Category Archives: House removals

Top Tips for a Smooth House Move: Colin Batt Removals’ Expert Advice

Moving house can be a daunting task, but with the right preparation and approach, you can make the process smoother and less stressful. At Colin Batt Removals, we’ve helped countless families and individuals transition to their new homes seamlessly. To share our expertise, we’ve compiled a list of top tips for a successful house move:

  1. Plan Ahead: Start planning your move as early as possible. Create a timeline that includes important tasks such as decluttering, notifying utilities, hiring movers, and relocation kent
  2. Declutter and Organize: Take the opportunity to declutter your belongings before packing. Donate, sell, or discard items you no longer need. This will not only lighten your load but also save time and money during the move.
  3. Label Boxes Clearly: When packing, label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to. This will make unpacking much easier and help movers place boxes in the correct rooms at your new home.
  4. Pack Essentials Separately: Pack a separate box or bag containing essential items you’ll need immediately after moving in, such as toiletries, a change of clothes, important documents, and basic kitchen supplies.
  5. Use Quality Packing Materials: Invest in sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and other packing materials to ensure your belongings are protected during transit. Fragile items should be wrapped carefully.
  6. Notify Utilities and Change Address: Contact utility providers to arrange for disconnection at your old home and connection at your new home. Also, update your address with banks, insurance companies, subscriptions, and relevant authorities.
  7. Arrange for Child and Pet Care: On moving day, arrange for childcare or pet care to minimize distractions and ensure their safety.
  8. Keep Important Contacts Handy: Keep a list of important contacts handy, including your removal company’s details, real estate agents, and emergency contacts.
  9. Check the New Property in Advance: If possible, visit your new property before moving day to familiarize yourself with the layout and ensure utilities are working.
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  10. Stay Calm and Flexible: Despite thorough planning, unexpected challenges may arise. Stay calm, and be flexible with your schedule. Maintain clear communication with your removal company for a smoother experience.

Remember, moving house is a significant milestone, and proper preparation can make all the difference. At Colin Batt Removals, our goal is to assist you every step of the way, ensuring a stress-free and efficient move.

If you’re planning a move soon, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for personalized assistance. Our experienced team is here to make your relocation a positive experience. Call us on 01233 740 395 or email

Happy moving!


Business Awards Kent Finalists 2023

Business Awards Kent recognises excellence in businesses from every sector across Kent. Any company from across the area can enter the competition. We entered three categories to benchmark our removals and storage services across all industries: Customer Service, Best Family Business, and Small Business. Our approach and dedication have been recognised by Business Awards Kent. Amazingly, we have reached the final in not one, not two, but all three of the Ashford Business Awards categories we entered.

Customer Service. Awarded to the business demonstrating an unwavering commitment to high-quality customer service.

Business Awards Ashford Customer Service Finalist 2023

Small Business. Awarded to the standout small business that understands its market and has achieved consistent growth.

Business Awards Ashford Small Business Finalist 2023

Best Family Business. Celebrates the family business that embodies family values and where the pride and passion for integrity and resilience shine through.

Business Awards Ashford Best Family Business Finalist 2023

The winners will be announced later this month, but just being selected as finalists in three categories is a great honour. We pride ourselves on delivering high-quality house removals and storage services that exceed customer expectations. It is heart-warming and reassuring to see our approach recognised as amongst the best in the area for 2023. This builds on the awards we have won in previous years, including our shortlist as the British Removals Association Domestic Mover of the Year for 2023.

If you are moving home and want an independently accredited and multi-award-winning removals and storage company, look no further than Colin Batt Removals.

Highest Standards of House Removals and Storage Services

We are proud that we have once again passed our annual British Association of Removers and British Standards audit. The audits give an independent view of our house removals and storage company, and show we provide the highest levels of professionalism and customer service.


British Standards for Furniture Removals and Storage

This year was a little unique. We retained our British Standard for furniture removals activities, BS EN 12522. However, this was the first year we applied for the standard for storage, BS EN 14873. Both standards are an independent validation of our commitment to the highest levels of customer service. We passed both British Standards at the first attempt with zero non-conformities, meaning there were no major or minor discrepancies with any of our processes, polices or procedures.  The team’s hard work, dedication and professionalism has been recognised again with the award of these quality standards.

BS EN 12522 and 14873 Standards

Quality Assured Removals

The quality standards and other awards confirm we are operating to the highest levels in the house removals industry. Whatever removals service you need, you can rest easy knowing that Colin Batt Removals offer quality assured, independently assessed and verified house removals and storage. You can also read the great feedback we receive from our customers at Checkatrade, where each review is independently checked and verified. Click here to learn more about our removals and storage services.


If you are moving house, call Colin Batt Removals, your move will be in quality-assured hands – call 01233 740395 or enquire online.

Colin Batt Removals – Where Service is Key.

Moving Home and Keeping Safe

As a house removal firm based in Kent we are still allowed to operate and we are following the government guidance on safer working to ensure we keep our staff and customers safe.

If you are moving house within the Maidstone Kent area then we have some guidance on what we can all do to keep everyone safe:

  • We will contact the household in advance to check that no member of the household is showing symptoms of coronavirus or self-isolating. If anyone is then we will delay the move
  • We request that you please ensure all internal doors are open, surfaces and possessions are cleaned with household cleaning products before we come
  • No work should be carried out by a person who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild
  • We wash their hands on entering the property and we will use clean towels to dry our hands
  • We will minimise contact with you and keep socially distant at all times
  • We will have enough staff on your move to not require household members to help us move bulky items
  • We will bring our own refreshments but please ensure we can access hand washing facilities, using separate towels or paper towels if possible, which should be washed or disposed of safely afterwards
  • We commit to keep up to date on the latest guidance on travelling safely

Coronavirus: New Government Guidelines on Moving House

The Government has issued new guidance urging people not to move house during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. New guidelines place restrictions on buyers, sellers and renters as well as the wider Industry including Estate Agents, Solicitors and of course House Removal Companies.

So, what do the latest guidelines mean to you if you are due to move home imminently?

Buying and Selling Homes during the Stay-At-Home Measures

We are all being urged not to move house during the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and be flexible. This is to limit the spread of the virus and maintain social distancing rules. If the property to be sold is unoccupied the sale of the house can continue with due care. However, if the property is occupied the guidance is to find a mutually convenient alternative date to move after the coronavirus (COVID-19) stay-at-home measures have been lifted.

Coronavirus Home Mortgage Extensions

UK Finance, formally known as the British Bankers Association, has advised that all mortgage lenders are working to find ways to support mortgage customers. Specifically, they are looking to extend mortgage offers for up to three months for those for those who have already exchanged contracts to enable them to move at a later date. In addition to this, new measures have also been put in place to protect those individuals who are tenants, the main one being that there is a current ban on any evictions taking place during this period.

Follow this link for the full Government home moving advice, which cover the full Industry.

The specific advice for removals firms is repeated here:

Removals Firms

There will be people who have already committed to moving home; where possible we are encouraging them to delay their move but a small number of moves may need to go ahead. We would urge everyone to take all sensible precautions to ensure the move can happen safely.

    • Removers should honour their existing commitments where it is clear that the move can be done safely for the client and your own staff and it is clear that the moving date cannot be moved.
    • Removers should follow the latest Government guidance which currently (26 March 2020) states that work carried out in people’s homes can continue, provided the tradesperson is well and has no symptoms or coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • It is important to ensure Government guidelines are followed, including maintaining a 2 metre distance from others, and washing their hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds (or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available).
    • No work should be carried out by a person who has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, however mild.

If you have any questions regarding these guidelines or any part of your home move, whether this relates to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic or not, please do not hesitate to call 0800 328 9175 or email info@colinbattremovals.couk.