In all likelihood, it’s unlikely that you’re going to go through a tougher time than you will when moving house to London. If you’ve undergone a removals & storage task before, you’ll know what to expect. If not, if this is your first time, there’ll be a number of surprises in store. The process of house removals may seem daunting. But there are steps you can take to minimise the risk of potential problems from occurring. And potentially, there could be a number of problems. We don’t want to put the fear of god into you. It’s just that that’s how house moving to London tends to go. Inevitably there are going to be a few issues you’re going to have to address.
That goes for the days leading up to your big move to London, and on moving day itself. Don’t be naive about it and think that your removal is going to go by without a hitch. It’s a possibility, but it’s highly unlikely. With so many steps to address, with so many things that could potentially trip you up, inevitably there’ll be something. But expect it, don’t turn a blind eye to it and any subsequent problems. Prepare yourself for the worst-case scenario. Then, if issues do occur, you’ll be well placed to tackle them.
- That you run out of packing materials. Packing is the part of the moving process that tends to get a lot of people stressed. It’s not exactly something that people look forward to. However, it’s something that must be addressed and handled with due diligence all the same. One major problem that arises is that people leave packing too late. They start too close to their move. Then they buy packing materials but don’t get enough. It’s too late to buy any more. Then they use the slapdash approach, just chucking everything into boxes for the self storage and hoping for the best. Firstly, start packing well in advance of your move. Leave a box of essentials that you’ll be using on the day. Then, get plenty of packing materials. These tend to be cheap. Don’t attempt to scrimp and save when it comes to packing.
- Not getting the removals & storage services you wanted or expected from the removals company you booked with. Despite all the research and thorough vetting that you do, it could be the case that the service itself comes up short. You could then get in a war of words with the moving company. That’s added stress we’re guessing you could do without. One way around this is not to rush things. Ensure you organise the service well in advance of your move. This way, any issues that arise can be ironed out. Check with the removal company as you approach moving day that everything is still going ahead as planned.
- The price you pay for the service isn’t the same as the price quoted. Ensure you give the removals & storage company a detailed description of your move, how much you’re planning on taking with you to London etc. Give as much detail as possible so they can give you an accurate quote. Ensure you’re aware of how they came to that figure. Then ensure you know of anything that could result in a change in this figure, of you paying more. Being in the know in this manner means you can keep an eye on things yourself.
- Know the route you’re going to take to your property in London. Some removal firms may go the long way to your new property and charge you extra because of it. Know your stuff so you can avoid being taken for a ride.
- A lot of landlords in London will do anything they can to keep a hold of your deposit. So, ensure when you leave your property, and before the final inspection, that you take pictures of everything so you know what state you left the property in.
The moving van you hire wasn’t the size that you ordered. Again, double check with the company before you move. Ensure you’re getting what you paid for. A lot of companies purposely do this. They send out a smaller removal van. Then when your possessions don’t fit, you end up having to hire more space.