Ten things you should ask the previous occupant!
Make your removal in Ipswich less stressful with this very helpful list of things to ask the previous occupier before you move in, courtesy of the Money Saving Expert website:
1. Where’s the main stopcock (to turn off the water)?
2. Where are the gas and electricity meters?
3. Do any surfaces need special cleaning products, e.g. wooden floors?
4. What day are the bins collected?
5. Do you have any old tins of paint in the same colour as the walls?
6. Do you have any instruction manuals or warranties on electrical items?
7. Where did the kitchen and bathroom tiles come from?
8. Where did any fixed furniture come from, e.g., kitchen cabinets?
9. Which company supplies the energy, broadband and home phone?
10. Where is the thermostat?
Clearing your house ecologically
When committing to a house clearance, it is important to set a plan of action for your unloved belongings.
There a number of different ways to recycle the goods in your home, reducing your overall waste.
An easy way to start reducing rubbish in your home is to switch away from disposable products and towards reusable ones. For example, replace paper napkins with cloth ones, or disposable razors for reusable ones.
Even things as simple as using your own shopping bags and buying loose foods instead of heavily packaged items can reduce the waste your home is producing drastically.
Once you’re in the swing of reusable living, try having a whole house clear out. Take old clothes and books to charity shops or car boot sales. Donate your unwanted electrical (if they still work) to local community projects and schools rather than throwing them away. Take advantage of paid recycling schemes for items such as inkjet cartridges. Even donating some old magazines to local groups or waiting rooms can help reduce your waste.
For more tips and help with your house clearance, contact T Humphrey Removals today.
Eco-friendly House Moving
In an ever environmentally conscious world, the process of moving house remains a highly inefficient process.
Recent studies suggest that the average UK home move creates 16.8kg of CO2 emissions. To reduce this scary amount, here are some tips to a more eco-friendly move.
- Get cooking
Trying to empty out your fridge and freezer before the big move can help avoid unnecessarily throwing away food. It may even be worth contacting local charities and making donations to keep your waste to a minimum.
- Box it right
Cut down the Amount of packaging you use by utilising empty drawers, suitcases and crates around the house. Or look online for used packaging boxes at very low prices, then once you have moved, pass the favour on and sell your boxes to another mover.
- Shed the weight
Planning your move in advance, you can cut down costs by deciding what actually needs to move with you. Do your part for others by donating unwanted clothes, books, toys, DVDs and move.
Planning a move? Talk to your local removal company in Ipswich, T. Humphrey Removals.
Self Storage in the UK
Self storage in the UK was unheard of until fairly recently, but as people accumulate more ‘stuff’ and modern houses get smaller with little storage space the idea of paying for storage space moved over from the USA to the UK.
Now there are self store units around every corner and many removal companies offer a storage facility either for when there is a delay between moving out and moving in to a new home, and some companies offer secure storage on a long term basis.
As with all services ensure the company is reputable and is registered with the local Trading Standards agency, T Humphrey are a. Removal Company in Suffolk, that is fully registered and Insured.
Tips when moving
Moving house has long been recognised as one of the most stressful things to undertake, but tackling the practicalities of packing can reduce your anxiety.
Everyone has possessions that they care deeply about, so taking time to sort these from the mundane could potentially save you a lot of heartache.
Make a list of the most important things to pack. Be ruthless and consider whether you need to take all your possessions with you when you move. There are plenty of options available now for reducing your clutter, charity shops, car boot sales, ebay, facebook are just a few. Some charities will collect large bulky items from you for free and of course there is always your local tip as a last resort!
Make sure you have plenty of strong boxes to pack your belongings in, some removal companies will supply these for you as part of their package. Use, bubble wrap and newspaper to wrap your delicate items and remember to label the boxes so you know what’s in them.
It’s a good idea to check your house contents insurance to make sure you are covered for any breakages or damage while you move. For all your removals in Suffolk call T Humphrey removals.
Broadband connections are set to improve in Norfolk and Suffolk following an extra £10m funding from BT as part of their Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.
Norfolk is getting the lion’s share of the funding with £5.3m being made available to target many of the hard to reach rural properties. Call us today to book your house clearance in Suffolk.
The importance of planning
The last remaining trunk of three has been donated to the Imperial War Museum and forms part of an exhibition documenting the events of the First World War through to the present day.
Jewish parents, Leonhard and Clara Wohl, had been subjected to persecution in Germany since 1933 and had finally decided to leave and start a new life. They applied for visas to travel to Chile. They sent their two youngest daughters, Eva and Ulli, 16 and 13, to the safety of England just before the outbreak of war planning to join them. They packed their most treasured possessions into three trunks and sent them to Chile, planning to follow them as soon as they could. But on the day they planned to leave, war was declared and their Visas were no longer valid. The trunks reached their destination but sadly, Leonhard and Clara were transported to Auschwitz where they died.
It was only after the war that the two children discovered what had happened and in 1947 the three trunks were delivered to Eva in London, by a removal company in Suffolk. Their parentslifetime and their childhood memories were all contained within those three trunks. The family had no idea how the trunks had found their way to them but were overjoyed to discover the contents, school reports, photographs, hand stitched tablecloths, their father’s briefcase. Many sentimental and irreplaceable items documenting their family history. Some of the household items were used to ease their situation as the girls had arrived in England with little financial support, but many have been cherished over the years.
The trunk forms part of an exhibition documenting the preparations for the Second World War, and is displayed alongside the ill-fated Munich Agreement of 1938 and a Merlin aero engine. It symbolises one family’s personal preparation and their desperate attempt to survive.
Moving Home and security
When you move home, always look for a quality removals firm and you should always replace the door locks using a qualified locksmith to ensure locks are installed correctly and to conform with your insurance conditions, doing this ensures previous owners or previous tenants do not have unauthorised access to your new home and you can easily track the new keys. It is also a good time to test all doors and windows to make sure the frames are in good condition and if you have any concerns, ask the locksmith for advice or to replace the handles. It is also important to remember the garages and workrooms under the house, gates, doorways and consider if any additional measures are needed to upgrade security such as bolts, window grilles, or padlocks.
Top tips for Moving House
Prepare: When moving house or Offices, you will have to organise many things ahead of the move so take time to make a list of the things you have to do.
Book your Removal firm early: A good removal company should always be available to offer advice when needed, but do remember the best ones book up very quickly, so book your moving date well ahead, do not be afraid to discuss anything you need to know, and always confirm the removal again a few days before the moving day as well, to avoid any misunderstandings
Moving boxes: If you do not have any moving boxes call the removal company to supply them to you along with any other packing material you need.
Clear the driveway: Many people forget about how the removal van will gain access to your current and future home, so clear the driveways and advise your neighbours that the van will be parking outside your house.
Packing: Some people prefer to pack their own items, but you can also ask the removal firm to do it for you, which is highly recommended if you are moving abroad, or if you have many fragile and valuable items.
Notify Utilities in advance: It makes sense to write to them in advance of the move and provide them with your moving date and change of address.
Research the area to where you are moving: If you are moving to a different town or Country it is very important to get to know as much about the new area as you can, before moving there, so that the transition will not be so stressful for you and your family.
Be present on moving day: It is important to be present on the moving day to ensure that everything goes as planned with the removal firm.
The British Assosciation of Removers put in place a code of practice for the standards that customers should expect from a removal company, with a focus on excellent service. They have also developed a new customer review website called trustedmover.org to allow customers to review and compare removal companies.
Stephen Vickers, Director General of The British Assosciation of Removers explains that “… this exclusive partnership arrangement for BAR Members is another demonstration of our commitment to Members and consumers to provide outstanding customer service in new and innovative ways.”