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The average UK house takes 1.4 weeks. Or does it?
15th Oct 2018

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According to a recent survey carried by outsourcing platform Airtasker, Brits take an average of 1.4 weeks out of their annual leave just for the actual house move, considering the average employee is entitled to 22 days of annual leave in a year, that’s a terrifyingly high 45% of the time you’d otherwise be using on a holiday away.

Aside from the stress associated with moving to a new house, the research shows that a majority of people take 3-4 weeks to completely unpack, whilst 12% claim to take over 12 months. The remaining most time-consuming aspects include travel time between houses, assembling furniture and looking for a new home.

When asked about the most time-consuming part of moving home, packing came top of the list with an overwhelming 42% of Brits complaining about the mundane and longwinded chore. This is how other moving chores ranked:

  1. Packing
  2. Unpacking / Not Finding Things
  3. Travel between houses
  4. Clean-up & minor repairs
  5. Assembling furniture
  6. Finding someone to help with the move
  7. Sending out change of address
  8. Getting new broadband connected
  9. Arranging deliveries

Finding the right help for moving can also prove to be a problem. Given as a multiple choice question, 55% of people surveyed were lucky enough to approach their friends and family for help on moving day, 54% would rather hire a removal company, and only 6% would tap their neighbours on the shoulder for some assistance. 3% would ask their former partners forhelp.

If after all this, you’re thinking, I’d rather have someone do most of the leg work for me when I move, you’re not the only one. Airtasker’s research goes on to reveal that 24% of people would outsource every moving task given the choice. Dubbed the most stressful and time-consuming of all tasks, unsurprisingly 29% answered that packing would be the task they would most like to outsource. This shows a trend of more people choosing to spend a little extra for a double the rewards – a stress-free and enjoyable moving experience.

This is where Gago Movers comes in. We're like Airtaskers, but we've been around much longer and are more highly recommended! We've moved whole townhouses to the other side of London town. We've handled chandliers worth more than our business and we offer a range of moving options to suit every move, from self-loading to every item wrapped and loaded by us. More importantly, we also offer a time-priority service too.  Stop by for a free quote and time estimate at gagomovers.co.uk.

 

Correct labelling of all boxes

The No.1 priority – and the single most important task - is the correct labelling of all boxes. By clearly and visibly marking each box with “all the contents inside” and “the name of the room they are to be placed in” at your new home, you will avoid panic and confusion - and speed up the entire removal process. A further vital tip is to clearly mark any box containing “fragile” items, as well “unpack first” for priority items. Our aim is to make your moving day as stress-free as possible, and our team personnel know they need to take even extra care with items marked fragile during loading and unloading.

The right packing material

It’s vitally important to use the right packing material or risk causing damage. A box which is not strong enough to carry the weight of its contents can easily collapse or a bin bag containing clothes can simply tear open. Boxes or bags also need to be sealed properly to protect against adverse weather conditions on moving day. At your request, our removals personnel can be directly involved in the secure packing of all of your home contents with all the necessary packing materials provided at a competitive rate.

Number of journeys how many boxes needed

The logistics of removals is as much a science as it is a physical activity. Essential pre-planning should involve accurately calculating the number of journeys it will take to completely remove everything. This will require determining the volume of contents against how many boxes needed. Gago Movers can help with the logistics of content assessment to ensure the most practical, efficient and cost-effective removal journey time.

Ensuring nothing gets left behind

With all the focus on the ‘big’, the ‘precious’ or other special household items, it’s easy for everyday objects to be overlooked because they were hidden at the back of a drawer or cupboard. Before leaving for the last time, it is always recommended to carry out a walk-through accompanied by a senior Gago team member. The task will involve not just a quick glance in every room, but actually opening all cupboards and drawers and even checking for any items still hanging on the walls, such as a clock. A check must also be made in the attic, the cupboard underneath the stairs, the garage and even the garden shed.

Our professional moving industry experience aims to help you achieve the perfect stress-free move to your new home.