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OFFICE REMOVAL CHECKLIST

Moving Office Checklist

If your planning on moving your business to a new office then congratulations, this must mean business is going well.  I expect there will be excitement within the office but also worries about how the actual move will affect your business services.  With a bit of planning and hiring the right moving company you should be able to move offices with the minimum of disruption. Here at Pickdropgo Van and Man we are fully aware of the differences between moving domestic household goods compared to moving office equipment.

Early Planning

To ensure the move goes as swiftly as possible it will be worth drafting a moving plan. The more planning you do early on will make the move go a lot more efficiently. Have a think about which staff member is best for each job.  For instance if you have an IT expert within your office, he or she should be in charge of packing and moving the computer equipment.  It would help if there was someone in charge of coordinating the move on the actual day of moving.

Things to Remember

Address change: Think about how the actual address change will affect your business. Have the changes of letter headed paper and other stationary sorted out before you move.  Box it up and label the box so when you unpack at the new office you can find all the new stationary quickly and efficiently.

Update the address on the company website.  One thing that is often overlooked is arranging to have the address of your company changed on other websites.  If you’re listed in local business directories you will need to contact these websites and ask for the address to be changed.

Don’t forget to tell the appropriate companies of your address change.  Local governments, insurance companies, cleaners, gardeners and suppliers are just some of the people who will need to be informed.

And don’t forget to tell all your clients.

Arrange Disconnection/Reconnection

Remember to arrange the disconnection and then re-connections of things such as electricity, telephone, mail services, mobile phones, pagers and fax machines.

Why choose us as your Office Removal Company.

When looking for a man and van hire London company you would be wise to choose us here at Pickdropgo Man & Van. We are a London based removal company but do cover the surrounding areas.

Some reasons to choose us include:

  • We are reliable, friendly and punctual
  • We are always available at short notice
  • We tailor our office removals services to satisfy customers’ needs
  • We invest in new vans and new technology so we can deliver a great service when moving you offices
  • We are committed professional movers with years of experience
  • We always offer competitive office removals rates
  • We are fully insured

Have a party

Once you have moved all that is left is to hold a party.  Having a moving in party and inviting local business owners, current clients and other friends of the business is a great form of PR. Also if your moving to a new area it’s a great way to get to know the locals and ensure that you are welcomed into the community.

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SAFETY TIPS WHEN BOOKING A VAN AND MAN SERVICE

Do you want to move to a new house without stress and hassle?  Then get a van and man service that will help you pack and move your belongings.

It is always advisable to book for a moving service in advance.  Contact the moving company as early as possible so that you can get an accurate estimate of the cost of removal.  The van and man service will take a look at the items you want to move and will assess how much you have to pay.

De-clutter Before You the Assessment

Obviously, you will leave behind or throw some things away when you move.  In order to ensure that the moving company will not overestimate the load, you need to de-clutter first before the assessment.

If you will not de-clutter, you might get a van that is too big for the load.  The removal service therefore will become more expensive.  If the removers underestimated the load, you might find yourself paying extra for the additional trips.

Closely Supervise the Packing

A removal company can help pack your things.  This service will take the burden from you and would be very convenient.  However, allowing the removers to pack your belongings has some risk also.  Make sure that the removal company can be trusted.  You should also closely supervise the job to ensure that nothing can be taken from you.

You should pack sensitive and highly valuable items by yourself.  So you need to specify to the removers what items they should pack.  To further protect your property, you should make an inventory of the things you need to move and take photos of the content of each box.

 

Hire a Removal Company with Comprehensive Insurance

The majority of home removal companies are consummate professionals.  They will do everything to protect your property and will ensure safe packing and transport.  However, mishaps and accidents may happen during the removal job.

 

It would be best if the removal company can show proof of insurance.  Closely inspect the business insurance of the service and make sure that it has sufficient coverage.  Damage to belongings can set you back by several thousands.  You have to make sure that you can claim for damages from the insurance of the service provider.

 

So if you are planning to book a removal man service, carefully check the trustworthiness of the company and make sure that it has sufficient coverage for damages and lost items.

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MAN WITH VAN 3 ESSENTIAL CONSIDERATIONS WHEN RELOCATING

Relocating to a new place is really fun and exciting.  However, along with the excitement and fun is the fact that it will draw some issues and problems, too.  For this reason, it is a must that when you relocate, you should think about these essential things:

1.    Make sure that the new house is closer to the workplace.  This is more often one of the pressing problems that moving out people encounter.  All you need to do (for this problem to be eliminated), is to find a place that is closer to the workplace or better yet, have it built somewhere in the vicinity.
2.    Make sure that there is an available transport means in the area.  Not all the time that you will be able to bring your car with you.  It is suggested that you check out the transport means in the area first prior to making the decision.
3.    Make sure that your family’s needs are considered.  Remember that you are not moving alone.  You are moving with your family and your family has needs, also.  Your children will need to go to school and your wife will also be required to do some weekly marketing.

In order to have a successful and hassle free relocation, think about all these things to consider.

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Moving checklist – the three week plan

Three weeks before moving

  • Inform your mover if they will have to reserve parking, i.e. Residential Parking Zone, Parking Meters, Single or Double Yellow Line, etc.
  • The Parking authorities require notice this can take between 7 and 15 days depending on the area and the authority. This can incur additional costs
  • Contact utility companies to advise your moving date
  • Place signs such as Moving`, Store`, Do Not Pack` and Last On`
  • Set aside a sanctuary spot where all items that you wish to carry, such as passport, documents, credit cards and that favourite teddy!
  • Collect clothes from cleaners
  • De-frost & clean freezer
  • Ensure all outside items are free from soil and green growth, especially bicycles, patio furniture, garden tools
  • If selling a motor vehicle, advise DVLA and motor insurance broker and obtain refund for tax disc, if valid
  • If moving from a rented property, arrange check out with agent

One week before moving

  • At this stage of the move, it is an idea to bear the following in mind
  • Drain the fuel (not oil) from lawnmowers and other power equipment
  • Arrange for mail to be forwarded
  • Return all items that are on loan
  • Ask for the final bill from your newsagent and milkman

The day before moving

  • The day before the move, we suggest you do the following:
  • Separate and label things you want to travel with you i.e. medicines, valuables, jewellery, passports and clothing
  • If selling the car in UK set aside the registration document to be given to the purchaser
  • Defrost the fridge
  • Disconnect the washing machine, dryer and dishwasher
  • Make a list of the things you want packed last and consequently unpacked first i.e. toys, beds, crockery
  • Separate items for storage, air, sea
  • Make clear what items must not be packed` see Carry with me` Checklist
  • Set aside booklets, remotes etc that belong to the house so that they are not packed

Moving day

  • Arrange to be home when the movers arrive or if this is not possible, ask a friend or relative to act on your behalf.
  • When the crew arrive, accompany the foreman on a tour of your home to indicate the items that will be moved. Point out the items of special concern as well as items that are not to be moved. If these are already clearly marked, you simply have to advise him/her of the system you have used.
  • Keep a copy of the signed inventory and all customs documentation close to hand
  • After loading, but before the driver leaves, make a final tour of your home to make sure nothing has been overlooked, omitted or missed
  • Finally, smile and relax and have a safe trip to your new home!

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Hiring a removal company versus the DIY approach

Whether to use a removal company or hire a van and recruit friends and family to help is a question that stumps many people on the move. As with most decisions, the answer will not be the same for everyone. There are numerous factors to consider, such as time, money, and the complexity of the move.

A self-move may make a lot of sense if you’re moving a short distance  – across town, say. If you’re moving to the other end of the country or abroad, it’s often a different story. To ensure that you’re making the best decision, it’s worthwhile weighing up all the options.

Establish your priority first – is it time or money? Or perhaps a bit of both? Knowing what is the most important factor will help you arrive at a reasonable answer.

Other factors to then consider are:

1. How much stuff do you have?

For a general idea of how much room your belongings would take up when being transported, you could consider the following rough guide:

  • 26-foot trailer for 4+ bedrooms
  • 24-foot trailer for 3 or 4 bedrooms
  • 17-foot trailer for 2 or 3 bedrooms
  • 14-foot trailer for 1 or 2 bedrooms
  • 10-foot trailer for 1 bedroom

2. How far are you moving?

Estimate the mileage involved, and source the costs of renting a van or truck. If travelling long distance, you may wish to hire a larger vehicle to do the entire move in one trip. If you are moving a shorter distance, you could use a smaller vehicle and make multiple trips, Calculate the approximate fuel costs, not forgetting fuel for the return of the vehicle.

One you have indicative costs for van hire and fuel for doing the move yourself, compare these with quotes from removals companies.

You should eventually end up with a cost comparison between hiring a moving company and moving yourself. If cost is your only consideration, you will probably have enough information at this point to make your decision. But if other factors, such as time, come into play for you, you can always weigh the various options in between – from hiring a company to pack, load and ship, unload and unpack your things, to employing a company just to load, ship and unload, or to do it all yourself.

Here are some final questions to ask yourself:

  • How much time will it take to pack, load and drive to your new home?
  • Do you have additional help and support – family, friends and neighbours who could lend a hand?
  • Do you have fragile or special items that will require specialist handling? Or particularly heavy or awkward items? Can you move these yourself? If not, what will it cost to move them?
  • Will you need to rent packing crates or buy packaging supplies?
  • Are you confident that you could move your household goods safely?
  • Are you aware of any potential hidden costs that could creep into your move, such as insurance?

For further information, see www.pickdropgo.co.uk

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Removals survey highlights flaws in property transaction procedure

A new survey of staff working in the furniture removals industry has highlighted problems experienced by both removals firms and their clients.

The survey was carried out by Movingetc, and its results suggested that the main issues lie between exchange of contracts and the final completion of the move.

86% of those surveyed described cases where it had been uncertain until last minute as to what the moving date would be.

79% had experienced late handovers of keys to new properties, and 55% of those surveyed had known housing contracts to fall through at the last moment, disrupting the planning, logistics and staffing of their firm.

After estate and letting agents, conveyance solicitors, property surveyors and mortgage lenders, removal companies are the fifth supplier to be contacted by customers when moving home, and they are very often forgotten about until the last minute, when the house move is only a few days away.

“One client we currently have in storage has had three provisional moving dates booked with our company and had to cancel all of them at late notice,” said Stephen Terry, of Anglo French Euro Removals.

“The main problem is finding something else for the guys that were booked in to conduct the move. Also this client is elderly and getting more stressed by the day!”

Jane Finch, managing director of Movingetc, identifies some relocation problems as lying with the removals industry, but claims that the chaotic buying process causes many more problems.

“Customers should try and book their removal company at least two to three weeks in advance of their moving date,” she advises.

“This means requesting the same period of time between exchange and completion from your solicitor, and will give enough time for your movers to plan the logistics of your relocation.”

One remover based in Scotland agreed that a longer period of time was needed for removals companies to prepare.

“The majority of our moves are booked with less than two weeks’ notice, which results in more removals being undertaken without a survey, so no chance to check parking, volume or access”.

Movingetc is calling for changes within the property transaction procedure that would eliminate such problems and ensure a smoothing moving process for both the customer and the removals company.

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