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Moving with house-plants

Posted on August 14, 2016 by W.H.Cox

Sometimes, house-plants are the last things to which we give consideration when our move is imminent. In many cases, our lives have moved into different territory and plants have been superseded in our affections by spouses and/or children; it’s a truly strange breed of person who prefers their plants to their families. Still, plants are an important part of our lives and they deserve love, too. Moving them recklessly or carelessly can result in their untimely deaths, moving them the right way can allow them to thrive in pastures new. There are some things to bear in mind when you’re moving your house-plants so here is some guidance to keep everything on track and preserve the precious lives of your green friends.

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The World of Cardboard Boxes

Posted on July 22, 2016 by W.H.Cox

If there’s one thing that’s always part and parcel of moving house, it’s the cardboard box. It’s simply inconceivable that anyone could consider relocating without, at some point, stocking up on them. They’re a trusty staple of the removals world, without which the whole process would be far harder. Remember those student-era moves, when you’d try to do it all with bin-liners, only to discover that hardback books have a tendency to tear through them, leaving your precious possessions falling out in the road? Shudder. So here’s to the cardboard box, an invention that almost rivals the wheel for its combination of genius and simplicity. Of course, when we think of the cardboard box, we tend to picture the standard, square-shaped variety, but there are many more styles out there, most of which could come in handy during your move. Here’s a little run-down of our favourites.

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Your First Move

Posted on July 14, 2016 by W.H.Cox

What could be more exciting than making your first ever move? We don’t mean moving into short-term student digs, which is another matter – we’re talking about the nest-flying moment when you move out of your parental home and into the world. It’s a rite of passage that ushers you into adulthood once and for all, with – all being well – no turning back. It’s daunting, of course, but that’s more than mitigated by the sheer optimism that characterises this moment when it comes, in whatever guise, beckoning you into the realm of the fully grown-up. Still, it pays not to rush headlong into it with nary a thought or plan. In fact, it’s vital to give it proper forethought. Of course, there’s never going to be the perfect time of readiness – we have to take the plunge with a bit of blind faith because we can’t know the future. But we can still make sure we’re as primed as we can be, so that, fingers crossed, it all goes well. Here are some considerations to ponder when your first move approaches, whether you’re 16 or 36.
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The DONT’S of Moving House

Posted on June 27, 2016 by W.H.Cox

We all know a lot of the ‘do-s’ of moving – the things it’s vital to have on the checklist and work our way through. Most of us have moved quite a few times by early adulthood and feel we’ve got it down to a fine art. But sometimes, we’re much closer to a pitfall than we realise and one false move could undo all the hard work and usher our house-move into a state of peril and disaster. So it’s worth thinking about the things not to do during or even before a move. If you know some of these potential mistakes, you’re far less likely to make them. Your move can go ahead as planned without being derailed by disaster. It’s just not worth being rash or taking un-calculated risks when you’re doing something as important as moving into a new space for living, a space where you may be intending to stay for years and years, perhaps forever.

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Moving in Surrey this Summer

Posted on June 16, 2016 by W.H.Cox

Summer isn’t just good for the long, balmy days spent lounging by the pool, strolling in the park or sitting outside at pavement cafés (with some allowances made, of course, for the increasingly unreliable British climate) – it’s also a good time to move, and there’s a number of advantages to uprooting yourself between June and September rather than, say, over Christmas or the dead of winter. True, all seasons bring with them their benefits and drawbacks and a case could be made for moving at any time of the year. But summer, arguably, makes the best bet. It’s not just the time of year for barbecues and open-air concerts – it’s the time of the year to make that move you’ve been thinking of, possibly for some time. Here are just some of the reasons why:

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How To Unpack After Your Move

Posted on June 2, 2016 by W.H.Cox

It’s that final hurdle that can almost send us over the edge. Just when the last box has been hauled off the lorry and into your new home, before the dust has had even a moment to settle, it dawns on you – you’ve got to unpack. What a crushing blow it can seem. But it needn’t feel like that. For starters, you don’t have to do it all at once and as quickly as possible. You can have a strategy and make it a more leisurely undertaking. Alternatively, you can use your moving company’s unpacking service, such as the one we offer at WH Cox & Son, and in an instant, all the pressure is off. But if you are doing it yourself, here are some pointers to make it bearable – enjoyable, even.
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Why Use A Out of London Removals Company for your London Move

Posted on May 20, 2016 by W.H.Cox
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When you’re planning a move, it makes sense to choose a removals company from either the same or else a nearby area, doesn’t it? Well, no, it doesn’t, although you could be forgiven for not knowing it. Certainly, the London movers don’t want you to catch on to an industry secret that could save you considerable amounts of money. But it’s time the truth came out – when you opt to go with a company from outside the city – for example, WH Cox & Son – you’ll get moved just as efficiently but with a less painful hit to your wallet.
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Moving House With Pets

Posted on May 5, 2016 by W.H.Cox

Moving house is hard enough as it is, but what about the added angst of relocation along with a handful of furry friends, yapping and meowing around you as you try to stay calm and cope with the inevitable and complex problems of a move? There are, it’s fortunate to discover, a number of steps you can take in order to make your move work out, no matter how many fluffy pals are coming with you. Let’s look at what some of them are.

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Tapes and their uses

Posted on April 15, 2016 by W.H.Cox

At first glance, it might seem like an uninspiring subject. After all, who gets excited about tape and the multiple varieties thereof? But in fact, it pays to know your tape; to know which kind you need for which job. So let us introduce you to the world of tape – some kinds you’ll already be acquainted with, and some may be new to you.
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Tips for Selling Your House

Posted on April 15, 2016 by W.H.Cox

Sometimes the market’s sluggish, but at other times there’s no clear reason why you’re house isn’t coming off the market. Your life feels like it’s in limbo and it’s incredibly frustrating. But are there things you could be doing to improve the situation? The answer is a resounding yes! So it’s time to feel empowered and start doing them. Here we present just a few of the steps you can take to make your house sell. Why not try them and see just how effective they are.

 

Painting

Revive tired, listless rooms with a quick coat of paint, opting for a neutral-ish colour that isn’t excessively individual but which allows viewers to overlay their own imaginations on to the room. By choosing a neutral colour, it’ll also allow for any kind of furniture to work well in the room, meaning viewers will perceive your house as somewhere they could move into immediately. Don’t leave out the front door – giving this a facelift with fresh paint will mean that prospective buyers are immediately greeted by a smart, appealing vision.

Brightness and ethereality

Make corridors and rooms come to life with the judicious use of mirrors. They have a transformative effect, especially on the more petite areas of the property. Think ‘brightness’ and ‘lightness’ as you go from room to room, cleaning the windows and awakening dark recesses with free-standing lamps. Prospective buyers will enjoy how soothed they feel without necessarily being able to put their finger on why.

Prettify

If you were going on a date and keen to make a good first impression, wouldn’t you spruce up your physical appearance and put on good clothing? In much the same way, your house needs titivating before it gets presented. Attractive throws on sofas, plants and vases of flowers, clean, sparkly windows, bowls of fruit – all these things accessorise your rooms and make them more good-looking.

Mending

The last thing you want is a persistently dripping tap in the kitchen, mould or damp patches on ceilings, broken bathroom tiles, peeling-off bathtub sealant or cigarette burns on a carpet. Mend, repair and fix all of this before anyone sets foot within.

Cleaning

It stands to reason and yet still it needs stating – cleanliness is next to saleability. From corner to corner and top to bottom, clean, clean, clean. Every room gets an instant upgrade when it’s been thoroughly cleaned and a freshness

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