Essential Questions to Ask When Viewing Properties

Posted on August 27, 2017 by Shaun Vallance
Essential Questions to Ask When Viewing Properties

Getting onto the property ladder is something we all hope and strive to do. We put a lot of stock and personal value into our houses and apartments, all with the aim of making a home for ourselves or our family. It’s this reason why issues can get overlooked. When viewing new houses or apartments, it’s easy to miss some obvious red flags.

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Declutter Your Home in Just One Week

Posted on July 25, 2017 by Shaun Vallance
Declutter Your Home in Just One Week

We all lead busy lives, and it’s sometimes difficult to keep on top of our storage spaces. A few of us might also be slightly guilty of holding onto things we don’t use anymore for future use. We let things slide and think we can sort everything out tomorrow. Then a few days turn into weeks, and before you know it, there’s no space left in the garage. The loft is full, and the spare room isn’t a room anymore, it’s a storage unit.

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Why People Choose to Relocate to Dorchester

Posted on July 1, 2017 by Shaun Vallance
Dorchester

There are many great reasons to live in Dorchester, and it’s now being noted as a popular commuter town for those who want a better quality of life but still want a decent connection to London and other major cities. With this in mind, we’ve decided to compile a Wood Removals list of reasons to relocate to Dorset.
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New Business in Dorchester Continues to Thrive

Posted on June 2, 2017 by Shaun Vallance
Dorchester

Dorchester has adapted well to the ethos of creating a positive and supportive business network, and for a number of years, Dorchester has continued to thrive and there are no signs that this trend won’t continue. So if you’ve been thinking of starting your own business then there’s no better place to start than Dorchester.

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Decluttering your garage/shed

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Shaun Vallance
Decluttering your garage/shed

Remember those carefree (or maybe not so carefree) days when you first moved into your then-new property? Back then, it’s likely that your garage was clear of junk and used just to house your car. Now its very foundations are groaning with accumulated belongings that have nowhere else to go. And what of your garden shed? Maybe in those days, it stored garden tools, like lawnmowers and rakes. Now it’s fit to burst with all manner of things for which you’ve run out of room in the house. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to get back some of that space? Don’t be discouraged from this bracing challenge – following just a handful of guidelines, you can restore order and room to both these spaces and start to feel more organised again.

  1. Get rid of unused items. Just as with the decluttering of wardrobes, ask yourself – ‘Have I used this item in the last 365 days?’ If the answer’s no, it’s go to go. And fast. If you don’t use it, it’s junk. You can recycle, sell on or donate to charity rather than simply chucking in the bin. Already, you’ll have a made a huge dent in the challenge.
  2. Put up shelves. If you’ve lost all or most of the floor space in either zone, then shelving is the answer. You can keep your most-used items at face-level, with the things you only need from time to time on the other levels.
  3. Install ceiling storage. If you have to use your garage as a storage utility, then ceiling storage is ideal for things you hardly ever need but which can’t be discarded. Things like archival family materials can then be labelled and placed overhead.
  4. Put up wall hooks. Where you aren’t using shelves, use wall hooks. You can store so many things this way – from bicycles to gardening equipment and much more.
  5. If you’ve gone through all of the above and there’s still disarray, it’s time for professional storage. For example, you can use the great storage and self-storage facilities at Woods.

Reduce the Stress of Your Big Move in Dorset with Woods Removals

Posted on March 4, 2017 by Shaun Vallance

You’ve done it! Your big move day is planned and now you need to work out how you’re going to move into your new apartment or home in Dorset or the surroundings areas. This might mean packing up and moving a long distance with a lot of furniture and items, some expensive, some bulky, and you need to get everything else into boxes.

You might be upsizing and moving from London or another major city into a more affordable and spacious house in Dorset, which a lot more professionals are choosing to do. The area is beautiful, the transport links for commuters is feasible, and you can get more for your money. Raising a family in Dorset is a perfect option, striking the perfect balance of a vibrant area and family life.

Now your move is fast approaching, you have empty boxes but you’re struggling to juggle planning the move with family and work life. Taking several hours out from either only means the tasks pile up, and before you’ve even made it to the day of the big move, you’re unduly stressed out and tired, and to make matters worse – you’ve made the decision to do the removal and relocation yourself.

Sometimes is does make sense to do it yourself, if you have the means to do so – if you already own a business that has a decent sized work’s vehicle and you can get some of your team members to help, then that’s a perfectly good option to take. However, for a lot of people, the decision to save money on hiring a vehicle to do the job isn’t as cheap as it seems. You might pack everything up, hire a vehicle, just to find that there are a lot of roadworks that day, you hit traffic at various points, and the single trip you first envisaged now becomes several trips due to underestimating your load capacity for your hired vehicle. That’s another day or two’s hire, which means more time off work and away from the family.

Is there an affordable option for people who need to move to Dorset? The answer is Woods Removals.

Woods Removals has over 140 years of removals experience and our loyal and dedicated team of removals experts will be on hand with your every step of the way, from planning your relocation to the big day.

We have expert-level knowledge of the area, which roads suffer from congestion at certain times, and we do our research to ensure we avoid road works and any other delays. We plan every relocation job using the best times to avoid any traffic, and we know every road to ensure that we provide the most efficient and professional removals service available. We plan each in detail – that’s how we earned our reputation.

Your possessions are in safe hands – we arrive on time and we deliver the highest standard of customer service in our field at the most affordable prices on today’s market. There’s no removals job we won’t take on – from domestic to business removals, storage, and removals around the UK, no matter what your needs are Woods can accommodate.

We cover everywhere in Dorset and all its surrounding areas – literally going the extra mile for our customers. There’s no job to big or small, no distance we won’t cover, and all done with a smile and a friendly customer service driven attitude. We have repeat customers due to our excellent customer service, and we often get referrals from satisfied customers who recommend us to their family and friends.

For removals in Dorset – choose Woods for the best removals service. Contact us today for a free quotation or on our website.

The property market in 2017

Posted on January 12, 2017 by Shaun Vallance
The property market in 2017

There’s no doubt that 2016 was a year of immense change and unrest. The political landscape alone was dramatically rearranged both here and abroad and it seemed, too, as if everyone’s favourite celebrities/artists/musicians/notables were dropping like flies. But what of the future? And what about the property market, both in Dorset and beyond? What do the twelve months ahead of us hold in store? Let’s take a look.

The outlook isn’t immediately sparkling. Predictions are for UK prices to rise merely two per cent and notoriously expensive central London prices to drop by five per cent. And yes, you guessed it, the cause is widely thought to be the bewildering uncertainty left in the wake of Brexit. So although UK-wide prices will keep on rising (for the seventh year in a row), local markets could experience deterioration. In addition to Brexit (sorry – the dreaded ‘B’ word again), the other significant influence on the market last year were the Stamp Duty changes introduced two years ago. The upfront cost of buying a home increased as a result. Then there were the introduction of higher rates of duty on second homes, brought in in April.

Right now, the average asking-price of a UK home is approximately £299,000, but before December 2016, it was £6000 higher. It’s not hugely alarming yet, because this figure is still considerably higher than the December 2015 figure. What concerns some forecasters is that the December 2016 dip was a result of the referendum result. What, they wonder reasonably enough, will happen when the referendum is actually implemented? What effect will the invoking of Article 50 have on the property market?

Fortunately, high demand for homes in the low/middle part of the market is keeping things ticking over. Since owners are not inclined to move at the moment, this is maintaining house prices because fewer homes are for sale, which exacerbates demand.

The good news is that although central London properties (e.g. in Westminster) are expected to lose tens of thousands from their value over the coming months, average house prices in places like Dorset are in all likelihood

Removing Nail and Thumbtack Holes

Posted on November 27, 2016 by Shaun Vallance
Removing Nail and Thumbtack Holes

When you’re leaving a rented property, the one thing that can alleviate the stress and make it all worthwhile is the return of your damage deposit. But depending on how mercenary your landlord or landlord’s agents are, you may have your work cut out for you. They may be eagle-eyed in their quest to hold on to your precious lucre and, sometimes, they won’t even need to be particularly astute – the evidence of damage will be in plain sight and they’ll pounce on it. One thing they’ll almost certainly be looking for are the nail and thumbtack holes left over from the paintings and prints you’ve hung on the walls. And it goes without saying that they’ll overestimate the cost of getting these tiny cavities filled. It makes more sense to apply the fix yourself, rather than let it come out of your deposit.

The great news is that sometimes there’s a really quick solution that does the trick, especially if the walls are magnolia or a similarly neutral colour. Just stroll to the bathroom and grab some toothpaste (plain white is better than a stripy or coloured gel variety). Put just a little on to your fingertip and then dab it against the hole. You can remove excess with your finger to leave behind a wonderful, smooth finish and – hey presto – no more holes and also a wall that now has a nice, minty bouquet.

Sometimes, however, this quickest of fixes isn’t good enough. It could be that the holes are too large or simply that you feel conscientious and want to leave behind a better fix for your landlord’s property. In that case, the best solution is a wall filler such as Polyfilla. If, on the other hand, your heart is still set on doing it the ultra-quick way, there’s another option that’s as fast as the toothpaste method. Soap. Yes, all you need to do is grab a bar from the bathroom and rub it across the hole over and over until the cavity is no more. When the agent or landlord comes to do an inspection (try to be there at the same time if you can), the wall will look completely normal and your damage deposit should start winging its way back to you.

How to avoid house-moving mistakes

Posted on October 28, 2016 by Shaun Vallance
UK Removals

Because we’ve been helping people move for such a long time, we’ve seen the mistakes people make. In fact, we’ve often been instrumental in helping them unpick the bad decisions and get their moves back on track. There are few moving problems we haven’t encountered and in particular we’ve seen the ones that crop up and recur time and again. Here are the main errors of judgment we’ve known people to make. By flagging them up here, it is our hope that no one need every make these mistakes again.

  1. Not researching removals companies sufficiently. Too often, people choose their moving company quickly and blithely, with barely any research or hard questions. Consequently, they end up in the hands of fly-by-night, rip-off merchants who are uninsured. Their precious belongings are damaged in transit, time-keeping is shockingly poor, there are hidden extras that only become apparent when it’s time to settle up, and the poor client feels, quite rightly, exploited and fooled. When you’re looking for your removal company, don’t work on the basis of simply accepting the cheapest offer. Spend a little more time doing research, reading reviews and seeing if the companies belong to an organisation like the BAR (British Association of Removers).
  1. Excessive amounts of packing. You might be taken with the idea of bringing everything you’ve ever owned to your new home. Not a good idea. Moving house is the perfect time for decluttering and it’s a missed opportunity if you don’t. Without foresight, you may get to your new home only to discover that some of your old furniture doesn’t fit or work in the environment. It’s so much better to give this proper thought before your move. You’ll also shave off some of the expense of your move if you take less stuff because it’ll reduce the packing/unpacking, loading/unloading times.
  1. Doing it all on your own. As your move approaches, you may be gripped by the notion that you can do the whole thing alone or with just a little help from a friend or two. It’s worth remembering that moving house is taxing. Carrying bulky furniture up and down stairs and hiring vans are just a fraction of the tasks you’ll be facing.

Our Favourite Things To Do In Dorset

Posted on September 1, 2016 by Shaun Vallance
Our Favourite Things To Do In Dorset

You’ve got one of the country’s loveliest counties at your disposal. Perhaps you’re a newcomer to this lush and pretty part of the southwest. Or maybe you’re a die-hard who’s been here for years but somehow forgotten how to take advantage of your surroundings, something that can happen to any of us; we become blasé about the things that are right there are on doorstep, to the point of almost forgetting that they’re even there at all. You can make your experience of Dorset come alive again and feel fresh and new by treating it as if you were a visitor, keen to make the most of your time. Here’s how:

  1. Swim

If there’s an abundance of anything in this enchanted place, it’s beaches. All along the coast, they await you. There’s West Bay near the pretty market town of Bridport where much of the hit series Broadchurch was filmed. There’s Weymouth, Lyme Regis, Bournemouth and Swanage. There are beaches with pale sand and dramatic, overhanging cliffs, rocky beaches free from crowds where seals frolic, and pebbly beaches too. Something for everyone. Hardy residents swim all year round, so this refreshing activity needn’t be confined to summer.

  1. Discover the tourist attractions…

Why should the enjoyment of Dorset’s attractions be a pleasure in which only tourists can indulge? There are scores of National Trust homes and gardens with fascinating histories. There’s Thomas Hardy’s house, Sherborne Abbey, Swanage Railway Museum and Corfe Castle. You’ll find activity centres, museums, children’s farms and parks. Hie yourself along to visit-dorset.com to get the lowdown on everything there is to see and do.

  1. Enter the great outdoors…

Sometimes all the museums and houses in the world can’t compete with nature. Dorset is a rambler’s heaven, and opens spaces like the Moors Valley Country Park and Wareham Forest will more than delight the senses. Then there’s Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Golden Cap and Frome Valley. These stunning places give us a connection to the eternal, lifting us out of everyday care and allowing stress and anguish to fall away. What a ton