Questions to Ask a Packing Service if you are Considering Using their Service

October 15, 2013 by  
Filed under Moving Tips

Packing is often the most stressful aspect of moving homes. Look around you; all those wooden furniture items, books, kitchen appliances, tables, chairs – it’s all too much sometimes to think about how you are logistically going to get everything organise and ready to go as soon as the removal men arrive.

Questions to Ask a Packing Service if you are Considering Using their Service

If it is too daunting a task, or you simply rather just not do, then there are packing companies out there who will do it all for you. For a price they will come round, pack everything away in a neatly and professional manner in the transport vessels they provide themselves. This will save you the time an effort of sourcing cardboard boxes, bubble-wrap, plastic containers, and whatever else, as well saving you time as you won’t have to pack anything. If you are considering using their service, below are some questions to ask your potential packing company:

• Are they available when you need them?
As you will have some time between finding out when you’re moving out and the actual day you are moving out, your availability should be quite flexible. But this is no ways means leaving booking a packing service, if you require one, to the last minute. As soon as you find your move out day, phone up packing services to see if they are available on any day that you too are also available. If they are fully booked, then there is not much point continuing the conversation – you’ll have to look elsewhere for your packing needs.

• What service do they provide?
Like with every other industries, the services that packing companies provide will vary from a full packing service (where they will pack away everything you own ready for the removal company London as soon as they knock on the door) to a lighter service (when they only pack what you tell them to pack). What you decide will largely be down to how much money you are willing to pay. If money is no option, then why not chose a full packing service. But if you are working to a budget, then a lighter service is probably right for you.

• Do they provide an insurance policy?
Accidents happen: it may not be anyone’s fault, but whether it happens or not, it’s always nice to have financial security for the worst case scenario. Most packing services will recognise that accidents happen on the job and, as such, will offer insurance policies to ensure that if the worst does happen you’ll be fully compensated for it.

• Do they provide their own packing materials?
Almost all certainly will, but there may be the odd one that doesn’t. With this in mind, it’s always best to ask just in case. If you already have the packing materials but just can’t be bothered to do the packing, then ask them that if they will provide a discount if they provide their own packing materials.

• How much do they charge?
This, by all accounts, is probably the most pertinent question you can ask. Do not by any means take the first quote you are offered – it probably won’t be the cheapest. Shop around multiple companies to get the best range of quotes you can, and then use those quotes as leverage against other companies. This will ensure you that you get the most out of your pounds. The price of hiring a packing company will largely depend on the service you require. Needless to say, a more extensive service will cost more and a less extensive one will cost less. Whatever you decide to choose is down to you, your individual circumstances, and your budget.

Basic Guide to Renting Your First House/Flat

October 2, 2013 by  
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Renting your first property can be overwhelming for many reasons. There is a lot of paperwork to sort out and even more organising to be done before you even come close to moving home. There are so many considerations to decide upon when choosing a place to live and one of your main priorities should be deciding on your budget. Once you have your budget sorted there are many agencies that specialise in renting out homes and a lot of options to choose from. When renting, a security deposit needs to be paid by each of the tenants as an insurance that you will ensure the upkeep of the property is maintained.

Basic guide to renting your first house

Deciding on all inclusive or not can really make a difference to your experience with renting. All inclusive is a suggested idea for first time renters, as you don’t have to chase up your housemates for the electricity or water bills and there are no arguments about who has used more water this month or who keeps their lights on constantly. This is however, a typically an option at the higher end of the budget scale.

Renting a home that isn’t all inclusive does make the monthly rent cheaper and does prepare you for what it’s like to own your own house. If this is what you decide on, make sure you ask about the typical bill prices so you don’t get a big surprise when your first bill comes through and you find yourself short on cash. The choice is yours but make sure you thoroughly think this through; it will save a lot of hassle in the long run.

You also have the option of fully furnished, partly furnished or unfurnished. If you do have a furnished home, most land lords will provide you with an inventory which you must complete to insure everything that is supposed to be there is and is fully functioning. This will be checked over once your tenancy is terminated and any damages or missing items will be deducted from your initial rental deposit.

If you’re going to be renting with friends, be sure to pick them VERY carefully. Living habits clash and a lot of fall outs can occur when someone does things very differently to you or doesn’t live up to your cleanliness expectations. One big thing that a lot of people forget about is the local area! This is where you are going to be living so make sure it’s in an area where you can feel comfortable. If you don’t drive, make sure you have access to public transportation to and from wherever you may need to go in a regular basis. Local services may also be of interest to you such as supermarkets, pubs, etc.

Before your place is secured, a number of details may be asked of you to ensure you can afford the property. A credit check will be carried out to look at your reliability of paying obligatory bills on time just to make sure they won’t have to chase you up every month. They may also ask about your general income and if your wage is or is not sufficient, they may ask you to produce a guarantor as a security measure if there is a concern that you may be unable to pay your rent or bills.
Renting is a great kick start on starting your own life, but you have to make sure you make all of the informed choices so you don’t find it a troubling experience.

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