ONE MONTH BEFORE MOVING:
TWO WEEKS BEFORE MOVING:
10 Days Prior: You should have confirmed your actual moving date by now and can thus finalise your removal booking. Now is the time to start packing up china and small items if you have decided to do so yourself. Make sure that you have enough boxes and packing materials; it is very easy to underestimate the number of bits and pieces that come out of cupboards and drawers. Do a little each day starting with the least used items (see advice on packing).
The biggest moving tip is to pack small items in removal boxes. It would not be wise to try and save money by avoiding the purchase of specially made moving boxes, or worse by not using any boxes at all. This is because it can cause damage to your belongings, some of which may not be replaceable.
When packed in especially made removal boxes:
Consider a Colour Code System / Use Marker Pen
Important Supplies that you'll need for your move.
Do not overfill: Please ensure that you do not overfill your boxes or cartons, keep in mind that they have to be lifted. The top and sides of each box should not bulge or swell, nor should they cave in when closed. The removal men are fully trained but not even one of them is a superman. Also do not under fill: This may appear unintelligent after the previous tip but partially filled boxes may collapse if heavy items are placed on top of them. Try to distribute your belongings evenly in the available boxes.
Ensure You Have Sufficient Packing Materials: It is essential that you plenty of packaging materials, don't order less, or you may have to pay additional delivery charges for reordering small amount. To cushion the ups and downs of moving your belongings, packing material provides additional protection. Use white tissue paper for linens (newspaper will leave black marks) bubble wrap for fragile and breakable items, and lots of scrunched up paper for filling spaces between things in the cartons. Another excellent investment for packing material are large plastic mattress bags for mattresses and couches / chairs. They will not only keep dust out, they also protect the furniture during the bouncing in the truck.
Packing Tape: Use heavy-duty tape (not masking or scotch) for the cartons as well as for taping things together (like broom handles, etc.). Safe storage sells inexpensive, clear sealing tape for all your packing needs.
Another "can't do without" during packing is a few good marking pens to label the cartons. We also recommend cord or rope to further secure cartons and doors on appliances and dressers, a padlock for the truck's rear door (if you want), and gloves to protect your hands. To help you move large appliances, we recommend renting an appliance dolly. Furniture pads are also extremely important for your move and can be rented inexpensively. They will allow you to pack your belongings and protect your furniture without ruining your own linens.
Chairs: Wrap arms and legs to prevent scratches. Bundle armless chairs in pairs, seat to seat with a folded blanket or other padding between and tie seats together.
Curtain/Shower Rods: Remove the hardware from the walls and put in small plastic bag. Tape bag around rod and place in dresser drawer.
Electronic Equipment, Computer, Hi-Fi, DVD, Radios and TVs: should be padded and boxed so that knobs are not broken off and the finish is not scratched. The drawers should be empty of all disks, as when they are re-started they may jam. Record players should have the turntable and playing arm secured. Box upright in carton well padded on all sides. Mark with and arrow pointing up and write UP on all sides. For console equipment, surround with furniture pads and then move and load upright.
ELECTRICAL/GAS SUPPLIES: You should arrange for these items to be disconnected from mains supply by an appropriate professional, prior to removal. Refer to the manufacturers instructions (check with local dealer).
Fragile: Thoroughly wrap fragile items individually with paper, bubble wrap or foam wrap depending on the item (newspaper print residue must be hand washed off of all things it touches, dishwasher washing will not take it off). Special care must be taken with small items so as not to lose them in the packing materials. Taping over the wrapping is a good technique to highlight a small item as not being merely a bunched up piece of paper. Glassware and china should be wrapped so as not to clatter within the box. Use plenty of paper to line the top, bottom and side of each box. Plates should be individually wrapped and then stood on their side in the box- NEVER lay them flat; all the weight would be on the bottom plate, and if the box is set down too strongly the bottom plate could break. Glasses should also be individually wrapped and packed standing up; they're stronger when standing than if laid on their side All staples in boxes should be removed so as to safeguard surfaces such as wood floors, counter tops, and furniture where cartons may be stacked prior to pickup and after delivery. Do not interlock box flaps together - always tape bottoms and tops with at least three strips of tape and at least halfway up or down the sides of the box for strength. Remember that taping reinforces the strength of the box, and yet can be easily cut with a blade later when unpacking.
Fridges & Freezers: should be emptied and defrosted. Fridges and freezers should be washed out with detergent and dried thoroughly inside. If any of the items are not cleaned and dried thoroughly, mildew will form during long-term storage. After the move fridge or freezers should be turned on next day (be sure to let the unit stand upright for at least 24 hours before plugging it back in.), you must let the liquid settle properly before it is used again. Contents may be left in freezers provided they are bagged and the journey is short. The bags will be taken out immediately prior to the freezer being moved and replaced when the freezer is in the van. Whilst freezers can be plugged in overnight at our depot, the contents are not covered by our insurance. Please also read manufacturer’s manual.
Garden Tools: and equipment should be cleaned, as they will be going in the same van as your furniture. Note, we normally load these last to keep them as far away from your household items as possible.
Items Not Moving: Please use 'Do not Move' stickers on items that you are leaving behind or are taking with you in the car, they should be clearly marked with the coloured stickers or use marker pen to write on the items. This is particularly important where storage is involved.
Kettle: You may not want to pack the kettle, cups etc, as removal men often work a lot more efficiently when supplied with tea or coffee at regular intervals, even energy drinks like Lucozade, Supermalt, Red Bull etc. would speed up the work and save you money when hourly rate is quoted by any company.
Knives: Place knives and other sharp objects inside a container, such as an old biscuit tin.
Lamp Shades: should be removed and packed separately. You can leave normal light bulbs.
Mirrors: Small mirrors can be well wrapped in paper and packed in cartons. For a large mirror, make a cardboard case by cutting pieces of corrugated cardboard about the same size as the mirror. Mark GLASS on the outside in several places to prevent mishandling. If you have other paintings, mirror, framed items that are roughly the same size, you can put all these together in your custom box.
Pets: Please use a cat basket for your pet, dogs, for example, may well think that the removal men are stealing your furniture, please keep them out of the way. Fish tanks should be drained to the gravel and the fish taken in the car in a seal-able bucket half-filled with water.
Pictures: Oil pictures should be covered over with a no acidic clear wrap and then bubble wrapped or wrapped in blankets, and then placed in a picture box or a flattened out box with the ends taped. Pictures in glass frames or mirrors should be wrapped in blankets and packed in picture cartons or flattened out cartons. Lamps and lampshades should each be placed in separate boxes. If two lamp shades are put together a piece of plain paper should be put between them so that they can be easily pulled apart. Do not use newspapers with print or it will permanently mark the shades.
Plants: pack 5/6 smaller plants into a carton with packing material between the pots, so they won't fall. Seal the box with the flaps up to give extra protection. Leave larger plants for us to deal with. Whilst we will take every care of your plants, they are not covered by insurance. In winter on longer journeys frost can be a problem for more delicate plants. Garden plants/shrubs can be taken but make sure the roots are well bagged-up to avoid loose soil in the back of the van.
Self Assembly Furniture (wardrobes / beds / sheds / greenhouse etc) It is Customers responsibility to dismantle and re-assemble this type of furniture. However should you require assistance please advice the move consultant during the visit as well as House to Home. Please note, due to the nature of this type of furniture insurance cannot be provided for the assistance in dismantling and re-assembling this furniture.
Sheds & Greenhouses: should be dismantled in advance. Wrap the glass individually and tie in manageable bundles. Furniture is highly inflammable and so no fuel or gas bottles can be loaded. See the storage section page for details of items that cannot be stored.
Stereos, CD Players, and other Electronic Equipment Separately pack components and pack in well-padded cartons marked FRAGILE. Pack CDs upright in their cases in a sturdy carton with a reinforced bottom. They get heave so use small boxes. Tie CDs is small bundles when packing, the fill air with wadded paper. Mark FRAGILE. Cassettes can be packed in the same manner, although you can group them in larger bundles. Cables should be placed in the same cartons as the component they are for to avoid misplacing them later.
Swings & Slides: will have to be dismantled. Squirt penetrating oil into the nuts a few days before you intend dismantling them.
Washing Machines & Dishwashers: should be disconnected and contents emptied. Washing machine drums must be secured with brackets to prevent damage. A drum-locking bar should be fitted to automatic machines. Whilst we move thousands of machines without locking bars and have no problems, it should be noted that fitting the bar is part of the manufacturer’s warranty.
Packing & Unpacking: If you have opted for the packing service there is little more to add apart from, for insurance purposes all items packed by the removal company should be unpacked onto a flat surface. If you have decided to carry out your own packing please be aware that there is no insurance cover provided for these items.
Valuables Set aside jewellery, important papers and safe deposit box contents. To pack it yourself so that you can keep with you throughout your journey. Don't pack your chequebook, passport, visas or airline tickets! If you are putting your goods in storage, don't pack important papers like passports, driver's licenses, birth certificates, etc.
If you are not on the ground floor or may have access problems, please advice us well in advance. Advise us of potential problems, and special needs such as clothing wardrobes, extra cartons, last minute packing, etc.
Parking near your residence should be easily accessible for the purpose of removals. Do whatever you can to reserve parking for your movers, remember the moving vehicle cannot block the street. Also, if the movers have to walk extra distance with your furniture, the move will take longer and may cost you more.
If you have yellow lines or parking bays outside your property, parking may be a problem. Parking dispensation will be required. This unfortunately is something only you as a resident can arrange, but we can help by supplying you with all the necessary information and relevant telephone numbers for your local council.
Children: are always excited by the idea of moving and you may want them to be present, but please make sure they are well supervised, and stay off the van.
Presence during the Removal: It is your responsibility to be present throughout the removal to ensure that nothing that should be removed is left behind and nothing is taken away in error.
Proper Packing is the most important thing that you the shipper can do to save time, money, and aggravation! Basically, use common sense when packing. Pack heavier things like books into smaller boxes, and pack lighter things in progressively larger boxes. Never make a box heavier than one person can handle.
Don't save all your packing for the last day. Begin packing items not needed well in advance. Packing gets more and more tiresome over a period of time, so it is good to jump-start the packing endeavour as much as possible. Disassemble items that need to be taken apart and carefully save any hardware involved. Sometimes lost hardware is virtually impossible to replace, so be very careful where you save it.
Insurance: Before you buy extra insurance from your removal company, check with your household policy, most cover this already.
Avoid Fridays: Try and avoid moving on a Friday, this could save you money. Although it is the most logical day for moving. However, if you do experience delays regarding transaction of monies then you will have to wait till Monday to sort the inconvenience. Worst may not end here, then you may find that the removal vehicle full of your personal belongings and no where to go. This normally results in having to pay for storage and another day of removal costs. Your removal team may also not be available on the Monday. It is your choice, think twice.
We may be unable to carry out your move appropriately without good access to all concerned premises. Please make sure that you have spoken to your neighbours if needs be, and where necessary arrange to leave parking places clear. Also all walkways, pathways, stairs and passages should be clear of any obstruction to allow us free movement to the property.
Your old Property: Should your old property is going to be left empty for a period of time, please ensure that everything is turned off, windows, doors, taps are closed, alarm is on. There is no leak from the disconnection area of appliances, everything is safe and that you pass the keys to the right person / place if required.
Date of Move: Try to confirm your moving date and time with A Great Move 5 days in advance, however the sooner, the better.
Finally you can be rest assured that A Geat Move Services will do all in our power to ensure that the move goes off without a hitch. Feel free to contact us at any stage, if you need further advice or clarification about anything related to the move. On the day stay cool, calm and collected and your move will be completed with the minimum of fuss and stress. This is A Great Move, Loves the work you Hate!
Best of luck: Thank you for helping us to help you better. We hope that you find these information useful throughout your forthcoming move and wish you every success in this venture.......