If your business is getting itself ready to hop, skip and jump to shiny new premises, then there’s probably a greater number of people to think about than when you move house. Whether you’re a small business or medium-sized, you’ll have a team of individuals whose lives are going to be as affected by the change as yours is. It always works better if, instead of letting them be dragged along passively with you, you involve them in the move, take their voices into account and let them feel part of the process. If there aren’t obvious ways of achieving this occurring to you immediately, then here are some of our ideas for pulling it off. After all, it’s almost certainly going to be a smoother transition with everyone on the same page.
Some aspects of moving really are a breeze. Most of us are, for example, old hands when it comes to readying our clothes for the big day. It’s straightforward and we’ve done it countless times in the past. But from a psychological stand-point, it’s worth confronting the difficult challenges first, rather than hiding from them in the hope that they go away (they won’t). Facing up to them head-on will empower us and make moving feel easier. So here’s the first part of our run-down of the most difficult belongings to get on the road and into your new home.
Many of us think of our green and flowered friends as being robust, especially houseplants that don’t need to be taken out of their pots. But nothing could be farther from the truth. These babies are delicate, and that’s putting it mildly. Not only that – they’re messy, scattering earth on your other belongings. They also don’t like the change of temperature caused by a long drive and can express that dislike by dying on you. After all the tending and love you’ve given them, talk about ungrateful! If you’re moving plants, then do your utmost to take advice and read up on the intricacies involved – there’s an art to it that anyone can get the knack of.
Alas, moving house along with Fido and Fluffy is never a cinch. Live animals need to be kept safe and sound in the run-up to the move, during transit and in the aftermath as they adjust to completely new surroundings. There’s also the matter of finding vets near your new home and getting all the paperwork together. So whether you’re moving dogs, cats or (trickiest of all) fish, birds and reptiles, apprise yourself of as much information as possible well in advance.
Musical instruments and gym equipment
It’s of course widely known that pianos aren’t very simple to get from A to B. There’s the sheer bulk and fragility of them, plus the fact that they can go seriously out of tune during the process. But guitars and drum-sets present their own complications, too and, like gym equipment and golf sets, require prudent care to make sure they’re in good shape for the road and safe from harm. Experienced help is recommended, rather than hope-for-the-best DIY.
It’s not the life for everyone, and it comes with some hardships that might deter some of us, but moving to a houseboat in London also has some distinct advantages. There’s the chance to slash your outgoings by more than half, see the city a different way, enjoy summer evenings on the water, and move about instead of being fixed to a set of bricks and mortar. It also enables people to do some of their living in handily central areas like Camden, Maida Vale, Little Venice and Angel and have vastly diminished utility bills. If you’re prepared to do what’s known as cc-ing (continuous cruising), you can taste life in a variety of Zone 1 locations provided you’re prepared to move every fortnight.
At Aussie, we pride ourselves on making moving as free of stress as possible, although sometimes it’s hard when faced with the swathes of articles that describe moving house as a slog and an intolerable ordeal. Recently, though, researchers at the University of New Hampshire in the USA made some discoveries that cast a new light on the process. In the past, research into the effects of moving house always focussed on the downsides – the anxiety, the loneliness of being in a new environment, the loss of friendships, the negative impact on children’s wellbeing. And if you focus on the downsides of something, then you’ll always find evidence to back them up. What might that research have discovered had it focussed instead on the fun of making new friendships, exploring new areas, helping your children have new adventures and so on?
It’s always worth remembering that if you’ve got a cat (or cats), then the moving process won’t just be stressful for you; your little whiskered friends will also potentially be suffering. Cats are not known for embracing abrupt changes to their living environments and the first inkling they’ll get that something’s underfoot is on moving day itself, so they’re bound to be unsettled or even shocked since they’ve had less time than you to prepare. But there’s nothing to worry about because with a little forethought, you can mitigate the stress and upset caused to your furry feline companions and ensure that everyone gets settled in the new home in good time. Here’s how:
The Aussie team knows from experience that there’s no such thing as a typical home or office removals job. We’ve been in the removals game for over fifteen years, and in that time, we’ve done thousands of removals, relocations, and storage jobs. And on those jobs we’ve moved some unique items and some difficult removals jobs.
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Are you relocating to study in London? Congratulations – you’ve already made one of the best and most important choices of your student career. London is on the cutting edge for higher education, and institutions, such as Imperial College, Roehampton, Goldsmith’s universities, are often found at the top-end of the University League Tables and Rankings lists.
So you’ve finally succumbed; the thought of having your own fluffy little friend has at last got the better of you. Who could blame you? Few of us can resist the heart-melting sweetness of a dog and welcoming one or more of them into our families is a rite of passage of which no one should be deprived. After all, what could be better after a long, challenging slog at the office than the unquestioning love and devotion you’ll be shown every single day by your furry acquisition? It’s a loyal, dependable love that can sometimes be hard to find in London. The only problem, or at least one of the most significant ones, is that your London home may be a potential death-trap once your canine companion moves in, especially if he or she is a puppy and given to excitable behaviour. So here are some important provisions to make so that everyone can be safe, sound and very, very happy:
Alas, in London, there’s no magical way of making renting (or owning, for that matter) an inexpensive undertaking. In fact, recent estimates put the average monthly rental price in London at a blood-curdling £1270 a month. But to help you offset some of that sum and hold on to more of your lucre, there are certain things you can do, whether it’s knowing the best way to furnish a flat on the cheap or making sure you can get your deposit back. Both from personal experience and as london’s favourite movers we’ve put our heads together and come up with some of our favourites.