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
Simply 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.
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.
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
Bathroom essentials are, well… essential. This category is arguably the one that people neglect to pay attention to, so here’s our list!
- Bath mat
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Washing bag
- Shower gel/shampoo
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
- Hangers (so important!)
- Bed sheets and duvet
- Washing/laundry bag
- Door hanger (for coats, bags, etc)
- Clothes horse
- Mattress protector
- Electric blanket/hot water bottle
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
Arguably the longest list… so prepare yourself!
- Plates, bowls, dishes
- Cooking utensils (wok, frying pan, sauce pan, spatulas)
- Baking tray/pizza tray
- Tea and coffee
- Oven gloves
- Can opener/bottle opener/tin opener
- Cheese grater (personally essential to me)
- Hand towels
- Herbs and spices
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
Yes, sorry, you need these as well:
- Pencil case (yes, you’ll still need this!)
- Diary or planner
- Post-it notes
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:
- A torch
- Playing cards
- Games console
- Alarm clock
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 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.
FUNNY BUT TRUE (maybe):
Removals Van London: The Dutchman Constantly Mistaken for a Removals Van Service
A 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.”
Van-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.”
Van-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…
“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.”
How to Effectively Store Your Furniture
Removals and storage often go hand in hand. Here at Simply Removals, we know that when moving to a new house it is common to require storage of any extra furniture or household items. There could be many reasons for this, you may be de-cluttering, you may be the proud owner of some antique furniture that simply won’t fit into your new home or you may need to store furniture and other items between moves because there is a delay. Instead of having these valuable pieces thrown away or sold, it is worth thinking about various storage solutions. Read on to find out the storage options we offer at Simply Removals and how to effectively store your furniture.
What Does Storage Offer?
Furniture storage facilities provide you with the room you need to keep the furniture you love, while you move home. At Simply Removals, we want to make every aspect of your removal experience as stress-free as possible. That’s why we offer our customers a safe and secure storage solution for whatever you require.
Cleaning Everything First
Before you store any of your furniture, it is important you clean everything thoroughly. Use an appropriate cleaner for the type of material and then wipe everything down once more for an added layer of protection. To ensure your furniture is fully clean, leave each item to breathe in a well-ventilated area to dry completely. This will ensure no patches of trapped moisture will ruin the furniture while it is in storage. Over time, furniture that is slightly damp can damage your items over time and create marks of discoloration that can damage your furniture.
Before you load your furniture into the moving van, be sure to disassemble any items that you can – this includes bookshelves, bed frames, chairs, tables and more. This will allow you to transport more in one go and will make your storage unity far easier to pack. Be sure to put all screws, bolts and other small items in labelled bags to store alongside the furniture to which is belongs so that you don’t lose anything.
Cover and Protect
We always recommend to our customers that you should never storage your furniture uncovered as it will be prone to damage such as scratching and other marks. Use old sheets, blankets and other cloths to cover or wrap all furniture pieces to protect them from scratching, dust and moisture. Make sure everything is completely covered, you can never be too careful.
Avoid plastic packaging materials when possible as these can suffocate certain materials like wood and fabrics. This can lead to condensation and unpleasant smells in your unit. Instead, old sheets and blankets are far more effective.
Protect Glass Items
Any glass items, such as mirrors and glass tabletops, require some extra precautions. Be sure to wrap these items in packing paper and cover it in bubble wrap for that extra cushioning protection. Place all glass items, once wrapped, into a box if you can. This helps to ensure your glass items are as protected as possible.
Raise the Floor
Whenever possible, avoid putting furniture items directly on the floor of any storage facility. Instead, place everything on pallets so that it is raised slightly off the floor, adding an extra layer of protection against flooding. Even a layer of cardboard or old towels is better than nothing. Although flooding is very unlikely, it is best to take precautions.
Don’t Leave Food Behind
Never leave any food items, storage boxes or anything that came from the grocery store in your storage facility as these items attract bugs and other unwanted critters that can do some real damage to your furniture. While storage facilities are treated with pest control regularly to keep problems such as this under control, you can never be too careful.
Strategically store your furniture, as if you were playing Tetris, so that you can fit as much furniture into your storage unit as possible. However, do not over-fill or cram your storage facility with furniture that doesn’t fit comfortably as this can cause breakages and damage. So, try to store all items carefully and strategically and keep your storage space clean and decluttered to protect everything inside.
Store with Us
Here at Simply Removals, we don’t just offer removals services, we also offer storage facilities to all our customers. We will meet any requirement you may have with a ‘no problem’ attitude. We offer removal and storage facilities that will suit your unique location and requirements. Our storage facilities are safe, secure, practical and cost-effective. At Simply Removals, we offer a variety of storage options with the provision of exceptional short or long-term moving and storage services and we will ensure that all your furniture is moved carefully and safely.
We also offer self-storage options. Self-storage is where you choose your desired storage location, we reserve your desired space and help you move everything in. If you’re not sure how much space you require from your storage facility, do not worry, one of our friendly advisers are on hand to assist you in choosing the best possible space for your needs.
Here at Simply Removals, we provide storage solutions not just in London, but the Home Counties and the Midlands! If you would like more information, give us a call today, we would be more than happy to discuss your storage requirements!
How to Dispose of Unwanted Furniture
Moving to a new house is a stressful and time-consuming process. And when faced with a move, you need to decide what items to take with you, what items to sell and what items you must leave behind. There can be a variety of reasons you find yourself having to rid yourself of pieces of furniture. Perhaps you are downsizing, perhaps you are treating yourself to a new sofa. But, whatever the reason, don’t be too hasty in sending your unwanted furniture straight to the rubbish tip – there are so many ways you can dispose of your furniture that could be beneficial to others. Read on to discover our top suggestions for disposing of your unwanted furniture.
Give Away to Family and Friends
The first, and often most effective option, is to give away any unwanted furniture items to family and friends. There are bound to be a couple of people within your social circle who would be interested in taking a few of your items off your hands. Advertise on social media so that people can share the items with their friends and you can advertise to as many acquaintances as possible. This is pretty much a guaranteed way to get rid of a few bits and, if not, you can always ask your friends to help you with your move.
In the UK, we have a service called the council who are apt at dealing with the disposal of large household items. You can arrange for a special collection for your waste items instead of leaving them lying, haphazardly around on the street. Most councils will collect your old items of furniture, for a fee, so that you don’t have to worry about strapping your old sofa to the top of your car.
Giving your unwanted piece of furniture to charity shops is an effective way to recycle and help a worthy cause in the process. By donating your furniture there is a stronger possibility of it being re-used. Charity shops are always extremely grateful for donations and their customers often prefer finding second-hand pieces of furniture for a cheaper price than they might find elsewhere.
The Freecycle Network
The Freecycle Network is a non-profit organisation that allows its customers to give and get stuff for free in their towns and neighbourhoods. This is an ideal way to get rid of old wardrobes, beds, sofas and other large (or small) furniture items. Simply pop it up on Freecycle and wait for the replies to come flooding in. We would recommend you state that the items are free to collectors so all you have to do is have the furniture ready when they arrive. Freecycle is all about reuse and keeping our unwanted belongings out of landfills.
Sell Your Unwanted Items
It goes without saying that the best way to get rid of your unwanted things is to sell them. This way, you will save time and money – both are a huge bonus when you are preparing to move home. However, before you can successfully sell any of your possession, you need to make sure they are still usable and in reasonable condition for resale. If you are keen to sell your furniture, clean it up and sell it online. All you need to do is write a catchy ad (include a brand name, some background information, specific features, and most importantly – a couple of attractive pictures of the furniture).
Donate to Charity
Donating your old furniture to charity is so beneficial and, moreover, it is the easiest way to get rid of things when you are moving. Many local charity shops give their profits back to the community and deliver many practical household items, such as clothes and bedding, to local shelters and other support agencies to help individuals get back on their feet.
In addition to donating to charity, you could consider donating some of your items to various local schools, day care centres, libraries, hospitals and shelters.
How to Recycle Furniture
If your unwanted furniture is simply not fit to sell or pass on, don’t let it go to waste – recycle it instead. Make a point of recycling everything that can be recycled to do your bit in helping the environment. Some recycle companies will offer curb-side collection on designated days, or they will allow you to book a limited number of free collections over a length of time. Contact your local authorities for further details on their furniture recycling policies.
We hope you have found this article useful. At Simply Removals we are passionate about equipping you with all the necessary knowledge you will need to move without any problems. A lot of people ask us what they should do with their unwanted furniture so we hope this article has given you a good selection of ideas. There are so many options out there, you don’t simply have to throw everything away.
How did you get rid of your unwanted furniture? Let us know in the comments below.
How to Move Furniture Safely
Here at Simply Removals, we know how important it is to you that your belongings arrive at your new property in perfect condition. However, this doesn’t just happen, it takes a lot of preparation to ensure your furniture is protected when moving home. Due to the bulkiness of larger furniture items, they will need special handling and even more protection – after all, it’s not like you can simply pack them into cardboard boxes.
Thankfully, we have decided to write this article giving you advice on how to move your furniture safely. If you follow the furniture protection stages described below, there’s a very high chance that you won’t have to face and later deal with any issues during your residential move. It is worth following these steps so that you can have a damage-free move and your furniture can arrive at your new property in the same top-notch condition you left it in.
Materials and Tools
Using the proper packing material and the correct tools when moving furniture is one of the best ways you can ensure furniture protection. Here at Simply Removals we offer all the packing material you will need when moving house so be sure to check out our page. Be sure you have the tools you need to disassemble any furniture items with you and bags to put any small parts in so that you don’t lose them.
Moving blankets are one of the best ways to protect your furniture. Some companies offer specialised moving blankets with extra protection that is ideal for any fragile pieces of furniture. However, you can provide your own moving blankets by using old bed sheets, towels or duvet covers to wrap around your mattresses and other pieces of furniture to protect them during the move.
Every child and adult loves to place with bubble wrap. It is one of the most outstanding packing protection products on the market today. This air-filled bubbly material is ideal for protecting any fragile or breakable elements of your disassembled furniture, such as glass panels, intricately carved wood and so on.
Tape is the most-used packing supply. You will use it for all your packing needs from taping up boxes to taping moving blankets around furniture. High-quality tape is fairly-wide and leaves no nasty marks or stains on your belongings. Buy more packing tape than you think you will need. We can guarantee people always get through more of the stuff than they think they will.
Shrink wrap is another great option for protecting your furniture. This is a common product used by professional movers and is an inexpensive way to keep drawers, doors, and other moveable elements shut and fixed in place during the moving process. Another benefit of this wonderful product is that shrink wrapped furniture pieces won’t get exposed to dust, dirt or other debris on the way to your new home – which means less cleaning for you when you unpack!
Clean Your Furniture
Speaking of cleaning, we recommend you clean your furniture before wrapping it up as accumulated debris can sometimes scratch varnished or hard surfaces during the move and deface your furniture. This is an easy fix, simply wipe down any hard surfaces with a damp cloth to rid your furniture of the debris and ensure it is protected properly.
Disassemble Your Furniture
Disassembling your furniture is helpful to make any larger and bulkier furniture items easier to move. It also ensures that your furniture will take up less room in the truck – meaning you could fit all your belongings in one trip! Disassembling anything you can also assists in preventing untimely damage to walls, floors, and door frames as you move it through the house.
Remove any parts of your furniture that can be removed. In particular table legs, glass tops, shelves, drawers or bed frames. Do one piece of furniture at the time and store the nuts, bolts and washers in a clearly labelled bag so that you aren’t frantically searching for parts when you are starting the reassembly.
For your personal safety, we would always recommend that you leave the heavy lifting to us. Here at Simply Removals, our staff are fully trained in heavy-lifting and safety precautions and we provide them with suitable lifting aids for those bigger removal projects. If you think you have items that you would struggle lifting without hurting yourself, please do not hesitate to let us know and our removals team will be on hand to assist you.
You can’t possibly overprotect your furniture pieces. It is better to be safe than sorry. Do the sensible thing, if you are unsure, and get in touch with us here at Simply Removals for more information.
Here at Simply Removals we offer a wide range of services that cover any domestic or business requirements. With an ever-dedicated team of over 100 staff and an ever-growing fleet of 50 vehicles, we are ready to tackle any removal request. One of the best in the removals business, we operate seven days a week and carry out services both day and night. This flexibility means that we can work around your schedule – helping you move in a way that suits you. The benefits are endless. So, give us a call and book your move with us today!
The Essential Moving Guide for Seniors
Supporting a senior person with their move means so much more than simply packing up boxes and calling in our team at Simply Removals. It is important you recognise and understand the physical and emotional changes faced by seniors and the impact this will have on their ability to help with the process of moving. Convincing a senior that it might be time to move can be extremely difficult, especially if they are very attached to their home. Below are Simply Removal’s top tips to help your elderly relative move home successfully. We hope you find it useful.
Organising the Move
When moving seniors, allow significantly more time for the work needed in preparing for the move. If possible, we would recommend clearing and packing over the period of a couple of weeks so that you can gradually achieve it all. This will allow your senior to pack all their belongings calmly and positively without becoming exhausted, panicked or worries. If, however, you do have to get the move done in a short space of time, plan for frequent breaks.
Communication and Choice
Seniors can be very emotionally vested in the home they are leaving. Therefore, it is only natural to expect there will be apprehension and sadness about the move. When seniors decide to move, the most common cause for distress can be the feeling of loss of control, so give your loved one as much choice as possible and get them as involved in the moving process as you can.
When moving seniors, it is best to enlist as many relatives and friends as possible to help. Encourage your siblings and other close family members to help for a couple of days. Surrounding seniors with loved ones who are supportive and encouraging can also help ease the emotional stress of moving as well as helping with the practical.
Sort and Organise
Like all of us, whether we admit it or not, seniors tend to keep things they don’t necessarily need or will eve use. Sound familiar? We would suggest going through the house and sorting through the items. This is a time-consuming process, so you should start as early as possible. Categorising objects helps to make the process easier. You can categorise them into items to be moved, keepsakes to be left with the family, items to be sold or donated, items to go into storage and those to be thrown away.
Take Pictures of the Inside of their Home
Before moving anything, we would strongly suggest you take pictures of the inside of their current home so that, during the move, furniture and possessions can be placed in similar places in the new hoe. Be as detailed you can as this will help make the new place feel like home. This is an especially useful tip if a senior suffers from dementia or is struggling with the upheaval of their home and worried about their new house being significantly different.
Invest in a Full Service
Seniors should avoid the physical business of moving and lifting heavy objects. We would strongly advise you to hire a complete packing service. Here at Simply Removals we offer a fully comprehensive packing and un-packing service. We will remove all the packaging materials and leave your home unpacked and ready to live in. We would highly recommend this service to seniors as we will pack all your belongings, transport them and unpack them at the other end. No heavy lifting needed from you and no worry required! We will fully complete your move for you. Now, that’s service!
Lists and Labels
Here at Simply Removals, to help us serve you the best we can, we would recommend labelling all your boxes with the relevant room in the new property. This will save a great deal of time and will means everything is deliver into the right place.
To keep your mind at ease, a to-do list can be extremely helpful, especially if you a prone to forgetting or panicking in moments where you are asked a question. To-do lists allow you to be fully in control, ticking off items as they are completed and helping to keep your stress levels at a minimum.
The best advice we can offer seniors moving home is to go at their own pace. Moving home can be a stressful and emotionally draining experience. For seniors, these emotions are often heightened as it is likely they have lived in their home for many years, maybe even their whole lives, and as a result their house holds many memories. Don’t rush the moving process. Here at Simply Removals we are sympathetic to your needs, state of health and your way of doing things. We will go at your pace and let you take as much time as you need.
If you would like more information, or to book a Simply Removals team to help with your move, give us a call today. We would be more than happy to discuss your needs and assist you with your move!
What Should a Removal Company Offer?
As is so often mentioned, moving house can be a stressful experience. Amongst all the other things there are to think about, you may find yourself asking what removals companies should offer. So, to help make the moving process smooth and trouble-free we have compiled a list of things a good removal company should offer anyone looking to move. We hope that it is helpful to you.
From a man with his van through to large-scale moving companies, one of the things you may not have realised is that there are a lot of different removal companies out there. Picking the right one to suite you will depend on several factors so be sure to check through everything and ask as many questions as you need to before making your final decision. You want the removals company you choose to take away some of your moving stress, not add to it.
So, without further ado, below is our list of top things a removals company should offer. We hope this explains more about the process of narrowing down your choice.
Boxes and Packing
When moving, it may seem an obvious point but you will need boxes to packing your belongings into. Most removal companies should offer a selection of boxes and packing materials for you to choose from. Everyone’s moving needs differ which is why most removal companies offer varying box sizes and packing options. Some companies will even offer their packing services to you, at an extra cost.
Removals and storage can often go hand in hand, as your new place may not be able to fit all your furniture or you may be moving far across the country or overseas. Whatever your storage needs, the removals company you book with should be able to offer a storage solution to you. If their company doesn’t offer a storage option, they may be able to offer you a few recommendations of reputable storage companies that they would recommend you use.
Removal companies that offer storage facilities will often be able to pack the required items into a special storage container, which is then taken back to their warehouse to be kept securely for the required length of time. They can then be delivered out of store to your new address when the time is right. Whether you are moving house or simply de-cluttering your existing living space, knowing that your removals company offer storage units can be a relief. The last thing you want to be concerned about when moving home or office, is the security and location of your belongings.
A good removals company should communicate with you in a clear and concise manner. Throughout the process of planning your move and getting everything ready, your removals company should only be a phone call away should you need to contact them with any questions.
Most removals companies offer all sorts of removal services, including commercial. The corporate environment can be demanding, taking up a lot of time. Add to that the thought of moving and it may seem a little bit overwhelming. In which case, it is a good idea to book your commercial move with a removals company as soon as possible so that you can discuss everything that needs to be done in plenty of time.
Whether you just need that bit of extra help or whether you are moving your entire office building, removals companies are well equipped to handle big commercial moves.
When you are paying a lot of money to hire a service you need to know that the company in question will do a good job – especially when it comes to moving all of your possessions. When choosing a removals company, it is important to make sure that the company you pick is not only professional but, more importantly, reputable. As a rule, you should always look for companies that are members of the British Association of Removers (BAR), can provide you with previous customer feedback, have professional and well maintained websites and social media platforms, or have good local reputations or strong recommendations from friends or family.
A pre-move assessment is the name given to the process that most removals companies use to assess the overall volume of goods that need to be moved from your present home to your new home. Most removal companies will have a Move Consultant who will visit your home to physically assess each room and the items to be moves (these visits will typically last around one hours). During their visit, they will note anything that is particularly delicate or heavy, as well as noting any specific issues such as awkward access to and from the property or any items of furniture that need to be dismantled prior to moving.
After the assessment, the information gathered will be sent to a Move Manager who will then process it further, adding any of the additional services you have requested. A quotation will then be drawn up. If you don’t have time for an assessment or you only have a small quantity of goods to be moved, then some companies may send you a self-survey form which you can complete and email back to them. They can then calculate your quotation and move plan based on the information you supply.
Always remember that this entire process – from the in-home consultation to the quotation – should be free, and that you are under no obligation to go any further
Many removal companies can move more than just the contents of your house. If you’ve got cars or motorbikes that you can drive, then some companies will have the facilities to move these as well as all your boxes. For most larger companies, moving vehicles won’t be a problem – some can even build special crates for the vehicles to travel in. If moving a car or motorcycle is something you require as part of your move, then talk to your move consultant before you book.
There are plenty of questions to ask your removals company before you book them. We hope that the above information provided has been helpful and has informed you further about the process of moving. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate and give us a call today.
Anyone who has moved house before will tell you that it can be quite stressful and certainly very busy! The task of packing up your life and relocating it may seem like a daunting one, especially if you have a lot of family members and children to pack for too. You can never do enough forward planning. As with most things, the more you do in advance the more time you will have to focus on things like unpacking. To help make the transition a little easier, we have compiled a complete moving house checklist with all the things you need to know when moving!
Packing is probably the biggest task when it comes to moving house so you will want to get this one right! Our advice would be to start packing early. Start with the rooms you need the least and pack one room at a time. Prepare a box of essentials that include everything you will need for the first night in your new home so you don’t have to hurriedly search through box after box searching for your toothbrush. Do not over-pack your boxes as this could lead to injury. It is recommended that you do not exceed the limit of 30 pounds per box when you pack.
If you have any suitcases, why not put them to good use? Pack all of your clothes, bed sheets and towels into the suitcases. It is much better to transport them full of things rather than empty. Make the most of the space! You can also vacuum pack soft items, this will free up a whole lot of space in the moving van.
Top Tip: Our packing essentials are: boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, old newspapers, markers and labels.
Declutter and Clean
Although moving house can be a big task, it is a great opportunity to declutter your home of any unwanted or unused things. We all have those areas in our homes that we have unconsciously reserved for clutter or things that we keep ‘just in case’ when, in reality, we can just get rid of them. Sort through everything and do a couple of charity shop runs with all of your unwanted stuff. Trust us, it is such as nice feeling to know your new place isn’t full of all the clutter that your old place was.
This is also the time to confirm what you are leaving. You may have agreed to leave certain things in the house such as curtains, fridge freezer etc. So, it is important that you know what you are leaving so that you don’t accidentally take these things with you. Also, work out what cannot move with you. Furniture that is in your existing home may not fit into your new home. Take some time to measure the doorways and the rooms in your new home to check whether or not you need to get rid of a few things before moving day.
Cleaning is very important. You want to make sure that your new house is fully cleaned, carpets and all, before you move in. Clean your current house thoroughly as well so that you can serve the newbies moving in with a clean home. Consolidate cleaning supplies: If you must clean out your old place after moving out, put together a kit of basic cleaning supplies and rags.
Top Tip: Clean anything possible ahead of time (the inside of kitchen cupboards, the oven, windows etc). And, if possible, vacuum each room as the movers empty them.
Prepare a home-cooked meal, like lasagne, that can be easily transported and popped in the oven when you arrive at your new home. The power of a home cooked meal should never be underestimated. It can boost your energy levels and make you feel more at home.
Organise a food shop in advance to be delivered to your new home the day after you move so that you can stock up the fridge and fill the cupboards without the stress of having to run to the shops amidst unpacking.
We would suggest that you pack your important documents together, such as birth and marriage certificates, to keep them in a safe place. On moving day, to ensure they don’t get lost, travel with all your paperwork and valuables in your car.
Label all your electricals. A great tip is to purchase coloured stickers and stick the same colour to each socket and each end of the cable so that you can easily set everything technical up in your new home. This is a great way to make sure that you can have a relaxing evening watching TV after your busy day moving.
Make sure to switch off and unplug your fridge or freezer the day before you move so that they have a chance to defrost. This way, they can be moved easily and safely. Put anything you want to take food-wise into cool bags or an ice box for the move itself. And always allow the fridge/freezer to stand for a while in its new home before switching it back on.
Once everything is packed into the van and you are ready to go, do one final sweep on the house. This is the ideal time for you to take note of your meter readings for gas and electricity and it will ensure you get an accurate final bill and will help you avoid in hassle when closing accounts.
Familiarise yourself with your new home as soon as possible. You don’t want to have a power cut and not know where the trip switch is, or an alarm goes off and you don’t know how to turn it off etc. Make sure you know where these things are so that you feel equipped to deal with any situations that may unexpectedly pop-up.
We would also recommend, if you own the property, that you change the locks. This is often something that gets missed, but changing the locks on your new home is very important because you simply have no idea who has a set of keys.
After you have finally unpacked the last box, don’t forget to recycle all of your (now empty) cardboard boxes. It’s all about caring for the environment.
Who to Notify
There are so many people you will need to notify of your move, from family and friends through to banks and businesses. We would recommend that you make a checklist of all the numbers to call to get utilities switched into your name and that you get your mail redirected before you move. If you would like to know who to notify of your new address, check out our article with the full list here.
There are some quick and easy things you can do to ensure that your new home is warm and working before you settle in for the night.
- Make sure that all your home’s windows and doors seal properly to stop warm air escaping.
- Check your boiler and make sure that the boiler is at the right pressure, topping it up is necessary.
- Make a note of the meter readings for your gas and electricity. If your new home doesn’t have smart meters already installed, consider upgrading.
- Test all of your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly and the batteries don’t need replacing.
We hope you found this article useful. Let us know in the comments below what your last experience of moving was like. We would love to hear from you!