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Here are a few tips from our experts in house removals to make your life easier when moving house and ensure that your move will go as planned.

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Where To Start with The House Moving Process in 2022

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It can feel like a massive journey, finding a new home to live your life in, but once you’ve found the right place, the house-moving process can accelerate with almost alarming rapidity. 

There is a multitude of things to consider, from changing your address on regularly billed services to physically moving your belongings. In this article, we look at how to get started with the process, with a quick checklist of things not to forget.

Declutter

This might bring to mind images of sorting through mounds of mess, but it essentially amounts to deciding what to take and what to leave behind. Decide which of the things you own will suit your new home – you might decide that you want new furniture, or find that you don’t need your gardening equipment if you’re moving into a place with little vegetation outside. 

Be somewhat ruthless; if you aren’t, you’ll just have boxes of useless stuff sitting unpacked in your new house. Decluttering is something you won’t regret!

Book required services will in advance

As soon as you have a moving date, book any services that you might need for the move. You might need a handyman to fix a few things so that you get your deposit back, or you might have decided you want the assistance of a house removals team

 Booking them in advance will mean you don’t have to panic at the last minute, and it might mean you get a better price. Most good tradespeople and removals companies also probably won’t have last minute availability, so you’ll have a lot more options to choose between if you book in advance.

Organise your utilities and Wi-Fi

At least a couple of weeks in advance, you’ll want to organise your utilities for the new place. It’s likely that they’ll all be connected already, but you’ll need to change them to your name, and decide if you want to change provider for any reason. You might also need to arrange for meter readings around when you move in so that they know what to charge you, and you don’t end up paying for the previous resident’s usage. 

 Wi-Fi might also take a little while to set up – on average, it takes 14 days in the UK. If you work from home, a reliable Wi-Fi connection could be an absolute necessity, so make sure you get it taken care of in good time to avoid any annoying delays.

Redirect your mail

Eventually, you should change your registered address with all the services that you receive mail from, but in the interim period, it’s likely that a lot of potentially important letters and packages could go to your old address. You can arrange for a redirection service with The Royal Mail, which starts at £33.99 and can be used for 3, 6 or 12 months.

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How to make your house move as efficient as possible

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Moving house involves overcoming a seemingly endless stream of hurdles, but through careful planning, there are ways to make the move more manageable.
In this article, we give some tips on how to maximise the efficiency of the parts you can control, leaving you with more time and energy to deal with the things which inevitably don’t go to plan.

Make a packing plan

One of the best ways of maximising your packing efficiency is through the use of a packing plan. It’s a good idea to start packing several weeks in advance, but if you pack items you need to use daily in those first boxes, you’ll just end up wasting time the next day looking for them and unpacking.

Pack things that aren’t used much first, as well as things that you think might be tricky to take apart. Make sure that the process is spread evenly over a few weeks, and then you won’t be left with a mad rush at the end!

Use labels liberally

While it might be relatively easy to cram everything into boxes, ready for the move, you also want to consider how hard things will be when you’re unpacking.

Make sure that you label the boxes so you don’t have to guess what’s inside them; you can even use a colour coding system and organise items by room – whatever method you choose, be consistent with it, and you’ll make unpacking a whole lot easier.

Be ruthless when decluttering

Something which can take up an unnecessary amount of time when packing is decluttering. To make your life a lot easier, try being as honest with yourself as you can; if you haven’t used something in a year, get rid of it. If it’s actually valuable, then maybe sell it, but with most items, either donate them to charity, have a yard sale, or throw them away.

Spending ten minutes deciding whether you keep a ten-year-old shirt or not will drain your energy, and make the packing process take far longer than necessary.

Book any necessary services in advance

If you decide that you want the assistance of a service, such as a removals company, or a handyman to go over your old house before you move out, make sure they’re booked well in advance.
Chances are that good companies and individuals will have a long waiting list, so get in there early to save yourself time and energy calling around.

Don’t overpack boxes

While it may seem more efficient at first to use less boxes, in the end, overpacking boxes is likely to cause a lot of issues. First of all, it makes them difficult to move, whether you’re moving them yourself or a removals company is doing it for you. Second, if the boxes are seriously overpacked, they may break while they’re being carried or stacked.

Don’t underpack either, of course, but the chances are if you think the box is seriously heavy, you’ve put too much stuff in it.

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Hiring a removals company vs moving home yourself – What to choose?

Hiring a removals company vs moving home yourself – What to choose? 2250 1500 G W Twilley & Son Removals

Moving home can be one of the biggest hassles life can throw at you. Changing your whole living environment in and of itself can be challenging, then throw in the logistical challenge of having to pack up and move literally everything you own, and you’ve created a recipe for stress. 

Moving home doesn’t have to be all bad though, there are certainly ways you can take some of the stress off your own shoulders. 

Our latest guide looks at one decision many have had to make – whether or not to hire a removals company. To help you decide if it’s the right decision for you, or if you should do it by yourself, here are a few questions to ask yourself.

Can you hire a van?

If you’re comfortable hiring and driving a van, this may be an option. You’ll need to hire one which is fairly large to comfortably move furniture, so you’ll want to be ok with driving a long wheel base vehicle – it’s quite different to driving a car, and can add a fair bit of stress to the whole moving experience if you’re not used to parking or reversing them!

You can hire a man with a van, but at that stage it’s probably easier to hire a removals company, as they will be better equipped for the job.

Do you have strong and willing friends who can help?

Even if you can hire and drive a van, that vehicle will be pretty much useless if you don’t have a crew of strong people to help you move stuff.

Moving seemingly endless boxes and beds and sofas is not just tiresome but potentially dangerous – if you have prior back problems, it could aggravate them, and the last thing you want when moving home is to be bed ridden with a slipped disk.

Do you have expensive or delicate belongings?

Moving home yourself can also be dangerous in terms of potential damage to your belongings. While it may give you better peace of mind to pack and carry things yourself, removals companies literally do it for a living – we have access to the best and most effective protective materials, and are able to pack our vans and lorries so as to ensure no harm comes to anything you own.

No one wants to unpack a box of their best china only to discover they were smashed when Jeremy, your helpful but slightly clumsy friend, stubbed his toe and dropped them.

Could you be doing something better with your time?

This one is a little more general, but essentially, if you think you could spend the days it could take to pack and move your things doing something more productive, at work, with your family, or sorting something else out to do with the move, then hire a removals company.

It really will save a lot of time and hassle, and will free you up to do something else while the experts get on with moving your things. 

If you’re still in two minds about whether to hire a removals company, our team will be happy to talk you through the entire process in further detail. 

Head to our dedicated house removals page for specific information on a complete home move, or if you’d rather chat directly you can contact our friendly team today on 020 8888 5156.

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Quick Guide To Moving Homes Safely In 2021

Quick Guide To Moving Homes Safely In 2021 2560 1706 G W Twilley & Son Removals

Many people who were planning to move homes last year had to delay their plans due to the pandemic. If this is your case, you’ll be pleased to know that the real estate market is open for business in 2021. Removals companies, conveyancers and estate agents are allowed to operate under strict health and safety regulations.

At Twilleys Removals we’re continually reviewing our procedures to ensure we keep our staff and customers safe. But keeping everyone safe is a team effort, so homeowners must be aware of the new regulations.

Moving homes in 2021

Here is what you need to know if you’re moving into another property in 2021.

  • Monitor your health in the days before moving date. If anyone in your household develops symptoms or is asked to self-isolate, contact your movers to change the date.
  • On moving day, make sure there’s enough ventilation by keeping internal doors open.
  • Clean / disinfect all surfaces before movers arrive.
  • Keep a good supply of hand sanitiser, soap, and paper towels so movers can use it.
  • Wear a face covering while removals staff are in your home. They will do the same too.

Storage services during lockdown

If you think you’ll need storage during the moving period, book a video survey to get an accurate estimate. The same applies if you declutter and plan to donate unwanted belongings. It is essential that you clean and disinfects any items that will go into storage.

We can all do our part to keep others healthy and minimise the burden of NHS staff.

At Twilleys we take public health seriously and all our staff are trained to follow the latest official regulations. We encourage you to have a look at the official government advice page.

If you have questions about how this affects your move, please get in touch. We’re always happy to help.

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What You Need To Know About Moving During The Second Lockdown

What You Need To Know About Moving During The Second Lockdown 2560 1706 G W Twilley & Son Removals

On 31st October, the British PM announced that the UK would be entering a second lockdown, which is expected to be in place until early December.

The first national lockdown already disrupted the plans of many families who were in the process of selling their home and / or moving into a new property. The current lockdown requires non-essential businesses to shut down and asks that people from different households don’t mix.

How will these measures affect you if you’re planning to move while this second lockdown is in force?

First, some good news: Robert Jenrick (the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government) has said that real estate agents and removals companies are not among the non-essential businesses that must shut down. What that means is that we can continue to operate, but under Covid-safe measures.

Here’s a list of the main guidelines you are expected to follow if you’re planning to move soon:

  • Viewings can be arranged, but ideally they should be done virtually via videocalls.
  • Face coverings are required if you’re going to a viewing, have an appointment at the real estate agent’s office, or need to visit a removals company.
  • Restrictions on the maximum amount of people allowed at indoor gatherings and support bubbles still apply. You can find more information here.
  • Social distancing must be practised on viewings and moving days.

Also, you’re expected to pack your belongings as far as reasonably possible. At Twilley & Son we understand this can be overwhelming, so we want to take the opportunity to let you know we’re here for you. Get in touch if you need advice on how to pack efficiently or if you’d like to book you moving date during lockdown.

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Move Homes Safely With These Expert Moving Tips

Move Homes Safely With These Expert Moving Tips 2560 1706 G W Twilley & Son Removals

When you’re moving homes, you want a fast and stress-free move that keeps your belongings safe. But there’s another priority you should add to your list: making sure your health and safety are protected through the whole process.

It’s easy to underestimate the risks involved in a house move, so here’s a list of useful tips we’ve gathered after decades of experience helping Londoners move homes.

  1. Pack within weight limits. We recommend to keep the maximum weight of each box to 20 kilos. This can help avoid back or neck injuries and reduces the risk of breaking fragile items if you accidentally drop a box.
  2. Learn safe lifting techniques. Even if your moving boxes aren’t too heavy, lifting dozens of boxes in a few hours can easily cause injuries. Key points to remember are: Keep your back straight ** Squat, don’t bend over ** Lift items with both hands ** Walk slowly ** Always look straight ahead.
  3. Make a list of possible hazards. This is what professional removals companies do during the initial survey. You should be aware of stairs, uneven floor surfaces, and doors with self-closing hinges.
  4. Wear sturdy and non-slip footwear.
  5. Know your limits. It may be easier to use a cart or a dolly to move things around.
  6. Leave the stressful part to the pros. Some people may be stressed by the idea of packing and labelling, while others are ok with that but worry about loading and unloading boxes. Find out what’s the most stressful part of a move for you, and let our team handle that.

You’ll find more moving and packing tips at our Moving Tips blog. Trust the G W Twilley & Son team for your next home move. We guarantee that health and safe are the always the rule in all our procedures, and never the exception.

If you’d like to know more about our storage service post-lockdown, give us a call on 020 8888 5156 for further advice and we’ll be happy to explain how it can benefit you in detail.

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Everything You Need To Know About Moving House In London

Everything You Need To Know About Moving House In London 2250 1500 G W Twilley & Son Removals

What Does Our House Removal Service Include?

At GW Twilley & Son Removals we have been in the London removals industry for 100+ years. Our experience has taught us an important lesson: simple is better! Even a complicated process like moving homes can be simplified if you trust the right professionals.

The following services are included in our house removal packages:

  • Collection and delivery of all your belongings.
  • Home decluttering.
  • Secure storage.
  • If you prefer our experts to do all the packing and unpacking, we can help with that too. Just let us know!

How Does It Work?

Our London home removal services have been created to be straightforward. You can arrange your home move with us in four easy steps:

1 – Request a free non-obligation estimate online or by phone.
2 – Book a free video survey with one of our expert surveyors to get a final quote.
3 – Choose your moving date and book a time slot.
4 – Our team of movers will arrive punctually on the agreed date.

House Moving Tips

  • Don’t overstuff moving boxes. For health and safety reasons, boxes shouldn’t weigh more than 20 kilos each.
  • Make sure all your belongings can be packed and moved. There are restrictions on items like hazardous materials, live animals, important documents, and expensive jewellery.
  • Pack like a pro by following the tips in this post. And remember that we also offer packing and unpacking services and materials!
  • Prep your appliances (dishwasher, fridge, stove, washing machine, etc.) by emptying them, cleaning them, taking out any removable parts, and taping the doors shut.

If you’d like to know more about our storage service post-lockdown, give us a call on 020 8888 5156 for further advice and we’ll be happy to explain how it can benefit you in detail.

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Housing Market Reopens: Home Removals Allowed In London

Housing Market Reopens: Home Removals Allowed In London 1900 1069 G W Twilley & Son Removals

The past few months have been challenging for everyone. If you were planning a home removals you may have had to postpone the move, as all non-essential home moves were on hold. But good news are on the way, since the UK Housing Secretary recently announced that the housing market is re-opening in the UK.

London Home Removals Post-lockdown

London estate agents, home removals companies, and other professionals in this industry can now operate again, as long as they follow some safety guidelines. This means that home moves can now go ahead, unless you or someone in your household are self-isolating.

There are guidelines in place to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in home moves.

The government has published its official advice for removals and estate agent professionals.

Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re moving homes soon:

  • Social distancing measures are still in place. While moving, stay 6 feet apart from anyone who isn’t part of your household.
  • Use protective equipment (face mask and gloves).
  • Keep to a minimum the number of people going in and out of the house.
  • If you’re moving and at the same time have sold your old home, clean the property thoroughly before the new owners move in.
  • Packing services are available, but homeowners are encouraged to do as much of their own packing as possible. You can find advice in the packing hacks section of our website.
  • Keep internal doors open while movers are in your property to ensure good ventilation.
  • Make sure hand-washing facilities are available to the removals team and dispose of any wipes or paper towels safely.
  • When packing, clean the contents of each box before they start being handled by the removals team. Here’s some de-contamination advice.

Packing And Storage

If you pack your own belongings, you may want to put away boxes into storage until moving day. This will help keep your home decluttered and free of tripping hazards.

Storage is safer because it will help you avoid handling objects unless strictly necessary. You can view our storage services, or you can call us for more info.

If you are planning a home removals and need assistance packing and storing your belongings, we are here to help.

Important Information About Home Removals During COVID-19

At GW Twilley & Son Removals we’re doing our part to follow public health regulations in every home move. We have an updated FAQ section that will answer any questions you may have about the process of moving homes in post-lockdown. If you were in our email list you should have received them on 14th May, so check your inbox. Otherwise read our updated FAQs below.

Updated 14th of May 2020

FAQ’S FOR CLIENTS OF GW TWILLEY & SON REMOVALS MOVING HOME DURING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC

Q. What precautions are you taking during the Coronavirus pandemic?

A. Our office team are working from home.

Our surveyors are carrying out video surveys to quote and not visiting in person. Our removal crews are kept up to date with government guidelines and are adhering to best practice by:
• Keeping a distance of 2 meters from the next person whenever possible.
• Washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
• Wearing gloves – they are less likely to touch their faces if they wear gloves.
• Disinfecting their cabs and common areas – each vehicle carries disinfectant spray.
• Catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue and dispose immediately.
• Not coming to work or immediately leaving work if they show any symptoms.
• Immediately reporting to management if any client or colleague shows symptoms.
• Implementing a buddy system to have the same people working together wherever 2 man lifts are required.
• Refusing refreshments offered by clients (although the offer is appreciated).
• Using face masks and hand sanitisers, as necessary.

Q. What do we need our clients to do?

A. Please help us by doing the following:
• Inform us immediately if you or anybody in your home or office develop symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19). Ensure that nobody with any symptoms, however mild, comes in to contact with our staff.
• Please keep a distance of at least 2 meters from our staff.
• Have as few people present during the move as possible. We can often complete a move without the client being present, ask us about this option.
• Ventilate your home very well on the day of the move. Heating should be off and windows and doors should be open (weather permitting).
• Kindly, do not offer our staff refreshments.
• Surfaces and possessions should be cleaned with household cleaning products prior to the arrival of our staff and again after we have delivered.

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Three Things You Can Do If You’re Planning To Move House During Lockdown

Three Things You Can Do If You’re Planning To Move House During Lockdown 2250 1500 G W Twilley & Son Removals

If you’ve been planning to move homes, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has probably made you reconsider your plans.

Since the focus now is on preventing further spread, the UK’s population is encouraged to limit their movements to those absolutely essential.

If your plans for moving house have been disrupted, here are three things you can do if you’ve to move house during the lockdown.

Be Flexible

Right now, you may be wondering if you need to put your moving plans on hold. According to government guidelines, it is best to postpone moving plans as long as emergency measures are in place.

So unless your new home is already vacant, be flexible with your moving date. Chances are that the seller or landlord will be understanding if you need to make any changes to the initial plans.

If you need further advice regarding the current situation, read our blog about What We Are Doing During Covid-19.

Keep In The Loop

The situation can change very quickly. One of the best things you can do is keep an eye on the Gov.uk website and any statements made by Public Health England. Having the most up-to-date information can help you make a decision.

If you are planning a house move in few months, we recommend reading our Quick Checklist For Moving House During Summer.

If you are wondering how to proceed with a house survey in order to plan ahead, you can always plan your move using our video survey instead of requiring a surveyor to visit your home.

Make The Most Of Delays

The Covid-19 outbreak means that real estate transactions and relocations will take longer. But not everything is negative: focus on the things you can do in preparation for the move.

For example, now you have extra time to go over your belongings, make some decluttering and decide which items are essential and which ones can go into storage.

At G W Twilley & Son Removals we’re here to assist you and to listen to your concerns. Get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to offer the most up-to-date advice.

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What we are doing at G W Twilley & Son Removals during COVID19

What we are doing at G W Twilley & Son Removals during COVID19 2400 1600 G W Twilley & Son Removals

Plan your move using our new video survey and consultation instead of requiring a surveyor to visit your home.

  1. Book a FREE video survey and virtual move consultation.
  2. Use your mobile device to guide our surveyor around your home.
  3. You will receive an estimate of your move within 24 hours.

No Need For Visitors To Your Home

Our virtual survey makes things a lot easier and quicker for you. You gain the benefit of a detailed professional survey and move consultation, without a site visit and at a time that is more convenient to you.

Stay Safe And Healthy

With us, you can keep on social distancing. Plus, you will always have full control of the video call at all times.

The Process Of Our New Video Survey

Video surveys are conducted remotely from the comfort of your home using FaceTime or WhatsApp on a mobile device. Our surveyor will work with you and inspect your property thoroughly while keeping a safe social distance.

It is easy to book a video survey. Visit our video survey request page and schedule the most convenient time for you.

Why Is Video Survey So Convenient?

We take health and well-being seriously. The current situation in London and other parts of the world demands new measures focused on prevention. This is why we’re pleased to announce our new video survey option for house removals and office relocations.

  • Our virtual surveys offer safety, convenience and flexibility in the removals survey process.
  • At this challenging time, limiting unnecessary travel is critical to everyone’s well-being, and video surveys make this easy.
  • Surveyors won’t need to go from home to home, and movers can book a survey whenever it’s convenient for them, without worrying about exposing their home or families.

What We Are Doing At G W Twilley & Son Removals

We are continually monitoring the current situation to protect the health and safety of our clients and our staff community.

During this period of restricted movement in the UK due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic we will be assisting those with essential moves only. We consider a move to be essential if a client has sold their home or terminated a lease and must move to a new property in order to remain housed. We advise all clients wishing to book non-essential moves to do so after the Coronavirus crisis has passed. Requests from the NHS and from NHS staff will also be given priority. We are working to Government guidelines at all times to protect the health of our staff and clients.

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