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Choosing a Nottingham Removals Company

Choosing a Nottingham removals company to help you move house is not like choosing a new brand of shampoo or choosing to have a Starbucks Caffè Latte rather than a Costa Coffee Macchiato.

If the shampoo makes your hair smell like a wet pigeon you stop using it; if you prefer the Starbucks blend to the Costas blend then you don’t go back to Costa. The consequences are short lived and almost inconsequential.

If you are an average person you’ll probably move house, flat or apartment about once every 6 or 7 years. This makes the choice of a removals company in Nottingham a bit of a gamble and demands careful research.

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When moving yourself is a bad idea

If you are selling your property and moving out on the day of exchange and completion then timing is everything.

You don’t want the professional removals company who your purchaser picked, waiting for you to move your furniture out of the property you have just sold. Your purchasers won’t thank you for it since it adds another layer of tension to an already fraught day.

Do-It-Yourself Removals

The formula is simple: You hire a van, post a message on facebook to your 279 ‘friends’ that you are moving and need help; 6 agree to turn up and help with the promise of free beer and pizza; you pick-up the van in the morning – although you got stuck at the van hire company because you couldn’t find the other half of your driving licence, they eventually send you on your way.

On arriving back at your house, flat or apartment – only 3 friends have turned up. You need to be clear of the property by 2pm, so the pressure is on to get moving. It starts raining. You spend half-an-hour attempting to dismantle your bed. Facebook Removal Friend #1 has to go as his amateur model of a girlfriend has called with a better offer (yes, we all have a friend like that!); Facebook Removal Friend #2 has a dodgy knee so can only carry small, light items.

You get the idea. It doesn’t take much for a DIY move to fall apart and throw the whole move out.

Assuming you hired a van, you don’t want to be making multiple trips because you miscalculated the size of the van or your ‘crew’ lacks the skills (and it is a skill!) to pack a van, to maximise the available space whilst ensuring nothing is damaged in transit.

If timing is not an issue and you can afford to make 10 trips with a half-packed van or if you can get a seasoned DIY mover on board with the confidence to direct your ‘crew’, then you may be able to pull off the perfect DIY move.

When moving yourself is a good idea

Sometimes circumstances dictate that there is no other option, whether this is due to financial pressures or an immediate need to vacate your property with no time to organise a professional mover.

If  a DIY removal is your only choice – through bad planning or sudden changes in circumstances and it becomes too late to book a professional removal company you will be  left hitting the phones trying to organise a self-drive van and a group of friends.

Is moving house stressful?

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House For Sale

Moving house is often quoted as being a highly stressful event second maybe to divorce or bereavement. Does it need to be like this though?

Selling and buying a property with exchange of contracts and completion due on the same day is likely the biggest cause of stress.

In recent times there has been a move to exchanging  contracts prior to the completion of the sale.

Once contracts are exchanged, all parties are legally bound to complete the sale or purchase. If sellers or buyers now wish to walk away from transactions they have committed to, they can be held legally accountable.

By arranging the transaction in this way the day of your move can be arranged and reasonably relied upon.

On the day of completion the process of transferring funds can commence. This is typically the original deposit and funds being drawn down from lenders and sent to the next solicitor along the chain. Depending on the length of the chain and where you are in it this should be the most stressful part of your day.

Once the sale of the property you are moving from is completed, you will need to vacate it; likewise you would legally have right of possession over the property you are moving to.

All financial transfers are performed electronically most likely using CHAPS. Before such things had been implemented the movement of the money from buyer to seller was probably a more relaxed affair with some tangible evidence that something had or had not been done.

If you are using a professional removals company your move will need to be booked in well in advance of the actual move date.

If you are in a chain then there needs to be plenty of communication between you, your removal company, your solicitors and the others in the chain and once the completion date is known, confirm this in writing to your removal company.