Useful Tips for your Home Removal
Home Removal is a big change and usually not an easy task. Average adult changes accommodation several times during the lifetime, so it’s worth to know how to do it with avoiding unnecessary stress.
Nomad Removals Limited would like to help you manage this process easily with our tips and services. This article will give you some useful tips for moving your house.
Home Removal – Planning
- Think about your budget for your home removal.
- Think about how big your property is, how many items you have to move and how much you want to do yourself.
- Choose a Local Removal Company, which can offer the best home removal services within your budget.
- Think if you want extra insurance for you move. First check your existing home insurance if it will cover your possessions in transit. Then ask chosen removal company what kind of insurance they can offer, what it will cover and whether this can be increased.
- Check Removal Packaging Suppliers, their prices and delivery option. Check also pricing of Packaging and Dismantling Services offered by Removal Companies. Think which option in your case is the best one. If your property is very big and you have a lot of items, you may want professional removal staff to do it for you. It will go faster and they know how to do it well so your items will be properly secured.
- If you are planning to do it yourself think how you are going to pack your possessions. How many boxes and what kind of other packaging materials you may need for your home removal.
Additional things to consider
- Check what formalities you have to finalise before and after your move. Notifying electric, gas and water companies in advance, finding new schools for your children, changing address for deliveries, at Banks etc.
- Do some research about the area where you are moving. Where are shops, post office, about road connections and public transport etc. If you are moving abroad, it is very important to know as much as possible about new country before moving there. Make sure your passport is valid and you have other necessary documents.
- If you are planning to do all dismantling yourself, check what kind of equipment you may need for this task. Make sure you’ve got everything and you know how to do it.
- If you have a pet make sure that you get a moving company which offers a suitable transport for pets. You can also take your pet in your own car to a new location
Home Removal – Early Preparation
- If you need buy a traveling container for your pet. If you are moving abroad make sure you have all necessary documentation and vaccination for your pet. Read more about this here.
- Think about items you don’t want to take. Ask if your relatives and friends want any of them, offer to charities or sell on eBay, Shpock, Gumtree etc. You need to start doing this much earlier to get rid of all unwanted items before your move.
- Remember to defrost and empty your fridge and freezer at least a day before moving, wipe it dry and secure the doors with the tape.
- Remember to finish any laundry at least a couple of days before your move so you can avoid packing wet clothes.
- Empty any petrol from lawnmowers or other equipment and safely dispose of any other flammable or poisonous household products. If you don’t know where to do it check here.
- Organise an access for the removal van at your current and future location. Get all necessary permits and inform your neighbours that the van will be parking outside your house on your home removal day.
Home Removal – Packing and dismantling
- Get packaging materials form a chosen supplier. Use also all your suitcases, laundry baskets, plastic bins, bin bags for packing and sandwich bags for small items. If your budget is limited you can also use your towels, newspapers, blankets and kitchen plastic wrap for wrapping. Pillows and cushions can protect fragile items if you want to use them as well.
- Choose one room or a place in your house to create a space for packing, keep there your packaging materials and already packed boxes.
- Start packing from the top of the house and work down.
- Clear one room at a time.
- Pack heavier items on the bottom of the box and lighter items on top
- You can also pack heavy items to small boxes and light to bigger ones.
- It’s also very useful to pack similar items together (cosmetics together, jewellery together, medicines and first aid items together etc.)
- Label your boxes on 2 sides with: a number, location and note if the content is fragile (1. Kitchen – fragile).
- While packing do your inventory list so you know what exactly is in which box and plastic bag: Inventory: box: 1. Kitchen – red plates and bowls; box: 2. Kitchen – cutlery, baking and kitchen utensils; box :3 Eve’s room – Lego blocks and other little plastic toys; bag: 1 Eve’s room – teddy bears; etc.
- Wrap items individually, place in a box with several layers of newspaper and a sheet of bubble wrap. Items that you will need very quickly pack in a clear plastic box. This will allow you to see what is inside so you can access them easily.
- Every person should also have a separate box with essential items- well labelled – for instance: box 10: Amy – Essentials
- Pack important documents together, such as birth certificates passports and keep them safe with you. Money and expensive jewellery keep also with you.
- Fragile items like mirrors wrap tightly in bubble wrap or bubble blanket and for extra security you can cut open cardboard boxes and put mirrors between them.
- Hanging clothes – keep them on hangers and put them in the big bin bags flat. Then just hang them back up in the new place.
- Drawers you can keep intact, just cover them with plastic wrap so you won’t have to unpack their content after moving.Protect your mattresses with mattress bags.
Dismantling and Disconnecting
- Disconnecting and Packing electronics – before moving or disconnecting electronics take photos of the wire connections. Disconnect and roll up the cables, then secure them with rubber bands. Put any small parts of the device in sandwich bags. If the move is long, remove all batteries, printer cartridges and similar items too. Wrap the device in the bubble wrap twice, tape it and place all items from one device together in one moving box.
- Dismantling furniture – take pictures of each piece of furniture that you want to dismantleand record with photos each step of dismantling process. If a furniture has a lot of pieces, you can also use masking tape and a marker to note where each piece goes. Pack all elements securely and well labell them. All little elements like nuts, bolts and screws pack in sandwich bags. Wrap your furniture in a protective material. Keep all elements of one furniture together.
- Get ready your pet – keep your pet in one room at the day of home removal, if possible, in the container that you have prepared for travelling. Feed as normal, but not too close to moving time, make one person in the family responsible for the pet.
- Children – if it’s possible ask relatives or friends to look after your children on the moving day. If you have to look after them give them specific tasks to do. For really young children use a playpen to keep them busy with their favourite toys. Stick to their routine as much as possible, keep their food and changing equipment easy to access.
- Hazardous, flammable, and explosive materials should be disposed before your move. Items, such as plants and food cannot be moved either in the moving van. If you are moving abroad, you have to check legislation there, as you might not be able to move everything you would like to.
Home Removal – Loading and Moving
- If you’re loading a van yourself, try to maximize space and keep items from shifting by loading in sections from the floor up. Pack everything tightly to the top, then move onto the next section.
- Load heaviest items such as wardrobes and sofas first, place them against the front internal wall of the van. Secure them with ropes or straps.
- Remember refrigerators have to be transported upright and in your new location wait one hour before reconnecting them.
- Load larger and sturdier items on the bottom layer of the van and more fragile things on top.
- Smaller items and rugs use to plug holes and fill gaps.
- Use blankets and sheets to protect furniture.
- Long glass materials like mirrors place between mattresses and cushions.
- Essential boxes should be loaded last and unloaded first.
- Make sure that everything is properly secured before driving off and check if there is anything left at home.
- Important turn off gas, electricity and close all the windows.
- Clean your old house again and if you’re renting, take photos of your home after cleaning and your new home before moving in.
That’s probably not everything about home removal but the most important information is here. You can start preparing your plan now. Remember most of these tasks can be done for you by Removal Company. So, first check what they can do for you and in what price. Choose Nomad Removals Limited, we are happy to help you with this task! If not us then search for a Local Removal Company or get quotes from 5-6 different Removal Companies using pages like Compare My Move or Compare Removal Companies.