Moving checklist – the three week plan

Three weeks before moving

  • Inform your mover if they will have to reserve parking, i.e. Residential Parking Zone, Parking Meters, Single or Double Yellow Line, etc.
  • The Parking authorities require notice this can take between 7 and 15 days depending on the area and the authority. This can incur additional costs
  • Contact utility companies to advise your moving date
  • Place signs such as Moving`, Store`, Do Not Pack` and Last On`
  • Set aside a sanctuary spot where all items that you wish to carry, such as passport, documents, credit cards and that favourite teddy!
  • Collect clothes from cleaners
  • De-frost & clean freezer
  • Ensure all outside items are free from soil and green growth, especially bicycles, patio furniture, garden tools
  • If selling a motor vehicle, advise DVLA and motor insurance broker and obtain refund for tax disc, if valid
  • If moving from a rented property, arrange check out with agent

One week before moving

  • At this stage of the move, it is an idea to bear the following in mind
  • Drain the fuel (not oil) from lawnmowers and other power equipment
  • Arrange for mail to be forwarded
  • Return all items that are on loan
  • Ask for the final bill from your newsagent and milkman

The day before moving

  • The day before the move, we suggest you do the following:
  • Separate and label things you want to travel with you i.e. medicines, valuables, jewellery, passports and clothing
  • If selling the car in UK set aside the registration document to be given to the purchaser
  • Defrost the fridge
  • Disconnect the washing machine, dryer and dishwasher
  • Make a list of the things you want packed last and consequently unpacked first i.e. toys, beds, crockery
  • Separate items for storage, air, sea
  • Make clear what items must not be packed` see Carry with me` Checklist
  • Set aside booklets, remotes etc that belong to the house so that they are not packed

Moving day

  • Arrange to be home when the movers arrive or if this is not possible, ask a friend or relative to act on your behalf.
  • When the crew arrive, accompany the foreman on a tour of your home to indicate the items that will be moved. Point out the items of special concern as well as items that are not to be moved. If these are already clearly marked, you simply have to advise him/her of the system you have used.
  • Keep a copy of the signed inventory and all customs documentation close to hand
  • After loading, but before the driver leaves, make a final tour of your home to make sure nothing has been overlooked, omitted or missed
  • Finally, smile and relax and have a safe trip to your new home!

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Top tips for environmentally-friendly moves

Lessen your environmental impact when moving by limiting the amount of waste that you generate. Packing materials are a big contributor to the environmental impact of a move; however, they are necessary to get the job done.

Simply by being aware of the greener options and choices you have when it comes to packing materials, you can plan and achieve a greener move, and even save some money along the way!

1. Reuse cardboard boxes

You can reuse cardboard boxes and other packaging materials, such as bubble wrap and packing paper. If you have saved the boxes for your larger items and electronics, then these are ideal, as they are likely to come with the appropriate internal packaging to protect the items as well.

Check the durability of boxes, making sure that there are no weak spots. Ask family and friends for their used boxes and materials ahead of your move.

There are now a number of online suppliers of used cardboard boxes. If you need to purchase new packing boxes,choose products made from recycled material. Also, look out for cartons that are glued rather than stapled, as gluing makes them 100% biodegradable. The higher-quality, double-walled boxes tend to be much more robust, so these may be reused after your move.

2. Try reusable plastic crates

Plastic packing crates or containers present an environmentally-sustainable option, as they are 100% reusable, so waste is drastically limited. Reusable containers do not require packing tape, something that can’t be recycled and takes a very long time to decompose. Crates may purchased outright or hired by the week.

When hiring packing crates, they are normally delivered and collected by the supplier from local depots. Crates are easily stackable with lockable lids, offering durable storage and security throughout your move – perfect also if your belongings are going into storage.

3. Limit the quantity of packing material used

The less stuff you have to move, the less packing material you’ll need. Achieve this by getting rid of unwanted things before your move. Certain items may be suitable for sale, so e-Bay is a good option here.

If you want to sell more locally, posting adverts in your local paper, local online networks, your work noticeboard, or local shops can be effective. Alternatively, you could hold a garage sale or car boot sale. Other items could be donated to local charities or to friends, relatives or neighbours.

Just stopping to think about the waste that you could be creating as a result of your move, and the steps that you could take to limit it, is a good starting point.

In the end, the best course of action you can follow for a greener move is to do the best that you can do with the resources that you have.

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Property prices around ‘Free Schools’ £126,430 more than UK average

Half of the new Free Schools that opened this year are located in London and the South East’s property wealth hotspots, according to new research released this week.

24 new ‘Free Schools’ opened in September this year. Free Schools are funded by the government, but are independent of local authority control, run by teachers and are free to set their own rules over the length of the school day, the curriculum, and how they spend their money. They were a flagship policy for the Conservatives in the run-up to the last general election with the central aim of driving-up standards by encouraging competition and supporting the creation of new schools in the most deprived areas, urging parents and local groups to respond to need.

However, PrimeLocation.com, an online portal for UK based estate agency firms, has found in its latest  research that average property asking prices in the areas around the new Free Schools are £126,430 more (or 57.5%) than the UK average (currently £219,513). Two of the new schools (ARK Conway Primary Academy and St Luke’s Church of England Primary School) are surrounded by property worth over £1,000,000 on average, both of which are in London.

Of the 24 Free Schools, nine are in the capital, nine in the Midlands and the North and two in East Anglia. A further four schools have also opened in the South East of England.

Nigel Lewis, property analyst at PrimeLocation.com, says, “There is strong evidence to show that quality schools eventually drive up house prices within their catchment areas but the Free Schools haven’t been around long enough to have this affect.”

“Instead, it seems many of the Free Schools have been set up in areas which are already affluent and have above-average house prices, particularly in London and the SE.”

The research supports a report in The Guardian earlier this year which revealed that another market analysis firm found that the “ten-minute commuting area around the first wave of Free Schools is disproportionately dominated by middle class households.”

The Free Schools programme, has also been criticised by the teaching unions for benefiting the ‘motivated middle-class’ and redirecting valuable resources away from local schools.

However, in an interview with The Times, to mark the opening of his West London Free School, British journalist Toby Young countered these claims. Mr Young told the newspaper, “It is condescending to assume that a rigorous education appeals only to middle-class parents. The people who are biting my arms off to come here are the people from the local council estates who don’t have anywhere else to send their children.”

Michael Gove, Education Secretary, has also defended the accusations that the majority of these schools are being developed in already affluent areas. His Department for Education has published evidence that the schools are targeting deprivation. Following the opening of the first wave of schools, figures were released showing that of the 24 Free Schools, over half the schools are located in the 30% most deprived communities.

He describes the schools as “engines of social mobility, places where the democratisation of knowledge helps vanquish the accidents of birth”. He goes on to explain that  “By freeing up teachers and trusting local communities to decide what is best our reforms will help to raise standards for children in all schools.”

But, other than London, Primelocation.com has found that Bradford is the only city with two Free Schools, the Rainbow Free School and Bradford Science Academy. These represent the most affordable places for parents looking to send their children to these institutions, with average asking prices at £108,995, a 50.4% discount when compared with the average UK property.

Average house prices around the 24 new state schools

School Region

Average house price

ARK Conway Primary Academy, Hammersmith & Fulham

London

£1,339,310

St Luke’s Church of England Primary School, Camden, north London.

London

£1,035,935

Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School, Mill Hill, London

London

£610,346

ARK Atwood Primary Academy, Westminster

London

£560,554

West London Free School, Hammersmith, London

London

£502,930

Eden Primary, Haringey, North London

London

£495,510

Canary Wharf College, Tower Hamlets

London

£351,227

Priors Free School, Warwickshire

Midlands

£318,663

Stour Valley Community School, Suffolk

East Anglia

£301,210

Langley Hall Primary Academy, Slough

South East

£285,118

Aldborough E-ACT Free School, Redbridge

London

£273,602

Maharishi School, Lancashire

North West

£231,815

Sandbach School, Cheshire East

North West

£217,153

Woodpecker Hall Primary Academy, Edmonton, London

London

£213,655

Bristol Free School, Bristol

South West

£209,969

Discovery New School, West Sussex

South East

£190,670

All Saints Junior School, Reading

South East

£181,639

Krishna Avanti Primary School, Leicester

Midlands

£173,795

Moorlands School, Luton

South East

£169,192

The Free School, Norwich

East Anglia

£157,147

Batley Grammar School, Kirklees

Yorkshire

£152,847

Nishkam Free School, Birmingham

Midlands

£119,845

Rainbow Free School, Bradford

Yorkshire

£108,995

Bradford Science Academy

Yorkshire

£108,995

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New NHS/Hospital staff removal service 24hrs 7 days a week

At PickDropGo we can offer a nationwide specialist removals service or a simple van and man service for NHS and hospital staff. We have a wide range of vehicles to cater for all types of moves whether you wish to move a single item or a full house. We have helped many NHS staff and also hospitals with removals and general Man and Van Services, so we have a great understanding of this sector. If you are looking for a stress free professional and reliable service we would be pleased to help you with your move to any destination within the UK.

We understand how stressful and difficult it can be for NHS staff to plan a move along  with juggling a busy working day in a very demanding working sector. So we aim to provide a range of different services to make the process of your move as smooth as we can.

Some Of the Services we can offer are:

  • Evening, Weekend, Early Morning or Last Minute Removals
  • Moves during work shifts (we will do your move for you whilst you’re at work)
  • Packing and unpacking service
  • Furniture dismantling/assembling
  • Cleaning of new and old properties
  • Provide FREE CRATES and plastics for fragile items
  • Storage solutions for long/Short term storage of goods
  • Store collections and assembly service for flat pack furniture

We can provide Quotes in writing, via post or email the same working day. All bookings will be confirmed via email or a booking confirmation letter by post. A full letter headed invoice will be provided on the day of the move to help you with your expenses claim.

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Spare Rooms to Earn Almost £23 Million during London Olympics

Households in London near the Olympic site could earn almost £23 million during the Olympics next year. This will be a green shoot for everyone looking to earn an extra few pennies during these tough times. Homeowners will see rental demand increase on spare rooms during the Olympics next year.

It is thought that up to 23,000 homeowners have a either a spare room in their current property or a room that they only use for storage. During the Olympics these rooms will be utilised as they have good rental value for anyone who is only looking for a short term let.

According to Government data, the rental value for these rooms during the Olympic Games could reach up to £1000 per week. This is more than some of the properties will make in a month in a normal calendar. This is very appealing for the landlords who intend on taking full advantage during a time when the rents have gone down compared to last year because of all the new flats that are being built.

It is thought that more than 10% of these homeowners only actually ever use their spare rooms once every 3 months. This is due to work commitments and family homes outside London. Therefore this is an ideal opportunity for them to earn an extra income especially as their current rooms or properties are not being used.

Ashley from http://www.removalmarket.co.uk who are a removal quotes comparison site and help provide free removal quotes to clients around the London area have said: “We plan to see a rise of almost 400% in the enquiries for Removals in and around London during this busy period”.

Anthony Chenery, from Big Yellow Self Storage, said: “We have definitely seen a significant rise in inquiries for short lets of smaller self storage rooms for next June, particularly in the stores closest to the key Olympics sites and with good transport links to London’s top attractions.”

Although it has been advised that anyone looking to let their room or property out during the Olympics should inform their mortgage company and check their insurances to make sure they are covered. The last thing as a homeowner that you would want is for a short term tenant to create problems in a property and end up doing more damage than good in the long run. It is therefore vital that all relevant insurances are put in place.

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Hiring a removal company versus the DIY approach

Whether to use a removal company or hire a van and recruit friends and family to help is a question that stumps many people on the move. As with most decisions, the answer will not be the same for everyone. There are numerous factors to consider, such as time, money, and the complexity of the move.

A self-move may make a lot of sense if you’re moving a short distance  – across town, say. If you’re moving to the other end of the country or abroad, it’s often a different story. To ensure that you’re making the best decision, it’s worthwhile weighing up all the options.

Establish your priority first – is it time or money? Or perhaps a bit of both? Knowing what is the most important factor will help you arrive at a reasonable answer.

Other factors to then consider are:

1. How much stuff do you have?

For a general idea of how much room your belongings would take up when being transported, you could consider the following rough guide:

  • 26-foot trailer for 4+ bedrooms
  • 24-foot trailer for 3 or 4 bedrooms
  • 17-foot trailer for 2 or 3 bedrooms
  • 14-foot trailer for 1 or 2 bedrooms
  • 10-foot trailer for 1 bedroom

2. How far are you moving?

Estimate the mileage involved, and source the costs of renting a van or truck. If travelling long distance, you may wish to hire a larger vehicle to do the entire move in one trip. If you are moving a shorter distance, you could use a smaller vehicle and make multiple trips, Calculate the approximate fuel costs, not forgetting fuel for the return of the vehicle.

One you have indicative costs for van hire and fuel for doing the move yourself, compare these with quotes from removals companies.

You should eventually end up with a cost comparison between hiring a moving company and moving yourself. If cost is your only consideration, you will probably have enough information at this point to make your decision. But if other factors, such as time, come into play for you, you can always weigh the various options in between – from hiring a company to pack, load and ship, unload and unpack your things, to employing a company just to load, ship and unload, or to do it all yourself.

Here are some final questions to ask yourself:

  • How much time will it take to pack, load and drive to your new home?
  • Do you have additional help and support – family, friends and neighbours who could lend a hand?
  • Do you have fragile or special items that will require specialist handling? Or particularly heavy or awkward items? Can you move these yourself? If not, what will it cost to move them?
  • Will you need to rent packing crates or buy packaging supplies?
  • Are you confident that you could move your household goods safely?
  • Are you aware of any potential hidden costs that could creep into your move, such as insurance?

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Removals survey highlights flaws in property transaction procedure

A new survey of staff working in the furniture removals industry has highlighted problems experienced by both removals firms and their clients.

The survey was carried out by Movingetc, and its results suggested that the main issues lie between exchange of contracts and the final completion of the move.

86% of those surveyed described cases where it had been uncertain until last minute as to what the moving date would be.

79% had experienced late handovers of keys to new properties, and 55% of those surveyed had known housing contracts to fall through at the last moment, disrupting the planning, logistics and staffing of their firm.

After estate and letting agents, conveyance solicitors, property surveyors and mortgage lenders, removal companies are the fifth supplier to be contacted by customers when moving home, and they are very often forgotten about until the last minute, when the house move is only a few days away.

“One client we currently have in storage has had three provisional moving dates booked with our company and had to cancel all of them at late notice,” said Stephen Terry, of Anglo French Euro Removals.

“The main problem is finding something else for the guys that were booked in to conduct the move. Also this client is elderly and getting more stressed by the day!”

Jane Finch, managing director of Movingetc, identifies some relocation problems as lying with the removals industry, but claims that the chaotic buying process causes many more problems.

“Customers should try and book their removal company at least two to three weeks in advance of their moving date,” she advises.

“This means requesting the same period of time between exchange and completion from your solicitor, and will give enough time for your movers to plan the logistics of your relocation.”

One remover based in Scotland agreed that a longer period of time was needed for removals companies to prepare.

“The majority of our moves are booked with less than two weeks’ notice, which results in more removals being undertaken without a survey, so no chance to check parking, volume or access”.

Movingetc is calling for changes within the property transaction procedure that would eliminate such problems and ensure a smoothing moving process for both the customer and the removals company.

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Pickdropgo house removal packing tips

Packing up your belongings for a move/removalcan be an overwhelming and stressful experience. Here are a few tips that can help you through it. Some may sound frustratingly obvious, but when you’re in the thick of it, you’ll probably be more interested in speed than technique!

To get you started, here is a basic checklist of packing materials:

  • Cardboard boxes (or packing crates)
  • Marker pen
  • Bubble wrap
  • Newspaper/paper/tissue
  • Packing tape
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

Tip 1 Get the right tools for the job

There are boxes, and there are boxes! Go for the best-quality boxes that your budget will allow. Boxes made of corrugated cardboard are best. These are much stronger and more durable, and will offer much better protection during your move. Use strong, wide packing tape to secure your boxes; it works much better than sellotape!

Tip 2 Everything in its place

Extra-large boxes should be used for packing large and light items like bed linen and towels. Large boxes are ideal for general household items like kitchenware. Use plenty of bubble wrap or packing paper for sharp or odd-shaped items, and to prevent them from moving about in transit. Standard-sized and smaller boxes are best for compact, heavier items, for ease of handling. It may sound obvious, but, within each box place, heavier items should go on the bottom and lighter items on top! A small space on top can be filled with a towel or cushion if necessary. Be careful not to overfill cartons, as they cannot then be sealed properly or stacked. Under-filled cartons tend to crush when stacked.

Tip 3 Take care with breakables

Use plenty of bubble wrap for fragile items. Wrap items individually, and place them inside a box that has been lined with paper, newspaper or bubble wrap. Use clean paper or tissue for the first layer when wrapping an item, rather than newspaper, to prevent print marks. Acid-free tissue is a good option for delicate and polished surfaces such as silver. Plates should be packed vertically, as if in a dish rack, while glasses should be packed in an upright position. Use lots of bubble wrap or paper with these items. Pillows, blankets and sheets can be very useful for wrapping fragile items, and for protecting furniture from scratches and dents.

Tip 4 Dealing with books and files

Gather all your books together, and sort them by size. Group magazines, large books (for example, coffee-table books) and smaller books, like paperbacks, together. When packing them into boxes, place the big/heavy books at the bottom of a sturdy box, but don’t fill it up to the top. Depending on how heavy the box is, fill it to about a third or half full. Make sure that the books are even and level, so that you can pack things on top of them. Cover with layers of paper or newspaper, and fill the remainder of the box with items that weigh less, like clothes. As an alternative, consider archive boxes for books and complete files. These are strong and durable and have been specially designed (with handles and lids) for storing and moving these items.

Tip 5 Consider plastic crates

Plastic packing crates are a great, cost-effective option for packing up your household items. They are robust, easy to carry, and safe to stack and store. They are also an environmentally-friendly option, as they are reusable/returnable and remove the need for cardboard. Packing crates can be purchased from specialist suppliers, or rented by the week from online providers. The relevant number of crates may be ordered in advance, and then delivered direct to your home. At the end of the rental period, the empty crates are collected from your stated collection address. If your belongings are going into storage, crates can be secured with security seals.

Tip 6 Label, label, label!

Use a felt pen to label each carton clearly with its general contents and the room it is to be placed in at its destination. Put labels on the sides, rather than on the tops, of the boxes, sothey can be seen when the boxes are stacked. If a carton contains breakables, then mark it as ‘fragile’ or use ‘fragile’ tape. Draw on arrows for which way up the box should be stored.

www.pickdropgo.co.ukcartons come with house grids printed on both the top flaps, enabling the contents to be identified and directed quickly and easily.

And finally … it`s a really good idea to keep an inventory of the contents of each box. This comes in handy if a box goes missing and you need to make a claim.

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