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, 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 moving 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 removals 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 moving plans, 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 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!
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.
At Simply Removals, 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 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 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 staff moving them into their new Essex home, and hopefully you’ll notice the care and attention we provide for every single move!