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15 Jun 2017

Keeping your belongings into storage when moving home

Putting your belongings into storage
When it comes to moving house, many people require a temporary place to keep their possessions.
Below you will find some information about keeping your belonging in the storage.
Items you’re strictly not allowed to keep in a storage:

 Hazardous liquids and materials
 Food (even pets food)
 Stolen Property

Keeping and preparing white goods for the storage:
It’s best to ensure all kitchen appliances and ovens are completely cleaned out to prevent mould and bacteria growing on the inside.
Here are few bits of advice, before you go ahead and put them in storage:
Washing machine:
To ‘kill’ the smell from the drain pipe – try soda crystals (or special cleaning chemicals).
Put them in your washing machine on the hottest level on your last wash and run the cycle
When unplumbing:
Unplug it from the electric socket
Drain leftover water from the pipes into the bucket
Close the water tap located behind the washing machine or under the sink and disconnect water and drain pipes.
While disconnecting try to keep all pipes upright before you drain leftover water into the bucket.
Clean drum’s rubber seal, drawer and filter.
Leave washing machine door open for a few hours
Put ‘don’t use’ sign on the water tap, if the drain pipe was connected to the sink
Before you move it:
At the back of the washing machine apply the transit bolts to secure washing machine’s drum
Tape all the pipes and cables together, so they won’t cause a potential hazard when moving it

Select regular cycle and pour a cup of bleach into the water, then run the dishwasher to the end of the cycle.
Use the drain cycle twice to make sure that there is no water left in the machine.
Switch it off from the electric socket
Remove all racks
Remove the filter from the bottom of the tub and wash it
Close the water tap behind the dishwasher
Disconnect drain and water pipes
While disconnecting try to keep all pipes upright before you drain all leftover water into the bucket
Leave the dishwasher’s door open, any remaining water should evaporate
Fridge freezer & freezer
Most of the new freezers and fridge freezers come with a frost-free feature, so they don’t need to be manually defrosted.
Even if you have one of the new ones though, you should make sure it’s fully dry, cleaned and aired before your place into the storage. This will help to avoid rotten smells inside, when it comes to moving it back to your new home.
However, old-style fridge freezers and freezers DO still need to be defrosted.
Defrosting and cleaning:
Switch it off from the power source
Remove all food
Put old clothing, rags, newspapers around it to stop any water from reaching the floor as the ice melts
Remove all drawers and shelves and clean them out
After ice has melted you can clean everything inside
Dry and wipe it as much as possible
Put all the shelves and drawers back

02 Jun 2017

Top Tips on Dismantling Furniture When Moving Home

When moving home or office it’s often quite difficult to get some furniture items through doors, down the stairs or outside of the property itself.
Luckily, most furniture purchased on the market these days can be dismantled quite easily before being loaded onto the removals van.

Here are some of our top tips for furniture dismantling to make the task go a little bit easier!

Dismantling beds, tables & wardrobes:

  • Get someone to assist you by holding larger pieces while you unscrew – this will help to avoid breaking any of the pieces.
  • Remove any nails, pins, dowels, and screws to avoid scratching and damaging other items or also potentially getting lost during transit.
  • Bag and label screws and nails from the different furniture pieces and pack them away safely.
  • Most modern wardrobes need doors and back wall to be removed first and must then be placed horizontally on their backs to dismantle other sides safely.
  • Make notes, label parts, take pictures while dismantling furniture or download manual from the manufacturer website, so as to avoid problems when it comes to putting back furniture together.
  • Tape all small furniture pieces together, such as shelves, bed slats or table feet.
  • If you lose or damage anything, it may be reassuring to know that most modern furniture manufacturers, like IKEA for example, provide spare components at their stores.
  • Be extra careful and don’t over-tighten screws when you reassemble the furniture.

Need help dismantling your furniture? AJM Removals offers a furniture dismantling and re-assembly service so if you are stuck or would rather have professional help at a great price – why not give us a call today?

13 May 2017

Useful Packaging tips when Moving Home

Based on our experience as a Bristol moving company, we’ve created a comprehensive list of tips for packing general household goods which is ideal to help you with any move.

By following a few easy steps, your goods will stay protected whilst you move home:

Materials you may need before you start packing:

  •  Strong boxes in various sizes – from small to wardrobe boxes
  •  Bubble wrap & padding materials – to wrap fragile items
  •  Wrapping paper or newspapers – to wrap glassware
  •  Shrink wrap – to keep dismantled furniture pieces together or wrap furniture, to ensure extra protection and prevent doors and drawers from opening while moving.
  •  Strong brown tape – for sealing boxes
  •  Marker pens – to label boxes
  •  Strong sacks – to cover bedding stuff, pillows etc, also can be used for packing shoes & clothing


12 Jan 2017

Useful Removal Tips For Moving Home

There is nothing more stressful than moving house. Relying on professional and experienced removers is the best way to ensure your home move goes smoothly. But there are a number of things to consider before your moving day:

1) Select an experienced and recommended removals company. Make sure to book your removals or ‘man and van’ company well in advance to ensure they are available for your preferred time.

2) Get organised and start packing your belongings 1-3 weeks earlier than you think you will need. It could take much longer than you imagine and this will ensure your removals company isn’t waiting for you to finish packing.

3) Change your addresses!

It will probably take you a few days if not weeks to manage to notify everyone of your change of address so start right now.

We would recommend changing your addresses at least two weeks prior to moving – don’t leave it until the last minute!

Alternatively, complete a Redirection form – these are available in a Post Office branch or you can find it online

4) Think about securing a parking space for the removals well in advance. If parking permits are required, it is your responsibility to arrange it.

If you don’t have your own driveway, you could simply put the bins out on the road to reserve space (informing your neighbors that a removals van will be parked on that space on such and such a date). That is really important as it will help a lot while loading/unloading and save plenty of time.

5) Think about how much ‘stuff’ you have! Be thorough – check the attic/loft, shed and any other storage places. Make a list of items, to make sure that nothing is left behind and be sure the removals company has arranged enough vehicles to get all your furniture and other belongings on in one trip – especially if somebody is moving into your old house on the same day or if you’re moving to another city.

It is a good idea to get quotes from different removal companies before choosing which one to go with.

6) When packing:

Ensure that car keys, house keys, wallets, passports, and other important things are kept safe, to avoid getting accidentally packed away.

Don’t overfill or under-fill boxes, choose the right-sized boxes to make sure they’re not too heavy to carry and that they are well taped. Wrap all the fragile items in bubble wrap, newspapers etc. inside the boxes and mark them with a marker pen or ‘fragile’ tape so that your removal men are aware of what’s inside and are able to find a safe place for it in the removals van. You may also consider using colored labels or marking your boxes and items with a different colour or number for each room. This would help the removal men a lot while unloading your goods into a new home.

7) Think about the big furniture, such as beds or wardrobes and consider access. If you do it yourself, make sure that it’s disassembled before the removals team arrives and that all screws, nuts, and bolts are kept together in a safe place. Alternatively, make sure furniture dismantling and re-assembly has been agreed during quotation so as to avoid misunderstanding and additional charges on moving day.

8) Make sure all appliances are drained and disconnected before you move and that the fridge freezer is defrosted and cleaned if you’re planning to keep it in a storage.

9) Garden stuff and plants. If you have a lot of garden stuff, we would advise having a separate van so as to keep them as far away from your household items as possible, as this will avoid getting other household items dirty.

10) If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old and new houses before you’re moving in, to have it as a proof for your estate agency/landlord.

11) Once the removal van is fully loaded, walk around the house to ensure all items have been moved and nothing is forgotten.