Top Tips for Relocating
Forward planning and super organisation skills ensure that no matter how big the project, relocating will be more of a happy experience than a nightmare move. Here is our advice to ensure a trouble free experience:
1) Purchasing property
Prime property in the UK will always achieve huge premiums. Once you have found your ideal home we advise moving quickly as properties are speedily snapped up.
Using a relocation consultant can cut though the chaff. Our Property & Relocation consultants work as search agents to view and shortlist properties on your behalf, eliminating a lot of time consuming legwork. They also have the inside knowledge as to what properties may be available for the right price, even though they are not on the open market.
2) Renting property
Demand is high for the best commercial and domestic properties.
When you do find your perfect rental property we advise checking that it is let by a reputable agent who is registered with the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). The letting agent/landlord should be registered with a Tenancy Deposit Scheme. This will ensure that your considerable security deposit is protected should the Letting Agency go into administration or if there is a dispute when you move on. It is also preferable to rent a property whose management will be overseen by a professional property management company. Ensuring that your PA is not chasing after a landlord in far-flung shores to fix the shower or boiler.
Do not be tempted to sign on the dotted line without getting legal advice on the contracts. You may not be purchasing the property but it is still crucial to get the contracts looked over by your lawyer before you sign them.
3) Declutter before you move
The perfect time to declutter and reorganise is before you move. Not only will this ensure that your current home is looking its’ best for prospective buyers, it will save you time and money as you will not ship unnecessary items to your new home.
4) Consider using an experienced professional to manage the entire move
Relocating to a new home, office or even country, can be fraught with hassle and worry. Consider using a move management concierge or professional relocation service to manage the entire move for you so that you only have one point of contact. Like The Organisers, a good move manager will be registered with ARP (Association of Relocation Professionals).
They will make all of the arrangements and will be present during the move so you don’t have to deal with the estate agent, removals firm, the local authority, cleaners, specialist trades people and utility suppliers.
A professional manager will also draw up floor plans and deal with any issues that crop up on the day.
In fact, The Organisers’ wrap around service means you could even go on holiday and come back to your new home completely set up for you, with not a cardboard box in sight!
5) Get comparable quotes from removal companies well in advance
Once you have decluttered, invite three removal firms to attend the property to quote for the job at least a month in advance of the move, longer if your move is international. Ideally they should be a member of The British Association of Removers (BAR) or The National Guild of Removers and Storers (NGRS). Firstly, ensure that your preferred moving dates are available as they can get booked up well in advance, especially at busy times leading up to Easter and Christmas and the school summer holidays.
Get all quotations in writing and read the small print!
6) Ensure that your quote covers everything
Consider what your requirements are. Does your wine or artwork collection require specialist packing? Does your pet need to be moved? Do you have any large, fragile or bulky items such as a windsurfer or a grand piano? All will require special arrangements for the move. Ensure that the right level of insurance is included in the quote and don’t be tempted to underinsure; if you do, it is likely the insurer will not pay out in the event of a claim.
We recommend employing the same removal firm to pack and unpack your belongings so that you benefit fully from their standard liability insurance. Remember though – unpacking only means emptying your box ‘onto a flat service’. If you need your home put together again, you will need our award winning HomeMaker team.
If you need to suspend parking spaces in order to load and unload, try and get the removal company to do this for you as it is one less thing to worry about.
7) What else to consider when appointing a removal firm?
Do not just consider price when choosing which firm to appoint. A cheaper quote may seem more attractive but you should consider how professional they have been in your dealings thus far; what level of service they are promising and how experienced they are. If you are not using a relocation agent, get a recommendation from a trusted person who has used that company before.
Check that all packaging is included and that they will get the job done for the price quoted no matter how long it takes. You don’t want anyone clock watching on the day and leaving you half unpacked! And finally, make sure they will come back and collect your flattened empty boxes when you are all unpacked.
8) Book cleaners, handymen, AV and IT specialists
You will probably need one or all of the above to ensure that your new home is sparkling, your ADSL line is connected and your home is in full working order ready for your arrival.
9) Consider your storage requirements
It may be beneficial to arrange a secure storage unit for some of your items. Book well in advance and check opening and closing times as not all have 24 hour access. Again, do not underinsure or you may experience some challenges should you wish to make a claim.
10) Take meter readings and transfer your utility accounts
Don’t forget to take gas, water and electricity meter readings at each end to give to the utility companies when you transfer your accounts. Again, if you use a company like The Organisers then this will be taken care of for you.
11) Tell everyone where you are going
Redirect your mail in plenty of time so that it arrives at your new property the same day you do. And don’t forget to have change of address cards made up for your family and friends, or round robin emails.
In summary, if you are not lucky enough to have someone to manage your entire move for you, the best advice is to:
- plan well in advance
- only use reputable companies
- check terms and conditions of all suppliers
- don’t underinsure
- consider each step of the move and what is needed in order to get your new property clean, serene and in perfect order for you to take up residence
Call +44 (0)20 7078 7554 or contact us to talk to one of The Organisers®.