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Fantastic Removals is a moving company, operating in London, popular with its variety of removals services. We have now expanded our portfolio of removals and storage services. They are available to anyone in London, without exceptions. Before calling us, make sure you read the rest of the information in this post.
Take a Look at the Dimensions of the Storage Containers
Before taking your belongings to a storage facility, make sure that they will fit inside the containers. Below, you can take a look at the photo where you can see the actual size of a wooden crate used in many storage facilities:
You can see that the total capacity of the storage container is about 8.7m³. One crate is enough for storing several pieces of kitchen or bedroom furniture. If disassembled, you can fit the furnishing of 1 bedroom property inside 1 or 2 of these containers.
Storage in North London
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Fantastic Removals has expanded its coverage. We are now able to provide smooth removals and storage services in North London during workdays. Call us 24/7 for more information or to book your storage service. We’ll prepare a storage container, especially for you. Movers will come at your address to pick your furniture and household items from the property.
We are available in all boroughs on the territory of North London. Our coverage includes the following areas:
Waltham Forest and Westminster
Storage in the North-West London area is easy to find when you go south-east from the Chalk Farm. At least 4 storage companies are operating north from the Regent’s park.
You can also find a lot of opportunities for a storage service anywhere around Barnsbury. Look for companies around the Lower Holloway district in the Borough of Islington.
If your property is anywhere in the Borough of Hackney, you should travel south. There are a few storage facilities in North West London you can find when driving on the A107 road. They are located in close proximity to the road, so you should be able to see them.
Students in the area who often look for a short-term storage in South East London can now easily hire a storage container.
The crates we offer have enough free space for whatever a student may possibly need to store for a few months. Most common items we store for students are: desks, chairs, desktop computers and bookshelves.
We provide complete service coverage of all London boroughs in the south of M25:
Kingston upon Thames
If you live anywhere nearby Merton Park, you can find plenty of storage facilities east of the park. Most of them are located south of Colliers Wood. There are also plenty of transportation options to the storage facilities. We advise you to regularly check your storage, if you have the option to do so.
Getting closer to the central parts of London, you will notice that Crystal Palace offers some convenient options for personal storage as well. There are at least 3 places where you can get a storage container for your stuff.
If transportation of your belongings is an issue, contact us. Our service is complete – it includes removals and storage in South London, which means that we will load and transport your household items to the storage facility and deliver them back to you at the end of the storage period. You won’t have to deal with any transportation or loading when you hire us for the job.
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The container storage in West London that we offer is suitable for small and large families, guests in London, business clients and especially students.
Wonder what boroughs we cover? We are available anywhere in the M25 zone – this is the complete list of all areas we can get to in West London:
Hammersmith and Fulham
If you live in the Borough of Hounslow, you will not struggle to find a storage company. The Chiswick area provides about 4 unique opportunities for storage. If you don’t find the conditions, prices and availability good enough, don’t worry. There are plenty of storage solutions to choose from. You won’t even have to get any further than you neighbourhood.
There is a self-storage company in West London if you travel slightly to the west of North Kensington. Go there if you need a more personal service and prefer to manage the storage of your belongings by yourself.
In the west and north of Ealing, you can find more self-storage facilities if you’re looking for more personalised options. However, at Fantastic Removals, we offer the extra convenience of doing everything for you from start to finish.
With our removals and storage in West London, you get all the work done by professionals, so you don’t need to lift a finger. We come, load and transport your belongings to the storage facility. There, they will be safely stored until you call us and ask for their delivery.
If your is located in the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, our advice is to go to the Coleridge Gardens. There, you can find plenty of storage facilities to choose from. You can also take the A4 road and head westwards, where you’ll be able to get help from local storage companies in West London.
Located north of the Thames, East London is an area of our company’s most loyal client base. So far, we’ve served many returning private and commercial customers there. Our portfolio of removals and storage services is available to anyone in East London, without exceptions.
The East London boroughs we serve include the following:
Barking and Dagenham
Living in Tower Hamlets? Don’t worry about storage availability. The Millwall district alone provides at least two storage service opportunities. Both are in the southern parts of Millwall.
In the east of Redbridge, you can find at least 3 storage companies that can assist you. Each of them will take care of your belongings whenever you need secure storage solutions. You can reach them if you take the A12 road.
There are a lot of details and obligations with moving, especially if you are living in London, and it’s easy to miss something in all the hassle. That’s why the Fantastic Removals team made a complete moving checklist for UK.
You still have two months until your home removal. That’s a lot and you shouldn’t rush it. But there are certain actions to take in advance, to be sure your relocation goes smothly.
Tasks to do 2 months before moving
Start de-cluttering. Throw away, donate, or sell the stuff you won’t need at your new place.
If you are currently renting, notify your Landlord, using the proper notice. Otherwise, your tenancy may not end legally.
Check your tenancy agreement for details and information about your deposit protection.
Investigate your new area. Check out for any local newspapers, blogs, or community websites.
Notify your land phone provider for the change. Tell them at least a month in advance if you are cancelling.
Notify your internet provider for the same reasons.
Moving day is nearing, but there is still time before you start packing. This is the time when you should start arranging change of contacts, such as voting address, home insurances, and you should start looking for a removal company. You can always get a free quote from us and compare it with the others.
Tasks to do 1 month before moving
Start looking for a removal company. Get several free quotes and compare. Book in advance to make sure the movers are free on the day you want to move.
Check about parking restrictions on both your old and new address. A moving van can take a lot of space.
Only 14 days left. Now’s the time to start organising events. Schedule appointments with locksmiths and utility providers, arrange play dates for your pets and children, check your vehicle’s reliability. Check who to notify when moving.
Tasks to do 2 weeks before moving
Have your car checked and serviced, especially if you are moving far away.
Arrange for someone to look after children and/or pets at the moving day.
Gradually start emptying your freezer from food.
Notify your newspaper boy and the milkman to stop the deliveries.
If you need extra room for your items, book a storage unit.
Not much time left. Stay calm and follow your progress on the London moving checklist. Make sure nothing is forgotten. Check if you have missed a task you should have already done.
Tasks to do 1 Week before moving
Confirm date and exact hour with your moving company and provide them with directions.
Contact a locksmith to schedule a change of the locks at your new home.
Start disassembling any flat-pack furniture you’re taking with you.
Get a safety deposit box. Put expensive jewellery, important documents, and other valuables for safe keeping until you relocate.
If renting, set a final walk-through with your landlord to secure your safety deposit back.
Start dismantling any fitted items that are coming with you (shelving, framed pictures, etc).
Fill nail holes with a soap bar before conducting a final walkthrough with your landlord.
Prepare entertainment for the kids. Colouring books, crayons, and games are a perfect distraction from boredom.
Do not forget to direct your TV license. It doesn’t automatically change and you may be fined up to £1,000. Read more here.
Return any borrowed items to your friends and neighbours.
Start unsubscribing from utilities and other domestic services. Pack and prepare things you can go without for a few days. Moving day is near.
Tasks to do 3 days before moving
Do the laundry for the next week.
Label any spare keys to your old home and leave them at an easy-to-spot place.
Make a box of essential first-days items. Toilet paper, cutlery, light bulbs, first aid kit, toiletries.
Make a list of contact details about people and services you will be needing in the first days.
Contact your existing and new electricity companies. Advise them of your new address and date of removal. Give at least 48 hours notice.
Contact your existing and new gas companies. Advise them of your new address and date of removal. Give at least 48 hours notice.
At least 48 hours notice is required by both your existing and your new authority to arrange for disconnection and re-connection of water supply.
Measure doorways, stairways, and elevators at the new place to make sure all your furniture will fit. Measure twice – move once!
Prepare your jewellery, important documents, and items with value to you so you don’t lose them in the packing chaos. Make sure everything is organised for the packing day.
Tasks to do 2 days before moving
Contact your estate agent/landlord to confirm when will you get the keys to the new place if you still don’t have them.
Pack your documents and valuables and put them aside. You don’t want them to be lost in a random moving box.
Disconnect any gas cookers, dishwashers, washing machines, and other appliances you are taking along.
Prepare cash for the movers’ tip, food and other last-minute items.
Check your cupboards and throw away any food with an expired date. Also make sure every packet, jar and bottle is packed tightly.
Tech savvy or not, take photos of how exactly your electronics are wired. It will save you a lot of time when you connect them back.
Moving day is almost here. Start packing your belongings in the boxes you have acquired. It will be a long and exhausting day. Stay calm, go according to the moving checklist, and make sure everything is packed in the right place.
Tasks to do 1 day before moving
Empty and defrost your fridge/freezer.
Pack everything that you still haven’t, without the most essential items in the kitchen and bathroom. Or order our packing services. We will provide all the boxes and other packing materials needed.
Put all your hardware in labelled baggies for easy furniture reassembly.
Use colour-coded stickers to label each box according to the room they belong.
Mark moving boxes that are fragile!
Do a final check out. Go through all the drawers, closets, cabinets, and the garage. Make sure nothing is forgotten.
Charge your phone.
Prepare a snack-box for the next day with dry food and refreshments.
Have a good night sleep.
This is the big day. Make sure to get out of bed early and have a coffee and a full breakfast. Greet the removal men and explain to them in details how you want things done. Give them a helping hand if you can. They will appreciate it and the moving process will be smoother.
Tasks to do on Moving Day
Show the removal team which boxes they should transport.
Leave your children and/or pets at the scheduled venues.
Do one final cleaning at the place.
Make a note of all meters reading.
Make sure all windows and doors are locked and secured.
Take photos as you are leaving the place, to serve as proof to it’s move-out condition.
Make another final check on the whole place, including the garden.
Pack the last-minute items from the bathroom like toothbrushes, perfumes, hair conditioners, etc.
Place your last-night sleepwear on top of the “Bedroom” box.
The moving is over, but there are still a few more tasks in this moving checklist UK. Prepare your new place. Make sure nothing is left out at the old one. And relax. Your home removal is over.
Tasks to do after you have moved
Return the keys to your old property to the landlord or letting agent.
Make sure all the setup procedures for your new place are done – deposit protection, gas safety checks, EPC, HMO license, smoke alarm checks, etc.
Check if electricity, water, and gas are running.
If renting the new place, take pictures of the home’s condition for future proof.
Offer refreshments to the movers, they would really appreciate it.
Make sure the locksmith arrives and changes the locks.
After everything is unloaded, make one last check on the removals van for anything forgotten.
Sweep your chimney before you use it for the first time.
Take a breather, order a take-away and enjoy your new place.
Here is one common problem for middle class households – there are too many stuff you don’t know where to put or what to do with. Maybe your property is not big enough, or maybe you have no idea why you liked it in the first place on the day you bought it.
Either way, it’s taking up space and doesn’t serve any purpose. But at the same, you’re not sure if you won’t need it in the future, so can’t bring yourself to part with it forever.
The solution to this problem is professional storage.
What Does the Storage Service Entail?
The storage service in general gives the customer (you) temporary rent over a safe and secure storehouse, which can be used for anything you need to keep away from your home, but still in your possession. It’s that simple and easy to purchase.
Storage is mostly needed by house owner, who move to a new property. Usually the main reason is to lighten the weight of their belongings when moving, which can also bring down the price when using a professional moving company. Or simply to be burdened by less items, moving house is never a walk in the park.
Another large group of people who can benefit from this service is business owners for storing archives, machine equipment for later use, and of course this can also be an additional service for an office move.
This is also an ideal service for college and university students, who leave their rented places and go back home for the summer. Since no one wants to take all their belongings on their back, a safe and secure storage space is the best option.
Keep Your Belongings Safe and Secure with Fantastic Storage Service
The Fantastic Removals team has helped thousands upon thousands of customers to move to a new place. While meeting with all these people, we noticed how many had doubts about bringing a certain piece of furniture to their new home. Sometimes, it was a bulky collection that might not find a place in their new property.
This is why, we put our customer’s concerns first and are now introducing a storage service as an addition to the main moving house service.
Yes. Your items will be placed in secure wooden containers and stored in a CCTV monitored storehouse.
How will you do the job?
After you require our storage service, we will arrive to your house to collect the items you need stored. Then, we will deliver them in the store house, where we will proceed to pack the items into a wooden container. The sub-contractor will forklift the wooden container to a safe area. On the day of return, our moving team will collect your belongings and deliver them to your designated address.
How can you guarantee no one will access my stuff?
When your box is sealed, there will be a special seal put there to ensure no one had access to it. Also the store house is always monitored.
What is the minimum time period to use the storage service?
What if I use the storage for less than seven days?
You will get a refund for unused storage.
What if I need access to the container?
You can access your belongings for a limited ours of the day, and the access is always monitored. However, you will be charged an additional fee for having to re-seal the container again.
Are there any items you won’t accept for storage?
We won’t accept hazardous materials, plants, food and some other additional items.
What if I decide I don’t want my items returned?
If you wish for us to dispose of your items, we can do so by offering you our waste removals service.
Do you provide the packing materials?
Yes, we can provide you with anything you need to pack, we can also do the packing for you for an additional charge.
What if I want to cancel my booking?
If you wish to cancel, you should let us know 48 hours before the appointment. Otherwise, you will be charged with a cancellation fee.
Do you offer same day service?
Yes, but only if you make a booking before midday.
More and more people who live in big cities are in need of storage, because of the constant moving and the dynamic way of life. With The Fantastic Removals’ new Storage service you can now keep your belongings safe and secure.
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Different parts of your home require different techniques and methods to make your move as efficient as possible. A home office poses many obstacles when packing up your home. Keep your move organized and your sanity intact with this run down of the best home office moving hacks and tips.
Label and group your cords according to their use. Organize them by color, number or words, whichever works best for you. The goal is to avoid a big tangled mess of cords. Also make sure that you roll them in a way that does not bend them unnaturally and damaged the internal wiring.
Backup computer files before you move to avoid losing any data, files or pictures.
Make sure that your important documents are in waterproof protection to make sure they aren’t damaged or ruined in transport.
Document the contents of your boxes. Take pictures of what’s inside the boxes to make sorting and unpacking easier on you. You could print these photos and place them directly on the boxes or keep them sorted out by numbering the boxes to corresponding numbered photos saved on your phone or device. This is also helpful if the contents are expensive or private, nobody has to know what is in your boxes except you.
Plan your office floor plan before putting any boxes or furniture in the room. Offices can be tricky because you have to fit all of your electronics and furniture in spaces that are often smaller than the other rooms. When planning your floor plan, pay careful attention to where the electrical outlets are.
Remove ink cartridges and toner from your printer so it doesn’t create a mess if it tips.
Make efficient use of the space and show the least amount of exposed cords. Exposed wires and cords don’t only look bad they can also raise your stress. Exposed electronic outfits can also be a fire hazard or an electrical shock hazard to kids. So it is best to keep them all tidy and tucked away. Maximize your floorspace and make sure your office has a good flow.
Pack heavy items, like books, in rolling suitcases. Offices have a lot of heavy items, mainly books. Minimize the stress on your back by rolling heavy items instead of lifting them. This also makes it easier to unpack. If you don’t have any rolling suitcases to spare try using or renting a dolly cart.
Pack your computer in a well padded box so it won’t move around during travel.
Disassemble your furniture before your moving day. Moving day is already stressful enough without dismantling furniture and moving it in the same day. Make your life easier and space out the work.
Make use of every space in your moving boxes. Packing space is a premium when you are moving. Make sure you utilize every centimeter of space. Pack smaller or flexible items in and around larger items. This will minimize shifting within the boxes as well as maximize your moving truck space.
Pack heavy items, like books, in rolling suitcases.
We hope that you will have a smoother moving day with these tips. For more information, check out Simply Storage’s full post with more moving hacks for your whole home. When all else fails call in the professionals, we’ve got your back.
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Finding a property, whether to rent or to buy, comes with a lot more decisions to make than just figuring out how many rooms you need. The most important rule is location. After all, you can always build an extension, but you can’t move the whole house… at least not easily.
And, if you’re going to live in London, location’s importance is tenfold. Here’s how to decide which is the right location for your new property.
What’s Your Reason for Visiting?
Depending on your reason for visiting one of the most expensive cities in the world, you will be looking for different types of neighborhoods. There are three main reasons:
Westminster is home to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. You cannot visit London and not take a glimpse (and a selfie) with these majestic structures. After a good stroll, take a rest in Parliament Square which features statues of important historical individuals.
Camden Market is eclectic and diverse, featuring street food from international cuisines and unique artwork. It was well known as one of the culture spots in London.
The London Eye is a giant ferris wheel offering a gorgeou view to the city. Additionally with the visit to the Eye visit the London Aquarium to see aquatic creatures from all over the world.
Soho is often considered the center of the London’s LGBTQ community, offering a huge array of bars, pubs, and nightlife venues, where everyone’s invited. In addition, Soho also offers lots of theatres and theme restaurants, making it a cultural spot in the heart of capital.
Shoreditch is one of the hottest nightlife spots in London. Packed full of bars, restaurants, pubs and cafes, it’s one of the best places for gathering of young people. Take a gander at the many bars that never sleep and drown in the cultural themes.
Hampstead Heath is one of the largest parks in London, sitting atop of one of the highest points in London. The view is breathtaking, filled with grassy fields and a number of large ponds. There are also small woods which might give the impression that you’re not in a modern city anymore, but into nature.
The street known to contain the address and home of the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, is one of the most interesting places for literature lovers. You can visit the address and look around the place where the beloved fictional character used to live.
The National Gallery has something for everyone who enjoy classical paintings from the most famous artists in history.
For those who enjoy museums, you can walk on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, where you can visit more than one of them. The Natural History Museum will greet you with the famous Diplodocus skeleton in the main hall. You can also visit the Science Museum next door, before continuing with the Victoria and Albert Museum. Finish your cultural journey with the British Museum where you can see the Rosetta Stone.
You haven’t been in London if you didn’t get a glimpse of Buckingham Palace – the home of the British Royal Family since 1837. It has largest private garden in London. Part of the Palace s open for visitors, and you can always watch from outside the famous Changing of the Guard. You can even take selfies with the thoroughly trained guards.
How to Find the Best Neighbourhood in London for Studying
Depending on where you study, you will need to find a place that would be a walking distance from university, or has convenient public transport. Because, let’s face it, you wouldn’t want to drive a vehicle to school, in London of all places (leave that hassle for your adult years).
Here are a few examples of a good residence areas:
If you study at Queen Mary University of London
Stratford is the closest area to the university, you can get there for no more than 12 minutes. New Cross is another popular student area, not only for students from Queen Mary, but other universities too. Just one stop form Stratford is Leyton, extending the transport time to only 15 minutes.
If you study at UCL
Caledonian Road offers affordable residences for students of UCL, and has a lot of conveniences, such as supermarkets, cafes and restaurants with foreign cuisine. Kilburn offers just as much cheaper venues to visit, such as pubs and high street stores. Brent Cross is not only a center of popular market places, but you need no more than 20 minutes to get to university.
If you study at King’s College
Earlsfield offers affordable residences and it’s also close to the best transport links to every single part of London. Surrey Quays is quiet, yet extremely close to the centre of London. Properties can be a little steep, but you might always have some struck of luck, so don’t miss your chance. Stratford and Islington are also great for students.
If you Study at Imperial College
Southfields, Stockwell and Ealing Broadway are no more than 30 minutes away from the Imperial College, and all three of them combined offer an array of venues and entertainment for every student’s needs.
If you study at London School of Economics
Brixton, Finsbury Park and Mile End offer lots of affordable properties for students and need no more than 20 minutes to get the London School of Economics. They offer lots of restaurants, supermarkets and entertainment areas, as well as wonderful green spaces for relaxation.
How to Find the Best Neighbourhood in London for Long Term Living
#1. Consider the Distance to Work
The first thing you should think about is how long it’ll take for you to get to work and back. If you have a 10-hour working day, remember that a one hour drive in the morning and a one hour drive in the evening will make your working day 12 hours long.
Maybe, you can afford to lose that time, but don’t settle for a longer drive if you can avoid it. If you decide to use the Underground, it’s a good idea to make sure your work place and your home place are on the same line.
If you’re one of those lucky people who can afford to live in the heart of the capital and walk to work every day, stop wasting your time reading this!
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“Social network” is a very broad term and can refer to just about anything: your child’s school, your child’s nursery, your college or university, your book club, garden club, football club, and pretty much anything social you do in your spare time.
In the previous point we considered how important the distance to your work place is, but this is the distance to the rest of your life that we’re talking about here! It’s the other half of the the most important things you need to choose for the best neighbourhood in London for yourself.
#3. Consider the Distance to Amenities
There are a few things you’ll need to be close to – and by “close to” we mean a distance of a minute or two on foot. Because let’s be honest, you don’t want to be needing a two hour drive just to get groceries for the week.
Amenities that you need to be close to may include:
Most of these aren’t too hard to find within a reasonable distance – this is London we’re talking about. Even the suburbs can offer a large variety of stores for just about anything.
Get started with your move to the best neighbourhood in London today – one that’s suited to your needs and taste. You’re now armed with a little more food for thought.
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One thing to know about Liverpool is that car owners live with constant nightmares. Rush hour traffic is very hectic and searching for a parking space can cause serious headaches. Which is why public transport can save a lot of time and nerves.
Liverpool has four main stops in the four key areas:
Being close to any of these can easily take you to any other area of the city and services run every 15 minutes. Not only will you be on time, but it’s also possible for the bus to stop closer to your destination than in the instance of using your car.
Liverpool John Lennon airport has flights to several capitals of Europe and Manchester airport is less than an hour away with over 200 worldwide destinations.
Liverpool is also two hours away from London with train.
Education in Liverpool
If you’re moving to Liverpool with the plans to start a family (or if you already have a family), you would need to know about schools and other educational facilities. In this case, you’re in luck, because there is a wide range of independent and state high schools and colleges to choose from.
Primary schools are also in an abundance and there are a lot of venues for young parents where they can meet with others and become a part of a lovely community.
There are also a lot of cultural venues, such as libraries, galleries and of course lots of job opportunities. At the same time, there are a lot of green spaces for recreation and sport. The beach is near, as well as the beautiful Lancashire countryside.
Places to see in Liverpool
This is the largest Anglican cathedral in Europe. The total external length of the structure is 189 meters, which makes it the longest cathedral in the world. In terms of volume, it is the fifth in the world. It’s also one of the world’s tallest cathedrals in the world and the third tallest structure in Liverpool. The cathedral is open all year round between 08:00 and 18:00.
When most sports fans hear the word “Liverpool”, the first thing that comes to mind is not the city, but the football team. Liverpool FC opens its Anfield Stadium to visitors during the day. You can visit the museum and stadium and get a glimpse behind-the-scenes at one of the best-known soccer clubs in the world. The stadium has a sitting capacity of 54 074 seats, making it the sixth largest stadium in England.
Liverpool Central Library
Liverpool Central library is one of 22 library buildings in Liverpool and is also the largest. The library is located at the centre of the city next to several other historic buildings on the William Brown Street. Not only does it offer thousands upon thousands of captivating reads, but you can also gawk at the genius in the design of the atrium staircase.
The Liverpool Playhouse is a theatre located in the centre of the city. Older names of the building is Star Music Hall, Star Theatre of Varieties and Liverpool Repertory Theatre. Lots of national and international actors and actresses started their careers here. If you’re craving to watch an interesting play in Liverpool, this is the place.
Museum of Liverpool
One of the newest additions to the city, the Museum of Liverpool opened in 2011, replacing the old Museum of Liverpool Life. It is the world’s first national museum devoted to the history of a city, demonstrating its unique contribution to the world. It houses more than 6000 objects and guarantees a day of fun and education.
Walker Art Gallery
The Walker Art Gallery is a beautiful building housing one of the biggest art collections in all of England. The collection includes paintings from all over Europe, dating back from the 14th to the 20th century. A must see venue for all classic art lovers.
The Pier Head is a riverside location and one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. It includes a number of historical buildings, wide recreational space and a collection of memorials. The three most emblematic buildings are:
The Royal Liver Building;
The Cunard Building;
The Port of Liverpool Building.
Collectively, they are known as the “Three Graces”.
Sefton Park is a public park, which gives every Liverpool dweller the bragging rights to boast with the green space of their city. The park is a wonderful place for walks and recreational activities. It has also been a stage for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Moscow State Circus.
The World Museum Liverpool is a definite must for all visitors. It has over five free floors for exploring, which include exhibits like:
Astronomy, Space and Time – a physical sciences collection;
Human History – collection of archaeological, and especially egyptological objects;
Natural History – specimens from biology, zoology and geological fossils;
No matter where life takes you, you can always depend on the Fantastic Removals team to help with your move in the near or distant area of the UK. Just give us a call and let our specialists make your life easier.
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Rabbits are one of nature’s cutest bundles of fluffy joy, watching them frolic and twitch their little noses can bring a smile to the faces of even the grumpiest of us. Their overwhelming cuteness, fluffiness, and inquisitive nature have captured the hearts of many, this coupled with the fact that they are trainable make them good pets.
As we all know, moving house is one of the most stressful events in a persons life despite us understanding what is happening. Throwing pets into the mix further compounds that stress, but few people spare a thought for how their pets are coping with the massive changes in their lives and routines. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to reduce their stress and anxiety during the entire moving process.
A few facts about bunnies
As prey animals, our adorable little long-eared friends are incredibly sensitive to the smallest of changes in their environment. Their inherent delicate nature may be useful for avoiding predators in the wild, but for domesticated rabbits, the upheaval of their safe environment can be an anxiety-inducing bunny nightmare.
Add in the fact that rabbits are creatures of habit which flourish in familiar environments, where they can also develop a daily routine and it is easy to see how a house move could be a bunny-traumatising experience.
The success or failure of ‘Operation: Calm Bunny’ depends entirely on how well you prepare for the move beforehand, and moving house with a rabbit requires a lot of preparation if you don’t want to have a fluffy bundle of trembling anxiety on your hands.
Designate a rabbit safe zone. Ideally, this will be the area with its little house, toys, and litter box, all of your packed belongings should be stored elsewhere and the status quo of the safe zone maintained for as long as possible. Try to take on the mindset of a rabbit watching its humans pack, as far as they are concerned everything that smells familiar simply disappears before they are magically whisked off to a completely new place.
Make sure that you have secure cage suitable for travelling. Ensure that it is big enough for your little friend to be comfortable but not so big that they slide around inside. The cage door must also be secure, the last thing you want while driving to your new home is a scared rabbit bouncing off of every available surface.
Rabbits are especially sensitive to heat. They only way they can regulate their body temperature is by sending blood through their ears. When they start to get too hot the blood vessels in their ears expand, as more blood passes through the ears it is gradually cooled and sent to the rest of the body. So while travelling try to maintain an interior temperature of between 4.5C and 24C to keep the little critter happy.
The journey to a new home is one filled with excitement as well as stress, you’re tired and constantly worried about if you have forgotten anything.
Adding a pet into this mix only adds to the stress, most animals may find the trip uncomfortable but it is still a terrifying and fun experience (think of how a dog reacts as it tries to figure out travelling by car). In order to stop your little rabbit friends understanding of reality shattering completely, follow the tips below.
Make sure that your rabbit carrier is secured before setting off for your new home, bunnies generally don’t appreciate sliding dangerously across car seats.
As mentioned previously, rabbits are quite sensitive to changes in temperature so make sure the carrier is placed in the shade and if it is a hot day turn the air conditioning on.
Try to drive as smoothly as possible, rabbits can’t anticipate motion so sudden acceleration or stop abruptly can cause unnecessary distress.
Check in on your little furry friend from time to time, make sure the fluffball is comfortable and not showing signs of overheating or stress such as seizures and weakness.
When you arrive at your new abode, keep the rabbit in its carrier for a little while and refill its water and food. This will give your buddy a chance to calm down and overcome the driving experience.
After such a terrifying experience, the car trip, your rabbit friend would like nothing more than to curl up somewhere it feels safe. This can be problematic in a new house as the rabbit is suddenly in a new and unfamiliar environment, it doesn’t smell like home, and that shadow looks suspiciously like a predator.
Give your bunny a few days to truly feel at ease in an unfamiliar environment. Over time your fluffy companion will adapt to your new home but there are steps you can take to make this process easier.
Pick out an area and make it a ‘rabbit safe space’. As prey animals, rabbits like to have a safe place to hide, eat, and sleep. Place the cage, or carrier, in a suitable area and designate it ‘the rabbit zone’, this will become your little friends new safe-house they can escape to when daily life is too overwhelming.
Keep your rabbit’s belongings in, or around, its safe space. Keeping food and water, toys, and everything else that your rabbit owns in ‘the rabbit zone’ will help to keep the little critter calm as well as reinforcing that this is home now.
Introduce the fluffy explorer to the house room by room. Once your rabbit has adjusted and is eating normally, it is time to introduce it to the rest of the house. Take your time and let the little house-bunny explore each room, in turn, return the tiny adventurer to its cage in between exploring rooms so that it knows where to run to if spooked.
Give them time and space. Regardless of what you do, your whiskered sidekick will still need time to adjust and all you can really do is be patient and give them space to come to terms with their new world.
So there we have it, your guide to moving house with a pet rabbit. All you need to do is plan ahead with rabbit welfare in mind, drive carefully, and be patient as they adjust to a new house. Doing this will ensure that you and your fluff-friend can enjoy rabbit-themed high-jinks in no time.
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With a population of about 460,000, Manchester is the second largest city in UK and an especially interesting place for culture and adventure seekers. Here, the Fantastic Removals team is going to showcase the most emblematic places and venues to visit in this area guide for living in Manchester.
Manchester United Stadium
You cannot say Manchester without thinking about the Manchester United Stadium and museum. You can look at all the artifacts the club has collected over time and learn the history and legends behind the club and its millions of fans. Take a peek inside the players’ locker room and walk through the tunnel, emerging onto the field. Stop by the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and get the perspective from the manager’s dugout spot. Ideal place for taking selfies.
Visit the Manchester Museum to witness all the treasures of the natural world and different cultures. You can view dinosaur fossils, ancient Egyptian artefacts and many more. You can also enjoy a glass of wine of cup of coffee whilst exploring the latest ideas in science, culture and the arts.
Fletcher Moss Park & Botanical Gardens
Situated in Didsbury, Manchester, the park is part botanical garden and part wildlife habitat. It also tennis courts, rugby and football pitches, and a family-run café. The park offers astonishing beauty, as it holds the Green Flag Award – the national standard for parks and green spaces in England.
Manchester Cathedral, situated in the city centre, is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Manchester, seat of the Bishop of Manchester and the city’s parish church. It’s in the Perpendicular Gothic style, a medieval church that went through extensive restoration, including extension during the Victorian period, and another restoration after bomb damage in the 20th century.
Manchester International Festival
Manchester offers a lot of festivals through the whole year. The Manchester International Festival is the grandest of all, as it welcomes three weeks of world premieres by major artists from all over the world.
The Godlee Observatory
The Godlee Observatory is situated on the roof of Manchester University’s Sackville Street Building. Its white timber dome is still operated by rope and wheels. Access to the telescope is via a spiral staircase.
The Royal Exchange is located in the city centre and includes the Royal Exchange Theatre and the Royal Exchange Shopping Centre. The theatre features a seven-sided steel and glass module that squats within the building’s Great Hall. The theatre can seat an audience of up to 800 and gives an average of 350 performances a year.
Look no further for Oriental food, the Chinatown in Manchester is known to be Europe’s largest collection of restaurants, bakeries, businesses and supermarkets concentrated across a number of blocks. It’s situated in the very centre and welcomes its visitors with a beautiful Chinese gate. It’s a must to spend the Chinese New Year celebrations here.
After years of over-commercialisation, Manchester Pride takes place over August Bank Holiday, with a colourful array of events, such as Sparkle, the National Transgender Celebration in the Village, and the Great British Bear Bash. Art lovers can also enjoy LGBT History Month which mixes international and local performance with a queer perspective.
The Portico Library is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a Grade II* listed building, and has been described as “the most refined little building in Manchester”. It hosts a series of literary prizes throughout the year to celebrate writers and poets from Northern England and beyond. The Portico Prize for Literature is awarded biennially to a work of fiction or poetry and a work of non-fiction set wholly or mainly in the north of England.
Manchester Ship Canal
In 1894, the Manchester Ship Canal was the largest river canal in the world. Now, it just provides a lovely way to spend the sunny afternoon. Mersey Ferries offers ship canal cruises, and there’s a water taxi service called ‘Waxi’ running from suburban Sale via Castlefield and Old Trafford to the Trafford Centre.
Manchester Aquatics Center
The Manchester Aquatics Centre is open to the public all year round. It hosts major water-based sporting events. There’s enormous pools for swimming and diving, gyms, health corners. You can also sign up for a lesson in swimming and diving.
Manchester can easily be the best place for any Britton to move in and make a home for themselves. If you’re one of those people who cannot handle the rush of London anymore, but does not want to opt for too much silence in the far corners of the suburbs, Manchester is your best choice.
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Moving to a new place is a hassle, one of the reasons being that you always find things you forgot about in the closet. So, you then spend at least a day on garbage disposal, doing donations, or hosting a garage sale.
At other times, however, you may decide to take the new findings with you to the new place. But… be careful with this. Because there are things that your professional moving company will refuse to carry.
Animals are an issue for regular house moving companies. If you’re heartless enough to stack your cat or dog cage along with the rest of the cardboard boxes, the movers will decline. Most movers will not let you put your pet crate on the front seat of the van, nor will they let you sit there, either. So, transporting yourself and your family is your job.
There are moving companies that specialise in transporting domestic animals, and they mostly exist to be used by farmers. Some are equipped to transport wild zoo animals, too. However, we doubt that this is the type of company you need.
Building materials include: bricks, wood, window glass sheets, large pipelines, and more. If you have leftover building materials stored in your property, don’t expect the movers to pack them with the rest of the house.
The main reason is that not every vehicle is able to transport such items. Not to mention that a crane or other lifting vehicle will often have to be used to load and unload them. Therefore, you need a specialised building company to do this for you. If you book regular house movers, your building materials will be left behind.
#3. Hazardous materials
Things like explosives, old fireworks, opened cans of paint, or any other material that might spill on the way or is a fire hazard, will be left behind as well. Keep in mind to always ask about the moving company’s insurance. In most cases, it does not cover hazardous materials, because movers in general don’t know how to handle them properly.
There are companies that provide training and insurance in the handling of hazardous materials, and they specialise exclusively in that. These companies mostly work with city labs, medical centres, firework shops, etc.
If you possess any of the aforementioned items, they will be left behind. However, a responsible citizen should dispose of the dangerous materials they used in their previous property. Since it’s not a good idea to just throw them in the garbage, you should call your local council for information on how to recycle your specific items.
There is a whole niche of moving businesses that specialise exclusively in motor vehicle transportation, vehicle moving, car moving, etc. is another service that requires a specific licence. So, even if you have a few boxes of luggage and your ridiculously expensive motor bike can easily fit inside the van, the movers will decline.
They will not decline if you wish to move your bicycle or small scooter. For that, they won’t need a licence.
#5. Server rooms
Migrating a server room requires specialised training and licence that most regular moving companies do not have. Moving an office is easily accomplishable, but the server room is a project too challenging for most. If you’re moving a whole office building, always ask if the moving team is trained and equipped to move a server room as well. Don’t assume they do.
#6. Grand pianos
Pianos are an odd item that most moving companies will take their chances with. Upright pianos are no problem for most, but grand pianos are more tricky since they don’t come in just one size and weight number.
Movers usually lift and load every item themselves, which means that every person is allowed to lift no more than 25-30 kg. There is also the maximum of 3 movers per van limitation. So, if your piano is heavier than 90 kg, it will most probably be left behind.
There is another way to move an odd heavy item, and that’s by hauling it through the window. But not every company has the equipment for that. If none of these two options is available, you will have to turn to specialised piano movers instead.
The Data Protection Act 1998 is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament designed to protect personal data stored on computers or in an organised paper filing system. It broadly states that individuals have the right to control the usage of their personal data during processing and movement.
However, this law does not protect data for domestic use. So, even though some moving companies include a service for junk removal, if said junk includes data waste, they will not guarantee its confidentiality.
Again, there is a specific licence and a specialised service for this type of move. It’s usually booked by government and private companies who search for guarantee that their documents will be completely safe during the move, or properly destroyed without any data leak.
In the latter case, the companies also issue a Certificate of Destruction immediately after the classified documents are safely and securely destroyed.
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We all know that moving houses can be rather stressful. And this is tenfold more valid if you are moving for the first time. The scale of organisation, as well as the psychological adjustment and emotional strain involved in the process, are the main culprits behind the tremendous pressure we can experience during this transitional time in our lives.
First-time movers often under-anticipate some key elements of the pre-moving stage, such as shopping around for a removalist service well in advance or packing their possessions in the right way.
So, to avoid feeling in a state of panic a week before the big day, do your homework and get a quote from a few short-listed removal companies. Also, make sure to start packing your stuff early enough and label the moving boxes properly.
This way, you will be able to find everything you need, fast and easy, when you start unpacking them in your new home.
The importance of labelling
Imagine this. An utter chaos is reigning in your new house for days. You are on the brink of tears, struggling to find your belongings in a pile of “nondescript”, anonymous boxes. Are you ready for such a scenario? We thought not. Then, labelling your moving boxes as you go, while packing, is what you need to do.
By picking an easy-to-decipher code system for describing what’s in the box and where it should go, you will save yourself a lot of hassle when trying to locate a particular item later. You will also do the removalists a favour by guiding them as to which box goes first in the truck.
Moreover, clearly labelled packs will be unloaded and moved in their right place in your new home.
And not to mention that the antique crystal vase you got from aunt Margaret will get to its new destination intact if you furnish the packaging with a nice and big “Fragile”. Last, but not least, by numbering each box, you’ll know straight away if one goes missing.
But what is the best way to label your boxes? Is there a universal system that works in all cases?
Well, there isn’t just one right way in which you can approach your packing venture. You can safely incorporate several proven methods of labelling without the risk of making things more confusing. But first things first, you need some labelling materials, right?
Get some coloured permanent markers and clear tape. Download printable label templates, or purchase some from your removal company. You can also have a go at making them yourself. Then, choose the labelling system that works for you.
Colour code labels
Using different colours to label your moving boxes will make the unpacking later a much easier process. This system often goes hand in hand with the room-by-room labelling method as you can pick a different colour for each room.
Just write “Kitchen” with a yellow marker pen and “Living room” in blue to ensure that the removalists unload each box in its designated place. Use good quality waterproof marker pens to avoid ending up with smudged scribbles if it rains or snows on moving day.
To “reinforce” your colour-coded labelling system, secure the boxes with the same colour tape.
Labels by room
Ok, we have already covered the room-by-room packing system. It is proven that it makes the unloading and unpacking simply a breeze, even if you use only one colour for writing the labels. Ensure that you tape the same label on each side of the box and even place one on top of the packaging.
Again, this will facilitate the movers a great deal when trying to get your belongings to the right room. There is nothing more inconvenient than circling around a large box to locate its label when you are strapped for time or worse, trying to move it, because the neatly written sign is on the other side.
Priority code labels
This labelling system could combine a couple of house removals concepts. For instance, it could determine which box goes first in the moving truck and which is loaded last. This way, the removalists will be able to prioritise what items are coming off the vehicle first and get moved in their designated room.
The other idea behind this system is to clearly state and remind yourself which box is a priority in terms of getting it unpacked first.
So, you can label a box with an “H” for high priority, with an “M” for medium priority and with an “L” to emphasise its low level of priority. This labelling method will prevent you from unpacking your wedding dress first, while your kids’ school books are still buried somewhere in the heap of boxes.
Number code labels
The number code labelling system involves creating an inventory list, which specifies what items are packed in each numbered box and what numbers apply for each room. For example, you can easily refer to your list when unpacking boxes 1 to 5 that are destined to go in the kitchen.
And, if the first thing that you want to do is to make a nice cup of tea, then you dash for box number 3 to get the kettle out. Well, the removalists still need to be directed somehow that box 3 belongs in the kitchen, so it won’t hurt if you jot down in red a nice and clear “Kitchen”.
Labels by items
Packing your possessions by items works only in a partial way. And the method cannot replace other labelling systems. For instance, you can group soft items together like bedding, throw overs, rugs and cushions in a box and pack your kids’ winter clothes in a large bin bag.
Another example is your camping equipment that can be packed nicely, and labelled as such with an added “L” for low priority. All small electrical appliances that need to be handled with care can also go in a designated box.
But whether you decide to pack the hair dryer and the table fan together with the coffee maker and the juicer is another matter. Just find what works for you by weighing out the drawbacks and benefits of this labelling system. The key with it is to itemise clearly the contents of each box.
Whether you decide to pack your fragile items and breakables by room, number or by using coloured markers, you need to wrap them properly and label them clearly for what they are.
Envelop each object individually with a wrapping paper, whether it’s a glass, a plate, or a mirror, and place them carefully inside the box. Use plenty of bubble wrap or old towels and cloths to fill any gaps between the items and the sides of the box.
Make sure to put a label on all sides of the packs that say “Fragile” or “Handle with care”. This will also prompt the removalists not to get the boxes wet. In addition, specify clearly on the label which side of the box is up and which is facing down.
It makes sense to pack a box of essentials that you can access immediately on your first night in your new home. What it will contain is up to you, but commonly people pack items that they need on a daily basis or make them feel comfortable.
Whether you put the baby soother, toiletries, medications, snacks and pyjamas or a bottle of wine, your favourite cheese crackers and a DVD will depend on your family needs, preferences and lifestyle. Whatever you pack, ensure to label this box with the right message, so you don’t risk looking for it for hours once you get to your destination.
For example, you can write the following label on this box of essentials with a unique colour that you have not used on any other boxes:
First Night Box
First off the truck
Handle with care
And you can always consider placing your essentials in the boot of your own car just to be sure…
How to unpack after moving house
So, you are here now. And there’s so much unpacking to deal with. The best thing you can do is to keep calm and take your time. You will find that unpacking can be fun, especially if you’ve done the packing and labelling right.
After all, all this pre-moving hard work you had to do was designed to make things simple when unpacking. Just make use of the labelling system again and start unpacking room by room, from high to low priority. Take regular breaks and enjoy painting the blank canvas of your new abode gradually and in a stress-free manner.