How To Safeguard Your Property When Moving House
An Englishman’s home is his castle. So when you’re moving that castle it is important to use every method possible to safeguard its contents. After all, you don’t want to end up with missing jewellery, a battered family heirloom or a chair with one leg. The following suggestions will give you a good idea of how to keep your possessions safe and achieve that stress-free move. Firstly, use a removals company, one of which you have chosen wisely. It might be tempting to try and save the cost by packing, loading and unloading the van yourself but do not underestimate the physical and mental organisation required to move a houseful of contents successfully. A good removals company will be skilled in packing quickly and efficiently if required, protecting vulnerable items and practiced in shifting large and cumbersome items of furniture. However, you MUST choose your company carefully to save yourself problems further down the line. There are certain things to look out for when seeking your ideal company. Firstly, it’s a good idea to ask whether or not they are affiliated to an industry body (such as BAR) and if not, why not?! If they aren’t prepared to adhere to set standards then how can you be confident that they will treat your property with the care it deserves? You should also check what type and level of insurance they have. It can be a costly exercise to replace or repair any lost or damaged furniture and many household contents policies do not cover items once they are in transit. It is important to ensure that the company is willing to visit your home to accurately assess how many packing boxes are needed and estimate what length of time is required in order to prepare appropriately. They should also be willing to provide a written quotation and a fixed price too. This is to avoid any nasty last-minute surprises if they suddenly decide the removal will take an extra day. Check the payment method; a reputable company will accept credit cards, debit cards and cheques, as well as cash. Ask about their removal equipment to ensure that it is adequate. They should have sat nav for accurate locations, protective blankets to wrap around large furniture, and mattress covers for hygiene purposes. For added security you should be sure that you know how many removal workers will be in your house and how to identify them. A uniform is a quick and easy way of being confident that everyone there is supposed to be there. It is also important to ascertain whether the movers will be employees or casual workers. The latter are less likely to take good care of your possessions.
And last but not least – help yourself! Be organised. Assess your possessions carefully so you know what needs to be packed and how, so that you can take account of valuables easily. Ensure the removal crew have sufficient space to work and load efficiently to protect your furniture from unnecessary bumps and scrapes. Make sure you inform the company of the layout and access points of the new property so they can decide how to handle any tight doorways or tricky staircases. It can be a good idea to have a floor plan available; the estate agents of the vendor should be able to supply one. And finally, keep cheerful! A full teapot and plenty of sandwiches and biscuits available will keep the movers happy. And a happy worker is far more likely to be a competent, careful worker which is exactly what you want when you’re relocating your castle.