How Can Removals Help?

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

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.

Moving home and buying a house is a big deal, especially so for first time buyers. Chances are, these new homeowners could do with a helping hand and Christmas is the perfect time to get novice property owners kitted out with both practical gifts and the more sentimental gifts that will make it feel more like home.

With our full removals service we’ve helped move many families from experienced movers to first time buyers and we know the items that get forgotten about and those that just add the finishing touches and raise a smile after a long moving process.

If you know someone who has recently moved home and you’re trying to find the perfect gift for first time movers, we have put together this guide of 5 top gifts for new homeowners to give you some inspiration!!

1. Toolbox
Everybody needs a set of tools but since we often don’t realise this until the very second we need them when tackling a tricky piece of flatpack, they often fall to the bottom of the wish list. It doesn’t have to be expensive and it certainly doesn’t need to contain top of the range, high tech tools but first time homeowners will certainly appreciate a basic toolkit to get them started. Include things such as a hammer, set of pliers, an assortment of screwdrivers and perhaps the most important thing – a tape measure.

2. House Plants
House plants add colour and brighten up every space – the bonus is that you don’t have to be green fingered to care for them! Many people believe that there are also lots of health benefits linked to having plants in the home from reducing stress levels to creating a feeling of well being which could well be a plus after moving home and making lots of decisions. If you know the colour schemes your new homeowners are opting for, you can also buy a nice pot to put your gift in.

3. Slowcooker
Even after the initial ‘move in day’ there will be many long days ahead of decorating, gardening and generally getting everything into place. Nothing really beats a home-cooked meal to make you feel settled so rather than reaching for the takeaway menu, your new homeowners might enjoy a hassle free, almost effort free approach to cooking. Why not also team this with a new cookbook with all the favourites to give them some inspiration for their new gift. Getting a meal started with all the positivity of the beginning of the day and they will be thanking you when they’re tired and hungry and ready to slump down in a camp chair for the evening.

4. Welcome Mat
It’s quite possibly one of the first things that people will see when they come for a visit and a friendly and inviting doormat is a simple way to bring a bit of personality and style to a home. From the classic to the personalised, a welcome mat is a thoughtful gift and something that may have so far been forgotten. It can also help save those brand new carpets so new home owners might be thanking you for more than one reason!

5. Cinema Tickets / Restaurant Vouchers
When you move home you eat, sleep and breathe it, often without taking a break and taking time for yourself. You’re so involved in trying to get everything sorted, walls painted, furniture made that you forget to have some fun away from it all. No matter how proud you are of your new home, everyone needs a change of scenery. Give your new homeowners ticket vouchers for the cinema or their favourite restaurant to get them out of the house. Although they may think that they need to spend every hour in the house, trust us, they will certainly thank you for it later!

If you know someone who hasn’t quite been lucky enough to get a completion date before the festive holidays then why not use this gift guide to buy them something special for when they do?

We would consider ourselves optimistic people here at Armishaws Removals, however we all know that the British weather is often unpredictable and there is a very good chance that you may end up moving house in the rain no matter what the season!

As much as we wish everyone had the luck of a dry and sunny moving day, you also need to be realistic and think about what will happen if you’re faced with dark, miserable weather. As we don’t always have a choice in how the weather plays out and moves are planned weeks in advance, the best thing that you can do is be prepared as much as possible.

At the end of the day, a little bit of rain never hurt anyone.

So, how do you prepare for a rainy day house move?

We have a few tips we’ve picked up over the years to help with your rainy UK removals.

Pack your belongings well

No matter what the weather you need to be prepared and prepared means making sure your belongings are packed and ready for moving day. Start at least a couple of weeks in advance leaving the items you use regularly until last. No matter what you have in a box, never leave your boxes open!

If you’re not planning on using a professional packing service, here are some useful tips to make sure your belongings are prepared for all kinds of weather.

  • Don’t leave gaps in your boxes. Fill any space in your boxes with other items such as spare clothes or even crumpled paper.
  • Wrap your furniture in soft blankets and secure in place with plenty of tape. For further protection from the rain add a layer of stretch wrap.
  • The heavier an item is, the smaller the box you need. The last thing that you want to do is fill boxes so much that they cannot be lifted.
  • Make sure that you keep all important documents safe and with you at all times. Keep the most important documents in plastic wallets in case they come in contact with the rain.

Check the weather forecast

Knowing what to expect can be half the preparation. Checking the forecast repeatedly isn’t going to change the forecast but make sure that you keep an eye on it regularly as it may help with the final preparations before your move. Don’t trust just the one forecast though, make sure to check a few so that you are prepared for all eventualities and may be able to plan a little around the heaviest wet periods.

Avoid plastic sheeting

It may seem like a good idea to protect your carpets, but plastic sheeting on a wet day can be disastrous.  The last thing you need is to slip up whilst carrying a heavy box and do yourself some damage. Protect yourself and your removals team from slipping up and use large dust sheets or old bed sheets to lay down on the floor. If you don’t have large sheets available there will be plenty of cardboard around so you can use this to create a pathway around the house.

Regardless of how hard you try, when moving in the rain things will get dirty. Make sure that you have your cleaning products close by to clean up those stray muddy footprints.

Dress for the occasion

This won’t be your first encounter with the rain, you know what keeps you dry so make sure you have the right clothing to hand that will protect you in the rain. Dress in suitable clothes that you will be comfortable in no matter how soaked through you get. You may also want to consider keeping a change of clothes handy if the weather is truly against you.

Do not rush

Whether you’re using a professional removals company or moving yourself, the rain will inevitably slow things down. Try and stay calm and expect that there may be some delays. Most accidents occur when you try and hurry, things will get broken or dropped in a puddle and although you will want to just get the job done, it will pay off to take things at a more sensible pace.

Don’t forget this on the roads too. Make sure that you drive cautiously and consider the state of the driving conditions. The last thing you need is a small bump that will eat into precious moving time.

Regardless of whether you use a trusted removals company or plan to make your move yourself, the best thing is to be prepared!

Here at Armishaws Removals our team of dedicated and experienced movers have assisted house moves in all kinds of weather conditions and therefore we know exactly the best way to approach a rainy day move. We are an established UK, European and International removals company so you can just imagine the weathers we are used to dealing with!

Contact us today to arrange your FREE no obligation UK removals quote.


Armishaws can offer an exciting and fast-moving career, whilst working amongst committed and dedicated industry professionals. If you feel like you are adaptable, dynamic and a good team player, then you are the kind of person we are interested in!

Since June 1999, we have held the coveted BSEN 12522, the first and only recognised quality standard for furniture removals and the benefit of the private individual. Over the past decade we have grown our fleet, to align with our goals of increasing the number of successful removals all over the globe. We pride ourselves on providing a first-class service for all of our customers, from initial contact, to the transport and delivery of possessions. We annually assess our staff, services and procedures to make sure we maintain our high standards.

We are now offering the opportunity to join our fantastic team, at competitive rates of pay, in a friendly, team focused environment. Would you like the chance to further your career with one of the fastest growing removals and storage companies? Do you want to work within an internationally recognised, highly recommended team? Then visit our Careers page to find out about the current jobs open to application.

We aim to provide a clear and efficient career path for the right individuals, and if you feel that you have the right qualities and are interested in the work we do, then please get in touch.

There is no real difference to moving home during the winter months than at any other time of the year. There are however a few extra things to consider before you begin to make sure you’re in the warm as soon as possible.

The two biggest factors to keep in mind for a winter move are warmth and light, or at least making sure you have considered the lack of both of these things.

Keeping warm

You’ve got boxes to move, belongings to unpack but all you can think about is the fact that you just cannot get warm! The last thing you want is to rock up ready to get started and be faced with no running water, electricity or heating. Let’s be honest, how productive are you when you’re feeling cold and grumpy?

Before you start your move, make sure you check the condition of utilities at your new home. This is a good tip for any time of the year but is especially important for a winter move!

If you plan to move with your current provider, remember that you need to inform them that you are moving in order to seamlessly resume your payment schedule at the new place.

Do carrots really help you see in the dark?

Although research behind this is mixed, whether you believe it or not, carrots still aren’t going to buy you more day light in the winter months.

With the recent change in the clocks, the longer nights are drawing in and this is often overlooked when planning a winter move. It will start to get dark as early as 4:30pm in the middle of winter and even earlier on gloomy days so make sure you break your move down into manageable amounts so that you are not caught out by the darker evenings.

Before you start out make sure that all of your lights are working and that you have plenty of spare bulbs just incase!

Useful Reminder

Whether it’s an issue with your utilities or a loose wire that needs an electrician, the closer your move to the Christmas break the more likely you are to experience delays as companies close down for the festive season. It’s best to get these issues highlighted early so that you can enjoy your new home surrounded by your family and friends!

There are a few other things to consider for your winter move… our top tips are:

 Prepare for the weather

  • UK weather can be very unpredictable but make sure you keep an eye on the forecast leading up to your move, if you’re going to need a hat and gloves you will need to make sure that you keep them to one side. Don’t forget sensible shoes too
  • Look out for warnings for ice, the last thing you want is to slip early in the day and put you out of action for the rest of the day
  • If you live in an area that is prone to snow you will also want to make sure you are well prepared and have planned your routes carefully in case of travel disruptions, it is also worth considering a back up plan in case the weather takes a dramatic turn

Have hot food and drink close by

  • Cups of tea will be your best friend and get you through your move, make sure you stock up and don’t forget the milk!!
  • Having access to food and drink will make your move so much more bearable and will keep your team of helpers happy and motivated too
  • A winter move usually means there are lots of warming treats in the shops so stock up early and make sure that your supplies are easily accessible

Organise your packing

  • Chances are even if you’ve remembered to sort your utilities and your heating is up and running you’re going to be spending a lot of time in and out of the house, make sure your warm clothes can be easily found so that you can layer up!
  • You won’t be unpacking everything on the first day so make sure your warm bedding and blankets are at the top of your boxes, you’ll need to get a good night sleep to keep productivity up for unpacking

Prepare your vehicles

  • Whether you’re using a trusted removals company or organising your own move, you’re going to need to get from A – B. Make sure your transport is up to scratch to get you moved, the last thing you want is to break down, especially on a long journey
  • Ensure that your vehicle is stocked up on essentials and you are prepared for any eventuality – make sure that your car heaters are working just in case!!

Take some stress out of a winter move by hiring a local trusted removals company who have the experience to handle some tricky conditions.

Using our large fleet of vehicles operated by over fifty highly trained, full time staff, we can move you anywhere in the UK at all times of the year. Our staff are trained to handle bad weather situations and will come fully prepared to make sure your move goes to plan.

Of course at times the weather can beat us all and we will always assess the situation prior to a move to make sure that it can be carried out as safely as possible. If your property has difficult access or is in a remote area where roads are not safely passable, we will work with you to find an alternative time to get moving.

Whilst you concentrate on getting yourself set up for the winter in your new home, trust Armishaws Removals to get your belongings safely to you. Pop the kettle on and let us handle your move.

Contact Armishaws Removals for a FREE UK removals quote to start planning for your next move.

Moving your business from one site to another can seem a lot like moving to a new house. You need to make sure everything is organised and planned, otherwise you will end up losing sleep over how much needs to be done. When it is time to leave the old site behind, and move onto greener pastures to help it progress, there are a few things to consider to help make the transition period dramatically smoother, and hopefully make the whole experience easier.

Why the move?

Let’s be honest, although no-one really likes change, it is a big advantage to help keep things fresh, and re-evaluate costings and space. Many businesses are considering relocating to help save money and resources, and it is clear why. But what can be done to make the move faster and easier?


1) Starting Early- Most people underestimate the time it takes to pack goods securely and safely, especially something with a large inventory like an office. Never wait until the last minute as the packing will be rushed, and items are more likely to be damaged. It is better to make sure that all of your items are wrapped up safely and securely, and that every items is accounted for, rather than wait and pack so fast that you have to cut corners, and do a bad job at bubble-wrapping your computers, or protecting that precious office chair, that when they arrive, they aren’t in the condition you were expecting. It is better to take your time, and be careful, than see who in the office is the fastest at packing.



2) Labelling- Marking boxes makes locating them before or after the move easy and is very time efficient. It pays to have a numbering system to avoid losing things, but it means once the items have arrived, you know exactly which boxes contain what things and where they should go. Be sure to mark all sides of the boxes as then if some are covered, it saves time picking up and moving other packages to try and find the numbers. Most people forget to mark their items, and when they arrive, they find unpacking takes a dramatic amount longer than they first thought. Save time and be prepared by marking your boxes, or have a number system. It is a helpful way to check you have packed everything, because if you notice a box is missing, you can do something about it.


3) Tech Care- Computers should always be wrapped separately in thick blankets or bubble wrap. Also, ensure all data and information is backed up, either online or on a physical drive, just in case a computer is lost or broken in transmission. With printers, remove the cartridges, tape down covers and follow specific instructions for moving machines since improper moving may void warranties. The more valuable the item, the more care you should take with it, and with computers, tablets, or technology that could easily break or be damaged if not packed properly, it is obvious to wrap and take more precautions to ensure that they won’t be affected. It is recommended to put computers, or any tech, in their own separate box (one for each), as if there is anything on top in the box, it could contribute to any damage.


4) Plan- Making checklists are a great way to avoid mistakes and be prepared for any eventuality. Think about an unpacking plan, for example, what needs to be opened first, and putting heavy items on the bottom, and lighter on top to avoid damage. Although packing takes more time, unpacking is more tactical, and you will need allocated time to rearrange everything. If you do label your boxes, then use a checklist to ensure you haven’t missed anything. It also means that when you unpack, you will know where everything is, and which items are in which boxes. Also, set yourself deadlines and goals. For example, ‘pack the table away by 4pm’, as it will give you something to work to, and have a written timeline, as opposed to waiting until the last minute to do everything.


5) Overcome Hurdles- Even the best plans may fall apart, but it’s important to not get annoyed at every little thing that goes wrong. Tackle any problems that arise one at a time, and make sure you take the move into account in regard to income for the company, as it is time consuming. It may be a good idea to look at insurance coverage for your belongings, most private insurance policies might cover any damage in transit. If you are the one overseeing the entire move, or just packing away your items, it is important to not let it get the better of you. Be on top of your work, keep to your plan, and if anything changes or doesn’t go your way, don’t get annoyed. Just take things one step at a time, and you will be delighted once everything is sorted. Although you may be unhappy at first, remember change is good, and you will benefit in the end!


6) Post-Move Updates- Once you have moved, it is important to let people know. While it is obvious, many clients or customers that aren’t necessarily up to date with your company, or you don’t have face to face relations with, will be unaware of the change, so making sure business listings, websites and business cards and stationary are updated is key. It is key to keep your clients updated as to the status of your company. Whatever it takes, make it known that you have moved. Post all over your social media, send out a newsletter, change your email footer, all these things will take a little bit of time, but if the move isn’t publicised, it will be something your clients will have to find out for themselves, and it is better to tell them yourselves. Invite them in to see it, show them around. It is best to treat your new office like a new home. Time to show off!


Although it may seem like a lot, if you take the time to prepare, make a plan and pack your items safely, the move should run smoothly, and you should be ready to start work in a new location, and what is more exciting than that!

What can we do?

We offer a full door to door service all across the UK, so whether the load is small or large, we can tailor a removal to suit you and your company. Whatever you require, contact Armishaws for a FREE quote.

We have multiple branches all over the country, and all our services are designed to give your complete piece of mind, so you can worry less about your possessions and logistics, and more about getting off the ground in your new office.

Contact us on 0800 917 1015 to speak to a member of the team about your move.



Although times are a little uncertain for a post Brexit UK, you may be considering joining the many Britons who are bringing forward their long-term plans of packing up and relocating to France from the UK, whilst perhaps being a little anxious about what is to come.

At the moment British citizens do not need a visa or a residence permit to live, work or study in France. Brexit may have complicated things and as of yet no one knows what the deal will be for those Brits who head to France from the UK, but many people are making the most of the EU’s freedom of movement and moving their life over the Channel to build up their residency rights before the Brexit deadline.

So, why move to France?

France is one of our most popluar European removal destinations and after crossing the channel more times than we can remember and helping families start their life in France, we can see why! It’s famous for its slower pace of life (outside of Paris of course), but what else has France got to offer?


Hot summer days are a major pulling point for Brits wanting to move abroad, the South of France in particular is well known for long sunny days and a calendar packed full of activitives and events! Whilst the French love new-build homes, British buyers prefer the more traditional village houses, farmhouses and country houses with more character and you’ll find plenty of choice to enjoy relaxing summers where life moves at a much slower pace.

It is good to remember that like the UK, the winters can be cold and wet, sometimes lasting long periods of time. Many people shut up their homes and businesses for the winter in search of warmer climates and a break after a busy summer so it can feel a little quiet! Make sure you stock up on good films and indoor activities for those truly cold and rainy days that are best spent inside.

Fine Dining, Fine Wines

We cannot talk about France without talking about the cusine. Food and drink are cherished in France and so much of the country is given over to vineyards and farming meaning that every corner you visit will have something new to try.

If you are planning your move to France you have probably thought about all the culinary delights that will be on offer right on your doorstep from warm breads and amazing cheeses to more wines than you could ever need.

In the smaller towns ouside the hustle and bustle of Paris, many places are closed on Sundays and Monday mornings. Make sure you stock up on groceries Saturday or you will be relying on raiding the cupboards at meal times.


If you’re moving to France and prefer a faster pace of life, you might find yourself on the slopes of the Alps taking advantage of all these beautiful mountains have to offer.

There is a real traditional charm to skiing in France with many of the resorts run by locals who know the area inside out. If you’re planning a move to France, the great transport links mean that it is really easy to get stuck in both on and off-piste. From the valley floor to the top of the highest ski pistes, there are some truly unbelievable sights to behold so it is well worth a visit no matter where you choose to live in France.


We have visited many regions in France moving the belongings of Britons looking for a new way of life and no matter what you are after, France seems to have it!

From miles of stunning coastline, beautiful countryside dotted with lush meadows and bucolic farmland, picturesque villages, charming towns full of history and beautiful chateaux to the very glamorous Cannes and Monaco to the south and of course the rolling Alps, there really is something for everyone.

If you prefer the busy and engaging life in the big city, you will probably choose Paris as your new home. However if you prefer to enjoy wandering around local markets and the draw of a friendly small-scale community, you will probably opt for a French village further in the French countryside and small towns.

Removals to France

The official date for Brexit is 29th March 2019 at 11pm with a 21 month transition period meaning that depending on what is agreed, freedom of movement could continue until 31st December 2020. However with all of this unknown, now is as good a time as every to take the plunge and move to France.

We offer a full door to door service with our French removals so whether you’re taking the time to de-clutter and moving a small load or you have a large family house full of memories that you wish to take with you, contact Armishaws for a FREE no obligation European removals quote.

Our France removals service is designed to give you complete piece of mind so that you can focus your time on starting your new life in France and getting immerced in all that the country has to offer.

Contact us on 0800 917 1015 to chat to a member of the team about your move or use our overseas removal form to start your enquiry.

For more detailed and up to date information on moving to France, especially in this uncertain time, please visit the Direct GOV website where you will find all that you need before starting your new life in France.


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