Cardboard Boxes
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packing

We will send 2 to 3 experienced packers with the latest approved packing materials to pack up your whole house.

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clearance

Will clear whole houses, flats, garages or even just a couple of items you do not want anymore.

 
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commercial

We will move you out of your old office into your new one with our experienced team. Including furniture and equipment moving.

Open Space Office
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domestic

A professional, experienced and reputable Removal for houses, flats & bungalows anywhere in the country.

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Moving House
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local

In and around the M25, London and Kent. Within a local radius of <30 miles from our depot on Swanley. 

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long

Anywhere in the country, Wales, Scotland & Ireland. Long moves also include countries in Europe.

 
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storage

We can store any items you need while you wait to move into your new property. Regardless of the size of goods or how many boxes you need to store.

Warehouse
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equipment

We will move large items such as pianos, American style fridges etc and position them in your new home. Any piece of large or small equipment we can move for you.

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MOVING CHECKLIST

So, you're moving house? But have no idea where to even start in terms of planning and organising?

 

Well, we're here to help.

2 months before moving

  • Start de-cluttering. Throw away, donate, or sell the stuff you won’t need at your new place.

  • If you are currently renting, notify your Landlord, using the proper notice. Otherwise, your tenancy may not end legally.

  • Check your tenancy agreement for details and information about your deposit protection.

  • Investigate your new area. Check out local businesses, pubs & restaurants, leisure centres and schools.

  • Start collecting boxes, packaging, consumables and storage/bin bags. 

  • Notify your land phone provider for the change. Tell them at least a month in advance if you are cancelling.

  • Notify your internet provider for the same reasons.

1 month before moving

  • Contact our team to arrange the removals and relocation of your goods.

  • Check about parking restrictions on both your old and new address. A moving van can take a lot of space.

  • Contact the HMRC and change your address.

  • Inform your new local council, so you could vote at your new address.

  • Notify the relevant authorities for tax purposes as well.

  • Purchase moving insurance to cover all your belongings during the move.

  • Transfer your homeowners or renters insurance to your new home.

  • Arrange your mail redirection. 

2 weeks before moving

  • Have your car checked and serviced, especially if you are moving far away.

  • Arrange for someone to look after children and/or pets at the moving day.

  • Notify your newspaper person and the milkman to stop the deliveries.

  • Deregister from your current GP and find a new one in your new area.

  • Send copies of school records to your children’s new school.

  • Contact the DVLA to change your Driving License as well as your Vehicle Registration Certificate.

  • Request time off work for the moving day.

  • If you need extra room for your items, book a storage unit with us.

1 week before moving

  • Confirm date and exact hour with us and provide us again with the directions for a final refresh.

  • Contact a locksmith to schedule a change of the locks at your new home.

  • Start disassembling any flat-pack furniture you’re taking with you.

  • Get a safety deposit box. Put expensive jewellery, important documents, and other valuables for safekeeping.

  • If renting, set a final walk-through with your landlord to secure your safety deposit back.

  • Start dismantling any fitted items that are coming with you (shelving, framed pictures, etc).

  • Fill nail holes with a soap bar before conducting a final walkthrough with your landlord.

  • Prepare entertainment for the kids. Colouring books, crayons, and games are a perfect distraction from boredom.

  • Do not forget to direct your TV license. It doesn’t automatically change and you may be fined up to £1,000.

  • Return any borrowed items to your friends and neighbours.

  • Pay the council taxes for living in the property you’re moving from up to the date of the house move.

3 days before moving

  • Do the laundry for the next week.

  • Label any spare keys to your old home and leave them at an easy-to-spot place.

  • Make a box of essential first-days items. Toilet paper, cutlery, light bulbs, first aid kit, toiletries.

  • Make a list of contact details about people and services you will be needing in the first days.

  • Contact your existing and new electricity companies. Advise them of your new address and date of removal. Give at least 48 hours notice.

  • Contact your existing and new gas companies. Advise them of your new address and date of removal. Give at least 48 hours notice.

  • At least 48 hours notice is required by both your existing and your new authority to arrange for disconnection and re-connection of water supply.

  • Measure doorways, stairways, and elevators at the new place to make sure all your furniture will fit. Measure twice – move once!

2 days before moving

  • Contact your estate agent/landlord to confirm when will you get the keys to the new place if you still don’t have them.

  • Pack your documents and valuables and put them aside. You don’t want them to be lost in a random moving box.

  • Disconnect any gas cookers, dishwashers, washing machines, and other appliances you are taking along.

  • Prepare cash for the movers’ tip, food and other last-minute items.

  • Check your cupboards and throw away any food with an expired date. Also make sure every packet, jar, and bottle is packed tightly.

  • Tech savvy or not, take photos of how exactly your electronics are wired. It will save you a lot of time when you connect them back.

1 day before moving

  • Empty and defrost your fridge/freezer. Moving a fridge freezer sometimes requires more preparation than just one day prior to the move.

  • Pack everything that you still haven’t, without the most essential items in the kitchen and bathroom. Or order our packing services. We will provide all the boxes and other packing materials needed.

  • Put all your hardware in labeled baggies for easy furniture reassembly.

  • Use colour-coded stickers to label each box according to the room they belong.

  • Mark moving boxes that are fragile!

  • Do a final check out. Go through all the drawers, closets, cabinets, and the garage. Make sure nothing is forgotten.

  • Charge your phone.

  • Prepare a snack-box for the next day with dry food and refreshments.

  • Have a good night sleep.

MOVING DAY!

  • Show the removal team which boxes they should transport.

  • Leave your children and/or pets at the scheduled venues.

  • Do one final cleaning at the place.

  • Make a note of all meters reading.

  • Make sure all windows and doors are locked and secured.

  • Take photos as you are leaving the place, to serve as proof to its move-out condition.

  • Make another final check on the whole place, including the garden.

  • Pack the last-minute items from the bathroom like toothbrushes, perfumes, hair conditioners, etc.

  • Place your last-night sleepwear on top of the “Bedroom” box.

1 DAY AFTER MOVING DAY

  • Return the keys to your old property to the landlord or letting agent.

  • Make sure all the setup procedures for your new place are done – deposit protection, gas safety checks, EPC, HMO license, smoke alarm checks, etc.

  • Check if electricity, water, and gas are running.

  • If renting the new place, take pictures of the home’s condition for future proof.

  • Offer refreshments to the movers, they would really appreciate it.

  • Make sure the locksmith arrives and changes the locks.

  • After everything is unloaded, make one last check on the removals van for anything forgotten.

  • Sweep your chimney before you use it for the first time.

  • Take a breather, order a take-away and enjoy your new place.

 
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packing

top tips

So, you're moving house? But have no idea where to even start in terms of packing?

 

Well, we're here to help.

We all know that moving houses can be rather stressful. And this is heightened more if you are moving for the first time. The sheer scale of organisation, as well as the psychological adjustment and emotional strain involved in the process, are the main culprits behind the tremendous pressure we can experience during this transitional time in our lives.

 

First-time movers often under-anticipate some key elements of the pre-moving stage, but with help of a superb removals' service that can offer the whole package, you'll feel much more at ease! So, to avoid feeling in a state of panic a week before the big day, make sure to start packing your stuff early enough and label the moving boxes properly. This way, you will be able to find everything you need, fast and easy, when you start unpacking them in your new home. Check out our top tips guide to help you on your way and start helping you get organised!

importance of labeling

Imagine this.

 

Utter chaos has been blossoming in your new house for days. You are on the brink of tears, struggling to find your belongings in a pile of “random”, anonymous boxes. Are you ready for such a scenario? We thought not. Then, labeling your moving boxes as you go, while packing, is what you need to do.

By picking an easy-to-decipher code system for describing what’s in the box and where it should go, you will save yourself a lot of hassle when trying to locate a particular item later. You will also do us a big a favour by guiding us as to which box goes first in the truck. Clearly labeled packs will be unloaded and moved in their right place in your new home. Not to mention that the antique crystal vase you got from aunt Margaret will get to its new destination intact if you furnish the packaging with a nice and big “Fragile”. Last, but not least, by numbering each box, you’ll know straight away if one goes missing.

But what is the best way to label your boxes? Is there a universal system that works in all cases?

THE ART OF LABELING

So, go get some coloured permanent markers and clear tape. Download printable label templates, or purchase some from us. You can also have a go at making them yourself. Then, choose the labeling system that works for you.

 

Colour code labels

Using different colours to label your moving boxes will make the unpacking later a much easier process. This system often goes hand in hand with the room-by-room labeling method as you can pick a different colour for each room. Just write “Kitchen” with a yellow marker pen and “Living room” in blue to ensure that we unload each box in its designated place. Use good quality waterproof marker pens to avoid ending up with smudged scribbles if it rains or snows on moving day. To “reinforce” your colour-coded labeling system, secure the boxes with the same colour tape.

 

Labels by room

Ok, we have already covered the room-by-room packing system. It is proven that it makes the unloading and unpacking simply a breeze, even if you use only one colour for writing the labels. Ensure that you tape the same label on each side of the box and even place one on top of the packaging. Again, this will facilitate us a great deal when trying to get your belongings to the right room. There is nothing more inconvenient then circling around a large box to locate its label when you are strapped for time or worse, trying to move it, because the neatly written sign is on the other side.

 

Priority code labels

This labelling system could combine a couple of house removals concepts. For instance, it could determine which box goes first in the moving truck and which is loaded last. This way, we will be able to prioritise what items are coming off the vehicle first and get moved in their designated room. The other idea behind this system is to clearly state and remind yourself which box is a priority in terms of getting it unpacked first.

So, you can label a box with an “H” for high priority, with an “M” for medium priority and with an “L” to emphasise its low level of priority. This labeling method will prevent you from unpacking your wedding dress first, while your kids’ school books are still buried somewhere in the heap of boxes. For packing books properly, check our guide and learn how to proceed when paperback editions need to be prepared for a move or storage.

 

Number code labels

The number code labelling system involves creating an inventory list, which specifies what items are packed in each numbered box and what numbers apply for each room. For example, you can easily refer to your list when unpacking boxes 1 to 5 that are destined to go in the kitchen. If the first thing that you want to do is to make a nice cup of tea, then you dash for box number 3 to get the kettle out. Well, we still need to be directed somehow that box 3 belongs in the kitchen, so it won’t hurt if you jot down in red a nice and clear “Kitchen”.

 

Labels by items

 

Packing your possessions by items works only in a partial way. And the method cannot replace other labelling systems. For instance, you can group soft items together like bedding, throw overs, rugs, and cushions in a box and pack your kids’ winter clothes in a large bin bag.

Another example is your camping equipment that can be packed nicely and labelled as such with an added “L” for low priority. All small electrical appliances that need to be handled with care can also go in a designated box. But whether you decide to pack the hair dryer and the table fan together with the coffee maker and the juicer is another matter. Just find what works for you by weighing out the drawbacks and benefits of this labelling system. The key to it is to itemise clearly the contents of each box.

fragile!!!

Whether you decide to pack your fragile items and breakables by room, number or by using coloured markers, you need to wrap them properly and label them clearly for what they are. Envelop each object individually with a wrapping paper, whether it’s a glass, a plate, or a mirror, and place them carefully inside the box. Use plenty of bubble wrap or old towels and clothes to fill any gaps between the items and the sides of the box. Make sure to put a label on all sides of the packs that say “Fragile” or “Handle with care”. This will also prompt us not to get the boxes wet. In addition, specify clearly on the label which side of the box is up and which is facing down.

the essentials..

It makes sense to pack a box of essentials that you can access immediately on your first night in your new home. What it will contain is up to you, but commonly people pack items that they need on a daily basis or make them feel comfortable.

Whether you put the baby soother, toiletries, medications, snacks, and pj's or a bottle of wine, your favourite cheese crackers and a DVD will depend on your family needs, preferences, and lifestyle. Whatever you pack, ensure to label this box with the right message, so you don’t risk looking for it for hours once you get to your destination.

For example, you can write the following label on this box of essentials with a unique colour that you have not used on any other boxes:

 

  • First Night Box

  • High priority

  • First off the truck

  • Handle with care

 

And you can always consider placing your essentials in the boot of your own car just to be sure…

AND RELAX..

So, you are here now.

And there’s so much unpacking to deal with. The best thing you can do is to keep calm and take your time. You will find that unpacking can be fun, especially if you’ve done the packing and labelling right.

After all, all this pre-moving hard work you had to do was designed to make things simple when unpacking. Just make use of the labeling system again and start unpacking room by room, from high to low priority. Take regular breaks and enjoy painting the blank canvas of your new abode gradually and in a stress-free manner.

Put on your favourite album, grab a bottle of bubbly, let your hair down and just enjoy this moment. Moving out and relocating is a huge life change, so embrace it.

 

If you have followed all of the steps in these guides, you'll have smashed it.