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Shiply's House Removals Guide

As a leafy suburb in South West London, Putney is a sought after living location. Lovely architecture, stunning views of the Thames (on the right day) and a quieter nature makes Putney a little haven in the Big Smoke. J.C.Gelkie decribed it as ‘one of the pleasantest of the London suburbs, as well as the most accessible’ in 1903 and that still rings true today. Despite its great transport links for most people hauling their possessions across the District line is not something they want to experience. Luckily Putney removals services are available that will get you moved in (or out) in no time.

There is nothing about Putney that really it makes it different to most London suburbs when it comes to moving house. That means you can follow the tried and tested preparation to have a pleasant Putney house removals experience.

Packing materials

The mainstay of any move is the trusty cardboard box. Luckily your local supermarket will often have a surplus that they will want to get rid of. Simply ask a manager if they do leave out boxes and if so what time in the week. If you can't supermarket doesn't supply boxes then you can buy them online or at most storage facilities. You'll want boxes of various sizes, including heavy duty boxes for really heavy stuff. It's worth nothing without strong duct tape that it can be quite common for heavy items to break through.

Other packing materials that will be invaluable include bubble wrap, packing peanuts, old newspapers, labels, sharpies and stretch wrap for furniture.

Smart packing

There is an art to packing and a little planning beforehand will make it quicker and easier to pack and unpack at your place. Start early by packing away rooms and items used least. That way you can start ahead of schedule without impacting your day to day. This could include the garage, garden and guest rooms.

It will also pay to pack one room at a time. It seems obvious but packing several rooms at once will often result in losing track of progress. By packing room by room and labelling carefully you will make it super clear to Putney removals where things need to go.

Even if you are moving to somewhere larger this is the perfect time to declutter and get rid of rarely used, unwanted possessions. You could go to a boot sale, sell them online or give them away to friends and family.

Label boxes clearly and on the side so they are easily legible by movers and you. When stacking boxes and possessions place the largest and heaviest at the bottom and anything light or breakable on top. Lastly, you should also create an emergency box of essentials that you have easy access to before and during your move. Think paperwork, medicine and toiletries.

It's important to get and idea of different Putney house removals service types before your move. Full-service denotes a comprehensive moving service that will help pack your stuff, load it, transport it and unpack it at your new place. Given that a lot more work on the movers is required, this service commands a premium rate. However, if you are away or have are too busy this is just the ticket. Part-service is the most common middle ground and entails the moving company loading, delivery and unloading but not packing. This service is desirable due to a more reasonable price and because most people have the time to pack their own stuff. Self-service is the economy option and has you either driving a rented van or hiring a driver. With the influx of cheap van hiring services this is actually quite a viable option if you do not have a lot of stuff and are moving a short distance.

Accreditation and insurance

It can be hard to discern one removal company from another beyond prices quoted. One good indicator is if the Putney removals company is part of an accredited, independent removals association. The two largest being The British Association of Removers and National Guild of Removers and Storers. They set the gold standard for removals regulations, so make sure ask potential removal companies if they are a member of either.

Check your home insurance coverage to see if it moving home is included. This is often overlooked and not discovered until too late. Moving home insurance often only applies to professional moving companies, so a local man and van outfit might not be covered. Often valuables and breakables are only insured if packed professionally.

Feedback & reviews

On Shiply if you list a house move request you can directly compare Putney removals quotes. Much like eBay, Shiply uses a feedback score system to help make it easier to see if a company is worth your time. By checking their previous jobs you can also find out whether they properly equipped to carry out home removals. If you only see car transport jobs in the past it might be worth considering a different quote! Lastly, don't rush a quote acceptance. Provided you haven't left this all last minute you should have enough time to wait for multiple quotes and importantly, message potential removal companies to get the details of your move finalised