While no one would dispute the fact that moving house is challenging, requiring forethought, energy and enthusiasm, moving offices can also – at least during the anticipatory period – be extremely complex. The larger your company, the more convoluted its strained IT system may be, making its migration a tough tasking required diligent, experienced office movers. The good news is that there’s an array of additional services that we can incorporate into an office move, to make yours as stress-free and complete as possible.
We’ve looked at some of the rudiments for preparing your computer(s) for a move, but what of all the other electronics that loom so large in our lives. Almost no one these days doesn’t have a dizzying array of wired and wireless gadgets and devices.
Yes, they make aspects of our lives easier, but when it comes to moving house, they can be less help and more headache. Take a moment to read through some of our tips, however, and there’s no reason why you can’t get your electronics packed up and ready without mishap or misadventure.
It’s unlikely ever to become anyone’s favourite part of a move, but it needn’t be a confusing ordeal.
Remember the days when moving electronics meant just boxing up a TV and record player and being set up at your new home within minutes? Perhaps not – it was rather a long time ago. Today, no move is complete without a potentially hazardous and complicated computer/internet/home cinema/surround-sound migration process. Despite the advent of wireless technology, you’re still greeted by a spaghetti junction of wires when you finally pluck up the courage to look behind the sofa. Leaving aside the other gadgets for now, let’s look at how to get your computer ready for the road. Many of us keep crucial information on our computers, whether they be desktop, laptop, Mac or PC, and the loss of this information could have a drastic impact on our lives, so it’s something to take seriously.
Before your move, back up. If you haven’t got into the habit of backing up automatically, now’s the time to make it part of your computing routine. Even if you use various cloud services, it’s important to back up, so that you’re protected from any glitches or problems occurring in the cloud; they have been known to happen.
Give your passwords a thorough going over. If you’ve chosen easy ones (maiden names, dates, street names etc), then change them to something that can’t be guessed. In the unlikely event of your computers falling into bad hands during transit, you don’t want to make them easy to get into.
Get cleaning. Before your computer gets packed, vacuum it, especially if it’s a dust-gathering desktop. Vacuuming will prevent dust from getting shaken around during the move and possibly affecting the computer’s innards. Cast a careful eye and finger over the screws and if anything’s getting loose, tighten it up.
Pack it up. Electronics are best packed with special packing paper. Remove all peripherals and avoid using packing chips which can cause a build-up of damaging static. Use a system to help you remember which lead and which peripheral goes where when you’re reassembling things at the other end. For some, that means taking notes. For others, it’s a case of taping the relevant lead/dongle/adapter to the body of the computer to which it belongs.
We offer a full packing service which would cover all of the above as well as any other items you might have.
Are any items quite so delicate and in need of special care as your irreplaceable artworks and sculptures? Perhaps only certain musical instruments and antiques come close. You may be a collector with dozens of these precious items or a more casual fan with just a few, but whatever the case, these goods need to be treated with kid gloves and the right kind of knowledge. There is an art to moving art and it’s well worth having at least a rudimentary grasp of it before the time comes.
Celeb fashion and textiles designer, Pearl Lowe, tweeted her thanks to us earlier this week after we helped her with an unusual moving request. Pearl, one-time love of Bush’s Gavin Rossdale and now married to Danny Goffey from Brit-pop sensations, Supergrass, recently moved within Frome, Somerset. Alas, her moving company was unable to help with her beloved pink gypsy wagon. In her old property, it had been originally rolled through some bushes to get it into place, but over the course of two years, the bushes had grown, and it could no longer be retrieved via the same route. Pearl’s moving company had quoted her for the use of a crane they deemed necessary to move the wagon and she had demurred at the extravagance.
Spring is one of the best times of the year for selling up. There’s increased demand and sales really take off after the sluggishness of the winter. However, rather than simply relying on the buoyancy of the market to guarantee you a quick sale, you can encourage such an outcome by good marketing. You may have a great estate agent doing everything they can to attract buyers, but there’s no harm in adding your own contributions to the task in hand, especially if you can make a start before the season turns. If you begin marketing now, then you’ll be perfectly placed to take advantage of the Spring surge.
It’s in the last stages of winter (and, let’s face it, it can still feel like winter in the early stages of spring) that we most need cheerful diversions and entertainments. And the good fortune of being in Bath means that we’re never short of them. In fact, our great city is one of the cultural powerhouses of the country, with a programme of brilliant events every day, all year long. So if the grey, the damp and/or the cold are getting under your skin, there’s no time like today for doing something fun and uplifting. Here are some of the things we’re most looking forward to, coming any day now:
It’s not only in the capital, where the figure sometimes reaches £10,000, that the cost of moving can seem daunting. Removals in Bath can be costly too, especially if you’re moving from far away and have high estate agent fees. But at almost every juncture, there are things you can do to keep the money from haemorrhaging, stemming the flow here and there and even making money back. Here are some of our pointers for keeping within budget when you’re on the move.
The period stretching from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day isn’t only fun for us. It’s also fun for Christmas criminals who are rubbing their hands together in anticipation as they think of the potentially unguarded homes that may be full of treasures with a high street value. Let’s not delude ourselves that goodwill to all men is a concept held in high esteem by the thieving fraternity. For them, the festive goodwill starts and ends with themselves and they’re looking forward to getting away with a lot of loot. But what can we do to keep ourselves safe during this vulnerable time of year? We need to take one or two steps at the very least, especially if we’re going away or driving to nearby relations for lunch or dinner. Given that burglary is estimated to increase by over 15 per cent during the Christmas period, it can’t hurt to be prepared. Here we present some guidance to help you feel a bit more secure.
Think about what’s visible through your windows. Are there piles of wrapped presents nestled temptingly beneath a glittering tree? This could prove seductive to anyone casing the joint.
Put your valuables into the safe. If your safe is properly bolted to the wall (or floor), then so much the better. Into it can go cash, jewellery, expensive devices and more.
Up your home security with one of the plethora of devices that have come on to the market in recent years, using smart technology to allow you to see inside your home via your smartphone. Some of them can even alert you when they detect any sort of motion – and a lot of them are affordable.
Use your alarm. Some people feel that the appearance of their alarm is enough to be a deterrent and they don’t always both setting it. If you’ve become lax in this regard, it’s time to become stringent again. You could also overhaul your alarm to bring it up to date and acquire one that sends updates and alerts to your mobile.
Do a thorough check of each room, to make sure all windows and doors are locked before you leave. The easier to overlook one or two of them, the larger your house is.
Consider overhauling your front- and back-door locks if they’re significantly out of date. The advice is, generally speaking, that timber doors should have nightlatch or mortice locks (meeting BS3621 standards) and PVC/composite doors should have locks with a TS007 kite-marked cylinder.
Lastly – think about your rubbish. Have you just thrown out the packaging of all those expensive gifts? If so, a potential burglar perusing your bins will be able to find out all about the lovely new things you’ve got in your house. So think carefully about how you dispose of packaging.
It’s hard to find anyone prepared to tell you that moving house is easy. In fact, you’re more likely to be confronted by doom-mongers, filling your head with worst-case scenarios, misgivings and horror stories. In no time at all, you can go from calm and collected to frazzled and frightened. This is particularly the case if you’ve had a bad experience in the past or it’s your first big move. But, in fact, we’ve seen countless examples of straightforward, low-stress moves, so we know that it’s more than just a dim, distant possibility. And it doesn’t have to come down to anything as precarious as sheer good luck; there are plenty of things you can do at any stage of a move to keep things calm and on track. Here are just a few of the ideas we’ve collected over the years to help our customers manage their move successfully: