Welcome to Small Square, a small guide to moving home in the not so small place of London!
Moving home is always a stressful and arduous task, especially if you live in the busting metropolis of London. Notorious for its heavy traffic flow, moving an entire house or flat’s worth of possessions from one side of the city to the other can be a protracted and time-consuming mission.
Luckily, with a little forethought and preparation, the stress of moving can be minimised and the entire process simplified. Often, people who get stuck in the “unpacking hell” end up in that situation because they have underestimated the time it would take to pack, transport and unpack their possessions, or underestimated the sheer volume of things they own.
The first thing to do when moving is to go through your property (preferably a few weeks before you’re due to move), and clean. By this, I mean go through your entire inventory of possessions and decide what you do and do not want to keep. Be ruthless; do you really need that grand piano you bought six years ago and have never used?
Anything you decide you no longer need/want, sell, scrap or give away. Selling your unwanted items will not only help to bring in a bit of extra cash, but will also rid you of the burden of having to haul it halfway across London to your new house. If you can’t sell it, take it down to a local charity shop or donation bin, this is a great way to recycle your unused or unwanted items, and helps to contribute to beneficial causes.
The second thing to do is begin separating items into piles and boxing them up. You can categorise your items whichever way you wish, with all manner of tags and labels, but the two categories you should really pay attention to are these; fragile and Non-fragile.
Fragile items will need to be wrapped in bubble wrap, and placed into padded boxes (and labelled accordingly), then placed somewhere safe where they’re unlikely to get damaged.
Another convenient way of labelling your boxes of items is with numbers; if you have a box of items that will need to be unpacked immediately (bedding, furniture, kitchen items), label them with a 1. For items that will need to be unpacked with less urgency (lamps, cushions, etc.), label with a 2. For anything that is considered superfluous, label with a 3. Using this numerical system helps to reduce the stress of unpacking. Let’s face it, you’re not going to unpack and arrange everything in one day, and as the saying goes “There’s always one box left unpacked”, this system will ensure you’re not left without your essentials when you need them.
There are quite a few different removals companies available in London to help simplify the moving process.
For a simple and straightforward process, Top Removals offer a fully comprehensive removals service. With them, all of your goods are fully insured against damage, giving you peace of mind against accidents; they use modern eco-friendly vans with satellite tracking to ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible. Best of all, they do not charge you extra for entering the London Congestion Charging Zone, or if the job takes longer than expected (though they do offer an hourly service which is usually preferred for smaller jobs).
Another popular London removals company is Strong Move. They also offer a fully insured service, in satellite tracked vans. Strong Move is good choice if you have furniture which may need to be dismantled and rearranged; or need help with unpacking. Strong Move also offers services such as end-of-tenancy cleaning, packing, waste collection and storage for if you’re not moving right away.