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

Why Self Storage?

Why Self-Storage?

Self-storage can be hugely useful in a number of different situations, allowing you to take a load off your mind, and trust that your possessions are in safe hands

Self-storage can be an extremely neat and effective solution to a huge range of problems, but what is it especially useful for? Why use self-storage?

When Moving House

When you’re moving house, it can often be much easier if you don’t have to worry about where all your possessions are, especially if you’re staying in a smaller rented property before moving into your new home, or are simply downsizing.
Moving house can be really stressful, so knowing that your possessions are completely safe and sound can be a big help.

When Getting Work Done on Your House

No-one enjoys having the builders in. Loud, dusty and risky for your furniture and property, it’d make things much easier if all that stuff simply wasn’t there.
Which is exactly what you can do with self-storage. If you don’t have the space to move all your things fully out of the way, or if you simply don’t want the rest of your property even more disturbed by the work going on, it can be an easy and straightforward solution to keeping your things at home during the work.

Stock Storage for Businesses

For many businesses, the flexibility of high security, easy access stock storage is incredibly appealing, and that’s exactly what self-storage offers. With monitored, alarmed and secure units, accessible twenty-four hours a day, you’re going to struggle to find anywhere better to keep your stock, especially without breaking the bank.Continue reading

Tips on Moving House During the Summer

Moving home in the summer is a good idea because it gives you more favourable conditions and means you will likely be able to free up more time from work. If you have kids it also means you can reduce the academic disruption they will experience by changing schools. Here we explore some tips to make moving in the summer as smooth as possible.

Get started early

Moving in the summer can expose you to heat that can make the lifting and moving of possessions far more difficult. Starting any moving tasks early in the day will help you to beat the heat.

Consider your belongings

Remember that not all of your belongings will fare well if they are left in a hot truck for hours on end. Furniture with a beeswax coating, for example, can be damaged by the heat. Plan for the hottest part of the day and ensure you are moving the more sensitive items early on or into the evening.

Bring portable fans

Portable fans can be a great help when you are moving in the summer. Setting one up to blow in the truck and in the doorway of your home will ensure that you and the team are not sweating and parched as soon as you start the day.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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Reasons to hire a professional moving company

When you move house you have a choice between using a professional moving company and doing it yourself. Here we explore why you should turn to a professional moving company every time.

It keeps you safe

Moving heavy items can be dangerous to both yourself and others. While moving a wardrobe across a room might be manageable, carrying it down two flights of stairs and then up into a rental van will be a lot harder. Don’t put your back out. Get professional help.

Your friends won’t regret knowing you

Helping a friend move is a real hassle and while your friends may lend a hand and be gracious about it, they won’t want to be there. Save yourself from the frustrating arguments and fallouts as you try to manoeuvre a sofa through a doorway.

It frees up time

On moving day there is a lot more that you should be thinking about rather than how best to lift a chest of drawers off of a van. Moving itself will take up a lot of time, so take the burden of lifting off your own shoulders and hire someone in to do it for you.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

Tips for Using Rental Storage Units – Leicester

If you need more space when relocating with excessive belongings, rental storage units are an incredibly convenient storage option. There are numerous reasons to rent a storage unit, but once you have made up your mind, you need to make sure your possessions are efficiently stored and protected. Leicester has many outdoor storage options, and the factors you base your decision on play a key role in delivering the value you expect.

Here are the top three tips and tricks that you need to know beforehand to utilise the service to the best of its potential:

Use Climate Controlled Storage

With the increasing popularity of luxury items in storage, there is a growing demand for secure and high-quality storage with climate-controlled facilities. Climate controlled storage units maintain a consistent temperature all year round. There is also an option of enhanced humidity control in some units, which cost a little extra but are worth the investment.
Basic storage is usually sufficient for most household items but climate controlled storage becomes necessary for sensitive items like antiques, electronics, musical instruments, art or other temperature-sensitive fabric which include glass, metals, leather, and plastics. Climate control will insulate your possessions from extreme weather conditions.

Choose Proper Boxes and Packing Materials

Once you have made the decision of moving things into a storage unit, the next step is to decide how to ensure the safety of your belongings. Even though it is tempting to use cheap boxes, they may not be up to the task. Careful packing goes a long way in keeping your household items intact. It is always better to buy new boxes as compared to using old ones as they may be damaged or contain bug-attracting food and water residue.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

Is There A Temporary Solution To A Clutter Problem?

One of the most stressful factors in moving home is preparing your property for viewings, you find yourself undertaking more cleaning than you’ve ever attempted in your life and are flabbergasted by the amount of possessions you’ve accumulated over the years! You want your home to be pristine, light and airy to attract potential buyers and show them your homes full potential, and you don’t need to get rid of your furniture, ornaments, books, files and other possessions to do it.

Temporary Storage Is Your Key To Selling Success

You need to make your home as de-cluttered as possible so viewers can visualise their own furniture in your space, so how can you de-clutter quickly on a budget?

You can use de-cluttering your home as an excuse to finally get rid of lingering possessions you no longer need, remember not everything has to make the move with you. If you have wardrobes full of old clothes, tattered old furniture you never use or ornaments that were ill conceived gifts from your in-laws 20 years ago it might be the perfect time to pay a visit to charity the charity shops.Continue reading