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Tips for moving in together

Moving in with your partner for the first time can be both the most exciting and the most stressful period of your relationship to date. Whether one of you is moving into the other’s house, or whether you’re both moving into a new property together, you will have important matters to discuss before the day of the move.

As experts in residential removals in Cambridge, we have helped hundreds of couples move in together, and here are a handful of handy tips to help ease the transition.

Choose a home

Is one of you prepared to give up their home? Is the other prepared to have someone else enter theirs on a permanent basis? Would it make more sense to move into a new property together? These are important questions, that need to be thrashed out early on.

The big list

Each of you should compile a list of everything you own, then sit down together and compare them. If the same items appear on both lists, is there any reason to keep hold of the duplicates? If not, then this is the ideal time to declutter.

Makeovers

Whether moving to a new house or moving into your partner’s, you’ll want to put your own stamp on it in some way. A new property makes it easier but, even if you move into your partner’s existing home, it’s good to plan a makeover for one of the rooms – possibly the main bedroom or bathroom – so that it’s something you share as a couple.

Money

Living together can be costly, and you both might have different ideas about what’s a necessity and what’s an extravagance. There’s nothing wrong or unusual in that but be sure that you both know where the financial lines are drawn before making any big decision.

When you decide to take the plunge and move in together, don’t forget to contact Cambridge Removals for a free quote. We are experts at residential removals in Cambridge and can help keep your big day stress free.

Packing up books for your move

There are few things in life more pleasing than a book collection. Whatever your literary tastes, the sight of shelf upon shelf of books is something truly beautiful.

If your book collection has a drawback it is this: books are heavy! When it comes to your big move, even a modest collection of books is going to take some shifting, and it’s essential that you do so carefully to avoid torn pages, scuffed covers, and damaged spines.

As the top removal company in Cambridge, we have some experience in transporting books. Here are some of our top tips.

A little at a time

Books are heavy, so break your collection up into manageable chunks. Small shipping boxes (about half the size of a standard document archive box) are ideal, usually holding between 30 and 40 paperbacks apiece. This is enough to clear a shelf or two with each box, but not so many as to make it difficult for a single person to carry.

Lining, packing, and taping

Line your book boxes with packing paper, as this protects the dust covers on any hardback editions. Ensure that heavier books go at the bottom and be prepared to do some rearranging of your books to fill in the surrounding gaps as snugly as possible. Not only does this provide extra support to the books and the box, but it means you’re maximising your decision to go for smaller boxes in the first place. Finally, you will want to tape your boxes up well. Even smaller boxes are going to carry an impressive amount of weight, and you don’t want the bottom falling out during transit.

Wheeled suitcases

An alternative solution is to pack your books into wheeled suitcases for the move. After all, the only other thing you’re likely to use them for is clothing, and that’s something that is not only light, but can survive getting creased or knocked about a bit. Throw your clothes in boxes and wheel your books to their new home in style.

Here at Cambridge Removals and Storage, we offer a complete packing service, which ensures that any delicate, fragile, or precious items – including your book collection – are packed safely, prior to moving. Contact us today, for a free, no-obligation quote.

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Packing furniture for an overseas move

While we are one of the leading removals companies and storage unit providers in Cambridge, we can’t help you directly when it comes to shipping your furniture and other possessions overseas.

However, here are a few tips that might assist you.

Only take what you can’t do without

Whilst a lot depends on where you’re moving to, if it’s a metropolitan area within a major country, the odds are good that you’d be better off selling your old furniture prior to the move, and using the money made (not to mention the savings on shipping) to buy brand new stuff once you’re over there. In this age of cheap consumer furnishings, you should only be risking international transport on items that are irreplaceable.

Keep a photographic record

From the moment you pack away your furniture to the moment you reassemble it in your new home, you are leaving it in the hands of a series of third parties, from the UK removals firm, to the international shipping agent, to the delivery firm at the other end. That means plenty of opportunities for it to get knocked about. Taking a detailed series of photographs before packing will be essential should you need to put in an insurance claim later.

Break it up

Most international shipping companies charge either by size or weight. While there’s little you can do about the latter, you can reduce the amount of space taken up by that charming old Welsh dresser, for instance, by dismantling it and carefully strapping and wrapping the parts together. This is where your photos may come in handy, and don’t forget to label everything!

Of course, if your overseas adventure isn’t a permanent arrangement, you can always make use of a storage facility. At Cambridge Removals and Storage, we have a range of custom storage units in Cambridge, available on flexible and non-contractual packages, ideal for keeping your belongings safe whether you’re away on a long or short-term basis. Call us today on 01223 882 118 for a free quote.

How to move large appliances

How to move large appliance

One of the biggest jobs when moving home is the disconnecting of all of your white goods and other major appliances prior to moving them into your new premises.

Cambridge Removals and Storage have years of experience transporting bulky goods like these for our clients and, as the premier provider of residential removals in Cambridge, we’d like to share a few useful tips with you to make your moving day a little less stressful.

General tips

All appliances need to be emptied, cleaned and dried thoroughly in the case of washing machines, dishwashers, and the like. Allow plenty of time for disconnection, and don’t just leave it until the morning of your move. As you will see below, this is particularly true of fridges and freezers.

Washing machines

Your washing machine should have instructions with it for settling the drum prior to transit. Be sure to follow these, as a loose drum can cause damage to the machine during the move. All hoses should be disconnected and allowed to drain before being wrapped in paper or an old towel. These may then be stored inside the washer for safety.

Tumble dryers

An easy appliance to disconnect but be sure that the lint tray has been emptied before loading it on the van.

Dishwashers

It’s a good idea to leave the door open for a couple of days prior to your move, to avoid condensation trapping moisture in the machine. Disconnect, drain, and store the hoses, as per our advice on washing machines.

Cookers

Any detachable parts should be removed, labelled and packed in a separate box from everything else. Gas cookers must be disconnected (and installed at the other end, of course) by a registered gas technician.

Refrigerators and freezers

Before cleaning and drying these appliances, allow them to defrost overnight. Remove any detachable parts and wrap them together in protective material, such as bubble wrap or paper.

Cambridge Removals and Storage will do all the heavy lifting for you when it comes to your appliances. Get in touch with us today for a no-obligation quote.

What to include in an essentials box

As the premier providers of residential removals in Cambridge, we understand how hectic moving day can be for the average family. In order to make the transition easier, we recommend packing an essentials box a good week or so before the big day.

An essentials box includes all the things you’re likely to need during moving day and that first night. This can be put in your car on the day of the move, making it the first thing you bring into your new home.

Here are few suggestions of what to stock it with.

Snacks and drinks

Moving house can be thirsty and hungry work. Non-perishable snacks like crisps, nuts, and granola bars can help to fill the gap and, if you have time the night before, some sandwiches will make for a more substantial lunch. Tea-bags and instant coffee are good choices: just remember to throw in the kettle and something to drink out of.

Toiletries

Toilet paper is a must, as is washing-up liquid and a tea towel. Since moving can be dirty work, maybe include hand-sanitiser or wet wipes – enough to clean your hands before lunch.

Toolkit

The major stuff can wait until the next day, but a hammer, a set of screwdrivers, a torch, and some spare light bulbs are likely to come in handy.

Clothing

It’s worth packing a change of clothes for everyone, as well as pyjamas or other nightwear for the first night, especially if you have kids.

Papers

Birth certificates, passports, mortgage/tenancy documents, and other essential records should be put in a sealed plastic bag and included in your essentials box. This is less because you’re liable to need them, but more to ensure that you know where they are for the future.

Once your essentials box is packed, we even provide a full packing service for the rest of your belongings so you can be reassured that everything is expertly packed and easy to locate at the other end. Call us today for a free, no-obligation quote.

Maintaining security during a move

As the foremost providers of residential removals in Cambridgeshire, we understand that moving home can be stressful enough on its own, without worrying that your valuables are at risk. Follow these simple tips to give yourself peace of mind.

Keep your valuables close at hand

A simple solution to losing your important documents and expensive items of jewellery is to make sure you keep hold of them. Whether you fit them into the glove compartment of your car, or a bag that never leaves your side, knowing that they’re with you at all times will ease the potential stress.

Label by room, not by contents

When you pack your stuff into boxes, only you need to know that the living room is where you keep your rare vinyl, or the dining room is where you have the fine china. Label the boxes by where your belongings are going, not what they are. This reduces the temptation to a passing chancer who might risk swiping a box they know to contain all your electronic devices, because you’ve conveniently listed it on the side for them.

Keep your doors locked

This applies to your old house, as well as the new house. Sure, there will be people in and out all day, but make sure you only open the doors you need to for that part of the job. Again, an open door is an opportunity, especially if you’re busy loading up a van at the time. This applies to car doors as well, particularly the boot.

As the premier provider of residential removals in Cambridgeshire, we offer a full packing service that will ensure all of your belongings are kept as safe and secure as they can be throughout your moving experience. Contact Cambridge Removals & Storage today on 01223 882 118, where one of our friendly and professional staff will be happy to provide you with a free, no-obligation quote.

Labelling boxes during your house move

Labelling boxes during your house move

As the foremost removals company in Cambridgeshire, we’re often asked by our customers about the best way to label boxes when preparing for a move. Having given it some thought, we’ve come up with the following hints and tips to help you on your way:

Don’t rush

Take your time and plan ahead. Allow yourself plenty of opportunities between starting to pack up and the big day itself so you can do a little bit at a time. Packing up your belongings in a methodical manner can be boring – we’re not going to lie – but it will pay dividends when you come to unload and unpack at the other end.

Tops and sides

We’re going to cover a few labelling techniques, but they only really work if you mark the boxes on the lids and on all sides. Then it doesn’t matter how they’re stacked when you arrive in your new home, because you’ll be able to tell which box is which.

Make an inventory

Give each box a number and take your time filling it. As you go, compile a list of everything that’s in there. Yes, it will take time, but it’s better than rummaging through a dozen boxes to find that elusive toaster or phone charger.

Fragile items

Anything that’s particularly fragile or precious should be labelled as such. Not just for the removals team, but for yourself so you don’t pile a box of books on top of your best china by mistake.

Remember the basics

Label one box with OPEN FIRST. This will contain all the essentials for the first night and day in your new home – kettle, cups, tea bags or coffee, a change of clothes, toiletries and so on.

As the premier removals company in Cambridgeshire, we are here to help you with the full end-to-end house moving process. This includes our packing service, which ensures that all your belongings are safely and securely packed, prior to transit, and easy to locate again at the other end of your move. So why wait? Call Cambridge Removals and Storage today for a free, no-obligation quote.

The Right Box For The Job

While it might not seem like much of a priority when you’re planning a move, ensuring you have the right boxes for different objects is crucial. If you want to avoid any potential damage, it’s important to pay attention to your boxes. Here’s all you need to know about choosing the correct boxes for different objects.

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