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Tackling Difficult and Awkward Moves

Written by Reviewed by Marc Benger

26th Jan 2018 (Last updated on 19th Feb 2020) 8 minute read

In this guide, Compare My Move will provide you with a variety of tips for tackling awkward or difficult house removals to help reduce your moving house stress.

Moving home can be a complex process at the best of times. With many choices to make like what to keep, how you’ll organise your packing and what your best options are for moving your contents, it can often feel overwhelming. What’s worse, this process can then be made even more complex by awkward or unique situations.

These situations can include moving from very large homes, moving in or out of isolated properties, having limited access or having special items like high-value antiques or exotic animal tanks.  Compare My Move wants to help create a hassle-free and organised move no matter what your personal circumstances are. This is why we’ve created this guide to help you beat the moving house stress and have an efficient, enjoyable move.

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This article will cover the following:
  1. Moving From Large Properties
  2. Moving From Isolated Properties
  3. Properties with Poor Access
  4. Special Requirements
  5. Preparation is Key
  6. Make Moving Easy by Using Compare My Move

Moving From Large Properties or Mansions

When moving out of a large property, it can initially feel like an impossible task as you organise the vast amounts of items that need to be moved. But worry not, as long as you plan in advance, it can be much easier than you first expect. Below, we’ve provided a few quick tips on how to make this type of move go much smoother:

Declutter Before Packing

Before you begin the tedious task of packing, it would be wise to first declutter each room, reducing the number of items needing to be moved. This will be more difficult with a larger property and will feel rather time consuming. However, as you’ll have to pack each room individually anyway, you’ll only be adding a few extra minutes onto your time as you decide which items will go with you.  

Though difficult at times, decluttering will reduce the number of packing boxes needed and can save you from further removal costs as the team will have fewer items to move. 

Pack Systematically

When moving out of an apartment or small house, it’s likely that you can pack the majority of your things into a couple of boxes. However, when it comes to packing a large number of household items, taking a systematic approach will be much more beneficial and will help with the unpacking too.

For example, creating a plan by listing all of the rooms in your home (including any outbuilding, lofts and cellars) will allow you to work through each room and plan how you are going to pack. It’s also a good idea to label each box with the contents inside and also which room it will need to be unpacked in. This will then inform the removals company of where to place each box and will help save you time when searching through your items at your new home.

The More Helping Hands the Better

It may also be worth considering getting extra help when moving out of a very large home. Of course, if your friends and family are willing to, then they could be a great help. However, if you want professional help alongside this, then removal companies can offer a service to help you with packing and unloading your belongings.

Make sure you communicate your packing plans to those that help you to ensure that everything gets put into the right place. You’ll be grateful for the extra help when moving day arrives as it takes away any added stress and can the process much more efficient. 

Communicate

If you’re moving out of a large home, you’ll likely be using a removals company to help. Although these businesses are usually highly professional and experienced, keeping a good line of communication with them will give you both a much easier experience. Communicating your plans and the items needing to be moved will help them, help you on moving day. 

You should also inform them in advance if there are any potential issues or challenges with getting the contents in or out of the building. If there’s an issue with parking, any restricted access or too many awkward items, make a note and let them know before the home removal survey.  

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Moving From Isolated Properties

Living in isolation from the rest of the world can be a calm and relaxing experience. But when it comes to moving, it can create a few challenges that need to be considered and remedied to make the moving process run without a hitch.

Below, we mention a couple of areas that should be considered when moving out of isolated properties and how they can be remedied:

Limited Access

Of course, one of the main areas to consider when moving out of an isolated property, is the limited access. This can be an issue for the vehicles that removals businesses will use to help you move. Many companies will often use vans or trucks that could possibly struggle to get down narrow paths or over rough and uneven terrain.

The best way to deal with this is to communicate the potential issues to your removals company when discussing the removal quote. It’s also a good idea to mention any ideas or solutions you have in helping with these challenges, as you’ll most likely be the one who knows the building best. They will be able to tell you if their vehicles will be able to cope with these restrictions or whether special arrangements will have to be made.

Potential Risks

Other potential risks could be if the building, the route or even the environment around the property are likely to flood, ice over or be subject to heavy snow, creating issues for the vehicles. It may slow down the company or completely halt the removals process if they can’t get in or out of the area with ease.

Again, good and clear communication about these potential risks will allow them to assess the situation and create contingency plans where appropriate. If you decide to have a home removal survey done, you should mention these potential risks if they are not immediately obvious.

Properties with Poor Access

As with isolated properties, buildings with poor access may not always physically detached from the rest of the world, but they can still make for a difficult or awkward removal. Narrow lanes or tricky roads can be difficult to navigate, especially if the removals team isn’t already familiar with the area. 

Again, the key to moving out of these properties is good communication. Explaining how accessing your property may be an issue will help the removal company and ensure that they can contemplate and potentially remedy the issues ahead of the move.

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Special Requirements

Moving large or isolated properties can be a challenge, but with a few considerations taken and a lot of planning, it can be a lot easier than you think. However, don’t neglect to think about the actual contents themselves. When it comes to moving special items, you’ll need further planning and communication to ensure that there's no damage to the items and that the correct precautions are taken.

At Compare My Move we have already written a detailed guide on how to move fragile and high-value items to give you a head start. Below, we have also provided you with a quick summary on making special requests when moving house:

If you have a collection of high-value or unique items like antiques, art or fish/exotic animal tanks, then you’ll want to take special care when moving them. For example, using a specialist moving service like a white glove delivery service will ensure complete protection and extra peace of mind that everything is in safe hands. Services like these are often offered by normal removal companies as an additional service. This means that specialist and highly trained movers will arrive at your house to move difficult items.

It’s also important to ensure that these items are wrapped and packaged well to secure them during transit. Use packing paper to wrap the objects and protect them from scuffing or scratches. Then pack them in a good quality box with additional padding on the inside to ensure they’re kept safe.

Talking to your removals company will give you a better idea of the special arrangements that can be made for these types of objects. They may suggest a survey is undertaken to understand all the contents of your home and provide recommendations for the special items involved.

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Preparation is Key

In this guide, we’ve covered some of the potential issues faced when undertaking a difficult, awkward or unusual move. We’ve also given some tips on how to tackle these issues and ensure that your move goes without a hitch. In short, taking time to consider the challenges that come with moving out of a large house, isolated property or properties with restricted access, will allow you to make enough plans to mitigate them in time.

Keeping a strong line of communication with your removals company will help them understand the issues and risks associated with your move and ensure they are dealt with accordingly. Good communication will make their job easier. 

Preparation is always the key to a successful move.

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Zenyx Griffiths

Before Compare My Move, Zenyx once wrote lifestyle and entertainment articles for the online magazine, Society19 as well as news articles for Ffotogallery.

Marc Benger

Reviewed by Marc Benger

Co-Founder and Director, Compare My Move

Co-founder and director of Compare My Move, Marc Benger has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.