Lots of waiting in anticipation until we’re able to move house
As lockdown continues with, as yet, no clear signs of an end date, it is without doubt a difficult time for many people and businesses.
For anyone involved in the property industry as a business, from property agents, home seekers, and home owners – and including businesses like ours in removals and storage – this is an anxious time of waiting until property exchanges, storage, and removals services can move again. (More info can be read in our previous blog on government guidelines)
Clicks and Bricks – and Smart Videos
With house moves currently stalled and plans up in the air, it doesn’t mean a house move is off the agenda. Far from it. Whilst you may not be able to view in person, many estate agents have made good use of digital technology to add video and virtual tours to their property listings.
This enables buyers to do an ‘online viewing’ at a time to please you and all from the comfort of your armchair! If you’re looking to buy a property, watch out for listings that offer virtual or video tours as these can save you time in deciding what you do and don’t want in a new home.
If you’re a seller wanting to get things moving, then this can really prove to be a convenient tool, as it means your property is available to view 24/7, potentially cutting down on time wasters. Viewers in general will see a tour of the property, exploring each room, with maybe the addition of commentary, pointing out features and dimensions. It’s a great way for viewers to get an idea of layout and space and whether or not it’s a home that might be one to add to the list to see in person when lockdown ends.
It’s not only estate agents that offer virtual services and here at Shires, we are pleased to offer our customers the option to receive a quote for moving by simply taking your own video. Film your home and show us your items and your rooms. Once you have completed your video survey of your home all you have to do is send it to us and we’ll be able to give you quote for your move. It’s as easy as that.
So, whether you’re looking at buying, selling or moving, be sure to make good use of the latest technology for a smoother move.
The Big Spring Clean
With Spring well and truly upon us and sunshine streaming in through the windows, it only serves to highlight cobwebs on the ceiling, dirty windows and dust on the telly. Now is therefore the perfect time to think about a spot of hoovering and whizzing a duster around to bring a bit of shine and sparkle back into our homes – especially in anticipation for the resumption of house viewing after the end of lockdown in the coming weeks, all going well.
The Big Pack
And then there’s the Big Pack.
If you are halfway through a property exchange process, you will soon be looking to arrange your house move. Our previous blog gives you some ideas on pre-booking your moving date, as well as how to send us your video survey for quoting.
Think ahead and reduce the potential for chaos on moving day. Have you got enough boxes? What about those breakables and family heirlooms?
Before you start
You don’t need to leave everything to the day before the move. Consider what you don’t need to take with you, what will need careful packing, and that you are covered for potential breakages.
- Make a priority packing list
- Take some time to sift through your belongings and have a clear-out. You can make up a box for charity or log onto an online auction, then put the proceeds of your sold goods towards some re-decorating or a new carpet.
- Calculate how many boxes you will need and get these well in advance. Find boxes in a variety of sizes. Think about what else will be useful, such as strong tape, bubble wrap, and self-seal bags for keeping nuts and bolts together. Save old newspapers for lining boxes. For a supply of packing materials contact us.
- Don’t completely fill large boxes, as they will be too heavy to move.
- Use sturdy packing boxes, particularly for heavier items, or your belongings may end up strewn all over the pavement. Boxes made from corrugated cardboard are stronger than regular ones.
- Check that your contents insurance will cover damage and breakages during the move. Also check with your chosen removals company about their insurance and what it covers, such as the insurance Shires Removals has in place.
- Put all hazardous materials, such as paint, bleach and aerosols, into a separate box and keep them away from the rest of your stuff.
Unless you travel light, you won’t be able to unpack everything in the first day, so it’s worth deciding what you might need easy access to soon after you cross the threshold of your new home.
- Pack an ‘essentials’ box for the first night in your new home and carry it with you. Instant access to coffee, tea, snacks, cups and a kettle may be welcome soon after you arrive. As will plates, utensils and a kitchen cloth.
- Prepare an overnight bag for everyone in the family, and make sure that there is enough toilet paper and toiletries for everyone.
- Other useful items that should be kept close to hand are a torch, a first-aid kit including pain relievers, pencil and paper, and re-closable plastic bags, along with a small tool kit.
- If possible, finish any laundry well before you move to avoid packing damp clothes. Keep a separate box/bag for dirty washing.
- Make sure the boxes containing items you need the least are loaded up first.
Spend some time considering how you are going to pack your possessions. Books are easy but heavy, valuables need careful wrapping and will take time, and some furniture may need to be dismantled.
- Start early. Packing always takes longer than anticipated, particularly when you start reminiscing over old photographs stored in the attic or you realise that you need to dismantle the wardrobe to get it downstairs.
- Begin at the top of the house and move downwards. If you have an attic, it’s a good idea to sort it out first.
- Always pack heavy items in small boxes. It will make transporting them easier. Also, keep the weight of all boxes to a minimum to avoid any back injuries.
- Pack one room at a time, clearly labelling each box with details of its contents and the room to which it belongs. Clearly label boxes that contain breakables and also those that are load-bearing and can be stacked in the van or truck.
- Keep all boxes for each room together. This will save time unpacking.
- It may sound obvious but pack heavier items on the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
- Wrap items individually and place in a box that’s been lined with several layers of newspaper and a sheet of bubble wrap. Any breakables should also be wrapped in bubble wrap. Use clean tissue or wrapping paper for the first layer to prevent newspaper print leaving marks. Pillows and blankets are also useful for wrapping valuables and protecting furniture prone to dents and scratches.
- Pack important documents together, such as birth and marriage certificates, and keep them in a safe place.
At Shires, we also offer a packing service to take the headache out of your move preparations for you. Speak to us about how we can help you with your packing and packing materials.
Just a reminder that we have large and secure storage facilities too – both self-storage and containerised storage. This can ease with the transition of your move should there be any need for this.
After such a stretch of lockdown uncertainty, we would love to bring you extra peace of mind when it comes to your pending house or office move, and to do the heavy lifting for you – in every sense!
Have a chat with our friendly team on email@example.com and make your moving service booking now for your preferred date once lockdown has been lifted.