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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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REASONS WHY PEOPLE TRANSFER FROM BIG CITIES TO SMALL TOWNS

The changing environment that we have these days especially the growth in commercial and business industries is undeniably soaring to an appalling degree. One building after the other are being constructed be it a new mall or a new company. These usually take place in towns which paved way to an increase in the number of people transferring from countries to cities and towns.   However, people who get used to city and country life have different and at times opposing view of the other. People from the city usually longs for the simple, uncomplicated, sheltered life in the country while people who have gotten used in the country tends to long for the commercial, busy and crowded city. It may take a few weeks or months to adjust from what they’ve been used to but eventually, the time will come that they will then be used to as well to the kind of life they’ve chosen. There are times however that transfer is not a matter of personal choice but rather a compulsory decision such as when there is a need to transfer because of work, new relationships such as in the case of married couples or simply because of the need to go back to one’s roots.   Either way, it requires moving on and leaving behind what we have been used to. It may shake us emotionally since we will be leaving as well the person who have been part of our life but that’s part of living and learning. What matters is we have a difference on other’s life, in the same way they did to us, be it in our life in the city or in the country.

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REASONABLY PRICED REMOVALS THAT YOU CAN FIND IN LONDON

London has so many things to offer. And if you are looking for first-rate art sales and antique furniture, then London is a place to be. You can find furniture that can cost you hundreds and even thousands of pounds, but they are already on sale. The moment you will lay your eyes on a piece of furniture that dates back to Louis XV, you will just realize that that piece of item is priceless. And for the record, you can even find an Old Master that costs more or less 6 million pounds.

Antiques 


don’t lose their value. As you may know, they even become more and more valuable as time passes. If you are an art and antique lover, you can make a huge investment by simply buying antique items and furniture.

So, what is the relationship between antique furniture and a furniture removal service?

The antique furniture has to be moved from its present location and be transferred to the auction site. And as you already imagined, moving a very delicate furniture costs a lot of effort. As the winner of the auction receives the won item, he or she wishes that the furniture be transported to their place in one piece.

How will this be done? There are antique furniture removal companies that can do the job professionally since they were trained to do so. Such company is engaged in specialized operation of moving antique furniture from one place to another, safely. Yes, you already spent too much money on the antique furniture and this time you have to spend some again to get your investment protected.

You just have to make sure that you hired expert and well-informed movers to prevent any damage to your antique furniture. As you take the service of an antique removal company, you have to make sure that they are well-equipped. There are companies that have advanced electronic equipment which they can use in safeguarding your furniture. And for the record, only a first-rate company can provide such first-rate service as well.

The company which will take your furniture so, they should have the power and capabilities to take care of your investment. You have to validate their procedures in keeping things in good condition especially antique items. This will give you a peace of mind once your antique gets shipped.

And since London is a place full of auction businesses, removal companies have learned to adopt with the current system of the city in terms of traffic, environment which will be significant in conducting theirfurniture delivery and removal.

This is why, you also have to make sure that you choose a company that is environmentally friendly as well. You can say that such company is a friend of environment if they use storage containers that are made of wood. Also, the packaging system of the company is reusable. And for the vehicle, they should be using electric hybrid vehicle since it has a low emission level.

If you need service in relocation, you can also take the service that antique furniture removal companyrequires since their scope of service is beyond the price you will pay to them.

After you move in your new home you might need professional house cleaning.

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Pickdropgo Help England/Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe With his Move

We are lucky to announce that we recently had the privillage to help England Star Jermain Defoe Move into his Mansion in Chigwell Essex. The team at Pickdropgo  were delighted to be selected and have the pleasure of doing such a job for a huge profile name such as Jermain Defoe.

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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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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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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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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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