Reasons Why You Should Move to Leicester – Right Now!

Whether you are looking for a residential removal in Leicestershire or thinking of possibly a commercial removal – Leicester has a lot to offer you.

Here at Stokes Removals, we decided to help you with making your decision, making sure you not only learn about the city but what opportunities Leicester offers (whether you are moving for an office relocation or house removals) and why you should call for help with a removal company.

Location

Situated in the East Midlands, Leicester lies on the River Soar and stands at a convenient distance of cities such as Nottingham, Birmingham, and London.

With the hustle and bustle of city life, there is a wealth of opportunity within this area. Outside of the city you are relieved of the city ambiance and greeted with countryside roads and smaller villages.

A city of business 

You will find a wealth of business, ranging from small to global across the city and surrounding areas.

With a range of close amenities closeby, Leicester is the perfect place to move to – whether it is for business opportunities or you are moving there with your family.

Tourist Attractions

Leicester has many attractions for you to explore, especially with the most famous attraction of King Richard III Visitor Centre coming into light.

Leicester will be able to provide you with a wide range of touristy features, from family all-time favourite events to enriching historical attractions and multi-cultural cuisine experiences – there is something for the whole family (or new office staff!).Continue reading

How to Stay Calm on Moving Day?

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Moving day is an exciting time. It comes after months of preparation, finalising a sale, confirming a new property, arranging with a removals company and more. All of this brings stress. Though moving can be a joyful time, it is often linked to a big life change which can introduce a lot of uncertainty.

It’s normal to feel stressed when it comes to moving house or apartment, but too much stress can have an impact on your health and impair your judgement – something you want to limit if you’re going through a big change like moving house!

Stokes Removals have helped thousands of clients since starting in the removals business over 50 years ago. As a family-run business, the knowledge and experience of how to organise moving day has been passed on and refined. We know how best to help clients experience a stress-free moving day, so read on to find out our tips.

Take Care Of Yourself

Even in the case that you are moving house under happy circumstances, it is still a major upheaval. You are breaking away from your usual routines and familiar environment and this is sure to affect you. If possible, take a few days off work prior to the move so that your focus is not divided. Before moving day you will be busy but don’t skip meals or cut down on sleep.Continue reading

6 Safety Tips for Moving House

Moving houseMoving house is an exciting time but if you aren’t prepared it can become stressful and time-consuming. In the midst of packing and moving, make sure that you’re not neglecting safety as an injury is the last thing you want.

Stokes Removals offer safe and straight-forward business and residential removals in Leicester, to streamline the process and make moving more manageable for you.  Follow our tips to ensure you carry out tasks safely and avoid injuries.

Packing

If you decide to do packing yourself, invest in some good quality boxes, tapes and markers to ensure that your belongings are safely packed away and boxes won’t split.

Avoid overpacking your boxes and always pack lighter items in bigger boxes, or they will become too heavy to lift. For heavier items, pack them at the bottom of boxes so that the weight will be distributed, and use bubblewrap or newspaper to ensure that they do not move around inside which can make it dangerous to carry them.

Lifting

It’s vital that you know to lift using your legs instead of your back to prevent long-term injuries. Your leg muscles are much stronger and they should be taking the majority of weight. To make it easier, place boxes on top of chairs or tables as you pack to avoid bending down as much. Take the time to assess how heavy the boxes will be and make sure that you can take the strain without injuring your back in the process.Continue reading

Decluttering your home before a move

Moving house is as exciting as it is stressful, with a whole life to be packed up into boxes and shipped to a new destination. To cope with the stress, think of it more as a time of renewal, when you can get rid of some of the old stuff you have been burdened with. Here, Stokes Removals & Storage shows you how.

Categorise your life

Dealing with everything in a room can seem like an impossible task, so it’s best to categorise everything into types of object from all over the house. This way, you’ll tackle the whole house at once and boxes will be full of the same thing for ease of unpacking.

Crucially, you need to have a ‘pack’ box and a ‘donate’ box. This way, you can de-clutter as you go along, and see each item in context before you decide its time to go.

The ‘space’ method

If you feel you have too much of something, find out the volume of storage space you’ll have in your new house and mark out that space on your floor. Put everything you’ll want to store into that space, starting with your most beloved items, and donate or bin anything that doesn’t fit. It’s ruthless, but it forces you to decide what stays and what goes.Continue reading

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A Guide to Packing for a Stressful Move

Moving out of home for the first time? Upgrading to your second property? Moving offices? It comes to us all at some stage in life, and it often brings one thing with it: stress. From the logistical nightmare to last-minute panic, moving isn’t easy. But rest assured: here are four steps you can take to ensure a stress-free move.

What’s going to go where?

Getting everything into boxes then into the removal van is the first hurdle. It’s easy to forget you’ll have another one when you arrive at your new space: where to put everything? If your old home or office is very similar to your new one it won’t be too hard, but if it’s different, then you’ll need to plan. Sketch a floor plan of both premises and mark out what will go where – you’ll thank yourself for it when moving day comes around.

Book a removal specialist early on

You could, of course, try and do it all yourself, but you might find it tricky, especially if you have lots of stuff. We’d recommend searching for removal companies in Leicester as soon as you know you’re definitely moving – that way, you can enjoy some early peace of mind that all the hard stuff will be taken care of and then some.Continue reading

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How to Choose a Removal Company

Are you moving to a new town or further afield? A reliable removal service can help make moving home less stressful, and you shouldn’t underestimate the amount of organisation it takes to move your belongings to a new property.

At Stokes Removals we offer a range of removal packages for moving property, storing items and packing services for businesses and domestic users.

Here are the most important factors we think you should consider when choosing a company to help you move to your new home.

Get a List of Removals Quotes

One of the first steps when moving house should be putting together a list of quotes from different companies, we recommend that you gather between four to five quotes. When getting a quote for your removal, it will depend on the distance and time of year that you are moving. To keep the cost low, we suggest avoiding school holidays! During this step, it is important that you know exactly what is included in every quote that you receive. For example, some companies offer packaging materials and others will charge you extra for this. You will also need to think about the value of your belongings and check what level of insurance they can provide you with during your move.

Request a Survey

Many companies will give you an instant quote online, but we advise that you get a more accurate price. A removal business should also give you the option to have a detailed assessment; this is where they will send out a sales estimator to evaluate all of the items that you intend to move. You will then be able to compare the cost from each company, making it easier to decide which company to choose.Continue reading

Who Do You Need to Inform Ahead of a House Move?

When moving home you’ll need to make a list of people you have to contact concerning your move. Whether it’s family and friends, banks or utility companies, everyone is going to start wondering where you’ve gone if you don’t tell them that you’re moving.

The internet has actually speeded up the process of contacting people, and made it cheaper to do via e-cards instead of traditional mail – allowing you to inform virtually all of your family and friends instantly and for free. A mail redirection service is also something to consider however, as some mail will still probably be addressed to you and sent to your old address.

It should be remembered that any mail redirection service will need to be set up at the Post Office as soon as possible, as it may take a week or more to come into effect.

The list you make should be broken down into sections, and this can be done by using headings. There should be a section regarding your services, one regarding your finances, one for your insurance companies, and another for various authorities. The final section should just be labelled ‘Other’ or ‘Miscellaneous’.

The name of each company should be next to the specific service provided, and next to this should be a space for the date that you notified each service, bank, company, or authority. This organisation might seem over the top, but it means you can be sure of who you notified and when should anything go awry.Continue reading