Who to Tell You’re Moving- a Quick Guide

One of the most important things to do when moving to a new home, which is also frequently overlooked, is informing of the change of address and the move to certain organisations and people, as soon after the move as possible, if not before. Although it may not seem very important, it is vital everyone knows in case of emergency, and in some cases it is a legal requirement to update address records.

The following individuals and organisations should be towards the top of your list when contacting with your new address:


Although this may seem very obvious, informing your close friends and family about your move is important. Whether it’s through social media, or good old-fashioned mailing, you should keep everyone updated as to what’s going on, so that they can change their address book information. Image if they travel from far away to surprise you and find you’ve moved miles away. They also should be able to get a hold of you easily. It is important to keep on top of it.


It’s best not to assume your employer will ask for your new address. You need to tell them your new location in case they send our payslips, important documents, or need to get information to you in an emergency. If you are starting a new job, make sure you have the house’s address handy for when you need to fill in forms, or piece of information.


You will need to inform your bank or building society about your change of address as soon as possible, and this may be a convenient time to transfer to a branch closer to your new home. If you have any savings accounts, investments or pensions, don’t forget to update your details with them too. You don’t want to miss out on any statements or pieces of information, and there may be better alternatives, which can be discovered after a simple hunt around.


Refusing or forgetting to update your Vehicle Registration Document (V5C) and your driving licence may come with a fine, and your license is used as a form of identification when proving your home address, so updating all vehicle related address logs is vital. In the event of being pulled over by police, you would need to present your license which should correlate with other forms of identification to prove your identity.


When you tell your car insurance company about your change of address, you may find your premiums change because of the new postcode, and there may be a charge for changing your address. Shopping around for cheaper quotes will help save you money, and you should check your current home policy and whether it still offers adequate cover for your belongings when in transit between your old and new property. This should all be checked before the move, and it will save you time and money.


You should ask the Post Office to redirect all your post to the new address, so you receive everything you should. It takes more than a few days to set-up, so you should organise this in advance of your move. There is a charge, but it is worth it and is important to do.


You are required, by law, to be on the electoral register, and you need to be included on it to vote. You receive your polling card in the post to your noted address, so if this is incorrect you are unable to vote. This needs a certain amount of time prior to the voting day in order to be registered, so get it sorted straight-away, and get voting!


The dentists’ and doctors’ surgeries need you address information on record, and it’s important that they are up to date. It is also of great interest to know where the closest doctors and dentists are, so that you know how to get there with no real trouble, and so you can choose ones which suit you. A simple phone call should allow for the receptionist to sort the address change, and all your information on the system should be transferable, which is then sorted by your old and new surgeries.


If you have your landline, internet, TV and mobile phone contract all the same company, this process should be rather easy. If not, it will take a few phone calls but will get everything up and running faster, and don’t forget to alter your TV license too. It is important to sort this before the move, otherwise there will be a wait once in the new house.


You will need to contact your utility suppliers in advance of your move to settle any outstanding bills. You can keep your current supplier but may be able to save money by shopping around and finding a local, cheaper alternative.

Moving to a new house is never easy, and when you are also trying to organise children and pets, and ensuring their safety, the job becomes multiple times harder. Whilst making sure everyone is ready for the move, it’s easy to forget steps, and feel overworked and stressed. Here are some advice and tips on how to prepare for a removal with kids and/or pets.


Planning every little detail in advance will help you be prepared for if things don’t go accordingly, and you need to readjust timings. Working out how long you need for certain steps, and when you should start packing, loading etc, will allow you to be ready in case things go wrong. This can include children becoming distressed and needing time to relax, or organising the move of your pets far in advance. Planning may seem like the most obvious part of a removal but is also the most overlooked.


Moving can be quite stressful for children, and they may be nervous about transferring to a new school, afraid they won’t make friends and worried about moving from what they know. By helping your kids(s) understand the move, it can really help. Telling them important information in advance will help them comprehend what is going to happen, and will allow it to play over in their mind- this is one of the best things you can do. Give them the opportunity to take part in the preparation- let them choose the paint colours for their new rooms, select some new toys they want in their room etc.


If the move is local, it might be a good idea to make your children go to a friend’s house during the move or stay with family. This way you can focus completely on the move, without having to worry about the children. They can meet you in the house once everything is ready. This means they won’t be in the way, and they’ll feel more at home once there. We recommend the same process for pets, if the move isn’t too far away. It is safer for the pets to be out of the way, and don’t forget to put some pet food aside ready for arrival to the house.


We advise you to wait until everything is unloaded before you introduce pets to their new surroundings. This way they won’t be confused if things get moved around, and they will have time to settle, and completely adjust. It is also a good idea to encourage pets to go to the toilet before entering the new home.


It may be helpful for your child if you let them pack their own bag or box, filled with their favourite things. It is important to make sure that they pack a box filled with their favourite things, so that they can focus on keeping that box safe, and they can grab the things they want as soon as you arrive in the new home. This can help them prepare for the move and be ready for the transition into their new home.


Visiting the area multiple times before moving there is a great remedy to reducing the daunting, stressful thought of going somewhere new. You can learn about the area you are going to be calling home, discover the best pubs, cafés, shops etc, find the best park for dog walks, and let your child explore, and possibly make new friends.  This is a great way to make the move far less daunting and get everyone excited about the new start.


One of the most important things about moving is doing your research. Do you know where the nearest schools are? How far away is the best vet? Do you know the location of the closest hospital? Knowing the answers to these sorts of questions can help you be prepared for any eventuality and contacting local doctors/dentists/schools etc in advance, to sort out information exchanging and organisation, will help make the transition easier, not just for you, but others too.


Try to have the kid’s/kids’ room set up as soon as possible, keeping the layouts as similar to the old house as possible, unless they’ve requested for it to be different. If your family has rituals such as Italian Tuesdays or Friday night movies, stick to these, even if the unpacking isn’t finished, to provide some familiarity and normality. Allow time to go on walks in the neighbourhood to learn the layout of the area, and spend time with your kids, make sure to not ignore them. Keep the bowls and beds for the pets as close to where they were in the old home. Watch over your pets to ensure they don’t get lost or try to find their way back to the original house.


Be sure to update online information, providers, bills and services with the new address, so that if anything was to happen to the pets or the children, the location is clear . Making sure pets are microchipped is recommended, so that if they leave the house, people know exactly who to get in touch with. Sending ‘change of address’ letters/postcards is an important part of any removal process and can be useful for children when keeping in contact with old friends.

Moves can be stressful, without kids and pets, but once everything has been sorted, you will be glad it’s been done. It’s a great way to get family and friends involved, make your children enjoy the move, and prepare for a brand-new start.

We offer a range of removals services for moves across the UK and abroad. Our professional and affordable tailored-removals have generated positive reviews from our clients, and we’ve held the quality standard BSEN 15222 for multiple decades. To find out how we can help you, and the services we provide, feel free to get in touch today.

Many Britons dream of packing up and relocating to sunny Spain, whether it’s for retirement, business or to be with family, and there are many positives in doing so. Spain is one of our most popular European removals locations, and its stunning weather and idyllic pace of life attracts many. We have helped a large number of people start their life in Spain, but what has this beautiful European country on the Iberian Peninsula got to offer?


The cost of living in London is 47% more expensive than living in Barcelona, and 48% more expensive than Madrid. The cost of food in stores and restaurants is sometimes as much as half the price compared to Britain and Scandinavia, the same goes for clothes and services. People living in Spain tend to spend less on rent and groceries, but eat out more, to save time and enjoy the finer things in life.


Spanish food is nothing short of spectacular. The traditional dishes vary depending on which region you live in, but the tapas, sangria, jamon and gazpacho will make you completely fall in love with the country. Each Spanish dish offers a variety of flavours, with a fine balance of pretty colours and exquisite taste. The famous “Spanish Diet” is based on olive oil, fruit, fish and vegetables, for which the Spanish cuisine is known for.


Spain is a country that has one of the best all year-round climates in Europe. The southern regions are one of the most attractive for sun seekers during the cold winter months. Southern Spain has 320 rain-free days on average per year, and rainfall is very rare. If a beautiful, warm location is what you are after, Spain is the clear choice.


The Spanish culture has influences from Romans, Barbarians, Moors and French. Today’s culture is a mixture of all of them, and it is visible in the architecture, language and food. The history of the country is very interesting, and there are several museums and castles in the country where you can learn more about the vibrant past of Spain. The landscape of each region is stunning, and the architecture truly is a sight to behold.


Spanish is often considered as one of the most beautiful languages in the world. It is also quite fun to learn and is spoken by 450 million people around the world. It takes a while to learn it fluently, but when you have, you will be able to express yourself in a different way and experience the country from a whole new perspective. What better opportunity to try something new than by immersing yourself in the culture and scratching up on your Spanish.


Spaniards are usually very pleasant and familiar. If you show interest and consideration, they will welcome you with open arms and treat you like family. They also like to greet with a hug and a kiss, and they are not afraid to say what they think. Most people you come across will be very polite and calm. If you’ve learnt Spanish, your relationship with the locals will be even better, but regardless they’ll still welcome you if you show appreciation.


The typical Spanish expression of ‘mañana mañana’ meaning ‘tomorrow morning’ is appreciation of life and not getting stressed out. It is meant to encourage people to value the important things in life, and not get caught up in work. Whilst it may be frustrating a t first, you’ll learn to embrace ‘mañana mañana’ as you settle into Spanish life. During the baking hot summers, there are often ‘siestas’, where a short nap is taken after the midday meal, to help reduce stress and to cool down during the heat.


Having operated in many regions of Spain, we’ve learnt that no matter what you are looking for, Spain seems to have the answer. Whether it’s sunny beaches, beautiful cities, or vast countryside, there really is something for everyone. Those looking for a busy and engaging city life will tend to choose Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia or Seville, however those wanting the sea air and coast will opt for Costa Blanca, Costa del Almeria, Costa del Sol or Costa Brava.


Whichever region you are moving to in Spain, the people there are proud to be from that particular area. Markets sell locally produced meat and vegetables, restaurants provide meals which use locally sourced ingredients, bakers often drive/cycle down the roads in towns and villages, selling homemade bread, milk and pastry. The regions act like countries, having rivalries with other areas, having their own flags and their own signature dishes. Everyone is very proud of the area they live in and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

We offer a full door to door service, designed to give you complete piece of mind so that you can focus your time on starting your new life in Spain. We can provide small or large loads, and have extensive experience in European Removals, which we’ve operated for over three decades. We are here to minimise the stress of a move and let you focus on get immersed in all that Spain has to offer.

For a free no obligation quote on your European removals service requirements, call us on 0800 917 1015 to talk to a member of our team. Or you can use our overseas removal form to start your enquiry.

When moving into a new home, it can be confusing and annoying thinking about where to start cleaning. With so many other tasks to undertake when trying to settle in, it is necessary to allocate time for a thorough clean of your new home. It is useful to keep the less important items in their boxes, or place all of your items into storage, until you’ve had time to properly prepare the house.

The Surfaces

Make sure to check for any surface damage, especially to the walls and floors in your new home, as repairing these will be easier before you’ve moved new things in. Necessary repairs can be made in good time and ensuring that the house has been checked prior to moving is a useful way to know exactly what needs to be changed or removed. Check for any loose nails, screws or hooks that are protruding from the walls and floorboards, and remove any that are unnecessary or a possible danger. Test all light switches and sockets to make sure they are all in working order and dust each room to remove any dirt that could be in the corners, windows or doors.

The Bathroom

The bathroom is an area that will need a good clean before you move in, and you might not have any idea where to start with your cleaning. You should make sure every area gets looked at- be prepared for some touch-up work to stop you from having to do it at a later date, it will more than likely escape your mind if you don’t do it straight-away. Cleaning any extractor fans can remove dust and help the fan work more efficiently. Apply grout cleaner early, and allow time to soak in. Use a specialised cleaner to rinse the toilet and scrub the bath to remove any dirt. Vacuum the floor to get rid of loose hair and dust before mopping.

The Kitchen

One area that may get neglected is the kitchen, so make sure you allocate enough time for kitchen cleaning. There are plenty of things that are likely to not have been cleaned for a while and will therefore need attention. The oven will require a big, thorough clean, as will any other appliances that came with the house. Table tops and microwaves will need disinfecting, which wouldn’t take a lot of time, but could make a lot of difference. Ensure you remove any loose dirt from the floors by vacuuming or mopping. The kitchen is likely to be one of the dirtiest areas upon arrival and will need require proper planning and time to get the job done properly. Making a meal in the kitchen quite soon after moving in is a great way to fill the air with new smells and leave your mark straight-away.


One of the last areas you should ensure is cleaned is the bedrooms, as they don’t require as much cleaning as the other areas but need a dusting and wash prior to moving into. If there is built in furniture, give the individual shelves a clean and pay attention to windows and window sills, as these are likely to have been missed. Finish by giving the floors a proper rinse and mop. You want the bedroom smelling nice, so make sure you have your incense, sprays and candles ready to let loose on the left-over aromas and cleanse the air.

Carpets & Windows

If you have carpets in the house, give them a deep clean sooner rather than later so that you don’t have to try and navigate around furniture and accessories once properly moved in. Carpets aren’t cleaned very often, and making sure they are looking nice, as well as free of marks and germs, is an important part of a house cleanse. One part often forgotten is outdoor windows. It is easy to do the insides, but the outsides are a different ball game. If you haven’t got the kit required to give the windows a proper wash, find a local window cleaner.

You should now be ready to move into your new home. A good clean is essential to ensuring you move in feeling happy. Getting settled into a dirty home and putting off cleaning can take away the excitement of a move, so doing it first is always ideal. Planning your deep clean is essential, but it is important to have fun- it is a great way to get all family/friends involved in the move.

Moving offices opens many doors and can provide exciting opportunities for business growth and be a breath of fresh air. Relocating your company has many benefits, including space, better facilities and improved location, which hopefully will have a positive impact on staff morale and increase sales. Many business owners find moving offices complicated and time consuming, however it doesn’t need to be! A successful office move requires planning and assistance from an experienced and respected removals company, and we can provide a tailored service that fits your every requirement. Hiring Armishaws has many advantages, and we can make the moving experience so much easier.

1) Less Stress

Organising an office move is no simple task and can be stressful with no plan in place. By hiring a removals company, the process can be supervised without the pressures of having to work out logistics and moving items from the old space to a new one. You can focus on running the business, whilst the professionals sort out the move. Juggling between commitments will make everything more difficult, and forward planning is important to being on top of everything. With all the heavy lifting reduced, and physical stress limited, stress reduction is an important benefit of outsourcing your move.

2) Less Mistakes

A common mistake people make is overestimating the size of their vehicles, and then have to make more trips than they need to. Removals companies have the best equipment and size specific vans to transport the items in the most effective and safest way. Most removals companies can provide packaging and wrapping to protect your valuable items, and ensure they are ready for the move. It is easy to not wrap important items well to save time because you have lots of things to plan and think about. Take your time, and pack things responsibly and carefully- assistance and help is available for packing.

3) Help and Assistance Available

Staff are trained to efficiently pack and move your belongings safely, saving you the time and effort of having to do it. Fragile items will be damaged if not handled properly, and special packaging is available to ensure it arrives in the same condition it was received in. A removals company is more time efficient than handling a relocation in house. They have experience and will know how to handle steps faster and safely.

4) Saves Money

When moving offices, it is an opportunity to think about floor space, and what items really are needed, and what can be moved into storage, or be thrown away. This will allow you to fit more necessities into your office, and quite possibly pay for less floor space. Time is money, and when trying to run an organisation, you want to be back on your feet as soon as possible, and not be having to take days off just to move. Most removals companies provide fast services and can make your office perfect for operation within a time scale approved by you.

5) Quality Assured

Most professional removal companies are assessed regularly on staff, services, administration and procedures, to guarantee that they meet the high standards expected. Armishaws is rigorously tested annually and values all feedback from assessors and clients alike. Since June 1999, we have held the coveted BSEN 12522, which is the only recognised standard aimed at the benefit of the private individual. Most companies should hold a quality standard, to ensure they are certified to best handle every stage of moves.

6) Specifically Tailored Services

Office moves come in all shapes and sizes, as well as schedules and budgets. A relocation plan can be made, exact to your requirements, to ensure that the transportation needed fits the exact timeline you require. Removals companies work closely to finalise every detail around your move to ensure it runs smoothly, with all commercial moves from a dedicated team being on hand to guide you from start to finish. This way you will know you are receiving the best possible service for the move you require, and that every possible detail is covered.

Armishaws Removals

Whether it is part of your business you are moving, or you are looking for a complete relocation, our staff will ensure that however far you are moving, your business and customers will not suffer. We have a network of offices that have the staff and resources to carry out any sized commercial move, regardless of location. Our dedicated team can help tailor a service to meet your specifications and can guide you from start to finish.

Armishaws is the best choice for all aspects of UK and European removals, with over four decades worth of practical, recognised experience. We run a modern fleet of 48 removal lorries and continue to monitor the way we operate to ensure we meet the standards expected and provide a safe working environment. We’ve been family run since 1973 and hold Europe’s highest removals qualification.

Contact Us

We are always happy to talk about your requirements, and can give you a quote for your business removal by visiting armishaws.com/request-a-business-removals-quote/. We look forward to hearing from you, and working with you in the future!

Many people are persuaded to move away from their homes in the UK, to countries with a nicer climate and more relaxed way of living. There are many different aspects that need to be considered in order to make the move as smooth as possible, especially if relocating with a family and pets. International moves can be a daunting and difficult process, but there are many things that can be done in advance to help the process be as stress-free as possible.


One of the most important things to remember is that the more you take with you, the more time it takes to pack, unpack and eventually sort out. Make a full list of the possessions you know you want and can’t do without. Looking at the floor plan of the new home will help and thinking about the value (price-wise and sentiment-wise) of the items will also aid your decisions.


Having easy access to important documentation means that whatever you require upon departure from your old home won’t be a nightmare to find when you are in need of it. Making sure yours and your families documents are up to date and accessible is important for travel, and keeping marriage certificates, birth certificates, forms, licences, records etc in a safe place separate from other goods will mean you know exactly where they are and can find them without trouble. Digitally backing up all documents (scanning and storing) can also be very helpful in the long-run.


You will need to notify all Government agencies of the changing of your address, as well as any clients, friends and others who may needs to contact you in the future. This a simple but very important part of moving, as it can result in confusion and the loss of contact with many significant people, who you may need the help of and vice versa, in the later life.


If you are looking to move your pet abroad, it would be best to speak to a specialist pet relocation company to arrange the safe transportation of your beloved furry friend. Some companies require details far in advance, in order to put things into place prior to the move. You will need to arrange and ensure you have all the correct documentation, and check with your vet that your pet is eligible and able to travel long distances.


It is best to do as much research as you can about the country you are moving to, to give you as much knowledge of the culture, the local area, the amenities, routes/transport etc. There are a wide variety of guide books and language classes available for those who want to embrace the new location. It is important to know the locations of banks, hospitals, schools etc, especially when in a country where the language isn’t your strong point.


Your new country may require incomers to have certain vaccinations and health clearances. You will need to check what is needed and arrange having these sorted. After the vaccination, keep records to prove you have complied with the regulations. If you have health insurance at home, it is unlikely to cover you when living abroad. You will need to look into local insurance, as different countries have different rules and laws concerning health care. These also depend on whether you are a national, resident or visitor.


If moving with children, you will need to find them a school in the local area. Do you want them to go to an English school, if there is one, or a local school in an attempt to integrate them into the new culture? Much will depend on the age and needs of the children, and what they would feel comfortable doing.  It is advised to arrange and contact schools prior to moving, so everything is in place, meaning one less thing to think about when trying to settle in.

Although it may seem like there is a lot to do, the sooner you can start the better. Taking the time to find out what you need, and preparing well, minimises any stress and will help things run a lot more smoothly. Very soon, you will be enjoying your new life in a new location.

Armishaws offers UK, European and Overseas removals, to help make the moving process as simplified as possible, allowing you to focus on other, important things. Since June 1999, we have held the coveted BSEN 12522, the first and only recognised quality standard specifically aimed at furniture removals for the benefit of the private individual. We take pride in ensuring that the customer is completely satisfied and offer a first-class service, from initial contact, to shipping and transportation of possessions. For free advice, and a quotation, call 0800 917 1015 today.

Moving can be a difficult and stressful process. Removals companies offer a range of services from packing and transport, to cleaning and inventories, in order to help with the task of moving. Whether it be an office, a house, or an even larger load, movers can offer an individually designed removals package depending on your requirements and belongings.

Why hire a removal company?

The process of moving into a new home can be a really stressful time, especially the packing and transportation of belongings. Trying to complete this task on your own or with family cam cause unnecessary strain, and be tiring and overwhelming, when it doesn’t need to be. Professional movers are trained in doing all that for you and aim to alleviate any stresses and give peace of mind. They also greatly reduce removal time through using the equipment needed to handle the move and have the experience in dealing with prized possessions. Some people may consider using a van or taking multiple trips, but professional movers take care with your items, ensuring they are wrapped and packed properly, and work to make just one trip. Of course, you want your prized possessions to arrive at your new location in the same condition they were in originally. With removal firms, these belongings are under the care of movers who have insurance coverage and the knowledge and experience for a safer and reliable move. There is method in the process, so that much more can be done. There are certain removal tricks to make transporting goods even easier, including taping up cabinets and drawers with goods in, so that not everything has to go in a box. If you leave the moving to the movers, you are free to then take care of other things and focus elsewhere.

How can I make my move easier?

You need to make sure you are organised and planned, otherwise you will end up losing sleep over how much needs to be done. Starting early is key, as most people can underestimate the time it can take to pack goods securely and safely. Never wait until the last minute and make sure that every item is accounted for. It is better to take your time and be careful. Labelling boxes can make locating them before and after a move time efficient and reduces the risk of losing anything. Most people forget to mark their goods, and then find unpacking take a dramatic amount longer than they first thought. Computers and technology should be wrapped separately, and all data should be backed up. Take more precautions with these to ensure they won’t get damaged or broken in transport. Making checklists are a great way to avoid mistakes and be prepared for any eventuality. To check you haven’t missed anything, and to stick to deadlines, set goals and stick to them. Planning is the best way to be prepared and make the overall move easier. Having an idea of where the furniture may go, in advance, can speed up the move, as the removals team can place everything where requested, and therefore save you moving it around in the future.

How much does a removal cost?

The general price of a removal depends on several factors, for example the accessibility of the two locations, the distance between the properties, timing of the move, the volume of items that need packing etc. The price will be less for relocating to the local area as opposed to overseas, and the general rule is the further you travel, the higher the cost. Any special care items, such as art, antiques or technology, may require more time packing and moving, and the cost of handling these items will be relative to the value of the item or the cost of hiring specialist equipment. The aim of the move is to give peace of mind that every item is safe, and through our specialist team providing a comprehensive packing service, and our removal team offering a friendly, professional service, we have been commended for our value of money and quality.

What are the most vital things to go on my checklist?

Being ruthless is an important factor of moving. A fresh start can be made better by getting rid of any clutter, so sending you old clothes to a charity shop, or selling any unwanted possessions, can be a fantastic way to reduce the amount moved and start afresh. Letting people know you are moving saves a lot of hassle, especially with your bank, insurers, credit card companies, especially if you have a date prepared so you can redirect your post. Having a special ‘moving day’ box will make the first few hours in your new home relaxed and comfortable, so preparing any essentials into one box will take the edge off what is quite an intense day.

Why should I choose Armishaws?

Armishaws is a family owned removals business that has been running since the 1970s. We hold Europe’s highest removal standards, and work within stringent health and safety procedures. We try to minimise the environmental impact of each of our operations, as detailed in our environmental policy. We offer full or partial loads for any number of items, no matter how big or small, and can individually tailor a service to fit your every need. Using our large fleet of vehicles from our 6 branches based all-throughout the UK, we can move you anywhere in the UK, and further afield. We have vast experience with international removals and have established excellent working relationships with major shipping companies over the years, who deal regularly with local customs. We can also help arrange the safe transportation of pets, and guide you through the removals process, allowing your move to run as smoothly as possible. We also offer a free survey, free advice and a same day quote, regardless of size and distance, to help you understand your move better, and to make the overall process less stressful.


How can I get in touch?

We are always happy to talk to you about your requirements, whether you are moving in the UK or overseas, relocating your business or looking for storage space. For free advice and a quotation, call freephone 0800 917 1015, to call our head office for enquiries, call 01963 34065 or to find out where your nearest branch is, visit armishaws.com/contact/find-a-branch/.

Whether you live in a 3 bedroom family home or an inner city studio flat, chances are you have clutter that continues to move down the ‘sort that later’ list. It’s something that we tend to become more aware of over the festive period as we gain new things, cram more family members into already bursting homes and spend more time in the house. It is inevitable that kitchen countertops become home for mail that is yet to be filed away and spare rooms become dumping grounds for items removed from other rooms to fit more family in over the Christmas period. Is it also too early to mention the Christmas decorations which will soon be down and packed away for another year?

Of course we can’t mention clutter without thinking about that ‘cupboard under the stairs’. You know the one, filled to the brim with old children’s toys and barely used sets of golf clubs. The question that you need to ask yourself is do you really need that pair of roller skates that you have been keeping for years?

We all have things that we cannot bring ourselves to get rid of and that is ok! Whether those items are big or small, when combined together they take up valuable space in our homes.

If you’re planning ahead to the New Year and thinking about getting rid of some clutter to make room for the new things that you have acquired this Christmas, why not consider a local safe and secure storage facility.

Whether you require long term or short term storage, secure container storage could be the answer you need to give you more space and take the stress of clutter out of your home. We now have 4,000 storage containers across three locations around the UK varying in cost, size and access, providing you with the right solutions for all your requirements.

Our UK storage facilities are kept up to date with modern insulated warehouses fitted with maximum security so you can rest assured that your belongings will be well looked after by Armishaws Removals & Storage.

Our storage services offer extra services such as expert packing to help get your belongings securely packed up and ready for storage, packaging materials from packing boxes to specialist wrapping blankets and a full and detailed inventory of items stored.

If you are thinking of having a declutter and would like to talk to someone about the storage solutions on offer, contact Armishaws Removals & Storage today for a FREE no obligation storage quote. A member of our friendly team will be happy to talk through the storage solutions on offer to find a service that is right for you.

We hope that you are all enjoying a festive break that is full with laughter, family and lots of Christmas treats!

If you’re planning on a house move in the New Year, chances are you already have a list going for all the things that you need to do before the big moving day. The packing process is incredibly important so having a detailed plan before you begin is advisable.

Once you have your plan in place, before you even start packing make sure you set all the important bits to one side somewhere safe where they can be easily accessed. This includes important documents such as passports, birth/marriage certificates, mortgage details and insurance documents. The last thing you want to do it start sorting and moving things around and not know where these things are!

Over the years our team of dedicated professionals have helped many families move all over the UK, Europe and even further so we have picked up a few hints for the best approaches. Here are our TOP 5 TIPS for packing up your home in preparation for your upcoming house move.

1. Pack Early

No matter how prepared you feel and how detailed your list is, packing always takes longer than anticipated. This is especially true as you realise you have wasted hours looking through boxes of old photographs reminiscing when you should have been dismantling that old chest of drawers. If you start early enough you can dedicate some time to sorting through your belongings and decide on what you need to take with you.

Why not aim to pack a box a day over the Christmas holidays so by the time the New Year arrives you will have made a good start.

2. Pack the rooms that you need least first

It makes sense to pack the things that you use least, first. If you’re moving in the winter it means that you will not be needing your summer clothes or garden tools so why not start here first? This is also a good place to start in order to kick off the delcluttering. For more tips on decluttering your home, read our blog post Decluttering before moving: your one-stop guide for preparing your home

Take it one room at a time which will not only help to keep you organised, it will mean unpacking your belongings the other end will be much easier as your things will already be together. Looking at everything that needs to be packed up can be overwhelming so approaching it in smaller tasks will make it feel much more manageable. Don’t forget to label your boxes too so that you know which box belongs where the other end!

Once you have sorted the stuff you use least, start from the top of the house and make your way down… beginning with the loft.

3. Pack fragile items sensibly

When packing delicate items the best rule to live by is less is more. Pack items such as glasses, plates, cups, vases etc in smaller boxes. Using small boxes will mean that you’re less likely to stack heavy things on top of the boxes. If you do need to stack things on top make sure to choose lighter items and boxes.

Wrap fragile items individually in paper or cloth and place them side by side in the box. For some items you might want to consider placing cardboard or foam between them. Fill any empty spaces with cloth or paper to prevent things from moving around.

4. Don’t overpack your boxes

Another benefit to using small boxes is that you are less likely to overpack them. On your moving day, there will be a lot of lifting and carrying so it is important to pack your boxes so that they aren’t too heavy. The last thing you want on your moving day is an injury!

Put light items in large boxes and heavy items in small ones and try not to cram too many items into a box—it is safer to have many boxes than a few that are incredibly heavy. By keeping your boxes within a reasonable weight range, you won’t injure yourself or any of the movers you hire.

5. Hire a professional removals service with packing expertise

We know that sometimes even just the idea of packing up your home and getting ready to move can be stressful and sometimes you just don’t know where to begin.

Not only are we specialists in UK Removals, European Removals and International Removals, we offer a complete packing service that is completely tailored around your requirements. Our packing service can range from everything to just your fragile items so if there is one area in particular you are least looking forward to tackling, let us do the hard work for you.

Our specially trained staff will wrap your most fragile belongings with care and skill and pack them into recyclable cartons ready to be transported to their new home.

Each of our vehicles are fully equipped with purpose made protective covers for dining tables, soft furnishings and white goods. We also have ample supplies of heavy duty bed and mattress protector bags and transit wraps are also carried.

Contact Armishaws Removals to find out more about our Removals and Packing Services.

We all know that moving home solo can be stressful enough, but moving with children around can add an entirely new level of difficulty and stress.

Sometimes the best time to move home is when the children are off school as it means that there is as little disruption to their routine as possible. So whether you’re moving home this Christmas or thinking ahead to the spring/summer next year, we’ve got some snippets of advice for home removals with children.

We have helped to move many families both within the UK and Internationally so we’ve picked up some tips over the years to keep both you and your children sane during a house move. On the whole it comes down to good planning and thinking of ways to both keep the children entertained but also involved – after all a house move is an exciting time for a little one with a whole new home to explore and make memories in.

Preparing your children for the move
Although an exciting time for many, moving home can also be tough on a child – especially for older children if they’re moving from a home that they’ve grown up in. Change can be a scary thing! Whilst adults tend to focus on the practical problems of a house move, a child will focus on all the losses that the move causes whether it be the loss of their friends or the feeling of a safe and familiar environment.

As you start to pack things up before the move, keep your children in the loop so that they know what the process is and how things are going to work around them. Make sure that you include your children early to give them a chance to get used to the idea. It is beneficial to discuss what is happening at each stage, what’s expected and what your children could do to help you out throughout the move. This will help the move sink in and allow them to ask any questions that they may have regarding a new home, or even a new area or school if you are moving further afield.

Even though your children cannot necessarily decide which house to buy or which town they would like to move to, they can get involved in other ways such as choosing colours to decorate rooms, that way they will feel part of the process. If possible, it is worth taking your children to visit your new home a couple of times before moving in, this will help make the whole thing feel more real and familiar.

Get the children involved on the day
When it comes to the big moving day you will want to make sure that your children are happy, content and occupied. Try creating fun tasks for the children to do that will cover some smaller jobs whilst you concentrate on the larger tasks at hand.

Why not try for example:

  • Create fun and colourful checklists for the children to follow and interact with throughout the day
  • Offer prizes or incentives to motivate them to finish a specific task
  • Allow them to decorate moving boxes using bright colours and stickers to make unloading them at the other end more exciting

Whether your removal journey is long or short make sure that you have some back up distractions such as games, toys and other fun activities that will help keep the children occupied.

You could even buy a special bag or box for each of your children and ask them whilst packing up the house to fill it with things they love, plus a few items for them to have during the actual move and settling in time when most of their things are not accessible.

Don’t forget snacks!
This is one for the adults too – don’t forget the all important snacks for when the little ones get hungry. You will be thankful too for a little treat to get you through the day. Pack a picnic with sandwiches and tea for when you all need a break. Having food and drinks readily available also help keep little ones occupied.

Prioritise the children’s rooms
Once you have all the essentials unpacked prioritise your children’s bedrooms so that they are high on the list. To start with, keep their room as similar as possible to the old house so that they are comfortable, safe and have some familiar things around them. Letting them help set up their rooms and unpack their boxes will help them feel more involved in the decision making that comes with moving home.

All this being said, try to make the first night in your new home more fun and enjoyable. Don’t put all your efforts into unpacking but instead decide on the essentials that you need and then take the rest of the time to get used to your new environment. Playing games and eating your favourite foods can really help you feel settled on that first night. If you haven’t got around to unpacking or building beds, why not turn one room into a ‘campsite’ and enjoy a sleepover together for the first night. It will not only help them to feel safe but also provide some fun and distraction after a long day of change.

Put your trust in a dedicated removals company
With the help of a professional removals company you can move your belongings in one go and they can make the whole experience more stress free! Rest assured that Armishaws Removals will take care of all the difficult apsects of moving which will allow you to focus your efforts on making sure your children feel settled from the off and understand the joys of moving home and having somewhere new to explore.

Armishaws is a family owned removals company with specialist expertise in all aspects of UK removals, European removals and International removals.

House removals are undertaken using our large modern fleet of vehicles by experienced full time staff, all of whom have been trained to the highest standard in all aspects of moving your house and belongings. Our friendly and experienced team will ensure that your whole move from initial survey to packing and transportation, goes smoothly.

We even offer a full packing service should you wish for some help and advice in packing up your belongings to ensure that they travel safely to their new destination.

If you’ve got a house move coming up and would like to talk to a team of experts, contact us today for a FREE no obligation removals quote.

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