Sometimes inner-city life can get to be too much and you’ve decided to move out of London for calmer surroundings. Life in the capital is non-stop – a twenty-four-hour city that never seems to pause for a rest. And while that might have been the perfect location for you ten years ago it could be a bit too much now, and you’re ready to trade it in for a more peaceful and toned done life. Luckily enough, there are plenty of places not far from London that many people have chosen to relocate to for this reason.
Bath is one of the most popular places to visit in the UK and this summer we suggest that you find out why for yourself. After you’ve been to Bath you’ll understand why thousands of people visit every year – there are loads of activities and events for tourists and locals, and with numerous great places to stay, it’s an essential location to mark on your travelling ‘to do’ list.
More and more people are looking into the possibility of relocating away from London for a number of reasons. For some people, the hustle and bustle of big city life no longer elicits the same attraction it once did. Your friends have all started settling down and a night out is a trip to the cinema rather than a nightclub. We all want different things at different stages of our lives, and for a lot of working professionals, there’s a need to get more value for money for our homes and apartments.
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: