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5 Things To Know When Moving From Small Town To Big City

If you are looking into moving from a small town to a big city, it’s important to remember that although they may contain some similarities, at large they are often vastly different places to live (and we aren’t just talking about the geographical size of the area!). 

If you're not quite sure about moving to a big city and are looking for information on this, look no further. We’ve put together a list of things you should know which should help you come to a decision. 

More Opportunities 

Probably one of the best reasons for moving from a small town to a big city is the increase in opportunities that a large city has to offer. Whether this is job opportunities, schools, places to eat and visit, etc., a larger city naturally has more space to hold these additional opportunities than a small town does and in turn, is home to a larger population that requires this range of opportunities. 

Often, people choose to move to a large city for their career, but this doesn’t mean cities aren’t also great for family life. As we’ve just discussed, due to the larger population of these cities, it requires the need for more schools for the children living there, meaning that you will have more options than you would in your small hometown. 

More Privacy 

As a local Plymouth Removal Company, we can tell you it’s very much a small world in Plymouth, where you’re likely to have mutual friends with someone you know and be able to find out things happening in your local area quite quickly. However, moving from a small town to a big city like Manchester or London, this is not so much the case and it’s unlikely that you’ll know what’s going on in the area unless you look for the information. 

With this in mind, you’ll probably find that you have more privacy in a large city, which sounds odd considering there are more people in the area, but if you’re looking to start your life on a clean slate where nobody knows you, moving to a big city could be the route for you. 

Higher Wages 

It is well known that by moving from a small town to a big city, you will see an increase in wages, largely due to more competition and higher productivity in the area. However, a study has found that the size of your birth city can have a significant impact on your earnings later in life. It also suggests that the more amenities, larger choice of schools, more options for things to do in the neighbourhood and bigger social circles you have can have a positive effect on your earnings in the future.

So if you are planning on moving your family to a large city, you can be sure that there are benefits for them as well as you. 

Higher Cost of Living 

With large cities boasting a higher level of wages in comparison to the small town that you work in currently, it’s worth bearing mind that this also comes with a higher cost of living. Just going for a drink in the local pub, or even parking your car will likely cost you more than you are used to, and that’s without thinking about the rent/mortgage prices that you’ll be required to pay in a large city.

You may look to downsize your home when moving from a small town to a big city, as what you thought was a reasonable price to pay on your rent/mortgage in your current house is likely to see a significant increase if you are looking to have a similar size house. That said, if you want to continue paying a similar price, it’s best to balance that with reducing the requirements you are looking for in your new home. 

More Traffic / More Public Transport  

As obvious as it may sound, when moving from a small town to a big city, you’d expect to experience more traffic on the road from the larger population that big cities are home to. With that comes more public transport opportunities, take a look at Manchester for example who have trams, and London with the underground on top of all the normal public transport that other towns and cities have.   

Although public transport helps to reduce your carbon footprint by sharing your journey with others, the more traffic in the city creates an increased risk of air pollution. So, if you're thinking of moving to a big city, think about using public transport as much as you can to help contribute to creating a better/healthier environment. 

Pushes You Out Of Your Comfort Zone 

As we’ve already mentioned, a small town can often mean that you always know someone that knows one of your other friends and moving to a larger city can often mean that you don’t feel like you know anyone, unless you move to be near friends and family. Situations like this, although may feel uncomfortable to start with, can often be a real benefit to your move by pushing you out of your comfort zone to do things on your own that you may not have done otherwise. Not only will this push you into new experiences, it should also help increase your confidence around doing more things on your own around your new home. 

At Plymouth removal company Hackworthy and Sons, we have helped many clients moving from a small town to a big city, whether this be from Kingsbridge to Plymouth or Plymouth to London, we’ve done it. If you’re looking for help in your move to a big city, contact us today or get a quote online.  

6 New House Superstitions To Ensure Good Luck When Moving

Have any of your family and friends ever wished you good luck in your house move? Whilst this is likely a caring comment from your loved ones, for some people luck means more than that and some people may go out of their way to attract luck to their lives and home through following new house superstitions. 

Much like, breaking a mirror is supposed to give you bad luck for 7 years, there are many new house traditions that we’ve looked into to help those superstitious people out. 

Leave Your Old Broom Behind

It is a common new house superstition that you should purchase a new broom, leaving your old broom behind at your previous house. You will have swept up dirt in your old home and it is understood according to Feng Shui principles that your old broom carries all the negative aspects of your life. Nobody wants to bring negativity into their new home, so leave your old broom behind to avoid this. 

After cleaning up your old home following the move your broom is likely to have gathered a lot of dirt and dust, so even if you don’t believe in new house superstitions, it’s still a great tip to ensure that your new home is spick and span. 

Boil Milk 

If you’re looking to bring good luck into your new home, a common Hindu tradition is to boil milk on your new oven and let it boil over the top. This is thought to bring good energy and money, as well as symbolising prosperity and abundance. 

Although the phrase “don’t cry over spilt milk” typically means not to cry over something that’s already happened. It has true significance to this new house superstition, why cry over spilt milk if it’s going to bring you good luck and energy. 

Burn Sage 

You may have heard of burning sage to get rid of the bad energy surrounding you, but have you ever thought of doing this when moving into your new home, to get rid of the bad energy that has lived there before you. This new house superstition is said to keep your home safe from unwanted visitors but has also been recognised to reduce bacteria in the air by 94%. So whether you are superstitious or not, burning sage in your new home is guaranteed to provide some benefits. 

Paint Your Porch Ceiling Blue

Whilst we see many trends when it comes to colours within your home, painting your porch ceiling blue is actually a new house superstition that has been around for many years. The haint blue colour is thought to scare spirits away, as a result of the water-like shade that they are afraid to cross. Haint is the Gulla Geechee pronunciation of “haunt” or spirit, that of which cannot cross water, so to avoid mischievous and dubious spirits entering your home, the blue shade tricks them into thinking that they need to cross water and are in turn steered away from entering the house. 

Spread Out Salt 

Much like a lot of the new house superstitions, spreading salt in the doorways of your new home and over the threshold, it is believed that this will fight off evil spirits in your home. By vacuuming up this after 24 hours you not only clean up the mess that it's made but also vacuum the spirits away. 

Moving House On A Friday or Saturday

A common new house superstition that many people believe, is to avoid moving house on a Friday or Saturday as it is thought to prevent you from being able to settle into your new home and can be unlucky. However, these are amongst the most popular days to move, so if you’re a superstitious person you may even find more availability during the rest of the week, whilst also avoiding the potential of bad luck. 

Whilst we have covered many of the common superstitions of ensuring good luck in your new home, there are so many more housewarming traditions across the globe that are thought to bring good luck. 

We understand that superstitions aren’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for a reliable removal company, Hackworthy & Sons can help, all you need to do is contact us today for a quote.

The 8 Best Home Office Accessories For Remote Workers

As we all know remote working has seen a hugely significant increase over the past year, with all those with the ability to work from home being told to work independently away from the office. Let’s face it, we all thought that we’d back to work within a few weeks when we were told to work from home, but as the year has gone on we can only but dream of going back to the office at the moment (although, it’s beginning to look like more of a possibility soon). However, as we’ve previously looked at, many businesses are going to be looking to downsize their office space, since they have seen how productive their employees can be working from home and working in a small office environment.

In this blog, we look into the best home office accessories for remote workers that could have a positive impact on the productivity of your workforce. Interested to find out more? Keep reading!

Ergonomic Desk Chair 

Comfort is key to everything when it comes to sitting up at a computer all day, so an ergonomic desk chair has to be included on our list of the best home office accessories. Without an ergonomic chair you can risk causing problems with your posture and getting back pain. Let’s face it no one can fully concentrate if they are in pain, but you can help avoid these issues by using a chair that has been specifically adjusted to fit your height etc. This obviously benefits the employee, but employers can also benefit from ergonomic chairs, as a study found that productivity can increase by 17.7% with the use of an ergonomic chair, as a result of experiencing fewer negative symptoms throughout the day. 

Comfortable Desk 

Following on very suitably from a comfortable desk chair is a comfortable desk that is at the correct height for you. It might come as a surprise to you but you can actually overwork your shoulder and arm muscles if your desk is too high, and cause strain in your shoulders, upper back, neck and arms if your desk is too low. So if you’re looking to begin taking up more remote working or would like to improve your current remote working set up, take a look at this article from The Entrepreneur Handbook for more information on the desk height you should be aiming for and even the benefits of an adjustable or standing desk. 

A Speaker / Smart Assistant 

From a survey carried out in 2019, it was found that around half of the 2,000 Brits regularly listen to music whilst they work, and 2 out of 5 of these believed that it helps them get more done. So, what better way to put this to the test and reap the benefits than investing in a speaker to blast the tunes out whilst you work. What’s even better is that if you invest in a smart assistant, such as a Google Home or an Amazon Alexa, you can listen to music as well as setting yourself reminders and more. Think of it as your very own artificial PA! 

Plants

Most people are likely to enjoy having an aesthetically pleasing desk space, not only to keep their mind focussed and organised but also to have something to look at and add some personality to your desk. A plant provides exactly that and more, including benefits to your health! Yes, you read that correctly! They can improve air quality, reduce fatigue and sickness as well as reducing stress within your workspace. 

If you're keen on the idea of a desk plant, but aren't sure what one to get, check out this great article by Ambius, who has put together a top 10 of the best plants for your desk at work

Coffee Machine or Teapot 

No matter what your drink of choice is in the office, making tea or a coffee is a great way to take a 5 minute break and re-energise yourself for the tasks ahead. By having a coffee machine in your remote working environment you’ll not only benefit from a break but you can also increase your productivity from the short time away from your desk. Employers can also benefit from this, as it will reduce the time away from your desk that you may have otherwise spent going to the local coffee shop near the office, as well as boosting your health thanks to the health benefits that coffee can provide. 

A Door Hanger

It sounds bizarre, but until 2020 many of us would have thought what on earth do I need a door hanger for when working from home. But, with many people having a full home during lockdown, things can get noisy and it helps to make people aware when you are in a meeting so that no-one gets interrupted. We’ve all seen the interview in the past year where someone gets interrupted in the call, by hanging up a door hanger to let people know this helps to avoid the inevitable. This might even make number one spot on this list of best home accessories for remote working. If you’re interested in purchasing one of these, check out this great one for Zoom meetings on Etsy.com.

A Ring Light 

You might have seen people use ring lights to achieve the best selfies or film videos and until we all started remote working, this was probably the most popular use. But now, if you’re going to be working from home on a more regular basis, a ring light might be something that you look into purchasing to ensure that you everyone can see you well on a zoom call and you're not affected by the miserable weather that is happening outside. 

This will also come in handy for any occasions where you need to take a photo for work.

Wireless Phone Charger 

Finally, on our list of best home office accessories for remote workers, is a wireless phone charger. Nowadays laptops and computers require an adapter to plug in more than one or two other devices, leaving you with a choice whether to charge your phone or plug your mouse and keyboard in. With a wireless charger, all you need is a socket to plug into the electrics and you can place your phone on top to charge, avoiding the need to fuss around with leads when the phone rings but ensuring a fully charged phone for your calls. 

With more of us inevitably going to be working from home more frequently than before even once the pandemic is over, it’s obvious that there is and will continue to be a lot more home accessories out there for remote workers and their employers to benefit from. 

But these are some of our favourites that we’ve found and think will be really useful for benefitting the productivity of your business. 

Is your team going to be working from home more regularly after the pandemic is over and are you looking at downsizing your office as a result of this? At Hackworthy & Sons, we can help with your office removals, if you’re interested in finding out more contact us today. 

4 Benefits Of Working In A Small Office Environment

With many people having worked from home for nearly a year now, it comes as no surprise that businesses are considering downsizing their offices. For employees to have adapted to working from home so efficiently and productively, this truly goes to show the benefits of working in a small office environment that they otherwise wouldn’t have. If you’re considering offering a remote working option after the pandemic is over, keep reading to find out what the benefits of working in a small office environment are and how this can help you reduce costs. 

Although there will still be a need for office spaces once the global pandemic is over, a staggering one in three small businesses are said to be planning to downsize but what are the benefits? 

Lower Costs 

Well, first up and maybe one of the most obvious benefits of working in a small office environment is the reduction of costs. By reducing the size of your office space, not only will you reduce the cost of your rent, but you will not have to spend so much on heating a large space, cleaning costs will be lower with fewer rooms and less space to cover and if you’re lucky you might even downsize to a location that has free parking. 

Better Productivity 

Several studies have shown that productivity levels have significantly increased by 47% while working remotely during the Coronavirus pandemic. So, by downsizing your office and giving your employees more flexibility and choice to work from home you can help sustain the boost in productivity and see the true benefits of this option. It’s also likely that your work from home set up is in a smaller environment than you are used to, so, many benefits of working in a small office environment at home strongly correlate with that of working in a smaller environment once you can go back into the workplace. 

Environmentally Friendly

A benefit of working in a smaller office environment and giving your employees the freedom to work from home more regularly is the positive effect it can have on the environment. The more people are working from home there is less need to commute to your workplace and meetings, meaning that you can help reduce the number of harmful emissions and somewhat unnecessary journeys that you would have made previously. 

Increased Flexibility 

As we’ve already briefly discussed, the flexibility of allowing your employees to work from home means that as a company you can reap the benefits of now having the ability to downsize. But, this means flexibility in itself is a great benefit of working in a smaller office environment. By increasing your flexibility around people working remotely, you can also increase your businesses offerings further afield and even hire new employees from wider geographic locations. 

2020 has definitely taught everyone a new way of working, especially for those who have an office-based role, but we’ve adapted so quickly and the situation has highlighted some great benefits we otherwise wouldn’t have noticed. If downsizing is something you're considering after seeing the benefits of working in a small office environment can have on your business, take a look at the other things to consider from relocating your office and your options around office removals

At Hackworthy & Sons, we have vast experience in office removals, including clients that have downsized, so if you’d like more information get in contact with the team today. 

5 Top Tips On How To Downsize Your Home When Moving

Looking at downsizing your home? It’s likely that where your living currently is too big for those of you living there, with that you probably have way more things in your home than you need. If you need advice on how to downsize your home effectively, you’re in the right place as we provide you with our top tips on how to downsize your home. 

Declutter

First up on our list of top tips on how to downsize your home has got to be, decluttering. Without decluttering your home before you move house you run the risk of bringing unnecessary items with you to your new house that you don't have room for. Not only will this give you less space in your new home, but it’s also likely to cause you stress and anxiety that your move wasn’t the right decision. If you’ve decided downsizing to a smaller home is the right steps for you, be practical with what you take with you to your new home. Think to yourself; Do I really need this? What do I need this for? When was the last time I used this? Asking yourself these questions will help you to work out the things that you use and whether they hold enough value and use to take with you to your new home. 

For more tips on how to declutter your home, check out our recent article here.

Use Storage Units For Items You Are Unable To Fit In Your Home 

If you are downsizing to a smaller home that has fewer storage areas, such as a garage or shed but still need somewhere to store these items away from the inside of your home. Have you considered storing these items in a nearby storage unit? You can store almost anything in a storage unit and can choose from a variety of sizes to suit the amount of space required for your belongings. Items such as garden furniture could be stored in a unit during the winter months and collected in the summer when needed. 

Make Use Of Multi-functional Furniture 

Wondering how to downsize your home with a multitude of furniture to move? If so, items such as sofa beds have a number of uses which means that you don’t need to buy two different pieces of furniture for the same purpose. Have your children moved out of home but you still need to have somewhere for them to stay when they visit? Where you may have had a chair and a bed in one room, why not get rid of these items and make use of your sofa bed? Not only will this make your room look bigger in your new home but will also be more inviting with less clutter around the room. 

Utilise Storage Space

Upon deciding that you will be downsizing to a smaller home, whilst viewing potential houses to move to, it's worth keeping a lookout for the storage spaces available in these properties. No matter how much preparation and decluttering you can do before downsizing your home, it won't be until you have moved in that you know how much or how little will fit into your new home. So keeping an eye out for properties with a lot of storage space will help to ensure that there is room for things to be put away once you have moved in. 

Digitise Photos, Paperwork, etc 

Finally, a tip that can be used across multiple areas, is digitising things that you need/own. For example, if you have lots of old photos that you’d like to keep but don’t need all of the repeats and negatives etc, think about getting these uploaded onto a hard drive so that you can view these on the computer, saving room in the house where these would be stored. 

Other steps you can take are moving to online bank statements and any other paper communications you have with people, this will not only reduce clutter but you’ll play your part in saving the environment.

At Hackworthy & Sons we have carried out many UK removals where people have been downsizing to a smaller home, so if you are considering this move and have any further questions on how to downsize your home, get in touch today. 

9 Tips For Decluttering Your Home In The New Year

Are you feeling a little demotivated after Christmas and out of sorts from the clutter that's built up in your home over the last few weeks. It’s time to start working on decluttering your home, think Marie Kondo and you’ll be done in no time. If you’re not sure where to start, keep reading to check out our list of useful tips for decluttering your home in the new year. 

Make A Plan 

Although this list is in no particular order we would recommend that the first step you take to decluttering your home is to make a plan. Once you’ve made a plan this will give you something to work towards and tick off to see the progress that you’ve made over time. This can be a very loose plan listing the order of rooms that you’d like to work in or can detail the specific tasks that you’d like to get done in each room.

Work In One Room At A Time 

As we’ve just mentioned, making a plan of the order of rooms to work in will help you see the progress you are making in decluttering your home, this leads onto another tip of only working in one room at one time. There is nothing worse than having your whole house turned upside down because you're on a decluttering spree. You can avoid this by starting and finishing one room before moving onto the next room, this way each of the tidy rooms that you see will help to motivate you to keep going with those that you have left. 

Use Hacks When Tidying Things Away

There are so many hacks out there for everything from cleaning your windows with vinegar to storing your bed sheets into it’s matching pillowcase to save space and keep everything in one place. When decluttering your home, life hacks are your best friend, defined as “a simple and clever tip or technique for accomplishing familiar tasks more easily and efficiently”, why wouldn’t you want to make things easier for yourself. We know how annoying it can be to put things away every five minutes, especially when children are around, so why not try labelling some boxes to keep in the house where you can filter all of the things that need to be moved into the relevant boxes. Think of it as filing your belongings away, you might consider labelling your boxes with; things to put away, donations and things to sell. This hack will help you decide quickly where things should go, you should follow your instinct when it comes to putting things into these boxes as this will help you declutter your home of things that you don’t need or have value to you. 

Set A Timer To Declutter Each Room 

If you’re someone who dreads the thought of decluttering your home and can find it hard to pluck up the courage to start, why not try setting yourself a short time limit to work towards getting as much done as possible in this time. By setting yourself a time limit, this will help you move your focus to how much time you have left rather than the work that you have to do in the room, helping you work more productively. 

Keep Your Mind Decluttered 

It sounds really odd, but by making sure other areas of your life are not cluttered will help you when it comes to decluttering your home. Other areas of your life that can be decluttered are; to make sure that your emails are tidy and easy to find, ensure that all messages are read and you don’t have heaps of spam emails that never get read. Cleaning other areas such as your car that you regularly spend time in will help to not only keep your environment decluttered but also your mind. Nobody wants a cluttered mind do they? 

Designate Specific Areas For Things 

By designating specific areas for things such as children's toys, paperwork, cleaning equipment etc this will help you know exactly where things need to go when decluttering your home. In turn, helping you to get the task done quicker as well as avoiding shoving stuff into an area just to tidy the areas visible to people. By doing this everyone in this house will know where things need to go so there is no confusion between those tidying things away.  

Check Expiry Dates On Items 

You might be thinking, how will checking expiry dates on items help when decluttering your home? Well, by throwing out all of the items in your house past the expiry date this will ensure that you are not hoarding items of food, toiletries, makeup etc that you won't be able to use. Freeing up space that can be used more efficiently. 

Discard Things That Don't Spark Joy

Marie Kondo who we briefly mentioned earlier, has a hit Netflix series which uses tidying expertise to help those she visits to declutter their home. The method she advocates is to discard items that don’t spark joy to your life, ensuring that all the items you own have a purpose and will be used. 

She also suggests working by categories when decluttering your home rather than room, so if you’re not a fan of choosing one room at a time this may be the option for you. 

Purchase Some Storage Solutions 

To help organise your belongings, you may find storage solutions useful to help separate draws and cupboards into creating more spaces to store your items. These can often be found in IKEA and other homeware or discount stores.  

Alternatively, if you have larger items that require storage solutions, have you considered self-storage facilities? This way you’ll be able to keep larger items that are not currently needed, away from cluttering up areas of your home. Check out our sister company Plymouth Self Storagefor more information. 

From your clearout, you may be left wondering what to do with unwanted items and furniture, don’t worry we have you covered, check out our website to find out what you can do. Overall you can see that there are many tips that can help when decluttering your home this new year and we’ve just covered a few. If you’ve found any useful tips when decluttering your home be sure to share these with us Facebook & Twitter to help pass the message onto others currently in this process. 

6 Things To Consider When Thinking About Office Relocation

We know moving can be a hassle at the best of times, but office relocations can be even more worrying to some people due to the move affecting more people. We wanted to make things easier for you, so we’ve put together a list of things you should consider when thinking about an office relocation. It's very important when planning an office move to take your time and prepare as this will help to cause the least disruption as possible, for office removal preparation tips check out this article. 

Location, Location, Location 

One of the first things and most might say the most important thing to consider when thinking about an office relocation is the location’. A lot relies on the location of an office, from the employees to the clients who will be visiting the office. When looking at the location of your office relocation, you’ll want to consider whether there is parking available nearby, the public transport links that people may need to use to get to you and also how central you are (nobody wants to be searching around looking for your office in the middle of nowhere). Your office may be in a central location but is it easy to find for those who are not familiar with the location and it’s their first time visiting? These are all the things you should consider before making a decision on your new office space. 

If you like to change up the location of your meetings and meet clients in a coffee shop to get away from the office for a bit or have a confidential meeting, we’d recommend checking out what places you have around your potential new office to find out if the surrounding area has what you need. 

Does The Office Space Have The Facilities You Require 

Does your new office meet your requirements in terms of size and location? That's brilliant. The next thing to tick off of your list is whether the office relocation has all of the facilities required for your business to run. Things you might want to consider are whether the office has a kitchen for you and your employees to use, whether bills are included in the rent price, whether there is internet access already there, whether there are parking facilities available and much more. It’s suggested that you make a list of all the things that you’d like from your office relocation before jumping in to view places that may not have anything you are looking for. 

What Is Your Budget? 

Much like, working out what facilities you require from your office, you should consider how much you can afford and whether this fits in with the requirements that you have for the office relocation. 

Organising An Office Removal 

Once you’ve made the choice on your new office, now is the time to consider arranging your office removals, and gather quotes from office removal companies once you’ve done this and decided on the removals company for your office relocation you can then get a removal date booked in the diary that fits with your agreement with the landlord.

Making A Plan 

You might want to think about making a plan for your office move, not just of how and when your office relocation is going to happen, but how you are going to inform everyone involved in the business of your move. Obviously informing your staff will be fairly easy, but when it comes to informing you clients and suppliers it's worth working out the best way of doing this and how much notice you will need to give them of your move. 

What Needs To Be Purchased

Office furniture & equipment - do you need to buy any additional furniture for your office if you’ve taken on new staff or your office layout doesn't work with the current furniture 

If you’re upgrading the size of your office space to make room for a bigger team, then it’s likely that you’ll need to purchase more furniture and office equipment. This is something to consider before you move so that you are prepared and know exactly what needs to be bought on arrival to the office. You may even consider ordering this a few days before your move to arrive as close to moving day as possible. This way it won’t take up room in the removal van, but you’ll have everything in your new office without the worry of thinking what needs to be bought after you’ve moved. 

At Hackworthy & Sons we have vast experience in office removals, so if you’re looking for a Plymouth removal company to help you move into your new workspace get in contact with us today for a quote. 

Move House Before April 2021 & Enjoy A Stamp Duty Holiday

As a result of the 2020 pandemic, many initiatives have been brought in to help improve the economy, with one of these being the stamp duty holiday.

What Is Stamp Duty? 

Essentially, stamp duty is a tax (SDLT) that applies to everyone who purchases land or property within England or Northern Ireland, this includes buying freehold properties, a new or existing leasehold, buying through a shared ownership scheme and transferred land or property in exchange for payment. 

Generally, when you buy a property, you will be required to pay stamp duty on any properties over £125,000 for those who’ve previously owned a property. However, the stamp duty holiday was brought in to last until 31st March 2021 to help support the property market and the economy accordingly. Typically, in normal circumstances, you will be required to pay a 2% charge on the part of property between £125,000 and £250,000. As well as organising your home removals upon completing on your house, if you’re required to pay stamp duty, this will need to be paid within 2 weeks of the completion of your house via your solicitor. 

If you’re a first-time buyer you might be wondering do I have to pay stamp duty? Well, the answer is yes! However, only on properties over £300,000, which in comparison to home movers who are normally required to pay stamp duty from anything above £125,000, this threshold is a great advantage for first-time buyers who can purchase a property above £125,000. So, does this mean I can benefit from the stamp duty holiday, you may ask? With the average first-time buyer paying around £208,000 for the first property, it is unlikely that as a first-time buyer you will benefit from the stamp duty holiday unless your home is valued at £500,000. 

Due to the difference in legislations around property taxes across the UK, it’s important to bear in mind that rates may vary on the stamp duty holiday. For example, when moving within England and Northern Ireland, you will only be required to pay stamp duty on homes over £500,000. However, in Wales and Scotland, you will need to pay 5% stamp duty on homes over £250,000. Although, these all share the end date of 31st March 2021, so get in quick if you want to benefit from the stamp duty holiday!

What Is the Stamp Duty Holiday?  

The stamp duty holiday was introduced in the summer to encourage people to move house, saving home buyers money as a result if the property that they wish to purchase is less than £500,000. With many people saving an average of £4,500 it’s no surprise that 90% of transactions are no longer required to pay stamp duty. 

Calls For Extension To The Stamp Duty Holiday

This is not the first time that there has been a stamp duty holiday to help improve the economy. Back in 2008, there was another stamp duty holiday for a whole year on properties worth up to £175,000 which was brought in to lift the market following the financial crisis. However, due to the pandemic, and the stamp duty holiday this has seen a huge increase in property sales meaning that resources are strained across solicitors, estate agents, lenders, etc to carry out the formalities, resulting in calls for the stamp duty holiday to be extended. 

If you’d like more information on the stamp duty holiday, we’d recommend getting in contact with a conveyancing solicitor who will be able to explain how this relates to your personal circumstances and whether or not you will be required to pay this on your new home.

However, if you’re looking for a Plymouth removal company to carry out your home removals, Hackworthy & Sons can help. 

Get in touch with us today for your home removal quote. 

9 Tips To Make Moving House Over Christmas Less Stressful

Moving house can be stressful on its own can be stressful for some people, but with the added stress of Christmas on top, so we’ve put together a list of useful tips to help make moving house over Christmas more relaxing. 

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare 

As obvious as it may sound, preparation is key to moving house over Christmas. If the contracts have been handed over to you in the lead up to Christmas, the first thing you should do is choose your home removals company. During the festive period, there is likely to be fewer slots available for house removals as a result of businesses taking a break over Christmas. So, as soon as your house has been secured you’ll want to get in quick to obtain your home removal quotes in order to move house as soon as possible. Just think, if you can make moving house over Christmas possible, you’ll be able to go into the new year in your new house with a fresh mind not having to worry about an upcoming house move.

This tip is especially important for those looking at moving house over Christmas to an overseas country. The reason for this is that there are many other things involved in international removals that will need to be arranged and it can take a lot longer to organise dates, exchange contracts etc when moving to another country. With this in mind, you’d be looking to prepare a few months in advance for moving overseas during Christmas time, as opposed to the few weeks preparation required to move house domestically. 

Put Together A Plan 

Something that will help you to prepare for your festive house move is putting together a plan. By outlining a fairly detailed plan of what needs to be done in the lead up to your move and the things that need to be carried out on the day, this will already help relieve the stresses of moving house over Christmas. Essentially, whatever makes things easier for you is the way to go, by planning in advance you can be sure that you’re not going to miss anything on the day.  

Prepare For Bad Weather 

As we aren’t often blessed with the weather in England, preparing for bad weather is something that we cannot recommend highly enough. Our Plymouth removal company is used to the unpredictability of the weather that can affect house removals and is vastly experienced to deal with most challenges. However, if you can help us prepare for bad weather by informing us of the challenges, such as icy roads etc and help assist in these by laying down salt etc we can all try and ensure a stressful situation is avoided. 

Use Storage Facilities To Ease The Stress Of Unpacking 

No matter how much decluttering you do before moving house, you’re always faced with a pile of boxes to unpack. Depending on how close to Christmas you are moving, it might be worth placing some of your items into a self-storage facility. For example, if there are boxes of things that needed to be sorted as you are unpacking and aren’t essential in making your new house feel like a home, why not move these into a storage facility to ease the stress and the number of boxes required to unpack before moving. Once the rest of your house is unpacked and Christmas is out of the way, you can move your belongings back into your home and unpack at your own leisure without the time constraint. 

If you’re keen on the idea of putting some things into storage to reduce the stress of unpacking, visit the sister company of our Plymouth removal company, Plymouth Self Storage for more information. 

Arrange Childcare 

If you’re moving house over Christmas, it’s worth trying to organise the move on a school day so that you don't have to worry about looking after the children during the removal. If you have friends or family asking if you need any help, why not use this opportunity to ask them for help picking your child/children up from school and looking after them until you’re ready for them to come back to the new house. This way you can reduce the worry of having to get most of the move done before school finishes as you can be sure that your loved ones are being cared for. 

Pack A Box Of Food And Drink Essentials  

We recommend this for home removals throughout the year, but packing a box of food and drink essentials that you’ll want to access throughout the day will enable you to find the box easily and keep your energy levels up for unpacking. Although, what’s better when moving house over Christmas is you can fill this up with loads of Christmas goodies to enjoy, think chocolates, mince pies etc. Some might say they’d rather move at Christmas! 

Keep Your Christmas Decorations To Hand To Decorate Your New Home 

Do you ever feel the dreaded hatred of having to find the Christmas decorations each year? Well, a benefit to moving house over Christmas is that you’ll know exactly where they are and decorate the house as you are unpacking your new home. 

Not only will this save you time searching the attic, decorating your new home will help make you feel at home and what better way to take the stressful moving thoughts away than looking at the beautiful Christmas tree in your living room. 

Buy Christmas Presents Before Moving House 

Depending on how close to Christmas you are moving, it might be worth doing your shopping beforehand. This way you won’t have the added worry of having to buy presents as well as unpacking the house. If you’re really organised you could even wrap and label them so most of your Christmas tasks are done before you even move. 

Although, it’s worth noting that if you plan on buying everybody’s presents before, to put all of the presents into boxes together so that none get lost in random boxes during the move. There’s nothing worse than trying to find a present that you’ve hidden “safely”. By putting them all together they will be easy to find at the new house and be put straight under the tree. 

Order A Food Shop To Arrive At Your New House 

Finally, a tip that we think is really helpful is ordering a grocery shop to arrive at your new house within the first few days of moving. This way, you can focus your attention to the unpacking rather than making a list for the supermarket. 

If you’ve found moving house over Christmas to be stressful before and have any other tips that you would have found helpful, we’d love to hear from you. Share your ideas with us on Facebook or Twitter and we might even add them to this article. 

What's Involved In A Typical Removal Company Home Survey?

First time moving house and wondering what is involved in a removal company home survey? Well, we can’t speak for everyone but we thought you may find it helpful to know what is involved in a Hackworthy & Sons home survey

We believe that the best way to get a removal company home survey is by visiting the house of those looking to move. This is the easiest way for both parties to determine what needs to be moved and gives the opportunity for everyone to ask questions as and when they come up throughout the survey. 

We know that some removal company home surveys are a way of hard-selling their service to the customer, but we aren’t about that at Hackworthy and all of our surveys and home removal quotes are provided free with no obligation. Moving house is stressful enough as it is, the least you need is your removal company home survey to add to the stress. 

Typically a home survey with us will involve a member of the team visiting your home to view the contents and assess what access is needed to the property ( for example, is there a parking space for the removal van to use? Or is the property above ground level etc). By carrying out a home visit, all you need to do is be at the property to let us in. We would recommend that you walk around the property with us, this enables us to be aware of any areas which have things in need of moving that aren't obvious to those who don’t live in the home. However, if you’re busy with children or work from home, then we can survey the house on our own and come together with you at the end to ask/answer any questions and discuss the next steps in the process. Our home surveys usually last between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on the size of your property, so we’d recommend putting aside about an hour or so for this. 

Following our survey of your home, we will send you a written home removal quote for you to consider in your own time, to help you choose the right removal company for you. However, during this time please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions that come up during your decision process and we will happily help.

Hackworthy & Sons understands that life responsibilities can mean that you don’t always have the time to do these things at a convenient time for both parties. If you lead a busy life or just aren’t keen on home visits at the moment, we can offer you a visit-free removal quotation. Whether this is doing a virtual survey or filling out our online quotation form, the choice is yours. 

Overall a Hackworthy removal company home survey offers you:

  • The chance to ask any questions and queries relating to your move 
  • An experienced team member surveying your property, whether this be a home visit or a video survey 
  • Hassle-free, no-obligation service
  • A written quotation for your consideration, with support at the end of the phone

To book in your removal company home survey with Hackworthy, get in contact with us today by calling 01752 546143 or email enquiries@hackworthy.co.uk

Get A COVID-Safe, Visit-Free Removal Quote From Hackworthy

Let’s face it 2020 has been far from what we expected, so far that some people might say on another planet. The entire population has been faced with major changes to their day to day life with all businesses requiring to adapt the way they work to continue operating. 

Don’t worry, we aren’t going to bang on about the dreaded C word, instead we wanted to let you know how we’ve adapted to allow social distancing, and how we can provide you a visit-free removal quote on your journey to choosing a home removal company. 

We are pleased to offer visit-free removal quotes as an alternative choice to our usual site visits. So, if you’re looking for a home removal quote but aren’t comfortable with people coming around to your house, keep reading to find out how you can get a visit-free removal quote. 

There are two options for a visit-free removal quote to be provided, in the form of a virtual survey or our online survey form. 

Own a smartphone or tablet? You can benefit from our video surveys which allows you to show our surveyors around your property to price up the cost of your removal. Not only is this a great option to get a home removal quote in the current climate, but it’s also a considerably suitable option for those who are looking to move to Plymouth or lead a busy life. 

Organising a video survey for removals couldn’t be easier with Hackworthy & Sons, all you need to do is call up and we will book you in and send you a link to the online meeting. From here, you will be required to do a walkaround of the house showing the surveyor each of the rooms in the house so that they can see how much needs to be moved. You will be asked questions as you go around the house about packing and dismantling and may be asked to show areas of the rooms, such as storage areas that aren’t fully visible to see from the call. That’s all we need from you for the video survey! Following the completion of the survey, our team will be able to calculate the service that you require, sending the completed inventory for your reference, along with a written quotation in a few days. 

Alternatively, another way to receive your visit-free removal quote is by filling out our online quotation form. The form has been created into sections of the house to help you easily identify what needs to be moved from each room, enabling you to walk around the house whilst completing the form. We’d recommend setting plenty of time aside to walk around the house to ensure that nothing is missed off the inventory list. 

With each of the sections in the form you will be able to tick the items that you need moved, but it’s important to remember the boxes that will be required to put the contents of items such as bookcases in. If there are any items that you have in a room that aren’t on the list of inventories, you must make sure to add these into the notes section in order to receive a valid visit-free removal quote. Once a visit-free removal quote form has been completed you can expect to receive a full written quotation and an inventory of your furniture within a few days. You can find more information on how to fill out our online quotation form on our website or by calling the Hackworthy team today. 

Obviously we cannot offer a visit-free removal, but you can be sure that all of the  Hackworthy & Sons removals procedures are in line with the latest government guidance. To ensure we meet the standards of a COVID-19 Secure Business and keep our customers and staff safe, we regularly review the COVID risk assessments and update our team with any changes. If you’d like more information or have any questions about obtaining a visit-free removal quote from Hackworthy, please do not hesitate to contact us today and we will be happy to help. 

2020's Top 5 Best Places To Retire In The World

Let’s face it, we are all counting the days until we retire and can visit anywhere in the world, without a care in the world. But have you considered living abroad once you retire, as an overseas removal company we wanted to take a look at the top best places to retire in the world and we sure wouldn't be fussy about living in any of these places. 

1. Portugal 

First up, is the European country famous for its beaches and home to international footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal. 

Recently, Portugal has become an increasingly popular place to retire, most likely to do with the low cost of living that Portugal has traditionally been seen to have. However, this can depend on the areas that you live. The main cities in Portugal typically have a higher cost of living in comparison to the rural areas of the country. Although substantially lower than other western European countries, is the cost of food and drink.

If you’re looking at retiring to the top best place to retire in the world from the UK, you can be sure to benefit from the 32% lower cost of living and 51% lower cost of rent that Portugal offers.

2. Panama 

One of the safest countries in Latin America and the 2nd best place to retire in the UK is… Panama. 

Panama offers a great retirement program, which provides easy residency to expats that are looking to retire in the country. This is known as “Pensionado”. With discounts offered to pension holders on utility services, medical expenses and entertainment, you can see why retiring to Panama is popular with expats. To benefit from this visa scheme, as an individual you’ll need to be receiving a minimum of $1000 per month, and $1250 as a couple. 

Thanks to the steady income and well paid jobs that The Panama Canal offers, along with Panama being the 2nd largest free trade zone in the world, this creates a significantly stable economy. This stability is not only a great benefit to Panamanians but also those who decide to retire to this wonderful country. 

3. Costa Rica 

If you’re currently living in America and are looking at retiring to another country, Costa Rica is a great option to consider out of the top 5 best places to retire in the world. As a result of the proximity to the US, this makes Costa Rica a perfect location to move to but be close enough to visit those family and friends that you’ve left in your home country. 

Costa Rica has a hugely established community of expats and is no stranger to being an international destination for retirees to move to.

One point that really stands out as a reason to retire in Costa Rica, is the low cost of healthcare that it provides. With citizens able to receive free healthcare and residents having only needing to pay a small cost to join the national healthcare program, you can be sure that you won't have to worry about healthcare when it comes to moving to this North America country. 

4. Mexico 

Are you looking to enjoy and savour an active lifestyle as a retiree? Mexico is the place to be, which is probably why the country is regularly found in the top best places to retire in the world. 

Mexico tends to be a very popular place for Americans and Canadians to travel to in comparison to the amount of Europeans travelling to the country. 

With favourable climates all year round, why would you want to stay and retire in a country where you have to wait for the warm times of the year? When you could be in sunny Mexico enjoying the warm weather throughout the entire year. The country is considered to be the perfect location for low- stress living as a result of the friendly people that live here, welcoming culture that they provide and of course the beautiful weather.

The cost of living in Mexico is a great opportunity to move to the country, as although dependent on your lifestyle can be a relatively reasonable place to live if you're happy to live on a fairly moderate income.

5. Columbia 

Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, with 3 ranges of Andes mountains running through the country and home to 10% of the Amazon rainforest on its borders, do we really need to explain why Columbia is amongst the top best places to retire in the World?

Well… as Columbia is the 2nd most bio diverse country in the world, the country can offer anything from warm tropical locations to spring like cities and even to cold mountain locations. So whatever climate and lifestyle you’d like to choose to retire to Columbia has everything to choose from that you can ever imagine. 

Like Panama, retiring to Columbia you can also benefit from the ‘pensionado’ visa, but only have to prove a minimum monthly income of $700 from social security, rather than $1000 that Panama requests. 

So, this list could go on looking at 2020’s top best places to retire in the world, but we don’t want to bore you. However, if you’d like to check out what other countries have been listed as the best places to retire to, check out this great post by Business Insider

If you’re looking at retiring abroad currently and are looking for some information on overseas removals, be sure to get in touch with Hackworthy & Sons today by contacting us here.

What To Do With Unwanted Furniture When Moving House

When moving house you can almost guarantee that you’re going to want to buy new furniture or replace some existing furniture that you don’t want to keep anymore. But, what do you do with the unwanted furniture, you may ask? 

Well, the first thing you need to do before moving house is to work out the furniture that you’d like to get rid of, as this way you won’t waste much-needed room in the removal van that could be used. Now, let’s take a look at what to do with unwanted furniture from your house move. Some of these options may be quite obvious, but there are some really handy schemes that you can help others with. 

1. Sell 

The first thing that you might want to look at doing with your unwanted furniture is selling it. If your furniture is still in good condition and could be used again by somebody else, you could look at selling this onto others. For people who are buying their first home may be looking for some second-hand furniture to start furnishing their home before saving up to buy new furniture. 

There are many places you could sell your furniture with the most obvious ones being online marketplaces, such as Gumtree, eBay and Facebook Marketplace. Alternatively, if you don't want to sell your unwanted furniture online, you could take it along to a car boot sale or perhaps sell it onto a second-hand furniture store. 

2. Give Away To Friends Or Family

Has any of your friends or family ever admired pieces of your furniture? Consider first asking them if they would like any pieces of furniture before you clear out these pieces. This way you can know that your furniture is going to a good home and your friends and family will appreciate this gift. 

3. Donate To Charity Or A Theatre Group (for sets)

There are many charities that have their own separate charity furniture shops that are home to a variety of second-hand furniture for people to buy raising money for charity. So, when you are looking at what to do with unwanted furniture and would like to support the local community, why not donate the furniture to charity? If you donate furniture to the British Heart Foundation, they will even come and collect the furniture for you for free. So you don't have to worry about organising how you are going to get the furniture to their shop. 

You might also want to consider donating your furniture to local theatre groups who may appreciate these pieces to create sets for their performances. If this is something you’d like to do, it’s worth contacting a few of your local theatre groups to see if they could make use of your items. There are also places such as Freecycle which is a non-profit organisation that can take things off of your hands and keep off landfill sites. 

4. Dispose Of At The Recycling Centre 

If your unwanted furniture is not in the best condition for people to use again, you could dispose of this at your local recycling centres. Although, it's worth checking out the requirements of your recycling centre first, to make sure that they can take this. Nobody wants to waste a trip and find out that they won’t actually be able to take your items! 

5. Arrange Collection From The Local Council 

Unable to get your furniture down to the local recycling centre and wondering what to do with unwanted furniture? Don’t panic! You can arrange old furniture removals from your local councils, that come with a small cost. To apply for a special collection of large waste, you can visit GOV.UK for more information.

6. Sofa Rescue Schemes 

A great initiative that DFS has created to help reduce landfill and reduce harm to the planet is the Sofa Rescue Scheme which aims to recycle old sofas. Although this furniture removal service is only available to recycle sofas at the minute, if you have any unwanted armchairs, sofas or sofa beds that you want to clear out this is an option to consider. For only £89, you can get rid of up to 3 items of furniture (more with prior arrangement) and help save the environment in the process. We think that is money well spent! 

So, if you’re not sure what to do with unwanted furniture in your home, we hope this has given you some helpful advice on the steps that you could take to clear this out. 

We’d love to hear from you if there are any other options to get rid of your unwanted furniture that we haven’t covered here and we might even add them to this blog. 

Hackworthy & Sons have been carrying out house, office and international removals for over 40 years, and being the largest independent removal company in the South West we have lots of tips and advice for you. So, check out our blog or follow us on social to get organised for your house move. 

Moving To Australia From The UK - Hackworthy's 2020 Guide

Boasting some of the most liveable cities in the world with a laid back lifestyle and great ‘work/life balance’, it’s no wonder that moving to Australia is so popular with expats. 

As anywhere, moving to Australia brings with it a lot of things to remember, from doing things in preparation for your overseas removal to learning the lingo (obviously, most speak English in Australia, but just like England they have their own slang words). 

  • Get A Visa 

The first thing you must remember before moving from the UK to Australia is to apply for your visa and get this granted before travelling to the land down under. Australian visa applications are made through the Department of Home Affairs.  There are many options of visa to choose from which can be filtered down by choosing the most relevant situation to suit your needs. 

  • Find A Place To Live 

If you haven’t already done so, whilst you are waiting for your visa application to be granted now is the time to look for somewhere to live. Unless you’re moving to Australia with an employer who will be paying for your accommodation whilst you are in the country, renting may be an option to consider as the average cost of residential property is $545,000, equalling to approximately £300,000. 

If you are looking to purchase a house in Australia, you’ll must do the following steps to buy a property

  • Get a tax file number 
  • Get a pre-approval on your loan 
  • Apply for a mortgage
  • Obtain approval from the foreign review board (anyone moving to Australia to live must get permission from the board before purchasing a property)

So, you’ve decided on renting a place in Australia, before emigrating it is worth collecting a reference from your current or previous landlord to provide to your new landlord so that they can guarantee that they are making the right choice by letting their property out to you. As well as this, you’ll want to consider setting aside some money to pay your security deposit (also known as a bond), which on average will cost around 4-6 weeks of rent, which will obviously vary depending on your rental costs. 

  • Sort Out Admin 

Before moving to Australia, it is important to close any utility accounts, insurance policies and other relevant payments that you do not intend to transfer when emigrating to Australia. 

You don’t want to be paying for things that you aren’t using anymore, do you? 

Another administrative task that is recommended to carry out before moving to Australia is informing your solicitors of your house move and updating your will. Should anything happen to you whilst you are in Australia, you can be sure that your will is up to date for anyone included. 

All of these tasks are also likely to have contact details for you which will need updating, so updating important people of your new address is important to ensure that you still receive the essential communications from people. It’s also worth setting a mail-redirect up as well, as with so many places to remember updating your address it's highly likely that you’ll have forgotten somewhere. 

  • It’s Time To Pack 

Packing is the next task to tackle when moving to Australia, in order for your overseas removal to take place. You should consider when moving from the UK to Australia the items that you may need to use in Australia that you don't use in the UK. The climate in Australia tends to be a lot more favourable in most areas than in the UK, and with this comes an increase in the need for holiday items such as mosquito spray, sun cream and swimwear. 

  • Set Up A Bank Account 

Before you arrive in Australia, most banks in Australia offer the opportunity to open an account online so that you can start contributing money in Australian dollars to it up to a whole year before your overseas removal. All you will need for this is UK identification documents and your UK home address. For more information on opening a bank account in Australia, this Telegraph article put together by TransferWise has put together a really useful guide. 

  • Organise Healthcare

With one of the most comprehensive healthcare systems in the world, you’ll need to understand how it works to assist in getting the best care for you and your family. Similar to the UK, the healthcare system in Australia is split into two parts; the public health system and the private health system.

The public system allows you to access care through Medicare, for free or at a lower cost, similar to the NHS in the UK, both of which are funded by the tax-payer. As obvious as it seems, the private system is paid for by an accumulation of government and private entities. 

So, when moving to Australia, you’ll need to make a decision on whether you want to use public or private healthcare. Either way, something to consider before emigrating to Australia is visiting your current doctor for advice and a check-up, especially if you are on regular medication. This way you can make sure that whilst you are looking for a new doctor's surgery when you arrive, you won’t run out of the medication you need. 

  • Arrange Schools 

Again, the education system in Australia is much the same as the UK, with public school free for all Aussie residents and most students expected to wear a uniform. The school system won't feel unusual. With private schools, parents/guardians will be expected to pay for their child's education each year and should be aware that this cost will increase if they wish to send their child to boarding schools. 

When moving to Australia from the UK, your child will be familiar with the structure of the school, due to the structure reflecting what they are used to. Children are required to start school at the age of five and typically continue through until they’re 18. 

  • Learn The Aussie Differences 

As anywhere in the world, Australia has its own form of slang words that may be completely different from the actual words that you are used to describing. Have you ever heard Australians refer to ‘nippers’? Weirdly this actually means ‘child’ (I know! I told you they can be completely different from the words you are used to). ‘Thongs’ actually refer to sandals and one you might be familiar with already is ‘barbie’, which is a barbeque (not a child’s toy doll). 

The final thing to remember when moving to Australia is that you must only walk on the left-hand side of the pavement and by law you are only allowed to cross at the designated crossings. Although you won't be penalised for walking on the right-hand side of the pavement, you can be fined AUD$70 for jaywalking. So keep that in mind when you take a walk around your neighbourhood. 

We’ve covered most of the things you need to know in preparation for moving to Australia, but if there is anything that would have really helped you to know be sure to let us know and we might add it into our guide. 

However, if you’re reading this as your planning on moving to Australia and are still looking for an overseas removal company, contact us today for a quote on 01752 548187.

The Top 5 Best Countries For Expats In 2020

Back in 2016, we took a look at the top 5 best countries for expats to live. 4 years later, we thought now would be a good time to take another look and see which countries have remained in the top 5 and whether there are any newcomers amongst the best places to live abroad in 2020.  

In a report curated by HSBC, the world’s longest-running survey of expats, the overall rank of each destination collates the score of each country in terms of the quality of life (‘Living’), career opportunities (‘Aspiring’) and the suitability for families (‘Little Expats’). 

1. Switzerland 

First up is a new entry to the top 5 best countries for expats, Switzerland. Switzerland has been within the top 10 best countries for expats since 2011, however, it wasn’t until 2019 that it reached number 1. 

Compared to the home country of expats that were involved in this study 82% have seen an improvement in their quality of life since their overseas removal. Money is a highly influential factor in the country being ranked so highly in the best countries for expats, and that’s because the cost of living is significantly higher than the other countries involved in the study. Home to two of the most expensive cities in the world, it comes as no surprise that the average salary is $203,000

Switzerland also ranked highly in the topic of ‘little expats’, with the country being popular amongst families, with over half of respondents in the study claiming that the treatment of the children in Swiss schools was better than those in their home countries. 

2. Singapore 

Whilst Switzerland was ranked fairly high for families, Singapore took the number one spot for the best country for expats with children. 

Expats from Singapore are hugely proud of the ability for their children to learn languages with almost three-quarters of respondents, praising the country for its ability to teach their children.

The safety and security of expats was found to be a higher contributor of the country ranking as the second-best place to move to. With 85% of people feeling safer and more secure in Singapore whilst also appreciating the clean and safe environment that the country is known for. 

3. Canada 

Did you know that one in five Canadians are foreign-born? With a statistic like this, you can see why Canada has to be on the list of the best countries for expats and is an easy country to emigrate to. However, let's take a look at why it reached number 3 in the top 5 best places for expats to live in 2020.

For those seeking a country to move to with a better quality of life, Canada is the place to choose. With a lower cost of living, expats have more disposable income in the country thanks to reduced expenses, meaning that you can enjoy the little luxuries such as visiting the famous Niagara Falls. 

So Canada, the second-largest country in the world, also hosts athird of its students from foreign countries. Because of this, you can be sure that the challenges your children may face on moving to Canada are well prepared for by the country's education system. 

4. Spain 

With over 80 million tourists visiting the country each year, Spain has a multitude of jobs in the tourism industry for expats living in the country. Spain also ranks highly in terms of quality of life, second only to Canada, which almost certainly has something to do with the delightful weather

Generally speaking, expats thrive from the flexible work environment that Spain offers. After all, with later start times and relaxing lunch breaks, why wouldn’t you want to live in Spain? 

Thanks to the warm weather and relaxed pace of life, it's little wonder why Spain has become a hugely popular place to retire to

5. New Zealand

Moving to a new country can seem daunting to start, but moving to New Zealand need not be. With loneliness being a common challengefor people when moving abroad, there is absolutely nothing to worry about with the people of New Zealand. Known for their friendliness, you can be sure to enjoy your time making new friends and exploring your new home. 

Have you ever noticed that New Zealand is a popular destination to visit when someone goes travelling around the world? That’s because of the experiences that you can do here from the thrill of skydiving to seeing the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. 

In comparison to other developed countries with bigger economies, however, lower salaries and fewer career opportunities are available in New Zealand. That said, with the amazing things this country has to offer, you may wish to consider the balance of your earnings against your quality of life. 

When looking at the top 5 best countries for expats in 2020, the countries all share a high ranking within the ‘Living’ and ‘Little Expats’ categories. With all 5 countries being ranked in the top 7 for living, and 4 out of 5 ranking in the top 5 for ‘Little Expats’, it's clear to see that family and quality of living is more important when moving abroad than work.

If you’re moving to live abroad and are looking for an overseas removals company to help move house, Hackworthy and Sons can help. For a quote, contact us today on 01752 548334 or fill out our online form.

FAQ: What Is The Government Help To Buy Scheme?

One of our most frequently asked questions is “what is the government Help To Buy scheme?” 

Essentially it is a scheme that has been implemented to help first time buyers to get onto the property ladder. By providing financial help to assist buyers to get a property with just a 5% deposit

Not to be confused with the Help to Buy ISA, with the Help to Buy equity loan the government lends you up to 20% (40% if you’re in London) of the cost of your new home. 

You will be required to pay at least a 5% deposit and arrange a mortgage of up to 75% to make up the rest. For the first five years of owning your home the loan will be interest free. However, after this time, you’ll be charged a 1.75% fee of the loan value, that will then increase each year in accordance with the retail prices index. 

It is worth noting that, with the government Help To Buy scheme, although you may have purchased your house at £200,000, and you borrowed £40,000 with a 20% equity loan. 

If your house is valued at £250,000 when you come to sell it, you will be required to pay 20% of the selling price, meaning that you will need to pay back £50,000. A £10,000 difference to what you initially borrowed. 

Requirements Of A Help To Buy Equity Loan

Additionally to the requirements involved in the amount of money each party needs to put forward, something to remember is that the government Help To Buy scheme is only available on new build homes that are valued at less than £600,000. 

You mustn't rent out an existing property to buy a second home through the scheme, or on the contrary shouldn’t sublet your Help To Buy home either. 

More information on the requirements of the government Help To Buy scheme can be found on the Share to Buy website.

Difference Between Help To Buy Scheme and Shared Ownership

As the name suggests, a shared ownership means that you only own a share, rather than the whole property, unlike the Help To Buy scheme. In a shared ownership, costs will involve repaying your mortgage whilst at the same time paying rent to the housing association that owns the other share of your home. 

A shared ownership house can often work out more expensive than being the official owner, that’s because you only own a share of the property but are still required to pay a full service charge and council tax.

A Help to Buy: Shared ownership scheme is a great alternative to a traditional Help To Buy scheme if you can’t afford to pay 100% of the mortgage on a home from the start. Although, it allows you to buy larger shares of the house in the future when you can afford to (this is known as ‘staircasing). 

With shared ownership, unlike the Help to Buy equity loan, when it comes to selling your property, you will need to have this independently valued. From then, depending on the housing association, those registered with them can often be offered first refusal.

However, if nobody in the housing association shows interest, the property can then be put on the market and be advertised through an estate agent. 

The benefit that both of these schemes provide is the opportunity for remortgaging in order to gain a larger share of the property, from the government or the housing association. 

When you can afford to staircase your shared ownership property to 100% this will help you become eligible for a standard mortgage with better rates.

Although remortgaging is available with the help to buy equity loans, it can often be a little harder than shared ownership. As lenders will require borrowers to pay off the 20% equity loan in full before lending money, which some people may not be able to afford to do all at once. 

 

Whilst we can explain to you what the government Help To Buy schemes involve, it’s important to seek professional, legal advice if you’re looking to take up one of these affordable housing schemes in Plymouth. However, if you’ve recently purchased a house either using a government Help To Buy scheme or not, and are looking for a Plymouth removal company to help you move, get in touch with Hackworthy & Son’s today on 01752 547432 or email enquiries@hackworthy.co.uk.  

6 Reasons To Rely On Short-Term Storage When Moving House

First up if you haven't heard of self-storage then where have you been? 

Just kidding, self-storage is “a rented space in a building for storing property, where you can bring or take away your things by yourself”. An easy way to store your belongings if you are in need of some extra storage space at your home. 

Can short term storage help me when moving to a new house, you may ask? The answer is …. Yes, and we’re going to go through the reasons why you can rely on short term storage when moving house. 

1. First up, if you’re having to compromise on the storage space in your new house, then self-storage will help you. 

You may have had storage space in the loft at your previous house and are now moving into a house with a loft conversion resulting in much less storage space. By putting your belongings into storage this will help you store away the things that were in the loft in your previous house until you have built more storage space into your home. 

At Hackworthy & Sons, our sister company Plymouth Self Storage can provide you with the space you need for however long you need it, for you access 6 days a week. 

2. If you aren’t in a rush to unpack your boxes on moving day, why not store some of your non-essential belongings into a storage unit until you have unpacked the main brunt of your house and gradually bring in the things from the storage unit as and when you need it. 

By staging your house move, this will mean that you won't be overloaded with boxes when moving to a new house and help reduce the stress that often comes with moving day. 

3. When you’ve been out on house viewings, have you ever wondered why these houses look so pristine and free of clutter? Some people choose to pack some belongings that they don't need to hand, into a storage container. This can help to make their home look more appealing to potential buyers as this better showcases the home rather than the items in it. 

4. For those that have hobbies that require large pieces of equipment such as paddleboarding or surfing, a short-term storage unit could be helpful when moving house especially if your new house doesn’t have a garage that would fit this equipment in. Self-storage units are also a great place to store items such as camping equipment as this is something that you don’t need day to day so it isn’t required to be kept in the house if there isn't enough room. 

5. Are you between houses and temporarily renting with nowhere near as much room as you need for your things? Put some of the non-essential things that you won’t need to use soon into self-storage. Then, once you have found a house and have a moving date you can pick up your things from the short-term storage unit and take it to your new house. 

6. Finally, storage solutions are often used as a short-term storage option for students who have moved back home in their summer break. As they can store all of the kitchen items, furniture they may have bought and any university things that they won’t need over the summer whilst they are away for the summer before moving to a new house into their new student accommodation. 

The Advantages of Using A Removal Company to Move House

We’ve previously looked at the reasons why you should hire a removal company, but have you explored the advantages you could benefit from by hiring a removal company? 

If not, you’re in luck, because we’re going to go through them for you here and we’re sure that you’ll never want to move house on your own again. 

Move Your Things Easily If You Don’t Drive

First of all, if you don’t drive one of the main benefits to you would be that you can move all of your things from house to house with the help of a removal company. Without this help, you are likely to face a few obstacles on how you plan to move house. Unless, you have a reliable family or friend that doesn't mind driving around to move your things. 

Safer To Move With A Removals Company 

When carrying out house removals with a removal company you can be sure that your items will be packed safely and carefully into the removal lorry. Moving on your own could pose some issues with breakages etc if you haven't packed the van correctly. But, the experience of a removal company is second to none, and at Hackworthy & Son’s our team receive regular training to ensure the safety of house removals for both parties. 

Another reason it can be safer to move with a removals company is that not only are the team trained to carry out your move in the safest way possible, but they also drive the removal vans day in and day out so are used to driving these vehicles. Whereas, if you are hiring out a van to move house on your own, you are most likely not too familiar with driving an alternative vehicle to your car. 

Peace Of Mind 

Using a removal company can help to give you peace of mind throughout the removals process, as you can be sure that everything is in hand when it comes to the transportation of your things on moving day. 

At Plymouth removal company, Hackworthy & Sons, we want you to feel as relaxed as possible on moving day. We offer additional services that can be added onto your removal quote to help you in every way we possibly can, whether this be a packing service or self storage. We can help! 

Reliability 

With removal companies you can be sure that they will always be there to help you on moving day. As reliable as your friends and family may be, you can never predict if something was to happen, or they are unwell on the day of your house move and are unable to help you move anymore. This can then leave you in a stressful situation where you may have less help than you originally thought. 

However, with a removal company you can always rely on them being there for your house removal. If a member of the team is unwell, the removal company can make other arrangements for a different member of the team to work. This may not be so easy to arrange for another family member or friend to help at such short notice. 

An additional reason that you can rely on Hackworthy & Sons for your house move is by taking up our cancellation waiver and late key waiver, which covers you should your move be cancelled at short notice or you are unable to get into your new house on time. This is something that is not always available with a van rental agreement. Thrifty, for example, is unable to offer refunds to any cancellations with less than 48 hours notice from the pick up date.  

Insurance To Cover You  

A removal company will be covered by insurance when moving your belongings. So you can be sure that your things will be covered should something happen to them on moving day. With a van rental, you will likely be covered for accidents or breakdowns, but may have to pay extra for insurance on the things inside the van. 

Experienced Removal Team

An experienced removal team is one of the most significant advantages of using a removal company. With the main reason for this being that they know the most efficient way to carry out a house move and can guide you through the process. In turn, reducing the stress for you. 

If you’ve recently moved house with a removal company and found any additional advantages, be sure to share these with us on social media to help future house movers decide on the best way to move house. 

Your Essential 2020 Guide To Moving From The UK To The US

Moving to another country is daunting, that’s why we’ve put together a checklist of the things you need to consider when moving from the UK to the US. Once you have found somewhere to live, moving to America is fairly straightforward once you have an international removal company booked. From here, you can then move your focus to the next stages of your move and follow the checklist provided here. 

At Hackworthy & Sons, we have carried out many international removals for our clients moving to America, and like any international house move, there are many things to consider beyond the usual checklist for moving house within the UK. The USA may be known as the ‘land of the free’ but that doesn't mean that there is nothing to prepare for when moving to America, which you’ll see from our checklist.


Moving To The USA From The UK Checklist

  • Obtain The Relevant Visa 

The application process for a green card can take several months to complete when moving from the UK to the US, therefore you must make sure to leave plenty of time to obtain this. It’s a good idea to think about doing this once you have booked your international removal company, that way you know that the two most vital parts of your move have been sorted. You can find more information on applying for a US visa on our Moving To The USA page.

  • Cancel Any Contracts In The UK 

In order to ensure that you aren’t continually charged for contracts that are no longer needed when moving to America, you should go through all of your financial commitments and make a list of the companies that you need to contact to cancel your payments. This may include any insurance policies, subscriptions you may have, utility companies, internet providers, and so on.  

  • Take Out Health Insurance

When moving to America from the UK, it is vital that you take out health insurance, as there is not an NHS equivalent healthcare system in the USA. To avoid hefty medical fees, you need to finding a health insurance provider before moving from the UK to the US. 

  • Apply For Social Security Number 

For those moving to America or working in the USA, you must apply for a social security number. This is a nine-digit number and is your first and continuous connection with social security, and identify and accurately record your covered wages or self-employment earnings. You will need it to get a job, collect social security benefits and some other government services. 

For more information on Social Security numbers and how to obtain a card, take a look at the SSA website.

  • Set Up An American Bank Account

Those emigrating to the US should be aware that whilst most high street banks may be marketed as international, they often have strict requirements. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that anyone moving to America opens a US bank account. This will provide employers with an account to pay your salary into, allow you to easily pay bills and buy things without having to carry cash around. 

In order to open an American bank account, you will need to proof of your address, your passport, immigration documents and your social security number.

  • Arrange Travel From The Airport To Your New Home 

If you’ve decided to purchase a car after you have arrived in America, you will need to make travel arrangements to get from the airport to your new home. This could be a taxi, an airport transfer or perhaps you are joining family members in America who could collect you. Either way, it’s important to not forget about this when moving from the UK to the USA to avoid any unwanted stress. Alternatively, if you’d like to take your car with you to America, we’d recommend checking if this is offered by your international removal company so that you can make additional arrangements if not. 

  • Arrange To Have Wi-Fi Installed In Your New Home  

You will be so used to using the Wi-Fi in your home, so it’s easy to forget contacting internet providers before moving from the UK to the US. To ensure you don’t have to go without for too long, get a date in the diary with an internet provider within the first few days of moving to America. This way you will be able to keep in contact with your loved ones in the UK on WhatsApp or Skype, without having to pay the hefty fees of making international phone calls. 

  • Familiarise Yourself With The Laws In America 

There are obviously many differences between the laws across all countries so as boring as it may be, we’d recommend you familiarise yourself with the laws of your home state to avoid getting yourself in trouble. Surprisingly, there are many differences between laws in the US and the UK and even more so in between each of the American states. It’s really important to look through these thoroughly, as what might be legal in one state may not be in another. 

Other things to consider in preparation for moving from the UK to the US, are to: 

  • Set Up A Mail Redirect  
  • Arrange Schools For Children 
  • Gather All Important Documents (marriage certificate, birth certificate) 
  • Make Sure Your Passport Is Valid 
  • Book Plane Tickets
  • Pay Any Outstanding Bills And Debts In The UK 

We hope that this checklist will help you prepare you for moving to America from the UK. If you’ve found this guide helpful, be sure to share this on social media to help others that are planning a move to the USA. 

Hackworthy & Sons' Top 10 Office Removal Preparation Tips

We know how stressful office removals can be and that you’ll want to ensure the least downtime as possible, so we thought we’d provide you with our top tips on how to prepare for an office move.

1. Create a timeline

First up, by creating a timeline to work towards in the lead up to your office move this will help you to prepare and schedule in things to do along the way so that everything doesn't need to be done at once.

We’d recommend first making a list of the things that you need to do, and then put these in order of priorities, thinking about prioritising things that need to be organised with other people near the top.

It goes without saying that the longer time frame that you have the less time you will need to take out of each day to prepare for your move.

The following tips are things you may want to consider including in your office removal timeline in the order to best suit your needs.

2. Hire a removal company

Take the stress out of moving and hire an office removals company as soon as you can to help you move. By organising this as soon as you can this ensures that you have this sorted when it comes to carrying out the other tasks involved in office removals.

With office removals at Hackworthy & Sons there is no need to purchase boxes, you will be delivered packing crates to a week before your move. However, if your moving timeline means that your packing is due to be started before then let us know and we can organise to deliver them sooner.

3. Declutter any unnecessary items

Much like moving house, office removals will definitely unveil lots of unnecessary items, so use this time to declutter your office so that when you get to the new office all of the things moved will be necessary to keep.

This can help save space in the removal van as you won’t be carrying around items that wont be used in the new office.

4. Create a list of items

Once you have decluttered the unnecessary items from your office, you can then begin to create a list of the larger items required to move in the office removal. This will not only help you know what needs to be moved but will also help the office removal company to know all of the items of furniture that will be going with you to your new office.

5. Deep clean the office

Before your office removal takes place, you may want to give it a deep clean whilst it is completely empty, because when the furniture is moved in there will never be a chance to give it such a thorough clean again.

Although, the office will most likely be clean when you move in, by doing this you will know that everywhere has been cleaned to your satisfaction and will know exactly when it was deep cleaned last when it comes to needing to doing this again in the future.

6. Get everyone to pack up their own desk

Assigning each employee to pack up their own desk will help you to reduce the amount of time spent packing up the whole office, thanks to working as a team. Once each person has done this the office can then work together to pack up the remaining shared areas of the office.

Working as a team could almost be a tip of its own, as this can significantly reduce the time of office removals if packing is not just left to a few people.

7. Make sure everything will fit into the new office

It is important to remember to make sure that everything will fit into the new office before the office removal takes place. This is mostly in relation to the furniture as these are often the items that people move before realising that it won't fit it into the new office, which could waste some much needed space in the removals van. An important point to be considered if you’re buying new furniture for the office.

8. Label your boxes

By labelling boxes this helps everybody, from the office removal company to those that are helping with the move whether this be employees or family members.

Each person knows which room the boxes need to be put into and therefore know where to start unpacking.

A tip if you are moving into a new office with multiple rooms, is to create posters using the same terms labelled on the boxes to stick onto the doors of each room so that the office removal companies can match the boxes up to the rooms ensuring that there is no mix up of boxes in the wrong rooms.

9. Arrange a parking space for the removal van

As with all removals remember to arrange some parking space for the office removals van. It is likely with offices that you share parking areas with other organisations or people, so could mean that you may not be able to guarantee a space for the removal van without planning ahead and arranging for a space to be free on moving day. 

10. Update address on all communications

Finally, we’d suggest that you make a note of the communications that contain your address as this will need to be changed once you have moved into your new office. This could include email footers, business cards, google listings and more. It’s also worth putting a mail redirect in place to redirect any mail that gets sent to your old address which needs to be done at least 5 days before the date you would like the redirection to take place. 

To ensure the least business downtime as possible, preparation is key to office removals, so by following our top tips we hope that this has helped you plan how to best tackle your office move. 

12 Things People Usually Forget To Do When Moving House

You may think what could you possibly forget when moving house, how could you possibly forget to pack things?

Well… most of the things that people often forget are actually things to remember and do in the lead up and process of the move rather than actually forgetting to pack items.

At Hackworthy & Sons we have put together a list of the things that people often forget to do when moving house, which will hopefully help others that are moving soon.

1. Notifying the relevant people of your move

First up, is notifying the relevant people of your move. People often talk about their house move with those that they see frequently as it is something that is going on in their lives. However, it could often be forgotten to inform those that live further away from you of your house move as these are likely people that you see less of in comparison to those you are with week to week.

2. Transferring school / medical records

If you are moving to a completely new location then you may be looking to move your children to a new school which is something that you have to prepare for in advance by visiting a range of schools to find the best ones for your children.

Although, if you are looking to keep your children in the same school, you must inform the school of you moving house to update your child's records with your new address.

The same goes with your medical records, if you are moving to a new location you may need to relocate to a different doctor's surgery, therefore you’d need to register to your chosen new surgery. You don’t want to get to the point where you need to visit the doctors when you realise that you have forgotten about this when moving.

3. Redirect mail

You may have informed all those relevant people of your house move, however there is always going to be someone that you may have forgotten to inform, most likely your amazon account or a shops mailing list that you’d like to keep updated with.

For this reason, it is really useful to have a mail redirect in place which will redirect any mail from your old address to your new one. This is then a good reminder for you to update your address with those people that have sent mail to your old address.

4. Defrosting your fridge / freezer

If you own a stand alone fridge/freezer and are planning on taking this with you when moving house. Don’t forget to defrost it, this can often be forgotten as you need to use it all the time, but is important so that you don’t end up with water spilling from it during the moving process. If you forget to defrost your fridge/freezer you may end up having to do this later than you’d like, meaning that you might end up having to manually speed up the defrosting time, taking up time that you could otherwise spend doing other things to move house.

5. Arranging a parking space for the removal van

It can be quite common when moving house for there to not be enough room for the removal van to fit down the driveway (and that’s if you have one!). So if you have a driveway that is too small for the removal van to fit or you don't have a driveway at all, you will need to arrange a parking space for the removal van on the road outside your home.

Arranging parking can often be something that people forget when moving house as they may not feel the need to measure the size of a driveway beforehand and end up finding out that the van doesn't fit upon arrival to the new house, when there is no parking on the road to unload the van.

6. Writing down meter readings

Why do I have to write down meter readings when moving house you may ask? By writing down the meter readings you can send these to your energy supplier both at the old house and the new house to ensure that you are not overcharged and receive an accurate last and first bill.


7. Packing an essentials box

Many people get caught up in the process of packing boxes that you can often forget to pack things in a separate box that you might need to access quickly at the new house. So, by packing a box of your essentials you can be sure to be able to easily access the things that you need and avoid having to go through all of your boxes to find the toolkit to put your furniture together.

8. Look after your pet

If you haven't already updated your address on the microchip of your pet, this is something that you must do to ensure that they come back to the correct address should they go missing.

However, it’s not just the paperwork that people can usually forget when moving house, but it can often be forgotten that moving can be stressful for pets as well as humans. You may want to consider arranging for somebody to look after your pet when you move to ensure that you don't have the added stress of keeping them calm. Not only that but it's also important to calmly introduce them into their new home, the PDSA provides some great tips on moving home with your pets, should you like any advice.


9. Inform your employer

When moving house you must remember to inform your employer of your new address. People may forget as they’ve been talking about their house move in work and assume that the employer will update their records accordingly. Although, it is important that you officially provide them with your new address in order for them to update your records and to update where your payslips are sent to if you receive these through the post.

10. Dont forget things you may have left at the dry cleaner or storage units

You may have carried out all of the things that people usually forget when moving house, but have you remembered to collect any items that you may have left at the dry cleaners, the seamstress or even a storage unit.

These are often forgotten as they are not in your house to remind you when you are packing up and the paperwork has probably been thrown into a drawer somewhere that you won't find until you have moved house and unpacked.

This is especially important to remember when relocating to another city or even country.

11. House plants

House plants become part of the furniture after a while and when packing up your house can be forgotten as it can begin to feel like they were there when you moved in.

Some UK removals companies may refuse to transport houseplants for you when moving house, and although you can transport the small ones by yourself, if you own larger plants this could be a struggle if you don't have a big enough car. Therefore you may want to research your removal company and find out if they will transport your plants.

If they don't you will need to plan how you are going to move them or if you need to sell them or donate them to a friend.

12. Packing up the storage areas in your house

Storage areas in your house such as the loft/attic is something people often forget about when moving house. As things that are stored in these areas are not often used very regularly so it's no surprise that people can forget to pack these areas when moving house.

If you forget about these when purchasing boxes for packing, you are likely to run out of boxes before you discover these….Or worse you might have moved by the time you remember that you have not bought certain items with you.


We hope this list of things that people usually forget to do will help you in the lead up to your house move and if you’re still looking for a UK removals firm to help with your move, get in touch with our team today for a quote.

 

7 Top Tips On How To Move House Stress-Free

If you’ve moved house before you will probably know that with everything involved and to think about, moving can often be quite stressful. At Hackworthy and Sons, we understand this and for this reason we’d like to provide you with some useful tips on how to move stress free into your new move. We will always do our best to make your house move stress free, but take a look at these tips to find out how you can reduce your stress in the lead up to and during your house move. 

Hire professional removers 

One of the first and perhaps the main things that can really help you on how to move house stress free is by hiring a professional removal company. The reason for this is that moving house on your own and hiring a van can bring with it a lot of stress as you have to do everything yourselves and dont have any help from an experienced team of house movers that help and assist you through the move from the heavy lifting to the smooth and professional house move. 

If you have a stressful and demanding job that requires a lot of time from you hiring a removals company is definitely a tip that we would suggest on how to move house stress free, meaning that you still have the time to think about your job and not worry about the organisation of everything that comes with moving house on your own and the requirements needed to be arranged before the house move. Once you have arranged with a removals firm when you are going to move the only other things required for you to do is to organise the actual move and the packing, rather than thinking about what vehicle you need to hire, how many trips will be required and the cost of the process etc. 

Hiring a removal company there is no need to worry about any additional costs after confirming the quote with your removal company. 

It’s also highly recommended that you organise a removal company as soon as you can in plenty of time in order to reduce the stress of rushing to find the right removal company for you. 

Make a list 

Making a list of what needs to be done in your move will help you how to move house stress free, as this will help you to be prepared for what needs to be done in the run up to your move and what needs to be done on the day. Following this, you will then be able to factor in time frames when things need to be done so that you are not having to rush doing all these tasks at once. 

On this list, it is worth thinking about the requirements around your utilities, paperwork that needs to be filled out, changing addresses, giving notice to your landlord (if you rent), finding out where things are in your new house (fuse box, the stopclock, thermostat etc). 

Be organised with packing 

Not only by making a list will you be more organised and less stressed when moving house, another tip on how to move house stress free is by being organised with your packing.

Ways you can be organised when packing is first by creating a rota of when to pack certain items in your house that you wont need in the lead up to or on the day of the move and continue to pack accordingly leaving out just the essentials that you need. By doing this, this will help you to ensure that you don't leave all of your packing to the last minute meaning that a lot of unwanted stress can be avoided. 

In this process it is also important to remember not to take things that you don't want anymore as this just means that you will be moving unwanted items into another house that wont be used and could take up some well needed space. 

Additionally to being organised with the time frame of packing and decluttering things that you don't want/need anymore, labelling boxes as you pack your belongings this will help you to know where each box needs to go in the new house and making unpacking easier in the new house resulting in less stress rummaging around trying to find things in the new house. 

Plan where you would like your furniture to be 

Much like labelling the boxes to put into the relevant rooms in the house, by planning beforehand where you would like you furniture to be placed in each room in the new house this will avoid the stress of just throwing the furniture in each room and let you take the time to plan the perfect layout in your fabulous new home. 

Assign everybody helping with your move certain tasks 

You may have a lot of help offered by friends and family to help you move house, so why not use this to your advantage, but a tip on how to move house stress free is assigning certain tasks to each of your friends and family to ensure that everyone doesn't end up doing the same thing and you are stuck with a load of things that still needs to be done creating stress and tension that could have otherwise been avoided. 

Make a moving day kit with everything you will need 

By making a moving day kit with all of the essentials you need on the day of moving, you can ensure that you’ll have all of the cleaning supplies you need, snacks, phone chargers etc, this will significantly help to reduce the stress of finding the things that you need on the moving day. 

And is a great place to pack those things that you can't pack until the last minute and need to unpack as soon as you arrive at your new home. 

Reward yourself at the end of the day 

Our final tip on how to move house stress free is by planning a reward for the end of your house move, we’d suggest plan on ordering a takeaway so that you can have a treat at the end of a hard day and avoid the stress of thinking about what to have for dinner and how to use the new oven etc. Why not leave this until the following day when you can work all this out in your own time away from all of the requirements and tasks that come with moving day. 

We hope these tips will help you if you’re moving house anytime soon, if you’d like any more advice on how to make your house move stress free, whether this be UK removals or International removals Hackworthy & Sons can help, take a look at our moving guide or contact us today on 01752 546185 or email enquiries@hackworthy.co.uk

Why Hire A Removal Company For An Office Move?

Why hire a removal company for an office move, you say? Why not? 

Using an office removals company to help move your company to another office is definitely something you should consider if you are planning on relocating your business, there are so many reasons hiring an office removals company will help you.

One of the main advantages to hiring an office removal company is that there will be less hassle and stress on your team. The Hackworthy & Sons office removals team are vastly experienced in moving offices and will always make sure that your move is as stress free as possible enabling you to focus on the other things to think about when moving office. 

Office removals companies also mean that there is not a need to hire any moving equipment, there is no need to hire a van, buy boxes or do heavy lifting on your own as this is all covered by the office removers. Within your quote from Hackworthy & Sons, you will be provided with purpose designed crates to pack up your belongings. These are usually delivered a week before your move and are collected a week after your move, giving you plenty of time to pack and unpack items in your own time. 

If you’re really busy and don't have time to pack up your things, you’d benefit from our full packing service so that you have the time to continue working through your move. 

Not having to hire moving equipment also means that you free up time that you would have otherwise spent moving the office yourself. The benefit to this is that you will have reduced business disruption as your team has the time to carry on working as the office removers are carrying out your office move. 

Office equipment is often of high value so it is important to protect this when moving your office. A way you can do this is by moving with an office removals company which offers insurance as part of your move. 

All removals with Hackworthy & Sons include insurance as part of your quote so there is no need to budget for this as an additional to your removal. 

During your move you are likely to come across unwanted paperwork that has been hanging around unnecessarily because there has never been a reason to dispose of it until you move office. If you come across this situation during your office removal, our sister company Plymouth Self Storage offers a personal confidential waste shredding service which destroys private and confidential information in a secure manner. 

Another benefit specific to a Hackworthy & Sons office removal is that we have archive and document storage available to our clients. If you don't have enough storage space in your new office or you are required to store records away from your main office, our archiving and records management service offers secure and safe storage for you to keep your records and documents off site. 

If you’ve used our office removals service before, we’d love to hear from you to find out if you experienced any other reasons as to why you should hire a removal company for an office move. Alternatively, if you’d like more information on office removals with Hackworthy or have any questions get in contact to speak to the team today on 01752 228815 or email enquiries@hackworthy.co.uk

What To Think About When Hiring Professional Office Movers

Have you moved house a few times and each time forgotten about something you should have thought about before your move? Well, when carrying out an office removal it’s much the same, so we’ve put together a guide for you on what you should think about when hiring professional office movers for your relocation. 

First up you need to plan your office move, work out what you need to take with you and the best date for your office removal that doesn’t result in too much downtime for your business, then you can start getting in contact with office movers. 

Once you have done this, the next thing is to find out what is included in the quote from your office movers. From then, you will be able to work out what things are left for you to think about that the office removal company doesn't cover. Using office movers can greatly reduce the amount that you have to think about during the move to your new office, giving you the time to focus on other things like the cleaning up of your old office and the opening up and arranging of your new location. 

From finding out what is included in your office removals quote, you may wish to add on additional services to provide you with added help through this process. At Hackworthy & Sons, we have many services available to you for your office removals such as crate hire, a packing service, and an installation service. For more information on the services we can provide for your office move, take a look here. 

We briefly just mentioned about crate hire, which is an important thing to consider when hiring office movers, as office equipment is often significantly heavier than moving your belongings from a house. For example all of the IT equipment can take up a lot of space and weight in a box which a standard cardboard box is unlikely able to handle. As your office movers, Hackworthy and Sons can offer you crate hire to transport the office as effectively as possible, of which we also have specific boxes for IT equipment to ensure the maximum protection of your items. 

Whether carrying out a home or office removal, moving can take a fair time, however something to think about when hiring office movers is that they can significantly reduce the time it takes to move the office. We know how important it is to keep the business running in times of change. You can be sure when moving with Hackworthy & Sons that your business downtime from moving is as short as possible, by the help of our experienced team moving your things as efficiently as possible. 

We hope this helps if you are looking at moving offices soon, however if your would like to discuss this in more detail and get a quote for your office removals, give us a call today on 01752 547236 or email us at: enquiries@hackworthy.co.uk

Moving To a New City? Hackworthy & Sons can help

Are you looking at moving to a new city but are unsure where to start? Hackworthy & Sons can help you through this process from start to finish.

 

Moving to a new city can be a very daunting task for many people, whether this be moving to a neighbouring city to your current home or moving to an international city. Our Plymouth removal company prides itself on moving our valued customers to anywhere in the world, and our team are on hand throughout the process to answer any questions and put your mind at ease when it comes to moving to a new city.

 

We’ve previously looked at reasons why you should hire a professional removal company but moving to a new city can bring with it added things that you may not have experienced before when moving in your local area.

 

First of all, moving to a new city can often mean moving away from friends and family that would normally otherwise offer to help you with a house move, or on the other hand you may be moving to be closer to friends and family, either way this could mean that they might have to travel quite a distance to be able to help you.

However, by moving with Hackworthy & Sons our team is on hand to move all of your belongings from one house to the next and if needed you can add additional services such as our packing service onto your removal quote to meet the requirements of your house move.

 

If you are moving to a new city overseas, you may want to take a look at the international removals service that we offer at Hackworthy & Sons. We offer a range of transit options to best suit your needs and budgets and can advise you on the best shipping options for your move and how to prepare your belongings as well as preparing the documentation that will be required on your journey.

 

As we have briefly touched on already, moving to a new city can often mean travelling a distance to reach your new home, compared to moving within the local area. For this reason, having insurance included in your removal quote at Hackworthy & Sons is a great benefit to your process in moving to a new city. This means that all of your belongings transported on a Hackworthy & Sons lorry are covered by insurance, something that you wouldn't be able to benefit from if you carried out a move without the help of a removals company.

 

Another benefit of moving to a new city with a removal company is the use of a large lorry that can transport all of your belongings in one journey. Hiring a van is unlikely to be able to move all of your things in one go due to its size and could require you to go back and forth between cities, this can soon start to rack up in fuel costs and could apply added stress the more times your are required to travel which could be avoided with the help of our Plymouth removal company.

 

If you are temporarily moving to a new city from Plymouth but are planning on moving back in the future, you may benefit from storage facilities, our sister company Plymouth Self Storage is an option you might want to consider if you are looking to store items that you don't need to take with you when moving to a new city from Plymouth. This is a great way to store items that you are not looking to move to your new home and will still be here on your return. This is especially a great facility to use when moving to a new city overseas for a temporary time.

 

If you’ve recently purchased a property and are moving to a new city, get in touch with our team at Hackworthy & Sons today for more information on how we can help you. 

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