What do you need to remember before the big house move?

Although moving house can be an expensive and time-consuming exercise, it can also be a very exciting time, with the potential of an exciting new location to call home and a chance to start completely fresh for some people. However, in the hustle and bustle of the move, people often forget important things and these things can come back to bite you after. Here are some of the biggest things which people tend to forget when changing homes.

1) Not measuring furniture properly

It can be a great source of embarrassment after your move to find out that your items do not actually fit through the front door! Make sure you have a clear record of how large your furniture is and if necessary, work out alternative ways into your property i.e. through double French doors at the back, so you don’t get left in the awkward position of having to take a detour to a storage centre.

2) Changing your utility bills and council tax address

No one likes council tax bills, but it is important to let your local council know in advance of any address changes. If you don’t, chances are you’ll get badly behind on your payments and this can cause cash-flow problems in the near future. On a similar topic, inform your utility providers of a change of address and record final meter readings so you can settle your account before moving, leaving you clear to begin again in your new home.

3) Communicating effectively with your hire company

You’re all packed, ready and set to move… and your van isn’t ready. Fortunately, this will never be the case with Knights Van Hire, as our team will communicate with you frequently to help you through the steps in a clear and easy manner. But if you are hiring removal people, make sure you understand the costs involved and exactly what you are getting for your costs.

4) Don’t leave your packing to the last minute!

If you are packing everything up right before the big day, you’ll end up totally stressed and likely forget something important. Start several weeks, or ideally a month before the day of the move and begin packing away less important boxes as soon as possible so they are secure and accounted for. Label all your boxes properly and store items appropriately, using high-quality tape, packing peanuts, bubble-wrap or string to secure your items.

5) Get insurance for your belongings

If the worst should happen and your items get damaged or destroyed in the move, you want to make sure you get adequate compensation. Mistakes can happen at any time, even with the most professional removal vans and the best preparation possible, but that still doesn’t account for the frustration and emotional, or financial loss such damage will cause. As a result, check with your insurance provider before the move to make sure your package covers belongings during and after the move, so you know where to go if you lose or break any belongings.

6) Get the right van hire

If you are in the Thames Valley, you need a polished, assured and professional service to hire your moving van from. The choice is clear – pick Knights Van Hire. We have a wide fleet of vehicles, cover all essential costs including insurance and unlimited mileage and can tailor all of our packages to your specific requirements. Contact us today on 01628 600445 to get started.

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