Make a painless move
Moving day can be very trying for the whole family, but good planning can prevent a lot of unnecessary stress.

First of all, proper packing is crucial, whether you attempt it yourself or hire a professional team.

“And if you do hire packers, you should ask them to tackle the job a day or two before the move and make sure that you are present during the process,” says Berry Everitt, MD of the Chas Everitt International property group.

Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter he says you should also make sure you get a full and legible inventory list, that all items and boxes are numbered, and that you buy additional insurance if necessary.

Secondly, you need to bear in mind that your removal company will not be liable for breakages or loss of items that you have packed. “And you should consider packing small valuables, such as jewellery or coin collections, separately and keeping them with you rather than transporting them with the rest of the household goods.”

Third, make sure you are present when the removal van arrives to load your belongings and that you can stay in contact with the driver while in transit. If you cannot be at the new address before the removal team arrives, arrange for somebody to meet them there.

And finally, Everitt says, you will need to check items against the inventory list as they are unloaded and report losses or damaged packaging before signing the driver’s copy, then direct the team of movers to take items to the rooms where they need to be unpacked.

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