How to organise your home library

Despite the popularity of digital downloads, physical books have made a comeback¬†in recent years. So whether or not you’re an ebook fan, chances are you still have a decent collection of paperbacks and hardbacks lining your shelves.

Moving home is a great opportunity to reorganise, so follow these steps to sort through your collection and create the perfect home library:

1. Gather all your books into one place

The first step is to know what you’re working with. Find all your books from across your home and put them in one big pile.

2. Purge

This is the hard part. Chances are you have at least some books you can live without. Go through every single volume, identify those you’ll never read again, and get rid.

ūüĎȬ†If you decide to purge your collection before moving home, Pickfords will collect your unwanted tomes and donate them to Cancer Research UK.

3. Decide on a system

There are plenty of ways you could organise your collection. Here are just some ideas to get you started:

  • Alphabetically by author
  • By genre
  • By size
  • By colour

You may even decide on a different system for fiction and nonfiction, or to change it up for different rooms. Whatever you choose, try to strike a balance between what looks great, and what will make your collection easy to navigate.

4. Spice it up

Once your books are back on the shelves and in the order you want, it’s time to get decorative. For each shelf, choose a few volumes to either stack horizontally or face outwards. This will help draw the eye to some favourites and keep your shelves aesthetically interesting.

5. Dot some volumes around the house

What’s the point in all those books if you don’t share the love? Pick some interesting volumes to place on coffee tables, in guest bedrooms and (perhaps controversially) in the loo. This will keep your visitors entertained and kick off some great conversations.

Need a new home for your growing book collection? When it’s time to move, Pickfords will expertly pack your home library into specialist media boxes and safely transport them to your new property. Click here to find out more, or request a quote today.

Going it alone: the pitfalls of DIY moves

When moving a small household locally, it can be tempting to hire a van and do everything yourself. At first this might seem like the cheaper option, but moving without expert help is risky and may end up costing you in other ways. Here are the main pitfalls of do-it-yourself moving:

High risk of breakages

Moving yourself means moving without professionally trained removalists or high quality packing materials. Different household items require different packing techniques and materials to ensure maximum security and minimal risk of breakage. Without knowledge of these techniques or access to the highest quality materials, you run the risk of damaging your belongings.

Lack of necessary equipment

Chances are you don’t have specialist moving dollies, carts, blankets, hoists, straps, or any of the other equipment professional removal companies use to transport customers’ belongings safely and with ease. Most van hire companies won’t provide these either.

Extra time required

Hiring a van adds extra time to the moving process, as you normally have to collect and return the vehicle at the hire company’s convenience. Many companies require you to top up the van’s fuel, and you may need to spend time figuring out a new set of controls before you can confidently drive it.

Packing yourself is also time consuming. Sourcing the right materials, planning, emptying each room, constructing boxes, wrapping and packing each item, and taking multiple trips to the hire van with heavy cartons, all adds up to a long, knackering day.


There’s a lot to consider when moving yourself. What items did you pack into which boxes? Did you wrap the crockery or glassware carefully enough? Is the van’s fuel tank full? Do you know the route to your new home? Are you confident driving a three tonne transit van? All this can create unnecessary anxiety on moving day.


Moving yourself is incredibly hard work. If you’re not used to moving hefty boxes, prepare to become exhausted very quickly. It’s easy to pack boxes too heavily, which can cause injury, or not full enough, increasing the number of trips to the van and wearing yourself out.


Avoiding the pitfalls: a better solution

A reputable removal company will use trained, experienced removal crews who know how to take the best care of your belongings. They use professional packing techniques and quality materials and equipment, tailored to your individual requirements. A professional company knows how to pack and transport with efficiency and care, eliminating the stress, exhaustion and hassle of moving yourself.

Moving locally on a budget? With Pickfords Man and Van, you benefit from a professional crew at an hourly rate; great value for small, short distance moves. Find out more or get a quote today.

6 reasons you should move to Glasgow

Scotland’s largest city attracts thousands of people from across the world every year. Many seek new career opportunities, while for others it’s a leisure destination or a change of scenery. So what is it about Glasgow¬†that makes over 600,000 people proud to call it¬†home?

The growing jobs market
Glasgow’s economy has experienced rapid growth in recent years. In the UK, it is second only to London at 4.4% per annum, while in Europe the city ranks amongst the top 10 highest growth. Glasgow’s largest job sectors include manufacturing, retail, finance, business services and healthcare.

Affordable living costs
Scotland’s largest city is remarkably affordable. Glasgow’s average property rental sits at ¬£720 per month, compared to ¬£1,392 in Edinburgh and ¬£2,697 in London. Glasgow’s average house price is ¬£163,004, while Edinburgh¬†sits at ¬£247,342 and London¬†¬£605,684. Transport, dining and other living costs are also reasonable.

Natural beauty
While known as a hub of industry, it may be a surprise to learn that Glasgow is also home to over 90 parks and gardens. Among the most visited are:
  • Kelvinsgrove Park, featuring¬†the beautiful River Kelvin and bordering Kelvinsgrove Museum
  • Pollok Country Park, famous for Pollok House and its iconic Highland Cattle
  • Rouen Glen, an award-winning hub of wildlife, plants and greenery
Fashion lovers will feel right at home in Scotland’s style capital. Visit Argyle, Buchanana and Sauchiehall Street for the ultimate shopping experience. Glasgow’s ‘style mile’ boasts over 200 boutiques, designer stores and speciality shops.

Amazing, FREE museums
Art and culture is largely free of charge in Glasgow. Among the best free museums are:
  • The¬†Gallery of Modern Art, exhibiting international artists with Glaswegian interests and influences
  • Riverside Museum, home to some of the world‚Äôs finest cars, bicycles, trams and locomotives
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, displaying extensive armour, artwork and natural history collections
Gorgeous architecture
Discover Glasgow’s distinctive architecture dotted throughout the city. Most famous are the works of Alexander Thomson (1817 – 1875 and Charles Rebbue Mackintosh (1868 – 1928).
Observe Thomson’s Greaco-Egyptian style by visiting:
  • St. Vincent Street Church
  • Great Western Terrace
  • Holmwood House (Thomson’s villa)
Examples of the Mackintosh ‘Glasgow style’ include:
  • Willow Tearooms
  • Scotland Street School
  • Glasgow School of Art

Considering a move to Glasgow or the surrounding areas? Contact Pickfords for a free move consultation on 0800 019 8557 or request a call back.

Protecting your home, whatever the weather

The only guarantee with British weather is that it’s unpredictable. Whether you’ve recently bought a new property¬†or are looking to sell your current one, it’s important to protect against extreme conditions, which can cause damage to your home at any time.

Here are our top tips for creating a weatherproof property:

Preparing for heavy rain

  • Deal with any leaks well¬†in advance
  • Stock up on flood prevention, such as sandbags, hydro bags and flood barriers
  • Stock up on¬†dehumidifiers and a water pump
  • Move valuable items off the floor and onto shelves, or into storage
  • Keep your wellies close to hand

Preparing for storms and hurricanes 

  • Invest in generators and portable heating
  • Invest in draught excluders and door and window seals
  • Check all roofing tiles and fence posts are secure
  • Lock all doors and windows securely, including the shed, garage and garden storage units

Preparing for snow and ice

  • Replace any cracked or chipped windows to prevent further damage from frozen temperatures
  • Prevent your pipes freezing by installing insulation and turning on the central heating on the lead up to winter
  • Grit the paths and pavements around your home

Ready to move home? Contact Pickfords for a free removals estimate, or request a callback today.

Introducing the Pickfords children’s carton

Pickfords has launched a new carton aimed at young children, featuring illustrations of a Pickfords move in progress, to them engage with the move process and understand what’s involved.

Designed to be educational and fun, the drawings are left blank for children to colour in, with space to practice writing their name at the top.

The cartons can also be used to pack toys and games, to encourage children to be involved in the move process.

To order your cartons before move day, simply speak to your move manager when you first enquire with Pickfords.

For a family friendly home move, contact Pickfords on 0800 019 8556, get an online estimate or request a call back.

New technology revolutionises moving home with Pickfords

Pickfords, the UK’s largest and best known removals and storage company has launched new technology to save its customers’ time when they move home.

Traditionally, home movers need to take a day off to arrange for removals companies to come and view the property prior to issuing a quotation.  Now arranging a survey is as simple as making a Facetime call.

Pickfords customers can now download an app to their smartphone,  which allows them to speak face to face with their Move Consultant. They can then video their home and the goods they need to move while the Move Consultant watches remotely and assesses their requirements.

The video is recorded and stored on a secure cloud based server and is an accurate record of the goods to be moved. Surveys can now be booked at a time that is convenient to the customer, including evenings and weekends.

Pickfords has over 25 trained Video Surveyors and has conducted 1,800 video surveys so far.

Consumer Director Mark Taylor said,

‚ÄúWe find that customers of all ages are using the video survey as an alternative to a home visit. The benefits to our customers are that they can book a time for their survey during the day or in the evening, the time taken to conduct a survey is shorter, and we can provide a quotation much quicker.‚ÄĚ

Book a video survey today at

Where should I live in 2017?

While people¬†move home for many different reasons, the desire to relocate¬†to (or within) any particular area is usually influenced by proximity to our places of work or study. We’ve looked at the most popular UK destinations of our customers last year, revealing 10 cities which provide fantastic opportunities in a wide range of professional fields. So if you’re¬†looking to further your studies or career in 2017, you might just find the ideal location in our list below:


Home to¬†one of the world’s top universities, students¬†and employees of the prestigious institution make up a large portion of the Cambridge population,¬†while many others¬†make their living in one of the¬†1,000-plus high-technology companies occupying the city.

Newcastle upon Tyne

The commercial, educational and cultural focus¬†for England’s North East, Newcastle has a ¬£13 billion economy. The city has¬†one of the largest shopping complexes in the UK, and is home to the British or regional headquarters of several large companies, including Greggs, Fenwick, Goldsmiths, ¬†Sage Group, Go-Ahead Group and Virgin Money.


The city and county of Bristol attracts a wealth of talent from the creative media, electronics and aerospace industries, and a combined student population of circa 48,200 from two universities.


Scotland’s capital boasts the highest percentage of professionals in the UK, and is the largest UK financial centre after London. It is known as a centre of education, with four universities to its name, including the highly reputable¬†University of Edinburgh.


The economy of York is largely based in the service industry, providing tens of thousands of jobs in public sector employment, health, education, finance, IT and, increasingly, tourism.


Famous for the Robin Hood legend, Nottingham is home to a number of company headquarters, including Boots UK Limited, Pedigree Petfoods, Experian,  Imperial Tobacco, Siemens, Speedo, Vision Express, Specsavers and BBC East Midlands.


With the most diverse economy in the UK, Leeds has seem the fastest growth rate of private sector jobs in the country, and is the largest legal and financial centre in the UK after London. It is also one of the largest centres of manufacturing, and is well known as an employer in the engineering, printing and publishing, food and drink, chemicals and medical technology sub-sectors.


The global city of Manchester has one of the largest economies in England. It is known for its prevalence in an array of industries, including digital and creative, financial, legal and business services, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, environmental technology, tourism, media and real estate.


Scotland’s largest city is¬†a manufacturing hub, including large operating in shipbuilding, engineering, construction, brewing and distilling, printing and publishing and software development. Their economy is on the rise thanks to growth in service sector industries such as communications, healthcare, highest education, retail and tourism.


It should come as no surprise that the UK’s capital, most populous city and one of the foremost¬†global cities is our most popular destination. London is one of the world’s leading financial centres, is first in the world in software, multimedia development and design, and is a hub for the global economy.

If you’re moving towards a new opportunity in 2017, contact Pickfords for expert local, national and international packing and removals.¬†Click here for a quote or find out more.

The benefits of using a BAR-certified moving company

When moving home, you want to be confident that¬†your removal company can be trusted to meet your needs without any issues. Whether you’re about to undergo a small, local move or are shipping¬†a large household overseas, assurance that your goods are¬†in safe hands will be paramount.

For over 100 years, The British Association of Removers (BAR) has promoted excellence within the removals industry, awarding membership only to reputable, professional and safe British removal companies.

To be a member of BAR, a moving company must meet a range of stringent criteria and undergo regular inspections to check that their employees, processes, facilities and vehicles all meet the highest standards set out in the BAR Code of Practice.

Customers choosing to work with a BAR-certified moving company can rest assured that their move will be handled with the utmost care and attention. In the unlikely event that any issues arise, the BAR’s advice and conciliation service to¬†help resolve the matter.

Choosing a BAR-certified removal company guarantees the best possible service, giving you peace of mind throughout your move.

To find out about moving home with a founding member of the BAR; contact Pickfords for expert local, national and international packing and removals. Click here for a quote or find out more.

How to create the perfect home office

With more and more of us working remotely, the home office is becoming an increasingly popular feature of modern properties. Whether you’re moving home or repurposing a room in your current property, there are several ways to make sure your home office is fit for business:

Choosing the right room
If you have one, the spare bedroom is an ideal place to set up your home office. Swapping out the double bed for a fold-out sofa or installing a pull-out desk can help maximise the space and keep the room multi-functional. Similar adjustments can be made to living or dining rooms to the same end, or if you’re feeling bold, an unused loft or even gardening shed can be converted for the ultimate out-of-the-way office space.

Planning your storage space
Combining existing space with newly-created storage will help create an efficient, easy-to-access filing system. Make use of any available drawers or book cases for paperwork and other essentials, and purchase some stackable plastic storage boxes for flexible filing. Under-bed boxes are ideal for multi-function rooms, while making use of different colours or labels is great for easy reference.

Considering window proximity
If possible, position your desk nearby and facing a window. This way you’ll reap the benefits of natural light, and be encouraged to look away from your screen on occasion. Optimal positioning should keep screens facing away from direct sunlight, which can be aided by thick, adjustable blinds if needed.

Lighting right
Even the most naturally bright rooms typically need extra lighting to read or study by. Good quality desk lamps are the go-to solution, though choosing the right overhead lighting can also help. Downward-facing light shades are a simple solution, while adjustable ceiling spotlights create optimum illumination while avoiding screen glare.

Picking colours carefully
For your office walls, choose a paint colour that reflects your needs and personality. If you crave a quiet, relaxed atmosphere to work, pick light pastels; blue is traditionally a very calming colour. For creative types, vibrant purples and yellows are ideal for getting the artistic juices flowing.

Found your dream home with the office space to match? Contact Pickfords for expert local, national and international packing and removals. Click here for a quote or find out more.

How to declutter your garage or shed

Remember when the garage was just for your car, and the shed just for your gardening tools? If you have junk piling up in these once-functional storage areas, follow these simple tips to reclaim your space:

Be ruthless

For every item you come across, try to remember when you last made use of¬†it. If you haven’t used something in the last year, do you really need it? Rather than throwing everything away, you can resell, recycle or donate usable items to charity.

Use wall hooks

The trick to maximising space is to consider every area that can be used for storage, including the walls. Install some wall hooks for bikes, gardening and sports equipment, and even hanging baskets to keep those extra odds and ends. Peg boards are also a great way to store certain items, particularly smaller tools that you need close to hand.

Consider ceiling storage

The ceiling of your garage or shed can be ideal for some out-of-the-way storage space. Use ceiling hooks or overhead racks for items only needed occasionally.

Install some shelving

Clear your floor space¬†with some heavy duty shelving units. Place items you’ll use most often at the front, at waist or eye level, and everything else can go behind, above or below.

Invest in sturdy storage boxes

Stackable plastic storage boxes are ideal to keep your belongings organised and somewhat protected against damp and cold. For optimum organisation, place different types of items in different coloured boxes, or label each box for easy reference.

Replace the garage door

Garage doors that open inward severely limit the amount of available storage. Invest in a roller door or any other type that retracts vertically to really open up the space.

Utilise professional storage

We all have belongings we only need once a year, but for the remaining eleven months just seem to cause unnecessary clutter. All those Christmas and Halloween decorations, camping equipment, snow shovels and garden furniture can all be stored in your local Self Store facility or storage warehouse. Leave your seasonal belongings with the professionals until you need them next.

Clearing your clutter ahead of a home move? Contact Pickfords for expert local, national and international packing and removals. Click here for a quote or find out more.