Your essential 18 point guide to organising a home move

Moving home is both a thrilling and stressful time, you may have to deal with many different things before during and after the move
We have complied this guide to help you get organised and reduce the stress associated with moving home.
1. Doing the transportation yourself
Depending on the size of your property, the amount of things you want to move and your physical and prepared state. It may be you could managet the actual move yourself. If you have a small property it may be better and cheaper to higher a van for the day, or contact, friends or family that could help with the move. This can be less stressful as you can organise the logistics and loading in your own way. By making several trips between the properties (assuming they are not to far apart) over a couple of days, or one day, this will save you money and a bit of stress. if you are on a budget, this can be an option tooo, but it will take time, effort and energy.
2. Hire a removal company
If you have a slightly larger property, you may want to hire a man with a van, or if you have a large estate, enlist the services of a reliable removal firm. It is important to book the removals early on to avoid any issues, or setbacks with timings, conflicts fuel availability etc. Most people move on the weekend, bank holidays or over the school holidays, so booking early will save having to be disappointed that your preferred reliable removal companies is already booked. Make sure the company that you selected is reliable trustworthy and professional. You are after all entrusting your home contents to a company and people you have met for the first time. Make sure you are able to clearly outline the expectations from the firm in terms of service, both with regard to things like Covid, fragile items, toilet use, etc. If this isn't establishged before the contract, it could likely lead to problems in the relationship and process. I.e. damaged goods, lost packages, property not being treated with respect etc.
3. Check feedback
Make sure the removal companies can direct you to reviews and can be checked on social media, also, aske for any references that you can contact, you need to be sure the business and service they provide meets all the requirements for you selecting them. Don't forget, if they do a good job, offer to provide a review and positive reference for them
4. Surveys and quotes
The company should be willing to send out an 'assesot' to assess the cost of the moving job, prior to making any recommendations or quotes. They should be able to provide a quote after this, the route to success here is to ensure you are as transparent as you can with what you need in the removal quote, and that the company can quote correctly and competitively, whilst being able to ensure they can manage the removal project, This should involve having the right expertise, resources, equipment, trained staff and vehicles. Within our platform https://billntrade.com, it is possible for customers to get a quote for the removal for removal firms registered with us, our digital quote workflow management system, is ideal for sending out requests, comparing quotes, confirming quotes, managing budgets and keeping all didgital paperwork in one place.
5. Check insurances
Ensure the removal company has the right insurance, for Health and Safety, handling, transportation and delivery during the project. You can also check with your policy provider to see if any additional requirements are needed.
6. Payment options
Ensure that the reputable business accepts credit/debit, and digital paynents, there may be the option to pay in crypto currency also (bitcoin or ethereum as examples) but this is still an extremely rare setup, but one which my grow in future. Ensure if there are an issues with payment, you are always provided with invoice/receipt with any payment methods, with cash this could be a way for the business to avoid its tax obligations, or lose transparency of the transaction.
7. Parking
If appropriate let the removal company make arrangements for parking, if they can’t do this, you may have to organise parking permits, including notification of your current and new neighbours, this can help the relationship with the neighbours while being compliant with parking requirements.
8. Delays policy
Ensure the terms of delay and costs are clear, with the delivery firm, if you are waiting for legal verification or contractual obligations, this can add delays, and associated costs, which can quickly spiral out of control.
9. Services
Some companies can offer packing boxes, which can help reduce costs, but also consider disassembly and assembly costs, of items like appliances, beds furniture etc. Also consider how large items can be moved if you are in a large elevated apartment space, e.g. piano’s.
10. Complaints
Ensure there is a valid complaints process and the company is regulated by the ombudsman or the BAR, British Association of Removals. These bodies have the processes and procedures to manage and resolve any complaints made. Also, on https://billntrade.com, there is an area where you can create notes, as well as an area to manage issues, this workflow is ideal for complaint understanding, communication and resolution, before escallation. As well as being essential for audit, it is good practice in being able to show how the situation was documented if issues were to arise.
11. Plan
Make a list of the task that need to be undertaken, when, by who, dependencies and start and completion dates, most removals fail because the homeowners fail to make a plan, ensuring both organisation, things aren’t missed and they are able to see gaps and areas of risk. The plan should also include a list of inventory, at this point it is essential to go room by room to ensure a full inventory count, and allocate packaging clearly labelled by room and contents.
12. De-clutter
This is one of the more challenging tasks, as it requires a level of discipline that typically a homeowner would save for spring. With any house move, this is a great opportunity to filter through your possessions and get rid of unwanted items, this could be either through a home product sale initiative as well as sending products to the skip, donating or recycling. De-cluttering is a way to both purge your house of unwanted products, but also symbolises a more organised beginning, as well as being mentally therapeutic as a tidy home, relaxes the mind, it can also save on packin and costs, of moving junk between properties.
13. Inventory
Make sure inventory is packed securely and safely, ensuring both the safety and health of the removal companies staff. Don’t leave knives rattling around, secure each individual blade in secure bubble wrap, and store securely, make sure the packaging highlights, knives and sharp instruments. Some homeowners have rifles and shotguns, ensure the security cabinets are removed and transferred safely, do not leave any unattended firearms in the cabinet, Make sure and firearms have their ammunition removed seperated from the firearms, and ensure the firing mechanisma are removed, (i.e. bolts) and stored in a mobile safe. ahead of time talk to your firearms officer who can help you with how to store firearms and ammunitions, during a move. Always ensure that you transport firearms either yourself, or with a firm approved to transport them. Ensure inventory is accurate before and after the move. Alway remember to notify your firearms officer of your move. Do not overfill boxes or mark sensitive items as described. i.e. VVS1 flawless diamond collection., if these need to be transported hire the relevant transportation and security company to both move, hold and transport these precious items.
14. Paperwork
Important documents such as passports, wills, insurances etc. In a fie or box which is easily accessible. A backup plan, would be to scan all your documents and back them up on cloud and or USB, to ensure that you have backups that can be called upon in case of things get lost, are damaged or destroyed.
15. Exchanging
To reduce stress and improve the flow of the process, allocate time to make the exchange of keys go as smoothly as possible with the parties, in a chain this means you exchanging with the buyers of your old property and the keys for the new property from the vendors of the property you have acquired.
16. First aid kit, power supplies and survival kits
Too many people miss this step and it is really important, Keep an emergency day survival kits, this could include medication, toiletries, water, food and snacks, clothing and a first aid kit. Today, battery banks for charging mobile devices is also improtant. Make sure children have entertainment available like ipads or reading material, they can be just as stressed about a house move as an adult, and keeping them pre-occupied can really help both them and you.
17. Organise utilities and address changes
Ensure you take readings of electric and gas meter values, submit these readings to the utilities companies and providers. If you have any bills due, ensure the provider knows your last date and time as an occupant of the property. Additionally, put an interim post redirect for any mail to your new property, in the period after, you can change your mailing details with banks, businesses, work etc.
18. Relax at the end
It is important to relax at the point the move is complete, boxes are settled and your bed(s) are built. On your first night make sure your have a way to heat water, and a bed. You can always order takeout, but if you have children, prepare the appropriate food ahead of time. At https://billntrade.com we would have property removal companies who used billntade.com to manage the digital aspects of the move.
We hope this guide can help you with the essential aspects of planning your home move, in a less stressfull way.

About the Author

Sarah Tring
Hi, I'm Sarah, I'm a blogger who enjoys eveything related to home improvement, I'm passionate about sustainable homes, home improvement, home developments and technology used in the home. When not blogging, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two children and our dog 'Leto'.