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Interview with a Removal Man

Most people don’t put much thought into what a removal man’s job is actually like. After all, they show up at your home, prepare your items to be moved, move them to your new home and wish you well – and that’s usually all there is to it. However, as someone who has come to the removal industry just a few years ago, I find myself fascinated by the process removal men go through to make our customer moves as smooth as they are, and I’m continually impressed by how they make difficult work look incredibly easy. Read more...

Moving house

How to Move House

At Oak Furniture Solutions, we know how stressful moving house can be. It will always be a disruptive experience, but it doesn't have to be as stressful as you imagine. The key is to be organised and prepare as much in advance as you can. Read more...

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5 Great Storage Ideas for a Family Friendly Home

Creating a home that works for everyone in a family is always a challenge. I don’t know about you but my husband seems to have another world in his garage. My son has ‘stuff’ galore and where to put it is a daily challenge. Birthdays and Christmas always add extra pressure on our limited storage when a new delivery of children’s paraphernalia arrives looking for a home. As adults we want spaces that are calm, stylish and not decorated with an action figure or two. Read more...

10 tips for a stress-free house move

Bare necessities of moving house - 10 tips

Moving house doesn't need to be complicated - and complicated moves just aren't the Britannia way. In fact, Britannia has stripped down moving into the bare necessities, to help you avoid moving day stress.

We like to try and inject a bit of fun into our moves, as we know that humour can take the edge of a stressful situation. Watch Britannia's removal men Big Bob and Little Johnny give their top 10 tips for a stress-free moving day ... in their bare necessities! Read more...

Tips to prevent home burglary

Tips to prevent home burglary

With today's news that areas in Manchester and Birmingham make the top 10 list of places burgled in the UK, it makes sense to take time to make life difficult for would-be burglars. Even if your neighbourhood isn't on the top 10 list, preventing burglars from targeting your home makes good sense to keep you, your family and belongings safe. Read more...

How to rent a home

How to Secure and Move Into a Rental Home

The process of renting a home can certainly be more straightforward than the home buying process, but that doesn’t make it simple. There are many things you need to be aware of, and pitfalls to avoid ensuring your rental home suits you – and your legal rights are protected. Read more...

Tips for a successful international relocation

10 Tips for a Successful International Move

Moving home is said to be one of the most stressful events in a person's life. When you're moving to a different country, that stress can increase. There's a lot you can do to help make your international move as stress-free as possible. Of course, choosing the best removal company for your move is key to a successful relocation, no matter where you're going. We've taken a look beyond the physical move, and here are our top 10 tips for a successful international relocation. Read more...

How to Choose a Removal Company

How to Choose a Removal Company

Choosing a removal company can be an intimidating experience - but if you're armed with the right knowledge, you can make the right choice for your moving needs. Sadly, there are far too many people ready to take your money who don't take the appropriate care and attention to your belongings on moving day, or worse yet, disappear with your money and leave you desperately seeking a new removal company at the last moment. Read more...

Prevent Identity Theft

Prevent Identity Theft

These days, identity theft is an ever-increasing problem. Just the other day, I saw someone digging in my neighbour's paper recycling bin, a crime that's unfortunately becoming more common. According to members of CIFAS, the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service, during the first quarter of 2012 it was confirmed that the abuse of identity details, such as dates of birth and postcodes now accounts for two thirds of all frauds. Read more...

Emigration from the UK

Emigration from the UK

Moving abroad is exciting, a bit scary, and a bit stressful. Yet there are some 4.7 million Brits living abroad, making the UK 8th in the world for expats. What makes someone decide to move to a different country is very individual, but there are some common reasons behind those decisions. Read more...

Store your winter & summer tyres

Winter tyres - a popular choice for winter driving safety

Although Britain doesn't have the types of snowy winters you'll find in North America or the Alps, the past few winters have reminded us that mother nature does like to coat our landscape with white powder (and slush) from time to time. As a result, many drivers have chosen to switch to separate tyres for winter and summer driving. Read more...

Moving house: How to choose your broadband

Moving house: How to choose your broadband

Broadband access is now a top concern for anyone moving house, adding another thing to the list of utilities we need to manage when entering a new property. The huge number of providers out there, combined with the differing technologies and our desire for the fastest service at the best price makes choosing an ISP a minefield - not what you need when you're dealing with the stress of moving home. Read more...

Prevent a frozen plubming disaster from flooding your home

Avoid a plumbing flood disaster in cold weather

The winter of 2012 / 2013 has been fairly warm through much of the UK, but the Met Office is warning of cold weather to come this month. Before it hits is the time to prepare your home for a winter freeze and avoid burst pipes which can flood your home and destroy your belongings. Read more...

Tips for a successful house removal in winter

Tips for a successful house removal in winter

Moving can be stressful enough without the added stress of ice and snow. While winter is a challenging time to move home, a professional removals company is experienced and prepared to safely perform your removal in the cold, snow and ice. Our tips can help you have a smooth removal in the winter. Read more...

Avoid cowboy removal offers & move with a removals company you can trust

Avoid cowboy removal offers & move with a removals company you can trust

We recently had a new customer who was moving to Europe stop in to our Manchester headquarters. This customer had been let down by a cowboy removals broker. Our customer originally visited a comparison website which provided prices for removals with various companies; our new customer chose one of these companies and paid up front via bank transfer. Read more...

Keeping your pets safe when you move home

Keeping your pets safe when you move home

Moving can be stressful and there are many things to plan, prepare for and consider. In the hustle and bustle that comes with moving day, don't forget about your pets and what they may need. Remember, they feel stress differently than we do, and may react unexpectedly. Read more...

Thoughts on moving to a new country and being an expat

An expat's home

Britannia Bradshaw move countless people out of the UK every year - some of them are starting new lives in a new country, some are returning to places they've lived, and some are returning home. People's experiences with being an expat are as varied as people themselves. But there are some common threads that seem to weave their way into every expat's experience to one degree or another. Read more...

Planning tips for moving house

Tips to plan your move to a new home

When you're moving home, it goes without saying that you'll want things to run as smoothly as possible. Moving can often require a lot of planning and organisation - particularly if you're tight on time or if your move is a long distance one. It always pays to be prepared, and there's a lot you can do before moving day to make the process easier. Read more...

Five tips to help you find a job overseas

Five tips to help you find a job overseas

Moving to a new country is, no doubt, one of the most exciting and interesting times of your life. But unless your company has transferred you, finding a job once you've arrived is the hardest part after securing a visa for your new country. Read more...

Five iPhone Apps to Move Abroad

Five iPhone Apps to Move Abroad

Moving to a new country is no doubt an exciting and exhilarating experience, but adjusting to life abroad isn't always straightforward. The logistics of moving home in itself requires a lot of forward planning and smart preparation - add to this the obvious cultural and social differences of day-to-day life in a foreign environment, and the prospect can become quite daunting. Read more...

Declutter your home & store your belongings for less

Declutter your home with self storage & focus on what's important

London 2012: A success that will inspire a generation. Now the curtain has been drawn on a globally conceived successful Olympic Games held in London, reflection can begin. Read more...

Living in Switzerland

Living in Switzerland Part 2

You've arranged your removal, you've made a stab at saying hello in the local language of the region of Switzerland that you're moving to ... now what? Read more...

Britannia Bradsahw & BCL ride for charity

Britannia Bradshaw Moving on Bicycles for Charity

On Sunday 8 July, a team of our staff will be bicycling from Manchester to Blackpool to raise money for The Christie. Team Britannia, comprised of Britannia Bradshaw and BCL Office Moving staff, will be setting off from Manchester United Football Ground rain or shine early Sunday morning for the 60 mile journey to the Mirror Ball on the South Promenade, Blackpool.

Living in Switzerland

Living in Switzerland Part 1

You've secured your job, the visa is in place...now what? It is time to book your removals firm, find a place to live and start to grapple with Switzerland's four languages, not to mention the rules and regulations. Read more...

Self storage for students in Manchester

Self storage tips for students

Another academic year has flown past, and now you're looking to bask in the summer sunshine (if we ever get any!) or head off on summer adventures. Worrying about your belongings while you're relaxing from a stressful academic year is the last thing you need. Moving out of your accommodation for the summer before the new term beings means finding somewhere safe to put everything so you can easily move to your new home in the autumn. Read more...

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