Not every job is a full-on relocation service. Some of our clients require only a few items from one location to be delivered to a second (or third) location.
We have clients who need something from work be delivered to their home, and other clients who need items swapped between multiple properties (i.e. a sofa from A to go to B; a table from B to go to C; and a bed from C to go to A.) It’s like a courier service except with the added skill of being able to remove items safely and protecting them appropriately to ensure a successful delivery.
Amber Moves don’t only go from A to B, we include the rest of the alphabet too.
So you’ve found your new home and you want to turn it into your dream home. But to do that, rooms need to be renovated, appliances need to be upgraded, and extensions need to be built. A great solution is moving items into store to allow you enough space to refurbish the property.
Some people choose to live in an entirely separate property while their entire home is overhauled, and others choose to remain in their home while one or two rooms are being worked on. It all depends on how much needs to be done in a certain period of time.
Whichever route you go for, remember to choose a reputable storage company and make sure that their units are of high quality, which are not susceptible to flooding or fire. You wouldn’t want to pay for things to be kept in store and then have to replace those items because they were damaged whilst in store.
When your renovations are done you can move your items in. Note the emphasis on the word ‘done’. Do not plan for when the work is estimated to be done because these kinds of things always run overtime – that has always been the case in our experience anyway. If you move your items back in while the work is not yet complete, you run the risk of damaging the items and the property – either with paint splashes on the furniture or spoiling the newly-painted walls.
Whether you need storage for a week or a year, Amber Moves can provide your belongings with a temporary residence while you revamp your home.
The job of a removal man is made up of several skills and therefore is not easy work to do. If it comes across that way, it’s down to competent and professional crews. Removals is not only labour-intensive, it’s also service-oriented. And good service should be rewarded.
Think of your removal as a special meal, and your removal team as your waiter service. In a restaurant, if the experience has been brilliant with good food and good service, then you’re more inclined to tip the staff for making that happen. And it’s the same with removals.
Whilst not expected, a show of financial appreciation is always a delight and deserved by those crews in the industry that carry out the move to their client’s great satisfaction.
Moving office is a little different to moving home. Instead of wardrobes, it’s filing cabinets; instead of clothes, it’s paperwork; instead of 6 people, it’s 60. Moving office is a complicated procedure, even more so when it comes to a large workforce. Planning is crucial, which is why we use a Move Manager.
Our Move Manager meets up with the contact person on the client’s side to work out the most efficient strategy for relocating the office. Having floor plans of both properties, knowing exactly where the furniture will fit into the new office space, and being aware of when other departments (like IT) will be conducting their work, help the Move Manager plan a sequence of events that will decrease the likelihood of any hiccups during the move. While being a contact point for the customer, the Move Manager is also leading the removal team by assigning roles based on the overall plan. After all, you can’t move the furniture without dismantling it first; or pack up the computers without decommissioning them first.
The number of boxes required to move house is always dependent on the volume to be moved.
There are 4 types of boxes:
- Book 2ft3 (For books and small, heavy ornaments)
► 1 box per 2 feet of books
- Regular 4ft3 (For most items including crockery)
► 2 boxes per single kitchen cupboard (2’ x 2’ x 18”)
- Large 6ft3 (For lamp shades, linen, and large toys)
► 1 box per 2 drawers of regular chest of drawers
- Wardrobe 10ft3 (For hanging garments and tall items)
► 1 box per regular wardrobe door
On average, a 3-bedroom property (excluding garage, shed, and garden) has a volume of 1750ft3 to move. We would call this a 140-box move split as follows:
- 20 book boxes
- 90 regular boxes
- 15 large boxes
- 8 wardrobes boxes
These specifics can be adjusted according to the actual contents. For example: If you have 50 feet of books, you would need 25 book boxes.
This is only a guideline based on our experience of 20 000 moves, and the final boxes used can differ by 20% depending on the actual contents and how they are packed.
In order to be safely moved, grandfather clocks need to be dismantled carefully and packed correctly. It is precise and delicate work and we therefore suggest you hire a professional – such as Amber Moves – to do this properly. However, if you are prepared for the challenge, here are steps you can follow. Good luck.
What you’ll need:
- Cotton gloves
- Original clock packaging – or make your own:
- Bubble wrap
- Strong cardboard boxes
Rule 1: Never move the clock with its weights and pendulum attached – not even across a room – as this will damage the mechanical movement. It’s highly likely that the pendulum will break the glass case while it’s swinging if the pendulum doesn’t get broken first.
- Remove the pendulum. If it’s made of brass use cotton gloves, as the sweat from your hands can leave marks and damage it. This applies to all glass and brass pieces. As you remove the pendulum, be careful not to damage the suspension springs where the pendulum meets the clock’s movement. Once removed, wrap in bubble wrap and pack into its original Styrofoam box or create your own by wrapping it in bubble wrap to prevent damage during transportation.
- Detach the weights (but make sure the chains and cables do not get mixed up) and label their position (i.e. left, centre, right) because their weights are not the same and mixing them up will affect the clock’s performance and damage the movement. Pack the weights separately in bubble wrap and box. Do not put them in the clock case.
- As you remove the weights, make sure that the chains and cables don’t get intertwined or snap back into the mechanism. Tape the cables to a piece of cardboard to keep them aligned and prevent from crossing over.
- If the clock has any removable glass shelves or ornaments, these must be removed and wrapped appropriately in bubble wrap and placed in their own labelled box before wrapping the main body of the clock. It’s strongly recommended that you make a clearly labelled box for any keys from the clock. Do not attach the keys to the case or leave in the clock.
- Make a customised wooden crate or cardboard box for the clock. The clock should be completely wrapped in bubble to prevent scratches from occurring before putting it in the box. Add extra padding around the clock (top, bottom, and sides) to prevent movement during transit. Label the box with appropriate labels and keep in upright position.
- Always consider your clock’s individual configuration. Older clocks often have a sliding hood which needs to be detached if removable and packed separately. In this case, the clock’s mechanism becomes exposed and needs extra care and protection (i.e. wrapping before being put into its customised box).
Always refer to the manufacturer’s specifications so that the above guideline can be customised to your clock’s make and model.
Rain, rain, go away, come again another day – preferably when I’m not moving house.
As if there aren’t enough obstacles in your way when it comes to moving home, now you’ve got to deal with the rain. Mud-stained carpets and soggy boxes are horrible to deal with but we have a couple ways of fighting back.
Carpet protector is a roll of transparent material that is placed on floors and stairs to prevent them from being dirtied by the continuous attack of boots coming in and out of the house. This is especially effective during wet weather.
Mattress covers do exactly what it says on the tin. They’re rectangular-shaped which means they lend themselves to other pieces of furniture, namely fabric-covered sofas which require soak up moisture.
Although we try our best to work through the rainy weather, a lot of the time it slows the move down by 30% or, when it becomes torrential downpour, can halt the move altogether. It’s important to be aware of the weather on the day of your move so that you can adequately prepare for it.