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Everybody can tell you that house moves are sort of expensive and require a lot of boxes and crates. It’s no secret that the bigger the property, the more time it takes to prepare everything for a relocation. But there are a lot of things nobody talks about, and that is why our London movers have decided it is time to address the elephant in the room. Let’s discuss the uncomfortable side of house removals and tell you the 7 things no other removals company will tell you.
Time is the most important thing when it comes to a house move, and ironically it is always the thing you will lack. There will always be a task you forgot about, a box that you didn’t have time to properly secure or an errand that you just couldn’t run. The best thing you can do is start planning and packing as early as possible. You will move in 10 months? Great, why don’t you go through your basement and start putting away things you want to sell or donate? The sooner you start, the better.
The one thing that will truly amaze you is how much stuff you have. Once you start packing, the boxes will keep piling up. So now is the ideal moment to declutter your home, not because you will feel better. To be fair, there is a big possibility you don’t remember owning half of these things. No, do it because of the money. You can save a significant sum if you downgrade the number of boxes you are moving. On top of that, you can sell some of your items and make a nice profit.
No matter how mentally prepared you are and how many times you have relocated in the past, house moving remains one of the most mentally and physically draining processes. There is no need to sugarcoat it – you will be stressed out, irritable and grumpy throughout everything. Just accept it and move on with your tasks. The more you dwell on things, the worse you will feel. Not everything is going to go as planned, some unexpected expenses will pop up, and there may be problems with your boxes and furniture. The best solution is just to go with the flow and plan some quiet time after you relocate.
If this is your first time relocating and you plan on evolving your children in the process, we salute your efforts. House removals can seriously impact your kids, and it is not something you should overlook. Emotion will run high, and we need to warn you beforehand: Children are not good helpers. They get distracted easily, can be a major stress factor, and you constantly have to look behind their shoulder. That is why, if you can, send them to stay with their grandparents or get a babysitter at least for the duration of the heavy packing, loading and unloading.
If you want what is best for your animal companions, you need to spend time preparing them for the move. You can always pop the cat in a carrier bag and put the dog in the back seat of your car, but there may be serious consequences to your actions. Free-living pets like cats and dogs think of the house as their own, and the change in environment can be detrimental to them. Reptiles and amphibians are even more demanding, as moving a vivarium is not as easy as it sounds. And don’t get us started on how hard it is to relocate with an aquarium. If you have pets, you need to invest time in researching how a house move will affect that particular type of animal and what are the proper steps to take.
The paperwork mostly depends on how far you are moving. But is the documentation really that much? Yes, yes, it is, and it has a lot to do with all of the institutions you have to inform of your removal. Think about your utilities. You have to change and sign or resign contracts for your electricity, water, heat, internet, cable. That is 5 different contracts and now think about your bank, driver’s licence, id, postal services and the list goes on and on. Depending on the government regulations, you may have to go to the town hall or the city council. And so far, we have talked only about official documentation, but what about all the lists and forms you need to fill in regarding your actual house relocation? Things like inventory lists, moving protocols, contracts, insurance forms, etc. Be prepared to compile, sign and send a lot of documents.
Securing a parking spot for the moving truck has to be on the high priority list. You need to be able to leave the vehicle for a couple of hours in front of your old and new homes. And if you don’t want to pay a substantial parking fee, you must resolve this issue. Call your local authorities and find out the requirements in your area. Don’t leave it for last because something you would need to submit forms at least 5 to 10 days before the move. Parking is something that must be arranged by the homeowner, and your house moving company won’t be of much help.
You may think it’s not a big deal to change your home, but in reality, it is one. Your house is your fortress, your safe space, you know it inside-out, and now everything is changed. The rooms are not the same size, the view from your windows is different, event the smells will be unfamiliar at first. Your life will never be the same. You will meet new neighbours, go to new stores, take new routes, everything will change. And it is ok. It is normal to feel anxious and uncomfortable. You will get used to it in time, and your new house will feel like home again. People are creatures of habit, and every shift in our environment impacts us. Remember that change is sometimes necessary, and if you approach it positively, you will achieve the best outcomes.
The bottom line is that you need to move. The decision has been already made, and you have set up your mind. Whether or not you are prepared for the abovementioned situations is irrelevant, you have a task, and you need to finish it. The best way to go at it is to hire a trustworthy moving company that can help you organise and transport your belongings. If you are unsure what to do, you can request a removal coordinator who will guide you every step of the way. Grab the bull by its horns, and don’t worry too much about small things.
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