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Make Moving Day Easy – Abels Article in Best of Norfolk

Moving home can be exciting and memorable but can also be stressful. John Watson of Abels have provided details on making your moving day easy with a few tips that have been published in an article in the Best of Norfolk Magazine.

The original article can be seen at

The Best of Norfolk is an annual guide that celebrates everything about life and living in the county of Norfolk. Launched in 2002 by Janette Phillips, it has become a respected title and aims to have the highest production standards of any Norfolk guide.


In the article in the Best of Norfolk Magazine, John Watson, Managing Director UK Services of Royal Warrant holders Abels Moving Services, highlights some tips about advance planning that could help to make your moving day easier.

The recommendations include information about Planning the move early, Home Surveys, Packing and Packing Materials, Storage, Insurance considerations and Delivery to your new home.

Plan early; research and contact three moving companies that are at least accredited and approved by the British Association of Movers. Visit their premises unannounced as this will give you a feeling as to how they will manage your move. Tatty trucks and warehouse will often transpire to tatty work practices!

Home survey; for a full house move, a sales representative will visit to chat through your moving requirements and check the access for large removal trucks. A professional company will be flexible and mould their services to suit your needs.” It is recommended that the same person meets each company to avoid conflicting instructions.

Identify sentimental and high value items; the surveyor can advise how they will protect them so that special care and attention is given on moving day.

Professionally pack everything / owner packing / part packing?; ask yourself whether you want the movers to take care of the entire move, in which case you might want to take a few days holiday. You may prefer to do some packing eg. personal clothing or paperwork.

Packing materials; where you prefer to pack some or all cartons yourselves, the moving company can supply suitable packing materials. “Beware of buying low-cost materials from the internet,” warns John, “as these are often inferior quality unsuitable for being stacked”.

Storage needed?; discuss with your mover their storage facility, check that they have on site security and fire prevention in place at their warehouse.

Insurance required? For moves within the UK, your home contents insurer may cover you, for moves to Europe and internationally your mover will provide comprehensive cover. Please be wary of extended liability insurance as this can leave you in a battle over whether damage was negligence should a claim arise.


Delivery to your new home; look at the access and advise your removal company accordingly.

Charity donations for unwanted items; these must be in good condition, ornaments, books, china and glassware, some white goods and upholstered furniture must have the fire retardant labels. Abels has a brilliantly simple solution they will collect the unwanted items free of charge and pass them on to two charities close to the company’s heart, the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and The Big C Charity, for sale in their charity shops.

As John Watson says, “Everyone benefits from this kind of recycling. Our clients do not have to worry about disposing of their unwanted goods, which instead of being taken to landfill the charities benefit financially. Abels also supports the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which depends on donations and saves the lives of hundreds of people each year”.

John Watson summed up the company’s philosophy in the article in Best of Norfolk by saying “We believe that giving something back to the wider community is very much part of being a successful company today”.

Should you need any advice or guidance about planning your move, please contact our head office on 01842 816600 or email