Finally, you’ve sold your house and now you can think about getting organised to move into your new home. This is a good opportunity to get rid of all that unwanted clutter.
Don’t take it with you. Start throwing things away as soon as you decide to sell and that way by the time you move you should only have the things you really want left in the house. Once you have a buyer begin to think about how you intend to go ahead with the removal.Do It Yourself
If you want to carry out your house move on a budget, then you can do everything yourself. This means buying and packing all your boxes, hiring a van and loading it and unloading hopefully with help from friends or family. Doing it yourself is a lot of work. Start packing as early as you can. Begin with things that you don’t use much like books, photographs, ornaments and paintings.
Buy some strong removal boxes, bubble wrap and polystyrene beads. Properly packed items will reduce the risk of damage or breakages. Colour code the boxes so you and whoever is helping you knows where they go once you get to your new home.
When you are hiring a van ask the contents of the van will be insured and up to what limits. Otherwise you will need to check your home insurance policy to see if your contents will be covered in transit.Man in a Van
There are plenty of adverts for a man in a van service. Check out those in your area and look for one with removals experience. If you’re in the London area you can use the Compare the Man and Van website
. They have hundreds of customer reviews and you can get a quick quote from them.
Using a man in a van still means you will have to do your own packing, but a man and van will probably include the loading and unloading. This will be a cheaper option to a professional mover and it won’t be as stressful as doing it yourself. Make sure the van company has the appropriate insurance.Professional Movers
Professional movers can include packing if that’s what you want. Otherwise they will load and unload your furniture without you having to lift a finger. Ask for quotes for packing and removals and then you can see whether it will be worth it for you to get the whole job done by other people, rather than yourself.
Look for a company that is a member of the British Association of Removers
(BAR) or the National Guild of Removers and Storers. You can also find a member of the guild from their web site
.The Emergency Box
And, don’t forget to pack an emergency box. A screwdriver, some string, a torch, stuff to make tea, a bottle opener, your toothbrush, any medications and if you have children, spare dummies, nappies and their pajamas.