Ward Thomas Guide – Preparing to Move in London – Moving House Checklist

by | Jun 12, 2018 | News | 0 comments

No matter where you’re moving from and to, relocating can be a stressful experience if not managed properly. Not only that, but it can also be an emotional rollercoaster as well. 

Those who live in London already know how difficult it can be to relocate from one area to another. Even though it would seem like relocating to another part of the same city is easy, think again. London is one of the busiest cities in the world. And if you underestimate it, you may be stuck in traffic for hours. That’s why it pays to plan in advance and to book Ward Thomas for your relocation.

Ward Thomas’s Essential London Moving Checklist –

At Ward Thomas, we know the importance of organising everything as a schedule or on a timeline. It’s essential to split large tasks like relocating into smaller ones which you can spread over at least two months. To help you work out relocation schedule here are some points taken from out Moving Checklist.

Two months before you move – start planning everything. Write down a list of essential tasks and divide them into weekly or fortnightly periods. You should book time off to accommodate the move with work. And if you haven’t done so, start contacting schools for the kids, if applicable. You can also begin to go through your things to see if you can declutter items you no longer use or need.

Six weeks before you move – it’s time to book your removals with Ward Thomas. It’s crucial that you use a reliable and reputable removals company, and we’re the best in London. You will also need to confirm the exact date for your relocation with all official parties. It’s time for more clearing and decluttering, and if possible, book AWT Cleaning for when you leave your home.

Four weeks before you move – it’s time to start collecting packing materials and boxes. You should tackle the tricky storage spaces, like the loft, shed and garage. By the end of this period, try to make sure you only have the things you’re taking with you. You should begin to list all your possessions on a home inventory, and we suggest downloading one for your phone.

Two weeks before you move – Start changing your address with your bank and other places. You should check in with us again, so we can double check everything in on schedule. You can start packing items you don’t use daily if you want to. If you’re using us for your packing, you can leave this part.

The moving week – this is where everything needs to line up. You’ll need to contact your utility providers to inform them you’re moving. Additionally, visit your local council to make sure they’re aware of your relocation. Contact the seller to make one final check that you’re okay to collect the keys and move in. Pack your car ready for the journey to your new home. And if you have kids, have a cache of snacks and things to keep them occupied.

The day before the relocation – everything should be ready to load. You can set aside some smaller boxes with items you use daily. Do one last check of the car’s tyres and oil levels to avoid any mishaps. Make one last call to Ward Thomas to confirm the time we’ll be arriving. It’s worth taking photos of your final meter readings and the state of the property after loading is complete. We would also suggest hiring our cleaning team AWT Cleaning. If you’re leaving a rental property, it’s crucial that you get back your deposit.

The big day – you will need to take some smaller items with you for when you arrive at your new home. People often bring a kettle and some food provisions. How to approach packing and organising your belongings will depend on whether you are undertaking this yourself or letting our team do it for you.

We have a more thorough step-by-step guide on our website with links on sites you can reference to assist you. Click here for more details.

Man & Van vs Large Removals in London –

If you’re moving from one area of London to another, there are two options to consider. Ward Thomas has a range of vehicles, and we always assess each job to make sure we choose the right one for you. It’s all about weighing up what vehicle is more efficient against what’s more cost-effective.

Ward Thomas’s Small Vans for Small Jobs is London premium man and van service. And one of the advantages of using these vehicles is their ability to navigate through London’s dense traffic. Our team always prepare thoroughly to avoid roadworks and traffic hotspots, but London can be unpredictable. This is where having a smaller van pays off. It’s easier to change our route and utilise sideroads and go through housing estates to avoid congestion.

That doesn’t mean our man and van service is the right one for your needs. If you have a lot of furniture, it can be more efficient to go with a larger vehicle. This is the right option for people with more significant pieces of furniture or items that would you would need to take apart.

Another plus for using a large vehicle is the ability to complete the trip in one journey. You might be moving from North to South London, and although it’s the same City, it’s still miles apart. Using a small vehicle could mean multiple journeys which aren’t efficient for longer distances. It would save time to move everything in one trip with adequate planning to avoid traffic. We will most likely discuss various options for starting the job to make sure this is possible.

It’s all about matching the right service with each customer’s needs. Every aspect of relocating should receive an equal amount of planning. All it takes is one poorly made decision to cause a delay, and that doesn’t fit in with our ethos of providing the highest level of customer service.

Ward Thomas – We’re London’s Prestige Moving Service –

Ward Thomas is London’s prestige removals and storage company. We provide the best level of service to people who only accept 100%. The Ward Thomas team moves hundreds of people every year, and they all receive a premium level of service. Customer service is our number one priority, and everything we do flows from this ethos.

We plan every job by assessing it in detail; then we provide a quote. From there, we work with each client to make sure we work around their schedule. An assessor will check your requirements and will allocate the right amount of team members with the correct vehicle and tools.

The Ward Thomas team are all experts in removals and storage, and we have specialist equipment to move large and complex items. It’s all part of our commitment to the highest level of customer service. If you hire the right people and equip them correctly, you can achieve excellent results on every job.

At Ward Thomas, we strive to improve our removals and storage packages continually. We are in a different league to our competition, and our customers know that their valuable belongings are in safe hands. You can check this out for yourself with our five-star reviews.

If you’re planning your next relocation and you want a premium service, Ward Thomas is the right company for you. Contact us today, and you’ll see why we have thousands of loyal customers.