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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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When we talk about moving, the image that comes to mind is the packing, the heavy lifting, the planning, and all the other big and small tasks that come into play when one needs to move and relocate.

It only follows though, that the most practical step to take would be to hire professionals. But the thing is, many people also want to save money on their move and hiring someone else to help do the job means having to put out more money, which frankly, much more people are unwilling to do.

The thing is, having professionals involved in your moving process may not be really the luxury that you think that it is. Having pros on the job, such as man with van services, can not only help your move become easier and much more efficient, but also a safer one.


One reason is, of course, their professionalism and expertise that they bring to the table. Let’s say you have certain pieces of furniture that are vulnerable and valuable at the same time. Unprofessional and inexperienced handling of these on a move can spell disaster and damage, as compared to having people in the know do the job for you. Man with van outfits are much more experienced in handling and transporting furniture so that your things are in much better hands – at least in the case of a move – than yours.


Safety for your things is also guaranteed by insurance policies that a man with van outfit may enter into, in order to protect themselves as well as their customers and clients. Accidents do happen – especially with do it yourself moves – even when professionals are involved, so they need to offer something in case some unfortunate circumstances occur. And while these untoward incidents do not always happen, it means much more peace of mind for you to know that your things are insured and in good and capable hands.


A man with removal van outfit is also much more practical, because since they are much more experienced and well versed in moving tasks than you ever will be, everything is made much more efficient, saving time, and thus money – you will have to be on leave from work less, and you will have much more time to allot to your other concerns and tasks, moving related and otherwise.

Having professional help is not always a luxury or want, or something born out of sheer laziness. The services they offer can give you good value for your money.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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