So wrote Robert Frost in his wonderful poem Death of a Hired Man.
Last month we gave you a checklist for storage – things to look out for generally. This time we’re going to look at one of the main reasons people use storage solutions – when they’re moving house.
It’s stressful enough at the best of times – mortgages, solicitors, all that upheaval – and to top it all it’s quite often the case that the dates don’t work out perfectly, and you have to move out before you can move in.
This is where personal or self storage comes in – taking the stress out of what to do with the contents of your house when your new home isn’t quite ready.
Let’s begin by looking at a moving house checklist, with special thanks to the B.B.C. :
Six Weeks Before Moving
- Confirm the date of your move
- If you’re renting, notify your landlord of your moving date
- Check your home insurance- make sure you have cover from the day you move into your new home
- Obtain written quotes from several removal firms. Get references and check the limits of their insurance
- If you’re not using professional removers, ask friends to help
- Book extra personal storage space if required
- Notify the relevant utility companies of your departure
- Start getting rid of possessions you no longer need. Decide what items can be taken to a charity shop, sold at a car boot sale, or offered to your friends.
- If you need new furniture or carpets – order them now and arrange delivery for when you move in
Two weeks before moving
- Start packing non-essential items such as books and non-seasonal clothes into boxes
- De-register from your doctor, dentist and optician if you’re moving out of the area
- Visit the post office and arrange for your post to be forwarded (you will be charged a fee for this service)
- Notify your milkman and newspaper shop that you’ll be moving and give them a date you want the service to stop
- If you have children or pets, arrange for someone to look after them during the move
- Make a list of everyone who should know about the move. Send out change of address cards or emails
- Finalise arrangements with your removal company. Confirm arrival times and make sure your removers have directions to your new address
- Arrange a time to collect the keys for your new home from the estate agent
- Notify the bank of any changes to direct debits and standing orders
It all looks straightforward doesn’t it? If only life was always like this!
The good news, however, is that we’re here to help. Based in Fulham, and with satisfied clients right across London, we can store your household goods for you safely and securely for as long as you need. And it works just the same for the business customer too, for example during an office move.
So there you have it – for perfect self and business storage in Fulham
We probably won’t quote Robert Frost when you call, but we will be very happy to answer any of your questions.