Tips for moving: Man With A Van Oxfordshire Removals
You'll be surprised how much time and effort moving can take. Even with our experts on hand, getting ready for your move will always take rather longer than you think. With this in mind, why don’t you check out our tips below – if you follow our handy advice, we can assure you that the whole process will go more smoothly.
Preparation and planning are essential components of a successful, cost-effective move.
The easiest way to save money is to do the packing yourself. Call at for packing materials and friendly, professional advice.
Make sure you pack your belongings properly and label each box clearly. Pack your books and other heavy objects in small boxes so that they're easier to handle. Squat without bending over, and use your legs to lift any heavy objects. Don't forget to dismantle any larger items of furniture so that they'll fit easily through doors.
These steps will reduce the time it takes our movers to load and unload your belongings, and they'll help you save money on your move.
Office moves can sometimes be as stressful as house moves. Especially if you run a small office and you are the one that is overall responsible for the move. To make it easier we have assembled some key tips for you to follow.
Tip 1 Undertake a space plan of your new office, check this through with your staff and make sure it is available on the day for your removal men.
Tip 2 Colour code the new office by both area and by staff and label the boxes and crates accordingly. On the day of the move print out a series of A4 colour sheets and sellotape them to the appropriate areas in the new office.
Tip 3 Check with IT/ printer/ photocopier companies that there aren’t special requirements for moving their equipment. Sometimes you are required to remove cartridges or drain fluids.
Tip 4 Measure your largest furniture and equipment and do a dry run through the doors, stairs and lifts at both ends. It may require taking doors off or dismantling furniture to get a particular item moved. Better to be prepared than face it on the day?
Tip 5 Reserve parking with the local authority. Details can be found on the House Moves page.
Tip 6 Hire plastic crates for the move. These are the simplest and easy way to store most office equipment.
Tip 7 Buy plenty of bubble wrap for the computers. Make sure that the computer leads are taped to the individual computers.
Tip 8 If you are in a shared office, advise both the janitor and neighbouring offices beforehand. You may be monopolising the stairways or the lift and by advising them in advance you are more likely to get their sympathy rather than frustration.
Tip 9 Remove heavy items from filing cabinets and drawers. Secure the drawers with thick tape before removal.
Tip 10 Label everything that you are not moving with DO NOT MOVE or RUBBISH and put to one side of the office.
Tip 11 Contact your local utilities and make sure that you move the service to the new offices.
Tip 12 Defrost the fridge/freezer in advance.
Tip 13 Make sure you have an expert that is ready to rewire the computers at the other end.
House & Flat Moves
If you are moving a house or flat remember the old adage, ‘fail to plan – plan to fail’. A poorly planned move will take longer costing you more money and will mean that the unpacking at the other end will be more of a chore rather than pleasure. There are a few simple rules you should follow:
Rule 1 Get rid of unnecessary possessions
We have moved people over the years where the same possessions have been moved from loft to loft cluttering up a succession of houses. If you know when you are going to move it is time worth spent sifting through stuff that you are never going to use and putting it on e-bay or giving it to the local charity shop.
Rule 2 Plan your packaging
We can hire you plastic crates or you may choose to purchase your own storage boxes, tape and bubble wrap. If you are working to a tight budget you may opt to collect boxes that are being thrown out at the local supermarket.
Rule 3 Mark every box
Buy some marker pens and take your time to mark up each box. Firstly with the room it is going to be going into, e.g. Bathroom, Bedroom 1, bedroom2, Kitchen and secondly with the key items that are in the box. There is nothing more frustrating than ‘losing’ a box in your new home and having to rifle through boxes that you would have otherwise not opened.
Rule 4 Reserve Parking
If you have residents parking, you will need to speak to the local council and suspend the parking bay to allow access for the removal vans. You should do this two weeks in advance. You may have to do this at your destination address as well.
Man & Van Service
We offer a flexible man and van service that operates 7-days a week and by prior arrangement 24-hours in the day. The service can be tailored to your needs and you can be as involved as you want to be.
Every customer and job is different and hence we adapt our service accordingly. Some customer just need the facility of a large Luton Van. In this instance we can drive to your house, open the back of the van and allow you to load the van at your leisure. We then drive to the location (with you on board if required) and you unload the van at the other end.
Alternatively, you may choose to assist one man on a move. This may save you money where two men are required to move a single item, such as a sofa.
For larger or more complicated moves we can provide two or three men or on much larger moves two or three vans.
However, a word of advice. If you don’t regularly exercise and are not as fit as you should be don’t try and save money and injure yourself by lifting heavy items. The savings you make are not worth the damage you could do to yourself – and to your home.
Before you start
You don't need to leave everything to the day before the move. Consider what you don't need to take with you, what will need careful packing, and that you are covered for potential breakages.
- Make a priority packing list
- Take some time to sift through your belongings and have a clear-out. You can make up a box for charity and if you've time, hold a car boot sale or log onto an online auction, then put the proceeds of your sold goods towards some re-decorating or a new carpet.
- Calculate how many boxes you will need and get these well in advance. Find boxes in a variety of sizes. Think about what else will be useful, such as strong tape, bubble wrap, and self-seal bags for keeping nuts and bolts together. Save old newspapers for lining boxes.
- Don't completely fill large boxes, as they will be too heavy to move.
- Use sturdy packing boxes, particularly for heavier items, or your belongings may end up strewn all over the pavement. Boxes made from corrugated cardboard are stronger than regular ones. You can usually find these at supermarkets, off-licences or large retail stores, but make sure that they are clean.
- Check that your contents insurance will cover damage and breakages during the move.
- Put all hazardous materials, such as paint, bleach and aerosols, into a separate box and keep them away from the rest of your stuff.
Unless you travel light, you won't be able to unpack everything in the first day, so it's worth deciding what you might need easy access to soon after you cross the threshold of your new home.
- Pack an 'essentials' box for the first night in your new home and carry it with you. Instant access to coffee, tea, snacks, cups and a kettle may be welcome soon after you arrive. As will plates, utensils and a kitchen cloth.
- Prepare an overnight bag for everyone in the family, and make sure that there is enough toilet paper and toiletries for everyone.
- Other useful items that should be kept close to hand are a torch, a first-aid kit including pain relievers, pencil and paper, and re-closable plastic bags, along with a small tool kit.
- If possible, finish any laundry well before you move to avoid packing damp clothes. Keep a separate box/bag for dirty washing.
- Make sure the boxes containing items you need the least are loaded up first.
Spend some time considering how you are going to pack your possessions. Books are easy but heavy, valuables need careful wrapping and will take time, and some furniture may need to be dismantled.
- Start early. Packing always takes longer than anticipated, particularly when you start reminiscing over old photographs stored in the attic or you realise that you need to dismantle the wardrobe to get it downstairs.
- Begin at the top of the house and move downwards. If you have an attic, it's a good idea to sort it out first.
- Always pack heavy items in small boxes. It will make transporting them easier. Also, keep the weight of all boxes to a minimum to avoid any back injuries.
- Pack one room at a time, clearly labelling each box with details of its contents and the room to which it belongs. Clearly label boxes that contain breakables and also those that are load-bearing and can be stacked in the van.
- Keep all boxes for each room together. This will save time unpacking.
- It may sound obvious but pack heavier items on the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
- Wrap items individually and place in a box that's been lined with several layers of newspaper and a sheet of bubble wrap. Any breakables should also be wrapped in bubble wrap. Use clean tissue or wrapping paper for the first layer to prevent newspaper print leaving marks. Pillows and blankets are also useful for wrapping valuables and protecting furniture prone to dents and scratches.
- Pack important documents together, such as birth and marriage certificates, and keep them in a safe place.
Removals Oxford: Man With A Van Oxfordshire Removal Company
Man With A Van Oxfordshire Removals 01865 764569 or mobile 07788 837030 is a family operated Oxford removals company specialising in local and long-distance house and office removals. We're a well established removal company in Oxfordshire where we have countless satisfied customers. Read on to see how we can help make moving easier for you.
Oxford Removals and UK moves: We specialise in house and flat removals within Oxfordshire and offer full UK coverage. Using 3.5 tonne Luton vans or long wheelbase transit vans equipped with blankets and ties we ensure safe transit of your personal effects. Our team is equipped with tools for any furniture assembly requirements and we carry extra boxes and packing materials. Our cost effective house removal service will safe you time and money. Our dedicated staff aim to make your house or office move run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. For moving house, office, flat, room or single item deliveries call us now for a competitive quote.
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Mark Aldridge 07788 837030
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Tel: 01865 764569
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Tips on moving
Preparation and planning are essential components of a successful, cost-effective move. Save time with our pointers.