8 Steps to consider (before) choosing a removal company

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Removal companies assist thousands of people with moving home. They help with moving people’s items and furniture into their new home. Not only do they help with house moving but they also play an important role in assisting businesses to move to new premises. When looking to move your belongings to a new location, it’s ideal to contact a reliable removal company who can assist you from start to finish. If you’re looking for a removal service, St Christopher’s removals offer a man and van in Wandsworth covering Fulham and Clapham.

Plan Ahead

Before choosing a removal company, it’s important to plan ahead and make sure to complete any necessary paperwork and packing before confirming your removal dates. Once your belongings are all packed in boxes, they can be ready for collection. Depending on how far you are moving, it’s ideal to check with your removals when or what time your valuables will arrive in your new home. The move will be less stressful when everything is planned out nicely.

About the company

Find out as much as you can about the company you want to hire. You can also check out the company’s standard and see whether it fits your criteria and your expectations. It’s essential to find out what services they offer. You can also find out how long the business has been running. A great company must be able to provide a high level of service. Ideally, you should visit the company’s website or contact them directly with any of your queries or find out more about them.

Reputable

A reputable removal company should be equipped with the appropriate insurances and trained staffs who can safely carry out the job. You know that you can put your trust in a company which meets all the requirements of a reputable company. The process of moving out is already stressful and can be difficult to manage, but with the help of a reputable business, you can put your mind at ease as you can ensure a smooth and stress-free transition.

British Association of Removers

Find out if the company are a member of the British Association of Removers (BAR). The BAR ensures the firm follows a professional standard throughout their services. They also ensure that the company’s staffs are professionally trained and are knowledgeable about what they do.  

Company reviews

By looking at a customer’s review about the company, you can get an idea of the level of service they provide. Aim to look for companies who have a good amount of positive reviews as you can expect to have a good standard of service. Reviews and testimonials can either be found on their website or Google reviews.

Cost

The costs will vary depending on the services offered by a company. Some companies can base the price on the distance or the weight of your belongings. Other companies may base the cost per hour, per man and the size of the van. Find a company who are reasonably affordable and who can meet the cost of your budget.

Recommendations

Consider any good recommendations from your colleagues, friends or family. Recommendations prove that they have previously used the company and are satisfied with the service provided.

Insurance coverage

Find out what kind of insurance they offer. Is the insurance free or is there an extra charge for an extended coverage? Most reputable companies should be able to provide some coverage for your belongings while they are in transit. You can also check with your home insurance company if they can provide some coverage for your valuables when you’re moving out. The cost of the insurance is an important factor to consider when looking at the overall cost of the service.

St Christopher’s removal is an established removal company that has built a strong reputation for more than 20 years in the industry. They are known for their hassle-free, high quality and low-cost removal services covering mainly all areas in London. What makes them unique is they provide various packages that can be tailored to suit your needs, deadline and your budget. To find out more, visit their website on www.stchristopherremovals.com

Different Types Of Holidays To Enjoy

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Choosing a type of holiday to enjoy can help to bring the holiday planning together. Whether the trip is for sporting, shore activity, or an exotic safari, selecting a theme for a vacation will assist in finding the best hotels and places to see. For example, on a ski trip, having the best accommodations will be determined by the level of expertise of the skiers staying there. However there are a variety of rentals available in France, especially for family ski holidays, so anyone will have the privilege to stay in luxury chalets. The same is for the golf enthusiast. The lodgings may be categorised according to the certain activities that the golfers have planned. For example, if there is a school for the budding athlete, then the lodging will be in a certain location.

Package deals are prominent with the themed tourist. Golf and ski packages are popular. Beach events frequently draw in visitors. Beach events may include concerts, romantic getaways, and visiting athletes. Going to an event as a tourist may be one way to vacation. At the same time, the visitor is looked after by the event planner. A family trip to a certain sports tournament may be a way to entertain but, at the same time, all events will be a well-planned.

Package holiday plans can save money. For example, if you are booking a South Africa safari holiday, a lot of packages will include the flight, accommodations, transportation upon arrival, meals and possibly even expeditions or the safari trip itself. These deals are usually called all-inclusive and are just that. Everything is included in the one price. Most of the time, the all-inclusive certainly saves on the food cost of any vacation. Trips that are further away from home may be better as a vacation that includes everything. Communication may not be as effective for foreign destinations. Knowing that the tour group has planned out every detail may be a better choice and, also, less expensive.

There are non-inclusive choices that can be looked into. These plans include the flight or train trip and transportation to and from the airport. If exploration is more of the plan for the traveller, then this option is available. The vacationer is able to choose the restaurants for dining. The specific trek or tour is selected by the visitor. These types of plans tend to be more expensive and time-consuming, however. The transportation to and from the selected tourist venues is the responsibility of the tourist.

Why do people travel?

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If you ask people why they travel, you’ll probably hear the most common reasons including new experience, culture, sightseeing etc. But you may not realise that there are deeper reasons why we travel. Those reasons have more to do with the benefits we gain from travelling.

Broader mind

Travelling can open and broaden our mind. We realise that there are many different realities and lifestyles in the world. You also gain more knowledge and history about another country that is different to our own.

Enriches our life through new experience

Travelling enriches our life as we get to do new experiences that we’ve never done before. This makes our life more exciting and can make us feel more alive.

Feel vibrant and makes you interesting

Most of our daily lives probably consist of doing our usual routines and seeing the same place every day which can sometimes be tiring and boring. But with travelling, it gives us something to look forward to which can enhance our mood. After you’ve travelled, you can share your experiences with other people, and this will make a more interesting person in the eyes of others.

Energising

Travel enhances our enthusiasm as we are looking forward to seeing new places, experiences and people too.

Health

We get to explore on our feet to new places, and this gives us a chance to do new activities which are good for our overall health and fitness.

Independence and confidence

Travelling by yourself will make you more independent as you realise that you can handle new situations without any help from your close ones. This can also make you feel more confident about yourself and your capabilities.

A chance to try new things

You never know what to expect when you arrive at your new destination. You may find that they provide activities that you’ve never heard of before. You also get the chance to taste new foods as well!

How To Organise A Garden Party

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As we finally head into summer, many people are starting to think about hosting outdoor parties when the weather improves. Although we had some fantastic weather in the UK just before Easter, the Bank Holiday weekend itself was a little disappointing this year in comparison, so most of us are still waiting for the first proper garden party of 2017.

If you fancy doing this yourself, there are a few things to consider…

Accounting for the weather

Realistically this has to be one of the main things you consider. Although it’s usually possible to judge a week or even a fortnight in advance when the weather is due to be good, you never know for sure when you live in the UK. A good solution might be to have some kind of covering erected outside, or in the worst case scenario, let guests come back inside to avoid the rain for a while.

Setting up outside

One great way of keeping the weather at bay is to have a marquee or some other kind of outdoor shelter set up. This also gives you a good place to put your catering equipment, set up a bar or keep the entertainment system somewhere safe. Decide what kind of furniture you will need, including tables and chairs, and make sure these can be positioned appropriately.

Providing food and drink

If you want a more high-end party, you might decide to provide all of the refreshments yourself or even hire a catering company to do it for you.There are many discount catering supplies that offer very good prices, that is why you may consider this option and contact them.  However, many less formal events will rely on people brining their own drinks at least. Sometimes for barbecues it can be good for people to contribute some food too, especially if they have any special requirements. This can make the whole affair more relaxed and fun, but it;s up to you. Just make sure you communicate this decision with your guests.

Creating an atmosphere

If you’re lucky enough to get some great weather on the day of your garden party, this will really help to create a pleasant atmosphere for all of your guests. However, some pre-planning can always help things to run more smoothly. Once everyone arrives, what’s going to keep them entertained? Decorations are great for initial impressions, but you also need to consider the length of the event and how to plan the time.

The Ultimate Guide To Stress-Free Packing & Moving

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Moving house is considered an extremely stressful experience by most people, and is known for being one of the most complicated processes most of us go through in our lives. In fact, on average we move eight times in our lives. Once you’ve done it before, you might pick up a few tricks to make it easier, but the process is still usually a lot to cope with.

That’s why we’ve compiled this straightforward guide to cover all the essential things you can do to make the process easier. Enjoy your (relatively) hassle-free move by following all of these steps…

1) Get professional help from the beginning

Many removal companies will be prepared to assist you when moving between cities, across the UK or even internationally, but it is best to go for a local company if possible because it will be easier to make prior arrangements with them and have your possessions collected from your current home.

Thinking of handling everything yourself? We wouldn’t advise it. The costs of figuring everything out yourself tend to massively outweigh the apparent saving you might expect from not hiring a removal firm. On top of that you have all the added hassle and complication of handling your own logistics. Nobody needs that!

2) De-clutter and de-stress

Once you have had your initial discussions with your chosen removal and storage company, you can get to work on deciding which possessions will end up coming with you you your new home and which won’t make the cut. It’s always a good idea to do this, but if you’re downsizing it will be absolutely essential.

Most of us don’t like having to part with our worldly goods, at least to begin with. That’s why it’s important to start the process with a clear head in a relaxed state. Make a preliminary list of things you can probably afford to get rid of. Give yourself some time to think about it, with a deadline in mind. When the deadline arrives, throw out, give away or sell anything you can live without. You might be surprised how liberated you feel, and how much easier you’ve made your packing.

3) Stay highly organised

An important point to consider throughout this guide is the need for a good, solid working plan. You need to write down the phases of your move, making changes as you go, and always know what’s next on the agenda.

This includes making notes of what you need to arrange before moving. All your utility suppliers will need to be aware that you are moving out, and the same goes for whoever will be sending you bills at your new address.

Whether you enjoy being organised at home or not, you will need to get into the habit if you want to keep track of all your stuff during the move. It’s worth investing in some great quality storage boxes, whether these are simple cardboard ones or a more permanent plastic storage solution.

After that, labels will be extremely important. Never rely on your memory to find everything once it’s been packed away. You will simply have too much on your mind to remember every detail, so why make it hard for yourself? Label everything accurately and you’ll be able to find it again with no trouble

4) Pack items with common sense

We can’t stress this point enough. Even if you have professionals to move your stuff, it needs to be packaged correctly otherwise you risk damaging it. Delicate and unusually shaped items can be difficult to wrap up safely, but there is a technique to get the hang of. For small and fragile items like plates and glasses, layers of paper in between each item will prevent scratches. Stacking them on top of each other is more risky, so try to avoid this.

For larger items that are likely to get damaged or odd-shaped things that won’t fit neatly into a box, you may need to pad them out with specially folded pieces of cardboard before wrapping them up in layers of film or tape to smooth out the edges and create some protective padding.

Remember to never overfill boxes and make them too heavy, or you’ll risk your boxes breaking open at the wrong moment, or even getting somebody injured. It’s better to have lots of small boxes that are easy to move around, as this is safer, more practical and more efficient when it comes to storage space.

If you’re able to complete these four main steps, you are well on your way to a much happier and more manageable move! Congratulations on your new home, and we hope you enjoy it.