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Are You Thinking of Moving to Dorset Soon?

Posted on June 23, 2024 by Shaun Vallance
Are You Thinking of Moving to Dorset in 2021?

Whether it’s the charm of a seaside city like Bournemouth, a smaller coastal town like Lyme Regis, an unspoilt market town along the lines of Bridport or a wilder stretch of coastline such as that around Eype, the appeal of the county of Dorset has been dramatically enhanced for many people after enduring more challenging living conditions in cities and larger towns.

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Moving to Dorset with a Young Family

Posted on May 16, 2024 by Shaun Vallance
Moving to Dorset with a Young Family

Dorset has always been a favourite destination for people who no longer feel at home in large cities and want something else. The clean air, sunshine, and outdoor experience appeal to people with young children. It’s also ideal for people who need good transport links for business purposes. With high employment and low crime rates, Dorset ticks many boxes, and there are many choices available.

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Man & Van and Storage Benefits for Small Businesses in Dorset

Posted on April 25, 2024 by Shaun Vallance
The Comprehensive Guide Moving Overseas and Storage Solutions in Dorset. 

Being a business owner or starting a small business in Dorset takes lots of planning and awareness of new working methods that can help. It’s great to be your own boss, and small businesses are vital to Dorset’s business community and local economy. This is a lesser-known fact for SMEs in Dorset. New or current businesses can reduce costs using a man and van and storage services.

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Finding the Ideal Summer Home in Dorset

Posted on June 16, 2023 by Shaun Vallance
Moving to Dorset for Properties with Outdoor Space

The Jurassic Coast and the Isle of Purbeck can begin as holiday destinations for some and then become aspirational living locations. However, relocating from a large city to the countryside is not possible for all people, particularly when they have work and school ties in the city.  Many opt for the second home model and then they can test the water with the view to gradually retire into their Dorset home. Over the years Dorset has been a very popular place for people to buy second homes. At Woods Removals we have helped many people move into their getaway place from London and other areas. We understand the perennial appeal of this location and why it continues to become more attractive to people. 

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How Woods Removals Can Help Your Business in Dorset

Posted on September 11, 2022 by Shaun Vallance
How Woods Removals Can Help Your Business in Dorset and Nationwide

As a business owner, you know that costs can quickly creep up if you’re not careful. One area where businesses often waste money is with their removal and storage services. Whether moving to a new office or warehouse or expanding your operations, you need everything to be as smooth and seamless as possible.

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How to Pack a Moving Home Survival kit

Posted on August 31, 2022 by Shaun Vallance
How to pack a survival kit when moving house

Survival kit on Moving Day: One of the most important details of a stress-free move is packing a survival kit for the other side.  Advance preparation of your survival kit can help get everything in place when you arrive at your new home.  Once you reach your home, you want to keep the momentum going by having a start-up kit ready rather than searching for items in your packed boxes.  Being prepared in advance means you can get on with it amidst the flurry of family and removal men.  A strategic unpacking will mean a great start in your new home.  Therefore, the survival kit is key to a smooth transition and an excellent new beginning.

Arriving in your new home

With a professional removals company, you will have the benefit of an inventory system and you will hopefully have packed everything with a room-by-room system.  However, there is still the maintenance of your family unit to think of, and the first stages of the process in the new house.  You may also have pets to be aware of and everyone will be a bit disorientated.  With a plan for cleaning, eating, and sleeping for the first night, you will be able to settle into the days ahead.  Your survival kit will travel with you, rather than the removals vehicle, so you will be able to get cracking as soon as those keys turn the lock on your new door.

General list for a survival box

  • Mobile phone chargers
  • Medications
  • Towels and Wash bags
  • Bedding for the first night
  • Extension leads
  • Speaker/ Radio
  • Food for first day/night
  • Toilet Paper

Plan room by room

Depending on the scale of your move and the various factors involved, you may want to pack the survival kit based on all your different rooms.  To avoid chaos in your new home, you don’t want to be rifling through boxes to find certain objects.  Unpacking room by room according to what time you have available is the best strategy. Prioritizing which rooms are most essential, you can unpack so that your family can function whilst you set up the new space. So, with that in mind, you will want to isolate what is going to be necessary in the first few days and separate that into your survival kit packing. Consider this breakdown of what to take from each room, to be fully equipped on the other side.


The kitchen is the most important place to have a simple setup in operation when you get there, primarily because of tea.  Once the flow of tea in your new home is happening, you can be sure you have reached a new landmark in your domestic history.  You have officially arrived!

  • Cutlery for each family member
  • Mug, plate, bowl for each family member
  • Next days breakfast
  • Kitchen Roll
  • Oil, salt, pepper
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Coffee, tea, sugar, milk
  • Bottled water


A good night’s sleep is going to make all the difference when waking up in your new home amidst a puzzle of boxes.  By having the beds set up early you can make sure the children can get to bed on time, and you can rest at night, or even factor in a much-needed nap during the unpacking process. Your basic bedroom survival items could include:

  • Bed Linen
  • Change of Clothes
  • Pillows /Blankets/ Duvets


Now may not be the time for feng shui in the water closet, but you will definitely need your essentials in place. Make sure you have the basic grooming kit to stay clean and fresh, without having to duck out to the shop.  Having to navigate the toilet paper aisle of an unfamiliar supermarket could really lessen your Moving Day enthusiasm.

  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Washbag with supplies for all the family
  • First Aid Kit


For the real project of moving in, you will need a range of allies in the form of equipment. Cleaning materials and basic DIY will be important as you break new ground at this novel address.  As you get further into the process being able to hang art and photographs really makes a place feel like home. Having everything on hand to act when inspiration strikes will make it a pleasurable experience.  Similarly, if obstacles arise, you want to be tooled up to meet them head-on and keep going.  You can pack a general survival kit toolbox while the rest of your equipment remains in the larger boxes.

  • Cleaning stuff
  • Screwdrivers
  • Drills
  • Hammers
  • Gaffer tape
  • Nails/screws
  • Scissors
  • Knife

Added extras

In case of any issue with power being set up at your new place, you may need your own charging systems, hot water bottle, and data allowance in place.   While you have got the basic kitchen amenities, have you remembered your pet’s dining facilities and favourite nesting zone?  A binbag deficit can be a bit of a showstopper, so remember to come with them in hand.  Despite the technological advancements of recent years, don’t underestimate the value of having the humble pen and paper close by.  The benefit of having all these aspects packed in advance is that it also reduces stress. Knowing there is a plan in place without wasting time looking for objects can alleviate a lot of stress in advance. The result is more enjoyment for you as you settle in.


If you have packed your speakers and chilled the champagne as soon as you plugged the fridge in, you are set up to warm the house at the right moment.  With a bit of moving in music and well-deserved relaxation, you can begin to celebrate this new beginning in your new home.  So, although it may feel miles away when you are in the packing phase, pack for the light at the end of the tunnel.  When you get there, you will be glad of the glasses and bubbly.  Don’t underestimate the value of a mini celebration in your new home, it sets the tone for everything that is to come.

Woods Removals

As Master Removers of Dorchester, we have been in the trade for 165 years.  Spanning eras of removals, we have maintained and developed a reputation for excellent service and customer care.  We know the potential pitfalls that can come about on Moving Day, and how to avoid them.  To deliver the best service to you, we will find out what are your exact moving requirements and provide tailor-made service.  We can offer you a moving plan and strategy and guarantee everything goes smoothly.  Leaving you to focus on the organization of your family and belongings at either end.  With a century of local Dorset experience, we can assure you that you are in good hands.  Our range of various removals services can be adapted to suit all needs.  For a free quote or to call us, we are only too happy to hear from you.  No move is too large or small, and to see why we are worth the investment, you can read our reviews here.

Bridport – One of the Best Places to Live in the UK

Posted on July 6, 2022 by Shaun Vallance
Bridport – One of the Best Places to Live in the UK

According to the 2022 edition of the Sunday Times Best Places to Live list, Bridport is one of the best places to live in the UK.  Unsurprisingly the Mayor of Bridport agrees.

“Our wonderful town has everything you could possibly want and more, in fact if you can’t get it in Bridport you don’t need it. According to Ian Bark;

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What’s on in Dorchester this Spring? 

Posted on May 2, 2022 by Shaun Vallance

The perennial charm of Dorchester can be found in its inspirational heritage. Dorchester is the birth place of author Thomas Hardy and was the setting for some of his fictional works.  Later in life he designed his townhouse Max Gate in 1885 where he wrote several of his most famous novels.  For Hardy enthusiasts, or those with a literary leaning, Dorchester is the mecca for your pilgrimage.  Also, of note in the centre of Dorchester are the Borough Gardens, designed in 1896 by the landscape architect William Goldring of Kew Gardens.  This beautiful, leafy space is the arena for many festivals and events in the area.  It’s no surprise with this creative history that Dorchester has an inspiring Spring festival schedule.  

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Providing Removals from London to Dorchester

Posted on February 28, 2022 by Shaun Vallance

In the last decade, the number of people who relocate from London to Dorset has risen significantly every year. It’s an easy decision because life is good in Dorset, and Dorchester is one of the most popular towns in the county. You can unwind and enjoy the sights and sounds here, a world away from the bustle and noises of the big cities. And the best part is, Dorset has excellent transport links which makes it simple enough to head back into London if you need to.

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Moving Guide – Tips on Stress-Free Relocations

Posted on January 24, 2022 by Shaun Vallance
Moving Guide – Tips on Stress-Free Relocations

Relocating often stems from a change in circumstances which can mean a move to a new area. There are ways to make sure things go smoothly for people who are planning a move to Dorset. One of the best ways to do this is to prepare early as much as possible. And don’t put things off until tomorrow if you can do them today.

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