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Moving Myths

September 18th, 2018 | Posted by Stephen in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

There are plenty of places you can go to get advice on moving home; you may ask friends and family for their tips, you may have heard horror stories from work colleagues or you may have searched the internet for those hints on how to save money whilst moving. We don’t doubt there is a lot of advice out there but who and what should you believe?

We at Todds Removals Ltd hear and see a lot of erroneous advice in practice and here is our guide to debunking some of those myths.

Its Cheaper to move yourself.

Well we would say this is a myth wouldn’t we but once you’ve taken into account all the costs of moving yourself: van hire, insurance and fuel; equipment hire; packing materials and providing refreshments to all your mates who’ve helped out have you really made a saving? Then you need to take into account time; if you are busy moving yourself will you have time to clean your old house before leaving or your new house before moving in, will there be time to pack properly, will there be time to disassemble the beds and put them together again. If you use a professional removal company they won’t damage your possessions or your property – but if they do they are liable for the repairs* if you damage or break something you will need to pay for the repairs. You also need to ask yourself are you physically able to move yourself – can you afford to take time off work due to a bad back?

Packing won’t take long.

The majority of people moving house grossly underestimate the amount of things they have. We advise people to start packing weeks in advance of their move and to do it gradually rather than in one big go. Start with those out of season items and things that you can live without and only leave the very essentials to moving day. Sorting while packing can also take longer as deciding whether to part with something can delay your progress. We advise having a good clear out right at the beginning of the moving process.

All Removal Companies are the same

Well we are not! As in every industry companies vary. Do your homework and research before engaging with anyone. Our tips for choosing a removal company would include to check if they are members of a trade organisation and ask to see references from previous customers. Always get more than one quote, not only does this allow you to compare services and prices but gives you other options if your first choice is booked on your removal date.

My moving date is…

Your legal advisers may give you a target date during the conveyancing process but this is not definite until you have exchanged contracts. If you are fortunate to be in a situation where you own both properties or are moving from rented accommodation and you tenancy is still current you may have a bit more choice on your removal day.

It is best to move on a Friday

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 may 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.

I can save money by using boxes from the local supermarket

We do not recommend using boxes form local shops or supermarkets. We supply two sizes of boxes and the regular sizes of the boxes makes loading the lorry quicker and easier. Boxes from local shops may be large but you can only carry so much in one go and are they strong enough? – boxes made for carrying cornflakes are only designed for carrying cornflakes. We at Todds Removals will sell boxes and other packaging materials even if you are not moving with us.


Soft items can be packed in bin bags

This is a definite no from professional movers. Not only are they difficult to load as there is no shape and support they can cause some items inside to “sweat” which can lead to mould growth especially if the items are going into storage.

Leaving food in the freezer is ok

We always advise that freezer stocks are run down in the weeks leading up to your removal and on removal day the freezer should be empty, clean and dry. This is because food can start to thaw and deteriorate even if you are only moving a short distance. It also prevents any ice in you freezer from melting and damaging other possessions whilst in transit. Some freezers also need to be left unplugged for a few hours after being moved to allow the gas inside them to settle.

*terms and conditions apply

Moving in Hot weather

July 24th, 2018 | Posted by Stephen in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We all hope for nice weather on moving day, but moving in very warm temperatures needs a little extra thought to help the day go smoothly. It may be cooler to let the professionals move you but here are Todds Removals Ltd’s tips for moving in hot weather:-

Keep checking the weather forecast in the week leading up to your removal day and be prepared for whatever mother nature gives you, the British summer’s weather can be very fickle. If you are moving a distance don’t forget to check the weather for your new address too.

As with all moves get as much done as you can before your moving day use the cooler evenings and early mornings for sorting and packing. On Removal day start early in the day, the temperature will be much lower then and this gives you more time so you can take things slower and take those well needed breaks.

Wear the right clothes, tempting as it may be to put on loose fitting clothes and sandals when it’s warm these are not appropriate for lifting and carrying heavy furniture. Todds Removals advise you wear natural fibres in light colours to help stay cool. Covering up is a good way to avoid sun burn. Footwear is very important when moving house. Make sure you are wearing sturdy shoes or boots as there is a surprising amount of walking involved. They will also offer more protection than sandals should something fall on your foot. Don’t forget to put on sun screen and keep those sun glasses handy.

When you pack your essentials box – the box that is last on and first off the truck, bear in mind the weather if it is hot pack more cold drinks – use a cool bag if you have one with plenty of ice blocks. You may also want to include a wash kit to allow you freshen up before you leave. Keeping towels handy that can be soaked in cold water and placed round the neck and shoulders is also a good way to stay cool.

Make sure you and all your family drink plenty to replace all those lost fluids on hot days. Don’t forget to eat too. The heat can suppress appetites along with any anxieties you may have on moving day. Try and eat little and often to keep your energy levels up and try to avoid salty and heavy foods.

Overheating can be dangerous make sure you are aware of all the symptoms which can include; headaches, dizziness, cramps and even fainting. Listen to your body and take regular breaks.

To help keep cool inside keep doors and windows shut if the outside temperature is higher than inside only open them when the temperature inside is more than outside or to make use of any breeze there may be. If you are leaving your curtains or blinds keep them closed to keep out the sun’s rays.

It is not only you that could suffer in the heat some of your possessions may be affected too. Try not to leave items such as electronics outside in the sun make sure they go straight on the lorry. Pictures and photographs can also be affected. We always advise emptying your freezer and running down food supplies before moving and on hot days this is even more important as some foods will spoil in the heat. The contents of your freezer will defrost quickly in the heat even if you are only moving a short distance.

Plants can suffer too in the hot weather we advise not watering them on moving day as this can lead to the transfer of dirt to other items of furniture. Make sure your plants are not left out in the heat for longer than necessary and don’t forget to give them a good water when you reach your new home.

If you are lucky enough to have portable air conditioning units and fans use them to cool down well used hall ways and walk ways. Pack them last but don’t forget to empty any condensing units.

Don’t forget your pets can suffer in the heat too. We would advise they are looked after by friends or family on moving day but if this is not possible ensure they have plenty to drink, do not leave them in the garden in full sun whilst you load the truck, either dedicate a room to them – but keep an eye on the temperature or place them in the shade. Do not under any circumstances leave them in a vehicle.

Finally when its all done find a nice air conditioned restaurant for your evening meal.

Whether you are using a professional removal company or not you will need to ensure your home is a safe environment for your removal to take place. At your survey our surveyor will carry out a basic risk assessment to ensure the safety of our removal crews. This will allow us to make provisions for things such as narrow hallways, tight corners or steep stairs. Although you cannot do much about things like this other areas can be addressed and made safer.

Firstly if you are carrying out your removal yourself ensure you hire the correct equipment for the tasks you have to carry out starting with the type of lorry or van. If there is a lot of large heavy items a sack barrow is a must and will you need ramps to get up any steps? When working at height, to take down curtains or lamp shades for example, use a step ladder don’t balance on other furniture. At Todds Removals we have all the correct equipment to carry out your removal safely.

Use the correct tools for dismantling any large pieces of furniture and put them in your “essentials” box so you know where they are when it comes to re-assembling them at your new house. Also make sure you use the right tools if you are disconnecting any appliances and never attempt anything beyond your capabilities.

On moving day try and minimise the number of people at the property this allows our crews to have unrestricted access to all rooms and reduces the chance of collisions. If you do have to have engineers in to disconnect appliances make sure the foreman is aware. If you are moving yourself put one person in charge to co-ordinate everyone else.

If possible have someone look after any pets if not keep them confined to one room.

Always ensure that hallways and doorways are kept clear to prevent trips and falls.

When packing minimise the risk of injuring yourself by putting boxes at the same height as the items being packed. Don’t make boxes too heavy keep checking the weight as you pack if you have gaps fill with linens, cushions, soft toys or scrunched up packing paper. Wrap sharp items such as knives in tea-towels to prevent them from cutting through boxes and cover any garden tools to prevent injuring the removal crew.

Always lift properly – bend your legs and lift with your whole body. Don’t try to lift heavy items by yourself, it may seem obvious but on removal day when you are stressed and possibly pushed for time it can be easy to be tempted.

Ensure you have a first aid kit containing plasters and bandages in case there is an accident and also make sure your phone is fully charged.

Removal Companies will not move certain items for safety reasons these include gas bottles, petrol and firearms if you have these to be included in your move ensure all the correct precautions are taken.

If you are moving some of your possessions by car ensure they are fastened securely and cannot cause injury in the event of an accident. If you are transporting small pets always use the correct carriers.

Don’t forget to check the weather for your removal day. If the forecast is hot ensure you have plenty of fluids for all involved. If the forecast is for rain or even snow be aware that paths may become slippery as can hard floors indoors. Snow and ice can make paths and roads treacherous, pack a snow shovel to clear paths and salt to keep them clear, remember that as the sun goes down temperatures can drop and paths may re-freeze.

It is also important to consider what you wear on removal day if you are moving yourself. Sturdy and comfortable footwear is a must as there will be a lot of walking involved, sandals and flip flops are not advisable no matter how hot it is. Loose and flowing clothes may be cool but can easily get in the way when lifting and carrying.

Once you arrive at your new home take a moment, before starting to unload, to look round your new property for any hazards such as rucked carpets, uneven steps, loose manhole covers or low branches.

Parking the lorry or van as close to the new property as possible not only saves time on moving day but reduces the chances of slipping and the time spent carrying heavy items. If necessary contact your local council to arrange a parking suspension.

Todds Removals would always suggest you use a professional removal company to carry out your household or commercial removal the safest option all round.

Unpacking: Where to Start

April 18th, 2018 | Posted by Stephen in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

There is so much to organise when moving house that the unpacking of your belongings is often not even thought about until the removal crew have unloaded the lorry and gone. Of course we at Todds Removals offer a full unpacking service as well as packing and household removals but if you choose to do it yourself here are a few handy tips.

Before unpacking ensure furniture is where you want it. Plan the room before you begin unpacking don’t be afraid to get rid of things if you cannot find a place for them. At Todds Removals our crews will place furniture in the room and position you instruct them to and will be pleased to move it if you are not happy before they leave on your removal day.

When you pack always have unpacking in mind label boxes with contents and the room it is to be placed in. It may be late in the evening by the time the removal crew have gone and you could already be feeling exhausted. Pack an essentials box with everything you need for your first night, leave bedding in covers ready to throw on the beds and order a takeaway.

If you need to assemble beds on your first night ensure all the tools you need are packed in your essentials box and fixings are secured to the bed. At Todds Removals this is a service we offer to save you time and the bother.

Clean before you unpack. This may sound obvious but sometimes in the rush to get things sorted this may be overlooked. Pack all your cleaning materials in one box and clean each room before you start to unpack your belongings.

Unpack the kitchen first. This is usually the heart of the house and once this is straight you can provide meals for the family to fuel the rest of the unpacking. Don’t forget to arrange for an engineer to install your appliances.

Pace yourself. If you have to wait a few days before unpacking in full ensure everything you need in the interim is packed together so you don’t have to rummage through lots of boxes to find things. If you are lucky enough to have time off work to unpack, set yourself a schedule and stick to it. Start with the things you use on a daily basis then finish the unpacking one room at a time and get that how you want before moving on to the next. However always check your removal firms terms and conditions for claims deadlines.

Include all the family in the unpacking. Let older children unpack and create their own space, not only is this one less job for you to do it can help children with the settling in process.

Unpacking clothes could be a time consuming task. We at Todds Removals use hanging rails and boxes. Clothes can stay on the hangers and will be transferred straight to your wardrobe in your new home. Most clothes can be left in drawers providing the drawers are strong enough and not too heavy.

As you unpack make a list of odd jobs that need doing and prioritise them. Remember you won’t get everything done straight away.

Ensure all boxes are empty before disposing of them. It can be very easy to leave small items amongst the packing paper. At Todds Removals we can collect your used boxes, paper and bubble wrap (as long as you have not moved too far away) – just give us a call when you are ready and we will arrange a mutually convenient time.

The unpacking is the start of your new adventure remember to enjoy it.

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.

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 2.00pm so, for example, if we arrive at your new house at 2.30pm but cannot begin unloading until 3.30pm 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.