Category Archives: Moving House Checklist

Storing Your Christmas Decorations

There’s no denying that during the summer months, our Christmas decorations and festive adornments aren’t needed. So what do you do with these items? Well, maybe your home is too small to store these types of things in or you’re sick of them getting in the way every time you go into your attic for something – if so, there are a number of storage options for you.

Maybe you have a huge (obviously fake) Christmas tree that just takes up too much room or you have bags of tinsel bursting at the seams. If you do, a self-storage unit may be the best choice as a storage solution as they are secure, safe and spacious.

How to Prepare an Artificial Tree for Storage

Decide where to keep your tree, considering the fact that they can weigh a lot and fray over time.A storage facility is a great solution should you want to keep it. To keep the branches fresh – or keep them from bending the wrong way while sitting in storage – wrap the entire tree tightly in cling film. This will ensure that your artificial tree stays intact.

How to Prepare Christmas Lights for Storage

Oh the dreaded lights. Your strings of bulbs always end up tangled over time. There’s a quick and easy solution that you can probably make from a leftover box this holiday season: Wrap the lights around a piece of cardboard. Tape one end of the lights to the center of the cardboard, and carefully wrap the rest of the string around until you reach the other end. Wrapping each string separately can keep the lights from being tangled, and it can also give you a great way to stay organized next season. Label each piece of cardboard with the location it goes – like on the tree, or outside – to avoid confusion next year.

How to Prepare Wreaths for Storage

Your greenery needs love, even if it’s fake. Wreaths can be crushed under some of the heavier holiday items, and any add-ons – like ribbons, bows, or fake berries – can be easily damaged or deformed. If your wreath is small enough, you can store it in a hatbox, which will help to keep its shape. If not, another alternative is to hang your wreaths on wire hanger, and cover them with plastic bags to protect from dust during the off-season.

How to Prepare Ornaments for Storage

Your Christmas ornaments are precious, but they are also delicate. Anything made out of glass can easily break if left rolling around in the bottom of a bin. One easy solution comes from your kitchen: Use a leftover egg carton. You can keep your smaller ornaments separate and safe by placing them inside. For larger ornaments, create a DIY separator by gluing plastic cups to a piece of cardboard. The cups will act as a larger version of the egg carton.

To find out more about storing any of your items, get in touch with us today.

Should I Relocate for Work?

It’s an unfortunate fact, but there is currently less job security than ever before, and with this in mind, many people are taking the plunge and relocating for work. However, this is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly as uprooting your family, home life and work can be a huge step. So if you’re considering doing this, there are a few important questions to ask yourself before making such a huge commitment, including:

How much the housing is in the new location

The cost of living in the new location

The difference in job roles

A change in the weather or climate

The commute to your new job or kid’s school from your new home

Available schools and child care

Think About the Future

Thinking about the long run, would you have a better quality of life if you moved home for work? Would the huge uproot be worth it overall? There are a number of pros and cons to look at before you make your final decision.

Cons of Relocating for Work

The most obvious con of moving to a new location for work is leaving behind your existing unit of family and friends. You might find this particularly tough if you have kids as friends and family can play an important role in the day to day running of life.

Leaving your current place of work can be difficult as chances are, you’ve probably established good and strong relationships among your colleagues. However, it should also be noted that you’ll more than likely make new friends in your new job, so this shouldn’t pose a massive issue.

There’s a lot of paperwork and changes involved in moving – especially when it’s for work, so you will need to be as organised as possible.

Another thing to consider is the task of moving itself – this can be a very big undertaking. However, if you enlist the help of a professional and experienced moving company such as ourselves, we can remove the stress and hard work from you.

Pros of Relocating for Work

Moving for work can open up new opportunities for you. You may be in with the chance of a higher salary, better benefits and more comfortable working environment. As previously mentioned, moving for work can also open up a new social door to you. You’ll have the opportunity to meet new people both and in and out with work. However, you will only know this if you conduct the appropriate research on your new job and location.

Moving for your job can be an exciting challenge. If you decide to do it, embrace it as much as possible and enjoy every minute. If you decide that down the line it’s not for you, you will always have other options.

If you would like to discuss moving home and how we can help you, call us at Pers Removals today.

Life Hacks When Moving Home

If you’re planning a move and are reluctantly thinking about packing up all your belongings while dealing with everything else that needs to be done, don’t worry! We’ve come up with some top life hacks that will help you move. Read on to find out more.

Start By Packing Your Wardrobe

If you have lots of clothes or only a few bits and bobs, packing your wardrobe can seem like a daunting task. For example, you may be thinking ‘what will need before the move?’. However, not to worry, all you need to do is stock up on bin bags and place these over your hanging clothes so that they are all grouped together for easy access. Packing this way means that your clothes will be ready to be unpacked as soon as you move in.

Prepare By Taking Photos

If you get the chance to, visit your new home before you move in. When there, take lots of photos of both the interior and exterior of the property. This will help you to decide where you want to put your existing belongings before you move, which can speed up the unpacking process. Consider taking some pictures of your old home so that you can keep a hold of all the memories…

Label Your Chargers and Sockets

With a number of technical items in many households all over the world, the chances are, you have lots of cables and sockets. Make life easier by labeling these so that you know exactly which one is for which device. It will save a lot of annoyance in the long run!

Protect Your Safe Haven – Your Bed

Many will agree that their bed is very important, so to ensure it doesn’t get damaged or dirty during the move, use cheap fitted sheets to cover your mattress. This means that it should stay safe during transit.

Get Rid of Clutter

Many of us don’t realise how much clutter and odds and ends we actually hold on to until it’s time to move home. Moving home is the perfect time to get rid of all the things in your home which you no longer use! Whether it’s old clothes, unnecessary furniture, out of date food, or your child’s baby toys – decluttering will save you hours when you reach your new home; not to mention you will have way more space! If you want to raise some extra cash, you could have a car boot sale. Alternatively, you may want to give your old belongings to charity put them on an auction site online. Otherwise you can simply give them to friends, family or neighbours.

Choose Professional Movers

Your move will go extra smooth as long as the movers you use are professional and experience. With a number of years in the moving and storage business, we at Pers Removals are here to help you. Call us to find out more!

 

Preparing Your Home for Viewings

If your for sale sign has just gone up on your current home, it’s time to start thinking about how you can prepare your abode for viewings. It’s only a matter of time before those all-important viewings begin and buyers are looking for houses that stand out straight away. Read on to find out more about preparing your home for a viewing.

Keep a Tidy House

A tidy is house is absolutely imperative when it comes to viewings. A potential buyer will be put off straight away if your home is cluttered and messy. Keeping a tidy house doesn’t just relate to the inside of the house; it’s also important that you make sure the garden is prim and any exterior that looks a bit shabby is painted or repaired.

Be Accommodating

On viewing days, make your home look as if no one is there. For example, make sure there is nothing lying around like coffee mugs or papers and move your car from the driveway to give the prospective buyers a place to comfortably park.

Set the Scene

Prepare the inside of your home so that it looks inviting, livable and comfortable. Viewers will want to picture themselves living in the house so little touches will go a long way. For example, make sure your home smells fresh. Even consider putting flowers in some of the rooms to give them a homely vibe.

Fix What Needs Fixin’

Take a walk around your home and take a note of anything that needs fixed and then do so. Viewers will notice absolutely everything from a leaking bathroom tap to a bulb that doesn’t work.

Add Finishing Touches

Now that you’ve got your home looking ready for prospective buyers, all that’s left to do is the finishing touches. Some of these can include:

– Cleaning all surfaces around the house; worktops, sinks and toilets (remembering to put the lid down), dust any wooden surfaces or tables and put away any keys, paperwork, letters or things that have been left lying around.

– Putting away any laundry and tidying away jackets and shoes that have been left lying around.

– Packing away children’s or pet’s toys.

– Vacuuming and sweeping the floors throughout the house.

– Opening windows to let some fresh air in in the spring/summer or in the winter making sure the house is warm and the lighting is cosy and ambient.

Get Ready To Sell

By following the above tips, your home should be ready to be viewed and sold in no time. Good luck with the sale of your house and if you need to enlist the help of professional and experienced movers, get in touch with us at Pers Removals.

Top 5 Tips On Moving with A Dog

Pet owners see their dogs as part of the family which is why it is highly important during a move that dogs are well looked after and kept safe at all times. If you’ve moved home with your dog before, you’ll understand the challenges that can be met. Moving can be a stressful time for all the family, and the change in location can also affect your furry friend, so in order to prevent any upheaval, follow our top 5 tips on moving with your dog.

  1. Plan Transportation Methods Way Ahead of Time

If the journey to your new home is a long one, ensure you plan it out before you head off. When moving with your dog, it’s essential to take resources with you for the journey, such as water, food, toys, and blankets. To break he journey up a little, why not stop for a break to let your dog get some well needed fresh air? Even if the journey isn’t very long, you should try and prepare for all eventualities to ensure your dog is happy and comfortable throughout the journey.

  1. Register with a Vet Before You Move

Unfortunately, you never know when anyone in your family may fall ill, including your pets. This is why it’s important to register with a new vet before you move to your new home. You won’t regret it if your dog falls ill. If it’s not an option to plan in advance, make it a priority for when you arrive at your new home.

  1. Give your Dog Time to Settle in

A new home can be confusing for any pet, so make sure to give your dog the time to settle in and get used to their new surroundings. Walk around with your dog so that it gets used to the new rooms. Place their food in a set place and try and train your dog to remember where the important places are. The same goes with outside; to avoid your dog getting lost, go outside with it.

  1. Shower Your Dog with Attention

Your dog will need lots of love and attention once you have moved as he or she may be feeling confused. Small, frequent meals and lots of cuddles should prevent your dog from trying to go back to your old house and keep them happy and comforted.

  1. Plan Your Move with Professionals – Pers Removals

If you want help arranging your move, or to find out more about moving with pets, contact an experienced and professional mover at Pers Removals. We’re here for you with all of your moving needs.

 

Should I Look At Moving To A Bigger Home?

There are a number of reasons that an individual or family would choose to move to a bigger home. If you think it may be time to relocate because you need a bigger house, read on to find out more from Pers Removals.

New Additions to the Family – Pets and Kids

If you’ve recently welcomed a new baby to the world, or have adopted some little furry friends, you may want to consider relocating to a new and bigger home. Having a baby (or furry baby) means that you’ll need at least one extra spare room or more space. Of course, the baby should have its own bedroom, but what if in the future you wanted a toy or games room? Relocation would be necessary. Bigger homes usually come with gardens, which will be great for children growing up and for pets to run around in and play.

Working from Home

If you work from home, it’s important to have your own personal office space where you can really focus and continue to be motivated to work. If you’re currently working from your kitchen table, chances are your creativity is stifled and you’re not getting as much done as you should be. Consider moving to a house that has an office or den, or a spare room that can become your own personal working space. A commercial office space can be costly in monthly rent, therefore, upsizing your home means that you have more room and space for work and also if your family grows.

Living in Cramped Condition

Maybe you have lots of belongings and there are a few of you living under the same roof. If so, it may be time to think about moving to a house with more space to cater for everyone. Yes, storage units can help a lot when it comes to space saving, but a larger home is certainly more comfortable.

Look at larger homes that come with basements or attics. This space is ideal for storing items that you don’t currently use. Alternatively, look at a house with rooms that will fit larger cupboards and storage items in them.

Speak to Pers Removals

If you’re ready to move into a larger home or if you want to find out more about the moving services we offer and how we can help you, get in touch with us today by calling us. We can help you with every aspect of your move from packing to storage.

 

 

How To Prepare Your Furniture For A Move

It’s important to ensure that all of your belongings, including furniture, are carefully and properly wrapped in a house move. If you carefully wrap and pack all of your furniture pieces, they should safely make it during transit. At Pers Removals, we can talk you through the different steps when it comes to wrapping you furniture. Read on to find out more!

Make Lists And Prioritize

The first and most important step is to make a list of all items of furniture that need to be wrapped and moved. Not only is this a great way to keep on top of what pieces of furniture you will be taking with you, but it also allows you to see clearly how much supplies are required for the wrapping process. By writing a packing material list, you can estimate how much wrapping and packing supplies you will need. It’s also a good way to establish a budget for the supplies required to wrap furniture for moving. There are a number of places that you can obtain high-quality and cost-effective packing resources from. Speak to us to find out more!

Clean Your Furniture Thoroughly

Cleaning your furniture before you wrap and/or pack it means that it will be ready and sparkling for the move and arrival to your new home. There’s no point in wrapping and packing furniture that is dusty or dirty. This will only make the furniture dirtier and give you added work when you reach your new home. You should also fully empty the contents of your furniture as it may be difficult to move if there are still things inside.

Disassemble to Wrap Furniture for Moving

Some items of furniture will need to be disassembled before they can be moved. If it’s easier to wrap furniture for moving after it has been disassembled, do so, and store the nuts and bolts in a safe place. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your new home to have important parts of your furniture missing.

Use Pers Removals for Your Move

If you’re ready to get in touch and receive a free, no obligation quote, you can do so by getting in touch online, or calling us directly. Simply speak to us about what you need and we will tell you how we can help. We look forward to speaking with you about your move.

Moving Timeline

If you have a big move coming up, at Pers Removals, we’ve put together a failsafe moving timeline for your upcoming move. We believe that in order to have a successful and stress-free move, you should start preparing at least 8 weeks in advance. This will eliminate a lot of stress and worry as you’ll be prepared and organised.

8 Weeks Before The Move

8 weeks before your move is all about organization. Start off by obtaining a folder or ringbinder that you can use to keep all your moving related information and paperwork in. This means that you won’t need to search through boxes when you’re right in the middle of the move and can’t find that all-important document. This is also the best time to start conducting research on available moving companies in your area. You should also start thinking about items you want to get rid of.

7 Weeks Before The Move

At this point, you should begin sourcing packing material such as boxes, tape, markers and bubble wrap. There are a number of online resources and moving companies that can provide you with moving resources. You should also know exactly what you want to keep and get rid of, so could plan a garage sale or drop things off at your local charity shop.

6 Weeks Before The Move

Now is the time to notify schools, doctor surgeries and utility providers of your new address. You should feel confident at this point and have everything under control.

5 Weeks Before The Move

It’s at around the 5 week mark that you should be ready to book a moving company. To find out more about how we can help you, get in touch with us at Pers Removals.

4 Weeks Before The Move

You should now begin packing non-essential items such as things you won’t need access to right away. Things like toothbrushes, important paperwork and day-to-day items shouldn’t be packed away at this point. Always remember to label boxes to save confusion later down the line.

3 Weeks Before The Move

Figure out what food you have left and try and use it up so it doesn’t go to waste. You want to try and have nothing left in your freezer or cupboards by the time it comes to moving day. At this stage, you should also make arrangements for pets and plants. Do they need to go somewhere while you conduct the move?

2 Weeks Before The Move

Pack, pack, pack! Moving day is not far away and will sneak up on you in no time, so you must pack as much as possible since you only have 2 weeks to go.

1 Week Before The Move

Pack a suitcase with the things you will need quick and easy access to while the move is underway. Chances are, you won’t be able to get to a lot of your items that have been packed away in boxes and bags.

Moving Day

Work with your chosen movers to help them conduct the move as smoothly as possible. Do a quick sweep of your home and head off to your new place to unpack.

What Can I Do with Old Furniture?

Are you about to move home and aren’t sure what to do with some of your old furniture? If so, don’t worry. Moving home is a great opportunity to conduct a clear out or simply get rid of old tatty furniture. However, not all of us have huge budgets to go out and buy new items. With this in mind, there are a number of creative and functional things you can do with old pieces of furniture and Pers Removals, we’ve put together some of the most popular.

Upcycle Your Old Pieces

There are so many wonderful things that you can do with old pieces of furniture. Instead of getting rid of items by throwing them away or donating them, you could inject a new lease of life to old items by turning them into entirely new and creative pieces. For example, you could turn an old cot into a desk for children, utilise unused crates by transforming them into an arty bed base or you could even turn old tires into a retro coffee table. You don’t have to completely change the piece of furniture; you could simply cover an old sofa in new fabric to freshen it up, or turn a classic chest of drawers into a shabby chic bureau. If you’re looking for some inspiration and are feeling creative, get online and check out what others have done. Pinterest is a great place to start.

Recycle and Help the Planet

If you’re completely done with an item of furniture and don’t think that you’ll be able to do anything with it due to time or lack of motivation, you should really consider recycling it. You can take any items of furniture to local scrap yards, or you can contact professional recyclers who will find a good home or use for your old piece. Not only does this free up some room for your move, but it also means that the item will get properly recycled which in turn, helps the environment.

Help Someone out and Donate to Charity

There are a number of furniture charity shops nowadays, many of which will collect from you if you’re unable to get your old furniture to them. Just think, your unused and unneeded items of furniture would suit somebody perfectly and help support a charity in the process. As the old saying goes, ‘one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure’.

Speak to Professional Movers

If you’re ready to move home and want to find out a little more about how we can help you whether it be with packing, moving or even storage. Get in touch with us today and we’ll speak to you about what we can do for you. Call us on 0845 603 5527 to speak to a member of our moving team today.

Should I Hire a Mover or Do It Myself?

When moving home, you may be hit with the dilemma of whether to hire a team of professional movers or attempt to do the entire move yourself. There are pros and cons to both, and at Pers Removals, we’re going to look at these.

Begin Preparing and Be Organised!

Before you even decide whether or not to conduct the move yourself or hire professional movers, you should start preparing regardless. There are a number of things that need to be completed before a big move, so the more organized you are, the smoother it will go.

Checklists are a great start. Make one for each room and write down all of the items you no longer need so that you can arrange for them to be recycled or donated to charity. Also, consider creating a moving timeline. Set goals for dates on the run up to your move.

How Much Stuff Are You Moving?

You need to assess the situation first and foremost. If you’re moving lots of items from a relatively large house, it would make sense to hire movers as it may be too big a task for you to complete alone. If you’re only moving some boxes from a small flat and leaving the furniture behind, you may be best moving them yourself in your own car or transportation. However, regardless of the size of move, we at Pers Removals can help.

How Far Away is Your New Home?

Let’s say for example you’re moving overseas. In this case, the chances are, you will want to consider moving with professionals as they will be able to effectively and efficiently organise this for you. Expert movers, including our team here at Pers Removals, have years of experience and understanding in what’s involved in both local and international moves. It can be a stressful time, so often it’s best left to the guys who know how it’s done. Alternatively, if you are just moving down the street, you probably won’t need a host of movers helping you.

Do You Need Help Packing?

If you have lots of belongings and find the thought of having to pack it all yourself just too stressful, enquire as to whether or not your local moving company can assist you with the packing process. We certainly can!

If you have some items that you don’t want to move with you just yet, you may want to consider using a storage facility. This is also something we can help you with so get in touch to find out more.

Call Us Today

If you’re ready to discuss your move with us, call us today on 0845 603 5527. We look forward to helping you!