Moving house is a big decision, and one that takes organisation and careful planning.
If you’ve recently sold your property and are looking for a reliable removals company to help you with the move, you’ve come to the right place.
ArrowPak International is a reliable removal and storage company in East Anglia, specialising in offering incredible removals services to families, businesses and individuals throughout the UK.
Whether you’re moving down the road or packing up and moving your office or business to a new city, we’ve got the expertise to help make your move as seamless as possible.
In this blog, we give you a few top tips for relocating that you need to know before the moving day comes around.

Choosing a removal company

Planning for moving day is key. You want to make sure that you and your removals team are fully prepared for the day so that it runs accordingly and you don’t need to make any further arrangements which might cost you money.

Reviews and recommendations


Choosing a reliable removals company is the difference between the day running smoothly or not.
Before you embark on calling the first removals company you see on Google, be sure to do your homework first.
Trustworthy removal companies will have a plethora of online reviews from their satisfied customers, so make sure you check their website or ask people in your local area for companies they recommend.

Moving house quotes

Before you settle on a removal company, make sure you call around for a quote prior to making an agreement. A quote of their services will include the service you receive, so be sure to clarify exactly what it is they offer. Some companies will include a packing service and insurance in their quotations, whereas others will not and this might be reflected in the price.
You might also want to mention if you have any heavy valuables that need to be transported such as antiques or pianos, as this could affect the quote. Some removals companies will offer for you to be able to
request a removals person to visit your property to assess the cost.

Moving house is often a costly activity, and no one wants to spend more than they need to on the moving process itself. Therefore, it’s not a bad thing to get quotes from a few different companies to might help you to make your decision.
Write down exactly what it is you are looking for in a removal company and ensure that you convey this to the person you speak to at each company. For example, you might need someone to pack your belongings on the day, or perhaps you just need help with the fragile or larger items?

Insurance

Most professional removals companies will include insurance in the service they provide so that you are covered in the event of any loss or damage to your belongings during the move.
Be sure to contact your current house contents insurer to find out if your current policy will change when you move house, or if you are covered for the moving process.

Leave time to plan

Planning is key in the process of moving. If your removal company are going to arrive at your new property before you, plan how they will access the property and means for large items of furniture to be delivered into the building.
Factor in any obstacles that might get in the way of the move, such as flights of stairs or small pathways.

Planning your move

Change your details
Before the moving day approaches, be sure to change your details for the companies that you are with, including utilities and insurance. Don’t forget your driving license and any other forms of identification that have your previous address, so that they don’t become invalid once you have moved house.
You can be fined up to £1,000 if you do not tell the
DVLA when you home address changes.

Take your meter readings

Don’t forget to take your meter readings for any current utilities before you move. You don’t want to have the hassle of getting charged for someone else’s electric or gas usage after you move out.
When you contact your utility provider regarding your change of address, you can ask if you can get your tariff moved over to your new address and they will switch it over for you.

Parking permits

The last thing you want is to be lumped with a parking bill on moving day because you weren’t aware of the local parking restrictions. Make sure you check the policy for parking in the local area of your new property and apply for it prior to moving.

Doctors, Dentists and schools
If you’re moving to a new town or city, it is important that you register with your local doctor’s practice or dentists.
Sometimes, moving practitioners can take a few days, so be sure to apply to register before your move, so that once you’re settled in you can make any necessary doctors appointments or collect prescriptions as and when you need them.

Storage

Using temporary storage when moving house can really save you a lot of hassle. Perhaps you have a crossover day between the time you have to leave your home to the time you get the keys to your new house? Or maybe you need to declutter before the moving day comes around?
Storage facilities can make this become less of a problem as you can store what you need and move it to your new house as and when required. Some professional removal companies might even have one on site that you can take advantage of.

Order your moving supplies

If you’re moving house and planning on packing up your belongings yourself, you’ll need to invest in all the necessary supplies. Be sure to stock up on cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, tape and tissue paper before the moving day arrives. Often, you can get cardboard boxes and similar materials for free by taking advantage of online community websites such as Freecycle, Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace, or through supermarkets.

Redirect your post

If you’re a UK resident you can take advantage of the Royal Mail’s postal redirection service, which ensures that your postage gets redirected to your new address. This is particularly important if you have any confidential documents that could end up at your old address.

Arrowpak: Reliable removal services in East Anglia and beyond

We’ve spent over 40 years delivering professional removal services throughout the UK, working with commercial businesses, families and individuals to get them to where they want to be. Whether you’re moving a few streets away or to a completely different country, we can assist in making sure your move goes as smoothly as possible.
We offer everything from storage solutions to antique transportation to international relocation.
Contact us to plan your
UK, European or International move.