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A Homeward Bound Journey from Germany

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Follow along with Nikita’s journey returning home to the UK. Read more about her experience and her tips for making your transition as smooth as could be.

We’d like to know the origin and destination of your move, and most importantly the reason of your move. How did you experience that?

We relocated from Germany to England, it was time to come back home. We had a first floor 2 bed apartment, kitchen, living room, workshop and cellar room to move. We had to make an inventory of everything and assign prices and weights. We started packing a couple of months before with boxes friends gave us. It wasn’t easy to estimate our moving volume. But we went with a 40m3 truck and it turned out to be the best option for us, there was no worry about would we have enough space and tonnage. The driver was very knowledgeable in how to pack for best weight distribution and we had lots of friends to help us bring our stuff down to the truck.


Choosing a good moving company is painful, we know that. How did you manage to find the perfect one among the thousands of existing ones?

We got many quotes. Some from German moving companies and some from international companies- the most competitive quote with good service and reliability was from JCL Removals. She said she’d match any cheaper quote and we did have a cheaper one but the quality of service and reliability was not there.
We had WhatsApp contact with [name removed by sirelo] which made it easier to ask questions and to progress things. We asked what the deadlines were for decisions and forms and she gave us a clear idea. That helped us with planning and packing. We also had to apply for a ToR1 form to get tax clearance on our stuff and that took a while especially over summer. So we recommend getting this done asap when you know you’re moving to U.K. [name removed by sirelo] did mention this to us which was helpful.


Take us through the moving day – did everything go as planned?

The driver was meant to come within a certain window of time. He arrived at the last minute of that window. We had already taken many boxes and items to the driveway to get started. The lorry fit in our driveway which was good! We didn’t obstruct traffic which was also good! We had 6 friends helping us move, this was very helpful. We got all our stuff downstairs. The driver told us what he wanted and when do he could pack the lorry securely. He had blankets and ratchet straps ready. It took about 2.5 hours to get our stuff loaded.


What are 3 tips that you think could help others make their moving day less chaotic?

-Start packing early, especially with things you don’t use often.
-Buy a scale.
-Get a list going (inventory), number your boxes and weigh them.
-Stand on the scale with your box and calculate the weight.
-keep boxes open with items that you may use.
-get rid of stuff you don’t actually need! Don’t be sentimental or you will have the burden of taking more than you need and paying for it, loafing, unloading, weight, storage etc.
-Don’t underestimate how much stuff you have, get the right lorry size.
-Make sure your storage unit matches up so you don’t have the problem of all your stuff not fitting in when you get there.

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About this move 🔍

Nikita moved from Bielefeld (DE) to Worcester (UK). For this move Nikita used the services of JCL Removals. Nikita rates the moving company a 5/5 stars and would move with them again!

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