29Jul 2015

removals and storage


Ask anyone who has had to move house to Hampstead before, and they’ll probably tell you it was one of the most stressful experiences of their lives. While this is invariably true, there are certain things you can do to make the whole ordeal a little easier, and keep your mind on the exciting new beginnings that come with moving house to NW3, rather than the stress of the actual process. Most of what you can do to take the stress out of moving house comes down to preparation, and there are few things more important in that respect than protecting your belongings.


insurance policy


Whether you’re planning to put your possessions in storage, transport them to your new house in Hampstead, NW3 yourself, or hire a professional removal company to do the work, there are always things that can go wrong during the process, which could potentially cause irreparable damage to something with high monetary or sentimental value. One precaution a lot of people aren’t even aware of is moving insurance. While there are a lot of things you can do yourself to ensure your things are safe, investing in moving insurance will give you complete peace of mind. Unless you’re a spy or international jewel thief, you probably won’t need this kind of cover for an extended period of time, so make sure you go through a few good comparison websites to find the cheapest policy you can.


packing materials


In practical terms, there are even more things you can do to prepare your belongings for the movers. Bubble wrap, newspaper, and foam peanuts will all come in handy when you come to the packing stage of moving house for adding extra cushioning to your possessions. Screwed-up sheets of newspaper can be highly effective here, but try and choose pages without too much print. As you probably already know, many newspapers will rub their ink off on anything they touch, including any decorative fabrics you want to take to your new place. Any fragile items should be given a couple layers of bubble wrap, then buried in foam peanuts for extra security. Marking these boxes “fragile” will also ensure that any movers you decide to hire will handle them with care. When you’ve looked around every room and are sure it’s time to close the boxes up, make sure you have a good, strong packing tape. Many people when moving house to NW6 make the mistake of using cello tape or masking tape, however these materials are often not strong enough to seal a moving box properly.


secure storage


If you’re planning to keep your possessions in storage for an extended period of time, it may also be worth investing in a moisture barrier, especially if the storage facility has a concrete floor. Although they’re excellent for keeping out pests, concrete floors have an annoying tendency to release water vapour and air in warm conditions. Plastic sheeting is often sold at storage facilities, and serves as a great moisture barrier, which will protect your furniture from mildew related problems. It’s also a good idea to dismantle the furniture you plan to take to your new house in Hampstead. Although this may take a lot of time, it does a great job of protecting your furniture from scratches and other marks, but will also maximise the space you have available, and make transportation much easier. This can spell disaster, however, if you’re not careful and organized about it. If you choose to dismantle your furniture for storage, keep track of all the little parts like screws, nuts and bolts, and keep them in a clear resealable bag taped to part of the furniture.



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