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:
To pack or not to pack? That is very much the question facing anyone with an impending house-move on the horizon. When confronted by the sheer amount of stuff we’ve acquired over the years, the idea of going through it all, making an inventory, and then sorting it into logical groups before placing it in boxes, is simply too much. Our spirits sink at the very thought of such a task. It seems positively Herculean – and that’s putting it mildly. So do we shrug our shoulders and book a packing service (for example, Thomas Firbank Removals has a full packing/unpacking service) or do we straighten our spines, brace ourselves and start doing the job solo? It’s not always an easy decision. Some of us may have youth on our sides when it comes to the physical stamina required for packing up a house. Others may be incapable of bending or heavy lifting. Many of us may be up to the challenge physically, but also be pressed for time or simply not inclined to endure the mental strain.
One of the most daunting aspects of moving house is the sheer number of things you’re required to remember. It can be so convoluted, you end up having to create to-do lists to remind you to look at your other to-do lists. On and on it goes, with more and more to remember. No wonder your poor, cluttered brain starts protesting and, without good luck on your side, you end up forgetting one or two things. Fortunately, for most of us, the overlooked tasks are the less important ones. But occasionally, something vital gets missed or forgotten and havoc ensues. Moving house is challenging enough without oversights causing additional worry and disorder. To safeguard you against this, here is some guidance to help ensure that nothing gets overlooked in your move. These are the things that we find are most frequently forgotten by people moving house:
In the digital age of today, no longer are we confined to pencil and paper when determining how to move house. In fact, no move is complete without the assistance of some helpful mobile phone apps to keep everything on track and make it easier to be organised. Of course, many of the list-making and note-taking apps we already use for other purposes can be just as invaluable for a house-move; apps like Apple’s Notes, as well as Wunderlist and Evernote, are unbeatable when it comes to staying organised. But there are also apps that are specifically and exclusively dedicated to the process of moving. It’s practically axiomatic; if you can think of it, then there’s almost certainly an app for it. Here are some of our favourites from among the latest ones on the market, which can help you get from one side of your move to the other, sanity fully intact and possessions all in one piece.
Have you taken the plunge and moved to the lovely county of Wiltshire in the South West? Or have you been here for a while already? Perhaps you’re from the area originally, then undertook a spell in the capital, and are now planning to return. Whatever the case may be, there’s no doubting the huge array of charms that the place offers its residents, many of whom choose Thomas Firbank Removals Wiltshire when moving home. Bordered by Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Gloucestershire, and containing a number of pretty towns like Wilton and Trowbridge, it’s also home to Stonehenge and Avebury, world-famous Neolithic sites that pull in crowds from every corner of the globe. Wiltshire really has it all. Sometimes, though, despite residing here we can lose touch with what’s right on our doorstep, so whether you’re an old-timer or a Wiltshire ingenue, here are some helpful resources to make sure you’re getting the most you can out of life in the county.