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Buying a House to Renovate in Dorset

Posted on December 28, 2023 by Shaun Vallance
Short-Term Rental Management – How to Create a Second Income in Dorset

For many people, moving into a larger house is beyond their means. It feels out of reach even if we scrimp and put away money for several years. And for people who have young families, this can mean cramping everyone into a smaller living space. This is also true for first-time buyers struggling to break free from the rental cycle.

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National Trust places in Dorset to visit in 2023

Posted on January 16, 2023 by Shaun Vallance

One look at the National Trust map of Dorset shows that it is peppered with NT destinations. From the stunning sandy beaches of Studlands to the Venetian splendour of Kingston Lacey, there is such a richness in this part of the country to explore all through the year.  When the winter months appear like they will never end, embrace the great outdoors, and discover all Purbeck and beyond has to offer. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty tesselate across Dorset with hidden aesthetic and historical treasures. It’s not just the Jurassic Coast in all its glory, there are also the landmarks of the writer Thomas Hardy to visit.  A place of inspiration and contemplation, Dorset has excellent gardens to visit too, as well as chocolate box cottage charm. 

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Posted on November 17, 2021 by Shaun Vallance

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Going Green and Making a Sustainable Home in Dorset

Posted on April 25, 2021 by Shaun Vallance
Are You Moving to Dorset from London? – We Can Help: Part Two

Whether you plan on relocating this year or beginning home and garden upgrades, people are actively seeking something different in 2021. This provides the perfect opportunity to also think about things like environmental impact. Going green is more than a buzzword, and it’s now finding unexpected momentum from the wider business sector. But how does this play out on an entry-level position for the typical homeowner?

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Our Brand New All Singing All Dancing Depot In Tolworth

Posted on October 5, 2020 by Shaun Vallance

THE brand new, state of the art Tolworth depot for The Master Removers Group was all-singing, all-dancing recently when it was chosen by country-pop duo Ward Thomas as the backdrop to their latest music video.

The duo’s connections come via their father Anthony and his company of 40 years, Ward Thomas Removals – which was the founding brand of The Master Removers Group (MRG).

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Create More Room in your Dorset Office with Woods Removals

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Shaun Vallance
Create More Room in your Dorset Office with Woods Removals

You might be sitting in an office that’s so full, you can’t see your colleagues at the opposite side of the room. Sometimes, we get so busy with the day-to-day operations that we let our workplace become a sea of overfull filing cabinets and office furniture. And by the time we pack up to go home, we’re too worn out to think about an office clear up.

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Things to do in Dorset This Autumn

Posted on September 26, 2017 by Shaun Vallance

Now that summer is behind us it’s time to look forward to everything that Dorset has to offer this autumn. Dorset is a popular place for people who want to relocate for a better quality of life, and it’s easy to see why. There is something for everyone here, and this autumn has lots of events and festivals.

To give you a helping hand, Woods Removals has put together our suggestions for residents and visitors for this autumn.

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

Posted on March 4, 2017 by Shaun Vallance
Are You Thinking of Moving to Dorset in 2021?

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

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.