anything, you’ll need to work out how much space you need. Storage spaces are measured in square feet, with spaces from as small as 25ft2 (the size of a garden shed) going all the way up to 150ft2 (the size of a double garage).
Sounds daunting? Luckily there are a number of calculators out there that help you estimate your space needs with tick boxes for the most common appliances like TV stands, mattresses and chairs. Compare the Storage has a tool like this and, as the name suggests, compares costs across your nearest storage depots.
Many storage companies have joining deals where you’ll get a bargain rate for a fixed couple of weeks. The price hikes after these could be significant, so it’s wise to pencil the end date into your diary at which point you might consider moving to another storage depot. It could take an afternoon and the hire of a van but you could find that you could be financially better off in the long run.
The packing process could be a stressful chore – just one more thing you have to do at an already-busy time. But it could also be exciting; after all, you’re finally moving into your own place!
If packing is something you’d rather pass on to someone else, it’s worth remembering that most removal firms offer this as an additional service, though there could be an extra charge.
Of course, as a first time buyer, you might not have much stuff to pack. On the other hand, it’s quite possible that you have a houseful. If so, make things easier for yourself if you remember a few simple ‘rules’:
Your packing to-do list
- Start early
- Begin at the top of the house and move down
- Try and colour code boxes so you (and your removal team) know the type of thing that’s in each box
- Make sure that things you’ll want immediately at the other end are easy to find and unpack
- Pack heavy items in small boxes
You’re in! At last, you’ve completed your move, and should be able to start enjoying your new house. But, while you’ve finally got to the end of the house buying process, there’s almost certainly still plenty to do.
In fact, for many people, it’s now that the real process of turning a house into a home starts. Of course, to begin with you may just want to unpack, tidy up and relax. But in the longer term, you may also want to redecorate, or carry out other improvements that might add quality and value to your living space.
We’ll look at some of the things you could do in the next and final section of this guide – ‘Adding Value To Your House‘.