Moving house can often lead to damaged and lost items, especially if you have a lot of belongings. Now, Admiral home insurance has teamed up with a panel of removal team experts to share their stories and tips to help homeowners move effortlessly. With almost half (47 percent) of homeowners in the UK having lost or misplaced something while moving house and more than one in five losing something with a high price tag, it’s not surprising that removals firms have come across their fair share of bizarre missing items.
Some of the more unusual items Britons have confessed to losing while moving house include a barbecue, guitar, kite, an ornamental chimney pot, a sewing machine, and a sledge.
However, one removal expert had the shock of their career when they came across a shed load of cash – quite literally.
A removal expert from one Wolverhampton-based removal company, Burke Bros, said they found around £30,000 in cash in a box.
They said: “We were helping a lady whose husband had recently passed away to move.
“During the moving day, a member of our removal crew moved a wardrobe and found a box hidden behind it.
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What are the most common misplaced items during a house move?
Books, photographs, jewellery, pictures and DIY equipment were the most common items to be lost during a house move.
However, the experts at Burke Bros said from their own experience, mirrors, wall clocks or photographs are the most common things left behind.
They said: “People often leave them behind because they’re so used to seeing them on their wall, it doesn’t occur to them to take them down!”
Documents, passports and ID are also commonly misplaced during a move.
The experts said often these documents are packed away into boxes and put in storage which can be a “real problem” for customers, especially those moving internationally.
Meanwhile, Clockworks Removals in Scotland said screws for flat pack furniture are easily lost which can cause problems if you need to dismantle furniture.
They added: “TV remotes and phone chargers are other items that often go walk-about during the move.”
How to pick the right removals company
Always look for the British Association of Removers badge as movers who have this membership are regularly audited.
They will be financially protected and will be checked to ensure they maintain high standards and follow a strict code of conduct.
Another thing to check is whether the company has insurance.
Most removal firms have insurance but some will only cover liability for damage to your goods which will only cover them, not the customer.
One of the best ways to find a good removals firm is to check with friends and family.
They will have their own experiences and will be more honest.
Always ask for a quote and make sure to fill in a survey so they can offer the best price for what you need.
The cheapest offer may not include certain things so it’s always best to check.
How to pack
The moving experts have shared the best their tips on how to pack for the move.
They said the earlier you start to pack the better.
The experts recommend giving yourself two to three weeks to pack up your valuables before you move.
Another top tip is to declutter first and to pack one room at a time.
Homeowners who have lived in one property for years often amass a lot of possessions, so it’s best to have a sort through first.
Always make sure you pack your belongings carefully using cardboard boxes, tissue paper, bubble wrap and good quality tape.
Boxes should be filled to the top so they don’t sink inwards, with heavier items in smaller boxes so they don’t get too heavy.
Lastly, always make sure your kettle, cups and tea bags are accessible so you can enjoy a cuppa when you move in.