Our New Procedures During the Coronavirus Lockdown

Why Self Storage?

As all our valued customers in and around the Leicester area will be fully aware, the UK is currently engaged in a nationwide lockdown to curb the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Here at Stokes Removals and Storage, we completely support the government’s advice to stay home, stay safe, and stop the spread of this virus. To protect both our staff and our customers during this difficult time, we are taking the following safety measures for the duration of the lockdown.

Our self-storage services in Leicester

We are open for business but until we are given further guidance, Stokes Removals and Storage is limiting face to face interactions. If you need to contact us, we are still available by telephone and email.

Our self storage facility is available for emergency access but we ask customers to follow the government guidelines and follow social distancing at all times whilst on the premises.

All storage contracts will operate as normal during the lockdown and our 24-hour CCTV surveillance system will continue to operate. The safety of your belongings is assured.

Our removals services in Leicester

Stoke Removals and Storage remains in operation for removals. We have amended the way in which we work to minimise risk. Our service will now be 100% contactless. We ask that all customers have their items boxed up and ready for removal and that they relocate to a different room as our team loads up each room’s items into the removal van.

For our part, our workers will be equipped with additional protective clothing, including gloves and face masks, and we will ensure that our vans are thoroughly cleaned after each job to prevent transmission of the virus. We are also respecting social distancing recommendations and will remain at least two metres apart from our customers.

Our packing services in Leicester

We regret that we will no longer be able to provide a packing service for our customers in Leicester. While we understand many customers make good use of this service, in the current circumstances it constitutes too high a risk to have our removal team in your property for an extended period, moving from room to room to assist you in your packing. We are still able to provide you with packing materials, and are happy to drop these off at your door, prior to your move.

We fully expect life to return to normal sooner, rather than later. In the meantime, we trust that all our valued customers across the Leicester area will support the measures we have taken. This is solely to protect our customers and our staff.

For more information, or to book a removal, please call Stokes Removals and Storage today on 0116 239 3000.

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How to Prepare for an Office Move

Moving office is an exciting time for any business, but can also cause disruption for the day-to-day running of your business. By making use of the following hints and tips, you can help to keep that disruption to a minimum.

Start early

It’s never too soon to start planning your office move. Indeed, most commercial removals companies advise planning at least three months prior to the move itself. This gives you a chance to think through the moving process in some detail.

Declutter your old office

Moving office is an ideal opportunity to get rid of any old equipment or files that you are no longer required to keep. Anything you haven’t used in over 18 months is unlikely to be used again any time soon.Continue reading

Moving House at Christmas

Moving at Christmas

Here at Stokes Removals, we have been assisting our clients with their removals in Leicester for more than half a century. While moving house at Christmas might make things a bit more frantic, there are ways to minimise the impact of the holiday season on your big move.

Here are just a few of them…

The weather

With any winter move, you run the risk of getting snow on your moving day and, the further you get into December, the greater the likelihood of this occurring. Most removal companies operate heavy-duty vans and lorries that can easily handle inclement weather. For your own safety, make sure you have a supply of sand, grit, or road salt to keep your pathways clear of snow.

Christmas shopping

Always a conundrum? Do you buy it all beforehand and load onto the removals van? Do you wait until you move and risk getting everything delivered on time? One alternative is to ask a friend or family member to look after your Christmas shopping for you until the big move.Continue reading

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

When Should You Consider Packing Services?

bubblewrap and scissors

As one of the top removal companies Leicester has to offer, we’ve lost count of the number of clients who wish that someone else could take over their packing duties. Of course, our customers in and around Leicester are lucky enough that Stokes Removals and Storage is around to do just that.

But when should you consider a packing service, and what advantages do they offer over doing the job yourself?

Removal manTime and Effort

For many customers, this is the big one. Packing up a lifetime of personal belongings is no quick task. By hiring an experienced and professional removals company to do the job for you, the whole thing can be accomplished in a matter of hours? How? It’s largely a combination of practice, team effort, and a well-rehearsed system, but there is one other key element…

The Right Materials

An aspect of the packing process that is often overlooked is using quality materials. Flinging your belongings into the nearest cardboard box is a sure-fire way to end up with a collection of broken pieces at the other end of the journey.

At Stokes Removals and Storage, we use only the best boxes, bubble wrap, wrapping paper, and packing tape to do the job. Of course, if you really want to handle it yourself, we’re happy to supply you with some from our stock.Continue reading

How to Stay Calm on Moving Day?

Stay calm

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

5 Factors to Consider when Requesting Removal Quotes

In the early planning stages of moving house, it’s a great idea to get a range of removals quotes so you can make an informed decision on which mover to choose.

Once you have a few quotes to compare, the cost might guide your decision, but it’s important to understand what you are getting for the price, and whether you are comparing apples with apples.

At Stokes Removals we are always happy to go through our quotes with you, so you understand exactly what’s included and what options you might need to consider. To help you get started requesting quotes, we’ve put together a video to explain some of the points you should think about when requesting a quote. Have you factored these into your moving plans?

 

To request a free, no obligation quote, call us on 0116 239 3000 or complete our quick estimate form.

The Benefits of a Combined Removals & Storage Company

Stokes Removals & Storage depot

For the past fifty years, Stokes Removals and Storage has been serving the people of Leicester with the very best in domestic and commercial removals and relocation storage Leicestershire has to offer. With thousands of satisfied customers across the county, we have a reputation for quality and professionalism that is hard to beat.

Removals

cardboard box

As a local, family run removal company, Leicester is in our blood. We know the people and we know how stressful a time moving can be. That is why our team of professional movers go to great lengths to make sure that the Big Day goes off hassle-free.

We do far more than just load and unload boxes onto a van. We can help you plan your move to ensure that everything goes without a hitch. We’ll see to it that all your belongings are packed away neatly and carefully, prior to loading, and we even offer a professional packing service. Our fleet of moving vans come with all the equipment such as blankets, piano wheels and sack trucks to keep your things safe during the journey, whether you’re going across city, or to the other side of the country.

Storage

You could be travelling abroad for a couple of years, going to university, or living in a different town for work over an extended period, there’s any number of reasons to use a professional storage facility. You might just have a few precious items, or an entire household’s worth of personal belongings. Either way, you can benefit from our safe, secure, and fully-insured storage warehouse.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

Top Tips for Moving House During the Winter

Icy roads and paths can be dangerous while movinng boxes to and from the car

Moving house can be a trying enough experience at any time of the year, without the added problems of inclement weather and extended hours of darkness that a winter move can bring.

Here are a few hints and tips to make your winter move run smoothly.

Use a reliable removals firm

At Stokes Removals & Storage, we have been assisting with removals in Leicester for over half a century, so we know what we’re talking about. Attempting a house move on your own is risky enough in the summer, but there’s a real risk to your safety during winter with multiple trips between houses, down unfamiliar roads with rain battering the windscreen and heaving heavy boxes up and down icy driveways. Hiring a reputable removals company eliminates those risks.

Extend your timeline

Moving in winter adds time to your moving plan. Simple things like the kids being under your feet because of the rain, or being unable to pack up and empty the garage or shed, because it’s too dark after work: it all adds up. Just be sure to plan for them accordingly.Continue reading