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Charity Walk for Pilgrims Hospice

Congratulations to our Removals Office Manager, Emily Martin. She has recently completed a moonlight charity walk around the city of Canterbury, Kent to raise money for the Pilgrims Hospice. Emily completed the 3km charity walk in under 40 minutes and helped raise £16,000 so far for the Pilgrims Hospice.

Charity WalkNight Charity Walk

Emily started the charity walk with over 800 people dressed in bright fluorescent colours and some even had fairy lights on. Moving from Dane John Gardens the route passed Fenwicks, took in Canterbury Cathedral, Kings School and the Marlowe Theatre, loitered at the Canterbury Tales before finishing where it all began.

Pilgrims Hospice

The Pilgrims Hospices provide end of life care across Kent at sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet. This vital care is provided free of charge to some of the neediest and vulnerable in our society. Over 2300 people are referred to the Hospice every year to help them and their families deal with their life-limiting illnesses.

Charity Walk Canterbury KentIt costs £20 an hour to provide care for one person and we are elated that the moonlight walk has contributed to approximately 800 hours of nursing care. Overall the Pilgrims Hospices needs to raise in excess of £12 million a year to continue providing services across east Kent. Over 80p in every £1 raised is spent on patient care, which for the those facing incurable illness is priceless support.

Donate

You can help by donating or raising money through many ways. Pilgrims Hospices organises its own series of fundraising events throughout the year and these include sponsored cycle rides, night time themed walks, cake baking, bonded places in marathons and events for young people. These are all described on the Pilgrims Hospice website. Alternatively, you can donate any unwanted furniture, books or clothes to one of the Pilgrims’ 34 shops that are located across east Kent.

Charity Walk - Canterbury KentWith everyone’s help, the priceless services that Pilgrims Hospice deliver for the people of Kent can continue and remain free to patients. Well done to Emily for supporting this truly worthy cause and for completing the moonlight walk. We wish the Pilgrims Hospice well and thank them for supporting our local community. To learn more about supporting or donating to Pilgrims Hospice check out their website – http://www.pilgrimshospices.org.

Removal Reviews & Testimonials

Removal reviewsThanks to all our customers who have given us invaluable removal reviews and feedback over the last year. The word picture above gives you a feel of the great reputation we have in the removals industry. This feel these words are a reflection of the effort and attention we put into each and every house removal.

Removal Reviews

Your endorsements are the bedrock of our business and we are pleased to say that the majority of our work comes from your recommendations. Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to provide house removal feedback, we truly appreciate it. Currently 99% of our customers would recommend us, a statistic we are hugely proud of.

Removers_Removals_Review_KENT_2015Independent Recommendations

All our removal reviews are independently collated and verified. Good or bad the reviews are made public and give a true reflection of our performance. You can read all our testimonials and feedback at www.referenceline.com/colinbattremovals. Every single comment and letter is included so that you can get the full picture of our house removal reputation. We want to improve and we can only do that if we listen to all customer comments and feedback.

The crew worked tirelessly and were always helpful and polite. Altogether excellent service.

Continuous Improvement

We continually strive to improve so that we can provide an unrivalled removals service. Your views help us with this and allow us to refine our house and piano removals service to help future customers move house more easily. For instance, we now provide a house cleaning service to take away that headache from your moving day.

Thanks again to everyone who has chosen Colin Batt Removals to move house and to those of you who took the time to write removal reviews – our business would not be the same without your support. We look forward to continuing to provide highly recommended house removals and to deliver on our motto ‘Where Service is Key’.

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Fragile Packing Top Tips

Packing your china, glass and other fragile items for your house removal is a time consuming but vitally important task – packing the box incorrectly can lead to damages no matter how well the box is handled. To help you pack all your glass and china safely we have put together our fragile packing top tips. These are based on all our years of experience with thousands of house moves and are designed to make your removal easier and less hassle.

1. Allow plenty of time

You should allow approximately 20-30min to pack a standard size removal box with fragile items.  In a standard size house you could well have in excess of 10 boxes of fragile items to pack in addition to your non-fragile belongings. This means that you should allow at least a day to pack all of your china and glass.

Fragile Packing2. Fragile Packing Materials

Only use good quality packing materials when fragile packing. You should use double walled cardboard boxes, anything of less quality could well collapse under the weight when carried. In addition, we also recommend you use print free wrapping paper as the print can transfer to your goods. Any reputable removal company can provide you all the professional packing materials for you need to self-pack; from boxes to tape, bubble wrap to wrapping paper and flat screen TV boxes and curtain boxes. Speak to your mover and they can advise on the type and amount of packing materials you will need.

3. Plates & Bowl

First wrap your plates, and similar items such as shallow bowls etc, in paper and then place them in the box vertically on their edge. Plates are strongest in compression and can take weight on their side, any plates placed flat can get cracked from weight above. As with all removals packing, place heavier items at the bottom of the box and the lighter ones at the top.

4. Do not overfill

When packing china and glass do not fill the box completely full with your fragile goods. Fill the box between ⅔ and ¾ full and fill the remainder of the box with soft items such as cushions, blankets, clothing etc. This means the box doesn’t become too heavy, both to lift and for the items you packed in the bottom of the box. It also provides a protective layer to the box when other items are stacked on top of it.

packing service5. Very Fragile Packing

If you have some very fragile items that are particularly delicate or sentimental we would recommend you put extra wrapping around the item. First wrap the crockery in paper and then add another layer of bubble wrap or similar protective material around the item secured with tape. If the item is an odd shape be careful to insure that the item is fully supported in the box by using a blanket or similar as a base. In a similar way make sure that no heavy items are packed above the very fragile piece. You should consider using a smaller box to ensure the item is not overloaded and well protected.

6. Fill Gaps and Tape the Box

Don’t leave any gaps in the box or only half fill a box. Any gaps in the box leave room for your packed items to move about, risking damage. In addition, any internal gaps reduce the overall strength of the box. You can use wrapping paper, bubble wrap or any soft items to help fill the gaps. One the box is full make sure you tape the box shut, do not leave boxes unsecured or ‘open” as items can fall out and the box is difficult to pack on the lorry.

Fragile Packing7. Labels and Inventory

When you close the box make sure you label the box correctly, with a brief description of the contents as well as the room you want the box to be moved to in your new home. If you are going into store for any length of time we would recommend you make a full inventory of every packed item and to give the box a unique identifier (any alphanumeric descriptor e.g. A1, A2, B1 etc.). This will allow you to quickly locate any item you need to retrieve from store before you planned or when you are unpacking many months later.

8. Packing Insurance

All reputable removal companies, including all members of the British Association of Removers, will not insure goods that are packed by the owner (you may see the acronym PBO). This is because the removal company and insurer cannot verify the condition of the item packed nor the safety of the packing. You should check that your building insurance covers you if you pack your own items. Any goods that have been professionally packed by the removal company will be covered by their insurance but do check the level of cover.

We hope our fragile packing top tips have been useful. Remember you can call your removal company if you have any questions about your fragile packing or any other aspect of your house removal. They will be able to provide packing and moving advice and you can also buy professional packing materials from them. See here for the packing materials we can offer you – https://www.colinbattremovals.co.uk/packing-services/packing-materials/

If self packing isn’t for you please ask your removal company about their packing services. You can read more about our professional packing service here – https://www.colinbattremovals.co.uk/packing-services/ – or call the office to discuss your needs 01233 740395.

 

 

Where can you afford to live?

Thinking of Moving House? Not sure where you can afford to live? Well the BBC have put together a very handy calculator to show you where your budget could take you. By entering in some basic details like the size of house, your available deposit and your monthly mortgage budget the tool will show you where you can afford to live in the country. It will also show you whether it would be cheaper to rent or buy.

Afford to LiveAs we all know the affordability of housing varies greatly across the UK and also depends on your preference to rent or buy. The calculator factors your selections and produces a result based on data compiled from the Land Registry, Bank of England, surveyors and landlords. The house prices and rental data are taken from the period October 2014 to March 2015.

The results from the calculation are presented in graphical form, using a map of the UK, highlighting all the local authorities where you could afford to live.  The mortgage calculation assumes that you have a house deposit of 5%, thus the calculator will be pessimistic if you have managed to save up a deposit greater than 5%.

House prices vary greatly across the country but also within areas. Factors such as education catchment areas, transport links and job opportunities. Remember that this calculator uses the averages for each local authority, you may find that there are variations within each district which would make the area more or less affordable. This calculator is a great broad guide but each house in the country is priced differently and so do not give up hope if your dream area appears too expensive.

Remember to get professional financial advice to check that you can truly afford the mortgage you want. This tool does not replace the need for sound finical planning when making a large decision like buying a house or flat, a change in the interest rate can dramatically affect your monthly mortgage payments. Also bear in mind that there are extra costs, other than mortgage payments, to consider when moving house. Please read our ‘Cost of Moving House’ article to learn more.

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Thinking of Moving to Maidstone?

Maidstone has much to offer being situated in the heart of Kent and only a stones throw from London as well as the coast. It is surrounded by some of the most picturesque villages in the South-East, without the hustle and bustle of some other commuter cities.

MaidstoneMaidstone is the administrative centre of Kent but surprisingly only has a population of 140,000 people. Sought-after areas of the town include Loose and Mote Park and there are several popular villages nearby such as Bearsted and Aylesford. The River Medway provides a beautiful back drop for the town which still has some wonderfully historic parts.

Maidstone House Prices

House prices in Maidstone have risen by 5.96% in the last year, according to Zoopla, with the average price paid for all properties being £282,904. This makes Maidstone really good value when you compare it to other commuter areas such as Surrey. For instance, the average price for a detached property in Maidstone is £446,433 whereas in Surrey the cost is £812,407.

One of Maidstone’s main draws for home buyers is education, with great schooling in and around the town. Several schools have an Ofsted grading of outstanding, including St Michael’s Church of England Infant School, Valley Park School and Maidstone Grammar School for Boys and Girls. Check out all the school reports at http://dashboard.ofsted.gov.uk

MaidstoneCulturally the town benefits from a plethora of attractions. You can catch a play at the Hazlitt theatre, explore over 600,000 objects at the Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery, all for free, or enjoy nature at its finest in the 450 acres of parkland at Mote Park. If retail therapy is more your thing check out Fremiln Walk and The Mall Maidstone, Maidstone is ranked in the top 5 shopping centres in the South-East for shopping yields.

Great Value Commuter Town

When you need to roam further afield, London can be reached by train in under an hour, or even 35 minutes if you’re prepared to drive to nearby Stroud. The M20 also gives easy access to London, including Gatwick and Heathrow which are 45 and 65 miles away respectively.

Maidstone has considerable appeal with its proximity to London, great schools and culture. If you’re considering moving house the value that Maidstone offers is considerable. Thinking of moving to maidstone? Why wouldn’t you.