The biggest moving mistakes

Usually when people decides to move to another place they do a lot of moving mistakes.
Maybe it is because they do not have enough moving experience or just because they simplify this process. Further, you will find some moving mistakes which are the most common case.

Choosing cheap removal company
First of all, you need to remember English proverb – “Poor man pays twice”. And realise it is actually  true in real life.
A lot of people hire house removals London company just because they are cheap. But have they ever tried to find out why they are so cheap.
Usually it is because they are using not very qualified vehicle, their staff is not very competent or they just do not have normal covering materials for your things. Also there might be lots of other reasons.

We are not trying to say that cheap removal companies are bad. But before choosing one or another, pay attention not only to price.
You can always google that company, read forums, testimonials about them to know if they are really confident.

Packing mistakes
Secondly, the majority of mistakes are done during packing. It is really vital to do everything right. You can write it in capital letters “there is never too much boxes, tape and sticky notes during moving”.
A lot of people think that they do not have so many things and they all are going to fit in few boxes. It is always truth that people does not even realise how many things they have. Especially women, who always say that they do not have what to wear, and during moving they realise that they have more dresses then they even thought. So, more boxes guarantees that all things are going to find place in new home. Tape is the best friend of box because she guarantees that all things will stay in their place and will not be lost during the move.

Finally, sticky notes help you to remember everything because it is very easy to get lost among so many boxes. Furthermore, one really big packing mistake is that a lot of people put their things to boxes randomly. There must be some kind of order. When you are making soup you are putting everything to one pot, so with packing it is the same. Do not mix things from different rooms in one box. Also, if you have one big item and have dismantled it, never put the small items in different boxes, otherwise you will never find it. Do not forget to mark boxes which you will need first. It is very important to pack small items first and then bigger ones. Finally, the biggest packing mistake is leaving this process for the last moment. Never do like that. As it was said before, people usually do not realise how many things they have. Other reason is, that when you start packing, you find a lot of things that you have forgotten that you even have them and now they are giving you a lot of memories. If you will leave packing for last moment you can forget enjoying these moments because you will be in rush.

Not warning the services
Before moving to another place you must call to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), student account, Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Council’s Tax Office, Land Registry, family doctor, dentist, veterinarian, utility providers, financial providers, television, internet or telephone providers etc. it is strange, but a lot of people forget to call to these service providers. In some cases it can end up very sadly. Advice here – make a check list with all the providers that you must call and just put tick after doing that. So now you know the most common moving mistakes. Try not to do them by yourself.

 

How to go about packing things? (part 3)

How to pack your things, Removal Experts London

You think that already know everything about packing things and can start yours. Do not jump to conclusions. There are still some information that you need to know about packing. So here is the third part of packing things advices.

If you have at home a lot of large items, such as furniture, appliances, computers, etc., begin taking them apart. Try to do it carefully and not to break any parts. After this, all the items put to double-thick Ziploc bags. You need to sort these bags according to content and room. You do not want to find your TV transmitter in bag of things from your kitchen. Tools which will be needed after removal to put the item to back as it was, such as allen wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, etc., keep it in the same box as parts of the item. Because of this, unpacking after removal will be much easier and you will be sure that your things will be the same as they were. Make sure that these boxes will stay in the centre of attention during moving, because later you will need them first.

When you have taken apart large things, probably there are a lot of screws and bolts left. Put them together in the box with these items so they do not get lost. Also, it will make the process of putting everything back much easier.
You need to have special box for all the tools and hardware. This box must be in central place and that everyone could find it easily. It will make unpacking much easier. You should also put small things such as remote controls, ear plugs, screwdrivers and other small things you will need immediately after moving.

When you finish filling boxes, do not forget to tape them, then to put label and put to the stack. Leave boxes in those rooms where you have packed them, not to mix everything. Pick all the extension cords, power strips or adapters from all rooms and put them to one specific box. They will be one of the first things that you will need after removals London. Put the clear sign on this box. It can be larger or more vivid label. You can even consider spraying bright colours on it, such as yellow or red.

Go to all the rooms and make sure that you have removed everything. If you should anything, put all the last minutes items to separate box.

When house removals London company comes and takes all your things, go through all rooms and check out one more time carefully if really everything has been taken. This is your own responsibility, not removals companies. Be sure you’ve succeeded in packing things tightly and secured them properly. When you are sure that everything have been moved it is finally time to say goodbye to your house and close the door.

How to pack your things? (part 2)

How to pack your things

You already know what supplies you need to have before starting your pack your things. Also how to start the process. Now read further to know more about packing. It can be not so stressful when you know what and how to do it.

You need to have “open first” box. It really means that you will open it first. So be sure to put in it things which you will need before final date of the move and which you will need just after moving to a new place before all unpacking will be done. These things include a sponge, dish soap, kleenex, a roll of paper towels, scissors, a couple pens, a bottle opener, plastic/paper plates/forks, bath towels for each family member, one pot, one pan, one plastic stirring utensil, an extra box cutter, etc. There are also some items that you might need access to before you unpack all boxes. Do not forget that people will need to wash their hands, eat, and shower long before you are done unpacking on the other end of the move. Also, it is vitally important to have life savers or hard candies in case anyone gets really hungry or low blood sugar on move-in day in “open first” box.

For each family member pack a suitcase or box for several days in advance. Include new toothbrush and toothpaste, a personal-sized bar of soap, disposable razor if needed, towel and washcloth, some ‘relaxing’ clothes (sweats or something similar) and two complete changes of clothes, and anything else you know each person will need during the first few days (while everything else is in boxes). Keep these boxes or suitcases in a place where they won’t get mixed in with every other box, perhaps in the car. Bring them with you in the car or however you are traveling.

Create a “Moving File” with important paperwork you will need throughout your move. Include in it: house removals London company name, moving helper payment codes (if applicable), moving truck reservation, pet veterinarian records, hotel reservation, cash for movers tips, contact information for important people (realtor or landlord), and any really important documents you could need before you have the chance to unpack. Keep this file in a safe place, such as in your suitcase, where you won’t accidentally pack it in a box.

It is important to clean out the kitchen. You do not want persons who will live here after you to find your mess. Throw away junk and only put things to boxes that you use. Use your kitchen food storage containers for all loose things you find as you empty desks, drawers from the kitchen, or table drawers. Don’t forget to look inside the dishwasher. Label boxes according to contents and rooms they belong in then securely close or tape them. Use various sized bags for the same purpose. Add a sticky note inside each bag noting the contents like “stereo cables” and “pens and pencils”. Place all containers and bags inside a larger box labelled appropriately with room and content.

Now you can see how packing your things can be difficult. So there will be third part with moving tips in the next article.

How to pack things up? (part 1)

How to pack your things during a movepacking process start month before actual move. Start collecting boxes and bags which will be needed for your things. Usually supermarkets have a lot of good quality, clean boxes, so ask them if you could take some or take one box every time you are shopping.

You will need different sizes of boxes because you have various sizes things you want to pack. Make sure that these boxes are from strong carton – you do not want them to tear apart during the move. If you do not know where to get quality boxes you should consult a professional for recommendations. Usually London removals companies can consult you. You also should make sure that have things such as padding supplies, wrapping sheets, scissors, marking pens, bubble wraps, heavy duty packaging tape, newspaper, blank newsprint paper, labelling stickers, etc.

You really do not want your furniture to get dirty during the packing. So before putting all your things to boxes you need to get materials for securing for furniture: sheets, table cloths or film. Secure these materials with tape.

Start packing things up earlier to avoid additional stress. A lot of people get depressed while packing because they find a lot of memorable things that they already have forgotten. Take time not only for packing but also for memories.

Before putting things to box, wrap each item with wrapping sheets or bubble wrap. Use more layers if it is necessary, especially for breakable things or these which need extra attention. Place every item in the box. Be sure that you put them with care and in correct position – you do not want you things to get broken during the move. It is important heavier items to put on the bottom of the box and the lighter things.

Books, toys and other small but heavy things should be packed in small boxes. Try not to overpack them to avoid damages during the move. In the free spaces between items put some crushed papers or wadded newspapers.

When you pack thinks up try to put things that belongs in the same place (shelf, closet, drawer, etc.) in one kind labelled boxes. For this you need labelling stickers mentioned before. It just not only helps you to arrange boxes in the van but also makes unpacking easier. Start packing one room at a time. Do not run from room to room – you will get confused at the end. Start packing from smaller things and then go to bigger ones. Do not forget to tape the boxes and to put labelling stickers.

More on how to pack things up to come in the next article.

Office removals preparation guide

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Here is the office removals preparation guide just for you. In the normal world we all live to improve ourselves everyday. The same principle is in the business world. Companies are being created, then they are rising, more employees are being hired when finally there are so many clients, employees and documents that CEOs of the company realise that it is time to move to bigger place. It’s time for office removals.

First of all, you need to plan your move. Create a timeline how everything will be arranged. This cannot be done by one person. It would be the best to create a moving team from various managers and supervisors. You need to discuss all the details of the plan with the moving team to ensure that everything is feasible. In small companies planning period can take about 3 month to prepare for everything, while in the medium or big companies it can take from 6 to 8 month. This is why it’s a good idea to get informed by continuing to read this office removals preparation guide.

After making timeline you need to collect all the possible information about new place. Try to get all the information about electrical outlets, storage space, office layout, etc. sometimes it is good idea to take your current office layout plan and the one of the new place and to compare them. It is good if you want to know differences and to plan what changes will be in need to do that the new place could meet all your needs.

Also try to make a list what disadvantages has a new place. Maybe the reception area is to small, there are no storage place or maybe some cabinets are too small. You need to do this to see if any cosmetic changes are needed before move. It will be much cheaper to change these disadvantages now then after moving.

Be sure that you have enough people to coordinate the moving. It is best to appoint someone from each department (it is usually the supervisor of the department) to coordinate everyone else in the department. This person’s responsibility is to ensure that everyone will take all the things from their working space including all the files, other things from the desk and personal items.

The coordinating person can also collect the opinions of the current office and their needs in the new one of the employees that the work in new place could go as smoothly as possible. In this case managers will be happy to know how to fix problems and at the same time employees will be happy that they could tell their opinion and it was important.

When you already have you moving team do not forget to make regular meetings with them. You need this be sure that everything goes according to the plan. Also it minimises all the worries, misunderstandings or concerns. Good communication between team members is vital.

If you are on special moving budget, it is important for you and your team to identify costs of your removal before hiring a removal company. Office removals London can sometimes be really expensive. If you are uncertain how to organise your budget – call to professionals, they will really help you to do everything for the best price.

Removal is not the work for one person. You need to assign tasks for every moving team member. Team members can give special tasks for their department’s employees. So in this way almost everyone in the company will be involved in the moving. Make sure that every area of moving is covered.

When everyone is ready to move the most important task is to hire a removal company. The best solution is to hire company which specialises in office removals so that you could know that you are hiring real professionals in their area. Take your time for search. No rush is needed. Like in simple house removals you need to be sure, that you are receiving the best quality for the price you are paying. You can assign this task to several people that they would browse for the information about the London removals companies. Start this work as early as possible because it can take enough time. And you do not want your removal to take too long.

When everything is arranged it is time for the most funny part – packing. Believe me, it can be exhausting but worth it, if the new place will help to solve a lot of problems of your business.

How to choose the right removal company?

 

Moving to another house can be very stressful, exhausting and long thing to do. But almost everyone once in a time has to do that. Some people when they are moving from their parents, others after creating a family or there are some people who decides to move to completely new country. Especially house removals London can be very tough.

And what to do, when you are planning to move but realise that you have so much precious things that you are not able to move them alone. The best solution would be to hire removal company which will do all the hardest work for you.

Ok, you already understood that you need to use external help. But the biggest question is to decide, which one is the best one? There are some steps which you should do before hiring one or another company.

When you have the removal’s companies leader list you need to be confident with each of them. If you will have any doubts with the company during the removal, this process can be very stressful and even harmful. So if you want to be sure with your decision, ask the removal company to show their all valid certificates, that they are up to date. Do not be afraid to ask contacts of their previous moves and call to these persons. Maybe they will have different opinion about this company then it is published publicly. Or maybe contrary, they will tell you how satisfied they have been.

Ask company to come to your house and to evaluate all your possessions, to tell the exact price for your removal. Use this opportunity to see what people will be moving your things. Maybe they are good movers but they completely bad communication skills. How mover communicates is very important because unpleasant behaviour can make the process very stressful. Furthermore, when both sides know more about each other, everything will go smoother on the actual removal day.

There are a lot of companies, which prices are very low. Ask yourself a question, why it is like that? Maybe they are hiring incompetent staff? Or maybe their vehicles are old? Or they are just so desperate for removals that are doing that for any amount of money they can get? Choose that removal company, which price meets quality in your opinion. You need to feel confident with both element (price and quality).

Sometimes removals companies say, that they can move you whenever you like. This sounds little bit suspicious. Why they are not busy? Could it be that no one else is moving with that company? Try to get this information from the company.

Finally, try to choose local house removal company. Fuel prices at the moment are really high so using local companies’ services will be much cheaper for you then choosing anyone from further distance. For example, if you are living in north London, the best solution for you would be to hire North London removals company.

If you are confident enough with the company after checking all these things, it means that finally you find the one that will meet all your needs best.

Good luck with your moving.

House Removal Checklist

To help you with your home removal, please feel free to use the following house removal checklist. Keep an eye on this while arranging your moving. You just need to print down this list and to put „check“ when the work is done.

House Removal Checklist

  • Arrange contact number
  • Get rid of anything you don’t want
  • Start running down freezer components
  • Arrange carpet fitters for a different time than removal company
  • Take meter readings book mains services for disconnections
  • Cancel all rental agreements
  • Notify doctor, dentist, optician, vet
  • Tell your bank and savings/share accounts
  • Inform telephone company
  • Ask the Post Office to re-route mail
  • Inform TV license, car registration, passport offices
  • Notify HP and credit firms
  • Make local map to new house for friends and moving company
  • Clear the loft
  • Organise parking at new home
  • Plan where things go in new home
  • Cancel milk and newspaper
  • Arrange minders for children and pets
  • Contact friends and relatives and inform of new address
  • Put garage and garden tools together
  • Take down curtains and blinds

If you are facing some problems never hesitate to contact professionals and ask them what to do in certain situation. Be sure to double check the house removal checklist and even triple check it. that way you won’t have any surprises later in the moving process.

Moving house

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When you first think about moving house to new place everything seems so exciting. New surroundings, new neighbours, new feelings and so on. But when things are becoming more serious you often start to feel stressful, anxious, do not know where to start, whom to call, which stuff to put to which box. Finally, you need to find out who is going to move all your belongings.

First, you need to exchange your contract with the real estate agency and only then you can start notifying all the institutions that are need to be informed and, of course, all your relatives and friends. When you are moving house you need to call to these institutions and tell them about your removal.

  • HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). When you will call them they will update records about you income tax, national insurance, child benefit, child trust fund, student loan, tax credits. You need to contact HMRC even if you are already in the pension. When you will notify HMRC, they will give all the information to the Government Gateway and to the Pensions service.
  • If you are a full-time student and have taken the loan, you need to log onto your student account and to change you address to the new one that the student finance organisation would not think that you are avoiding your liabilities.
  • If you are getting one of the allowances: Employment and Support, Jobseeker’s, Income Support, Disability Living, Attendance, Care’s, Winter Fuel Payment, State Pension or Pension Credit, you need to contact Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
  • You also need to contact your local council and their Council’s Tax office that they could bill you correctly when you move. Especially you need to inform them if you are receiving Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit or Blue Badge parking permit.
  • You need not to forget to register your new address for voting. You can do this on the “About my vote” website.
  • If you are owning property, you need to make sure that Land Registry knows your newest contact details. This can be helpful to reduce any property frauds.
  • When you are moving house to new area you probably will need new family doctor, dentist or even new veterinarian for your pets. So do not forget to look for new professionals in your new area.
  • Utility providers, such as gas, electricity or water also need to know that you are changing you location.
  • There are a lot of other institutions that you need to inform before moving such as financial providers, television, internet or telephone providers etc. Also you need to be sure that your post will be redirected to the right address.
  • Finally, do not forget to inform you employer or at least human resources department.

There is a long list of institutions that you need to contact before moving. The best way not to forget no-one is to make the check list and to put “+” every time you contact any of these institutions. It will help you to be sure that everyone is informed and at the same time you will feel less stressful.

But do not forget one of the most important things – who is going to move all your stuff? Before choosing one or another removal company you should pay some time for search.  First, you should contact you relatives or friends who have recently moved. Maybe they can recommend the company that they have hired. If you do not anyone who could give you the recommendation, than make a list of removal companies according to internet search (for example, Google.co.uk) or in the business directories. Then, when you have the list, try to find as much as possible information about all of them. You can try browsing review pages, forums and so on.

Moving house is not simple process but everyone few times per life have to experience that. If you are not confident that you can do everything on yourself – contact professional removal companies. InBox Removals would be happy to help you with you moving.


 

Moving to London

Ever thought of moving to London?

When thinking of moving to London, you have to realise that London is the economical, cultural and business centre of the United Kingdom. It is one of the most important cities in the world. And there are a lot of people who are dreaming to move to London. But everything is not so easy. There are some advices what you should do before moving to London.

If you are thinking to work in London, first, you need to be the citizen of the United Kingdom or you need to have European Union passport. If you are not fitting any of these requirements then you need to apply for working visa.

Which part of London to choose for living?

East? North? West? South?

In east, despite the fact that in last 30 years this area experienced a lot of changes but it is full of its historic charm. It is also became good place for artist. And it is cheaper than west London.

North is very beautiful with its parks and nature. There are full of young families with kids. This area is also very popular among celebrities. In the north you can find London Zoo.

West is one of the most expensive parts of London. Probably everyone heard about regions like Knightsbridge, Kensington or Notting Hill in the north of London.

In south you can find a lot of museums, pubs, diners and even botanic garden.

Before moving to London you should think carefully what means of transportation you are going to use. Your own car or public transport. London’s public transport system is quite easy to navigate. There are the planning tool for your travels. The railway network is very wide. With it you can get to the centre of London from any airport (Gatwick, Luton and Heathrow). But they have one huge minus – it is really expensive.

For some if you it might sound funny but when you will come to London, especially if you are not English try not to call country England. It might be offending some people. You should use name United Kingdom.

Do not forget that London is really expensive city. Before moving here you need to consider if you income will be enough for your living.

If before moving you have never been in London, do not try to act like superhero and to move all your stuff on your own. It would be best that you would contact local removal company. They could advice you and of course help to move all your belongings.

Every part of United Kingdom has different dialects. Do not be surprised that at the beginning no-one will understand your English and you will not understand anyone either.

So, if you are really decided to move to London, for the beginning make the list of things you need to do and later just put “+”. It would be much easier to move and you will be sure that everything is going smoothly.

Man and Van London

You need to hire man and van company if one day you decide that you are finally ready to move to another place and . But there are so many of them. So how to choose the right one? There are some advises how to find the man and van London company that suits your needs best.

  • Making list.This is the first step you need to take in you moving process.  You need this list because when you will have it, it would be much easier to contact them because then you will be sure that you are not trying to reach the same company for the second time or you have not missed anything.
  • Getting quotes. Next step is to write queries or just call to the companies from your list. Ask them what are their prices, what exact service you are going to get and when they are available to move you. Usually removal companies sales manager will try to propose to you some additional services. Do not try to stop him/her from it. Maybe they will suggest you some services that you even thought about, for example packing, which can be very exhausting.

Also, majority of sales managers will be able to say you just the standard prices. Tell them as much possible details about your removal plans that they could give you the more exact proposal according to your needs.

  • Giving yourself time. Do not expect that getting quotes is very fast process. Contrary, it might take about two weeks to get all the information you need. When you will get all the quotes you were expecting, do not hurry up to pick up one or another company just right away. Give yourself time to think, to consider all pros and cons. Of course, before giving yourself time you should be sure that on that day when you are ready to move the man and van company will be able to provide you their services, that they are not fully booked.
  • Providing details. When you decide which company to choose you need to tell them all the details of your removal. Such information like on which floor do you live, is there any elevator or not, if they will need to use stairs, so how many stair treads there are and so on is inevitable for removal company to know. So do not forget to provide them all this information if you want to move your stuff as smooth as possible.
  • Insuring. Some removal companies are providing insurance for your belongings during moving. But if the company which you have chosen is not providing one make sure to insure you thing by yourself. You can never know what can happen.
  • Negotiating. Majority of removal companies are flexible to their clients. Try to negotiate with them for better price. But do not forget that moving during peak times, such as on weekends or after school are more expensive and company might not be interested to negotiate with you.
  • Double checking. Do not forget to check the company that you have chosen. First, ask you relatives and friends if they have heard anything about that company. Then try browsing the internet. If they are cheating or their services are not qualified you will definitely find a lot of information about that. Also you can check The British Association of Removers or The National Guild of Removers and Storers websites for more information.

After you have implemented all these actions you are ready to move. If you have asked for packaging services then you can relax for a while, if not – start packing all your wealth.