How Long Ahead Should You Plan a Relocation in London?
Aussie Man & Van has been moving people in and out of London and the surrounding areas for nearly thirty years. In that time, we’ve relocated tens of thousands of people under virtually any situation you can think of, for domestic and business customers. This gives us an incredibly rich, in-depth understanding of what leads to a successful relocation and things to avoid.
The Aussie team strives to inform and pass on useful tips to anyone, whether it’s a customer booking with us or someone online doing research. We’ll discuss the ideal conditions for planning a relocation in London and how we approach each job to ensure it reaches our high standards.
The Benefits of Thorough Preparation –
When you decide to move to a new house, there’s a lot of challenges and tasks for you to balance and juggle around. One of the primary factors is time, and more importantly, how we spend it before our relocation day arrives. The truth about moving is simple; if you put effort into the planning stages, the pay-off is a successful relocation.
Now comes the question – how much time should you spend preparing your relocation? The average time a property spends on the market in the UK is two or three months. It’s difficult to estimate if this will change as a result of the pandemic, but we’ll use it as a guide figure. This doesn’t include any additional time the seller puts in to make their house more presentable. Add that in, and you might be looking at five or six months.
If you need to sell your current home to facilitate your next move, there’s no time like the present. There’s always something you can start doing today, even if it’s research or costing. One practical task you can begin is decluttering. This will help you reduce the number of items you’re moving with, which can save you money.
We say it often, but it’s worth repeating, there is no such thing as too much preparation. Get to know the place you’re going to live at as much as possible. Save up some money and visit for a week or two to get some first-hand experience. Search Google and find out more about places to eat out and other local amenities.
Staying Ahead by Using Self Storage –
One of the more daunting tasks most people loathe is packing. It tends to mean moving boxes and furniture in and out of the way. There’s a simple solution to make things easier, and that’s using self storage as you prepare for your relocation. As you pack, you can transport each box or container to your storage unit. This will keep rooms clear while you organise without anything in your way.
A key benefit of using storage is it provides the ultimate protection for your possessions. There’s no safer or secure option for safeguarding your belongings from theft or damage, which can occur during a move. Aussie’s storage units have temperature control measures which eliminate any water retention or moisture issues. Every item that goes into storage comes out in perfect condition.
Aussie has three storage options for you to choose from at our branches in London. Our Self Storage package is suitable for anyone who needs regular access or is looking for a short-term storage option. Aussie also has a Container Storage service for anyone with long-term storage requirements. Then we have our unique AusBox Storage package, which is an affordable option for fewer items.
Every Aussie depot has top-notch security systems in place, which includes our staff who have security vigilance training. There’s twenty-four-hour CCTV coverage across the entirety of our branches, which means nothing can get in or out without our knowledge or permission.
Choosing the Most Suitable Removals Package –
The Aussie way of doing things is to approach every removal inquiry with the intention of getting lots of information about what you’re moving with. We base your free, no-obligation quote on a stringent assessment process. From doing this, we’ll know the volume of items relevant for your relocation and which removal package and vehicle size are the most suitable.
Aussie has a fleet of vehicles at our disposal, making it possible to undertake all types of relocation. Our Man & Van service is ideal for smaller moves within the same city or town. The volume of items, furniture and appliances will determine the size of the vehicle we assign. The smaller vans are also better for loading in busy streets with lots of stationery cars.
If you have larger items of furniture and appliances or a more significant volume of things, we will suggest using our Removals service. One of the benefits of this service is being able to move everything in one trip. When discussing removal options, our team will always provide you with the most efficient and cost-effective package.
Showcase Your Home to Potential Buyers –
Unless you have readily available access to a significant amount of capital, you’ll likely need to sell before moving. In addition to organising your relocation, it’s essential to allocate time to sprucing your current house or flat up to attract a buyer. This could mean some paintwork, new carpets, the bare minimum will be a deep clean of the whole property. Furthermore, you’ll need to complete any maintenance issues.
Fortunately, Aussie’s London customers don’t have to do this themselves. Aussie Clean is our professional cleaning service, and we offer a range of packages for domestic and business purposes. This includes a Carpet Cleaning and House Cleaning packages, as well as an End of Tenancy service for tenants.
In addition to these packages, we have a professional Handyman service to take care of all your repair work. Poor maintenance can put off people who view your property, as they’ll worry about more significant issues. You’ll have to discuss what type of inspections your estate agent requires before they market your property.
You should also do some research on home staging if you want to expedite the selling process. This usually involves a mix of light renovation work and presentation, typically by someone with interior design experience. However, it’s also possible for you to use the same techniques to perform the tasks yourself.
Research Tips and Using Online Reviews –
One of the massive shifts for customers who need a service is review platforms. It’s now much easier to find a high standard of customer service before you book. Rating platforms like Google Live and Trustpilot provide consumers with previous reviews, including customer feedback. You can see why Aussie is a 5-star company by reading what people think of us here.
It’s vital you arrange to visit your new location at least once, but it’s advisable to try and fit in another trip if possible. While the internet is an incredible research tool, it won’t give you an authentic, tangible feel for what a place is like. You need to experience it for yourself, as well as getting to know the area. This is where you’ll learn more about the local amenities and points of interest.
Before you do that, hop online to see what the area’s healthcare and education provisions are. It’s possible to do this via their local council, who tend to have lots of information and resources. Transport is one of the cornerstones to settling down, especially if travel is a crucial factor for your job. You can check out how much train season tickets are here.
Organise Your Relocation with a Moving Checklist –
Whether you’re moving two streets away or to another part of the country, all relocations take a lot of energy and planning. The best way to stay on track is to create a moving checklist to serve as your master document. This works in two parts. Firstly, your list will have information for each task you need to complete. Secondly, you’ll be working with a calendar to set out where you need to complete each task by.
Your first action point is one you can do today – booking with Aussie. It’s critical that you only use a reliable removals company with a strong reputation. And It’s also essential that they deliver the highest standard of removals service for affordable prices. Fortunately, you only need to book with Aussie to receive all these benefits. Similarly, we have a range of services that cover all removals and related situations.
Packing up your possessions usually happens closer to the final week before you move. However, you can start to get rid of any clutter now. Then you can either do the packing yourself or liaise with our expert team to do the work for you. Aussie employs the very best people with decades of removals and trade experience. Even if you’d prefer to pack your belongings, you can purchase industry-quality materials from Aussie’s online store here.
Aussie Man & Van – Where a Solid Plan Equals a Successful Relocation –
Time is the most important factor in any relocation. The more you give yourself by putting a lot of effort into organising your move, the smoother things will be. Putting things off until the next day is a bad habit to get into. Reducing each task into manageable action points makes things simpler to complete, and you won’t feel overwhelmed.
Creating a moving checklist is a vital component of a successful relocation. And if you need some inspiration, click here to read our list. By booking with Aussie, you’ll enjoy a winning combination of excellent customer service at affordable rates. Furthermore, we’ll help you with planning advice, as well as an extensive range of services.
If you’re planning a relocation in London and you need advice on planning, please contact us today. We can assess your moving requirements and discuss our packages in more detail.