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Quick Guide To Moving Homes Safely In 2021

Quick Guide To Moving Homes Safely In 2021 2560 1706 G W Twilley & Son Removals

Many people who were planning to move homes last year had to delay their plans due to the pandemic. If this is your case, you’ll be pleased to know that the real estate market is open for business in 2021. Removals companies, conveyancers and estate agents are allowed to operate under strict health and safety regulations.

At Twilleys Removals we’re continually reviewing our procedures to ensure we keep our staff and customers safe. But keeping everyone safe is a team effort, so homeowners must be aware of the new regulations.

Moving homes in 2021

Here is what you need to know if you’re moving into another property in 2021.

  • Monitor your health in the days before moving date. If anyone in your household develops symptoms or is asked to self-isolate, contact your movers to change the date.
  • On moving day, make sure there’s enough ventilation by keeping internal doors open.
  • Clean / disinfect all surfaces before movers arrive.
  • Keep a good supply of hand sanitiser, soap, and paper towels so movers can use it.
  • Wear a face covering while removals staff are in your home. They will do the same too.

Storage services during lockdown

If you think you’ll need storage during the moving period, book a video survey to get an accurate estimate. The same applies if you declutter and plan to donate unwanted belongings. It is essential that you clean and disinfects any items that will go into storage.

We can all do our part to keep others healthy and minimise the burden of NHS staff.

At Twilleys we take public health seriously and all our staff are trained to follow the latest official regulations. We encourage you to have a look at the official government advice page.

If you have questions about how this affects your move, please get in touch. We’re always happy to help.

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What You Need To Know About Moving During The Second Lockdown

What You Need To Know About Moving During The Second Lockdown 2560 1706 G W Twilley & Son Removals

On 31st October, the British PM announced that the UK would be entering a second lockdown, which is expected to be in place until early December.

The first national lockdown already disrupted the plans of many families who were in the process of selling their home and / or moving into a new property. The current lockdown requires non-essential businesses to shut down and asks that people from different households don’t mix.

How will these measures affect you if you’re planning to move while this second lockdown is in force?

First, some good news: Robert Jenrick (the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government) has said that real estate agents and removals companies are not among the non-essential businesses that must shut down. What that means is that we can continue to operate, but under Covid-safe measures.

Here’s a list of the main guidelines you are expected to follow if you’re planning to move soon:

  • Viewings can be arranged, but ideally they should be done virtually via videocalls.
  • Face coverings are required if you’re going to a viewing, have an appointment at the real estate agent’s office, or need to visit a removals company.
  • Restrictions on the maximum amount of people allowed at indoor gatherings and support bubbles still apply. You can find more information here.
  • Social distancing must be practised on viewings and moving days.

Also, you’re expected to pack your belongings as far as reasonably possible. At Twilley & Son we understand this can be overwhelming, so we want to take the opportunity to let you know we’re here for you. Get in touch if you need advice on how to pack efficiently or if you’d like to book you moving date during lockdown.

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Move Homes Safely With These Expert Moving Tips

Move Homes Safely With These Expert Moving Tips 2560 1706 G W Twilley & Son Removals

When you’re moving homes, you want a fast and stress-free move that keeps your belongings safe. But there’s another priority you should add to your list: making sure your health and safety are protected through the whole process.

It’s easy to underestimate the risks involved in a house move, so here’s a list of useful tips we’ve gathered after decades of experience helping Londoners move homes.

  1. Pack within weight limits. We recommend to keep the maximum weight of each box to 20 kilos. This can help avoid back or neck injuries and reduces the risk of breaking fragile items if you accidentally drop a box.
  2. Learn safe lifting techniques. Even if your moving boxes aren’t too heavy, lifting dozens of boxes in a few hours can easily cause injuries. Key points to remember are: Keep your back straight ** Squat, don’t bend over ** Lift items with both hands ** Walk slowly ** Always look straight ahead.
  3. Make a list of possible hazards. This is what professional removals companies do during the initial survey. You should be aware of stairs, uneven floor surfaces, and doors with self-closing hinges.
  4. Wear sturdy and non-slip footwear.
  5. Know your limits. It may be easier to use a cart or a dolly to move things around.
  6. Leave the stressful part to the pros. Some people may be stressed by the idea of packing and labelling, while others are ok with that but worry about loading and unloading boxes. Find out what’s the most stressful part of a move for you, and let our team handle that.

You’ll find more moving and packing tips at our Moving Tips blog. Trust the G W Twilley & Son team for your next home move. We guarantee that health and safe are the always the rule in all our procedures, and never the exception.

If you’d like to know more about our storage service post-lockdown, give us a call on 020 8888 5156 for further advice and we’ll be happy to explain how it can benefit you in detail.

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Everything You Need To Know About Moving House In London

Everything You Need To Know About Moving House In London 2250 1500 G W Twilley & Son Removals

What Does Our House Removal Service Include?

At GW Twilley & Son Removals we have been in the London removals industry for 100+ years. Our experience has taught us an important lesson: simple is better! Even a complicated process like moving homes can be simplified if you trust the right professionals.

The following services are included in our house removal packages:

  • Collection and delivery of all your belongings.
  • Home decluttering.
  • Secure storage.
  • If you prefer our experts to do all the packing and unpacking, we can help with that too. Just let us know!

How Does It Work?

Our London home removal services have been created to be straightforward. You can arrange your home move with us in four easy steps:

1 – Request a free non-obligation estimate online or by phone.
2 – Book a free video survey with one of our expert surveyors to get a final quote.
3 – Choose your moving date and book a time slot.
4 – Our team of movers will arrive punctually on the agreed date.

House Moving Tips

  • Don’t overstuff moving boxes. For health and safety reasons, boxes shouldn’t weigh more than 20 kilos each.
  • Make sure all your belongings can be packed and moved. There are restrictions on items like hazardous materials, live animals, important documents, and expensive jewellery.
  • Pack like a pro by following the tips in this post. And remember that we also offer packing and unpacking services and materials!
  • Prep your appliances (dishwasher, fridge, stove, washing machine, etc.) by emptying them, cleaning them, taking out any removable parts, and taping the doors shut.

If you’d like to know more about our storage service post-lockdown, give us a call on 020 8888 5156 for further advice and we’ll be happy to explain how it can benefit you in detail.

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Housing Market Reopens: Home Removals Allowed In London

Housing Market Reopens: Home Removals Allowed In London 1900 1069 G W Twilley & Son Removals

The past few months have been challenging for everyone. If you were planning a home removals you may have had to postpone the move, as all non-essential home moves were on hold. But good news are on the way, since the UK Housing Secretary recently announced that the housing market is re-opening in the UK.

London Home Removals Post-lockdown

London estate agents, home removals companies, and other professionals in this industry can now operate again, as long as they follow some safety guidelines. This means that home moves can now go ahead, unless you or someone in your household are self-isolating.

There are guidelines in place to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in home moves.

The government has published its official advice for removals and estate agent professionals.

Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re moving homes soon:

  • Social distancing measures are still in place. While moving, stay 6 feet apart from anyone who isn’t part of your household.
  • Use protective equipment (face mask and gloves).
  • Keep to a minimum the number of people going in and out of the house.
  • If you’re moving and at the same time have sold your old home, clean the property thoroughly before the new owners move in.
  • Packing services are available, but homeowners are encouraged to do as much of their own packing as possible. You can find advice in the packing hacks section of our website.
  • Keep internal doors open while movers are in your property to ensure good ventilation.
  • Make sure hand-washing facilities are available to the removals team and dispose of any wipes or paper towels safely.
  • When packing, clean the contents of each box before they start being handled by the removals team. Here’s some de-contamination advice.

Packing And Storage

If you pack your own belongings, you may want to put away boxes into storage until moving day. This will help keep your home decluttered and free of tripping hazards.

Storage is safer because it will help you avoid handling objects unless strictly necessary. You can view our storage services, or you can call us for more info.

If you are planning a home removals and need assistance packing and storing your belongings, we are here to help.

Important Information About Home Removals During COVID-19

At GW Twilley & Son Removals we’re doing our part to follow public health regulations in every home move. We have an updated FAQ section that will answer any questions you may have about the process of moving homes in post-lockdown. If you were in our email list you should have received them on 14th May, so check your inbox. Otherwise read our updated FAQs below.

Updated 14th of May 2020

FAQ’S FOR CLIENTS OF GW TWILLEY & SON REMOVALS MOVING HOME DURING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC

Q. What precautions are you taking during the Coronavirus pandemic?

A. Our office team are working from home.

Our surveyors are carrying out video surveys to quote and not visiting in person. Our removal crews are kept up to date with government guidelines and are adhering to best practice by:
• Keeping a distance of 2 meters from the next person whenever possible.
• Washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
• Wearing gloves – they are less likely to touch their faces if they wear gloves.
• Disinfecting their cabs and common areas – each vehicle carries disinfectant spray.
• Catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue and dispose immediately.
• Not coming to work or immediately leaving work if they show any symptoms.
• Immediately reporting to management if any client or colleague shows symptoms.
• Implementing a buddy system to have the same people working together wherever 2 man lifts are required.
• Refusing refreshments offered by clients (although the offer is appreciated).
• Using face masks and hand sanitisers, as necessary.

Q. What do we need our clients to do?

A. Please help us by doing the following:
• Inform us immediately if you or anybody in your home or office develop symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19). Ensure that nobody with any symptoms, however mild, comes in to contact with our staff.
• Please keep a distance of at least 2 meters from our staff.
• Have as few people present during the move as possible. We can often complete a move without the client being present, ask us about this option.
• Ventilate your home very well on the day of the move. Heating should be off and windows and doors should be open (weather permitting).
• Kindly, do not offer our staff refreshments.
• Surfaces and possessions should be cleaned with household cleaning products prior to the arrival of our staff and again after we have delivered.

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Three Things You Can Do If You’re Planning To Move House During Lockdown

Three Things You Can Do If You’re Planning To Move House During Lockdown 2250 1500 G W Twilley & Son Removals

If you’ve been planning to move homes, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has probably made you reconsider your plans.

Since the focus now is on preventing further spread, the UK’s population is encouraged to limit their movements to those absolutely essential.

If your plans for moving house have been disrupted, here are three things you can do if you’ve to move house during the lockdown.

Be Flexible

Right now, you may be wondering if you need to put your moving plans on hold. According to government guidelines, it is best to postpone moving plans as long as emergency measures are in place.

So unless your new home is already vacant, be flexible with your moving date. Chances are that the seller or landlord will be understanding if you need to make any changes to the initial plans.

If you need further advice regarding the current situation, read our blog about What We Are Doing During Covid-19.

Keep In The Loop

The situation can change very quickly. One of the best things you can do is keep an eye on the Gov.uk website and any statements made by Public Health England. Having the most up-to-date information can help you make a decision.

If you are planning a house move in few months, we recommend reading our Quick Checklist For Moving House During Summer.

If you are wondering how to proceed with a house survey in order to plan ahead, you can always plan your move using our video survey instead of requiring a surveyor to visit your home.

Make The Most Of Delays

The Covid-19 outbreak means that real estate transactions and relocations will take longer. But not everything is negative: focus on the things you can do in preparation for the move.

For example, now you have extra time to go over your belongings, make some decluttering and decide which items are essential and which ones can go into storage.

At G W Twilley & Son Removals we’re here to assist you and to listen to your concerns. Get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to offer the most up-to-date advice.

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What we are doing at G W Twilley & Son Removals during COVID19

What we are doing at G W Twilley & Son Removals during COVID19 2400 1600 G W Twilley & Son Removals

Plan your move using our new video survey and consultation instead of requiring a surveyor to visit your home.

  1. Book a FREE video survey and virtual move consultation.
  2. Use your mobile device to guide our surveyor around your home.
  3. You will receive an estimate of your move within 24 hours.

No Need For Visitors To Your Home

Our virtual survey makes things a lot easier and quicker for you. You gain the benefit of a detailed professional survey and move consultation, without a site visit and at a time that is more convenient to you.

Stay Safe And Healthy

With us, you can keep on social distancing. Plus, you will always have full control of the video call at all times.

The Process Of Our New Video Survey

Video surveys are conducted remotely from the comfort of your home using FaceTime or WhatsApp on a mobile device. Our surveyor will work with you and inspect your property thoroughly while keeping a safe social distance.

It is easy to book a video survey. Visit our video survey request page and schedule the most convenient time for you.

Why Is Video Survey So Convenient?

We take health and well-being seriously. The current situation in London and other parts of the world demands new measures focused on prevention. This is why we’re pleased to announce our new video survey option for house removals and office relocations.

  • Our virtual surveys offer safety, convenience and flexibility in the removals survey process.
  • At this challenging time, limiting unnecessary travel is critical to everyone’s well-being, and video surveys make this easy.
  • Surveyors won’t need to go from home to home, and movers can book a survey whenever it’s convenient for them, without worrying about exposing their home or families.

What We Are Doing At G W Twilley & Son Removals

We are continually monitoring the current situation to protect the health and safety of our clients and our staff community.

During this period of restricted movement in the UK due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic we will be assisting those with essential moves only. We consider a move to be essential if a client has sold their home or terminated a lease and must move to a new property in order to remain housed. We advise all clients wishing to book non-essential moves to do so after the Coronavirus crisis has passed. Requests from the NHS and from NHS staff will also be given priority. We are working to Government guidelines at all times to protect the health of our staff and clients.

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Affordable areas to rent in London

Affordable areas to rent in London 2250 1500 G W Twilley & Son Removals

London is known for being one of the most expensive capital cities for renters.

By the end of 2019, the average rent came up to £1,600 per month, but there is areas where rental rates are more affordable. If you are looking to rent in London, don’t miss out our new quick guide.

Here is an overview of the most affordable areas to rent in London.

East London

Bexley, Barking, and Dagenham have a fair share of affordable flats for less than £1,300 per month. These areas will be especially convenient if you need to be near the District line or if you commute to work by using overground trains.

West London

In Harrow, small flats for rent can usually be found for around £1,200 a month. If there is more than two of you sharing, Hillingdon may be a cheaper option, although prices are rising really fast here.

North London

One-bedroom properties in Enfield are also below the city average and are on par with those in Harrow.

Waltham Forest is another borough where your money will go further. Moreover, the area is well connected to other parts of London via overground and tube (Victoria and Central lines).

South London

If you are looking to rent in South London, at approximately £820 per month for a 1-bedroom flat, Bexley has some of the lowest average rents in Greater London. However, the borough is in Zone 6, so you’ll have to factor in travel costs too.

Bromley is another affordable option, and it’s also a bit closer and better connected to central London.

Central London

If you must live in Central London, sharing with a group of friends is the best way to save on rent. House shares are more affordable in Islington and Southwark, and they drop even more if you go further east, for example in Greenwich.

If you need a reliable but affordable removals team to help you move to any of these London areas, get in touch with G W Twilley & Son Removals and we’ll find the right solution for you.

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The Pros and Cons of Moving During the Christmas Holidays

The Pros and Cons of Moving During the Christmas Holidays 1880 1253 G W Twilley & Son Removals

Most of us look forward to the Christmas holidays and to spending quality time with our loved ones. Moving house might not be the ideal way of spending the festive period, but sometimes this may be your only choice. And after all, moving during Christmas has its advantages too!

Pros of moving house during Christmas

  • It might be easier to get helpers, as most people take time off during Christmas.
  • You’ll be able to get discounted packing supplies. Take advantage of Black Friday and Christmas sales!
  • If you have young children, it’s easier to have them stay with relatives or friends while you move.
  • You’ll have extra motivation to get the move done before the end of the year.
  • You won’t need to take additional days off work to complete the move.

Cons of moving homes during Christmas

  • You may be particularly nostalgic at this time of the year thinking about previous Christmas celebrations you’ve had in your old home. But a new home is a new beginning, so you’ll be in the right spot during the New Year.
  • You may feel that you’re rushing through the holidays. However, planning in advance can take stress off the move and leave you with time to celebrate.
  • There might be some extra preparation involved due to winter weather.

Remember that having professional help can make a world of a difference when moving. At Twilleys we are experts in stress-free removals throughout North London. We put at your disposal a range of additional services (including packing and storage) to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Call us and we’ll help you figure out the most effective way of moving homes this Christmas.

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Quick Guide: The Cost of Moving House in 2019

Quick Guide: The Cost of Moving House in 2019 1875 1053 G W Twilley & Son Removals

If you are moving home anytime soon, you may want to cut your costs.

Moving homes is not only a time-consuming project: it can also be expensive once you add up all the costs. In 2019, the average price of removal services ranges from approximately £400 for a one-bedroom house or flat to nearly £2,000 for a three-bedroom home. And if you’re also planning on selling your old home, costs can be as high as £30,000 in London. Source: Lloyds Bank, correct as of 19 September 2018.

“Londoners face paying an average of £33,741 to make a move, largely due to higher house prices pushing up the cost of stamp duty.” Source: Stefanie Garber – Which?

If your house removals project includes the sale of your property, your most significant expenses will be stamp duty and estate agent fees, followed by valuation, insurance, homebuyer’s report, and conveyancing fees. As for the cost of the moving process itself, it can be broken down into four parts:

House Removals costs:

Movers’ price, which usually amounts to over 40% of the total moving costs. The main factors that movers take into account when creating an estimate are the distance travelled and the number of belongings to be moved. Ways to save include:

  1. Using a local removals company, as movers can charge up to 60% more for long-distance removals.
  2. Declutter your home before you start packing.
  3. Hiring a professional house removal with local expertise and full removals services will certainly reduce costs. Plus, you’ll get better professional services.

Insurance:

Insurance is the second largest cost at nearly 16% of the total. Although professional removal companies offer comprehensive insurance, you’ll have to buy additional insurance to cover special or fragile items (e.g. pianos, antiques, etc.), unless you choose the house removals experts in London.

Packing Materials and Packing Services:

Quality packing supplies come at a price, and the costs can soon add up depending on the number of belongings. Also, your packing technique can have you using more supplies than you really need, so make sure you learn how to pack professionally to cut costs or hire professionals packers that include packing materials when booking house removals services.

Additional Removals Services:

Additional services like containerised storage, packing, assembling or disassembling furniture, and cleaning. Some removal companies offer these services at attractive prices, so ask G W Twilley & Son Removals for an estimate before hiring third parties.

At G W Twilley & Son Removals, we offer comprehensive removal services and always work with your best interests in mind.

Get in touch to get a no-obligation estimate of our removal services and helpful advice.

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