MOVING HOME TIPS WHEN MOVING WITHIN LONDON
Everyday long traffic. Hard to find parking spaces. This is a typical day in London. This is why it is so important to have local movers booked for your already stressful moving day. They will know the area and what is needed to make it looks easy. If a parking suspension is needed, each moving company should know how to do it for you.
Moving within London means using lifts and stairs, so you have to prepare the movers with enough information, like photos or even arranging a home visit. Read our 5 moving home tips and be better prepared:
Tip one: Suspend or reserve parking at your old and new address if possible
Every moving company will be very gratefull if they arrive at the address and they have space to park. Parking in London is very hard to manage and free parking spaces are not much. Our best advice is to book parking suspension through your local council. You can also ask your moving company to do it for you, but they might charge you additionaly for administrative charges.
Tip two: Width and height restrictions
If you are moving out of a bigger house, most probably you want the removals company to send the biggest lorry they have. When planning the move, the removals manager will need to know the total volume of your belongings, so he/she can plan what size of vehicle has to be sent. Sometimes only one vehicle might not be enough, so a second or a third might be needed. This is why most moving companies are keen to visit your home prior to your move. Neither you or the removal men do not want to be surpised with the volume to be loaded. Most, if not all, London moving companies has and prefer to use the famous Luton type van. This is a 3.5t box van which is usually suitable for one and two bedrooms properties. It is big enough for couple of pieces of furniture and all boxes and bags. It is small enough to manouver through the busy London traffic and narrow street. For a bigger properties, removal companies usually use 7.5t , 10t or 12.5t lorries. These specially designed truck can move easily a three or four bedrooms property, but there are complications when using these vehicles in London. In many places there are width restrictions in place and lorries might be forbidden to pass through. The driver will need to circle around to find a suitable place to enter your street or it might not be even possible to enter at all. There are also bridges and tunnels, where there is a hight restriction in place and a removal lorry will not be allowed to pass through. Finally there are bridges around London and on Thames river, which forbid vehicles with certain weight to use the bridge. All these restrictions are very important for the removal company and their transport manager, so they can plan the moving route. The movers will need to know if there are any width and height restriction in your area. Be aware any overhead cables in front of your property, could also cause a serious problem too. So remember, when visiting your new property, do check the parking situation and any lorry restrictions, so you can advise the moving company accordingly.
Tip three: Extra charges if you live in Central London
Living in Central part of London is amazing. Moving to Central London ( like Mayfair and Westminster) is great. If you will be using a London moving company to help you move, be aware there are some extra charges when using certain type of vehicles in some central parts of London. From Monday to Friday vehicles entering central London must pay daily charge, called Congestion Charge. This is from 7 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday. You can check the congestion charge map here, to find if your address is within that area. So if you want to avoid paying extra, try to organize your move to be one over the weekend.
Another extra transport fare is ULEZ charge, or Ultra Low Emission Zone. This is to help improve the air quality in central London and it operates 24hrs, 365 days of the year. Vehicles with EURO 6 engines are exempt from paying this charge. It is worth getting a removal company with newer vehicle. This is another sign the removals firm really care about their customers and the moving experience. In case the vehicle do not meet the EURO 6 emissions standards, vehicles up to 3.5t will have to pay £12.50 per day. Lorries over 3.5t pay a daily charge of £100. This is a big difference when planning your moving budget, so be wise and careful when choosing the best London moving company and your moving day.
Tip four: Let the neighbours know
When moving into a new flat or a quiet street, it will be nice to let the neighbours know which day it will be and the time you are planning the removal company to arrive. No one likes big removal vans to park in front causing chaos and blocking the road. Certainly no one likes the sound of loud removal men outside or the noise coming from moving heavy furniture through the stairs. If you inform your new neighbours the day you are moving in, they might even make it easier by going out for the day. A simple card through the post with a sincere apology will be hundred times better than a late apology after the move is over and every neighbour is still recovering from the chaos and obstruction caused.
Tip five: London`s rush hour
Officialy the population in London i over eight million people and it is growing hourly. Every year the London traffic is becoming bigger and bigger. The number of vehicles using the streets are growing in numbers, but using the same London road network which hardly change. And we must add the normal roadworks, which are never stopping.
Same as all big cities in the world, London has traffic rush hours. Bookamover advise you to try to avoid it when moving. The more the removal van is sitting in the traffic, the more you will probably have to pay.
There are two times of the day which you need to try to avoid. This is from 7.30am to 10 am in the morning and from 4.30pm to 6.30pm in the evening. These are time when everyone goes to work or take the kids to school in the morning and leave work in the afternoon.
If your move is big, try to get the removal company to start early- 7 or 8 am. If they manage to load untill lunch time they will also avoid the afternoon traffic and will be on time at the new property to unload. Save yourself the headache and extra costs by planning the moving properly. Our best advise is to speak with the removal company and get advise on loading and travel times, so you can plan ahead.