Money saving tips for moving house

A property will probably be the biggest purchase you ever make, but that’s no reason to spend more than you need to on removals. Check out our tips for saving whilst moving.

Moving home can cost a lot money, and I’m not just talking about the conveyancing, surveys and removals (on top of the property itself). When it comes to moving into your new home, there are ways to make sure you’re not throwing away your hard-earned cash on unnecessary costs, when it might be better used decorating your new property or ordering that celebratory first night takeaway.

Saving money moving house is just as much about taking care of your items and making the most of your time as it is about the cost of services. Whilst many people may try to move everything themselves, consider the cost of fuel, the number of journeys you may have to do, and how long it will take you, as well as whether you might be putting your items (or yourself) at risk of damage.

We’ve got a bunch of tips to keep costs down from the minute you decide to move, right up to moving day itself.

Before your move:

Clear the clutter

Deciding to clear out unneeded, broken or unloved items can save you money in several ways. Firstly, it cuts down on the number of packing boxes you’ll need, which cuts down on the time a removals team will need to work. It will also cut down on costs if you need to store your items. The less you have, the less you pay.
Not only that, but you could make some money by selling your items online.

Try and get rid of everything you don’t want and take the time to clear it out way in advance of your move. As your countdown to the move begins, you’ll end up just chucking everything in boxes and promising yourself you’ll deal with it after the move.
Newsflash: you won’t. And you’ll end up paying more for the privilege of transporting items you don’t particularly want.

If you’re feeling sociable, and you have lots of items in decent condition to get rid of, why not invite your friends round to see if they want any of your unwanted belongings? You know your items will be well looked after and appreciated, and they’ll take them for you, meaning fewer trips to the dump/recycling/charity shops for you!

Finding a removals team

The first thing you should do is compare prices on removals, to make sure you’re getting the best deal on a local, reputable removals company. Getting quotes from different companies means you’ll get a great price, and you’ll be able to see reviews and star ratings from previous customers, so you can feel safe knowing your items are being moved by trusted professionals.

Book promptly

The more notice you can give when moving house, the better. Removals teams can get booked up, especially during peak season like summer, or over bank holidays. Booking in advance means you can budget, and let them know if there are any last minute changes. If you can move during quieter times, like January, or September when kids go back to school, you may get an even cheaper removal.

See if you qualify for a discount

Some removals firms will do discounts for OAPs, students, key workers or armed forces, so make sure you have a look at their website or ask about discounts if you fit into one of these categories.

Get a survey from the removals team

If a removals surveyor has come to your house and assessed how much stuff you have to move, you can trust that the right sized van and the appropriate number of staff members will be there to make the move seamless. If you approximate the number of boxes and you’ve underestimated, the cost of going back to get another van, hiring more staff, doing more journeys back and forth, or having to hire another company to pick up any remaining items is going to add to your costs.

Don’t miss work

Depending on your work schedules, it may be better to move at the weekend, when you don’t have to miss a day of work or miss out on shifts. Similarly, if you have to consider the cost of childcare, that might affect your decision. Whilst you’ll have to complete on a weekday, there’s no reason you can’t move at the weekend, so consider which option works best for you.

Cut costs on removals boxes

Instead of buying removals boxes you could use second hand ones, as long as they’re sturdy enough. Even better, to save on the cost of buying boxes, and then dealing with getting rid of them after your move, you could rent them from your removals team. This means you’ll have access to high quality packing materials and they’ll come and collect them once you’re unpacked, meaning less fuss and more space. You could also choose to make your money go further by buying your removals boxes from our partners and getting a discount.

Cut costs on packing materials

It’s easy to assume we need to spend lots on rolls of bubble wrap or go searching for armfuls of newspaper, but you probably have a lot more to protect your items than you think. Using soft furnishings, blankets, towels, clothing and any other materials to protect your items doubles up as smart packing. Why waste money on lots of bubble wrap that you’re just going to have to get rid of later, when you have lots of clothes you need to pack anyway?

Eat up

When you get ready to move, you realise how much food you have stuffed away at the back of the cupboard, and how much needs to be used up from the freezer. Ignoring your frozen goods will mean you’ll have to throw them away in order to defrost and prepare your white goods for the move.

Do an assessment of how much food you have to use up before your move and try your best to use up heavy tins or anything that isn’t sealed properly. Eating up the food you have will mean fewer boxes to pack, less waste and saves you money. Also, by preparing some meals in advance you won’t be tempted to spend money on takeaway when a chunk of your kitchen is packed upIf you really can’t eat all that food, make sure it doesn’t go to waste by using OLIO, an app that helps people give away food so it’s not wasted.

Packing carefully

Saving money also means not having to replace things further down the line. Ensure you pack your items with care, label fragile items clearly, and try not to load too many heavy items into one box, or too many boxes on top of each other. Make sure you know the limits and inclusions on your insurance, so if anything is damaged you can cover the costs. If you have sentimental items you’re worried about, either make sure the team know, or bring those items with you in your car.

Labelling  

Can you imagine the frustration of having to run out and buy something when you know the item is definitely in a box somewhere? Consider which items you might need in that first week in your new property, and keep those aside. Label your boxes clearly and consider creating an ‘unpacking kit’ with things like scissors, tools, cleaning supplies and anything else you might need.

During your move:

Whilst you’ll have done most of the planning for the cost of moving in advance, it’s definitely worth knowing that you can save money on the day by simply being organised!

Disassembly

If you haven’t booked a disassembly service with your removals team make sure your larger items have been broken down appropriately. Expecting the team to move items that won’t make it through the door and to disassemble without previously agreeing to this means extra charges, as well as extra time if they were not prepared and did not bring the right equipment/tools. If you know you’re not going to be able to break down your furniture yourself, then book that service in advance. If you are doing it yourself, tape a sandwich bag with any small screws or necessary pieces to one of the larger parts, so you know that you have everything you need to put it back together at the other end.

Don’t damage

Whether you’re leaving rented accommodation or have sold your old property, if you leave it in a state you’re likely to face some angry phone calls, or even charges. Moving large items does have its risks, and there is always the chance of scuffed doorways or skirting boards, something heavy being dropped on the floor, or even mud being tracked in onto the carpet. Your new buyers will expect to find the house as listed, and if there is unexpected damage they may expect you to cover the costs. If you’ve left your rental property unclean and full of rubbish or left behind items, your estate agent may keep your deposit.

Time management

We all know time is money, and on removals day that saying has never been more true. Your removals slot will have been considered when a survey was done of your property, but if you hold up the move you will end up paying more for the team’s time. By ensuring your packing has been finished way before the team arrive, they have easy access to the property and parking permits if needed and you’ve disconnected items like the washing machine or dishwasher ahead of time, you can make sure you’re not responsible for a hold up. As well as paying more for removals, if you’ve held up the people moving in to your home, you may be liable for their extra removals costs, so just be as organised as possible in the run up to your move.

 

 

Original Article: Really Moving website
(www.reallymoving.com/removals/guides/money-saving-tips-for-moving-house)
(Seen May 2019
)

 

 

 

Moving House – What is gazumping? Is it legal?

Gazumping occurs when a buyer has had an offer to purchase a property accepted by the seller, but before the sale is completed the seller accepts a better offer from another buyer.

It can be a crushing disappointment to lose out on a property you had your heart set on, and for which you thought you had made a binding offer to buy. In the worst cases, gazumping can also leave the unfortunate would-be buyer out of pocket to the tune of thousands of pounds in non-refundable survey costs, conveyancing fees and mortgage arrangement fees.

Is gazumping legal?

As unfair as it might feel when you’re on the receiving end, the truth is that gazumping is a perfectly legal aspect of the property-buying process in England and Wales. The reason for this is that an agreement to buy or sell a property doesn’t become legally binding until written contracts are exchanged, and until then neither party can be held to a prior verbal agreement.

When buying property in England and Wales the exchange of contracts between your conveyancer and the seller’s solicitor comes relatively late in the process – after you have arranged for a property survey, your conveyancer has conducted the necessary searches and you have received your mortgage offer. This means that there’s typically a delay of at least several weeks between the seller accepting your offer and that agreement actually becoming legally binding.

Within this period, the seller may accept an offer from another buyer in preference to yours. This is usually because a higher purchase price has been offered – although this is more likely to happen when there is a strong property market with lots of demand driving house prices up.  The estate agent is obliged to pass on all offers, and of course prefers higher offers (with commensurately higher commissions). It is also not unheard of for the buyer to claim at the last minute that there is a higher offer, whether there is one or not, just to see if he can squeeze a little extra out of you.

Strictly speaking, you can be gazumped if the seller decides to reject your offer in favour of another buyer’s for any reason – it doesn’t have to be for an offer of more money. For example, if you are experiencing delays with the conveyancer or your mortgage application, the seller may decide to accept an alternative offer from a buyer who already has a mortgage offer in place, in order to facilitate a quicker sale.

What can you do to avoid gazumping?

Act quickly

It’s unlikely that you will have all the elements for the purchase in place when you first make your offer. There are some checks that you will want to carry out first. You will probably want to arrange a survey, for example, and this takes time. The quicker you are at getting these complete, the less opportunity there is for gazumping.

Mortgage in principle

One obvious thing to sort out before you even start looking at properties is a ‘mortgage in principle.’ This is a conditional offer made by a mortgage lender that they will ‘in principle’ give you a loan up to a specified amount, provided certain conditions are met. Even though there will still be hoops to go through concerning the property in question, having a mortgage agreed in principle will speed things up a lot.

Conveyancing solicitor

Similarly, having a found a conveyancing solicitor you want to work with in advance will also help to speed up the process, so it is worth having a look around and getting quotes from property lawyers. As any payments to the seller will be made through the conveyancing solicitors, it will also help if you are very prompt in getting the money to them. Often they hold it in advance so that payments can be made without delay.

Surveyor

Having a surveyor in mind means you can make that call and organize a survey as soon as you are ready to proceed. You can get quotes from Chartered Surveyors for a HomeBuyer Report and a Building Survey here at reallymoving.com.

Off the market

Assuming you have everything lined up and ready to go when you make your offer, what else can you do? Ask that the property be taken off the market as part of the offer. The seller should be willing to do this, especially if they know that you are serious and ready to move quickly. While sellers are under no obligation to take a property off the market, they can often be surprisingly amenable to this, particularly in areas with a fairly flat housing market.

Lock in agreement

A lock in agreement (sometimes called a lock out, preliminary or exclusivity agreement) is a binding agreement in which the seller agrees not to negotiate with any other parties within a fixed period, allowing the buyer to arrange their mortgage etc. without fear of being gazumped.

The way these normally work is that both buyer and seller agree to pay a deposit (eg 2% of the property price). If either side tries to back out of the sale or change the price without good reason, their payment is forfeit to the other party. The written agreement should list those things which would allow for an alteration, such as problems with the survey. The exclusivity granted in such an agreement is for a limited period, usually about 10 days from receipt of the contract.

Provision should be made for either side delaying sending paperwork. It stands to reason that such a document will cost some money in legal fees, but you may decide it is worth it for the peace of mind. This may also be something you want to consider when selecting a solicitor.

Insurance

Lastly, it is possible to buy insurance which would pay you an agreed sum to cover losses in the event of being gazumped. Of course, it is not possible to be entirely sure you won’t be gazumped, but if you go in well prepared you can minimise the risks.

Stopping gazumping for good

The Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid has announced a call for evidence to improve the experience of house buying and selling, making it ‘cheaper, faster and less stressful.’ One of the main focuses of the intended overhaul is gazumping, with ministers discussing ways to make it less likely. Whether that involves new types of lock in agreements, moving the point at which the sale becomes binding, or streamlining conveyancing and surveying processes, we will have to wait and see.

Original Article: Really Moving website
(https://www.reallymoving.com/conveyancing/guides/what-is-gazumping-is-it-legal)
(October 2018
)

The five property pitfalls that are most likely to scupper your house sale – and why many buyers regret compromising on location

  • One in five compromise on their preferred area – hating the choice later
  • Similar number paid more for their home than they wanted to
  • Nuisance neighbours and structural problems create serious doubt from buyers

It’s easy to make mistakes when buying and selling homes, according to industry experts.

Data shows that almost half of all sales fell through before completion in the final three months of 2018.  The problem was highlighted recently in a report by NAEA Propertymark focusing on reasons for this trend.

Below, they highlight the five major setbacks that prevent deals from going through and some of the blunders people make in choosing homes which results in them later regretting their purchase decisions.

1. Nuisance neighbours

Boundary and shared access to driveway disputes or anti-social noise can all result in arguments and fall outs with the neighbours and adversely affect the sale of a property.

If you don’t get on with your neighbour it’s not something you can hide though. You are legally obliged to disclose information about any arguments you’ve had on the ‘Seller’s Property Information Form’ provided by their solicitor.

Omitting or providing false information could lead to legal action taken against you by the buyers.

2. Structural problems

If your home has any serious structural defects which aren’t visible on first inspection, this can put serious doubt in the minds of buyers.

For example, if the survey finds there’s something wrong with the foundations, they may wonder about safety and be hesitant to make an offer for fear of their mortgage provider rejecting their application.

Structural problems are, however, what 13 per cent of people compromise on according to the Which? Survey, but 30 per cent regret this decision later on (see below).

Tips when looking for a new home

Focus on what you want: Use a house viewing checklist as a reminder of the issues that matter the most to you to help keep you on track. You can download one free of charge here.

Try to keep your emotions in check:Do not let excitement make you overlook any problems or make allowances over matters that are important to you.

Consider the future: Things like changing jobs or starting a family could all make you regret your choice of home. Ask yourself if the property you are buying will support your future plans.

Keep location top of mind: The area may not be ideal now but regeneration projects could transform an area in a few years, meaning an initial compromise may pay off in the long run.

Compare your options: Consider your options together, creating a list of pros and cons to help assess what the best decision is for you.

If you’re aware of a major structural problem with your property, try and fix it before putting it on the market.

If you don’t have the money, get an appropriate contractor to give you an estimate for repair and be transparent about it with potential purchasers.

Doing this leg work, could eliminate any concerns the buyer may have.

3. Japanese knotweed

Knotweed is commonly found during site inspections and can cause major problems.

The plant can grow up to nine feet in height and roots up to three metres deep.

Hire a professional to deal with this invasive plant to prevent the property sale from falling through and before it causes any major damage to your homes’ structure or foundations.

4. Rail timetable changes

Properties in commuter towns can fetch high prices, but changes to train timetables result in travel mayhem it could negatively impact the saleability of your property.

Keep abreast of any timetable changes and find out when these will iron themselves out before putting your property on the market.

5. No planning permission

Buying a property without planning permission is a huge risk.

If you’ve had any work carried out while you’ve been living in the property, such as extensions or conversions, make sure you obtained appropriate planning permission in accordance with building regulations, and have access to these documents.

If you haven’t got the right documents, you may find that you must pay for them retrospectively before agreeing a sale.

 

 

 

 

The Daily Mail
(https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-5024653/Five-tips-pain-moving-house.html)
(09 April 2019
)

How getting organised can help you to take the stress out of buying or selling a house

Stress and moving house go hand-in-hand — you can’t have one without the other. But does it really have to be that way?

The Government is asking estate agents, lawyers and mortgage firms how they can make moving home more straightforward and less stressful.

Currently, purchasers can withdraw from deals with no notice, sellers can accept higher offers that ‘gazump’ a previously agreed price and leave the original buyers in the lurch, while surveys and mortgage agreements are conducted late in the buying process, so can lead to more pull-outs.

Buying company Quick Move Now says 28 per cent of sales fall through, and an analysis of 54,000 transactions by valuation service The ValPal Network shows that on average it takes a whopping 201 days between an owner considering to sell and finally moving.

Gazumping is on the rise and hits more than five per cent of house sales in some parts of the UK, according to Countrywide estate agency group.

‘Our biggest concern is the lack of certainty,’ says Paula Higgins, chief executive of consumer group the HomeOwners’ Alliance.

‘Buyers don’t mind how long it takes to move — they just want to know it is going to happen.’

Even estate agents agree there’s much room for improvement in England and Wales.

‘The Scottish model, where once a deal is agreed it’s legally binding, could be employed,’ says John Ennis, of Foxtons.

‘In England and Wales, it’s not legally binding until the exchange of contracts.’

In the US, too, a buyer’s offer on a home becomes a binding contract once accepted.

In Denmark, the estate agent provides a survey on a home going on the market, but the purchaser pays one per cent of the sale price if he changes his mind late in the process.

In Australia, just two per cent of sales fall through in those states with ‘vendor disclosure’, where the seller provides a pack of survey and search information to would-be buyers.

But even with the clunky system in England and Wales, there’s more that we can all do to reduce stress.

Get sorted: The better prepared you are before submitting an offer, the less time there will be for a rival purchaser to gazump you.

Don’t wait until you have found a home to buy before appointing a solicitor, securing a mortgage offer in principle and instructing an agent to sell your old place.

Pick a reliable estate agent: Sales progression is the phrase agents use when chasing buyers to make sure they keep on track.

Old-school agents based in High Street offices do this because they don’t get paid if a home doesn’t sell, but that’s not always the case with companies operating only on the internet.

Create a log book: ‘Put together a log book containing running costs, certifications and planning permission for work carried out, and surveys and guarantees,’ says James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Search.

‘Some of this will be required by the buyer’s solicitor; other bits can reassure a buyer and improve the chances of a sale progressing.’

Use a mortgage broker: ‘A trusted broker has a personal relationship with the banks’ underwriters and can make the process simpler,’ says Simon Tollit, of Tedworth Property estate agency.

‘If you don’t have your finances in order, a vendor is far less likely to take you seriously as a credible buyer.’

Consider a lock-out: This is a binding agreement where the seller takes a home off the market for a fixed period.

Both buyer and seller agree to forfeit a few thousand pounds if either backs out without good reason.

‘A buyer may go through this to give themselves time to undertake all the legal work,’ says Tollit.

‘The buyer can’t be gazumped and the seller knows he has some security if the purchaser withdraws.’

 

 

The Daily Mail
(https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-5024653/Five-tips-pain-moving-house.html)
(27 October
2017)

Anyone who’s ever undertaken a house move will agree it’s one of the most challenging life events, both physically and emotionally, that anyone can go through.

In a recent poll, two thirds of people voted moving house top of their stress list, with it triggering more anxiety than relationship breakdowns, divorce and starting a new job.

“It’s one of life’s most stressful experiences, and it’s because it involves having to cope with change,” explains Nicky Lidbetter, chief executive of charity Anxiety UK. “Moving house represents a transition in life, it’s about change and unfamiliarity and for many people that causes stress and anxiety. Most of us like familiarity, routine and order. When you’re moving, you have none of those. Plus it causes a ripple effect of change throughout your life. You’re not just changing your home and getting to know the new one, you might be in a new area, you have to find new schools for your children, take on a new commute to work, find a new GP and dentist.”

She says that if you feel stressed or anxious, that’s perfectly normal. “It’s not a sign of weakness, it’s an understandable reaction,” says Ms Lidbetter. “The lack of order, the uncertainty and upheaval that surrounds a move can trigger underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety, OCD and depression.”

“Take time off work and get someone to mind your children”

Dr Sandi Mann, senior psychology lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, agrees. “Moving house can be a very overwhelming experience,” she says. “It’s a massive upheaval, and we are inherently territorial creatures who like familiarity and routine, so it creates a lot of uncertainty and chaos in our lives.”

Moving can put a particular strain on families and relationships – the latter of which is the focus of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 16-22 May. TV personality Trisha Goddard, a family resolution and mental health activist, knows the stresses all too well. “Not only have I moved house with little ones, I’ve also moved from one continent to another,” she says. “Parents always feel guilt at moving kids from their friends and home – but one thing you cannot afford to do is ignore the potential impact moving will have on you.”

Ms Lidbetter of Anxiety UK advises giving yourself as much time as possible to deal with the move. “If you can, clear your schedule around the time of a move,” she says. “Take time off work and get someone to mind your children, so you are not spreading yourself too thin.”

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Preparation can also help in managing stress levels. “If you can do things in advance, for example, switch your broadband to the new address, register with a new GP in the area, plan in advance what furniture and items will go in what rooms… all of that will help the actual day feel a bit less overwhelming and more controlled.”

As hard as it might feel at the time, try to focus on the positives of what you’re doing. “Embrace the change instead of focusing on the difficulty of a move,” says Ms Lidbetter.

“Although there might be a lot to do, taking an occasional break is key”

Dr Mann advises remembering why you made the decision. “Perhaps you’re moving to a bigger house, or to a beautiful area, nearer friends and family,” she says. “Remind yourself why it will be worth all the effort you are putting in.”

During a stressful time, both Ms Lidbetter and Dr Mann agree that looking after yourself is key. “Get enough sleep and eat well. Don’t be too busy to look after yourself,” says Ms Lidbetter. And although there might be a lot to do, try and take an occasional break, too. “Respite is essential,” says Dr Mann. “Whether that’s going for a walk, a trip to the cinema, meeting up with a friend… it doesn’t matter what you do as long as it doesn’t have anything to do with your house move. Your mind and body need a break.”

Some simple breathing exercises can help you feel calmer, says Dr Mann. “Find a quiet corner, and sit, stand or lie down. Breathe in deeply through your nose for a count of five, then slowly exhale for five. Do this for up to five minutes, clearing your mind and focusing on feeling calm and revived.”

Anxiety UK advocates using mindfulness techniques to help deal with stress and anxiety. “Download the Headspace mindfulness app and just ten minutes a day, away from the move, can be beneficial,” says Nicky Lidbetter.

However, she says if you start to experience symptoms such as mood swings, a racing heart and sweaty palms, and an inability to concentrate, these are signs that you may need to seek professional help to deal with your stress and anxiety levels perhaps by seeing a psychologist or a counsellor.

The important thing to remember is that it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. “Moving is listed as a major life stressor for a good reason,” says Ms Goddard. “Be kind to yourself and realise that sleepless nights and worry before and after a move are normal. Accept all help offered: it’s not a slight on your organising capabilities. And if folk offer to help, give them something concrete to do; a proper task that you can cross off your list. And if people are slow to offer help, damned well ask for it.”

 

The telegraph
(
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/online-estate-agent/reduce-stress-moving-home/)
(27 July 2017)

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Packing Tips

Label your boxes – We suggest each box is clearly labelled using a marker pen with the name of the room where it should go in your new property. This will enable us to place your boxes in the appropriate room when unloading, and will avoid having to open boxes to find out what they contain. It will also ensure you do not have to carry boxes around after we have finished. Any delicate or valuable item should be carefully wrapped with bubble wrap or tissue and put into a box labelled as fragile.

Box everything – It is a good idea to pack everything you possibly can into boxes. It is much more secure and easier to move a box than to try to carry several bags of small items whose contents could spill out.
Use sturdy, uniform sized boxes – It is much easier to stack boxes of uniform size, which maximises the load capacity of our lorries or your car or van. Please do not use boxes from your local supermarket as they are not built to carry your treasured possessions! Better to use sturdy boxes made for the purpose.

Don’t overfill boxes – Please ensure your boxes are not overfilled – remember they have to be lifted and carried! Overfilled boxes are more susceptible to break under the strain.

Don’t under fill boxes – Partially filled boxes may collapse if heavy items are placed on top of them. Try to distribute your possessions evenly in the available boxes.

Ensure you have plenty of packing material – It is essential that you have plenty of paper, bubble wrap, tissue, marker pens and adhesive tape.

Beware of newsprint – When packing your valuable and fragile possessions please remember that newsprint will rub off. Use plain paper where this may be a problem. Your ornaments, glassware and other delicate items can first be wrapped in kitchen roll before using newspaper.

Utilise luggage space – Don’t leave your suitcases empty, this is an ideal space to pack your clothing.

Moving Day – Loading

Your removals team arrives – We will introduce ourselves and go through the order that we will be loading our vehicles. Please highlight any particular issues to us at this point.

Relax – This is where your thorough preparation will pay off, and our experienced team can begin loading your belongings carefully onto the removals vehicles.

Final checks – When you think that everything has been moved out, please take a walk around with your Removals supervisor to ensure that all items to be moved have been loaded onto our vehicles. It is your responsibility to make sure that nothing is left behind.

Moving Day – Unloading

Tour your new property – On arrival at your new property please walk around with your supervisor to advise him of the room layout and where certain items should go.

Directing traffic – It can be helpful to position someone at the main entrance to direct your removals team to the appropriate rooms in your new property. You are familiar with your furniture and box labelling so it would be very helpful to assist us at this stage to ensure things are placed in the correct location.

Final checks – A final check of the removals vehicles to ensure everything has been unloaded and you are now ready to start unpacking your belongings in your new property