Moving day can be challenging enough without adding to your overall stress levels with worries over your removals.
Dealing with solicitors and estate agents about money transfers, completions and key collections can be time-consuming, so unless you’re planning a DIY move you don’t want to also have to closely oversee items being packed into a van.
It is why having a reliable and trustworthy removal firm can be essential in helping moving day to go smoothly.
Terance Puna, of Aussie Man & Van, said: ‘Moving home is stressful, particularly at the moment when the housing market is so busy and there is a lot of competition for the best removals firms. It helps if you are as organised as possible and plan your move well in advance.’
Having a reliable and trustworthy removal firm is essential in helping moving day to go smoothly
He explained: ‘Hopefully, you will have booked a reputable removals firm to handle your move, which is a member of the British Association of Removers.
‘This should give you some peace of mind, and reduce those stress levels, as you will know you have a firm that is going to turn up on the day – it’s not always a given in this crazy market – and do a good job. This should help you sleep easier at night.’
He added that there are things that you can do to help your moving day go more smoothly. These include making sure your pets and children are cared for, and out of the way.
He said: ‘Make allowances for pets and children. If grown-ups find moving stressful, imagine what it is like for them. Make provision for someone to look after them on moving day, preferably well out of the way.’
Aussie Man & Van has provided a checklist to ensure your removals go ahead without any issues.
They include making sure you have a bag of essentials at the ready, which include snacks and toiletries, so that you don’t need to rummage through all of your boxes on the first night in your home.
It outlines what steps you can take in advance to make sure things go smoothly.
1. Take valuables and important documents in the car
Mr Puna explained: ‘Put aside valuables such as jewellery, laptops, watches, passports and important documents in a safe place to take in the car with you.’
It means that you will be able to easily move them into your new home and have them ready in the days ahead without losing them in a pile of boxes.
2. Finish your packing
Don’t leave a load of stuff to finish off on the day of the move or you will be overwhelmed, warns Mr Puna.
‘And make sure to pack a bag or box of essentials such as change of clothes for all family members, blankets, snacks and toiletries so that you don’t need to rummage through all of your boxes on the first night in your new home,’ he said.
Top tips include making sure that your removal van can park outside of your house on moving day
3. Book a storage unit
If you do not think all items will fit into your new home at first – perhaps because you have building work planned – consider booking a storage unit for some of your belongings until there is space for them.
Mr Puna recommends moving the items to the storage unit before you move house as this may mean you don’t waste time moving items twice.
4. Check parking suspensions
Double-check your parking suspension signs are up outside your home, if required, so the removal van can park on the day.
Rob Houghton, of reallymoving, added: ‘If you don’t have a driveway at one or both ends of your journey, it’s a good idea to visit your new home to scout out good places to park at the time of day you anticipate arriving.
‘You may need to acquire a temporary parking permit for the removals vehicle, which is the case in many city centre locations including most London boroughs.
‘Some removals firms will arrange this for you, but others won’t, so be sure to discuss it with them in advance. Rules and costs do vary, but it’s usually best to err on the side of caution when estimating the time for loading and unloading and opt for a permit that covers the full day rather than a designated time slot which you might miss if things don’t go exactly to plan.
‘We recommend sorting out the parking arrangements at the same time as appointing a removals company, ideally at least one month before you expect to move, as the notice period for obtaining a permit can be up to three weeks.’
5. Eat up frozen food
Mr Puna points out that is worth being conscious of the food you buy from this point onwards.
‘Make sure to cook all frozen food as you do not want to transport this during the move or have to throw it away,’ he said.
6. De-clutter your old home
Mr Puna suggests making sure you have thrown away any other unwanted items or passed them on to charity before the removals van turns up.
7. Arrange for pets and children to be elsewhere
Make allowances for pets and children. If grown-ups find moving stressful, imagine what it is like for them. Make provision for someone to look after them on moving day, preferably well out of the way.