Just some moving tips to help your move in London go a little smoother.
It is our aim for your move to be done quickly and smoothly without any hassle whatsoever. Many people already know the basics of moving, but we've written a few tips and advice to help you with your next move – and make your move smoother than ever. Have a quick read through our moving tips, written by movers with years of experience. We want you to have the smoothest moving experience with us!
1. Draw a plan of your new home or office (even if it’s in your head) just to make sure that everything will fit in your new home or office whilst still having enough space to walk through. Some homes can be very limited when it comes to free space. It is also important to do the same for an office to ensure your staff or work colleagues are confortable in the new workplace. This is especially important for office moves as this is linked to staff satisfaction and performance. It is also a good idea to have a list everything you are moving to your new home or office and for us to have an idea of what size of truck and you will need on your moving day.
2. Place labels on furniture and boxes for both yourself and the moving men to know where to place them in your new home of office. This will make your move quicker as the moving men won’t need to keep bother you by always asking you where you would like your items to be placed in your new property. It’s also much easier on you as you will know what is in each and every box if you need to suddently look for something.
3. Double check which large pieces of furniture can't get out of your old property and into your new property in one piece. Large furniture like beds, desks and some storage units may have to be disassembled at the property or office you’re moving from and then reassembled at the home or office you’re moving to by Rapid Removers.
4. Like most moving companies, parking for the moving van is the responsibility of the customer. Most moving companies charge you extra for parking fines and tow away services so if you’re moving home or office and there is no free parking available please be honest and tell us how far the nearest legal parking spaces are to save hassle on the day. But don’t forget to check with your buildings security as normally there is free underground parking for larger buildings and in some places parking is allowed on the driveway for smaller buildings.
5. Buy plenty of packing materials such as bubble wrap and boxes (we can supply these if you book with us). This is the most efficient way to store your possessions safely and increase organisation throughout your move. Write on the box what the contents are and where they came from or should go like "Kitchen - cutlery and pans" or "Master bedroom". It is also a good idea to use your luggage from your holiday. If you’re moving office it would be ideal to hire larger plastic crates and label them accordingly. Remember to store heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in bigger boxes. Use plenty of bubble wrap for delicate items such as TVs and computers and keep the cables taped to the original equipment to avoid confusion.
6. Secure cabinet drawers with tape. This will stop them opening and closing whilst they are being loaded and unloaded from the moving truck. For wardrobes, you can leave them as they are since when placed inside the van other things like bags and smaller boxes can be placed inside the wardrobe to be more space efficient – or if they are too big, you can dismantle them, or we can do it when we get there.
7. Advise your neighbours or offices nearby that you are moving. On your moving day you may have to use some one else’s parking space for the truck (if allowed) and if you are moving office, you may be over-utilizing the stairs or lift and causing frustration and delays to others. By notifying your neighbours or office colleagues you are more likely to get sympathy; and someone might offer to help too.
8. Defreeze the fridge and freezer 24 hours before your move. This will avoid any wet surprises during transit or when you open the fridge/freezer in your new property. Also make sure you put to one side anything you don’t want to move or place a label on the items you don’t want to move, this way the moving men will know what must be moved and what needs to stay.
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9. Contact your utility providers such as water, gas, electricity, phone, TV and internet services as well as your bank and employer to notify them that you are moving house. This will ensure that transitions will go ahead smoothly and you can have your services up and running normally sooner. Most importantly, if you are moving home, don’t forget to have your Residence card with the updated address.
10. If you are moving office, check that it's OK to disconnect any information technology equipment such as photocopiers and printers from any computer on the network. It is also advisable to place any static sensitive equipment in anti-static packaging. Use plenty of bubble wrap to keep your possessions safe and ensure there is qualified IT personnel at your new office to connect and setup any servers or routers correctly. Sometimes you are required to remove ink cartridges and toners from some printers and photocopiers to avoid malfunction so it is recommended to double check whether it is needed with your model. It is also important to drain any water coolers you want to take with you to your new office.
11. When moving is about to take place, it is a great time to de-clutter, so a few weeks before you move, go through everything you have and anything that’s not worth keeping its time saving to throw it way. You can also start packing the things you barely use like books you are not interested in reading soon. Moving on the day can get very busy, so it’s ideal to have a few boxes empty on the day so you can put your final items like cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoo and cleaning supplies. Your vacuum cleaner should be the last thing to go in the van and the first to come out, just in case you want to hoover the rooms quickly before the boxes and furniture are moved in. If you have a lot of small things or large items to dispose, we can dispose them on the moving day or before the moving day at your convenience.
12. Keep important paperwork with you such as birth certificates, contracts, bank bills and your passport with you at all times. You should also safeguard any valuable items such as antiques, silverware, or valuable possessions and collections. Also make sure you have 2 new locks for your new property if it’s unconfirmed that the property has new locks. Unfortunately you can never know who else has a key to your new home so it’s a good idea to change both the back and front door locks once everything is moved in. We always carry a toolbox that you can use for this small job.
Always remember not to rush anything, and ensure everything is packed safely.