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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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Five Reasons Why People are Relocating to Dorset

Posted on November 25, 2021 by Shaun Vallance
Five Reasons Why People are Relocating to Dorset

If you’re thinking of relocating in the near future, then Dorset should be on your list of places to consider. Dorset is now one of the most popular counties for people who are looking for something different. Many ex-Londoners choose one of many quaint villages and market towns as their destination for their next move and new home.

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Europe and International Relocations with Woods

Posted on October 27, 2021 by Shaun Vallance
Five Top Tips for the Lockdown in Dorset

Moving to a new city can be a stressful experience, so you can imagine what it’s like to move to a different country. The Woods Removals team are always looking for ways to help our followers prepare for their big move. That’s why we’ve put together some essential tips for relocating to Europe or Internationally. Then you can use this blog as your guide when planning your upcoming relocation overseas.

At Woods Removals, we pride ourselves on being able to take on any removals job. No matter how big or small the job is, we move hundreds of customers in and out of Dorset every year. And by any type of removals job, we also mean people are relocating to Europe or further afield. Whether that’s picking you up and transporting you to Germany or helping with the paperwork for a move to Thailand, we’re here to assist you at every stage.

Tips on Moving to a New Country –

We’ll start with the same advice we give all our customers – if you can do something now, don’t put it off. It’s time to get online and do as much research as possible. One place you should get the contact details for is the British Consulate in your new city. They will help with any issues that might arise, and they can connect you to the correct municipal departments.

One of the best pieces of advice we were told by a customer who lives abroad is to start learning the first language of the country you’re moving to as soon as possible. Although you’ll discover more by living and hearing it every day, the sooner you can ask basic questions, the easier it will be to begin.

Another solid piece of advice is to visit the area you’re moving to at least once, several times if you can afford it. It’s not a good idea to submit a bid for a property if you don’t know the city or town you’re moving to. Your visit will also be an excellent opportunity to test out your conversation skills and to visit the British Consulate in person.

Get a reliable estate agent, hopefully, one that is fluent in English and the first language of your new city. This will help you filter out unsuitable properties before you start viewing. They’ll also help you with any differences in property-related law or inspections. And last but not least – remember to cancel all utility bills and local council rates before you move. You don’t want to find out is that you’re still paying your utility bills or council tax.

Choosing the Best Removals Company –

Relocating to another city is a challenge for anyone, let alone to another country. This is a big change in your life, and it will take proper guidance to do it properly. Most removals companies offer international removals as part of their range. But few can do it to a high enough standard to give you enough confidence to let them get on with things.

You might ask why there’s such a disparity between moving companies when it comes to service delivery. Essentially, it comes down to experience and a network of partners. It’s true that for local relocations, it might be better to work with someone nearby. This may also be true if you’re moving within a relatively short distance away. 

However, the moving provider might struggle when you scale up if they don’t have associates to work with. That’s because moving abroad often has complications to deal with, especially in our current reality of a pandemic and stricter border controls. It requires a level of expertise smaller movers often don’t possess and specific removal tools.

That said, using larger chain removals franchises comes with its problems as well. They tend to do the opposite of local moving companies and provide an impersonal, one-size-fits-all ethos. At Woods Removals, you can enjoy the best of both situations because we can perform at scale and give you a more personalised moving experience. We’re part of the Master Removers Group, which provides us with access to removal and storage depots all over the UK and Europe.

Self Storage when Staggering a Move –

There are a lot of things you’ll probably know about moving overseas because they’re more prominent. Hopefully, some of the points in the next section will be familiar to you already, giving you a bit of a head start. If they are, you’re on the right path to a successful international relocation. Like everything, though, some aspects don’t get enough airtime.

When we envisage a relocation, we think of it as something that happens in one motion. You pack the boxes and container, put them into a van, and then it’s off to the new home. However, because of the complex nature of moving internationally, things might be slightly different. And many people leave possessions in the UK for several reasons.

Unfortunately, not all relocations abroad work out, and people return within a year or two of the initial departure. Other times, the move was temporary for work purposes, and the contract period ends. Regardless of why, you’ll need to factor storage into your plans, even if it’s just for costing purposes. So, discuss this with us, and we’ll provide you with a free quote and a suggestion of the most suitable package.

There are storage options to suit all periods of stay – both for short and long-term needs. We’ll arrange to collect your items for self storage with our Man & Van service. For long-term storage, our team will bring an empty container to you on a special lorry where we’ll pack the unit and seal it onsite. When choosing storage, it usually depends on access needs, and we’ll assess and provide you with a professional evaluation.

Visas, Buying Property & Other Information –

It goes without saying that you’ll need to do research well in advance of the big moving day. The task of getting a visa is an ordeal, where you’ll have a wedge of documentation to find and submit. And it extends to everyone in your family, not just on your information. You might also find restrictions on what work your spouse/partner or older children can undertake, so be mindful of this.

Our advice is to speak to an emigration specialist about this. It does involve an extra cost, but it’s worth it to avoid any obstacles. You don’t want to have issues when entering the country and finding you don’t have the correct visa. Also, look into the regulations for property ownership now. Even more developed countries in Europe have problematic rules for this and a seemingly unending amount of red tape.

Ideally, start speaking to an estate agent now who has ex-pat clients and knows how it works. They’ll be able to assist and might have facilities to perform virtual viewings to save you travelling over for this. Similarly, start costing this out fully and know your budget back-to-front. If the move links with employment – seek assistance from your new employers and delegate duties to them wherever possible.

Learning the Language and Integrating –

Integration is the key to how successful the relocation will be concerning your quality of life. If you can establish a connection with the local area and people, you’ll want to stay because it will feel like home. That means learning all about their culture and history before you arrive. Also, learn their language to the level of holding a conversation.

You’ll absorb more when thereby being in that environment and hearing their language daily. But it’s crucial you have a basic understanding and can begin conversing straight away. Even if you’re struggling, people will respect the effort and do their best to help you. It’s a good idea if you find a pocket phrasebook to carry with you.

Our suggestion is to try putting in thirty minutes or an hour each day to practice. There are loads of apps available for your phone or tablet. You can read the best ones on this list to see which is compatible with your mobile or device. If you need something more hands-on – look for night classes in your area and book up.

Why It’s Important to Use a Reliable Company –

One of the most important things to remember when organising your move is to use reliable companies at every stage. It can sometimes be tempting to try and save money by using price comparison websites. However, with things like international removals, you could fall into the trap of poor service. Finding a moving company that focuses on a high quality of service is always better than those that offer extremely low prices.

The best way to find reliable companies for removals is to check their online reviews and if they have accreditation. By checking Google and Trustpilot, you’ll see what any prospective moving company rates out of five. Similarly, you’ll see written testimonials from previous customers to gauge what sort of service you’re likely to receive.

At Woods Removals, we have BAR accreditation, and we post our reviews on our website. If you’re struggling to find a company’s reviews or testimonials, that’s not a good sign. It’s also vital that you use companies that you can contact throughout the moving process. That means being able to discuss your relocation when you’re still planning, all the way to the big day. A reliable removals company will be friendly and approachable at any time.

Woods Removals – Dorset’s Favourite Company for European and International Relocations –

At Woods Removals, we move hundreds of people in Dorset and the surrounding areas every year. We do every type of removals, and we relocate people to Europe and further afield regularly. The Woods Removals team’s number one aim is to provide the best customer service possible at affordable rates. We rely on word-of-mouth referrals, and people often use us after a family member or friend recommend us.

We’ll take you through our services from your first call or email. We’ll then match the most suitable package with your requirements. The Woods Removals team are happy to discuss your relocation abroad at any stage, even if you’re planning or getting quotes. Providing the best level of customer service is our number one goal, and we go above and beyond for our customers.

Your big move abroad is a brand-new adventure, and we are available to discuss your relocation at any time. Please click here to contact us to discuss our range of services and receive a free quote.

Are You Moving to Dorset from London? – We Can Help: Part Two

Posted on September 28, 2021 by Shaun Vallance
Are You Moving to Dorset from London? – We Can Help: Part Two

When it comes to significant shifts in the housing market, there tends to be one primary driver that dictates its direction. Interestingly, you would be hard pushed to say what major event is behind the recent surge in people buying properties outside of London. The pandemic will undoubtedly take most of the accolades, but Brexit is another reason why some people are leaving the capital.

However, we believe that a cultural shift in two things might be just as relevant when evaluating this situation. They both related to the lockdown but for slightly different reasons. Remote working now means you no longer need to spend all your time in the office. And because many are working from home, the need for better living conditions is why thousands are moving to more rural settings. That’s why we’re adding more context to our previous blog about people relocating from London to Dorset.

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