Choosing a Removal Company

Time and again on our Facebook group and via emails we are asked about removal companies so I'm delighted to share this article about choosing a removal company.  My own advice, to add, is to get a couple of quotes and don't always go for the cheapest.  Check references and it's worth talking to people such as Gentleman and a Van but also talk to removal companies in your new area as another option.  They must be used to London moves too, because negotiating London streets is no easy task! Questions to ask when deciding on a removal company Whether you are moving to the next door street, another city or even another country, choosing the right removal company can make all the difference when moving home. Here are some useful things to consider when choosing the right company. Do I need to use a removal company? Never underestimate the amount of physical and mental organisation it takes to move the contents of your home. Packing boxes is just the start but lugging boxes and furniture into and out of a van and up and down stairs can be exhausting and extremely time-consuming. Using a removal company will take this burden off your shoulders and free you up to concentrate on all the other things associated in moving. In the great scheme of things, removals is not the expensive part of moving home.   Do I need to get more than one quote? It’s always sensible to get two or three quotes from professional removal companies well in advance of your completion date. Don’t just take price into account,...

Making moving day easier

There are plenty of articles and clever websites to help you move, telling you how to cancel your milk, change your bank and inform the premium bonds chaps you’ve moved, so I’m not about to repeat all that has gone before. However, I did think we could consolidate a few tips to help you on moving day.  I’m making the massive assumption that you’ve got a removal company helping and you aren’t doing a DIY move it job.  So forgive me if you’re doing it yourself but some of these tips will apply ...keeping biscuits close at hand applies both to removal men and family members alike! In no particular order  It’s really dull but de-clutter before the removal men arrive.  You are paying these guys to move you and moving piles of junk that you meant to take to Charity is a real waste of time.  Be ruthless - moving is a good opportunity.  Set yourself small target areas and don’t beat yourself up if you want to keep a tatty old jug - that’s fine too as long as you love it. Get a quote for packing from the removal men. If you’ve got children you’ll be amazed at how much quicker and more efficiently these guys can pack up a family house.  It takes them two days when it would probably take us nearer a week.  They lovingly wrap all your crockery and bits and bobs, they don’t hold back on paper and bubble wrap.  The packing service is invaluable. Photograph every cupboard (kitchen included) in the new house – it can really help with unpacking...

Moving out of London and Your Working Life

  How to keep earning money and move out of London If you’ve won the lottery and you’re on the move you need not read on any further! If you’re a more ordinary human, you’re most likely considering the move but wondering how best to manage that crazy little thing called work.  You’ve got options and we’ve given you some food for thought right here.   The Commuter - keep the job and make the move Things to know Commuting from out of London is different and you'll need to be willing to adapt and change your routine to accommodate the change - it's not just a longer version of what you've already done and you'll need to get your head in the game. For most people, an hour and a half total journey would be the optimum. Being able to walk to the station makes a huge difference to your sense of wellbeing. Once arriving in London ideally you’ll only have one tube or bus - the more changes the more hassled the journey becomes. Having a drive of less than 15 minutes to the station means that part of the journey feels insignificant. Driving to a station further away or getting the slower train can mean you can park/get a seat. Considerations and questions to ask yourself Do you know the cost of a season ticket (if you’re working from home some days you might not need one but then you’ll need to do the sums - it soon adds up)? What are the parking charges (they can add as much as £1,500 per annum to your...

Real Story – New Build in West Sussex

Although our website is called Life After London there was never anything intended to exclude others moving from different areas, the key is we are here to help with any move and I'm delighted to share Octavia's story of their move.  It's especially interesting because she left an area many aspire to move to, and moved into a new build, highlighting some of the issues that you might want to consider. Forewarned is forearmed after all.    The search for Good Schools We moved to West Sussex in January 2016.  We’d been looking for a while and were concentrating our search on 3 very different areas, all with one thing in common: good schools!   Hot House Rejection We moved from Bucks / Berks borders, in Bourne End, near Marlow, where prices are astronomical and outstripped our finances, and schools are 1) excellent if your child gets into the grammar system, or 2) mediocre at best.  As we weren’t keen to “hot-house” our children with tutoring, and would rather rely on their natural abilities to enable them to achieve their best, whilst maintaining a healthy balance of school and leisure time, we decided to move away from this system.      The Golden Hour with friends Another criteria was that we wanted to be within 1 hour of London, oh and we should know someone who lives or has ties to the area we chose.  Our short list was: Winchester, Cambridge, and Horsham and we viewed houses in all these locations.  We were beaten (in sealed bids) to a house in both Winchester and Cambridge, so we elected for a...

When should we move out of London?

Moving Out of London - Questions to Ask About Whether you Should Move and About When you Should Move   Should we move out of London? Is the thought of moving engulfing every waking hour? Some times when it's all you can think about, and dream about, you forget to consider the reality of the move.  Whilst we absolutely love supporting people as they move, we also want you to consider real life and the fact that the move doesn't solve all ills.  You need to get practical from the start - try to remove the rose-tinting just for the planning stage and think logistics and practicality for now.  Consider life now, and what it looks like out of London - whilst I don't want to put you off I do want you to get honest with yourselves.  Asking yourselves what you're trying to achieve might help focus the mind from the roses growing up the garden fence (or whatever it is you're dreaming about) Have all your friends left? At times it can feel like you're the last family standing and as such, it can drive you to question your whole London life.  Whilst the move may be right for your family, you need to try not to be overly influenced by friends.  We all love our friendship groups and it can be unnerving when the NCT group start to disperse, but moving at the right time for you is important, rather than just following the crowd.  The same goes for choosing the area - yes you listen to what the fresh-faced new life after Londoners tell you,...