Start researching your new area or the country you are moving to. If you familiarise yourself with the local community or the new culture ahead of time, the move will be much smoother
3-4 weeks before your move
Confirm the date of the move with us
Arrange childcare for the moving day – Moving with children can be stressful, but there are ways to manage the impact on them. Although older children may well want to be involved in your move, and even help you pack and organise some things, you may decide that it will be less stressful for younger children if you arrange for them to go to relatives or friends on the moving day.
Make arrangements for moving your pets – Moving can be very disruptive for pets so you may want to also ask your vet for specialist advice on taking care of your animals during the move
Take a full inventory and start sorting out your belongings
Clear out unwanted belongings – Planning a fresh start in your new home is an ideal time to clear out any unwanted belongings. You can give these items to friends and family, give them away with Freecycle, or hold a garage sale. Local charity shops will also welcome smaller items such as books, ornaments, some furniture or clothing.
Notify your essential service providers, banks, and any other financial institutions about your move
You will need to arrange for water, gas and electricity meter readings on the day of your move - make sure that all services are scheduled to be connected in your new home the day you move in
Have your telephone number transferred or changed
Arrange for broadband in your new home
Arrange for your post to be redirected – Contact Royal Mail if you want to have your post redirected
Organise the disconnection and reconnection of domestic appliances, such as your washing machine, cooker, and gas fires
Plan the moving day in detail
Decide how you are going to transport your valuable items, such as jewellery, money, antiques, and plants
Finalise everything with us - confirm arrival dates, addresses, and think about parking facilities for the removal van
1 week before your move
Finish packing all non-essential items and clean the house thoroughly
Check attic, garage, and basement for items you might have forgotten
Put all important documents in one box or bag which you will move yourself – this should include passports, driving licences, wills, birth certificates, insurance papers, cash and jewellery
Defrost and clean your fridge and freezer
Cancel any regular deliveries you have to your present home, like milk or newspapers
The day before you move
If you have ordered our professional packing service, you have to prepare some things to make the packing as fast as possible – You can usually leave drawers and trunks with their contents intact, provided there are no breakable items inside. If you do this, however, it is your responsibility to point out to the crew any drawers, wardrobes, cupboards, and other containers that have ‘out of sight’ items within.
Liquids, oils and paints must be placed into sealed containers. We cannot transport inflammable material, so dispose of these safely
Empty all bins; it is your responsibility to ensure that all bins are emptied of contents. Our removal crew can't carry any type of receptical containing refuse. This is particularly important when your goods are due to go into storage for a period of time.
Put together a 'do not remove pile' – Essential things that you do not want us to remove, such as snacks, handbags, or cleaning materials. Some people put everything into their bathtub and tell the removals crew not to pack anything in their bathtub. Wherever you put it, just be sure to let the guys know on the day what isn't to be packed!
You can now leave the hard work to us, but there are a few essential things you will need to take care of:
Be present when the movers arrive and answer their questions when necessary
Check the condition of your belongings as they are being loaded
Perform final checks before leaving your home – Make sure that meter readings are taken, that water and power supply are turned off, and that doors and windows are closed
Make sure that you are not leaving anything behind - walk around your property, ideally with the foreman of our removal crew, to check that nothing has been overlooked
Drop keys at the estate agents if you need to
Pick up the keys for your new home, if you don't already have them
Make sure that you have exchanged contact numbers with our removal team, and arrange a time to meet them at your new home
When you walk into your new home, don't start unpacking right away. Give yourself some time to enjoy your new home, sit down and relax. The most stressful part of the move is over. Only start unpacking when you feel relaxed and energetic.
If you have requested an unpacking service, please assist the crew to ensure that items are placed in the appropriate rooms. You will need to place items such as clothes into wardrobes and cupboards.
Our removal crew will remove the majority of debris from packing materials, however if there is any left behind or you have asked to complete the unpacking yourself, please contact us via the number on side of the box and we will arrange for a convenient day to collect the materials so they can be recycled
How may we help with your removal?
Britannia Bradshaw International Removals & Storage can help your next move go smoothly. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote or call 0161 877 5555 (Manchester) 0121 504 0966 (Birmingham) and speak with a removals specialist.
Our removal customer reviews
We are proud of the removals service we provide for our customers
Our removal and storage reviews are taken from our Customer Care Survey, which is sent to every customer after their move is completed.
Removal Service9.8 out of 10
based on 478 ratings (478 user reviews) as of 27 June 2017
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The removal men were FANTASTIC! I cannot recommend them enough! How can you improve perfection?
Written by: Robert Dawson
Date published: 24/05/2017
10 / 10 stars
The best removals experience of all the companies we have used
We have moved home a number of times over the past ten years and this was the best removals experience of all the companies we have used.[We chose Britannia Bradshaw because of a] personal recommendation, excellent internet-based customer reviews, the helpfulness of Diane, who came to quote, and on the competitiveness of the price.
Mike and Martin were extremely professional. They worked very hard over both days to ensure that all the packing, loading and moving went smoothly, whilst consistently taking a "can-do" attitude. They were very polite, took excellent care of our belongings, and not a single element of the job appeared to be too much trouble. Absolutely brilliant.
Written by: Stephen Rwathore
Date published: 07/04/2017
9.7 / 10 stars
The move was everything that was promised
Why don't you have an eleven rating [the removal men] would rate it
We needed a full service so looked for a larger company who could supply this and had seen your vehicles around so gave you a chance, after your home visit I was fully confident that you would deliver what we needed and looked no further. The move was everything that was promised and after the delayed move date we were glad that we took up the insurance option, when the delay happened your office staff were on the ball and kept us informed without promising something that might be delivered but managed to deliver anyhow. My wife was left to handle the day due to work commitment and she felt confident with all the lads.
Written by: Kevin Smethurst
Date published: 13/04/2017
9.8 / 10 stars
Considerate, friendly & helpful
From our experience I don't think there is need for improvement. The removal crew was brilliant, they were very considerate of what we needed to do and they were very friendly and helpful. They did everything we asked in a timely fashion and given the complexity of what we needed to do e.g. moving contents from two separate sites they were very efficient. Just to thank the crew for their help and for making what could have been a very stressful experience less so. Thanks a million.
Written by: Henry Rogers
Date published: 10/04/2017
10 / 10 stars
Absolutely brilliant- they made a potentially stressful experience go extremely smoothly- thank you so much
Written by: Clare Powell
Date published: 08/02/2017
10 / 10 stars
Went above and beyond
[Britannia Bradshaw] was recommended by a friend. Very hard working - went above and beyond to help service - exellent
Written by: Adelina Tirone
Date published: 06/02/2017
9.8 / 10 stars
Brilliant work again
Used them previously - always happy with the service provided. The guys were absolutely brilliant. Brilliant work again - thank you for making our move as smooth as possible!
Written by: Gladys Swaim-Rutter
Date published: 31/01/2017
10 / 10 stars
I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone
The move day experience far exceeded our expectations. Considering moving house is meant to be one of the most stressful things you can do, we were relaxed for the whole two days with plenty of time to make a cuppa! We had every confidence in the removals crew. Jay and his team were professional, helpful and kept us organised without being obtrusive. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.