Secret tips for a smooth move

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

As a professional removal service with an outstanding local reputation, we’re well placed to pass on a few insider tips to make your move run smoothly.

1. You don’t have to move to a property
We’ve completed plenty of removals where the owner is either moving abroad or not yet ready to occupy a new location. The solution is storage. We can pack up everything and transport it to a safe, secure storage facility while you work out your next step. In fact, in many cases, this is a great opportunity to take stock and get rid of unnecessary clutter.

2. Use colour coding
Instead of craning your neck to read the marking on a box to find out what’s inside, it’s much easier to attach quick-reference colour tags so that you can sort them quickly into the correct destination room on the other side.

3. Prepare a standby box.
Trust us, the first thing you’ll want to do in your new home is brew up a welcome cuppa and maybe have a quick wash down. You don’t want to be ferreting around in your collection of Star Wars figurines to find tea bags, so keep your emergency stash together in a well-marked box.

4. Communicate
Ask your removal team, and you’ll be surprised at the tips on offer. We can advise you on parking arrangements, give you a clear idea of what we’ll be moving in what order, and help you pack up everything to the correct capacity. You’re never alone with Optimal Removals!

Ready to get started? Get in touch and try us today…

What to ask your removal professional

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

If you’re preparing to move and about to put your most treasured possessions in the hands of a removal team, here’s a handy checklist of things you should be checking/asking.

1. Insurance
Did you know that you might not be covered by insurance when you take care of removals yourself? Your professional removal team, on the other hand, will almost certainly be covered by insurance in case of loss, breakage or damage.

2. Cleaning
Your removal team might be great at lugging boxes up and down stairs, but will they be gone before the dust has settled? That’s never a good sign. Make sure that your professional team offers a clean-up service to leave your home looking presentable.

3. Testimonials
Never mind what it says on the side of the van, or on the leaflet put through your door. Is your professional removal service as reliable, friendly, and professional as they say? If they can’t supply you with several testimonials stretching back more than a few years, you’ve every right to be suspicious.

4. Can they handle the big stuff?
If you’ve got a piano, queen size bed, mini bar or full-size snooker table to shift, ask your removal team how they’ll take care of it. They should be able to elaborate a solid plan, with an idea of any equipment they plan to use. That’s what separates the masters from the cowboys.

Ready for your move? You’re welcome to ask us any of the above…

The 5 keys to a perfect move

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

There are hundreds of things to think of when you move house (and we’re happy to think of all of them for you if you need). But if we had to pick out a few simple tips to making it go smoothly, here’s what we’d boil it down to..

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare
Allow plenty of time to pack. Allow even more time to unpack. Make a complete list of all your utilities and services and make sure you cancel them all in time. Arrange additional insurance (although we’re covered) and double the number of boxes you think you’ll need.

2. Divide and conquer
It might be tempting to toss everything into the smallest number of big boxes, but there’s no tax on boxes. We’re happy to carry out as many crates, boxes and bags as you need, so you can afford to divide up your possessions into easy-to-find categories: hazardous, delicate, perishable etc.

3. Take advantage of our expertise
We’re here to help, and you’ll be surprised how much more we know than simply carrying boxes. We’ll come to meet you before the move to offer our expert advice on what you’ll need, how we’re going to tackle your furniture and appliances, and any special considerations that may apply.

4. Start hoarding
In the weeks before you move, there’s one thing you can start holding on to – newspaper. And boxes. Oh, and bubble wrap. You’ll find it’s invaluable when it comes to packing up the boxes to prevent damage, chipping, and rattling.

5. Cleaning
It’s easy to forget that your empty property might not look to the next occupant as nice and homely as it did to you. In most cases, you could face fees or penalties if a landlord has to come in to deal with any serious issues. Have a back up plan and save enough time at the end for fixing any exposed patches, cosmetic damage, or stains. Talk to us about our post-removal cleaning process.

Ready to move? Give us a call and we’ll show you the difference a professional service can make.

Here’s why you need a professional removal service

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

This is when we get an emergency call – the customer has loaded what they thought was all their possessions into what they thought was a family SUV, it’s raining, the traffic is horrendous, and they just realised the washing machine and wardrobe aren’t going to fit on any roof rack. Our opinion? When it comes to a professional, efficient, fast move, no job is too small. Here’s why…

1. Moving is exhausting. Even if you don’t have a grand piano to shift, all that tramping up and down stairs, lifting, shunting and puffing takes a huge toll on the body unless you’re used to the exertion.

2. You’ve got other things to worry about. On your big day, you’ve got enough to take care of with keys, bills, utilities and inventory. It’s a whole lot easier when you’re watching someone else move your possessions.

3. You need special equipment. It won’t be long before you realise that a few cardboard boxes and a roll of tape won’t finish the job. Our professional removal experts come fully tooled up with the proper equipment to move your house – winches, pulleys, tracks, straps and bubble wrap.

4. It’s a science. When you’ve completed removals for hundreds of properties, you end up seeing things differently. And we’ve done hundreds, from one-bedroom flats to mansions. We have a unique set of skills when it comes to assessing space, room to move, weight, load and balance. Even if you had a room full of Ming Vases to transport over cobbled streets, we’re confident we’ll deliver each one in perfect condition. Besides, we’re insured.

Ready to get started? Give us a call and we’ll come up with a perfect plan.

How to Pack when Moving House

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

If you’ve ever seen footage of the military depositing an endless succession of crates and vehicles onto some overseas landing strip, you’ll have marvelled at the efficiency, speed and organisation of the entire operation. But why shouldn’t your professional removal service be the same? The good news is that we can.

We’ll take care of everything if you need – and we mean everything, from your grand piano or marble bird fountain to your children’s teddy bear. Here’s what you can do…

1. Work room by room. If you try to tackle the whole house in one go, you will get easily overwhelmed. With a few days/weeks to go before your move, you can start packing up the items that you rarely use – the ornaments, picture frames, spare bedding and so on. That means that the last room to tackle will probably be the kitchen and bathroom.

2. Label your boxes. We recommend an easy reference colour-coding system for fast sorting. Again, we’re more than happy to take care of this ourselves, but many customers prefer the personal touch. The most important label of all? FRAGILE! Especially if you’re packing up everything in advance, we need to know what’s delicate, so that know to place it on top and secure it.

3. Don’t overload. There’s nothing to be gained by loading up your boxes until they’re ready to burst. Boxes are cheap and we’ll bring plenty. Your most treasured possessions are priceless.

Ready to get started? We’re happy to come and visit the location to offer our expert advice on the next step of your move.

Preparing your possessions for the big move

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Once you’ve booked your dates and hired professional help, it’s time to take stock of all your worldly possessions – in preparation for moving the whole lot to your next destination. It’s at times like this when you finally realise just how much stuff you have hidden away at the back of cupboards, in overhead lockers and piled up in the attic. But don’t worry, an expert removal company will make light work of the whole process.

Start with an inventory
It’s not just when you move into your new home that you should complete an inventory. It’s worth doing one before you’ve even got your first box ready. Whilst everything is still untouched, walk through each room and compile an extensive list of what is in each one. You should be aiming to:

Get rid of the stuff you never use
Identify the fragile or delicate items
Identify hazardous or perishable goods
Large volume or heavy items

Whilst you’re busy, remember that there are two beings in particular that are unlikely to help you at this point:

Give yourself the chance to concentrate and declutter by packing off the little ones or the furry friends to another room or the garden, and let yourself focus on the task in hand.

Draw up your list, assign a category or code to each, and get ready for the next step. At this point, you can give us a call and let us know in more detail about the scale of your removals. Of course, if you don’t have time, we’re more than happy to take care of the whole process ourselves.

Moving house? Here’s what to do next

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Once you’ve found your dream home, the euphoria can quickly give way to the realisation that you’ve got to move your treasured possessions out, and get them all safely across the doorstep at the other end. Suddenly, it can look like an ordeal.

You can make the whole process much simpler with the help of the professionals. Then all you need to do is pack up your plants, pots, and pictures and let the experts take care of the heavy lifting.
Get planning

Before you even take your first photo off the mantelpiece, it’s time to put a well-planned campaign in place. You can make the whole process run smoothly if you:

1. Book time off. You might need to give a few weeks’ notice at work, so make sure you get your request in with plenty of time. You don’t even have to be at home if you’re using a professional removal service, but it gives many people peace of mind.

2. Pick a date. You’ll probably already know the date when you have to vacate the property and can pick up the keys for the next one. Once you have a rough idea, don’t leave it too late to start calling in the experts.

3. Go off-peak. If possible, avoid busy periods like Fridays and Bank Holidays. Not only will you find it easier to get your first choice professional help mid-week or at off-peak times, but you’ll also find it easier to zip back and forth between your old and new home in traffic.

Ready to get started? Give us a call to arrange your fast, efficient, friendly move.

Are removal services really that good or is it better to do it yourself?

Friday, November 14th, 2014

A lot of people prefer independence when it comes to doing certain tasks but one job that has mixed views whether to take a DIY approach to things in moving your stuff and transporting them to a new destination. Is it beneficial to do it yourself or will the handy man with the van have to fix all the problems?

While moving may seem easy at a glance, you will soon figure that it is a stressful and laborious process; it entails quite a lot of preparation and sometimes things do not always go as well as they’re initially planned as your mind is crowded due to the stress. However, this is where removal services are proven to be more popular; removal services alleviate some of the stress by doing all the work, such as the preparation and arrangement of the move, for their customers.

Removal services are also a faster way of transporting your items. Wherever you are, the right removal service will take your goods to the destination in the quickest and best way; while you may be unsure of new areas, the expert drivers are also savvy around their surrounding area, which will reduce the transportation process time considerably as they will find the best routes.

Removal services also accompany handymen who assist with dismantling or plumbing various appliances and machinery. Sometimes this is problematic and implausible to do on your own, such as if you’re older, you don’t have plumbing experience or if you have any lifestyle changes, such as if you’re pregnant or are unwell; it is always important to disassemble appliances and machinery in the correct way to avoid safety hazards. Transportation services include handymen to carry out tasks, such as unplumbing and plumbing, while the van men are ready to transport your stuff to your new place.

Removal services offer so many services that help with moving, you may as well take advantage of it. Most places are cost-effective as well as efficient. Not only will you save money and time with a removal service, you will find it less stressful and safer. So to conclude, it is better to confide in a removal company rather than attempt a DIY transportation job.