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Moving house in London and the UK – 5 things to remember that will save you time, stress and money

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Moving house is complicated at the best of times. Anyone with experience of removals in London and the UK will tell you that no two moves are ever the same – budget, timescale, location, size and type of property are all factors to consider. It is therefore vital that the london removals company you use is able to cater for your individual requirements. The last thing anyone needs is to be let down on the day by poor service.  Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of moving is having so much to remember. To make your life easier, we’ve created a list of vital – though not always so obvious – things to consider when planning your move.   

1. Clear the clutter

Before asking for quotes from removal companies, have a thorough clear out and sort through the house. (It’s amazing how much unnecessary and unwanted stuff we acquire over the years– often without even noticing it.) Keeping the amount of items that require moving to a minimum not only means that you will be quoted a lower price for the move, but it also makes packing and unpacking a whole lot quicker and easier.

2.Hire the right size of vehicle

Selecting the right size of vehicle for your move is not as straightforward as it may seem. Clearly you’ll want to use a vehicle that will comfortably hold all your belongings, but at the same time you don’t want to spend money hiring a vehicle that is too large for your needs. So which vehicle should you choose? Essentially, there are two main vehicle types used by removal companies in London: the Luton van 3.5 ton and the 7.5 ton lorry.  

For house and office removals in London, a Luton van is very often the best choice of vehicle, being easier to park and operate than a larger lorry – especially where space and manoeuvrability are a consideration. For these reasons, in many circumstances, using two 3.5 tonners for your move can be more practical than using one 7.5 ton lorry, as cost and load volumes are pretty much identical (the capacity of a Luton van is approximately 600 cubic feet; whereas a 7.5-ton lorry is 1,200 cubic feet). Alternatively, for long distance removals, using a single larger lorry is often more suitable and cost-effective. 

3. Inform the world

Don’t forget to let suppliers and service providers know you are moving. People you should inform include electricity, gas, water, phone and internet providers, banks, credit card and loan companies, doctors, dentists,  opticians, insurers, council tax offices, employers, schools, mobile phone, satellite and cable providers, DVLA, HM revenue & Customs, TV licensing, etc.  Remember that to ensure uninterrupted phone line and internet connection, it is important to inform your provider well in advance of your moving date.  Settle any outstanding accounts with newsagents, food suppliers, etc, and cancel any orders or subscriptions. Send change of address cards to friends and family.

4.Ask for a fact file

If possible, ask the former occupier to leave you a fact file for your new property. This should include information on heating systems, appliances, rubbish / recycling collection, stopcocks, burglar alarms, local services, etc. Also compile a fact file for whoever is moving into your former home.  It will be appreciated!

5. Hire a reputable removal company

Make sure the removal company you hire is accredited and works to an approved code of practice.  Check they are fully insured and that terms and conditions cover pre-payment protection, in the event that you have to cancel or delay your move. There are many things to consider when planning a move. For instance, are you moving into or out of a ground-floor property, or is your accommodation on an upper floor?  Are advance parking permits required? Always check that the removal company provides packing and unpacking, crate hire and secure storage services in its own warehouse. Where required they should also offer to dismantle and reassemble fixtures, furniture and fittings onsite. Prior to your move, any good removal company will send a consultant to visit you at your home free of charge. They will assess your needs, answer your questions and help you plan your relocation to make your removals in london as easy and stress-free as possible. 


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