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Packing a Moving Day Essentials Box

January 30th, 2018 | Posted by Stephen in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We at Todds Removals Ltd suggest you pack an essentials box for moving day. It should be the last box on the removal lorry and the first box off and should contain all those items you will need on arrival at your new home. Remember it may be late by the time your items are unloaded from the lorry and the last thing you will want to be doing is opening lots of boxes and having to search through them all to find those essential items.

We suggest you pack the following items in your essentials box:-

Tea, coffee, sugar, milk, cups, spoons and the kettle
Soft drinks and snacks
Pet food and bowls
Toilet roll, soap and towel
Light bulbs
Small took kit
Pen and notebook
Mobile phone charger
Bin bags
Cleaning materials
First aid kit including headache medication
Local takeaway menus and phone numbers
Bottle of Champagne, glasses and corkscrew

Other items you will need on your first night/morning in your new house should all be packed in boxes and clearly labelled, these items may include:

Bedding – Duvets, sheets and pillows – leave the covers on when packing
Breakfast cereals, bowls and spoons

At Todds Removals Ltd we use either hanging boxes or wardrobe rails so all your clothes should reach you new home ready to wear and as long as your wardrobes are assembled our removal crew will even hang them for you.

We recommend you pack the following items and take them with you in your car:

Cheque books, bank cards, purses and wallets
Important paperwork relative to your house sale/purchase
Children’s favourite toy/comforter
Coat or Jumper

If you are moving a long distance you will also need to take with you food and drink supplies for the journey for you, your family and your pets. You may also want to pack an overnight bag for each member of the family in case there is a problem with access to your new home.

If you have the essentials then you can unpack the rest of the boxes at your leisure in an organised manner rather than having to open them all and empty half the contents out to find the one thing you need.

Moving House at Christmas Time

November 28th, 2017 | Posted by Stephen in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Believe it or not the run up to Christmas is a very popular time for moving house. Whether its being in for the new year, making the most of the time off work or just how things turn out removals companies are as busy as ever in December.

Christmas can be a stressful time without the extra bother of moving house, buying all the presents, getting them wrapped and hidden away, buying the turkey and all the trimmings and sorting the decorations (why are the lights always tied in knots when you put them away so neatly).

Using a reliable and professional removal company such as Todds Removals can help reduce the stress. Moving at this time of the year should be no different to any other time except for a few extra considerations:

  • As with any removal plan ahead, have a list of things that need to be done whether Christmas related or Removal related and stick to it.
  • Get as much Christmas shopping and wrapping done early. Pack them into removal boxes which are clearly labelled that way you will be able to locate them after the move.
  • Avoid moving on the 24th December, solicitors and banks will be closed for 2 days, more if it is also the weekend, so if something does go wrong you will need to wait for it to be sorted. Also if on moving into your new home you discover the heating is not working or there is a plumbing issue you may struggle to get someone out to fix it.
  • Try to avoid putting the decorations up before you move as taking them down is just one more job to do. Instead pack them altogether in removal boxes which are clearly labelled so again you can find them after the move.
  • Ensure everyone knows your new address so those Christmas cards arrive on time. Remember to change your address if you buy presents on line for delivery after you move.
  • Children can become anxious during a house move but with the excitement of Christmas too they may become very unsettled and worried that Santa may not find them. Re-assure them and perhaps send Santa a “we have moved” card too.
  • Be prepared for snow and ice. Keep a bag of rock salt in your essentials box to make sure paths to your new house are not slippery. Remember that as the sun goes down the temperature will drop and paths may refreeze. If the weather is really bad you may also need a shovel for clearing away snow. Don’t forget to make sure all the family have coats and warm clothes on removal day.
  • In winter the sun sets early so try and arrive at you new home before it gets dark, make sure you have a torch in your essentials box.
  • We would normally recommend that food supplies are run down prior to moving house so make sure you plan a date after moving to stock up on all those Christmas treats.
  • Leave the heating on low so the new owners won’t need to worry about their new home being cold. Don’t forget to leave them the instructions for the boiler too.
  • Make sure the kettle is packed last and unloaded first so everyone can warm up with a hot drink.

Seasons Greetings to all those who are moving house in the run up to Christmas may it be a peaceful and joyous occasion.

Waiting Time Waiver: Do I need to pay it?

November 8th, 2017 | Posted by Stephen in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Before we answer this question let’s look at what waiting time is.

Waiting time is the time between your removal crew arriving at your new house and the time they can begin to unload your belongings from the removal lorry. At Todds Removals we charge waiting time from 1.30pm so, for example, if we arrive at your new house at 2.00pm but cannot begin unloading until 3.00pm you will be charged 1 hours waiting time per member of our removal crew.  Waiting time is not charged if your removal crew is delayed by traffic hold ups.

Removal Companies have to make this charge to cover their costs as starting later will mean finishing later and staff will need to be paid extra hours.

So why might there be a delay between arriving at the new house and being able to begin unloading?

There are several reasons why access may not possible to your new property and most of them are outside your and our control examples include:-

  • The previous owners haven’t vacated yet – quite common if they are moving themselves
  • There is a delay with money transfers and your keys have not yet been released. It is important to remember that the money moves up the chain, so if yours is a particularly long chain and you are near the end there is quite a high chance you won’t get keys until early afternoon and don’t forget most solicitors will go to lunch between 1pm and 2pm.
  • There are legal issues with completion somewhere in the chain.

No one wants to talk about things going wrong when you move house so when choosing your removal company always ask about their waiting time charges and if they offer a waiver. Some removal companies may not discuss these with you up front and hide them away in their small print.

So how can you avoid paying waiting time?

As already mentioned many of the reasons there may be a delay are beyond your control. Talk to your sellers ask them if they are using a professional moving company or doing it themselves, if they are doing it themselves use your judgement to assess if you think they will be out on time.

Where you fall in the chain is just a matter of chance your estate agent or legal representation should be able to tell you how long the chain is.

As you near completion you should have got a feeling for how organized your legal representation is and that of others in your chain.

If any of these are of concern to you, you may wish to take out a waiting time waiver. At Todds Removals we will always send you, where appropriate, an option to take our the waiting time waiver prior to your removal. If you take out the waiver there will be no charge for waiting time on your removal day*.

You do not need to pay the waiting time waiver if you already have access to your new property, are coming into store or your unloading (moving in) date is after your completion date.

*terms and conditions apply

Moving House with Pets

October 4th, 2017 | Posted by Stephen in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Moving house is not only stressful for you but can be for your pets too.

The days leading up to the move can be unsettling for your furry friends with your things packed into boxes, usual routines being changed and the general confusion that moving can cause. Everything your pet has become used to has changed no wonder they can become unsettled.

So, what can you do to help alleviate some of the stress?

As with all aspects of your house move planning what to do with your pets prior to your removal date will make things a lot easier for you and your beloved companions.

One option is to put your pet into kennels or a cattery for the duration of your move, however this is not appropriate for every pet or every pocket. Alternatively you could ask a friend or family member to look after them for a few days.

If this is not possible either then our advice is as follows: Don’t forget to spend time with your pet in the days leading up to the move try and keep everything as normal and as routine as possible and don’t be tempted to use moving house as a reason to replace baskets, bedding and food bowls etc.

During your move shut your pet into one room of the house with familiar items such as toys, their bed and drinking water of course. This will keep your pet safe during your move and you will know where they are when you are ready to leave. Check on them regularly to ensure they are all right and to reassure them that you are still there. Remember to tell your removal crew which room your pet is in.

Remember pets cannot travel in the removal van, even the cab. You may need to purchase a special pet carrier for use in your car. Do not be tempted to let cats and other small animals travel loose in the car with you, not only can this be a distraction, but they may escape when you get out or if there is an emergency. Don’t forget to factor in comfort breaks for animals such as dogs and cats on the journey from your old house to your new house and to take food, water and bowls for them too.

Fish should not be transported in their tank but instead in strong polythene bags with a sufficient air pocket. Contact your local pet supplies shop for special boxes to place these in.

Smaller animals such as guinea pigs and hamsters can be moved in their usual cages – if they fit in the car. Remember to ensure they are closed and sealed so that they cannot escape. Take care to ensure that they are not exposed to extreme temperature changes such as leaving them in a car on a hot day.

Once at your new house, again shut your pet into one room with familiar things. This will allow you to get on with directing the removal crew and prevents pets from leaving the house, it is not always possible for our crews to shut the front door behind them!

Once the removal crew have gone you can let your pet out into the rest of the house to explore their new home. Before letting them into the garden ensure there are no gaps in the fence they can escape through. Cats are very sensitive to changes in their surroundings and you may need to keep your cat inside for a few weeks whilst they adjust.

Don’t forget to update your microchip details, any pet insurance policies, have a new tag made for your pet’s collar and inform the vet of your change of address.

If you are taking your pets abroad we recommend you seek professional advice and assistance.

Packing Your Record Collection

January 24th, 2017 | Posted by Stephen in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Vinyl is making a come back and although records are not as fragile as they used to be they all need to be packed properly to ensure they will still play at your new home.

Each record should be kept in its own acid free protective sleeve and cardboard jacket. They should be packed in boxes vertically as this makes them less vulnerable to damage.

Each box should be full, so use packing paper, cushions or linens to fill any spaces and line the bottom and top of the box with more packing paper. Try not to cram too many records into each box as this can lead to disks warping.

Always use the boxes supplied by your removal company to guarantee they will be strong enough to take the weight of your beloved collection. Seal the box with tape and write on the tape what is in the box e.g. “Records A-C”. Again use the tape supplied by your removal company to guarantee good quality.

If your collection is particularly large, rare or valuable speak to our surveyor about it at your home visit and he will ensure we supply the correct packing materials and an appropriate level of liability.

Give us a call on 01787 377489 to discuss your requirements.

Preparing Your Removal Quotation

February 18th, 2015 | Posted by Stephen in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Everyone of us is unique and therefore our home and it’s contents are also unique, therefore your removal will be unique.

To ensure that we will provide you with the bespoke removal service you deserve, our surveyor will visit you at your home to discuss your requirements. Whilst in your home he can judge the volume of the furniture and effects that are to be moved and therefore ensure that the lorry we use is of the right size, he will also assess access to your property again to ensure that the correct vehicle is used. He will also be able to evaluate the amount of packing boxes, tape and paper you will need.

During our surveyor’s visit he can discuss, face to face, with you the various options regarding your removal; would you like us to pack some or all of your items, do you require any furniture to be dismantled and re-assembled all of which will be recorded on our service summary form, a copy of which you keep.

So that we get a complete picture of your removal requirement our surveyor will also ask you about your new home, again to ensure we send an appropriate vehicle, that any parking suspensions are sorted in advance and any other potential issues are dealt with prior to you moving in.

Our surveyor will also go over with you other issues, such as waiting time and our complaints procedure all in the comfort of your own home.

There is no pressure to sign up at the time of the visit. Our surveyor will come back to the office to prepare your no obligation quotation which can be sent to you by email or post as you prefer and if you have any questions regarding your quotation he will be happy to go through it with you over the telephone.

There is no charge for our surveyor to visit you so please give us a call 01787 377489.

Moving House, Whatever the Weather.

January 21st, 2015 | Posted by Stephen in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It may be a cold snowy January but we are busy this week with lots of local moves, many in Sudbury, Hadleigh, Pebmarsh, Assington, Lavenham & Stanstead.

Don’t let the snow and cold weather put you off give Todds Removals a call on 01787 377489 today for a free no obligation quotation.

Todds Removals a reliable, local service you can trust whatever the weather!

Moving on a Friday?

January 14th, 2015 | Posted by Stephen in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It is not compulsory for your completion date and therefore your removal date to be on a Friday. In fact there are many reasons why you should try to avoid moving on a Friday:-

  • Its popularity can be its downfall, the conveyancing process is still carried out by people not computers.
  • A good removal company can be very difficult to find as Fridays get booked up quickly. Many even charge more for a Friday removal.
  • If something goes wrong and completion does not happen you will have to wait until Monday before you can get hold of your solicitors or the bank to put it right.
  • If, on moving into your new house, you experience problems with the heating or utilities getting an engineer out on a Friday night or at the weekend is going to be difficult if not costly.

If you organise your packing there will be no need to unpack everything upon arrival in your new home, with careful planning everything you need for the next day or two can be easily accessed and everything else can wait until the weekend.

New Year De-Clutter

January 7th, 2015 | Posted by Stephen in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It’s that time of year when many of us make a New Year’s resolution, whether its to take more exercise, give up smoking or eat healthier – that’s you sorted but what about your home?

Why not make 2015 the year you have a good sort out in your home. At Todd Storage we can offer a place to put those items you’re not sure you’re ready to get rid of just yet. We can bring a container to your house, pack your items and store them safely and securely. Then, later, if you need your items we can bring them back or if you’ve found you can live without them we can take them to an auctioneers, second hand shop or dispose of them.

Give us a call on 01787 377489

Removals, Removals, Removals!

December 17th, 2014 | Posted by Stephen in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Christmas may be just around the corner but our removal crews are still busy helping our customers get settled in before the big day.

This week our crews will be in; Gt Cornard, Gt Maplestead, Sudbury, Leigh-on-Sea, Bury St Edmunds, Willisham, Hawkden, Yeldham and Wymondham. We also have to prepare a shipment for Sydney, Austrailia.

Whether you’re moving just up the road or to the otherside of the world give Todds Removals a call on 01787 377489 for a free no obligation quotation.