When Moving House What to Pack First?

Packing needs patients and foresight. Often when mov ing house people will leave everything to the last minute and find themselves over stressed during their move and worst still, damaged items due to incorrect or inadequate packing.  Sometimes it can seem like an impossible task but below is a list of items to pack first before your move. 

It is a great idea to create a move calendar with reminders of what to pack day by day leading up to your move day. Also start a house inventory checklist this can be used for categorising, numbering and organising boxes, this will help you sort your items out much more efficiently.

This is also the time to throw out anything not worth moving you will be amazed at how much stuff you have accumulated over the years that you no longer use.

A major rule when packing up for moving house is that you should start the packing process from the least frequently used rooms and premises in your home. 

First items to pack from our experience

  • Pack items that are out of season. 
  • Clothing , Decorations ( eg Christmas ) 
  • Surplus Items: Towels and linen, stationary etc that are not being used, even cups, plates items anywhere where you have more than you need for daily living.
  • Collectables: These are non essential so start packing up your stamp collections and figurines 

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Moving House Can I Stay With My GP

Moving House Can I Stay With My GP?

GP practices are within their rights to force you to move to a new GP practice, they have to be able to draw a line somewhere. But it can be upsetting moving to a new GP particularly if you have had the same one for a long time.

If you are moving house and not moving far then staying with your GP shouldn’t be a problem. You should always ask your GP if they are willing to continue treating you. The reason you need to notify your GP practice of an address move is your doctor will need to assure the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that they are willing to visit and treat you. 

You could try popping in and talking directly to your practice and as long as you are not too far away they might keep you on. It is generally up to your GP, but if you have a particularly good relationship with them they may be willing to make an exception.

What Should I Do If I Really Want To Stay With My GP?

The best thing to do is to have an open discussion with your practice, you can give your reasons why you want to stay with your GP. Honesty is the best policy with these situations and they may be willing to help you, especially if you have long-term mental or physical health issues.

Moving house can be very stressful, and your GP will understand that so they may even be willing to let you stay with them on a short term basis.

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Car Insurance Moving house

Will moving house affect my car insurance

Will moving house affect my car insurance?

Well you might not think moving house effects your car insurance but you would be wrong about that. your postcode is taken into account when they set your premiums so it is important that you notify your insurance company of any changes. Local crime rates  are taken into account and of course the roads in that area may be deemed more risky. Your insurance could rise 9 or fall ) if you are moving somewhere deemed less risky so you might actually benefit from the change of address. 

Also your insurer will want to know if you park your card on the roadside or off road in a private drive. off street parking will always gain you cheaper insurance. 

Insurer Fees

Be prepared to pay a small fee for changes made to your policy usually around £25.00. it is important you do not try to avoid this charge by not updating your insurer about your move it could invalidate your insurance and you may not get a pay out on a claim due to this. Maybe when you change address it is time to shop for a new insurer but no doubt you have enough to think about while moving house. 

V5C Log book 

Another important thing to remember is to change your address on your Log Book / V5C document. This registers your vehicle with the DVLA and you need this when selling the vehicle and is the address associated with the vehicle and road tax. it is essential to keep it up to date or you could see documents and penalties going to the wrong address. it is very easy to change, just fill out section 6 sign and date section 8 it and then send to the DBVLA in Swansea. 

While we are here talking about your vehicle insurance make sure you update your drivers license address details. Amendments can be made online at www.gov.uk and a new license should  arrive within a week.

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Why is moving house so stressful?

I think we all know someone who has a story of moving house where things didn’t go according to plan and it’s common knowledge and an often discussed topic of conversation that moving house is stressful.

Brycelands Removals & Storage are well aware of the stresses and strains caused by moving so we make sure your removals and packing run smoothly. We have years of experience in handling moves and know what triggers stress and how to avoid them.

See our guides here to help with your move

Purchasing a new house is like nothing else, it’s not like buying a car or a television, there are so many factors that have the potential to go wrong and all you can do is wait. Mortgage arrangements, valuations, surveys, being part of a chain of buyers and dealing with solicitors can all be stressful. We like to be in control and micro manage our lives so handing over this kind of thing to others while you essentially live out of boxes can be very difficult.

The best approach is to have continued regular contact with all involved parties and try not to be too fixed about your move date. Whatever you do don’t book holidays during likely move periods. Give yourself plenty of time either side of your ideal move date.

Everyone in your chain will have different agendas some in a rush others not so, this can make the whole process very frustrating.  Add to this the natural apprehension of moving to a new area stress goes “through the roof”

We are always here to support and guide you as much as possible with your move. Contact us today.

Covid

Moving House During COVID-19

The Government has now amended it’s COVID-19 regulations to now allow people to move home if they wish to do so. The new guidance provides important information to ensure moving home can happen safely. Removal firms are able to operate, although they may need to adjust usual procedures in order to ensure moves happen as safely as possible.

Read more here at .gov.uk

Brycelands are members of BAR who in turn have collaborated with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to develop guidance on home moving. This has led to an industry guide being published which has been also supported by sector specific guidance. It is important to provide a consistency across the home moving sector

A document published by the BAR to its Members on Wednesday 6th May, and which has been widely endorsed by those other professional organisations and associations in the property moving industry and which has also been seen by MHCLG, provides clear guidance on risk mitigation procedures for the removers and their clients.

Click here to view the BAR Moving Guidance Checklist during COVID 19

 

How to Pack Boxes for Moving

Even for the most determined individuals, preparing to move home can sometimes seem an immense task. With the right materials and approach, however, it is possible to plan the relocation so that things go well on the day itself. Essentially, organising the packing well in advance will help to keep things simple and free of problems. If you are getting ready to relocate, read on. Below, we offer some helpful tips as we outline how to pack boxes efficiently when moving home.

Organising Boxes for Your Removal

When you need to take care of delicate and breakable items such as porcelain, ceramics, glass and ornaments, packing boxes are fundamental. Importantly, to prevent damage, look for strong, sturdy cardboard boxes – such as those recommended by home movers.

As you get ready for your move, it is also a good idea to obtain a supply of good quality packing materials: a roll of paper, cushion foam and packing peanuts. Importantly, instead of Styrofoam, the biodegradable type is more environmentally friendly.

Packing Paper

Free of acids, packing paper comes from a soft, newspaper-grade pulp, but it does not contain any ink. Significantly, the absence of potentially problematic chemicals makes it ideal for protecting fragile kitchen and dining room belongings, including dishes, glassware and valuables. If you will be packing collectables, it does a great job of preventing mishaps too.

Cushion Foam

A practical way to protect precious items during a move and if kept in storage, this flexible wrap is perfect for usage with plates, cups, bowls, pictures and photo frames. Additionally, it comes in handy for extra cushioning when separating layers of possessions inside boxes.

Packing Boxes & Protecting Your Belongings

Firstly, check that each moving box has purpose-designed tape holding the edges in place securely. The next step is to sprinkle an ample layer of packing peanuts around the bottom of the box. Next, wrap heavy items in packing paper or bubble wrap. Place them carefully in the bottom of the box, separating lighter objects above by using a layer of cushion foam.

When packing, it is best not to mix your possessions from different rooms of the home. Wherever feasible, a practical tip is to group objects by room and then by similar weight and size. Experienced movers suggest packing infrequently used articles first and oft-needed objects last, so that they are easier to find when you want them.

Before closing the packed box, cushion the contents with an upper layer of crumpled paper and, for extra reassurance, an additional sprinkling of packing peanuts. Finally, close and seal the seams using tape.

Crucially, filled boxes should not weigh more than 14 to 15 kilogrammes (around 30 pounds). As a guide, it ought to be possible to lift boxes without too much difficulty; over-filled and heavy boxes could rupture and spill belongings. Conversely, boxes that are only partially full will almost certainly not take advantage of all the available space. Worse, they could collapse if stacked during the removal.

Ideally, each box should have a label that displays an easy-to-read summary of the contents. That way, once everything arrives at the destination, the unpacking process should be relatively straightforward and well thought-out. If you have time, consider labelling each box twice – on opposite sides – so that the listing is visible at a glance, without any need to turn heavy or stacked boxes. Some people have found that using ink markers and colour-coded stickers to denote rooms of the house has also helped with the logistics of unloading and unpacking.

Finally, good luck with preparing for your move!

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What sized storage unit do I need?

Over the years, Brycelands Removals and Storage have assisted thousands of satisfied clients with finding the ideal unit to meet their storage needs. As the foremost providers of storage in Hertfordshire, we have drawn up some hints and tips to help you in choosing the right sized unit for you.

The box method

Most rooms in any property can be condensed into a number of boxes, with only the bulkier items remaining to be estimated. A 10-foot square storage unit can comfortably take around 20 standard storage boxes, which should give you some idea of the kind of size you’ll need to hire. You can go from room to room in your house and work out how many boxes you’re going to need to pack everything up, or you can use the table below to give you a rough estimate.

Some standard unit estimates

From our years of experience providing storage in Hertfordshire, we have come up with the following standard estimates of storage requirements, based on the average domestic household:

5 bedroom house = 300 boxes = 225 sq. ft.
4 bedroom house = 280 boxes = 200 sq. ft.
3 bedroom house = 225 boxes = 150 sq. ft.
2 bedroom house = 150 boxes = 75 sq. ft.
1 bedroom house = 100 boxes = 50 sq. ft.
2 bedroom house with shed/garage = 250 boxes = 175 sq. ft.

Room for access

Some clients need regular access to their possessions while in storage. If you’re one of them, you’re going to need a larger storage unit to keep them in. The above estimates assume everything is neatly and tightly packed together, which is a more cost-effective solution if you just need your items held somewhere. If you’re going to be handling them, then you need to consider expanding the size by up to 1.5 times.

Brycelands Removals and Storage offers quality storage solutions to our customers in and around Hertfordshire. Give us a call for more advice on the best size storage unit for your needs, and to get your free, no-obligation quote.

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Tips for packing food for your move

Moving food to your new house can become a bit of a chore. Often people give up and dump the lot, intending on replacing it after the move at their new local supermarket. There’s no need to let good food go to waste. With a little forward planning, there’s no reason you can’t take it with you, safely and securely.

As a well-established removal company in Hertfordshire, we’ve come up with some hints and tips for moving your food items.

Cook it or chuck it

The couple of weeks before you move is your opportunity to get rid of those food items due to expire either before or immediately after your moving date. It’s not worth bringing them to your new house, so it’s best to bin them, donate them, or use them up before the big day.

Secure your essentials

Certain items are vital in any well-stocked kitchen cupboard – flour, rice, pasta, sugar, baking powder, and the like. While they usually fare well under normal conditions, their plastic and paper packaging does tend to split if handled too roughly. We recommend either emptying the contents into clip-top plastic boxes or sealing them in individual heavy-duty freezer bags to prevent spillage.

Keep it small

Food items are heavier than you think, so pack them into smaller boxes. This reduces the risk of the bottom falling out of one and seeing all that food go to waste.

Protect your bottles

Any glass bottles are going to need extra protection whilst in transit, no matter whether they’re spirits, wine, or the kitchen staples of oils and vinegars. If you only have a handful of bottles, wine postal tubes are a sound investment. If, on the other hand, you have quite a collection of bottles to transport, you need to ramp up the amount of packing materials you use, not to mention ensuring that the bottom of the box has been reinforced with packing tape.

If you’re moving house, don’t forget that Brycelands Removals & Storage are the top removal company in Hertfordshire, and we provide first-rate residential removals across the county.  Contact our team today, for a free quote, with no obligation.

Tips for moving in together

The first time you move into a house with your partner is tremendously exciting, and rightly so. However, if you’re not adequately prepared, it can also prove to be a stressful time in your relationship – constant arguments alongside moving house is also something you need to avoid. There are important things you both need to talk about before the move, whether it be to a new property, or whether one of you is moving in with the other in their existing home.

At Brycelands Removals & Storage, we are experts at residential removals in Hertfordshire and have assisted hundreds of couples to move into their first home together. Here are some useful tips to help things run smoothly.

Money

This might be the first time, as a couple, that you’ve had to discuss the subject of money, and it’s important to be honest in terms of income and outgoings. Living together is a costly affair, and you may have plans for your new home that will involve financial responsibility from both parties.

The big list

Go through your belongings as individuals and find out how much of your stuff is now duplicated by your partner. Do you really need two toasters or four lava lamps? As well as duplicates, just preparing the list is an ideal time to get rid of some of the other clutter you’ve built up over the years.

Choose a home

Perhaps the biggest questions is whether one of you is moving in with the other, or are you going to move into a new house as a couple?

Makeovers

Whichever you decide, you should put your own touch on your new home, both individually and as a couple. If you are moving into your partner’s current residence, why not agree on redecorating at least one important room – the main bedroom, say – so that it is definitively yours as a couple?

When starting your new life together, get in touch with Brycelands Removals & Storage for your free moving quote. We are experts at residential removals in Hertfordshire and we will do our best to make moving day go smoothly.

Planning a Smooth and Safe Summer Move

Moving home can be super stressful, and exhausting, and the summer heat can definitely compound that. However, follow our guidelines and you’ll be hard-pressed to go too far wrong. 

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful if you’ve done plenty of research, planning and are using the right residential and business removals company in Hertfordshire. 

Use the Best Part of the Day

The coolest part of any summer day is always going to be the morning, so in order to have the smoothest and easiest summer move possible, you’re going to want to make use of the morning.

No one wants to be hauling TVs or sofas around in the mid-afternoon heat, so try and get all the heavy stuff done while it’s still fairly cool. Making proper use of the morning is always going to be a calmer and more relaxed way to get the move over and done with anyway, although it might not feel like it when you’re trying to get up at half six!

Plan Plenty

One of the big reasons why moving home is so inherently stressful is all the different elements that go into it. With so many important elements shifting around, even if just one thing goes wrong, it can be a big inconvenience. Think about what needs to be done, and when, and pick the right company.

That’s why planning properly and having contingencies for any of the obvious things going wrong is crucial. If you’ve got a couple of checklists, all the right numbers in your phone, and you know the layout of the day properly, summer heat or no summer heat, it’s going to be a lot easier. 

Stick to the Plan, and Rest Easy

Importantly, once you’ve got a plan, you need to stick to it on the day. Don’t let yourself flap and panic, stick vigilantly to the plan, and relax. As long as you know you’ve thought of virtually everything, and you’re sticking to your checklists, everything is going as well as it possibly can do. 

Stay Hydrated 

In the heat, you need to make sure you’re staying hydrated. On busy days like this, where you’re distracted and potentially neglecting your own needs, you need to make sure you’re getting plenty of fluids and aren’t in danger of dehydration or heatstroke. 

Dress Right

We get it, that leather jacket makes you look super youthful and cool, but nevertheless, it’s going to be hot today, so shorts and a t-shirt, maybe a hat. Dress light and summery, you don’t want your move to be spoiled by something as meaningless and arbitrary as your outfit, do you?

Keep an Eye on Everyone

Don’t forget, moving isn’t just stressful for you! No-one likes getting up early and fussing around making sure all the little jobs are done, and it can be a time of huge upheaval for kids. Make sure they’re drinking plenty and keep them entertained somehow. 

Pets too shouldn’t be neglected, so make sure you’re checking the tick list, following the plan, and making sure everyone’s doing great, and the summer heat won’t be a problem at all. Plus, you get to look at your new home in all its bright sunny glory! 

Brycelands Removals and Storage boast over 50 years’ industry experience and can handle whatever your move has to throw at them. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote.