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I’d like to start off by congratulating you on your upcoming house move. I know that moving home is exciting, but it can also be an extremely stressful time in ones life.

Here at Fife Group, we consider ourselves to be experts when it comes to removals, as we have been in the removals business for a significant number of years.

We can certainly appreciate the upheavals that come with moving house and the amount of pre-planning involved in the process. We don’t want you to have to suffer any more stress and challenges than there are already.

So to help you avoid the common pitfalls, I am going to share with you the 6 common moving mistakes and how to avoid them.

6 common moving mistakes and how to avoid them

1. Hiring the wrong removals company

It’s really important to take your time and do some research on your elected removals company. You really don’t want to hire the wrong removal company as you may end up paying for it later on.

Be wary of companies you haven’t heard of before or that don’t have an established reputation. Your first point of call should be to have a look at their website and find out a bit more about them. Look for an actual physical address and landline telephone number, take note of these so you have them at hand.

I would also suggest searching for customer reviews to gain a bit more insight into their service delivery standards. Also, take a look at the images on their website and look out for ‘real’ images from the team. The more established and reputable companies will have their own images on their websites.

Don’t forget the saying ‘you get what you pay for’ – the cheaper option isn’t always the best choice. Compare services like for like in terms of costings and then make a more informed decision based on the 8 questions to ask yourself when choosing a removals company. Different removal companies typically offer different levels of service and you need to be clear about what you are getting for your money.

At the end of the day, you need to feel confident that you have hired the best removals company for your needs. Don’t panic if you feel you have made a mistake and hired the wrong removals company, hopefully there’s still time to rectify the situation.

2. Underestimating the amount of belongings you have

When you are seeking a quote for your removal the majority of removal companies will refer you to their website and ask you to fill out an online removals calculation form. Once you have completed this form you should receive an estimate by email/post for your perusal.

The majority of removal companies also have estimators that can come to your house and calculate your removal for you. They will look at the amount of goods you have and where you are moving to. They will return to you with an estimate based on their assessment.

When completing the online removals calculator it’s important to make sure it is as accurate as possible. If you incorrectly complete the removals calculator form, the majority of removal companies will ask you to foot the bill for any extra time incurred to carry out the removal.

If you don’t feel confident filling out a removals form yourself, my advice would be to book an appointment with an estimator to come to your house and work it all out for you.

3. Leaving your packing until the eleventh hour

It always pays to be ahead of the game when it comes to moving. My advice is to try and be as organised as possible and have all your packing materials ready for the task at hand. Leaving your packing to the last minute makes moving house even more stressful and can lead to other issues with planning.

Most removal companies can provide you with a part or full packaging service if required –  of course this service comes at an additional cost, but can be hugely helpful if time is an issue.

Whatever you do, avoid the scenario of having to start packing when the movers are on site, not only does this waste time and thus potentially cost you more, it also means you risk breaking and damaging items when you start packing in a rush.

Don’t forget to take a final look around your house to make sure you haven’t left anything behind.

Packing isn’t fun, but it is a necessity when it comes to moving house. The more organised you are, the smoother your whole move will be.

4. Forgetting to label the boxes

If you’ve already packed up and forgot to label your boxes, don’t panic. It isn’t a major deal, but it does mean you won’t know which boxes should go where. You might have to play detective to begin with to find out which boxes belong where.

If you label your boxes it makes unpacking a lot easier.  It also saves you having to move boxes around and your removals team can put them in the correct room for you.

Get yourself with a chunky marker pen and get those boxes labelled.

5. Packing things that you no longer need

Without a shadow of a doubt, the best thing to do before you start packing, is to take a really good look at everything you have and decide what can stay and what can go.

In fact, let’s take this back a step, I would suggest that before you get a quote, you get rid of anything you no longer require. Getting rid of all the things you no longer require could really make a difference to the price you are quoted for your removal.

You also don’t want to clutter your new property with things you no longer need or really have the space for.  If you do want to keep the items, but don’t have the room for them in your new property, I would suggest thinking about self storage.  Click here to find out more about self storage.

In short, you can save both time and money by first of all assessing what it not going to be required in your new property.

6. Scheduling your move at the last minute

Remember the saying first come, first served, well that really is the case for most services. If you know the date you are moving into your new property, then you should book your removal as soon as you can.

The summer months are the busiest in the removals business and tend to get booked up very quickly.  If you leave booking your removal to the very last minute, it can be problematic and you might find that most removal companies will already be booked up.

Try to schedule your removal as far in advance as possible, as you don’t want to be scrambling to find a mover the day before you’re moving.

In summary, the key to a successful and stress free move is found in the planning. It’s not complicated, and it might seem like a lot of work, but if you take on board these solutions to the 6 most common moving mistakes I can assure you that you move will be a lot smoother.

I wish you every success in your upcoming move and the very best of luck in your new home.

Happy moving.

John Kilgour Managing Director - Fife Group


John Kilgour

Managing Director

Fife Group

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