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Moving to a new home can be incredibly exciting. After all, it can provide you with new and unexpected opportunities, as well as new space to personalise and a new location to explore. However, it is also undoubtedly stressful. There will be a great deal to organise, not just regarding finding a new home, but also in terms of arranging everything for the moving day itself.

A moving day has plenty of different elements to consider: listing and packing away all of your belongings, booking the necessary time off work (or school if you are moving with children), changing over all of your utilities, and the list doesn’t end there! There is also the matter of finding a top-notch removal service to help on the day itself. This can add a great deal of stress to your planning process, and the expense may even seem unnecessary – but hear us out!

Moving from a flat or apartment can present some potential issues. As well as dreaded staircases and parking fines, you will also need to make sure that you have enough manpower and insurance to get your belongings from A to B safely. You may well feel that you can save money by simply having friends help with your move, but if they lack the coverage to do so safely, you could end up paying far more than you intended for broken belongings or even damage to your old property. Remember, flats and apartments can present far more challenges than a normal home move.

Hiring a professional removal company is essential when moving from a flat or apartment. Not only will they be able to provide the necessary manpower and insurance, but they will also be able to help you organise the moving day itself. Do you know where your moving vehicles can park safely? How about how to protect fragile items during the moving process? Most importantly, the cost of hiring and insuring a removal vehicle can easily end up costing more than simply hiring a team of experienced professionals, so why take the risk?

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the most important factors to consider when moving from a flat or apartment!

Moving from a flat or apartment

Apartments have become a popular home option over the last several decades. It is often cheaper to rent an apartment than a house, to say nothing of how much easier it can be to find an apartment in a top-notch location. It also makes sense for developers, as they can fit far more people into an urban space by building flats than they can with traditional houses. This means more profits for them, and more opportunities for people entering the housing market.

Flat and apartment living has even become the norm, especially in urban centres like London and Birmingham. However, such dwellings also present their fair share of challenges when it comes to moving.

Stairs – Many apartment complexes lack elevators, which can cause problems on moving day when it comes to shifting heavy items. You will want to let your removers know well in advance if there are no elevators in your building. At the same time, you will also want to give them a detailed list of exactly what they will need to lift in terms of size and weight. This will give them time to provide additional manpower or equipment if necessary, as well as enough notice to arrive in time to get the loading and unloading done

Neighbours – Depending on how much you need to transport and when, it may be wise to let your neighbours know about your moving arrangements. After all, your removers may end up taking up the stairways for several hours. Telling your neighbours in advance will lessen any resulting inconveniences (and you may even find a few people willing to lend a helping hand for loading up your moving van!)

Parking – Sadly, central urban locations tend to be somewhat lacking when it comes to parking spaces. You could find the perfect spot, only to land yourself an expensive parking ticket. This can make moving days needlessly dear, especially if you fail to let your removers know in advance exactly where they are allowed to park during the day. Remember, warning them about potential fines in advance could save you a SUBSTANTIAL amount of stress – nobody enjoys looking for a car parking space in a hurry!

Access – In areas like London, it is common for developers to stick apartment blocks wherever they can find the space. As such, the access around and between them can be difficult to predict. It will be a good idea to let your removers know about any potential complications in advance, such as outside stairs, roads they will have to cross, back entrances, hills and so on. If you have a porter service you should also let them know that your removers are coming in order to avoid potential difficulties. The same goes for your new property.

Timing – Apartments and flats in urban centres tend to get a large amount of footfall at certain times of the day.  Indeed, if you plan on organising your move during rush hour, not only will you encounter plenty of traffic but you could also end up upsetting your neighbours by blocking them in as they try to get to work. Try to make a note of when the peak travel times are for your apartment block and plan accordingly. Most of the time, these periods will be during the morning, in the evenings and at the weekends.

Damage – Most people living in apartments or flats are renters, especially in expensive cities like London. If you are a renter, it will be crucial that your movers do not cause accidental (and EXPENSIVE) damage to your current property, or you could end up losing a sizable chunk of your deposit. Be sure to give your removers as much information in advance as possible, including what they will need to transport and whether they will face staircases or other obstacles. More importantly, make sure that you have a written record of informing them, just in case you need to hold them accountable. Most professional removal companies will have more than enough insurance coverage to protect you come moving day. While a professional company may seem expensive, you will rest far easier than you would after hiring an uninsured white van man!

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