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OFFICE REMOVAL CHECKLIST

Moving Office Checklist

If your planning on moving your business to a new office then congratulations, this must mean business is going well.  I expect there will be excitement within the office but also worries about how the actual move will affect your business services.  With a bit of planning and hiring the right moving company you should be able to move offices with the minimum of disruption. Here at Pickdropgo Van and Man we are fully aware of the differences between moving domestic household goods compared to moving office equipment.

Early Planning

To ensure the move goes as swiftly as possible it will be worth drafting a moving plan. The more planning you do early on will make the move go a lot more efficiently. Have a think about which staff member is best for each job.  For instance if you have an IT expert within your office, he or she should be in charge of packing and moving the computer equipment.  It would help if there was someone in charge of coordinating the move on the actual day of moving.

Things to Remember

Address change: Think about how the actual address change will affect your business. Have the changes of letter headed paper and other stationary sorted out before you move.  Box it up and label the box so when you unpack at the new office you can find all the new stationary quickly and efficiently.

Update the address on the company website.  One thing that is often overlooked is arranging to have the address of your company changed on other websites.  If you’re listed in local business directories you will need to contact these websites and ask for the address to be changed.

Don’t forget to tell the appropriate companies of your address change.  Local governments, insurance companies, cleaners, gardeners and suppliers are just some of the people who will need to be informed.

And don’t forget to tell all your clients.

Arrange Disconnection/Reconnection

Remember to arrange the disconnection and then re-connections of things such as electricity, telephone, mail services, mobile phones, pagers and fax machines.

Why choose us as your Office Removal Company.

When looking for a man and van hire London company you would be wise to choose us here at Pickdropgo Man & Van. We are a London based removal company but do cover the surrounding areas.

Some reasons to choose us include:

  • We are reliable, friendly and punctual
  • We are always available at short notice
  • We tailor our office removals services to satisfy customers’ needs
  • We invest in new vans and new technology so we can deliver a great service when moving you offices
  • We are committed professional movers with years of experience
  • We always offer competitive office removals rates
  • We are fully insured

Have a party

Once you have moved all that is left is to hold a party.  Having a moving in party and inviting local business owners, current clients and other friends of the business is a great form of PR. Also if your moving to a new area it’s a great way to get to know the locals and ensure that you are welcomed into the community.

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SAFETY TIPS WHEN BOOKING A VAN AND MAN SERVICE

Do you want to move to a new house without stress and hassle?  Then get a van and man service that will help you pack and move your belongings.

It is always advisable to book for a moving service in advance.  Contact the moving company as early as possible so that you can get an accurate estimate of the cost of removal.  The van and man service will take a look at the items you want to move and will assess how much you have to pay.

De-clutter Before You the Assessment

Obviously, you will leave behind or throw some things away when you move.  In order to ensure that the moving company will not overestimate the load, you need to de-clutter first before the assessment.

If you will not de-clutter, you might get a van that is too big for the load.  The removal service therefore will become more expensive.  If the removers underestimated the load, you might find yourself paying extra for the additional trips.

Closely Supervise the Packing

A removal company can help pack your things.  This service will take the burden from you and would be very convenient.  However, allowing the removers to pack your belongings has some risk also.  Make sure that the removal company can be trusted.  You should also closely supervise the job to ensure that nothing can be taken from you.

You should pack sensitive and highly valuable items by yourself.  So you need to specify to the removers what items they should pack.  To further protect your property, you should make an inventory of the things you need to move and take photos of the content of each box.

 

Hire a Removal Company with Comprehensive Insurance

The majority of home removal companies are consummate professionals.  They will do everything to protect your property and will ensure safe packing and transport.  However, mishaps and accidents may happen during the removal job.

 

It would be best if the removal company can show proof of insurance.  Closely inspect the business insurance of the service and make sure that it has sufficient coverage.  Damage to belongings can set you back by several thousands.  You have to make sure that you can claim for damages from the insurance of the service provider.

 

So if you are planning to book a removal man service, carefully check the trustworthiness of the company and make sure that it has sufficient coverage for damages and lost items.

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ARE YOU GETTING THE BEST FROM YOUR MAN & VAN SERVICE

Moving can be a real pain especially if you will do all the work by yourself.  To make your life easier, you should get a reliable man and van service that can help you move without hassle.

A removal van service can offer great assistance for you.  In fact, you will be very thankful that you have hired a man with a van service because the majority of your work will be taken from you.  Most important of all, a top notch man with van service will always show up on time thus eliminating the stress and worries of moving.

It is true that your friends and family can help you move.  But do take note that removing heavy objects and transporting them require experience.  Aside from the fact that you will be exposing your friends to health risks by compelling them to lift heavy objects, you are also risking your valuable possessions because improper removal could damage your property.

The Big Benefits of Hiring a Removal Van

Professional removal services can provide you with the right removal van.  It does not matter whether you have a big or small removal project, you will certainly get the right removal van that is perfect for your needs.

A moving service also has enough personnel who can assist you on the day when you need to move.  The service provides extra hands and muscles to make your move as painless and effortless as possible.

You can have just one assistant for a small moving project or several people to accomplish bigger tasks.  In the end, you will be able to save much time and effort so that you can move even without breaking a sweat.

A Practical Tip to Saving Money on Man with a Van

Some people are afraid to hire a removal service because they think that it would be expensive.  There is no need to worry though because most man with a van services are really quite affordable.  But if you want to save more money, then here is what you need to do.

You have to schedule your move on a weekday.  Remember that most people normally schedule their moving projects during weekends.  So the demand for removal vans and personnel would be greater on weekends. This is why moving companies charge premium rates.

If you schedule your move during off-peak days, you will surely get a big discount from the man and van hire service.

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Schedule Preparation and Organisation

Whilst not the most exciting words to hear, early preparation and reliable organisation can save a LOT of stress when moving day rolls around! You don’t always have a greatest amount of notice thanks to chains etc, so here’s a final month moving house checklist from our experts.

One Month Before Time to finalise removal quotes and choose a house removals team to take care of everything come moving day. Also, begin boxing up smaller and less used items like Christmas decorations, fancy china etc. Mark boxes CLEARLY. As you pack boxes, number them and keep a list record of what’s in each box.

Two Weeks Before This is your primary admin phase in the move. You want to be changing address for things like driving licences, voters’ registration, magazine subscriptions, bank accounts, school records, medical facilities etc.

One Week Before There should only be the bare minimum left to pack, including a “Bare Essentials” box containing things you’ll need for your first night in the new home – clean bedding, towels, kitchen utensils, kettle, tea bags, cups, light bulbs, toilet roll, tools, batteries, power chargers, pet food, a few cleaning agents, torches etc.

One Day Before Charge all electronic bits and bobs and pack away chargers in the morning (in the “Bare Essentials” box) Removals teams are skilled at what they do, but it can help if you make a list of what you’d like access to straight away at your new home. Removals teams LOVE well-labelled boxes, so spend the evening double-checking labels, seals and last minute packing.

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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?

For further information, see www.pickdropgo.co.uk

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