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Navigating the Move: Questions and Answers About Moving Home

Posted on June 12, 2023 by Thomas Firbank Removals
When upgrading our homes, we all have ambitious projects we would love to start. For some people, undertaking a renovation or remodelling project is a passion. Then, some businesspeople buy and renovate properties for a living. Then, the other less fortunate ones must take on an urgent renovation due to a structural issue in their house. Thomas Firbank has many customers who are either in the property development sector or have done their own renovations at home. Many professionals use our Man & Van service because it ticks many boxes for their needs during their development. This service fits the same criteria for a residential renovation or remodelling. Contents How Man & Van Can Help with Renovations and Remodelling A Range of Services for Your Property Development in Bath Finding Trusted Traders and Navigating Council Planning Tips on Finding Renovation Properties in Somerset and Beyond Removal Services that Support Renovations and Remodelling Self Storage - Your HQ When Remodelling or Renovating Reducing Costs and Excellent Customer Service in Bath How Man & Van Can Help with Renovations and Remodelling Whether starting a renovation or remodelling project for your business or improving your home, you'll need assistance. By partnering up with Thomas Firbank, you'll receive the best man with a van service in Bath and the surrounding areas. And this service is perfect for any property development. Thomas Firbank's Man & Van service (Small Moves) is the choice of the professionals, and there are many reasons for this. Every development project requires people to undertake various labouring tasks. To collect materials and tools, you'll need a vehicle and people to make the journeys. And that's why many professional property developers use us. Every Man & Van job comes with the use of one or two of our team members and a small van. Thomas Firbank only hires experts in removals and storage, and often, our staff have experience in various trades. Our vehicles are ideal for collecting any equipment or building materials. Using a man and van service makes sense, considering the various tasks you must arrange. We're also available should there be any issues with your project. If you have any last-minute cancellations from sub-contractors, you can call us to see if we're free. We'll always do our best to accommodate emergency situations. A Range of Services for Your Property Development in Bath In addition to providing the best removal services in Bath, Thomas Firbank has various other options available for your project. If you have larger items of equipment that require transportation, our Large Removals vehicles are ideal for more significant loads. We have a fleet of removal vans at our disposal, ensuring we have the right size for the task. Before you start your development project, you'll need to take all the furniture out of your home. And the best way to ensure your possessions are safe from theft or damage is to use storage. Thomas Firbank now boasts the largest storage facility in Bath. We have self storage and container storage units to suit everyone's needs. Renting a storage unit will also be handy for your renovations or remodelling. If you have valuable construction equipment, the best place to safeguard it is with Thomas Firbank's storage depot. Your storage unit may be so beneficial that you continue to rent it after completing your project. At Thomas Firbank, we have a variety of removals and storage options to suit everyone's needs. Furthermore, we have a professional packing service to ensure you get the most out of your storage unit. We have every service you need for your development project under one roof. Finding Trusted Traders and Navigating Council Planning In the maze of finding reliable builders and tradespeople for your renovation project, it's crucial to tread carefully. It's like navigating a dense forest – daunting but manageable with the right tools. Trusted Traders Look to trusted trader lists and council-approved directories for a solid starting point. But remember to appreciate the power of personal referrals from friends, family, or even us here at Thomas Firbank. Google Ratings Now, onto the digital reconnaissance. Google reviews can be your guiding light, offering glimpses into the reliability and reputation of tradespeople in your area. And don't overlook testimonials on their websites – they're like breadcrumbs leading you to a reliable path. Attention to Detail Attention to detail is your best ally when grappling with council planning regulations. Dot those "i's" and cross those "t's" regarding permits and local building codes. And in the realm of budgeting, it pays to be thorough. Cast a wide net and gather multiple quotes for each trade you need – it's like laying the groundwork before the big reveal. This comprehensive approach helps uncover potential savings opportunities before making any commitments. Tips on Finding Renovation Properties in Somerset and Beyond When finding the perfect renovation property, it's essential to explore all avenues, catering to various circumstances and aspirations. Suitability or Renovating Renovation might only be ideal for some, as it demands considerable effort and commitment. However, the potential rewards are substantial, whether you're hunting for a bargain, considering house flipping as a career, or simply taking the first steps onto the property ladder. Finding Renovation Properties Let's delve into the hunt for renovation properties, casting our net wide to maximise opportunities. Online platforms like the Trovit website can serve as valuable hunting grounds, offering many listings ripe for transformation. Additionally, venturing into property auctions in Bath, Somerset, and neighbouring counties opens doors to hidden gems awaiting discovery. Don't limit your search radius just yet – casting a broad net increases your chances of snagging the perfect property. Estate Agents & Valuations In your quest for the ideal renovation project, consider the guidance of local real estate agents in Bath and the surrounding areas. Their expertise can help streamline your search, grouping suitable properties and filtering out the less-than-ideal ones. Moreover, they can provide invaluable insights and valuations, both speculative and post-renovation, guiding you towards the most promising opportunities. Removal Services that Support Renovations and Remodelling When diving into your renovation project, take into account the indispensable role that removal services play. At Thomas Firbank, our Man & Van service offers tailored solutions, from collecting materials to daily site deliveries, ensuring your project stays on course. Experienced Movers Our services extend beyond mere transportation because it's vital to your renovation's success. With our team's extensive removal and storage expertise, including backgrounds in various trades, navigating your project's complexities is a breeze. Planning Equals Success Meticulous planning is our hallmark at Thomas Firbank. From safety protocols to meeting deadlines, we cover every base. Likewise, we collaborate closely with your project's professionals to ensure our actions seamlessly complement their efforts. With us, you can confidently embark on your renovation journey, knowing every detail is expertly managed. Self Storage - Your HQ When Remodelling or Renovating Let's explore the advantages of using self storage facilities as your headquarters for renovation projects. Storage Benefits With a dedicated storage unit, you can safeguard your tools and materials free from environmental damage. Say goodbye to nightly tarp rituals – your belongings remain secure and protected, minimising wasted materials and replacement costs. Storage as Dedicated HQ Our storage units offer more than just storage space; they become your command centre for project organisation. Beyond tools and materials, savvy users utilise the space for paperwork and documentation, keeping everything centralised and easily accessible. Furthermore, the flexibility of self storage means no restrictive contracts – you're in control of your storage needs. You can end your rental when it suits you. Storage on Your Terms Whether you require short-term storage during a renovation or find ongoing use for added security and convenience, your storage unit remains at your disposal. With Thomas Firbank, your renovation journey becomes smoother and more efficient, with self storage as your reliable ally throughout the process. It's all about flexibility and the ability to use a service when needed. Reducing Costs and Excellent Customer Service in Bath Let's talk about reducing costs and receiving top-notch customer service in Bath. For budget-conscious homeowners, utilising removal and storage services offers a range of benefits, including flexibility, expert handling, and freedom from long-term contracts. At Thomas Firbank, our removal and storage solutions are tailored to suit various budgetary constraints, ensuring everyone can access reliable support for their renovation projects. Reputable Traders & Planning As discussed earlier, finding trusted traders and navigating council regulations are crucial for a successful renovation. These elements form the backbone of any project, ensuring that everything runs smoothly from start to finish. Thomas Firbank recognises the importance of these factors and offers comprehensive support to homeowners in Bath, helping them easily navigate these challenges. Cutting Costs Our services are designed to complement and enhance renovation efforts, providing practical solutions and peace of mind to homeowners throughout the process. Whether it's our expert handling, flexible storage options, or commitment to excellence in customer service, Thomas Firbank is dedicated to supporting our customers every step of the way. So, if you're embarking on a renovation or remodelling project in Bath, look no further than Thomas Firbank for all your removal and storage needs. Proven Track Record Check out our online ratings to verify our proven track record, and rest assured that we're fully compliant with BAR (British Association of Removers) standards, with an internal Quality Policy in place to ensure the highest service delivery standards. Thomas Firbank – We're Bath's Number One Man & Van Service Thomas Firbank works with hundreds of people yearly who take on renovation and remodelling projects. Whether for business or domestic purposes, partnering with our team will guarantee positive results. We understand the need to meet deadlines to avoid delays. Time is money, and we never waste it either. We assess and plan everything in advance to ensure we provide the most efficient service possible. Our team will turn up early and complete the task on time. Moreover, the Thomas Firbank team takes great pride in being known as the best removals and storage service in Bath. Attaining the highest standard of customer service is our primary focus, and we strive to achieve this with every job we take on. Everyone at Thomas Firbank understands that every customer has different needs. That's why we get to know every person we work with as much as possible. This helps us create a picture of what they need from us. We're always happy to talk through our range of services, even if it's just a first inquiry. You'll feel at ease with our friendly staff members from the first time you phone us. For your next renovation or remodelling development project, it's wise to use the experts in Bath. Contact us today, and we'll discuss our range of services.

Moving to a new home is up at the top of the most stressful things ever list. The thought of booking the movers while trying to maintain family life and work is stressful enough. What’s the best way of keeping a cool head when planning a relocation? Early preparation and creating a moving checklist are the key.

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Decluttering With Storage Before a Sale or Redecoration

Posted on July 28, 2021 by Thomas Firbank Removals

Storage can be an absolute Godsend if you’re getting ready to sell up or needing to clear rooms while you redecorate. At Thomas Firbank, we have first-rate storage facilities that can take care of all your belongings for as long as (or short) as you need. But in addition to storage, there are other procedures you can employ in order to give your home a thoroughly refreshing touch, and chief among them is decluttering.

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Christmas-safe Homes

Posted on December 23, 2016 by Thomas Firbank Removals

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.