Are you thinking about moving house? It’s important to consider the real cost of moving and what to budget,  and level of engagement you willing to partake, would you be packing yourself, dismantling or relax and let your removal contractor do all the work for you, the choice is yours.


A good rule of thumb then is to think in terms of paying a few percent of the value of your contents to have everything protected, insured and professionally transported is pretty good value for peace of mind. The alternative could be having them piled in the back of a van which may not be road-legal or whose operator isn’t licensed to freight goods above a certain weight – in which case you may not have much of a leg to stand on if things go wrong.


Moving is different for everyone, there are several factors affecting the price of a move include:

  • how much stuff you have: more stuff = higher volume/more weight = bigger or multiple vehicles.
  • more stuff also means bigger removal crews to get it all packed and loaded.
  • if you want the convenience and protection of the crew packing for you.
  • if you need strong packing materials provided.
  • how far the van(s) have to travel: further = more fuel costs.
  • the possibility of overnight stays to comply with long distance driving regulations – in the UK drivers have to have a 45 minute break every 4.5 hours.
  • if you have high value special items e.g. pianos or artworks that need extra care and specialist attention.
  • how fast you want the move to happen. If you want to be done and dusted inside a day, the only way to do it is having more crew members to help out.
  • if you are moving during peak seasons (school holidays) or weekends at times of high demand.
  • There’s a lot to consider which is why a good removal company will ask to visit your property to ensure their price is accurate and all the factors have been considered. Prices can range roughly from around £450 for a small 2 bed house up to several thousand for really large houses and complicated long distance moves. Be wary of anyone giving rough estimates over the phone – until an expert estimator sees your property there’s just no way of factoring everything in.

The True Cost Of Self Storage in London

Fading dreams, disillusioned and sky high house prices in London, with more people than ever opting to rent  exorbitant prices charged by landlords for shoe box room is time for most people facing up to the facts simply there is not  enough storage space  at home to put everything with modern houses getting smaller these days make best of what you have, by planning and decluttering Cheap storage London might be the solution

Storage Container Units

Storage Container Units

Designed with you in mind a revolutionary concept that cost fraction of the high rent charged by traditional storage companies as close friend of mine find out recently that she has been wasting  a fortune by signing up with a well known traditional storage company that charge well over £358 Per Week  that is over £1500 per month for 200 SQF in Fulham such prices is a massive rip off regardless , am surprise why anyone would want to rent such units perhaps you better off renting an empty property and just have your goods in there, storage customers needs to wake up there are far much better options if compared to PICK & MOVE facilities, secured, dry Cheap Storage London.

My friend decided to get rid of some items that are not that important and keep the rest with a storage company that is more cost effective for long term storage PICK & MOVE Storage fits the bill  Cheap Storage in London  without leaving your home, they collect, they take care of all the hard work lifting, loading a hassle free service without the needs for travelling up and down storage facilities.

If you ever in need of storage be smart especially if is long term and don’t need  access or very little access  avoid introductory offers by traditional self storage to get you tied up, expensive insurance , twice yearly increase on rent, the facts are you always need storage longer than you planned, you will be amazed what you can save with PICK & MOVE Cheap Storage London

The Complete Office Relocation Guide

Relocating your office is a time of change for both your staff and clients, as with all relocation, careful planning and preparation are both major keys to a successful office move.

As fortunes change, the size of a business office will also change. We know the unique challenges of moving an office. When you move an office you don’t just move things, you

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Office Relocation

move a culture. Here are the four major steps in a basic office relocation guide.


How to Find a New Office Place?  

First in your office relocation guide comes the choosing of the new place of business. Contemplate on what exactly you need, and whether your office will stay with the same amount of employees, or you plan to expand. Pay special attention to:

  1. Whether you can, or cannot afford it.
  2. Does it have insurance?
  3. Is it big enough for everyone without anyone being uncomfortable? Would it accommodate all the manager’s personal space? Does it have rooms you can use for business meetings and conference?
  4. Is there room if you decide to expand in the future?
  5. Does the space have air conditioning, or central heating? If it doesn’t, installation will cost you more.
  6. Does it have a kitchen?
  7. Does it have bathrooms? Showers?
  8. Is it close to amenities (shops, gyms, saloons, hairdressers, bus and tube stations)?
  9. Is it comfortable for clients to visit?
  10. Is it a relatively safe area? Are the streets lit well? Is it close to busy streets? Is there hired security in the vicinity?
  11. Does it have available parking space? Can you store bikes securely?
  12. Are there enough power sockets?

Once you’ve chosen your new place for business, it’s time to get to work and move things into action little by little.

  1. Start planning 6 – 12 months before the move. It’s going to be a lot of work, so the sooner you start, the better. For this purpose, it’s best to make a huge list of all the things you need to do (or at least be aware of). Use an excel spreadsheet, or just plain paper.
  2. Plan the design of the new office. Decide whether you’ll be purchasing new furniture, or use the old one. Make an interior design plan and find a place for everything. For this, you can use a special software, draw on plain paper, or hire a designer to take care of everything.
  3. Hire reliable services. If the building rent does not include those, you have to hire your own maintenance, cleaning, security, landline and locksmith service.
  4. Update business cards. You can’t use the same business cards with the old address once you move.
  5. Request a quote with a moving company. The earlier, the better. Office removals will surely be needed for moving day.
  6. Calculate relocation costs. Next on your office moving guide is calculating the moving costs. The dilemma here is, should we spend more money on the move and relocate faster to continue with what’s important (namely, work), or do we spend less money, but more time on the move, executing it ourselves.
  7. Delegate responsibilities to lower managers. If you’re a big company, then you have at least a few offices and each office has its own manager. The lower managers know best how to prepare the employees for the move and how to make it as trouble-less as possible. Keep in constant touch for questions.
  8. Send change of address notifications. Post office, power/water/internet suppliers, contacts, business partners, unions, and everyone that might need your new address. Sometimes a simple email would suffice, but sometimes you might need to write an official letter. Make sure you announce the date of the move and the new address.
  9. Build kitchen and wash-rooms. Kitchen, bathrooms, showers should be furnished and in working order, before moving day.
  10. Set up servers, cables and wiring. This is for the last day at the old office, so you don’t have to interrupt work flow. Leave this to your IT team.

Office Relocation Responsibilities Towards Employees

When relocating a business, you have to pay special attention to your employees. After all the organizations, here are some things that might cause glitches.

  1. Check Mobility Clauses. This should be in every worker’s contract – this way the employers may change the work place, without asking for permission. If there is no clause an employee may simply say, “I don’t want to move” and if you move the office anyway, they can file a lawsuit. But, let’s not go there, and simply agree to have a good working environment.
  2. Get to Know the Details. Now, let’s go over the addresses of all employees and see if any of them will have trouble travelling to the new place of business. Look over the transport links and make sure everyone will be able to get in on time. Some might have their way to work shortened, but others won’t be so lucky. Think about compensation… if you feel obligated of course.
  3. Avoid Misunderstandings. Employees gossip. Announce the big news early and after the plans are ready. If you have to tell more than 100 people you need to give them 90 days’ notice, for 20+ you need to give them approximately 30 days. It’s important to ensure that the move isn’t putting certain members of your workforce at a disadvantage. This applies specifically to those with disabilities.
  4. Let Your Employees Play an Active Role. This is optional of course, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to let them all have a say, by giving them an online survey for example. If you include them in the matter, they will adapt to the change more easily which will allow you to consider every detail. It’s also a good idea to include them in some cleaning up. Of course everyone will prepare their personal space in the office, and departments will handle their own equipment, but don’t overlook shared spaces, like the kitchen.

When the big day arrives, stick to the plan but be prepared for hiccups. Moving your business location is not easy. Factor for traffic and weather as best possible, and try to limit the move to one or two days’ maximum. You don’t want to interrupt work flow.



How much does it cost to rent a storage unit? Why Pay More.

There are several reasons one might need a self-storage personal, business or just simply decluttering before you make any decisions is important you know there few options available in the market and any budget you might want to set aside.

Self-storage isn’t cheap, many self-storage providers have been ripping people off for years especially the big brand operators with over the top price and expensive insurance you are forced to take, padlock, removal cost, the list goes on.

Most people usually underestimate how much they need and the advertised prices are usually for a space no bigger than the size of a phonebox, you will be bombarded with tempting introductory offers that don’t stack up, it shouldn’t be a surprise if rates go up after that period, bear in mind Self-Storage are notorious for rate increase facts.

Be warned whatever you decide you must avoid falling for those complicated offers to get you in, is what happens after your initial offer you need to worry about.

How do self-storage operators justify such rates, they claim to provide instant access and value? There is much better option at fraction of the cost of traditional self-storage, if you do not need Constance access or storing for a long term, the facts is you will be saving a small fortune.

For instance, if you considering renting self-storage in Fulham, Notting hill, Paddington and central London as an example, 100 sq feet costs £144 per week, £624 per month but for the same space in terms of cost per square feet Pick & Move Storage solution will cost you £57 per week, £249 per month the cost are driven further down by offering free collection, insurance and generous discount between 30% & 10% for those customers storing from six months and over saving you well over £400 for same size unit.

How do self-storage operators justify such rates, they claim to provide instant access and value? Self-storage itself are inconvenience derived from its name “Self” is do-it-yourself is cumbersome and time consuming

Why not get a Quote Now for Cheap Storage London you will be surprise how much you can save.


What Size Storage Unit Do I Need

What Size Storage Unit Do I Need

Before renting a storage unit, ask yourself what size storage unit you need to store your belongings. Knowing what you need to store is the first step. Next, you can calculate the storage unit size that your items will fit in by using a storage unit size calculator. You will want to choose the right size storage unit for your residential or business storage needsCONTAINER STORAGE

A good storage company will ask you the right questions about the goods you storing to get a clear idea of what storage size will be adequate, advise on how best to utilized your storage unit. As a quick Guild to follow through as outlined below:

(For Guidance Only)

16 SQF – Small garden shed

25 SQF – Small garden shed

35 SQF – Large garden shed

50 SQF – Half a garage

75 SQF – Three quarters of garage

100 SQF – Single garage

150 SQF – Garage and a half

200 SQF – Double garage size


By house sizes (For Guidance Only)

1-bedroom House/Flat                                         50 – 75 sq ft room

2-bedroom house/flat 75 – 100 sq ft room
3-bedroom house 100 – 150 sq ft room
4-bedroom house 150 – 200 sq ft room
Transit Van 30 – 50 sq ft room
Luton Van 75 – 100 sq ft room
7.5 tonne van 150 – 200 sq ft room


Don’t despair storage size can be upgraded as well as downsized on the day of the move. Now is the time to get your Storage Quote

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Moving to Dubai? Check out things to do before moving to Dubai

To do list

1. Sort out Visa and Passport – Check passports have at least 2 years remaining

Foreign & Commonwealth Office


2. Understand shipping costs and obtain quotes

Shipping International

3. Ask your bank for credit references

4. Switch to online banking & statements

5. Credit cards & unpaid debts – receive full closing Statements

Dubai skyline

6. Cancel direct debits and standing orders (utilities & service providers)

7. Inform official organization’s – DVLA, NI Service, Inland Revenue

8. Open an offshore account

Halifax International

9. Obtain handover files from your dentist & doctor

10. Obtain temporary accommodation

Dubai Property

11. Identify and register children in school

BSME: British Schools in the Middle East

Schools and Universities in Dubai

12. Organize transfer of family pets


Passport for Pets

13. Talk to other expats

Dubai Forum

Get a Skype account for cheap and easy internet telephony communications

14. Finally get a great Shipping Quote to Dubai, Don’t delay

The ultimate guide to packing and moving your home

Moving house can be stressful there are lots to take in, start early and organise your things for a good head start.

If you’re like me, packing the kitchen is one of those things you really hate to do, simply because there are so many small items and items you’re never quite sure you should pack or not. So, before I even wrap the first dish, I sort and select those items that will move and those that will be left behind. Find out how best to manage the packing of your kitchen with this easy-to-use guide or should you fancy getting a professional movers to do the packing for you while you relax.

Sort, Select and Simplify

First, decide what needs to be packed and what can be gotten rid of, perhaps at a garage sale, or sell it online or donated to a charity. This is an easy decision for larger, more expensive items such as appliances, glassware, flatware and pots and pans. Some things are cheaper to move than to replace, while others weigh a lot, but are inexpensive to

If the cost of your move is based on weight, then this is something you need to consider. For example, spices are expensive and usually they’ve been collected over a long period of time, so to replace them completely would take a lot of effort and money. So pack and move them. Also, look at where you’re moving to, space and location-wise and what you’ll need.

Just before you move, dispose of all perishables and frozen foods. Unless you’re moving a short distance, these items cannot be packed. Special attention should be given to these items.

Sort out all cleaning supplies. Make sure you leave behind opened containers that shouldn’t be packed. Give these supplies away or if you can’t, make sure you dispose of them properly.

Prepare the Essentials Box

This should actually be the last box you pack, but it’s a good idea, while you’re going through your cupboards, to identify what you’ll need for the first few hours/days in your new home.

This box will be the first box you open and should be able to provide small meals, clean, and possibly entertain you until you unpack the rest of your kitchen supplies. Label the outside with “Kitchen” and “#1” to indicate its priority for unpacking.

What to Include in the Essentials Box?

  • Dish soap
  • Dishtowel
  • Dishcloth
  • Cleaner (unopened)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Coffee
  • Coffee filters
  • Coffee maker
  • Toaster
  • Jar of pasta sauce and pasta (or some easy food item for one dinner or lunch)
  • Unopened small jar of jam/peanut butter
  • Radio
  • Mug, plate, fork, knife, spoon for each member of the family
  • All-purpose cutting knife
  • Scissors or craft knife (to open the rest of your boxes)
  • Small emergency kit
  • Flashlight/candles/matches

You may not be ready to pack your essentials box yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start making a list of items to include. Rule of thumb is to include all essentials that you’ll need for at least 24 hours. Presumably, there’s a grocery or convenience store nearby, but just in case you should have some food stuff on hand that you can quickly prepare for your family.

After you’ve prepared your essentials box, take it with you in the car or in the cab of the moving van if you’re moving yourself. Again, this will be the last box packed, and the first one you open!

So, now that you’ve prepped the kitchen, you can start packing. Let the fun begin!