Removals Guide

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Removals Guide

Moving house can be a long and stressful process, with lots to consider, from packing up your worldly possessions to letting everyone know you’ve moved. There’s so much to do before you can settle into your new home. Read our removals checklist for advice and guidance to make moving house as easy and stress-free as possible.

  • 2 months before you move house

    Once you know what date you’ll be moving, it’s time to book it off work. Ideally, you should take a couple of days off either side of this date so that you have plenty of time to pack and then settle in. During this time, it may also help to start collecting cardboard boxes for packing – you can never have too many!

  • 1 month before

    Between 4-6 weeks before you move house, you should aim to book a removals company. Don’t leave it much later than this since many of the best firms get booked up in advance. Once you’ve chosen a company, arrange a free home visit. They will carry out a survey so that they can assess which items you require moving, allowing them to quote you accurately. If you’re happy with their quotation, sign the acceptance and return it to them. Make sure they have your contact number so they can get in touch with you easily.

    Once you’ve booked a removals company, it’s now time to start sorting through your possessions. Dispose of any unwanted items, including clothes you don’t wear anymore, expired makeup and old bills. Begin packing items you don’t use very often but want to keep, such as DVDs, books, and Christmas decorations. Sort them into boxes and label them appropriately.

    Consider your storage needs. Do you need to store some of your possessions in a secure storage facility? Many removals companies in Leeds offer this service, allowing you to keep your belongings safe and sound during the removals process.

    If you’re currently living in a rented property, this is usually the time you’ll need to tell your landlord that you’re moving out. Check your tenancy agreement to find out how much notice you need to provide.

  • 1 week before

    A week before your move, things are really starting to hot up. Around this time, you’ll need to inform your electricity and gas suppliers that you’re moving out. On the day of your move, provide them with accurate readings, keeping a note of these as well as the date you took them. This will help you in case you do not agree with the final bill.

    You should also consider rerouting your post around now. Royal Mail requires a minimum of five days for their Mail Redirection Service.

    Now comes the tough bit – packing! Start with non-essential items first, leaving things you’ll need in the week before you move. Make sure everything is packed into boxes that are clearly labelled. This will make unpacking everything so much easier. Many people choose to hire professional packing services when moving house. At Darvills of Leeds, we provide this service, with our team experienced in packing even the most delicate items safely and securely.

    Don’t forget to clean your home at this stage. Although it can be tempting to leave any mess for the new owner or tenant, this isn’t very good manners. Leaving a house clean and tidy is common courtesy.

  • The day before the move

    The day before you move house, pack any last-minute items as well as overnight bags containing essentials such as toiletries and clothes for the next day. If you have children, pack a few toys for the journey to keep them entertained. Don’t forget the keys to your new house!

  • The day of the move

    Fortunately, most tasks on the day of the move can be left to your removals company. Make sure you are though so that you can let them know what needs to be done and guide them around the property. At your new home, show the team where everything should go. Not only will this make unloading your belongings easier for them but it will also make the unpacking process so much simpler for you.

    Before you leave your old property, take a last look around to ensure you’ve not forgotten anything. Paintings, mirrors, and lampshades are often forgotten, so it’s important to double-check you have removed everything.

    We hope our removals checklist will help to make your house move go as smoothly as possible. Get in touch with the team at Metro Removals today to find out more about our removals services in Kettering and Market Harborough.

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We hope our removals checklist will help to make your house move go as smoothly as possible. Get in touch with the team at Metro Removals today to find out more about our removals services in Kettering and Market Harborough.

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Excellent4.9 Based on 32 reviews from review us onAnn Holyoak ★★★★★ I just wanted to get in touch to say a huge thank to Metro Removals for moving us from Uppingham to Desborough, with a full day off packing on the Thursday and getting as much in the van as possible, to finishing off on the Friday and moving us into our new home you staff, Dean, Liam, Alex and Pez were extremely helpful, willing to go the extra mile and courteous throughout.We haven’t finished unpacking yet, but so far no breakages and suspect there won’t be any. Well done to you all for a great job done and for the level of customer service we received!Thank you from the Holyoak Family.Response from the ownerHi Ann! Thank you for the lovely review and 5 stars! I'm so glad we were able to help you move and we hope you enjoy your new home!The Metro Removals Team Pippa Hobbs ★★★★★ Metro Removals provide the most amazing Service !! From the 1st Contact to the actual move, they did everything they could to help us at a very stressful time. The quote was competitive and they really delivered on the day. Punctual & professional, they loaded with skill & care. Drafting in additional crew on the move day to make the unload even quicker. Whilst we wont be contemplating another house move anytime soon, anyone that is, we highly recommend a call to Metro as your number one choice for removals.Response from the ownerHi Pippa! I'm so happy to hear we were able to help you during a stressful time. Thank you for using our services!The Metro Removals Team John Reynolds ★★★★★ We found metro very professional at all times and we have now unpacked and not found any damage. Great job definitely recommend this company 👌Response from the ownerHi John! Thank you for your review. I'm glad to hear our team were able to help you!The Metro Removals Team Jo Barber ★★★★★ Metro Removals have just moved us from Northamptonshire to France this week and have been efficient and professional throughout. All items packed well and customs inventory completed for us. Communication excellent from start to finish. Negotiated a very narrow lane expertly. Even the dog enjoyed their company!Response from the ownerHi Jo!Thank you for the review and 5 stars. I'm glad we were able to help you move to France. We're also glad that your dog was happy with our services!The Metro Removals Team Emma Orriss ★★★★★ Excellent service and very easy to work with from the moment I reached out for a quote. Made our move as easy at it could be and all our items were handled extremely carefully. Would recommend to anyone in the area without hesitation.Response from the ownerHi Emma, we're glad to hear! Thank you for your feedback and the 5 stars!The Metro Removals Team Mark Temperley ★★★★★ We used Metro Removals in November and they couldnt have been more helpful and efficient. Everything went very smoothly from the original booking to loading the day before and on the day of removal. Its very much a team effort with other staff joining the unloading once they had finished their jobs. Very highly recommended! Thanks to Lee and the teamResponse from the ownerHi Mark, we're happy to hear you were satisfied with our services. Thank you for the review!The Metro Removals Team Luke Parker ★★★★★ Metro removals were fantastic through out, they went above and beyond to ensure our move was as stress free as possible and I couldn’t recommend them highly enough!Excellent service all round!Response from the ownerHi Luke, thank you for the lovely review and 5 stars. We appreciate it!The Metro Removals Team Martyn Willows ★★★★★ Excellent service, loaded our belongings efficiently and carefully. At our new home they even carried out some tree surgery to access the entrance. They then worked really hard to u load with the same care. Thank you.Response from the ownerHi Martyn, thank you for the 5 stars and lovely review. We appreciate it!The Metro Removals Team Alison T ★★★★★ We recently used Metro Removals and have to say they were a pleasure to deal with. They were very efficient and the guys were very helpful and a credit to the company!I have no hesitation in recommending them!!Response from the ownerHi Alison, thank you for the review and 5 stars we appreciate it!The Metro Removals Team Linda Morrison ★★★★★ We moved on the hottest day over the year, 40 degress The lads were absolute heros and I would recommed them.Response from the ownerHi Linda, thank you for the 5 stars and lovely review.The Metro Removals Team Jenny Childs ★★★★★ Move very efficiently handled. The guys were helpful and polite. Recommended.Response from the ownerHi Jenny thanks for the comments and the 5 stars.The Metro Removals Team Sean Maxwell ★★★★★ Metro removals were excellent.We had lots of delays with our exchange ( which apparently is quite normal!). Lee was very reassuring that he would fit us in as soon as we had a date, which he did.We used the packing service which was well worth it. The packers were unobtrusive, quick and excellent, as were the team who moved our belongings into our new house.We paid for the delay insurance, we did not get our keys until 4.30pm ( which would have cost us more had we not taken it)!To be highly recommendedResponse from the ownerHi Sean, thanks for the 5 stars and the nice comments.The Metro Removals Team Peter Lancaster ★★★★★ What a crew we had to move us. So polite, so helpful, so fast and so professional. We can highly recommened these guys. Brilliant. A big thanks to Lee and his men.Response from the ownerHi Peter thank you for taking the time to leave the review. We will let the guys know what you have said. Enjoy your new home!The Metro Removals Team Amy Hayward-Paine ★★★★★ Managed to support my move needs at quite short notice, both for piano moving and a subsequent house move. Following an initial consultation, the team then arrived when expected, on time and were professional from start to finish. They worked non-stop and managed to keep smiling even though we moved in the rain. Would highly recommend.Response from the ownerHi Amy thank you for the nice comments and the recommendation.The Metro Removals Team Paul Cater ★★★★★ Last October we moved to Norfolk and selected Metro Removals as a preferred removal company. This is the second time we have used them after experiencing their unrivalled service back in 2007.Moving in a pandemic was stressful enough but the communication and responsiveness of Lee was great and the price was reasonable (compared to competitors).The team on the day were professional, thorough and hard working and we were up and running to a new adventure.At our new home access was not straight forward but they were brilliantly flexible and again worked hard to move us in without any issues.Would have no hesitation in recommending the team - selecting them a second time tells you everything about their service and I would use them again if I was in that area and moving.Response from the ownerHi Paul thank you for using us again and also for taking the time for the comments.The Metro Removals Team Craig Read ★★★★★ Excellent service from Dean & his team from us moving out storing our furniture and delivering to our new home the following week.Wouldhighly recommend for a stress free move.Response from the ownerHi Craig, Thanks for leaving the nice comments and the 5 stars. We appreciate it.The Metro Removals Team aca01gh ★★★★★ Brilliant company. Service was impeccable. The team who did our house were brilliant. I would not consider using any other company when moving house.Response from the ownerThank you for the comments and the 5 stars. We appreciate your business and the time you took to leave the review.The Metro Removals Team Dodge Miester ★★★★★ Great guys and very helpfulResponse from the ownerHi Dodge, Thanks for the 5 stars and the comments.The Metro Removals Team Deborah Wallis ★★★★★ The company were really patient with the many delays to our moving date. On the day the guys worked so hard to make everything go smoothly. It was a long distance move so they had to sleep in their lorry and unload the next day but their only concern was to make sure we were comfortable. Can't fault them.Response from the ownerHi Deborah, thank you for the review and the 5 stars. We will pass the comments on to the drivers.The Metro Removals Team Paul Collins ★★★★★ Lee and his team were very professional in all aspects of the move and they were great value compared to other brands. Would highly recommend Metro Removals Ltd to anyone moving or wanting their items stored.Response from the ownerHi Paul thank you for taking the time to leave the lovely comments.We hope that you enjoy your new home.The Metro Removals Team Patricia Gore ★★★★★ great removers had no problems at allResponse from the ownerThanks Patricia for the nice comments and the 5 stars!The Metro Removals Team Angela Ostrander ★★★★★ Professional, understanding, and courteous. I cannot thank the guys enough for all of their help on my home removal and storage.Response from the ownerHi Angela thank you so much for taking the time to leave the lovely review and the 5 stars. We all hope that you enjoy your new home.The Metro Removals Team Janice Aitkens ★★★★★ Great guys who did our move last Friday very helpful worked very hard on a very hot dayThanks to all the teamResponse from the ownerHi Janice, thanks for taking the time to leave the review. It was hot but we are always there on the day come rain or shine.The Metro Removals Team Meg Swanton ★★★★★ Response from the ownerHi Meg thank you for the 5 stars we appreciate it.The Metro Removals Team js_loader
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