People relocate for many reasons; it could be work-related or need of a fresh start. Moving to a new city here in the UK or to another country within the EU can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. Having a clear plan on what to do and when to, will make the process less stressful.
Before making the final decision to relocate:
- You need to research the city you are going. Learn as much as you can about the area; you can find this information online or on social media.
- Make sure you know the cost of living and choose an area you can afford.
- Find out if you need a work visa and apply for it.
- You also need to search for an apartment through real estate agents and determine the accommodation costs. In some countries, you might be required to pay up to six months’ rent upfront.
- It is also essential to know the weather and dress appropriately.
- Beware of your transport choices before moving.
- Ensure the area you are moving to is safe and the crime rate is low.
Once you have all the information you need and an apartment, it is time to plan for the relocation. To make this more relaxed you will need a to-do list.
Here is a list of what to do a month before moving:
- Hire a professional moving company and confirm arrangements.
To guarantee a smooth and trouble-free move, it is essential to find experienced and reliable movers. A good example is Big Yellow Express, the premier man and van moving company in London and the larger UK. You can book them a month in advance and they’ll liaise closely with you during the entire duration to ensure nothing goes amiss.
- Start Packing
Packing is very hectic; first, you need to sort what you need to take and discard whatever you won’t need in your new address. Pick out the items that will require special packing or extra insurance from the movers. Look for boxes and suitcases to carry various items. Once you pack, these boxes use different colored tapes so that you can easily spot which ones belong to a particular room.
It is also necessary to list down all the contents of each box. These labels should be put on the sides of boxes so that you can easily find them even when stacked on top of one another. Disassemble some of your furniture for easy moving.
- Take care of valuables and specialty items
Use high quality packing materials for your valuables and handle them with great care. Personally carry these valuables during moving.
- Notify important people of your relocation.
Ensure you notify the right people of your relocation to enable a smooth transition. Make a list of all the parties you will need to contact: banks, the post office and credit card companies. You might need to notify your doctor that you are relocating, so that transfer of medical records is arranged.
- Plan your trip
If flying, make sure you book your flight. If driving, know the route you want to use and whether you will be making any stops along the way. Estimate how long it will take you to reach your destination and if you need to stay overnight on the road, make reservations.
Get your affairs in order within the one month so that on the day of relocation everything will be seamless. A few days before moving you need to confirm that the moving company has the correct moving date to avoid inconveniences. Make sure you complete packing and are ready to move.
Here is a list of what to do on a moving day:
Make sure that the moving truck is from the company you hired by checking their paperwork. Confirm that the contract and terms are the ones you agreed upon and make inquiries in case of any changes. Be aware of scammers, they are not uncommon.
At Big Yellow Express, we always advice our clients to try and be ready by the time our removal crews arrive at their premises. We are greatly pleased when we find that you’ve reserved some parking space at the entrance and removed obstacles on the way.
- Take inventory.
Keep an inventory of all your possessions and triple check that the movers load everything on to the moving truck. This inventory will be helpful when unpacking and in determining if anything got lost during transportation. It is necessary to check your list before moving to your new home this is to ascertain that you have all the boxes before you pay the movers. If anything was left behind the movers can go back for it.
Relocation is never easy, and Big Yellow Express is dedicated to helping make this process as hassle free as possible. Preparation is crucial if you are to move smoothly from one premise to another. For more details on our services and our pricing, kindly get in touch via 020 3322 8733 and we’ll be glad to discuss your options.