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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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Hire a van or use a removals company?

Posted on June 25, 2021 by Thomas Firbank Removals
Hire a Van or Book a Removals Company? Moving to a new home can be a time-consuming task, with many things to balance as you prepare for the big relocation day. On top of that, it's a costly exercise that sometimes sees people make hasty decisions without thinking things through. That's why hiring a van and doing the move solo is still a popular choice for many movers. This boils down to saving money, but is it actually the cheaper option? We'll look at the differences between a DIY move and going with a removals company instead to see how both compare. This is in terms of cost-effectiveness, as well as the quality and expectations. Additionally, this will include other points that affect the result of a relocation, making it easier for you to work out what fits your situation the best. Counting the Actual Costs of DIY Relocations – Before you jump into gear and start booking a van hire to relocate, sit down with a pen and paper or the modern equivalent. It's important that you objectively find out what the total costs are for doing this. Additionally, let's not discount the value of the time and effort you'll need to put into doing this yourself. An example of this might be losing a day or two's wages to perform the relocation. To find the financial figures, you'll need to seek some quotes for van hire services. Similarly, repeat this for removals and storage providers so you can compare the different sets of data. By doing this, you can weigh both options' pros and cons without prejudice and bias. It might surprise you that van rental isn't that cheap, nor is it always the best choice. Professional moving companies will usually offer better customer service because they have purpose-made vehicles and equipment. Obviously, this means you'll pay more for their services, at least on paper. But you won't do the physical stuff that comes with relocating, and any reputable removals company will oversee the whole move. Now let's look at how to include the actual value of your time. DIY Moves – It's Time plus Money – There's a common misconception that undertaking the move yourself is cheaper than working with a removal provider. You simply hire a van and get it done in one day without any issues to worry about. At worst, you'll maybe need to enlist the help of a friend or family member to get things done on time. But what if something goes wrong and a delay happens? From the tens of thousands of relocations jobs the Thomas Firbank team have been part of, we can recall plenty of instances where an issue occurs for people who make this error. You run over time, and the van has to go back to the van hire place, or you rent it again for another day. This will double your expenditure, and you're already heading way over budget. And that's not to mention taking the day or two off of work. Just remember to quote for an extra day when you calculate the total cost of a DIY move. Also, factor in the value of your time, especially if you're a freelancer and paid leave isn't an option. Some people have busy schedules, and it's tricky to fit all in. Don't sell yourself short or miscalculate the whole actual spend. Base your decision on facts from exact quotes. Which Option is More Efficient? In this instance, we can only reference our performance when it comes to efficiency and service delivery. But it's a general rule of thumb movers will do the job faster than one or two untrained people. In general, the businesses in our industry don't benefit from going over completion time. That's why deadlines matter to the Thomas Firbank team. Through years of experience, we know how to assess and plan everything to the finest detail. Preparation shaves valuable minutes and hours off the moving day and gives us room to deal with any problems if they occur. Understanding what we're moving is all part of this because it determines how to approach the relocation. Accounting for possible issues beforehand means we can avoid them. Unless you're in the removals sector or have lots of experience with moving, it's unlikely you'll be more able to perform to the same level. However, if you're able to get some helping hands, you could complete it on time. We will claim better handling skills because it’s our profession, and breakages are something we go to lengths to negate. Overall – it's more efficient to use a professional moving company over a DIY job. Request Quotes for Van Hire and Removals – This is how to make the best decision which is why we're going through this point again but in more detail. You should get quotes for any possible service, even if it's not for this purpose. When you have the financial information to hand, you can see which fits your situation, and more importantly, the budget you can spend. As previously noted, quotes for a couple of days of van hire are necessary to make sure you can afford to cover the rental costs. Shop around a few providers and ask them how flexible they are willing to be if you go over by an hour or two. Check to see if they have online ratings and reviews from previous customers, just to make sure their service and vehicles are up to scratch. Thomas Firbank will happily provide a free quotation, all with no obligation to book with us. When we send the quote, it will include our suggestion for the most efficient removals package. You'll then have a basis on what works best for your situation, and we can discuss things further if necessary. We're confident in our ability to provide the highest standard of removals service. Gaps in Moving Dates and Self Storage – There are times where delays occur when moving to a new home. If this happens to you, it's understandable that panic sets in, specifically if you're due to move out of your current property straight away. Thus ensues a frantic search to store possessions with family or friends' garage or spare room. Have no fear – all you need to do is contact us, and we'll sort it out. Thomas Firbank has the most extensive storage facilities in Bath and Somerset, all with comprehensive security measures in place. We have self storage to suit everyone's circumstances and budget, and all our packages are below market rates. This makes it possible to be inclusive and provide storage for more households and businesses. Furthermore, we can offer spaces for emergencies. There's no minimum storage contract applicable with us. It's a 'store as long as you need to' scenario. We regularly have a customer who keeps their self storage unit beyond the relocation's end. That's because the convenience and additional space it provides are hard to give up. It's also ideal for people who are downsizing and don't want to get rid of their belongings. Accountability and Customer Service – If you decide on using a removals company, accountability is crucial when it comes to which one to work with. You're paying for a service – quality needs to be established before you sign up for anything. Furthermore, the company has to have systems in place for complaints and feedback. They must state them from the outset and have these mechanisms in place. It's pointless paying for a service if it's shoddy and ends up causing more issues than they solve. If you receive poor customer service, it would be better to go the DIY route instead. Thomas Firbank's customers have confidence we're accountable for the services we provide. This is in place through our stringent Quality Policy and BAR accreditation. We wear our five-star reviews from previous customers with pride, and it's easy to access them. Customer service is paramount to how we create and execute our removals and storage services. Our team continually strives for excellence and to add value to each person we work with. You can receive an affordable removal service that offers excellent customer service. Thomas Firbank – Helping Bath's Residents Count the Cost of Moving – Moving to a new home can be a challenge, starting with how you plan on packing and transporting your possessions. But you can approach it knowing you have at least two choices. Self-moves are fine if you have the right conditions and tools to take them on. Ultimately, professional removals companies will always have the edge for customer service and efficiency. Essentially, it depends on your circumstances and what budgetary limitations are applicable. Busy people need assistance and often don't have access to a large vehicle. That's where we come into play with our fleet of vehicles and range of services. What's more, we'll get everything done on time and to the highest service delivery standards. Make sure you're basing your decisions on facts – click here to request a free quote. We'll include details of the most suitable removal package.

Moving to a new home can be a time-consuming task, with many things to balance as you prepare for the big relocation day. On top of that, it’s a costly exercise that sometimes sees people make hasty decisions without thinking things through. That’s why hiring a van and doing the move solo is still a popular choice for many movers. This boils down to saving money, but is it actually the cheaper option?

We’ll look at the differences between a DIY move and going with a removals company instead to see how both compare. This is in terms of cost-effectiveness, as well as the quality and expectations. Additionally, this will include other points that affect the result of a relocation, making it easier for you to work out what fits your situation the best.

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Tips on Preparing to Sell Your Home in Bath

Posted on May 25, 2021 by Thomas Firbank Removals
Tips on Preparing to Sell Your Home in Bath

If you’re planning on selling up this year, there are some things to weigh up and consider making sure you achieve the best results. One of the worst outcomes is spending a prolonged period on the market. And it’s an easy trap to fall into, especially when you’re too hasty. It’s better to undertake some thorough preparation rather than cause delays later in the process.

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Do These Five Things When Moving into Your New Home

Posted on April 25, 2021 by Thomas Firbank Removals
Tips for First-Time Buyers in Bath

You’ll no doubt have seen plenty of tips explaining how to start planning and getting ready for an upcoming moving day. This will involve moving checklists and the best way to prepare for the big day ahead, paying attention to the ticking clock. But there’s less information on what to do when you arrive at your new home. What’s the best way to approach things when you start unpacking?

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Trim Your Business Expenses with Storage and Man & Van

Posted on March 22, 2021 by Thomas Firbank Removals
E-Commerce – How Man & Van and Storage Can Improve Your Start-Up in Bath Starting a new business venture is an exciting challenge that awaits anyone brave enough to become their own boss. There is a lot of planning and saving before you can begin. However, the difference is that the research and work isn't a chore because it's yours. Every step forward you make feels like you're achieving something, and that's something most jobs can't match. It does require some sacrifice, but the result can be truly inspirational. Thomas Firbank has been working with business customers for over twenty years, and we've seen some excellent businesses grow from humble beginnings. Nowadays, the modern business environment is more accommodating than ever before for people who want to go their own way. A big part of any new venture's success is working with the right companies and finding people who champion your enterprise. And that's precisely what we do at Thomas Firbank. How Man & Van and Storage Are Ideal for Start-Ups – You'll see this written in a lot of business start-up articles. The first year in any new company is about survival. That's what can make or break a new company or venture. And it's crucial that you keep any losses to a minimum, or better yet, break even. This should include any repayment of loans of your investments. For people entering the e-commerce sector, you need to do lots of homework on the products you aim to buy and sell. Additionally, you should map out the process of how your company will function. Rather than investing in a delivery vehicle in your first year, you can outsource this to Thomas Firbank. Our Man & Van service is convenient, efficient, and it presents an affordable way to start your e-commerce venture without a vehicle. Instead of renting a commercial space as a depot, you can use a storage unit in our brand-new facility. By renting a storage unit through Thomas Firbank, you can streamline our Man & Van service to complete a primary collection and delivery system. Storage is the best way to safeguard your products and equipment from theft or damage. Alternative Workspace for Your E-commerce Enterprise – Storage can be much more than just a space to store your goods. It's possible to rent a storage unit from Thomas Firbank and use it as your head office. A self storage unit can double up as a stock room and a basic office space. It's a growing trend in the start-up and SME circles to use storage units as alternative offices, studios, and other workspaces. It's simple – all you need is a desk, a chair, a laptop or PC and a router. You have a filing cabinet or two and a picture of a loved one, and you have an office. You can then split the storage unit in half to have your office on one side and your stock and equipment on the other. At Thomas Firbank, we have the largest storage facility of its kind in Bath, and we're looking into adding more units soon. You don't have to worry about a twelve- or twenty-four-month lease. You only need to keep your storage unit for as long as you want. And we're flexible for people who need to upgrade or downsize their storage unit. Using Man & Van for Affordable Local Distribution – E-commerce has two specific needs to achieve success. The first is a straightforward way of getting stock out to customers, and the other is having somewhere to store everything. For most newcomers, it all starts at home or in the garage. It soon becomes an issue, especially if you live with other people and they're unhappy with the lack of space. Then you might be working with an expensive courier that's becoming increasingly unreliable. Their rates constantly shift when they decide to assign the customer's destination as an outlying area without consulting you. And don't even get us started about the overnight (and costly!) delivery that doesn't arrive, leaving a furious customer for you to deal with. There's a better way for people to deal with their e-commerce collections and deliveries. If you discuss your needs with us, we can formulate a strategy to handle your local distribution. And if you also send goods out over longer distances, we'll be able to evaluate if we can include this. Thomas Firbank utilises our Man & Van service to perform this task, and we work with several clients for this purpose. We will factor in your stock control arrangements to see if you have a suitable workspace. It's often worth using one of our self-storage units, and we can link both services. Without overextending your budget, you have set up an efficient distribution system. This comes with the quality and customer service protocols you'd expect from us. The Benefits of Using Self Storage for Stock – We touched on this in the last section, but it's worth looking at the reasons behind using self storage for your stock. There's no getting away from the fact that storing things at home leave them vulnerable. If you're storing items in the garage, they're even more susceptible to damage from damp conditions. Plus, break-ins happen more often from garages because there's less risk. We already know that e-commerce stock takes up lots of room at home. And the constant deliveries in and out can frustrate people in your street as well. The best solution to this is self storage – you can solve many issues with one decision. You can enjoy a dedicated place to retain your goods and then link to a man with a van service for collections and deliveries by using storage. Most importantly – you'll have somewhere safe and secure for your products. You can then follow our previous advice and split the unit into sections for different business functions. It's then possible to take a stock count and type it up at your desk. Granted, this is very no-frills, but it's something to consider while you build your company profile and become profitable. Useful Resources for New Businesses in Bath – No man is an island, and business owners can say the same. You might be a solopreneur, but that doesn't mean doing everything yourself. Therefore, it's vital to think of yourself as part of a wider community, whether by attending networking events or online groups. You'll always have someone you can contact by knowing where to find relevant information. Bath is the place to start, as this is where you'll be trading. Here are some vital places you should do further research on and start contacting: Bath and North East Somerset Council. Bath Chamber of Commerce. The Bath Business Club. Eventbrite Bath. Invest in Bath. Bath Breakfast – Business Networking. Bath Business Focus. Your local council will have plenty of resources you can link into, such as networking events and workshops. Additionally, they can point you in the right direction for start-up and SME funding applications. You should also email the Bath COC to see what initiatives and programs they're currently hosting. As you can see from the bullet points, there are many networking events and groups operating in Bath and Somerset. You'll be able to strike up relationships that will eventually turn into partnerships – more on how this is relevant to each previous point in the next section. Partner with a Reputable Removals Provider – The last point segues nicely into how you should partner with reliable businesses that provide you with value. At Thomas Firbank, we consider our business clients as partners. We offer affordable services that help them increase their productivity by reducing downtime and loading times. You'll also have us to support and advise you. When delegating your distribution to our team, we'll send you regular updates for each collection and delivery. Because we have a select few clients we perform this for, there won't be backlog issues or warehouses full of boxes that courier companies struggle with. Moreover, we won't lose your packages and make excuses for being late. Thomas Firbank creates tailormade solutions that add value for every business we work with. E-commerce is a thriving sector, but it does come with the headache of unsuitable places to store goods and work from. Those days are behind you because you now have an affordable workspace and a partner company to undertake various tasks on your behalf. Thomas Firbank – Championing Start-Ups and Small Businesses in Bath – Thomas Firbank works with hundreds of businesses in Bath every year, and we understand the importance of maintaining a budget. Reducing costs makes it possible to invest in key areas to promote growth. That's why we keep our prices low, which is ideal for any start-up enterprise. It all goes a long way to surviving your first year and thriving in your second. At Thomas Firbank, we emphasise providing the best removals and storage service in Bath. It's our number one priority to deliver complete customer satisfaction on every job we undertake. We want to help our business clients achieve their goals by being there for them at each stage of their development. The e-commerce sector is a thriving industry that is exciting because of its variation. You can buy and sell anything from retro football strips to Northern Soul vinyl. And with companies like Thomas Firbank in your corner, it's never been easier to enter the market. If you're considering an e-commerce start-up business in Bath, contact us today. We guarantee that we can help you with the necessary elements of your new enterprise.

It’s no secret that most of Bath’s businesses took a battering due to the lockdown restrictions, and everyone’s hoping for a change in fortunes this year. There was a lot of readjusting and innovation at play to stem the tide of financial losses for those who made it. This year’s key financial aspect will be a gradual recovery that will only be possible with cost-savings.

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How to Set-Up a Home Office in Bath

Posted on February 22, 2021 by Thomas Firbank Removals
How to Set-Up a Home Office in Bath

Working from home isn’t a new thing. Self-employed people have done it for many years, helping them avoid unnecessary costs for renting an office. The lockdown changed everything, and many business owners were forced to think on their feet to survive. That’s why lots of people are taking advantage of remote working with some surprising additional benefits.

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The Best Time of Year to Move in Bath. – Part 2

Posted on February 2, 2021 by Thomas Firbank Removals
The Best Country Walks Starting in or Near to Bath

If you’re planning to relocate this year, you will no doubt have lots to consider before the big moving day arrives. Finding the perfect home in your new location is just one of many things on your ‘to-do’ list, with more added every day. That’s why it’s always a good idea to do plenty of preparation. But is there a best time of year to move?

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The Best Time Of The Year To Move In Bath

Posted on January 22, 2021 by Thomas Firbank Removals
Bath – an excellent place to invest

Have you looked on longingly as friends of yours leave major urban centres, such as London, and join the covid exodus to the countryside, smaller cities, towns and villages? Youre not alone. The series of lockdowns has made a lot of us reconsider our living spaces and suddenly all the positives of living in the capital (or similar) have turned into drawbacks. The lure of smaller cities has become more and more pronounced with Bath, and its beautiful Georgian architecture, foremost among them. Bath has the benefits of a smaller city, because of its a manageable size, but a lot of the advantages of a bit city – its cosmopolitan, full of life, and rich in culture. It also has a excellent reputation for its schools. But, as with any move, theres a number of considerations to work through before you take the plunge.

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Decluttering Tips Before Christmas and New Year in Bath

Posted on December 23, 2020 by Thomas Firbank Removals

Christmas is fast approaching, and you might be looking around your home, wondering where you’ll find extra space before the holidays start. Whether you’re hosting or joining a bubble with other families, there’s plenty of good reasons to get rid of things you no longer use. Is it too late to start organising your home and decluttering?

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Our Lockdown Storage and Removals Services

Posted on November 16, 2020 by Thomas Firbank Removals
Adapting Your Home to Become Eco-friendlier in Bath

With a new lockdown now in place there are still lots of questions which require some answers or clarification. Amidst the confusion, people might be worried about an upcoming relocation they’re busy preparing for. Will the lockdown affect, postpone or cancel moves in Bath?

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