Preparing early is the key to a happy and stress free house removal and this is even more important when moving house in summer. When it comes to the removal process, start by choosing 2 to 3 removal companies you think would be suitable and invite them all to send a move consultant round to conduct a survey and prepare a quote as early as possible. You don’t need to know your move dates at this point, but having this time consuming job done early and being ready to lock in your move date as soon as you exchange can save you a few days – if not weeks – and mean you are ready to go. During busy periods, it can take a few days to schedule in your survey appointment, usually a further 24 hours to obtain your quote and a few days thereafter to review and gather any extra information needed.
Preparing early not only means having a mover lined up ready to go on your required date, but it also means you’re likely to get a better price. Always remember that when it comes to removals, increased demand in summer means that resources are booked early and prices can rise for scarce availability if you leave it to the last minute.
If you’re worried about price when obtaining quotes then a great money saving tip is to make sure you’ve had a thorough de-clutter and sort out around the house before you start gathering quotes – less stuff to move not only reduces the price but makes packing and unpacking quicker and easier and also makes the house look great for any last minute viewings you might have at this stage.
Avoid Fridays and weekends
Fridays and weekends are by far the busiest and most requested times for removals and time of the year, even more so when moving house in summer as everyone is keen to get in and settled over the weekend to avoid disruptions with obligations to work or school. And it’s not just demand for removal companies either – your solicitors and estate agents will also be busier on a Friday than any other day of the week, meaning you’re more likely to encounter problems with any financial transactions and paperwork on this day. If you can, then try and schedule your move at the beginning or middle of the week. If you have absolutely no choice but to move on a Friday then book everything early and make sure you’ve notified your bank and utility companies of the move well in advance to ensure some peace of mind.
Only use a recommended, accredited removal company
Don’t be tempted to hire less quality movers just to save on budget or for availability – be aware of the risks. Accreditations, experience and recommendations are still important. BAR companies work to an approve code of practice, including terms and conditions that cover pre-payment protection if they cancel your move; a situation that’s very unlikely, but protects you in the event that the unexpected does happen.
Don’t forget the kids
if you’re moving house in summer then it’s highly likely it will coincide with the summer holidays. Moving can be a stressful time for children as it is, so it’s really important to make sure none of the extra stress you might encounter with arranging your move rubs off on them. Make sure you spend some time preparing them for the changes that lie ahead – perhaps they’ll be going to a new school after summer or are moving away from family members that they see regularly – and always be positive about your new home and the life you’ll have there.
The final countdown
In the week leading up to moving day, make sure you’ve prepared your schedule. Check what time the removal crew are due to turn up, make sure you’ve packed everything that has been agreed on your inventory and inform your removal company if there’s anything extra to be moved or you need extra packing boxes, double check your arrangements for child care or pet sitters, prepare your car if the journey between properties is going to be a long one and, most importantly, pack an essentials box that includes plenty of water and cold drinks, especially if you’re moving on a hot day.