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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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RULE NUMBER 1: GET ORGANIZED WHEN YOU MOVE

There are rules and rules must be followed. If you manage to stick with the rules, you will benefit more than you can imagine.   Getting organized all throughout the move is rule number one. This top rule is not just there to guide you and keep you tracked with your course of actions. If you let rule number one executed, then good results happen.   To make this rule happen, make sure that you are ready to plan ahead of time. Getting organized means jotting down things that should be achieved and accomplished at a specific time. This means, when you pack for instance, you have to know which room to pack first and which would be the last. This also means that you need to have sufficient packing supplies when you pack so that you can put things together in their designated boxes. This will give you easier time when you unpack your stuff.   Part of being organized is labeling. You have to have your inventory list. This will not just for the benefit of the moving company you are hiring but for your own, too.   Plus, when you say you are getting things organized, you should at least have the right knowledge of putting things inside the box properly. Remember that things should always be done deliberately-all the time.

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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.

For further information, go to  www.pickdropgo.co.uk

 

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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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