Moving and the military go hand-in-hand and many of you have been through the process umpteen times. But there’s always something you can learn from the experience, right? Army spouse Lisa Rogerson has 17 moves under her belt and also comes from a family of removal experts. She created the award-winning Help for Movers website and booklet covering all aspects of moving home, and here she has some top tips…
- Tell them everything – on the moving survey you need to show the removal surveyor everything that’s going with you to the new property… everything! This will help to ensure the correct size vehicle/s arrive on moving day. You should also ask about any items that can’t be transported in the removal lorry.
- No two houses are the same – you may need to arrange storage for furniture and items that won’t fit into your new home – don’t leave this until the removals are unloading! Check floorplans in advance if you can.
- It’s a great opportunity to de-clutter – there’s absolutely no point taking anything you no longer want or need to your new property. Use online selling and free sites. Charity shops are always grateful of donations – some will also collect.
- Make sure your car is move-ready – it’s worth checking tyres/service/MOT and get it booked in before you move if needed.
- Get clued up – no one knows the local area like a local. If you want to know a good takeaway, a great vet etc… they can be brutally honest! Join local Facebook groups and for official information, your local HIVE is a great place to look.
- Redirect your post – even though you think you’ve informed everyone, there’s bound to be people or businesses you’ve missed. Redirection may also help to prevent you from becoming a victim of identify fraud. It takes around a week to set up with Royal Mail and can be done online at royalmail.com
Preparation is key…
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln