Moving & Storage Tips

Please find below some useful tips and check lists when preparing to move home or office:

Four Weeks Before Your Moving house

  • Notify creditors, magazines, and book and record clubs of your new house address.
  • Contact doctors and dentists for your family’s medical records.
  • Ask your doctors for colleague recommendations in your new area.
  • Get copies of renewable prescriptions.
  • Decide which items should be discarded or donated to charity. (Consider having a garage sale.)
  • Complete a home inventory listing each possession, date purchased and value.
  • Notify your local authorities (water, gas, electricity) to have your service turned off after your departure.Contact utilities at your new house for connections.
  • Notify your children’s schools, your church, clubs and any other organisations or company’s of your impending move.

Three Weeks Before Your Moving house

  • Decide which items you will pack, and request delivery of packing materials from Gillen Removals & moving services
  • Sketch out the floor plan of your new house to determine placement of furnishings.
  • Make a list of names, addresses and numbers you will need or want to remember.
  • Pack your local phone book and Golden Pages so you can contact businesses and local companies after your move.
  • Notify First Choice Removals if you have changed anything about your move; household goods, destination, dates of the move and so on or any other changes that may effect the moving companies services.
  • We can also facilitate short term storage services – contact our Storage & Moving office on 087 2685685 to arrange short term storage service during your house move.
  • Transfer contents of safety deposit box.
  • Check house insurance policies to see if moving is covered.
  • Contact your insurance company to transfer insurance to cover fire, theft and personal property at your new home.

Two Weeks Before Your Move

  • Plan your trip to your new destination. (Make travel accommodations, and if driving, have your car serviced.)
  • Return borrowed things, and collect things you’ve loaned.
  • Make arrangements for servicing your appliances both at your current house and your new home.
  • Dispose of flammables such as petrol, matches, cleaning fluids, bleach, pressurised or aerosol cans.
  • Discontinue regular services such as newspaper, window cleaning, etc.
  • If moving your TV aerial or satellite dish, make arrangements to have it taken down.

One Week Before Your Move

  • Transfer bank and savings accounts so you do not lose interest.
  • Make arrangements to discontinue your local telephone service. (Your local telephone company can help you establish phone service at your new home.)
  • Determine which items you’re taking with you. If doing your own packing, pack these items and set aside in a designated area
  • Have rugs and curtains cleaned. (Keep in protective bags.)
  • Drain any fuel from lawnmowers and other power equipment.
  • Pack and empty your loft/sheds.

Day of Move

  • Disconnect your cooker, washing machine, dishwasher, Disconnect any light fittings.
  • Make sure plants are drained of excess water.
  • Be on hand when the First Choice Removals driver arrives and throughout the loading process.
  • Accompany the First Choice Removals relocation movers driver during inventory. Check on the condition of your goods as they are loaded.
  • Make a final tour of your home. See that nothing is overlooked.
  • Lock all windows and doors, and turn off all switches.
  • It is a good idea to arrange for a friend to have the children if possible.
  • Either take your pets to kennels, a friends, or ensure they are in a locked room during the removal.
  • Jewellery and cash are not taken by your home movers & should be moved by you and are your responsibility.

The process of moving office/business moving is often underestimated. As a result of our experience and customer feedback, we have created this pre-move checklist to assist you to plan the perfect move. At First Choice Removals and Storage we strive to be the number one business moving company in Ireland. Follow our guide for moving a business and Gillen removals will ensure a cost effective & no hassle office removal service..

Early Planning

  • Appoint an appropriate staff member as your company’s move co-ordinator
  • Consider your current office equipment and computer situation. What needs to be upgraded or replaced?
  • List all stationery and company letterhead which will need amendment, plus new building signage and your website
  • Consider the security/access requirements for your new premises
  • Send a notice to clients/suppliers etc. that you are relocating, detailing changes such as PO Box or phone numbers and actual address
  • Inform staff of progress and developments throughout the process
  • Confirm layout of new office premises and configuration of communication outlets
  • Confirm official date of moving your company with First Choice Removals

Arrange Disconnection/Reconnection and Diversion

  • Electricity
  • Telephone
  • Fax – change faxes to display new number (if applicable)
  • Mobile phones
  • Pagers
  • Mail services
  • Computer comms (routers/adsl modems etc.)
  • Organise for de-commissioning and recommissioning of all computers and associated electronic equipment

Notifications of Change of Address

  • Company’s offices
  • Revenue Commissioners
  • Motor vehicle registration (quote your LTSA number)
  • Local government
  • Insurance company
  • Cleaners or gardeners
  • Suppliers of financial and legal services, i.e.: accountants, solicitors, banks, finance houses, printers, brokers, credit card providers
  • Companies & Suppliers of other materials and services, i.e.: press, public relations/media, couriers, freight services and travel agents

Just Prior to Your Move

  • Confirm all final details of the move plan withFirst Choice Removals and Storage and confirm value for insurance during transit
  • Distribute written moving instructions to all staff in conjunction withFirst Choice Removals and Storage representative (if appropriate)
  • Label all effects in accordance with the new floor plan (labels supplied by First Choice Removals)
  • Reserve access areas such as parking meters, entrance way, loading docks, goods lifts, notify landlord in event of multi-tenant building
  • Confirm delivery of new equipment, furnishings, stationery etc.
  • Secure floor plan to each floor in your new premises to assist with correct placement of items and ensure that First Choice Removals has copies one week prior to move.
  • Finalise arrangements for access, keys and codes for First Choice Removals staff
  • Arrange for staff to visit the new site for pre-move familiarisation purposes
  • Finalise start-time on the day of your move
  • Confirm items for storage or for distribution to other offices

Whether you need to pack a few items to store in the attic, send some boxes to a self storage unit to clear the house of clutter or pack everything you own in order to move, you want to do it right. This means packing carefully and thinking ahead. Take a few precautions to help prevent damage and make it easier to find things later. When summer rolls around, you want to be able to find the other half of your wardrobe without having to open and move stacks of boxes that weren’t clearly labeled.

Guidelines to keep in mind as you pack:

  • To aid in stacking, use same-size boxes when possible.
  • Avoid storing items in plastic bags as they are less sturdy and could trap moisture.
  • Fill each box completely to prevent the top or sides from crushing. If your box is filled with odd-shaped or loose items like glassware or toys, fill the open spaces with crumpled paper, bubble wrap or other packing material.
  • Don’t fill boxes too full. This may cause them to burst.
  • Don’t make boxes too heavy to move. Use larger boxes for things that don’t weigh much and smaller ones for the heavy stuff.
  • Use the right type of box or packing crate. For instance, use a heavy-duty box for your books as this is less likely to break than a standard box. You still need to be careful not to overfill it, though. Cell kits may work best for stemware or knick-knacks. Wardrobe boxes allow you to hang up clothing and fabrics while in storage.
  • Stack books; don’t stand them on end as this could damage the spines.
  • Stack plates on end. Wrap dishes individually and place like-sized items together. Nest individually wrapped cups together.
  • Wrap framed art in bubble wrap. Look for protective cardboard or plastic corners at your packing supply store.
  • Criss-cross masking tape across the face of mirrors or glass-covered art.
  • Store framed mirrors, photographs and artwork vertically rather than flat.
  • Label boxes clearly and on more than one side. Consider providing a general description like ‘kitchen goods’ and then providing a short inventory such as ‘potholders, towels, aprons, silverware’ so that no one opens this kitchen box when they need the pots and pans. Be sure to mark boxes full of breakables as ‘fragile.’
  • Clean items like clothing, blankets, drapery or furniture before packing them to prevent germs and dirt from being transported to a new location and odours from spreading throughout your storage unit.
  • Polish wood before you pack to provide a little extra protection from the elements.
  • Treat leather items with a specially made conditioner before placing them in storage.
  • Wipe metal objects with machine oil or another type of rust preventative.
  • Take apart items like bed frames and tables, and remove lampshades from lamps. This will help protect them from breaking and make them easier to move.
  • Cover furniture with sheets or tarps to protect them from stains, tears and scratches.
  • Place heavy items on the bottom of your moving van or self storage unit.
  • Place least used items in front of the van so they can easily be placed behind other items in your new garage or self storage unit.
  • Place valuable items like your television behind other items so that they will be more difficult to see and to steal.
  • Place boxes of fragile items on top of other boxes.

Consider the environment where you plan to store your valuables. Will it be very hot or cold? Consider renting a climate controlled storage room for items that could be damaged by extreme temperatures or humidity. This includes things like software, paper, electronics or clothing. Some items do best in cold storage such as wine and furs. In self storage units without climate control consider using a dehumidifier.

When choosing a storage unit, factor in a little more room than your belongings take up in order to allow space for you to walk between stacks of items. This will help you to find what you need after you store it. Leave a little room between the walls and the stored goods to improve ventilation.

Take a little time to plan and organise as you pack. This should make it easier to finds things in the future and less likely that anything will get damaged during a move or while in storage.

Ideally, make arrangements for your pet/pets to stay with a friend, relative or neighbour. Make sure this is someone that they feel comfortable with during the move, as they may be upset by strange people coming into their house to do the removal. They will also be safer. If they stay with you in the house, there is a chance they may be able to escape as doors are likely to be left open. You will also be able to concentrate on the stressful business of moving house without the added worry of looking after your dog or cat. If you do not have any friends or family that can look after him then consider booking him into a boarding kennel for the night.

Cats and Dogs become very attached to their own familiar territory, so you will need to give them extra care and attention before and during the removal.

Have a tag made with your name, new phone number (and mobile phone number if possible) so that it is ready to put onto his/her collar for the day of the move. If they escape during the move or immediately after, this will increase their chances of getting back to you. Try to avoid putting the animal’s name on the tag as anyone who finds them and wants to keep them will find it easier to bond with your animal.

If you are planning to move a long distance away and your dog or cat suffers from travel sickness or severe anxiety in the car, talk to your vet about medication to make the journey less stressful for them.

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