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Moving House With a Baby or Toddler

The first few years of parenthood can be some of the stressful times of a parent’s life, as can moving house - so what exactly can you expect when you combine the two? When you're looking to begin the house move process, it's important to follow a few simple tips to make it as pain free as possible for the whole family.

Plan Ahead

This one may sound simple, but real planning can be overlooked when you're trying to raise a baby and manage a home at the same time as arranging a house move. Make sure you have friends and family with the moving date firmly set aside in their diaries, so you have plenty of extra hands to help along the way.

Professional Help

When it comes to removal companies London has a lot to offer, so find one that suits you and is reliable. You want a company with years of experience and trained removals and packing teams, to ensure you can at least lay some of your worries onto someone else. It’s also good to look for a family run business - when you’re rushed off your feet it’s good to have that personal touch from someone who understands.

Get Baby Settled

Moving house may feel daunting to you, but imagine how it feels for a young one. If they’ve been in the same home since they were born then a change of environment may unsettle them at first. Make sure you make the nursery as familiar as possible with key items from your old home and comforters to help to bed the baby in. If you have a toddler, it helps if you can take them along to viewings, so it’s somewhere they’ve been before and you can drum up excitement!

Babysitting

Don’t try and do everything yourself. If there are family and friends who are willing to take your little one for a few hours to give you time to pack, unpack, tidy or decorate, then take the offer. You can even join them if you get some spare time! If you can hand over to your chosen company for removals London is full of things for the kids to enjoy, so help them get excited not just by their new home but their new surroundings.

Moving house is a big job and being a parent is even bigger, but combining the two doesn’t need to be too stressful! Most importantly, you can start a new chapter of making memories together.
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The best time of year to move house

Moving house at any time of year is a complicated business. If you’re thinking about moving into a new home or rental, you may find yourself wondering if there’s a better time to do it?

New Year
A New Year home move can sound like a great idea, especially if you want to start the year as you mean to go on, and get the moving part out of the way as early as possible. Whilst January is a great time to ensure you get to see your home in every season in the first year, there are a few things to bear in mind. The leg work of a house move happens in the months and weeks before, so a January move means your Christmas could involve a lot of packing and boxes.

The same can be said for a Christmas moving date, as many dream of being in their new home just before Christmas Day. Whilst the romance around the idea is great, December can be hectic enough!

It’s also good to keep in mind the weather around this time. When it comes to removal companies London has plenty of firms who will be more than willing to work in all conditions, but when you’re dealing with loading and unloading in ice, wind and even snow, it may not be the best choice!

Summer
Summer at least takes the edge off the weather worries for you, but a good thing to keep in mind for a summer move is that children are on holiday. If you’re moving with a family, this could have either a positive or negative effect on your move. On the good side, you’ll have extra hands to help the process along and they can be involved every step of the way, which should help them settle into the new home more quickly. However, there’ll be times that you want to work on unpacking and packing on your own, and children may not be the most helpful of extra hands, if they begin to find the process tedious. You’ll need to make sure you have plenty of babysitters and activities on hand to keep little ones entertained.

Spring and Autumn, with their milder weather and minimal school holidays seem to be a good bet for your house move. In terms of removals London can bring its own complications, at any time of the year, but many companies offer full service removals, to make the move as stress-free as possible. The important thing to do is choose what suits you and your family best.
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How to Prepare Children for Moving House

It’s long been said that moving house is the single most stressful thing someone can do, though parents would probably argue that having children is pretty stressful too. So, imagine trying to move house with kids! Read on for some tips to minimise the upheaval and make things run more smoothly for everyone.

Prior to the Move

Children like routine, so any suggestions that their habits might change is a cause for them to worry. Be open with them from the outset and try to build excitement about the new home, how much fun it’s going to be, and how it's a new chapter in everyone’s lives. Planning the decor in a new bedroom is a good focus for children of any age, and do some research on the great new things of interest for each member of the family - how far from nearest playgrounds, library, cinema, coffee shop, or if your move requires removals London-based, the nearest tube station etc.

Listen to their concerns and be sure to acknowledge them as valid. Where appropriate, offer solutions such as trips back to see old friends. Choose from the list of reputable removal companies London or locally based, depending on where you’re moving from and to. An all-inclusive service will help the process run more smoothly for everyone.

Moving Day

The day will go much more smoothly if very small children are out of the way being looked after by someone else, however much they want to ‘help.’

With smaller kids, it’ll be a much smoother process for you if you arrange for them to be looked after by someone else. Older children might be more helpful, but they might prefer not to be involved too. If there will be children around, try to pack their favourite things last so there is familiarity for them as long as possible, and have that box to hand for arrival so it quickly feels like home.

After the Move

Giving the children a focus of getting their room straight and organising their things will give you a bit of time to sort the rest of the house, so unpack their furniture first. Give them space to adjust to their new surroundings and take everything in, and then consider ‘exploring’ things together. Try to keep as much routine as possible to help, so things like meal times and bed times.

Don’t be too concerned if children don’t appear to love the new house and new neighbourhood straight away, or even if they seem to feel the complete opposite. Adjusting can take several weeks.
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Remove the stress from moving day

Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful things you can do in your life. A lot of that stress can bubble over into moving day itself, as there is just so much to organise. When it comes to removals London can be even more stressful than most other locations, due to the hectic traffic and car-lined streets with nowhere to fit a removals lorry.With over 15 years' experience, we understand the importance of preparation, organisation and communication to ensure that moving day goes as smoothly as possible. To that end, we have put together our top five tips to help minimise the stress of moving day:

1. Plan ahead
Packing up a whole house's belongings can be overwhelming. Don't leave things to the last minute. If you are not going to need something for a week or more, pack it well before moving day.

2. Label everything
Put a label on the side and the top of each box, so that you can see what is in it no matter which way it has been packed into the van. Put a label on everything. We have known customers take bags full of clothes to the tip in error, after failing to label them. Avoid costly mistakes like that, by being meticulous with your labelling.

3. Communicate with your removals company
It is best to let your removals company know if you have big and heavy items to move, such as a piano or a large fridge, for example. Moving such items can impact on timescales and cost, and they may need certain equipment.

4. Have enough boxes
You can buy all of the packing materials you need, and this is something often offered by removal companies. Of course, you could spend every trip to the supermarket searching for spare cardboard boxes, but these are often not strong enough and they are all irregular sizes, making stacking difficult.

5. Find a pet and/or baby sitter
Moving day is hard work. It can be doubly hard if you also have young children or pets with you. To ensure that you can focus on the move, it can help to arrange for someone else to look after them for the day.

If you are searching for experienced and professional removal companies London offers a wide selection to choose from. We can provide an all-inclusive tailor made quote, to include packing materials, packing and unpacking assistance, insurance, and storage.
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Stamp Duty Increases Number of London Tenants

London is infamous for its high rents and high property prices. It is likely that due to an increase in stamp duty, the average rental cost will increase yet further.

Renting and Moving House

The growth is because foreign billionaires are apparently now deciding to rent rather than buy due to the increase to 15% for stamp duty on second homes. Accordingly to the property data service LonRes, as a result there was apparently an increase of 28% to the number of properties that let for over £3,000 a week in the last three months of 2016.

Those who rent their property in London know how fickle the rental market is - it is often the case that tenants have to move house annually due to a myriad of reasons. Whether you are renting your property for £400 or £40,000 per week, when moving you will find that for efficient and friendly removal companies London has a wide choice.

Often rental properties can not be secured more than 1 month in advance, sometimes as little as 2 weeks notice is given. For suitable assistance ensure your removals London firm can arrange the removals at short notice, and is available at the weekend.

Knowledgeable and Affordable

With the high rents that are usually required for most properties and the obligation to pay a security deposit, the last thing most tenants want to do is to pay additional money on a removals service. For this reason, if you are seeking removals London make sure that they are going to be able to provide you with a fully inclusive quotation. Are they going to assist with packing? If you use a local firm that is well established in the area they are more likely to be able to provide you with an accurate estimate as they will be aware of any likely difficulties on the route you will be taking, for example. If your removals estimate is accurate you are less likely to face any nasty hidden extras when the bill arrives.

If you are biting the bullet and buying despite the increase in stamp duty, then it will be even more important to ensure you know exactly how much your move is going to cost. Removals firms such as London Removals provide comprehensive estimates for an all-inclusive service, and with over 15 years of experience in the industry they will be able to guide you through the process to avoid any additional stresses when the big day arrives.
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Moving in London

Moving can be very stressful. In fact, some studies show that moving is one of the most stressful life events, but you can reduce that stress, however, by managing your moves carefully. In London removals are more frequent than in most of the UK, especially if you live in privately rented accommodation, so it makes sense to ensure that you have a removals firm who are well-established, experienced and offer the right kind of service.

Moving in the Big City

For removal companies London offers particular challenges. It’s a huge, bustling city, with areas that can be awkward to navigate in a big vehicle, heavy traffic and, of course, even the congestion charge in certain places. When you’re choosing a removals firm, you need to check that they have worked in London previously and are aware of the problems the the capital can pose. Customised removals vehicles are available from good removals firms, who will also give you a quotation at your home so that they can clearly estimate how much they need to move. They will also check that when you arrive at your destination, your furniture can be moved into your new home - sometimes you need to dismantle and then reassemble larger items.

Moving Quickly

Because so many people in London live in privately rented accommodation, they often move more frequently or at shorter notice. Moving often doesn’t necessarily make it any easier, though! Some companies such as London Removals offer short term removals devices and also secure storage facilities, for those times when your move is not as perfectly coordinated as you might like! These firms also offer a professional packing service which is part of their overall quotation, so you can be sure that your belongings are securely and safely packed by professionals. They also work at weekends, so your move can be planned for a time that’s convenient for you even if it is short notice.

Packing it up

Even if you do move frequently - in fact, especially if you do move quickly - packing is always a chore. It’s also a surprisingly complicated task and one that needs doing well if your belongings are to arrive at your new home in one piece. Frequent movers won’t be surprised to learn that for removals London companies offer a professional packing service, and companies like London Removals offer a free supply of packing materials as well. Trained professionals can pack your belongings quickly and efficiently for removal and for storage, and professionally packed items are always covered by insurance if the worst should happen.
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