When the time comes to find new house it can be hard to know where to start. To begin with, you need to decide the date you will move, determining this will give you a goal to aim for and help you be more organised.

We’d recommend avoiding the busiest periods for house moves (the end of the week and bank holidays). If you can arrange a moving company for midweek then you should have an easier time.

When you need to find a moving company it pays to ask around, if you have any friends or family that have relocated recently then it’s worth contacting them for advice on reliable moving services.

Preparations to make when moving
Moving is a complicated job, often with more to sort out then initially realised, we’ve made a list of the important things to consider when you’re relocating.

Work out transit insurance: Moving companies offer insurance, but things you’ve boxed yourself might not be included, make sure you check what level of cover any firms have.

Clean your new place: If you can arrange to get professional cleaners to clear up your new abode before you move in it will make things lot easier (some moving firms offer this too).

Notify the proper parties

You might be surprised how many people need to know you’re getting a new place, here’s a list of who to tell:

­ - ISPs
­ - TV Licensing
­ - Banks Pensions and Investments
­ - Card companies (Debit, credit and store)
­ - Inland Revenue
­ - Council Tax Authority
­ - Work and Education
­ - DVLA
­ - Other Subscriptions (Magazines, etc.)
­ - Friends and Family!

De-clutter: Throw away anything you don’t want to keep, moving house will be a lot easier if you don’t take all of your old love letters and reader’s digests with you.

Packing: Packing is obviously the most important part of a house move, make sure to separate rooms into separate boxes and include adequate padding for fragile items like vases and plates. (Old towels will suffice, but polystyrene or bubble wrap is good too). Make sure not to make separate containers too heavy, it’s easy to over pack things like books and make boxes too heavy to carry.(Some removal companies will help you pack, but you will pay extra)

Organise and inventory: If you’re doing the packing yourself, organise your boxes by rooms and label or colour code them, so you know what’s going where when you get to your new house. Also make a list of the most important articles so you can check them off when you arrive.

Arrange temporary accommodation: If your move will take more than one day, then it may be worth arranging to stay with friends or getting a hotel.

Additional work to do: Collect any spare keys from neighbours etc. and also create a guide for the new residents moving in detailing any specifics of the house and tips on the local area. 

Hiring professional movers is definitely the best option if you want your relocation to go off without a hitch. If you’re looking to reduce the cost of your house move then it is worth comparing a number of companies prior to making a decision, comparing quotes will allow you haggle and potentially get a better deal.

Ask Around

Finding someone you know that has used a moving firm recently can be the ideal way to find a decent transporter for all your worldly possessions. You can also find review sites for relocation companies that offer independent reviews.

Find one in advance

Moving services can often be in high demand; therefore it’s important that you have a timeframe in mind so that transporters can provide accurate estimates.

Level of Service

Moving takes a lot out of you, both mentally and physically, getting the right level of assistance with your move is one of the most important aspects to consider when picking a moving company.

Along with moving your possessions on and off the van, some full service companies will offer boxing and packing services, as well as helping you unpack too. This can be your best bet if you can’t handle the heavy lifting yourself or if you’re running within time constraints.

Check Accreditation and Insurance

You want to assure that your goods are in safe hands when you hand them over. Members of the British Association of Removers or The National Guild of Removers and Storers are recognised firms that will provide a great level of service. While movers will have transportation insurance, it can also be worthwhile to contact your home contents insurer to check if your existing policy covers goods in transit.

Once you know the dates of your move, we can help you find a reputable mover to help you relocate.

Moving firms are busy, so finding one that is on a return journey empty is an ideal opportunity to get your house move fit into their busy schedule.

This is where Shiply comes in; by posting the details of your house move with us you, registered moving companies will quote competitively on your relocation to try and win your business.

Then you can compare quotes from available firms and check the feedback they have received from other jobs they’ve completed on Shiply.

Completing Your Move

Once the big day arrives and your goods are on the way you’ll either need to follow the moving van or ideally be there before them. This way you can get to unloading as soon as possible, you don’t want to keep the moving firm waiting as this could potentially incur extra charges.

Depending on the level of service you went for the moving men/women might stay around to help you unpack. Either way they should help you unload the van and stay long enough to let you make some initial checks to make sure that nothing looks damaged.

When everything’s unloaded and unpacked and you’ve settled into your new place, we’d appreciate it if you could cleave feedback for the mover.

Feedback on Shiply is vital to helping our users compare available services; it also assists the mover themselves as they will know if they can make any improvements in the future.