All posts by Dan Humphreys

The task of moving into a new house is daunting for anyone and can be made more stressful at the thought of moving your fish tank. Most people will move, on average, at least a couple of times in their lifetime, so it is a task you are likely to face at some point. However, if you prepare properly and have the essential knowledge available to you, moving your fish tank should go smoothly and without too many problems.

Moving House with Fish

First, there are a couple of important pieces of information you must remember when moving a fish tank. These are:

– Never move the fish in their tank.
– Do not feed your fish for at least 24 hours before moving them to a new location.
– Try to set aside a separate day to focus on moving your aquarium.
– Unplug the heater approximately half an hour before you start dismantling it. Otherwise, it may crack and break when removed, while it’s hot, straight from the water.

Remove Fish Tank Ornaments

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The first step of moving your fish tank into a new property is to remove all the ornaments. Gently lift the ornaments to the top of the tank and double check there aren’t any fish inside seeking refuge. If you’re sure there are no fish in any of the ornaments, stack them in a waterproof container such as a plastic storage box, ready for moving.

Correctly Store Aquarium Plants

The best way to move the plants from your fish tank so that they are not damaged is by sealing them in bags with rubber bands to stop them from drying out. This will ensure your aquarium plants make it to your new property undamaged.

Carefully Catch Your Fish

Next you need to catch your fish. This process is made far easier if you remove some of the water from your tank so there is less room for the fish to swim around in. Don’t forget – any water you remove from your aquarium must be saved so that you can fill bags to keep your fish in.

When it comes to the actual fish catching, it is important to move slowly as slow movements are far more effective than frantic ones. If you have someone available to help you ‘herd’ the fish towards your net, it is definitely worth it. What’s more, it’s important to remember that when you lift the fish from the water, you cover the net with your hand, as fish can jump!

Bag Your Fish Up

Fish in the Dark

As soon as you have caught all your fish, place them in bags full three quarters with tank water and tie with a rubber band – leave one quarter at the top full of oxygen. After you have bagged the fish up (each species in separate bags), cover them with paper bags or store them in a polystyrene box so they are in the dark as quickly as possible. Dark spaces are ideal for fish, especially when you’re moving, as it helps to keep them calm and stops them from panicking or becoming stressed.

Take Out Other Equipment

Once all the plants, fish, and water has been removed from the tank, it is time to take out your other equipment, such as heaters, filters, and pumps. To store the filter, keep it damp to help preserve as much of the friendly bacteria as possible to avoid health problems with your fish later. When packing your heater, be sure to wrap it thoroughly to avoid breakages as heater glass is very delicate.

Wrap the Fish Tank Thoroughly

To transport your fish tank to your new address, wrap your aquarium in bubble wrap, blankets, towels, clothes, and whatever other packing materials you can find to thoroughly protect it. Make sure you secure it in your vehicle to ensure it cannot move around while you’re driving.

Fish Transportation Advice

Bmw Car Front Sports Car Tuned Pimped TranWhen moving your fish in their bags, you will need to ask a friend for help. Have them hold the bags carefully in the car while you drive to your new property. It is important to remember that if you’ve been careful to fill your bags of water three quarters full, with space left for oxygen, you have up to 12 hours to safely transport your fish without needing to release them from the bags. So, if you’ve planned your move quickly, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Top tip: If you place the sealed bags into white polystyrene boxes, it can help to keep the temperature cooler for your fish.

Prioritise Unpacking Your Aquarium

Once you’ve reached your new property, make unpacking your aquarium a priority. You must get your fish back into the tank as soon as you can. You will need to add your fish back into the tank as you normally would do after buying them from a shop. Ensure the water is perfect for them and keep the room dark to reduce their stress.

Ensure you place a rock, cave, castle, or tree log for the fish to hide in when they are placed back into the tank. This will give them a safe space where they can hide and acclimatise to their new environment.

Do not feed your fish on moving day because your filter is likely to struggle with the loss of bacteria and may not be able to cope with the waste products produced.

Keep an Eye on Your Tank

Just as it may take you some time to adjust to your new home and surroundings, the same goes for your fish. Keep an eye on your tank and fish for a month or so after moving. This will help you ensure everyone is settling in nicely and that the tank is reaching a good equilibrium.

Moving a Fish Tank is Not Impossible

All it takes is a little planning and time. You must plan ahead to ensure moving your fish tank goes as smoothly as possible. Hopefully this article has been helpful and given you all the important information you need to move your fish tank easily. If you would like any more moving advice, please do not hesitate to call Simply Removals.

Moving into a new home can be a daunting experience but moving with a young family can cause even more difficulties. While you’re packing and trying to move furniture, they’ll be competing for your attention and trying to balance everything and everyone can be extremely difficult.

However, one of the advantages of moving home in London is that there are a number of moving companies you can choose from. What’s more, you can opt for the removals company to sort all the packing, moving, and storage solutions for you. It’s amazing the offers that are out there, and it will certainly make moving with children a lot easier.

How Simply Removals Can Help You Move

Here at Simply Removals we provide professional moving services for customers throughout London and the surrounding areas. What’s more, we can sort all the packing for you, do all the heavy lifting, and even store items for you so they are safe while you get settled.

We know how much moving into a new home can feel unsettling and that’s why we aim to make the process as easy for you as possible – providing you with all the support you need. By hiring our team at Simply Removals to help you with your move, you will save time, money, and enjoy the moving process a whole lot more than if you tried to juggle everything on your own.

Our Tips for Moving with a Young Family

If you are about to move into a new house and you have a young family, we thought we would share our advice with you to hopefully help make the transition a little easier.

Prepare an Inventory

One of the easiest things to do when moving into a new house is misplace items or pack things away and then not know which box they are in. So, we would always advise our customers to prepare an inventory of their belongings. You can either write a list on paper or download a home inventory app to keep track of everything you pack. If you want to be really detailed, you can even take photos of each item you pack so that you remember exactly what they are.

Creating an inventory may seem like a very time-consuming job, but it will save you a significant amount of time in the long-run.

Familiarise Yourself with the Area You’re Moving Into

If you’re not familiar with the area you’re moving into and you’re not sure how to get around when you’re there, it’s time to do a little bit of research. The more you know about your new home’s location and surroundings, the easier it will be to adapt once you’re moved in. Start by contacting the local schools to ask about transferring your children there and register your family at the doctors and dentist as well. This is all a super helpful way to start off on the right foot when you arrive and, therefore, be less overwhelmed with all the jobs you have to get done.

Redirect Your Mail

If your new home is confirmed and it’s just a case of moving everything in, it’s time to start redirecting your mail. This takes some time but saves a lot of problems in the long-run when you realise mail is still being sent to your old address.

To redirect your mail, all you have to do is complete a mail redirection form. These forms are available at your local post office and by filling one out you will ensure that any mail currently being delivered to your old address with now be redirected to your new address.

Visit Your New Home with Your Family

Moving with young children can be a stressful experience and amongst all the busyness it can be easy to forget that moving is disruptive and upsetting for children, too. Just like you they are leaving behind familiar environments and friends to make new ones. This can be daunting for them – and for you!

So, visit your new home with your family a few times before moving in to get everyone acquainted with the space and drive around the area for a while – perhaps visiting the local park and eating out in a local restaurant. This is a great way to get young children excited about their new home and familiar with the environment so that moving day is more exciting than sad.

Contact Simply Removals Today

If you would like help with your next big move, call Simply Removals today. Our team would be more than happy to support you through this big change and we provide all the services you need to move smoothly and successfully into your new property. Whether you need help moving heavy items, packing the boxes, storing furniture, or even tape, boxes, and bubble wrap to get started – our team at Simply Removals have it all!

Call us today to find out more and let us help make your move with a young family as easily and stress-free as possible.

As someone who has personally moved numerous times in my life, I like to think that I have become somewhat of a moving expert. When it comes to moving home, I have tried and tested all methods. I’ve hired packers and movers, signed up friends and family to help, done the job myself, rented a truck, drip-fed items into my new property over a few weeks, and so much more…whatever moving option there is, I’m pretty sure I’ve tried it!  

However, if there is one thing I’ve learnt in all my years of regular moving, it’s that we all own so. Much. Stuff.  

Even though there are certain things we can’t live without, there are some things that we simply don’t need. And paired with moving, these items can make packing significantly more time-consuming, stressful, and unnecessary.  

So, if you don’t want to be completely frazzled the next time you move home, here’s how to declutter effectively.  

Declutter as You Pack  

Packing is a great time to work through your items and decide what you’re going to keep and what you’re not so fussed about leaving behind. Many people find it a helpful time to declutter. So, if you need the motivation of actually moving, why not declutter as you pack?  

As you pack every item to take with you, ask yourself the following questions:  

Work Through One Room at a Time  

The best way to declutter your home effectively is to tackle everything one room at a time. Otherwise it is easy to become overwhelmed with the amount that needs doing and you might avoid carrying out the task at hand altogether.  

Create a First Day Box  

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The first day in your new home is exciting but can also be stressful as you try to find everything you need to have a good first day.  

To make this process easier, think about packing a first day box. This box contains everything you need for your first day/night in your new place. It has all the essentials in it:  

Having a box like this that is clearly labelled can make that first day significantly easier. It also helps cut down on the clutter of unpacking because you don’t need to rifle through box after box in search of your toothbrush. 

Plan Ahead for Large Items of Furniture  

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We all have furniture and most of us would say that it is one of life’s necessities. However, furniture can take up a lot of space and it can take time to get rid of unwanted items before moving day.  

So, plan ahead.  

If you no longer want specific items of furniture, be sure you have a strategy in place. One of the best ways to get rid of unwanted furniture is to offer it to friends and family or sell it at work. Craigslist or Freecycle are always options, but if you want to make a little bit of money, they should probably be your last resort.  

Sort Out the Paperwork  

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Now I know, this isn’t exactly the advice you had hoped for – after all, there is nothing more time-consuming that sorting out the filing system. However, it’s an unavoidable fact that we tend to accumulate paper in our homes. From user manuals and bank statements, to housing contracts and gas bills, once you sort through your papers and create a system, you will feel a lot better.  

It may take a while, so set aside a day to properly sort out your paperwork. File everything into clearly labelled folders and thoroughly shred any paper, credit cards, or documents you no longer need. There is no better excuse to sort through your paperwork than when you’re moving. You will definitely feel better for it and your files will be significantly more manageable, too!  

Clear Out the Junk Drawer  

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Another task we’ve all been avoiding for weeks, months, or possibly years…clearing out the junk drawer is a task none of us enjoy. But now that you’re moving home, you need to clear out the junk drawer so that it doesn’t follow you to every home you live in.  

Junk drawers are often full of old batteries, papers, rubber bands, and various other miscellaneous items. Rather than emptying this drawer into a packing box, why not riffle through the items and clear out what you don’t need?  

Start Early  

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When it comes to moving and decluttering your house at the same time, the best thing you can do is start early. Whether you’re moving in 6 months or one year’s time, the earlier you start decluttering your home, the less stressful your move will be. Make a start by lining up four boxes by the front door and labelling each of them ‘keep’, ‘give away’, ‘rubbish’ and ‘sell’. As you work through your home, one room at a time, add items to the bins. This is a simple but effective way to manage the clutter in your home and encourage others in your house to clear out their spaces too.  

What are Some of Your Decluttering Tips?  

And there you have it, all my decluttering tips to help make moving less stressful. If you simply plan ahead, your move will be significantly easier. It’s helpful to see your new home as a completely fresh start so that you dispose of excess items and unnecessary clutter accordingly. And by decluttering, you will be able to enjoy more space in your new home knowing you’ve not got to store a lifetime of items you never really use.  

Storage solutions are incredibly popular throughout the UK because there are so many benefits! Whether you’re moving into a new home or you are redecorating your space and you need somewhere to put all your furniture, storage could be just what you need.

To help you out, we have provided you with a list of the benefits of storage.

Storage Solutions are Flexible

When it comes to storage, flexibility is extremely important as it means you can store your belongings for any length of time, whether that be for a couple of days or for longer. This means that if your plans change or you need your furniture stored for more time than you initially thought, you are able to extend the storage time. After all, as much as we like to plan, life can happen, and plans can change. So, having a flexible storage solution can be extremely convenient.

Storage is Convenient

The storage solutions we provide here at Simply Removals are extremely convenient for all our customers. It provides a space that is warm, dry, safe, and secure where your items can be kept until you know what you are doing with them. What’s more, here at Simply Removals we can even move your belongings into storage for you so that you don’t have to worry about them. At Simply Removals we know how stressful moving into a new property can be and that’s why we aim to make your move as easy and smooth as possible.

Storage is Safe, Secure, Clean, and Dry

All the self-storage units we provide at Simply Removals are safe, secure, clean, and dry – ensuring all your belongings are protected and safe from the elements until you’re ready to collect them. There is nothing worse than storing your items in an old garage or a cold, damp loft because you will come to collect them and find that the boxes are wet through or there has been damage to your furniture. Give yourself peace of mind and protect your belongings in the Simply Removals storage rooms.

Storage is Accessible

At Simply Removals, you have a key to your storage unit so that it is accessible at all times. This allows you to access your belongings at a day and a time that suits you. So, if you need to access something you’ve packed, or you want to move your furniture into your new home slowly over time, you can do so without any problems. We know that when it comes to storage, accessibility is extremely important.

Reduced the Risk of Damage

If you move home regularly, you will know that the risk of damage to your furniture can increase with every property move you make. Storing your items in a neat and systematic manner in self-storage units can significantly reduce the risks of regularly moving goods and items. Storage solutions such as those offered by Simply Removals, mean that your more delicate or sentimental items are not at risk of damage and are protected from the wear and tear of regularly moving.

You Can Pay for the Space You Need

When it comes to furniture storage, we all need something different because properties come in all shapes and sizes. That’s why here at Simply Removals we know there’s not one storage space size that works for everyone. Instead, we provide a variety of different sized units so that you only need to pay for the space you need. Not only is it cost-efficient, but it saves space, and provides you with just what you need.

The Storage Solutions We Offer at Simply Removals

Here at Simply Removals we know that removals and storage go hand in hand and that’s why we are proud to provide storage solutions for all our home removal companies. And what’s more, we offer storage units that are affordable so that moving into a new house doesn’t break the bank!

Whether you’re moving into a new house, redecorating, or simply decluttering your living space, our storage units provide the extra space you need. After all, the last thing you want to be worried about when making a change is the security and location of your belongings. At Simply Removals, we provide you with the storage solutions you need to keep your life on track.

We Provide Storage

The great thing about the storage solutions we provide at Simply Removals is that you don’t have to use our removal service to make use of our storage facilities. All you have to do is give us a call! There is plenty of room and we would be more than happy to cater to your needs and provide you with a space where you can store your belongings safely and securely. Whether you require long-term or short-term storage solutions, Simply Removals are here for you!

We Provide a Collection Service

If you don’t have the time or the man-power to move all of your belongings into storage, why not request our collection service? Here at Simply Removals we are proud to provide a professional removal team who can come and collect your items for you, securely storing them so that you don’t have to. Our professional moving teams are all fully trained and insured to give you total peace of mind that you’re receiving a top-quality service.

We Provide Self-Storage Solutions

If you have a specific storage location in mind that suits you best, give our team a call today and let them know. Don’t worry if you’re not sure how much space you will need, we have experienced advisers who are on-hand to answer any questions you may have. What’s more, they can help assist you in choosing the space you need. All the self-storage units we provide are easily accessible and range from 10 sq fit to 300 sq ft. Give us a call today to find out more about the self-storage options available to you.

Call Simply Removals Today

Here at Simply Removals, removals and storage is what we do. So, if you would like to request our services or you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team today. We would be more than happy to assist you in your moving and storage needs!

Need Help Moving with Pets? Here are Our Do’s and Don’ts!

No one looks forward to the moving process, especially if you’re tackling it alone. It’s laborious, stressful and sometimes expensive! However, what can make the moving process even more difficult is moving with pets. The added responsibility of catering to the needs of your pet can make the whole ordeal more stressful than necessary.

So, Simply Removals are going to run through the 3 most important do’s and don’ts of moving with a pet (cats and/or dogs). Take a look below at our top tips!

Our 3 Do’s for Moving with Pets

  1. Find an area of your new home (and old home) and keep your pet in it!

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Even if your pet is extremely well-behaved, you don’t want them disrupting your moving process, or worse, harming themselves. It would be wise to find a quiet room where your pet won’t be disturbed. Ensure that your pet has all of their home comforts in their selected room, this includes bedding, toys, water and food. By supplying them with these comforts, it’s more likely that they won’t be too stressed or cause any disturbance.

2. Find someone to help look after your pet

moving with petsAs previously stated, moving day can come with a host of stresses, and adding a pet to the equation isn’t appealing. If you can, try and get a friend or relative to take your pet out for the day. It will remove them from the busy moving environment and put your mind at rest on the moving day.

3. Safeguard your pet!

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If you haven’t already, now is the best time to invest  in an ID tag or microchip. This not only means you’ll be able to find your pet if they go missing, but new neighbours will be able to identify them and return them safely to your new home. If you already have your pet chipped, make sure you update your new home address and any other necessary details so that if they do wander off, they can easily be identified and returned.

Our 3 Don’ts for Moving with Pets

  1. Don’t let them run free in your new property without checks

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You might want to allow your pet to roam free in your new home once you arrive but this may be unwise. Pets have an uncanny way of finding gaps and escape routes, especially in places that haven’t been properly secured. Ensure that your new property is secure and don’t let your pet roam free in the garden before you’ve inspected it!

2. Don’t be too harsh if they’re not adapting well to the new property!

moving with petsDon’t be too harsh on your pet if they’re chewing and causing disturbances in your new property. Pets take time to adjust to their surroundings, and being in a new home will likely have an effect on their temperament. Allow them to explore and relax in your new home. It’s also advised that you don’t let your pet remain on their own for long periods of time as this can cause anxiety. Comfort them and give them treats to keep them happy and settled in your new property.

3. Don’t change their routines

moving with petsJust because you’ve moved doesn’t mean that you have to change your pet’s routine! For example, if you have a dog, keep walking them and feeding them at similar times. Dogs get used to routines and if you start changing those routines once you’ve moved into your new property, this may unsettle them. Cats are more relaxed about this, as they more independent but be sure to get them acquainted with the new property and ensure they’re able to explore once they’ve settled.

That makes our top 3 do’s and don’ts for moving with pets! Have you had any experiences with moving your pets from old to new properties? Have any advice that you’d like to add to this article? Please do not hesitate to email us to let us know and we’ll add them to the article.

Additionally, if you’d like to know how we can help you and your pets move safely into your new property, do feel free to give us a call here. Our friendly staff are always on hand to help, no matter how big or small your move may be!

Are you looking for the cheap ways to move to a new city? Don’t worry because Simply Removals are here to provide you the best moving tips which won’t cost you a lot of money!

We understand that moving is a pricey task. It not only requires hard work but it can come with unwanted stress and aggravation, especially if you haven’t planned correctly. We understand the cost and circumstances required in moving from one city to another. People save every penny to buy a new house and it is very challenging to move on a tight budget.

Today, we’re looking at some proven tips which will make your move much easier and affordable!

1. Find Yourself a Reliable Removals Company

cheap ways to move to a new cityThis is the first an arguably the most important step of your moving journey. Of course, you might claim that hiring a portable moving container might be cheaper but in most cases, when you move to a new city, you want to make the move as stress-free as possible.

Have a chat with several removal companies yo find which one suits your needs. Simpy Removals are always here for some friendly advice, so please do not hesitate to get in touch!

2. Find Yourself Some Free Moving Boxes

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Don’t waste your money by buying cartons, boxes, shoppers and other packing material. Buying one box does not seem much costly, but buying 50 to 100 boxes will cost a lot of money. You can always look around for these boxes in warehouses. You can easily get the cartons from grocery stores free of cost.

Whenever you buy large appliances from the market, don’t throw away original packing. This way, you can save money and you’re being eco-friendly! You can also ask your family and friends for any spare boxes they may have and are willing to donate.

3. Choosing a Cheaper Moving Season

cheap ways to move to a new cityChoosing the correct time is really important in planning your move. Identify the cheapest moving season. Normally, moving is on the peak during the spring and summer season as compared to winter and fall season.

Moving companies demand more money during the peak season. You should plan your move during winter or fall season when the demand of the moving companies is not very high. To plan your move in a budget it is highly important that you choose the cheapest season. This will help alleviate the financial burden you might incur during your move.

4. Look for Discounts

cheap ways to move to a new cityBefore you plan to move, do thorough research on moving companies, rental trucks, transport, moving supply retailers etc.

Do take recommendations from friends and family before hiring any moving company. There is a chance that they had a good experience with the moving company and can tell you exactly what you should do.

You should not hire movers who are complete strangers. Similarly, before finalizing your choice, visit mover website and read customer reviews. If reviews are good, then there is no problem in hiring them. But, if 70% reviews are against that moving company then you should go for another moving company with positive reviews.

5. Don’t Carry What You Can’t Carry!

Don’t carry extra stuff with you. Donate your old clothes, books, and furniture. You can sell them online too. If you will carry all the stuff for nothing, then it would cost you a lot of money, time and energy too.

The above five tips will definitely help you in moving to the new city on a budget. Just stick to the basic and don’t panic. More importantly, be patient and do your research especially when hiring a moving company. Remember, if you are vigilant, it will be much easier to move before breaking the bank.

If you’d like a quote or any advice on moving to a new city, please feel free to contact Simply Removals today!


Simply Removals: An Award-winning Company! 

Recently, London-based removal company Simply Removals were awarded the prestigious IPA award.  

Investors in People is the Standard for people management. Established in 1991, the standard has naturally evolved to keep up with modern practices. They are a governing body that defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people to work in both an efficient and responsible manner, while hitting their targets and aiming for success.  

What is the Investors in People Accreditation Award? 

The IPA award is the global standard for people management. This is one of the most prestigious awards that can be given to a company. It highlights both employee satisfaction, work ethic and company goals being met. As quoted from their official awards document: 

‘Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.’ 

Paul Devoy (Head of Investors in People) stated on behalf of his company, that he’d “like to congratulate Simply Removals. The Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success. All the team at Simply Removals should be extremely proud of their achievement.” 

About Investors in People 

Investors in People, as quoted on their press template reflect on the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale. 

Why the Employees at Simply Removals Should be Proud 

Investors in People AccreditationSimply Removals are proud to be able to present this award with both its staff and customers alike. The award is only presented to companies and institutions who have proved to the IPA governing body that their business has passed multiple tasks, online assessments, employee interviews and work observations. 

Only companies that show their dedication to staff and clients are awarded the IPA certificate. The award itself holds great value, showcasing that a company has passed a set of vigorous tests and interviews which have been specifically designed to push a company’s employees to the limits and monitor how they deal under pressure. 

Call Us Today to see What We Can Offer You! 

This award has only certified what the team at Simply Removals have been doing for a number of years. If you’d like to know more about the services we offer here at Simply Removals, why not give us a call? 

We offer various bespoke removal services across London and the UK. Call us today to see what competitive rates we can offer you! 

How We Moved Matrix Island

Here at Simply Removals, we are experts in home removals. No removal is too big or too small. Our fully trained teams are on-hand to provide you with unrivalled service and cost-effective efficiency.

Recently, we had the privilege of moving the most expensive houseboat in England. When we got the call about this home removal, we knew it would be far different to anything we had done before. But we love a challenge!

About the Boat

This is Britain’s most expensive houseboat and it is on the market for a whopping £3.7 million. Yes, you read correctly, £3.7 million! That’s six times the price of the average home in England. But when you hear what this boat offers, it isn’t hard to see why.

This luxurious boat boasts state-of-the-art kitchens, LED lighting, five en-suite bathrooms, an upper deck for entertaining, two reception areas built around a central stairway and much more. The dining room alone measures 5,000 square feet.

The boat is certainly a far cry from most houseboats dotted around the country’s waterways, with their narrow walkways and low ceilings. This boat has everything you could ever need for a comfortable life and more! You can even host parties with friends and family as the front deck is nearly 50ft and can fit an array of chairs and tables for entertaining. And it all comes with excellent views of the London skyline and river.

The boat, named Matrix Island, began its life in the 1930s as a steel barge. It used to cruise up and down the River Seine in Paris, transporting coal. In recent years, the boat was sold and turned into what is, possibly, the largest boat on the Thames.

Where Does the Boat Reside?

The converted steel barge is now moored in St Katherine Docks, upmarket yacht marina next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The next owners of this incredible vessel will need deep pockets as the maintenance and mooring charge along is £18,000 a year.

The owners who are selling the boat, Ron and June Clark, bought the vessel 26 years ago in Bournemouth, Dorset, but they have decided to sell it after many years spent enjoying the incredible sea views and take up a quiet life in a country village.

Links to French History

This boat is not just a glorious site to behold but it is a piece of reclaimed history. To help keep part of French history alive, during the renovation process, various parts of the boat have a story that link to its rich French history.

Recycled sails have been used on the doorframes, the staircase was sourced from the Renault car factory and each of the five bedrooms and the communal areas have a historical French story that is expressed through the design.

An Experts Opinion

Nige Day, head of houseboat sales, said the market for the prestige houseboats was increasing at a remarkable rate. He states: “Houseboats have evolved from the narrowboats we are accustomed to seeing on Britain’s canals. The best examples are now floating mansions. They often measure over 5,000 square feet of living space and have every modern amenity. Bathrooms that resemble a spa now come as standard. Inside they are almost indistinguishable from land built luxury homes but have the obvious advantage of the best views.”

How Did We Do It?

So, how did we help the owners of the most expensive houseboat in Britain move their belongings safely from a boat? Read on to find out more.

We Did the Packing

Not only did we get a team of people together to move this couple from their glorious house boat but we helped with the packing as well. Packing up your belongings can be the most time-consuming aspect of moving home – especially when your home is a five-bedroom houseboat. That’s why, here at Simply Removals, we offer our home packing service to ensure your precious goods are packed and moved without any damage.

We packed up everything in Britain’s most expensive houseboat, a tall feat indeed you may assume. However, with such a large team of Simply Removals staff on-hand we managed to get the work done efficiently and quickly, ensuring the best customer service we could.

Moving Vans

As with any home removal, having a moving van is essential. Here at Simply Removals, we have a fleet of vehicles ready to serve all removal requirements. However, for this boat removal, because of the size of the project we employed three Simply Removals vans to help us get the job done. And it was a good thing we did because there was a lot to move – hardly surprising in this luxurious mansion.

Final Words

It was such a privilege offering our home removals service to the owners of Matrix Island and we wish them every happiness on their new home adventures. It was certainly an experience stepping onto Britain’s most expensive houseboat and seeing the luxury first-hand. Our staff said that if they had £3.7 million in the bank, they would purchase this place in a heartbeat. Matrix Island was one of the most unique home removals we have ever done and it is certainly one of our favourites.

For Your Removal Needs, Call Us Today

If you require a home removals service, let Matrix Island be the proof that there is no project too big or small and no project too unique. Our team are fully trained and equipped with the knowledge to move you, your family and your belongings safely, efficiently and cost-effectively. That’s why we are one of the most unrivalled removals companies in the country. Give us a call today to book your home removal!

A university packing list can seem like a pretty daunting list to tackle, considering most people have never had to pack up and leave home this early in their lives.

Luckily, you’ve already done all the hard work! You’ve got into university, you’ve sorted out your halls/house (hopefully) and now you’re facing the final hurdle, which is… what the hell do I take?

Well, that’s why we’re here!

At Simply Removals, we understand the stresses and concerns that surround moving all your stuff into your new university accommodation. We’ve compiled our moving essentials into separate categories, so just scroll down and have a look at what you’re going to need!

Do note that this list isn’t for everyone, it just serves as a general university checklist, enjoy!

Bathroom Packing List

uni movingBathroom essentials are, well… essential. This category is arguably the one that people neglect to pay attention to, so here’s our list!

Top tip: Pack a medicine box! When you’re at university, you won’t have mum and dad to look after you when you fall ill, or get incredibly hungover. So, pack a little medicine box full of the things you think will come in handy when you get ill. I’m talking about paracetamol, flu tablets, plasters, antiseptic cream, hay-fever tablets, and whatever else you think you may need.

Bedroom Packing List

Top tip: I personally would recommend bringing a laptop/games console for those quieter nights. Sometimes you won’t want to go out, and these come in handy. If that’s not

your thing, then just make sure you bring something that will keep you preoccupied, books, films, whatever you think would be best for you.

Kitchen Items Packing List

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Arguably the longest list… so prepare yourself!

Top Tip: you don’t actually need to pack much of this! Of course, it would save some money if you were able to bring the majority of this, though, if you’re looking to save s

pace, time, and energy, then most of this you can easily buy. Better yet, if you want, you can even use some of the spare cutlery you might have lying around the house… if you’re that attached to it.

Academic Items Packing List 

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Yes, sorry, you need these as well:

Top tip: don’t re-use your old notebooks/work books from school, it’s much better to buy something new and make a fresh start. Buy all new equipment if necessary, you don’t want to be asking people to borrow things as soon as you walk into university.

Other Bits & Bobs

This part is up to you! If you have any other things you want to bring along, then do! Just make sure you’re sensible and realistic about what you’re bringing. Here are a few to get your brain thinking:

That’s it!

Once you’ve finished packing, have an itinerary at hand to check over all the things you’ve marked down. The last thing you want is to arrive at university, only to have forgotten to bring something essential. Moving out can be quite a stressful task, and we understand that, because we’ve moved out several students from all over the UK! If you want to get in touch, or have a chat with one of our removal experts, feel free to give us a call here.

Lastly, enjoy university!

Simply Removals Have You Covered

Simply Removals VanSimply Removals are one of the largest house moving companies in the UK and we have our HQ based in Enfield, North London. We offer an amazing service and have a fleet of vans operating throughout London. Our prices are extremely competitive, so if it’s a removals van in London you’re looking for, then give us a call now and we’ll help you out.




Removals Van London: The Dutchman Constantly Mistaken for a Removals Van Service

removals van londonA man by the name of Removals Van-London has been the subject of ridicule for a number of years due to his name being a popular removals van search-word. Despite Van-London initially admitted that he found the joke funny, though, after 25 years of misunderstandings, lost furniture and being branded a ‘scumbag’, he’s simply had enough.

Van-London contacted us in order to shed light onto the life he has now been forced to lead due to his unfortunate naming. While he revealed that he’s put the past behind him, he still feels there’s an issue to be addressed here:

“I’m usually not one to complain, but the joke has gone on too long now. I can’t even walk down the street with people asking me to help them move their belongings down the road. Even my friends have jumped on the ‘Removals Van-London’ bandwagon, asking if I can carry their shopping and deliver their children.”

removals van londonVan-London went onto describe how the joke now severely impacts even the smallest of tasks. He claims how he’s now forced to deliver the pints at the pub, pick everyone up from a night out, fetch the coffee at work, and go on breakfast delivery runs, despite his office having someone specifically employed to perform this very task.

“I cannot continue to live my life like this. Now I know how Corbyn feels when he’s dealing with the media, knackered.”

removals van londonVan-London reveals how he now fears receiving gifts revolving around his name due to the inevitable banter. He recalls when his son bought him a gift for his birthday, and as touching as the sentiment was, he still struggles to face the public:

“My son got me a football shirt for my birthday, usually, this would be a lovely gesture. However, when the name of the back of the shirt reads ‘Van-London’ people seem to jump to conclusions and assume I can offer them an above-average removals service.”

Van-London has often been asked if he has considered a career switch into operating a removals van around his hometown, London:

“I’m sure I could make a sweet profit out of utilising my god-forsaken name. But, I feel as if that would be admitting defeat, plus, I hate moving anything, the last thing I moved was my ex-wife out of my house, and that took far longer than strictly necessary.”

Van-London did admit that he did help a friend move out from his flat once, and this may have birthed the whole joke:

“My mate Dan needed a hand moving out some stuff from his flat, so, being the good guy I am, I lent a hand…

removals van london“One thing led to another, and he created a joke Facebook page called ‘Removals Van-London’, now, people are genuinely messaging the group asking for charge rates and availability. My boss as work firmly believes I’m looking to start my own independent company, which is simply untrue. Plus, it would be incredibly deceitful and ironic, considering I work as a carpenter, so I spend most of my time fitting things, as opposed to removing them.”

Despite Van-London’s lifestyle change, he does admit that things can only get better:

“Worst case scenario, I adopt my wife’s name, Removals Surrey.”