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Moving Guide – Tips on Stress-Free Relocations

Posted on January 24, 2022 by Shaun Vallance
Moving Guide – Tips on Stress-Free Relocations

Relocating often stems from a change in circumstances which can mean a move to a new area. There are ways to make sure things go smoothly for people who are planning a move to Dorset. One of the best ways to do this is to prepare early as much as possible. And don’t put things off until tomorrow if you can do them today.

Dorset is one of the best places to live in the UK. In fact, many would say you won’t find anywhere like it. With perfect beaches, idyllic seaside resorts and excellent weather, it’s no surprise that Dorset is a popular place to relocate to. For anyone who plans on being a Dorset resident, here are some tips to help reduce the stress of moving.

Top Tips on Reducing the Stress of Moving –

The number one way to make sure you avoid any issues when relocating is to give yourself lots of time. Don’t wait around if you know that you’re moving in three months. Write a list of every task you need to undertake and get a calendar out. Then, take each duty and assign a week to complete it.

If you contact us at Woods Removals early, we will be able to book you in for the exact date you need to move. What’s more, we can assist with any planning and questions you may have about Dorset. Another thing you’ll need to do is get rid of any clutter to reduce the volume of possessions you have to move.

Keep in contact with all the important parties every fortnight to check everything is on course. You need to make sure all your payments are made before the day of the move, or the seller won’t release the house keys. Make sure your bank manager is on top of this.

And just to cover all bases – have a contingency plan if there is an unforeseen problem that prevents you from moving in. Woods Removals has storage units available, should you need storage to bridge any gaps in moving dates. Then you can find some temporary accommodation until the keys are ready in this event. 

Creating and Using a Moving Checklist – 

You might have heard the term moving checklist before, but you’re unfamiliar with making or using one. Essentially, it’s the master document that will guide your relocation through every stage. It’s specific to your needs and should include a calendar to set deadlines. You’ll need to work backwards from the move date to calculate the number of weeks.

Your list contains every task you need to undertake to complete your relocation, so start by noting everything down. From there, you can split all the larger tasks into smaller action points. This makes things easier to do if you break them down. And aim to complete three of these more minor action points per week minimum. You can start today by contacting Woods Removals to book your relocation.

You’ll need to contact all your utility providers and the relevant department at your local council to inform them of the date of departure from your current home. Your utility providers will ask you to take meter readings at the time of your call and just before you leave. Remember to take a photo to use in case of issues in the future. If you forget to take these steps, you might get a nasty surprise in the form of a council tax letter or unpaid utility bills.

Then it’s time to do some research on your new city or town. This should include everything, from healthcare, schools, local amenities, transport, and entertainment. Additionally, your moving checklist can include the features you need for the new property. This advice isn’t exhaustive and can consist of separate lists. The key thing to remember is that more planning leads to a successful relocation.

Man & Van or Home Removals?

Woods Removals has two main domestic removals services that will cover the needs of most relocations. Our Small Moves service is a man and van package. Additionally, our Large Removals service covers a variety of sizes of the vehicle up from man and van. We’ll start everything by assessing your relocation’s needs to see what removal service suits it best.

We will suggest our Large Removals service for properties with three bedrooms or more. But this is also valid for people in smaller homes if they have possessions that take up more space in the removal’s van. Our Large Removals service can get the entire load done in one journey. And our team will plan everything in detail to ensure we cause minimal interruption.

Our Small Moves service is a comprehensive man and van package ideal for smaller houses and apartments. The vans are better at parking on busy inner-city streets, and you won’t have any issues with blocking the road with a large vehicle. This service comes with two expert team members doing all the loading and unpacking.

Woods Removals equips our expert movers with the best equipment and tools, making it possible to manoeuvre any type of furniture. We often move things like large oak furniture from rear-facing rooms with restricted access. We plan everything in complete detail before the moving day. This includes considerations for peak congestion times, roadworks, access limitations and parking restrictions.

Other Things to Remember When Relocating in Dorset –

You’ll need to do some online and in-person research as you move closer to the day of your relocation. Make a list of areas you like in Dorset and cross-reference average house prices for the type of property you want. This will give you an indication of what your budget needs to be.

Contact their local estate agents once you have a rough idea of about three or four different villages or towns you like. They will be able to take your requirements and sift through suitable properties for viewings. An estate agent will also make sure all the relevant checks have been undertaken.

It’s vital that you take the time to visit the areas in Dorset that interest you. And make sure that you stay overnight, ideally for several days, to get a good idea of what the place is like during the day and night. You can enjoy some of the entertainment and local restaurants and bars. You may even have your favourite place to eat and drink before you move in.

If you have a young family, you’ll need to contact the local schools to try and find a place for them before you relocate. It can take months to do this, so start as early as possible. You’ll also need to find somewhere that has decent access to healthcare facilities.

Using Self Storage when Organising a Relocation – 

Unless you happen to have a natural talent for organisation, likely, you’re not a fan of packing. The chore is made even worse when you’re scrambling around full boxes and furniture while trying to continue packing. The easiest way to avoid this is by renting a self storage unit and moving full boxes, containers, and everything you won’t regularly use out of your home entirely.

It’s also an advantage to keep certain items separate when arranging your possessions in the removal’s van. You could move all your fragile and valuable items to your storage unit and leave the more oversized furniture at home. Our team would then load the bulkier things before driving to your storage unit. From there, we can strategically place the items that need additional protection away from anything that might cause an impact.

The final advantage of using self storage when packing is how it links seamlessly with our removal services. We can collect your items from your storage unit on your moving day. Then we’ll collect everything that’s still in your home afterwards. You won’t have to worry about this – we’ll oversee and coordinate it for you.

Matching Customer Service with Affordability – 

While there’s no hierarchy of importance when organising a relocation, there is one task that can make a huge difference. Booking your relocation with a reputable moving company will give you a much higher chance of a successful experience. This takes a balance between affordable prices and gauging a company’s customer service levels.

The best way to find reliable companies for removals is to check their online reviews and if they have accreditation. At Woods Removals, we’re fully BAR accredited, and we post our reviews on our website. If you’re struggling to find a company’s reviews or testimonials, that’s not a good sign. Woods Removals receives five-star ratings, which is one of the reasons we receive referrals from happy customers.

By signing up with us, you can contact us to discuss any queries or problems throughout the moving process. That means being able to discuss your relocation when you’re still planning, all the way to the big day. A reliable removals company will be friendly and approachable at any time, and we can appoint a lead contact person for more complicated relocations.

The internet makes it simple to check out potential companies before booking their services. Previous customers can rate each company out of five on platforms like Google Reviews and Trustpilot. Additionally, there are places where previous customers leave written feedback about the service they received. These accounts are invaluable because they provide insight for others who want to receive a high standard of customer service.

Woods Removals – Dorset’s Number One for Removals and Storage –

At Woods Removals, we move hundreds of people in Dorset and the surrounding areas every year. We do every type of removals, including to Europe and further afield regularly. The Woods Removals team’s number one aim is to provide the best customer service possible at affordable rates.

The Woods team have expert-level knowledge of the area. Our team plans every relocation job using the best times to avoid traffic. We know every route to ensure that we provide the most efficient and professional removals service available. We regularly receive word-of-mouth referrals, and people often use us after a family member or friend recommend us.

It’s all about matching the right removals service with your needs. For us, everything we do adds up to an overall high level of customer service. And that starts with ensuring you’re getting exactly what you need. And if for some reason there is a delay in moving dates, we have excellent storage facilities to store your furniture and belongings.

The Woods Removals team is here to make your next relocation as stress-free as possible. Click here today, and we’ll discuss our range of removals and storage services.