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Moving to Newbury and Berkshire – a No-Nonsense Guide

Posted on March 2, 2020 by Peter Donaldson
Moving to Newbury and Berkshire – a No-Nonsense Guide

If you’re moving to Newbury or Berkshire this year, it’s always helpful to have useful information at hand while you start planning everything. There are various steps you need to take when moving to a new house or apartment, and it’s easy to miss something important. That’s why the Camp Hopson team put together this general guide to moving to or in Newbury and Berkshire.

Planning on Relocating to or within Berkshire?

Relocating to a new house or flat usually means lots of organising, which might be a responsibility to sort out on your own. And if your big move is heading to or from another part of the country, then you’ll have your hands full. Especially if you also have a young family and/or a business career schedule to work around.

For people who famously put things off, it’s time to get out of that habit and take some proactive steps. Starting today, you can organise your relocation and stick to a plan of action. It might seem daunting for some. Others might be a little too laid back in their approach. By planning everything in detail, you can set aside a few tasks per week to make things simpler.

At Camp Hopson, we move thousands of people in Berkshire every month, and our team have experience in every kind of removals job. Without fail, whenever significant issues arise, it’s usually from poor planning or missing crucial tasks off your ‘to-do’ list. To make sure you’re ready for your move, this blog will help you prepare thoroughly to enjoy a successful relocation.

A Range of Removals and Storage Services –

The Camp Hopson range of removals and storage packages allow you more choice, and we aim to cater for everyone’s situation. Our priority is to match your requirements with the correct service. We do this by discussing and assessing every aspect of your relocation. This includes what furniture and appliances you’re moving with. We’ll also discuss storage options if there are gaps in moving dates.

For a smaller volume of possessions, we will suggest our Man & Van service. There are various benefits when using a man with a van service in Newbury and Berkshire. The smaller vehicles can avoid congestion by taking minor roads to beat the traffic. Furthermore, the vans don’t take up much space and are easy to load and unpack.

When people are moving out of a three, four or five-bed house, we will advise that you book our Home Removals service. The reason for this is because we use our larger removal vans for this package. This service is ideal for longer distance removals jobs, such as national and European relocations. We can move you in one journey with the bigger vans which makes things more efficient.

Create a Moving Checklist for your Relocation –

We’ll cut straight to the point. After reading this section, you’ll need to create a moving checklist. This list needs to contain every aspect of your relocation, including a reminder to contact your utility providers. To begin, you should note the date of your relocation and work backwards to the present day. Then you’ll know how many weeks and months you have available to complete everything.

Then the second task could be the most important you’ll make for your relocation – booking with Camp Hopson. One of the many benefits of using us for your move is our ongoing assistance. We’ll even help you put together a moving checklist. Break down every task into smaller action points and see what you can achieve this week.

It would be best if you sell or give away any furniture and appliances you no longer use. The fewer things you move with will allow you to start life in your new home without any clutter. You should also make sure your current house is spotless before you leave, especially if you’re trying to get a rental deposit back. And we tend to advise people to give their new home the same treatment before they unpack everything.

Although packing tends to happen during the final week before a relocation, it’s worth organising things now. Camp Hopson provides a Packing service, which will give you the peace of mind that experts are handling your belongings. This is essential to safeguard your possessions while they’re in transit. It will also free up more time for you to concentrate on other essential tasks for your big move.

Tips when Packing to Avoid Damage During Relocation –

There are a few things to consider before you start packing, so take your time and don’t jump into action yet. The first thing you should consider is reducing the number of things you’re relocating with. You’ll most likely have items you no longer use, ready to be put into boxes. There’s no point in keeping anything for the sake of it. Declutter, give away or sell instead. You’re less likely to overpack boxes by doing this, and you can even save money on your removals booking.

The more time you give yourself when packing, the less likely you are to panic and rush things. And remember to be mindful of the objects that you put in the same box or container. A glass vase should never be in the same box as a heavy object. It’s also wise to use lots of packaging inside of boxes with fragile items, as well as to use internal and external padding.

The boxes or containers you use might make all the difference. Especially if you try and use old boxes from the corner shop or supermarket. They are often left in damp conditions and are ready to break at the slightest knock. Don’t risk your possessions for the sake of saving money – purchase some decent boxes or sturdy plastic containers.

Using Self Storage for Gaps in Moving Dates –

Although you might consider it to be poor planning, a surprising number of people find themselves with gaps in moving dates. However, it’s more to do with trying to sell their current property which means sacrificing several weeks or months without moving correctly. It all depends on how much you want and are willing to compromise to land your perfect home.

Additionally, people might find themselves between properties due to a national or international relocation which can take more time to complete. This creates a limbo where they live between two houses or flats while things are finalised, often for work or visa holdups. Whatever the reasons, the main thing to remember here is the security of your possessions.

If you find yourself in this situation, you need to have a contingency plan, and storage is the ideal solution for this scenario. It’s much easier to rent a basic short-term rental property for yourself or family that’s smaller and cheaper than one that can store all your possessions. Plus, storage is much less expensive than residential rental prices. You could rent a small apartment and keep everything in storage, and it would cost you less than a larger property.

The Importance of Online Ratings for a Successful Move –

It’s crucial that you use a reliable removals company when moving to a new home. You’ll have to do additional planning and research, but it’s worth the additional effort to find one with a strong reputation for customer service. Your belongings are worth protecting from damage and breakages that can occur from poor service.

Companies gain and increase their reputation with positive testimonials and customer feedback. That’s where Google Live and other rating services like Trustpilot play an essential role. You can see what rating out of five a company receives, plus feedback from previous customers. It’s also a good idea to phone and email companies to gauge how quickly and thoroughly they respond.

That’s why booking with Camp Hopson is a step in the right direction because we’re a five-star removals company. Also, you should possibly avoid companies with less than an overall rating of four stars. We’re not saying this to be mean to other removals companies, but you also should never settle for unsatisfactory service.

Camp Hopson – Newbury and Berkshire’s Favourite Removals and Storage Company –

Camp Hopson has been relocating people in Berkshire and the neighbouring counties for over one hundred and fifty years. We often take on removal’s jobs from larger cities like London and other parts of Southern England. Our company’s ethos is to work closely with our customers to ensure we can help them get the service they require.

The Camp Hopson team will guide you through the planning stages of your next relocation, and we guarantee that your possessions will be safe in transit. Customer service is paramount to us, and we will always do our best to provide you with helpful information. And by booking with us, we’ll be in your corner at every stage of your big move.

If you’re planning a relocation in Newbury or Berkshire, contact us today. We have a range of removal and storage services that