Before the actual moving process begins, there are usually a few affairs every mover needs to set in order, one of which is informing your energy supplier of your move. While this may seem like something you can do after you’ve moved into your new home, thanks to the help of your moving company, it’s easy to forget amidst the rest of the moving process.
It’s important to deal with your energy supplier before you move to ensure you don’t end up paying more than necessary, or even for energy you’re not using. If your new home is equipped with a prepayment meter (essentially a pay-as-you-go utility meter), you still have to inform your previous gas/electricity supplier of your move.
Before Your Move
Let’s talk about a few important factors you need to address before your move:
• You must let your utility suppliers (gas, electricity and water) know that you’re moving – it’s advised to give at least two days’ notice, so they can transfer your details over as quickly as possible.
• Record your meters on the day of your move – it’s good practice to record your meter readings so that your supplier knows what your final recording is. This may also save you money!
• Supply your forwarding address to your supplier(s) – this is so they can send you your final bill.
In some cases, you may be entitled to a refund (also known as ‘being in credit’), so be sure to follow up on this and claim your money back. You can find out more on the Citizen Advice website.
After Your Move
Once you’ve unpacked and got your life back in order, next up is sorting out the billing requirements. Be sure to:
• Get in touch with the current utility supplier at your new home to inform them that you’ve moved in. If you’re unsure of who the previous tenant was signed up with for their gas, you can call the Meter Point Administration Service on 0870 608 1524. For electricity, you can call your local electricity distribution company.
• Read your meters! Do this as soon as possible, preferably the day you move in and give the readings to your current supplier. This is to ensure you receive an accurate first bill. Many people are unaware that they become responsible for the bills on the day they take ownership of the property – even if they haven’t moved in on their moving day.
• Pay your old supplier’s final bill when you receive it. This is to ensure you’re not chased up by your old supplier.
Address ‘Deemed Contracts’ ASAP
Once you move into your new property, you’ll be placed into what’s known as a ‘deemed contract’ with the property’s current supplier. These contracts are usually the most expensive, so it’s advised you either find a better tariff with the current supplier or look elsewhere for a better deal.
Fortunately, you can change suppliers from the day you move into your new property. However, switching over does take time, usually around three weeks. This means you’ll have to pay at least one bill with your current supplier.
What to do About Prepayment Meters
If your property comes equipped with a prepayment meter, you’ll need to get in touch with your current supplier immediately. If you’re able to avoid putting money on the meter card or key, do it. This is because you may end up paying for the previous tenants’ debts if they hadn’t already settled their final bill.
However, it might be that there’s no other choice than to put money on the meter. If so, try to get hold of the current supplier and explain that you’ve just moved in and need to put some money on the meter. This will ensure that any outstanding debts left by the previous tenants are voided from your new bill. You will have to provide evidence of your moving date, however.
If you haven’t used a prepayment meter before, contact your supplier and they will talk you through the process. If the prepayment meter is faulty or causing any difficulties, again, inform the supplier.
If you Want to Replace the Prepayment Meter
If you’d like to switch to a monthly tariff, you’ll need to contact your prepayment meter supplier and arrange to have someone remove it manually. Some people prefer to pay monthly because you pay for the energy you use within the month as opposed to paying in advance. Some factors to address are:
• Prepayment meters are almost always more expensive than a monthly direct debit deal.
• Topping up the meter requires walking to your nearest shop, which can become annoying.
• If you run out of gas or electricity after shops shut, you’ll be left cold and in the dark.
Changing from a prepayment meter to a monthly tariff is very straightforward and, in most cases, you won’t have to pay or ask your landlord’s permission (if you’re renting).
Addressing your utility bills when moving home is usually a straight forward process if you plan ahead. Just remember to take final meter readings and square-up any bills as soon as you move into your new property.
Moving in or out of a property doesn’t have to be stressful. However, there are certain actors you need to address before the physical removals process begins. Below, we have outlined what you will have to do and who you will need to inform when you’re moving into your new property, or out of your old property.
When do you Start Paying Council Tax?
The day of your move is when your council tax begins. If you’re moving within the same local authority, then you can continue using your previous direct debit payment method and expect to pay the same amount.
Council Tax Moving in
Moving into a new property is, for the most part, an exciting experience. However, organisation is key to ensuring your moving day goes according to plan.
When you’re moving out, it’s important to inform your local council of your move as soon as possible. The quicker this is done, the quicker your council will be able to send you a bill and any payments that need to be made. There are also a few bits of information you’ll need to supply so that council can track and approve your move.
- The name and address of your new address
- Your old address
- Your moving date
- Contact details (including telephone number and/or email address)
- If the property you’re moving to is owned or rented
- The date of completion
- Number of adults (over 18) living in the new property
- Whether the property is furnished or unfurnished
- The start dates of your tenancy
- The name and address of the landlord or agent
In most cases, your local council will supply property occupation forms for you to complete. These will cover all of the above bullet points. For more information, contact your local council. If you don’t know your local council, Gov’s ‘Find Your Local Council’ webpage will point you in the right direction.
Council Tax Moving Out
Fortunately, there isn’t too much difference in the information you’ll have to provide your council with when moving out of your apartment. You will still need to let your local council know you’re moving out as soon as possible so they can make the necessary adjustments to your bill. Even if you’re moving to another location within the area (for example, moving from Camden, London to Peckham, London), you will still need to inform your local council.
Your council will require the following information when you move out:
- Your full name and present address
- Your moving date
- Your new address
- Contact details – telephone and email address
- Whether the property is furnished or unfurnished
- Your tenancy end date
- The name and address of the landlord or agent handling the process
- The names of any and all tenants still living in the property after you move out
Again, similar to moving into a new property, your local council should provide property occupation forms that will ask all the relevant information listed above.
How Do I Cancel my Council Tax When Moving House?
You must inform your local council as soon as you intend to move, usually a month before your move. There will be a ‘change of address’ page on your local council’s website. All you need to do is complete this form an include the forwarding contact information for everyone else in the property who’s required to pay council tax.
Informing your Council on Other Changes
If there are any obvious or important changes that you believe could affect your Council Tax, it’s important you inform your local council, otherwise you may face heavy fines and penalties. Additionally, mentioning these changes could affect any discounts or exemptions you’re entitled to.
The changes that you need to mention are:
- A child turning 18 (if you live with a child)
- Name changes (if you get married or divorced)
- Someone becoming, or no longer being a student
When a person is no longer entitled to be ‘disregarded’. For example, when a person is disregarded, the head tenant (or person paying the council tax) may be entitled to a discount. A person may lose their ‘disregarded’ status if they:
- Return from prison
- No longer require care
- Returned home from care (and no longer require it)
It’s important to contact your local council to let them know about such changes. They will usually supply a form that details all of this on their website.
Council Tax Discount/Exemptions
In most cases, if two or more adults 18 and over are living together, it’s unlikely they will be able to claim Council Tax discounts. However, there are some mitigating circumstances where discount may be applied. Two main examples for Council Tax discount are:
- If one of the adults living in the property (two living in the property only), is a student, the head tenant (the non-student) will be entitled to a 25% discount.
- If both adults are students, a full exemption will be awarded (no Council Tax paid)
- Additionally, students and trainees do not have to pay Council Tax if they’re:
- Taking a further or higher education course situated in a member state
- Courses that are at least 24 weeks of the calendar year (anything below may be classified as part-time, this can be discussed with your local council)
Proof of study will be required to apply for Council Tax exemption, such as a certificate or document from the college or university.
- Student nurses – these students do not have to pay any Council Tax.
- Apprentices – they must be paid no more than £195 a week before tax in order to be exempt from Council Tax billing.
- Trainees under 25 – if they’re taking a course under the Employment & Training Act 1973, they will be exempt from paying Council Tax.
- Mental impairment – there are several mitigating circumstances for those suffering with mental impairment. For more information on exemptions for mental impairment, click here.
if you require any further help with moving house, specifically within the removals sector, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our removals team. we have over 25 years’ experience in the moving industry and have moved some very high-profile clients in the past. For more information, visit our contact page or call us on 020 3613 0938.
What’s the Process and Where Do You Start?
Moving house is rarely an inexpensive venture but there are ways to save money. There are several fees to address before even considering a removal company. It may all seem a bit complicated at first but we’re here to detail what you’re moving house cost will entail and what affairs you need to set in order to get your move underway.
Fortunately, what you pay for usually relieves some of the stress from the moving process, surveyors, estate agents and solicitors are all available for your benefit. And while they may seem expensive in the first instance, they can end up saving you thousands.
Let’s talk about some of the factors you’ll need to address
Unfortunately, your moving house cost isn’t just a matter of calling up a removals company in London and transporting your life from one home to another. There are a number of other costs you need to consider before you’re given the keys to your new home. We’ve detailed the main costs below:
A surveyor’s job is to survey your property to firstly ensure that there are no immediate flaws that need attention and secondly, how to maximise your houses’ potential by investing wisely. In most cases, a HomeBuyer Report will be required for properties that are in reasonable condition. Costs usually start between £350-500. While they will identify any damp, structural problems and pest issues, they won’t look beyond floorboards or behind the walls.
If your surveyor discovers a problem, for example, damp in the property that will cost £5,000 to repair, you can fairly ask for £5,000 off the asking price because of the damp damage.
Stamp Duty Tax is a tax that you must pay for land (or a property) over a certain price in England and Northern Ireland. Currently, the SDLT average price is £125,000 for residential properties but there are certain exemptions that you may be eligible for. If you’re a first-time buyer, you will get a discount (relief) in certain scenarios, such as:
- If you purchase a house on or after the 22nd of November 2017
- The house price is the same or less than £500,000
- You and the person(s) you’re purchasing the house with are first-time buyers
for more information on Stamp Tax and how you may be eligible for further discounts, head over to Gov’s site here.
This is the act of transferring the home ownership from seller to buyer. Simply put, it starts when your offer on the house is accepted and finishes when the keys are handed over. Conveyancing is an incredibly important part of the buying a house process and it’s important to understand so you aren’t hit with any nasty surprises along the way!
If you want to play it safe, you’ll want to find a solicitor or surveyor to guide you through the conveyancing process. The fee varies depending on a number of factors, but according to Money Advice Service, conveyancing fees are usually between £850 – £1,500 including VAT.
Estate agent fees
If you’re looking to get your property sold quickly or you don’t want to bear the stress of selling independently, you may want to consider speaking to an estate agent. These fees will vary depending on the agency you visit. Property valuations are usually free, you shouldn’t need to pay agency fees (if there are agency fees, look elsewhere) and that’s about it! Where estate agents make their money is the selling of properties, because they take commission, which is usually between 0.75% and 3.5% of the selling price.
This is where we come in! If you’re moving home, you’re going to need a removals van. Even if you don’t go directly through a removals company, you’re going to want a van big enough to transport your belongings to your new property. Picking a removals company alleviates much of the time, stress and effort of moving house, which is why many people opt for these services.
Shop around for removal companies because rates do differ. We pride ourselves on our competitive rates and while we may not be the cheapest removal company in London, our quality of service justifies our quotes. You can call us today for a free removals quote or if you have any questions about moving home!
Extras (buying furniture etc)
This part is subjective to what you’re looking to buy or invest in to upgrade your house. You’ll want to consider everything from buying furniture to investing in tools to renovate your new home (if necessary). It all depends on what you want to do with your new home.
Ways to save money on your moving house cost
There are of course ways to save money! Some fees simply cannot be avoided, which is why it’s important to do your due diligence and compare the prices of surveyors, estate agents and removal companies.
Below we’ll talk about some of the effective ways to help save you save money when moving house.
Moving house is the best excuse to have a thorough clear-out. You may even find some items to sell! Every little helps when it comes to moving home, and if you can knock the price off some of the fees by selling furniture, clothes, etc it’s only going to help. Plus, ridding your property of items you don’t need may even lead to one less removal van required, which means less money spent on moving house!
Shop around and compare prices
This is where research comes in handy. Don’t just pick the first removals company, estate agency or surveyor you find on Google. Compare and speak to a few to find out whether they’re the right fit and if you can afford them!
For any further information on how we can help cut down your moving house cost, give us a call today. Our team are always on-hand to answer any questions you may have
So, your lease is up and it is time to move on to bigger and better things.
You’ve put in the work arranging removal companies near you, dropping down a new deposit, arranging travel plans…when suddenly you realise that the place you just left is going to need some cleaning if you hope to get your old deposit back.
Depending upon the landlord, you may be expected to return your flat or your home of residence to move-in conditions before moving out. It is best to clarify the specifics with your landlord, but more often than not, this means you need to set aside a full day to clean up.
If not? Then you may end up as one of the 25% of renters that don’t get their security deposit back.
So how do you make sure you don’t get slapped with fees and repairs? It’s all about in the presentation, thinking ahead, and getting a little creative.
If you need that security deposit back, try out these move out cleaning tips.
Take Things Room by Room
This might not be a huge problem with those who live in smaller apartments, but if you’ve been living in a home this whole time, it can be incredibly intimidating to start cleaning everything.
To make it more approachable, try cleaning your space room by room. While you’re doing this, make sure you don’t move between two different room types, like a kitchen to a bedroom. Try doing all of the bedrooms first, then bathrooms, then other living spaces.
This will help you get into the rhythm of cleaning without having to stop to swap out rags, cleaning products, vacuums, and mops.
Using Professional Carpet Cleaners
Different rental agencies are going to have different policies about this next tip. Still, it’s definitely worth considering if you desperately need that security deposit back.
There’s the typical wear and tear to be expected on a rental unit’s carpet, but if you really want to impress or are a little bit paranoid about a certain spot or stain, then calling in the big guns and going with a professional carpet cleaning service is the way to go.
Carpet cleaned by professional cleaners is going to look leagues better than what a vacuum or home carpet cleaner could produce, usually because of the materials used by the cleaners themselves.
With the right carpet cleaning company, you can expect to get rid of the stains that may have been posing a risk to your deposit.
Finding the Right Moving Company
Many of the incidents and accidents that leave damage to units occur during move in and move out. While friends and family are cheaper movers than reputable companies, one slip up and you’ve left a considerable hole in the drywall.
The solution? Finding the right moving company and having a direct discussion about your expectations for your move. Moving companies can ensure that their workers are gentle on your floors, careful with your furniture, and won’t threaten that all-important lease.
In some cases, you can even purchase packing equipment directly from the company to make your life just a little bit easier.
Kill Those Odours
Even if you’ve scrubbed and scrubbed for hours, you may find that some stenches aren’t coming out. These smells, alongside normal wear and tear like dirty grout or holes from hanging photos, can be enough for your landlord to claim that deposit for a professional fix.
You can avoid this problem by making sure that no place in your unit smells. For example, does the dishwasher seem to smell like spoiled food no matter how you clean it? Run a load with nothing but a cup of vinegar and wrap up with some baking soda afterward.
Does your refrigerator smell rotten? Be sure to defrost it and come back later with stronger cleaning materials. Tackling odors as well as stains will make life easier for both you and your landlord.
In many cases, how things appear can be more important than how they really are. That’s why you need to make sure your apartment is not only clean—but that it looks it, too. If you work smart, plan ahead, and hire out work when necessary, you can depend on that deposit coming in the mail to your new living space.
Moving house isn’t a scenario where you can just lug everything into a removal company van and get going. The process requires planning weeks, sometimes even months before the moving day. This is to ensure that your move goes smoothly, and you aren’t transferring items you may not need in your new home.
Below is a plan created by Simply Removals (we’ve been around for 20 years, so we know our stuff!).
Moving house – 2 months before you move
While thinking about packing 2 months before you move may seem slightly over the top, there are certain factors you’ll want to get out of the way before the final countdown to your moving day.
First, confirm your moving date, second inform your landlord (if you’re renting) of your moving date. Once that’s out of the way, next up is finding a removals company you can trust. Of course, that’s where we come in. Simply Removals have been moving people for over 20 years and are one of London’s best trusted removals companies and offer competitive rates. However, we strongly recommend calling a range of removal companies to compare and find a rate that suits your budget.
Next is insurance. It’s advised that you check if your insurance company covers your move, if not, most removal companies should provide cover. You can find out more information on our coverage policy on our legal disclaimer page.
Lastly, keep a journal of dates, contact numbers and references for insurance etc. This will ensure that you’ll be able to contact or provide any details to the relevant parties when required.
Here’s the 2-month checklist:
- Confirm your moving date
- Find a respectable removals company
- Ensure you have boxes/packaging sorted so you aren’t left without
- Sort out any insurance/coverage
- Store important contact details in a safe place
Moving house – 1 month before you move
This is the point where you want to start sorting through all the items you don’t want to take to your new home. Decluttering is essential here, and while it may be tough to let go of a few things, lugging it to your new home just for it to sit in the basement isn’t practical or cost-effective. Consider donating anything you don’t want to charity shops or sell the items if you can.
Make a checklist of the important items you’ll be moving, things like beds, wardrobes, large mirrors, cupboards, white goods and sports equipment. This will not only make organising things easier, but it will give your removals company a better idea of what vehicles will be required and how much it will cost (if the quote hasn’t already been agreed).
Additionally, it’s advised that you ask your removals company if they supply packing materials. If they don’t you will have to source some. At Simply Removals, we supply a variety of packing materials and even offer a bespoke packing solution.
You can begin packing away certain items to make it easier to the move them on the moving day. Foods should be stored in easily accessible areas, so you can still live comfortably without having to worry about organising nearer to the moving day.
It’s worth remembering that the less you move, the less expensive it will be!
Here’s the 1-month checklist:
- Declutter and sell/donate items you don’t want
- Make an inventory list of your bigger possessions
- Start organising where you’re going to store items for easy access come moving day
- Check if your chosen removals company offer a packing service (boxes, bubble wrap etc)
- Check for parking (removals vans are usually quite big!)
Moving house – 3 weeks before you move
Although the necessary checks should have already taken place, it may be wise to have a Chartered Surveyor inspect your new property. This is also around the time you will want to speak to your solicitor about exchanging contracts and confirming the moving date.
During this time, you will also need to ensure that parking has been sorted for the removals company at both addresses. Travel routes will also need to be confirmed to ensure that your belongings arrive safely on and time (watch out for peak traffic times!).
Stick your moving checklist somewhere where you can see it and keep your moving journal to hand for any last-minute calls or changes!
Here’s the 3-week checklist:
- Contact your solicitor regarding contracts
- Confirm moving date and parking with your removals company
- Have a travel route sorted
- Ensure your new house is cleaned and emptied before you move
- Begin packing non-essential items
- Dedicate one or two rooms as packing/storage rooms
- Ensure all outside spaces are clear (gardens, patios, sheds, greenhouses etc).
Moving house – 1 week before you move
During the final week of your moving process, you’ll want to ensure that you first have a folder entailing all the important documents you’ll need (insurance, leases, contract etc). Packing will be nearing its final stage, only the white goods, beds and larger items such as cupboards and wardrobes should remain, waiting to be transferred to the removals van.
As almost all your items are primed for moving, this will make the removal company’s job faster and easier, making your moving day easier. Keep your moving checklist to hand to ensure all important items are packed and ready for transport.
Here’s the 1-week checklist:
- Ensure all important files and documents are ready for transportation
- Ensure almost everything is packed, ready for transportation
- Label boxes accordingly
- Inform the post office of your new address
- Arrange a time to collect keys from your estate agent
Moving house – 1 day before you move
This is the part where you walk around your property to ensure everything is packed, labelled and in boxes ready for transportation. All important documents and keys should be readily at hand and every item should be easily accessible for the removals company (unless stated otherwise).
Here’s the day before checklist:
- Final check of your property
- Pack tools for box opening and any potential lifting and shifting after the move is finished
- Leave your old keys in your house for the new tenants
- Turn off all electrical units and ensure windows are shut before leaving your old house
- Leave contact details for the new tenants
- Keep the contact details for your estate agent, solicitor and removal company
Moving house – Once you’ve moved!
You’ve arrived at your new home! But there’s still work to do…
Once you arrive, you will want to let your removals company know if there are any specific requirements that need to be addressed and which boxes go into which rooms. Check your item inventory, then check it again, it’s important to ensure that every item on your list is accounted for, so that nothing is left behind.
However, before you dig into the unpacking process, remove the kettle and tea set, as this is going to be a long day!
Here’s the moving day checklist:
- Inform your removal company of any important moving instructions
- Check your inventory and journal to ensure everything is accounted for
- Find a safe place for your important documents – don’t lose them!
- Ensure all keys fit all doors around the property
- Inspect the garden for any damages or potential pest infestations
- Check for left items of previous owner(s)
Moving house – after you’ve moved in
You’re in! First things first things first, put the kettle on, you’ve earnt it. Everyone should now be able to breathe a sigh of relief, and the bulk of the items should be unpacked. This includes beds, white goods, furniture and some food.
Don’t try and unpack everything immediately, the important thing at the moment is ensuring you’re comfortable in your new surroundings and the beds are made! Invite some friends round, grab some food, relax before you start unpacking the rest of your belongings. The rest of the unpacking can be done at your own pace, there’s no rush!
Here’s the ‘after you move’ checklist:
- Do a quick clean and tidy (rid spare boxes, dispose of bubble wrap, hoover etc)
- Plug in white goods and any important electrical appliances (phones, TVs, chargers etc)
- Learn how to use your boiler and heating!
- If you have kids, settle them in a room with some games and activities
- Relax! The hard part is over!
That concludes our moving house checklist! Simply Removals are always on-hand to deliver expert moving advice. If you’re looking for a trusted removals company that offers both competitive rates and bespoke packaging options, why not give our team a call today on 020 3613 0935 or use our contact page!
How to Make Moving House Easier
The thought of home removals is stressful for many people and the concept of packing everything and transporting it to a new property can seem overwhelming. However, there are a number of simple ways you can help make life easier for yourself on moving day. Whether you’re only moving down the road, across the country, or overseas, we’ve got the moving tips you need to help make the entire process a little bit easier.
Organise Your Move as Early as Possible
When you’re moving into a new property, the best thing you can do is start preparing for the move as early as possible. There is nothing worse on moving day than making those last minute arrangements. The best thing you can do to make moving home easier is to start organising early. We would recommend you start organising everything between 4-8 weeks before moving day. You can even refer to our full moving house checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Give Away Items You Don’t Want or Need
The first step to moving into a new house is donating or giving away any items you don’t want or no longer need. There is no point moving house and transporting a number of items you no longer need into your new home, only for them to take up unnecessary space. Save yourself time, energy, and space by decluttering your home, it will make the moving process so much easier.
Start Packing as Soon as Possible
Packing all of your belongings into cardboard boxes and wrapping your cups and plates in bubble wrap is one of the most time-consuming aspects of moving. So, if you want to have an easier moving day than most, it’s great to start packing as soon as possible. Get together your packing material and start packing the belongings that are not necessary for daily use such as books, picture frames, and ornaments. Making a start on packing these items can make moving day a whole lot easier.
Book a Professional Moving Company
Moving is made significantly easier with the support of a professional removal company. Professionals like our team of experts can pack your belongings, dissemble furniture, and even move everything to your new property. If you want moving day to be a success, booking a professional moving company can make all the difference.
Pack a Bag of Essentials
One of the things people don’t consider when moving into a new property is packing a bag of essentials. Once you’re all moved in to your new place and surrounded by boxes, the last thing you want to do is riffle around trying to find your toothbrush. Even if you’re only moving down the road, having a bag of essentials packed makes the process of moving house significantly easier.
Your essentials bag should be filled with all the items you need to function easily over the next few days. A fresh change of clothes, toothbrush, phone chargers, toilet paper, and perhaps even some of your favourite snacks will help take away some of the stress of moving.
Notify Your Contact List
There are so many must-dos when moving into a new home and one of the most important things to remember is to notify your contact list. You need to notify everyone on your contact list, including utilities and companies that have your address. We have written a full list of everyone you need to notify when you’re moving into a new house.
Create an Inventory List of Your Belongings
Creating an inventory list before moving day is a great way to know which of your belongings are in what box. What’s more, you’ll be able to easily tell if you’re missing an item and you’ll easily be able to check off items as the boxes are delivered to your new home.
Top tip: Label your boxes, it makes the moving process significantly easier.
Hire a Domestic Cleaner
Leaving your property clean and moving into a clean home is an absolute must. While having a clean home may sound like a faraway dream, particularly during moving, the help of a domestic cleaner can make your clean home dreams a reality. Hire a domestic cleaner to clean your new home before you move in. Professional cleaners mean you won’t turn up to your new home to find it covered in grime.
While it’s great moving into a clean home, it is also important to hire a domestic cleaner for your old home. Cleaning your old home after you’ve moved out is a nice courtesy to whoever is moving in and will also allow for a final sweep to ensure you’ve not left anything behind.
Take Pictures of Your Electronics
Once you’ve moved into your new property and begun unpacking a couple of boxes, you’ll want to rest and relax in front of a movie or your favourite TV programme. However, organising all the wires and plugging everything in can be the last job you want to deal with. So, something that will make the process easier is to take pictures of your electronics as they are before unplugging and packing them. That way, you’ll be able to sees how and where cords are attached to make your move-in that little bit easier on the day.
Consider Storing Your Storage Options
When moving into a new property, it can be difficult knowing where to put larger items of furniture. Will they fit in your new place? What if they don’t, would you be happy to simply get rid of them? If you’ve got some extra items in your property that you either don’t know what to do with or that won’t fit in your new place, it may be worth considering storage solutions.
Storing your belongings is a fantastic way to make the process of moving house easier and it also means you don’t need to figure out every single thing before moving day. Can’t decide whether you want to keep that old chest of drawers or your grandmother’s writing desk? Put it in storage.
With all the jobs that need to be completed when moving house, the considerations that need to be made, and the packing that needs to be done, it’s important you have something to look forward to. Once all the moving boxes have been moved and you’ve made it into your new home, it’s time to relax. Treat yourself with your favourite takeaway, a movie, or even a really early night.
When moving into a new property, no matter how organised you are, you can’t get everything done in one day.
Looking to Move House? 15 Things You Should Do in Advance
Moving to a new house is a time-consuming and stressful process for many people. But if you’re looking to move house with a moving company, you’re in the process, or you’ve already found your new home, there are a number of things you should do. The below six points will help make the moving process much easier and will also ensure there’s nothing you forget to do during all the busyness.
1. Redirect Your Mail to Your New Address
When moving into a new property, one of the most important things you need to do right away is redirect your mail. This can be done at any time, but we would recommend a month or two prior to the move so that all your mail is redirected to your new address by the time you move in. The last thing you want to miss any important documents, have your personal details fall into the wrong hands, or become a victim of fraud!
Redirecting your mail is an extremely important step in the moving process and ensures that none of your mail gets lost between houses. Redirecting your mail is easy. You can redirect your mail to any UK or overseas address for 3, 6 or 12 months from just £33.99 for each different last name. The Royal Mail has more information on mail redirection so you have all the information you need.
2. Declutter Your Home Before Moving
Moving home is a big job. Packing, transporting, and then unpacking everything at your new place is a time-consuming process and there is nothing worse than transporting a whole bunch of belongings you didn’t want to keep in the first place. So, the best thing you can do in preparation for moving is to declutter your home beforehand.
For many people, the thought of decluttering can be overwhelming. However, if you start far in advance and declutter one room at a time, you can successfully declutter your home well in advance of moving into your new place.
3. Confirm Your Booking with a Removals Company
Your moving day is the final step in the long process of preparing to move home and it’s a day you want to go as smoothly as possible. All you’re waiting for is the removal company to turn up and transport all your belongings to your new home.
But what happens if they don’t turn up?
Understandably, one of the main concerns for homeowners is that the removal company won’t turn up on the day. That’s why it is always essential to book with a trusted, reputable moving company, in addition to confirming your booking and the time they will arrive.
4. Find Storage Facilities for Your Belongings
Whether you’re downsizing, moving into temporary accommodation, or simply not sure you want to keep all of your furniture items, finding a storage facility is essential. Storage facilities provide you with a safe, secure, and dry space in which to store your belongings while you move properties and work out what you’re doing.
We provide fantastic storage facilities for all our customers at competitive prices. What’s more, our team can pick up your furniture items for storage and transport them to the facility so that you don’t have to worry about the logistics of moving items from one property to another. You can choose the size of the storage space you need and the amount of time you need it for. And our team can work hard to make it happen.
5. Books Domestic End of Tenancy Cleaners
There’s not much in life that’s as exhausting as moving home. That’s why, after all the packing and moving and unpacking has happened, the last thing you want to think about is cleaning your old place. Sure you could do it yourself, but it would take hours to get everything cleaned up to standard and you’d have to wipe down every kitchen cabinet, every inch of skirting board and clean the windows – and that’s just the beginning!
To save yourself time, money, and energy, book a domestic end of tenancy cleaner well in advance of your move. It is far easier to book someone else to clean your property so that you don’t have to worry about it. What’s more, a professional end of tenancy cleaning company will ensure your property is thoroughly cleaned top to bottom so that it’s sparkling and ready for new tenants.
6. Cancel Local Services You Receive
Lastly, it is important to cancel any local services or subscriptions you receive. So many people forget to do this, and it can end up costing money you didn’t want to spend! So, be sure to cancel any newspaper or magazine subscriptions and settle any outstanding bills. Also, ensure you cancel the window cleaners, your house cleaner (if you have one), and any oil deliveries if you live in a rural area.
If you forget to cancel any of the local services you receive, you may notice money coming out of your account for their services after you’ve moved. Keeping on top of these things in advance can help reduce the likelihood of missing anything important.
7. Alert Your Banks About Your Move
When moving into a new property, you need to ensure you tell any banks, insurance companies, or building societies you’re a part of so they can update their records. Keeping them up to date with your new address allows them to get in touch with you easily, should there be an emergency and it also stops your financial documents from falling into strangers’ hands.
Contact each bank in advance of your move, letting them know your new address and your moving date so that they can keep their records up to date.
8. Update Your Car Details
Keeping car details up to date is something many people forget about when moving into a new house. However, you need to ensure the address on your driving licence, your car ownership certificate, and car insurance certificates are all up to date. Set aside an hour or so to update everything. You can easily apply for an updated driving licence on the gov.uk website or by post.
Although updating all of these details won’t cost you anything, if you fail to update the DVLA, you could be fined up to £1,000! So, it’s best to stay organised and get it all sorted.
9. Change Your Details on the Electoral Roll
Maintain a good credit score rating by updating your details on the electoral roll. When you move into a new property, updating your status on the electoral roll means you can still vote in all local elections after you move. What’s more, being registered on the electoral roll at your new address is also a good way to improve your credit score rating.
10. Apply for a Parking Permit
For some properties, a parking permit is required as residents are restrictions to certain parking areas. If you are moving to an area that requires a parking permit, it is helpful to apply well in advance of your move as they can take time to arrive. To apply for a parking permit, you will need to contact your local authority or council. Alternatively, if it is a private residential parking scheme, you can apply directly through them.
11. Deal with Old Post Right Away
Once you’re all moved in to your new home, it’s time to relax. But wait, there’s a pile of post on the doormat that doesn’t belong to you…and you legally can’t open it and you really shouldn’t chuck it, so what should you do?
The best way to deal with the old residents’ post is to write ‘return to sender’ or ‘not known at this address’ on the envelope and pop it back in the post. This will ensure the mail is returned to the sender and will encourage them to find the new correct address from the recipient.
12. Find Out Where Everything is in Your New Home
Many people don’t bother with this step and it can cause them significant stress later on – especially if there’s a gushing radiator or a tap that won’t stop running when they move in! Don’t leave it until the last minute to find out where everything is in your new home. Ask the estate agent you’re renting from or the sellers you’re buying from where you can find the following in your new property:
– Fuse box
– Stopcock (the valve for turning the main water supply on and off).
– Instructions for appliances
– Gas and electricity meters
Knowing where these things are in your new home can help the process of moving and settling into your new home significantly easier.
13. Book Time Off Work in Advance
Moving into a new property is a very time-consuming job and you will nee plenty of time off either side of your moving day to get everything done. One thing we advise a lot of our customers to do when they’re moving into a new property is to book time off work in advance. Once you know the date of your move, book a day or two off work either side of the moving date so that you have the chance to unpack and get settled in your new home.
Having a bit of extra time to unpack and settle in can help take the stress out of moving, helping to make the whole process a little less daunting.
14. Put Together Important Documents
Gathering your important documents together so that they’re all in once place is extremely important as it saves you the nightmare of losing any valuable pieces of paper or misplacing your passport. Keep all your important documents in a safe place so that on the day of the move you can easily transport all of these personal items in a folder.
15. Find a School for Your Children
If you are moving into a new house with children, it is important to find a school for your children to attend and the more you do this in advance, the easier the process will be. Finding a school in the new area you’re moving into is something you need to consider well ahead of your move. We would recommend you start looking into this process about two months before your move.
Take the time to speak to your child’s current school about transferring all their school files over to the new school and chase up any applications you have put in if you haven’t heard anything. The local authority in the new area you’re moving to will assist you with the admissions, helping to make the admissions process easier.
Follow a Full Moving Checklist
If you’re moving house and you don’t want to forget anything, check out the Simply Removals Full Moving Checklist. We have put together a list of absolutely everything you need to remember when moving home, right down to the very last detail. Our hope is that it makes the process of moving a little bit easier, a little less stressful, and a lot more organised!
So, it’s important you give yourself a change to rest and relax before tomorrow comes and you’ve got to continue unpacking.
The Cost of Moving House
If you’re lucky, moving house will be something you only do a couple of times throughout your life. Said to be one of life’s most stressful experiences, many people say that moving house is the next most stressful thing after the death of a family member or the birth of a baby. Perhaps one of the most significant factors in moving-related stress is cost. So, how much does it really cost to move house in 2019?
This figure is based on all the necessary (and sometimes unexpected) fees you need to pay to ensure a successful UK home move. It is also based on the average UK property price in 2019, so figures are subject to change. And it’s important to remember that moving home is a complex process and the cost of moving home is often dependent on individual situations.
Moving House Cost Summary
Let’s start with everything you need to know straight up. What are the costs of moving home in 2019 you ask? Well, below we thought we’d write out a basic moving house cost summary to give you a ballpark figure to work from.
The Cost of Buying a House
There are many costs and fees to consider when buying a house and it is important you take these into consideration before making any significant decisions.
Stamp Duty: £2,021
Property Surveyors: £400
Valuation Fee: £227
The Cost of Buying Total: £3,228
The Cost of Selling a House
It is easy to assume that selling your home is a reasonably simple task. After all, you only need to find someone to buy your property right? Wrong. There are many costs involved in selling a house.
Estate Agents: £3,391
The Cost of Selling a House Total: £4,421
General Moving House Costs
If you are simply moving from one rental property into another, there are a number of costs to take into account, including hiring a removal company.
Removal Costs: £1,192
Postal Redirection: £43.99
General Moving House Total: £1,236.66
*all moving cost summary figures are sourced from Compare My Move
Stamp Duty Costs Broken Down
Stamp Duty is a cost that many people forget about, until they come around to buy a property and are surprised by this extra expense, Stamp duty must be paid by anyone purchasing a house above the value of £125,000.
Property Survey Costs Broken Down
The price of property surveys depends on the type of survey you choose depends on the properties worth and size. There are four main types of property surveys:
Condition Report £250: this is the most basic of the property surveys and provides a ‘traffic light’ rating system for properties that rates the property as a whole. Buyers will also receive a property valuation alongside their valuation report.
HomeBuyer report £500: this home survey provides a more in-depth look at the property, but the surveyor will not move any furniture or check behind walls or underneath floorboards. It is uncommon for a valuation to be included in a HomeBuyers Survey.
Home Condition Survey £400-£500: A Home Condition Survey is presented to buyers in a 1-3 rating system that easily reveals any serious issues. Your surveyor will also provide details on how you can deal with the highlighted issues in the best way possible.
Building Survey £700: This survey is the most detailed of the four as your surveyor will look behind furniture and give detailed assessments of the walls and underneath the floorboards. What’s more, they will give their advice on how to fix any issues they’ve discovered so that you can live in your property without any problems.
Providing a Deposit when Buying a House
If you’re buying a house, it is likely you’ve been spending years saving for a deposit. You will need to pay your deposit to your solicitors on the day you exchange contracts. Once you have paid the deposit, it is extremely difficult to break the contract and you are committed to purchasing the property.
An average deposit amount in the UK is around 10% but it can sometimes be as little as 5% If you would like advice on property deposits, types, and amounts, you should speak to a mortgage advisor.
Property Valuation Fees
If you are buying a house with a mortgage, you need to pay for a property valuation. Although this is another cost to consider, it is definitely worth it as it ensures you are paying the right amount of money for the property you’re buying. Your mortgage provider will carry out the house valuation if it is not automatically provided as part of your home survey.
Solicitor Fees when Buying or Selling a House
It is common in the UK to spend an average of £900-£1,000 on solicitor fees. However, this amount includes conveying costs, search fees, and land registry fees. It is worth exploring the costs of various solicitors in your area, as there will be some that offer their services cheaper than others – it’s all down to the research!
Estate Agent Fees
If you are moving house because you are selling your current property, it is important to note that estate agent fees are anywhere between 1% and 2.5% of the final house price. The job of an estate agent is to put your property on the market and sell it to potential buyers. Most estate agents will also negotiate viewings and take the time to show potential buyers around your home, at viewing times suitable for you.
Council Tax Fees
If you are moving into a new area, you will need to update your details and ensure you pay the correct amount of council tax. If you don’t know what council tax is, it’s an annual fee that the local authority in your area charges for local services such as rubbish collection and local libraries. Although students are exempt from paying council tax, everyone else has to pay in monthly instalments. You can find out more about council tax charging on the Gov.uk website.
Energy Performance Certificate Costs
When you’re moving into a new property, it is important to be on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) register. The EPC of your property reveals how energy efficiency your property is and whether there are any areas that can be improved.
How to Save Money When Moving House
If breaking down the moving house costs has you stressed about money, don’t worry, there are many ways you can save money when moving house. In fact, we’ve written a number of money-saving home removal articles on the Simply Removals blog. Check out our top 7 tips to save money while moving on a budget and keep your moving costs as low as possible!
The 10 Essential Items to Unpack First
So, the good news is that the main bit of moving house is over – you’ve had help with the removals process, all your boxes stacked in your new property and you’ve handed back the keys for your old place. The bad news is that it’s time to unpack.
This can be an overwhelming thought for many people, so it’s important you take your time and unpack the essential items first as this will make life significantly easier for you.
1. Unpack Your Essentials Box
If you planned before packing up your home or scrolled through our blog for moving advice, you would have packed an essentials box. This box has everything you need for the first night in your new home. From toiletries to a change of clothes, this box is pretty essential and that’s why you need to unpack it first. This will help to avoid the common problem of riffling through boxes searching for various items.
2. Make the Beds
One of the most important things you need to do when starting the unpacking process is putting together those essential pieces of furniture for your first night. Something I always recommend is to make the beds. This ensures you have somewhere familiar and comfortable to sleep at the end of a busy day – and trust me, you will need a good night’s sleep after moving!
All the decorative bits you store in your bedroom, your books, the clothes for your wardrobe, and all the trinkets you store in your bedside table can be unpacked another day.
3. Put Together the Sofa
Putting together your sofa ensures you have somewhere comfortable to sit down and relax or eat dinner at the end of moving day. So, after putting the beds together and unpacking all the bedding, prioritise re-building the sofa and unpacking all the blankets and cushions so that you can relax and be comfortable at the end of a hard day of unpacking. Somewhere to sit down and relax at the end of a busy day really can make all the difference!
4. Unpack Important Kitchen Items
If you have made the effort to properly label boxes, it should be easy to locate your kitchen boxes and unpack those important items you will need right away. Items such as the kettle, toaster, plates, cups, and cutlery mean you can make a cup of tea and enjoy your ready-made frozen lasagne with ease.
If you get the chance to, get any major appliances hooked up and then you can concentrate on unpacking the rest of the kitchen another time.
5. Unpack the Necessary Bathroom Items
Everyone needs to use the bathroom and so unpacking the necessary items are essential. Prioritise unpacking the items that are needed straight away and are, therefore, most important, such as medication, towels, toilet paper, and toiletries. Be sure to hang the shower curtain, put out the soap, and unpack any other bathroom bits you need to freshen up at the end of a long day.
What matters the most when unpacking is ensuring the essentials are easily available and accessible. So, ensure everything you and your family needs from the bathroom is there to make everything that little bit easier.
6. Important Items for Kids
If you are moving with a young family, it is important you unpack their favourite toys, books, blankets, and so on during the first few hours in your new home. This will help keep them occupied and help comfort them in their new environment – especially if you need to put the little one down for a nap. What’s more, keeping the little ones occupied with their favourite toys will help give you the time you need to focus on unpacking and getting it done faster.
7. Set Up the Electricals
Who doesn’t enjoy sitting on the sofa at the end of a long day and switching on the television? Well, this is a lot easier to do if your TV is all set-up and working! So, if you want to relax at the end of the day by catching up on your favourite show, it’s important to ensure your TV is all wired up and working.
8. Important Items for Pets
When moving with pets, it is important to deal with their needs upon arrival. Set up a bowl of food and water in the kitchen, put out their bed, and provide their favourite toys so they feel at home. It’s important your pet is given time to adjust to the space, so let them wander around and familiar themselves with their new environment.
9. Unpack Important Documents
Knowing where your important documents are at all times while moving home is absolutely essential. It ensures your passports, birth and marriage certificates, identifications and more do not go missing or get damaged. However, this can easily happen – even once you are in your new home. So, it is essential that you prioritise unpacking those important documents and storing them in a safe space that is out of reach of children or pets. This way, you know where they are at all times, you can easily access them, and you know they are safe.
10. Set Up Your Working Space
Do you work from home? It is not uncommon for people who work from home to have their own office set-ups. If you have your own desk, drawer space, and computer set-up and you start work in the morning, you must set up your working space. Unpack everything you will need for a full day’s work, set up and position your desk, unpack the essentials such as stationary items, and then you are ready to go.
There you have it, my list of essential items to unpack first in your new home! I hope you’ve found it helpful and, if you follow my advice, it should make the unpacking process significantly easier. For more packing and moving advice, check out our blog. I am regularly sharing my tips and tricks for an easier move.
We can all agree that moving houses is one of the most stressful events in life you could have, right? And when you add the worry about the cost of your relocation, the anxiety may gradually start to creep up on you…
So, whether you’re moving to a new place for the first time (and you wave goodbye to your parents’ home), you’re leaving the rental market for good, or your business is expanding and you’re relocating to a new office, there’s always the niggling question of how to move out without spending too much.
As one of the best moving companies in the UK, we have to say that there isn’t a cheapest way to move houses, as circumstances vary from person to person. But you can get an insight on how to save money here and there from our universal budget-moving tips below:
1. Declutter Well in Advance
Are you downsizing? Then, sell the bulky settee if you’re going to struggle to find a spot for it in your new home. Or do you really need to take all your old student papers with you now that it’s been 10 years since you left university? Instead, declutter your house so you don’t have to pack and pay for the transportation of junk and items you don’t really want to keep. You can check this post for some useful decluttering tips and tricks.
Make a List of What You’re Taking
Writing a list of what you want to take to your new place is a great way to declutter your life mentally before the big day. You’ll be able to clear your thoughts on paper and make it much easier to part with things you no longer need.
Give Away Stuff You Don’t Need
Ready with your list? Well done! Now you can go to a charity shop and donate stuff that you don’t feel like throwing away, such as some of your old clothes, books or CDs. Also, surely, your much younger brother would love to have your mountain bike now that you’re driving everywhere.
Do a Car Boot Sale
Furthermore, you will not only save money by getting rid of items that you don’t use anymore but you could also easily fund part of your move by selling some of your stuff. And what better way to this than by venturing to the nearest car boot sale. If it’s your first time, you can get inspiration from these handy tips for newbie-car boot traders.
Take Care of Cleaning
Without the shadow of a doubt, cleaning any property at the end of lease is what security deposits depend on but if running on a budget, you don’t have to book a top to bottom cleaning service but only a hot water extraction carpet cleaning session. Anyways, rugs and floor covering is where 90% of dirt and allergens accumulate.
2. Pack Yourself
Packing yourself will be a breeze once you’ve decluttered your home and are left only with stuff that you can’t go without. It will also save you some cash, of course, if you’re not relying on professional packers to do the job for you. So, we’ve got some tips on how to do the packing yourself and in a stress-free way.
Print Out or Write Removals Labels
These will help you or the movers know what goes first in the van, which box need be unpacked in which room at your new destination, or if the items must be handled with extra care. You’ll find it much easier and faster to settle in your new home if you have to “unearth” the contents out of a labeled box rather than if you didn’t have a clue about what’s exactly in it.
Find Free Moving Boxes
If the boxes and packaging materials are not included in your removals service, then, try not to spend on buying something that you’ll only have to discard as soon as you arrive at your new location. Ask your neighbours who have just moved next door before wishing them farewell if you can use their boxes. Also, go to a furniture store, a bookshop and to your local supermarket, where you can fetch different-sized boxes for free.
Get Packaging Paper for Padding
Again, there’s no need to purchase any wrapping paper. Instead, use newspapers, cloths or old towels to fill in gaps and pad out the boxes. This is another sure tip for saving money while moving and is also a definite eco-friendly way of packing your possessions.
Start Packing Room by Room
Running around like a headless chicken while picking garments from a chair and then, doing a dash to your living room to pack some books will get you nowhere. Start packing your belongings one room at a time. This way, you won’t miss to take something you’ve forgotten that you keep in a top kitchen cupboard or at the back of your wardrobe.
Pack a First-Night Box
This is the one sensible thing people often fail to do in the rush of packing and moving out – to prepare a bag or a box with essentials that they’d need on the first day at their new house. So, think of what you want to have an immediate access to, once you get to your destination, and label the box with ‘First off the van’ or something similar.
Label Valuables and Fragiles
Write clearly a sign on the box to indicate that it contains breakable items. Also, mark with an arrow which way it should face upwards so that the movers don’t handle the package the wrong way. In addition, take the following advice – consider having anything of value packed professionally to get it instantly insured. Saving a few pennies on the packing may cost you a lot more in the long run. You won’t get reimbursed in anyway if you’ve packed your antique vase yourself and it got damaged during transportation.
3. Shop around for a moving company
Unless you have a decent-sized vehicle to transport all your furniture and belongings, it’s likely that you’ll be looking for a good deal to relocate with the help from a removals company. Do your homework and compare moving services to find the best option for your situation.
Enquire About Hidden Surcharges
Request detailed information about hidden costs and surcharges. For instance, you can ask if the fuel expenditures are included in the service or if your stuff will travel under full insurance because you’ve booked a packing service, as well.
Combine Services to Get a Discount
Another money-saving removals tip is to combine services to get a good discount. Here’s a plausible scenario – You’re moving out of your rented flat and intend to do the cleaning yourself, and thus, risking the retrieval of your security deposit. Now – to common sense! Why not pay half of what you may end of losing and get professional end-of-lease cleaning assistance with the same removals company at discounted rates?
4. Move on a weekday
To move out on a budget also requires a little out-of-the-box thinking. Couples generally pick a weekend to do the dreaded relocation so that they don’t miss a day’s work, or at the end of the month when their rental agreement expires. Well, why not do the opposite and choose a weekday to move, which is not close to the end of the month? Removal services can be purchased at lower rates when they are booked during these times.
5. Cut Off or Transfer Your Utility Services in Time
Well, we don’t recommend that you live in the dark with a candle weeks before your relocation but you can terminate certain non-transferable utility services, instead of paying unnecessarily for a period when they are not going to be used. Still, most service providers offer the opportunity for the client to move the service to their new address.
Just apply with the company in good time for a service transfer to avoid incurring additional costs.
6. Save Money on Moving Offices
Moving offices is not dissimilar to moving homes. It’s the same process but possibly on a larger scale. However, with the extent of the move grows the cost. So, check out our tips on how to move offices on a budget:
Make a team-building event out of your relocation – encourage staff to help each other pack their office essentials but, of course, after decluttering their desks, first;
Negotiate special rental conditions with your new landlord – you can make arrangements with you new landlord to help towards the fit-out of your new office as part of the rental agreement;
Recycle old furniture against a discount on new or remodelled office pieces – many furniture re-manufacturers will buy off your old furnishings and offer you discounted prices on restored pieces that fit in with your new office needs;
Move outside business hours – hiring a removals truck on a weekend may be slightly more expensive than on a weekday but you’ll lose out more if you put your business on hold for a couple of days during standard business hours.
Combine the removals with a move-out office cleaning service – it’s cheaper to get the office cleaning done as part of your removals service than resorting to professional cleaning help separately.
7. Cheapest Way to Move Out of Your Parents’ Place
And finally, let’s find out how to move out of your dear “old” folks’ home without the financial shock of needing to live on pot noodles for a month, following your relocation. Consider these tricks below to enjoy a painless nest-leaving venture.
Find someone to share a flat with to halve the costs on rent and utilities.
Apply for a few job interviews well before moving day.
- Don’t be picky during your job hunt, waiting for that dream-job offer to come through
- If you desperately want to take your bed with you, ask you dad’s friend with the van to help you move it.
- You may be better off moving light and furnish gradually your new place with pieces from local recycle centres or second-hand shops, instead of paying for a long-distance furniture transportation service.
There, now you have a few tricks up your sleeve on how to move out without spending too much. Please, share this article if you’ve found it helpful.
And if you need more removals advice or assistance, contact Simply Removals anytime.
We at Simply Removals are delighted to say we now a professional moving company accredited by CHAS – the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS).
As CHAS says on their website… “We are dedicated to completing health and safety pre-qualification assessments to a nationally recognised and accepted threshold standard”
Principles and Purpose
Each month thousands of contractors and consultants (suppliers) apply for work with public and private sector organisations (buyers). To win work, they must meet the buyer’s health and safety standards.
Assessing suppliers health and safety competence is usually a lengthy and time consuming process. Suppliers can sometimes meet one buyer’s Health and Safety standards but not another. Being CHAS approved reduces duplication as suppliers compliance is accepted by all CHAS buyers.
CHAS assesses applicants for:
Health and safety policy statements;
Their organisation for health and safety;
and Their specific health and safety arrangements to a standard acceptable to our buyers and to others.
Please see their website http://www.chas.co.uk/ to read more… and read why you are in safe hands with Simply Removals
MoveScene interviewed our Directors at Simply Removals.
MoveScene discussed the history of our business and why Simply Removals is the moving company ahead of the rest when it come to the removals industry:
Simply Remarkable! Click the hyperlink to read the full interview
Well, maybe Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan asked the Cameron’s who moved them into 10 Downing Street… because they called Simply Removals, and we were happy to provide our star service!
Please see below the link to read the Daily Mail article about Mark and Michelle’s move. You will see some photos of our professional moving company moving them into their new Essex home, and hopefully you’ll notice the care and attention we provide for every single move!