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Our Guide on Things to Avoid When Moving Home

Posted on May 31, 2021 by Shaun Vallance
Our Guide on Things to Avoid When Moving Home

If you’re busy reading up about the best approaches to moving home, there’s plenty of tips on things like moving checklists and similar best practices. You might hear less about the things to avoid – the nitty-gritty of why some relocations go pear-shaped. Luckily, Woods Removals are very keen to shout as loudly as possible when discussing the pitfalls of moving, so you can avoid them.

At one-hundred and sixty-five year of age, you can consider the advice we bestow upon our followers from many years of experience. In that time, we’ve seen it all – from smooth sailing relocations to others that didn’t quite go to plan. It’s our job to make sure we get it right the first time of asking with a successful, stress-free move.

Avoid These Pitfalls When Moving Home –

In this article, we’ll take you through some of the common mistakes’ movers make. Each point we list is avoidable, and we’ll help you recognise them before they become a hassle later. That’s the role of your removals company – it goes above and beyond the relocation itself. We strive to inform and create a clear path towards a positive moving experience.

This is not an easy outcome – there are plenty of obstacles to navigate over or around. And you’ll make giant leaps towards this by booking with us. The Woods Removals team will be with you every step of the way, and you’ll always receive a timely response to any queries. The preparation stage is the most important phase, and we’ll guide you through it.

By the time you finish reading this article, you’ll have a better idea of the potential issues. Then you will know how to steer clear of them before they cause delays. People who have one or more relocations under their belt might think this only applies to newbies. It couldn’t be further from the truth, and everything we raise applies to anyone and everyone.

Lack of Preparation and Last-Minute Decisions –

This is a cause-and-effect situation that typifies most, if not all, nightmare relocations. When there’s little to no planning and poor all-around organisation, the outcome rarely goes well. You’ll find yourself on the receiving end of a chaotic move that will feel like an uphill battle. So, let’s avoid this and take steps towards a thorough preparation.

What’s the best way to approach this? We always say, start as you mean to go on. It’s an old-fashioned saying that’s still relevant today. We might benefit from technological advancements in the modern era, but some ideas and methods are evergreen. And this one will never lose its appeal for us. We never make rash decisions because planning is at the foundation of every service we offer.

There’s always something you can do today – don’t put off until tomorrow if you can clear a task now. You can read a previous blog here where we discuss essential moving tips. This will keep you on track and help you map out your relocation in full. Then you can solve any bumps in the road and maintain the focus of the overall exercise.

If you fail to prepare – prepare to fail. That might sound a bit dramatic, but hopefully, it reinforces the importance of preparation and getting things underway now.

Overpacking Boxes and Using Unsuitable Packaging –

Here’s another aspect of relocating that has a similar structure – one thing leads to another problem, often larger in scale. Much like a domino, once the first one falls, the rest follow. It’s a bit of a which comes first – the chicken or the egg? Whether you overpack a box or the container itself is below-par, either one increases the chances of breakage or damage.

One of the main advantages when using a reputable removals company is having staff members with expert handling skills. The Woods Removals team has decades of packing experience under our collective belt. Our movers know exactly what items require specific packaging, such as non-adhesive wrapping for paintings. It also relates to the arrangement of objects in the removal van to prevent collisions during transit.

From experience, overpacking a box or container results in the base or sides collapsing. And if the contents are fragile or heavy, something is going to smash or crack. You can try and solve this by investing in new boxes or sturdy containers. We suggest avoiding old ones from the local shop as the cardboard is often damp and weak as a result.

However, we will suggest reducing the items per box to avoid any issues. Even a new moving box can break if the contents are too heavy. Additionally, glassware needs individual wrapping and space within the container to reduce the likelihood of two pieces colliding.

A Lack of Due Diligence When Booking a Removals Company –

The next entry on this blog’s list might seem a bit vague. It’s all fine and well, suggesting you seek out reliable service providers. The question is – how do you know this until the job is over? Surely, it’s only a best guess situation until after the move? Fortunately, there’s a way to research and vet potential companies before you sign up for their services.

Using Google Reviews and Trustpilot, you can get an idea of what service you can expect before money changes hands. Both platforms provide customers with a chance to rate each company. These ratings are out of five, and we suggest staying above the four-star boundary to make sure you receive a satisfactory service. Furthermore, read the written reviews in detail to check they sound like real customers.

It should come as no surprise that Woods Removals receives five-star ratings and enjoys having a loyal customer base. That’s because we put a lot of work into providing excellent customer service. We’re a member company of the Master Removers Group, and we have a stringent Quality Policy in place. By booking with us, you’ll know we put emphasis on service delivery and customer care.

Trying to DIY the Moving Process to Save Money –

You might consider this one a biased opinion, and we tend to agree with using a removals company. We’ll invariably suggest working with professional movers instead of doing the move yourself. It would be silly of us to propose the latter, but it’s not purely for our benefit. And that’s why we advise you to crunch the numbers and consider the pros and cons.

If you own a large van, the DIY route might save you money, so we’re not discounting this entirely. However, that still means you’re doing all the lifting and packing duties. This could mean a day off work which represents a financial loss you need to account for. Not to mention it’s labour-intensive and will also require a helping hand from a friend or relative for the more oversized furniture items.

For people who don’t own a Transit van, you’ll need to hire a vehicle big enough to carry everything in. And it will help if you also were mindful that you need to complete before the hiring company closes their office. Self-moves often result in numerous back-and-forth collections. There’s also the possibility you won’t finish on time and need to hire the van for a second day.

Now you can see the bigger picture, ask us for a free quote and do the same for vehicle hire. Get a quote for two days from them and do some calculations on any other costs. Then factor in the cost of taking a day off work and any other potential expenses. This will give you a better overall understanding of the prices and tasks involved.

Leaving Everything for the Final Week Before Relocating – 

We’re circling back to the moving checklist to add another useful tip when using one. When you use or create a list, it’s a good idea to utilise a blank calendar as well. This gives you an exact number of days, week or months until your relocation day. You’ll have a timeline and some spaces to plot deadlines for each task. We hope this will remind you to keep making progress and not take your foot off the pedal.

There are things you’ll have to leave until the final week because they relate to the moving day. These include packing the items you use every day, as well as contacting your utility providers with meter readings. However, you won’t have time to do during the final week, and it’s likely you’re still at work and juggling family responsibilities.

Our final top tip from the Woods Removals team – give yourself time to do everything and assign tasks for each week. Split your significant tasks into smaller ones and aim to complete at least three or four per week. That way, you’ll be able to spot and tackle any issues before they get out of hand. Giving yourself plenty of time will make it possible to complete each duty on time, reducing stress levels.

Woods Removals – Keeping Your Relocation on Track in Dorset –

At Woods Removals, we’re here to take some of the load off your shoulders. That’s why we have a comprehensive range of removals and storage packages. Moving to a new house or flat will test all your organisation skills and patience. We’ll be here to help you prepare and make it through the planning stages, offering our best tips and experience.

We apply an in-depth assessment approach to every relocation we sign up for. This allows us to evaluate your move in detail. For more complicated relocations, we’ll assign a manager to oversee everything. The Woods team walks the walk when it comes to preparation. That’s because we know that all successful removals jobs start and end well with planning.

Don’t fall foul of the pitfalls of moving home – you can easily avoid issues by preparing thoroughly and booking with Woods Removals. Contact us today, and we’ll discuss your upcoming relocation in more detail.