Hints and Tips
Tips before getting quotes
The last thing you want to be doing is spending time and money moving items into your new house that will end up in the bin. Before the move collect any smaller items that you don’t need into one place. Sort these items into bags for passing on to other people, charity shops, recyclables and plain old rubbish. If you have larger items of furniture perhaps the local SVP would be able to donate items to needy people. Auction rooms could turn unwanted items into cash. If it just needs to be dumped www.vanquotes.ie can provide this service. We have a listing of recycle centres close to you. Simply choose the recycle option in the job type on the online form, and submit it. We can get you quotes for this service.
Getting a local company to look after your move usally means a better price and as we have van companies all over Ireland we are best positioned to provide this service.
Make a list.
By making a list of the items you need to move you are organising your move. List the items room by room. As you are doing this you will be deciding on items that you don’t want to move, add these to your de-clutter list. You will also realise that some items can disassemble and take up much less space than you first imagined. Open each drawer and estimate how many of the moving boxes you will need. When this list is done sit down and put all the furniture items on one list, largest to smallest. This information is vital to removal companies as they will generally start filling the van with the larger items first and fill in spaces with smaller items. If they have a clear overview of all the items they will be able to work quicker and smoother and also arrange the van in the most space efficient and secure way.
Plan ahead for aminities
Check that gas or TV companies are lined up to connect you in your new house. Also don’t forget to give your existing amenity companies the notice they need about the move.
Getting the best quote.
Tips on using www.vanquotes.ie
Listen to all quotes before making a decision. You will receive a mail from us with contact details and some comments left by previous customers on any driver that is looking to do the job.
If you are unsure call our help line at 01-5445665
After you decide who to use, ask for an email from the van company confirming the pickup place, time and the price agreed.
Call your friends.
Packing up is a stressful time. It becomes so much easier if you have a friend or two there to help. Most friends are usually willing to lend a hand, it’s a favour you may return sometime. Let them know it’s to work. The last thing you need is someone standing in the way and chatting all the time. Give them a room and let them get on with it. Other friends may be able to help mind kids on the day of the move.
If the job does seem overwhelming, don’t worry, there is help. Many of our van companies offer a packing service but you will have to enquire about this when they contact you. Please make sure to include that you require this service in the comments section when filling out the form.
Boxes and bags
Don’t overfill boxes and bags. Remember they have to be lifted and the last thing you want is one bursting. Soft clothing is fine in black bags. These are sometimes like gold dust for the van packers. They fill spaces and offer protection to delicate items. Boxes stack best and can be moved quickly and safely on trolleys. Give each room in the new house a number and write the number on the box for the room they are to go to. This makes life much easier for the removal company as they don’t have to be constantly asking where items are to go.
Remember to keep hallways clear as the packers may have to move larger pieces of furniture through, and it may be dangerous if it’s cluttered.
Mark all delicate items clearly and point them out to the movers before they start. Don’t go overboard with the red pen. If you mark everything as delicate it will lose its effect.
The best way to approach packing day is to pretend you are going on holidays. Pack what you need, clothes, food etc. Put these items aside and then start empting presses. The following day is usually moving day. You know you have everything you need for the first day in your new home already put aside. You wont have to be ripping open bags looking for anything. This also makes the unpacking much more organised.
Tips for Moving Day
Have a good breakfast. Relax for an hour before the movers arrive. Talk about the move, if there are a few trips needed then discuss who is going to direct the unloading. Keep fingers crossed the weather stays good. If it looks like a muddy day, do you need to put down any protection on the floors?
Organise the movers.
Once the professionals arrive they will need direction. Walk them through the move pointing out the delicate items. Give them the list of furniture items and point out the items that may disassemble if needed.
Check when finished.
When the van is loaded have a final run around and check all corners. Don’t forget the shed and attic.
At the new home show the movers the rooms and which number boxes are for which room. For the larger items, direct them as where the furniture is to be placed. Don’t start unpacking until the movers have left if possible as this may get in their way. Once all the unloading is done have a quick run around just in case any furniture needs to be re positioned. Sit back have a cup of tea and take a break.
If you have de cluttered before the move and marked all the boxes as they were being packed this job becomes a lot easier. You can simply move from room to room and close each door as you finish. Call your friends for this as well, they will be dying to see the new house and can easily be roped in to giving a hand. It helps to unpack every box as otherwise they might be around for weeks as you may not want to get back to it again.
Some bin collection companies will give you the first few collections for free. Enquire about this before you sign up. Recycle your boxes and relax. Enjoy your new home.