Pickfords Government Contracts Department sponsors winning youth football team

Wormley Youth Reds romp home winners after a nail biting final!

As part of our commitment to our initiatives to support the communities we serve,  Pickfords’ Government Contracts Department has recently sponsored Hertfordshire based, Wormley Youth Reds under 9’s Football team.

Wormley Youth Reds were one of 6 teams from the Herts area taking part in the Sheredes 3 wishes charity tournament on Sunday 13th May. Following their heartbreak in their League cup final loss on Saturday, the boys showed their resilience and determination to never give up and went in to the tournament with one objective, to bring home the cup!

Two wins, two draws and a narrow loss against the tournament favourites saw them through to the Semi finals but not before there was a penalty shoot out to determine the 3rd & 4th spot due to goal difference. Two terrific saves from the Wormley #1, led to them finishing 3rd in their group games and facing one of two teams playing who were in a league above and 2nd favourites in the tournament, in the semi’s!  A sublime strike from the Wormley #8 helped secure an exciting 1-0 win over Hoddesdon Whites and took them through to the final, which set up a local derby against our nearest rivals, Broxbourne United Oranges.

With the end of full time in sight, very little separated the two teams as they both fought hard, grinding out a 0-0 draw and taking it to penalties, again!

A nail biting penalty shoot out saw some strikes worthy of Wembley and the Wormley goalie again producing some fine quality saves. Following a tense few moments of Wormley having to take a 2nd deciding penalty due to the referee losing track in all the excitement, the Wormley #7 stepped up and smashed his penalty in to the back of the net!! The contest ended 4-2, Wormley Youth Reds triumphant winners 2018!

Well done boys, from all of us at Pickfords!

How to stay organised during a home move

Moving home can be a rewarding experience – and hopefully an exciting one too! Staying organised throughout the process will help keep your move pleasant and as stress-free as possible. Below are our top tips for staying organised during your home move.

Think about your overall aspirations for your new home

What you want to achieve during the move process? Doing this exercise will help you to stay focused and make you think practically about your move.

We’ve listed a few examples below:

  • Declutter
  • Deep clean
  • Design for your new home – colour schemes and/ or themes (minimal, modern etc.)


Make a floor plan of your new home

This will help you to visualise your belongings in each room and decide realistically what to take with you.

  • We recommend colour coding rooms (to match your boxes & labelling system)
  • Share your floor plan with your removals company so that they can put the correct boxes in the correct rooms upon arrival (if this is something you want).


Set milestones and stick to deadlines

It may help to track tasks – via your calendar, diary or online.

Being able to see your project and tick off completed tasks helps you to manage the process and stay motivated.

Make sure to reward yourself along the way e.g. when a room is finished!


Work methodically

It’s easy to get distracted, so we advise splitting your sorting and packing into sections – either by room, furniture or items. Doing things methodically will help you to see your progress.

Follow a system: keep, donate, sell, recycle & chuck


Keep
Organise, pack and label items you can & want to pack (see point 8)

Donate Find a second home for items you don’t need anymore

  • Find a local charity (here)
  • Find a local food bank (here)
  • Give to friends and family
  • Many charities will deliver bags to your home where you fill and leave outside for collection.
    Some may even collect furniture.


Sell
make money from selling your items online or at a car boot sale

Ebay (delivery required), Gumtree and Schpock are all examples of online selling platforms which also have apps. Make sure you stay safe and read their guidelines.


Recycle
be as green as possible

  • Maximise the use of your regular collection bins
  • Batteries can be recycled (more info)
  • Find a local recycling waste centre
  • UK Gov A to Z of recycling & waste (more info)


Chuck
always have bin bags on hand!

  • Maximise the use of your regular collection bins
  • Take it to your local tip
  • Hire a skip for large volumes
  • Contact your local council – they can usually pick up large items for a small fee (more info)
  • Electronics must be specially discarded & taken to a local tip
  • Garden waste (more info)
  • UK Gov Waste Guide – more info


Clearly label your boxes/ packing areas

  • Use stickers/boardmarkers to label your boxes/ items
  • It is particularly handy to colour coordinate and link this with a floor plan
  • Removals companies usually supply boxes / packing materials & can give advice on the quantity and different types needed to ensure a safe transit
  • Removals companies can also offer a pack and unpack service


Pack an essentials box for when you first move in

You will want your home comforts at easy reach when you arrive!

Example check list:

  • Kettle and mugs with tea bags
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Toothbrush & Paste
  • Light bulbs
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Snacks
  • Dishes / cutlery
  • Screws for assembling furniture in 1 place / easy to find


Life admin!

Staying on top of this will make your life a lot easier. Example checklist:

  • Change the address held for you – statements, bills, health docs, schools, work, car etc.
  • Settle all your local accounts – e.g. milkman, newsagents, library books etc.
  • Arrange the switch of your TV, internet & utilities – 1 month prior to move-in date
  • Let friends and family know about your move
  • Organise key info for the new owners – e.g. spare keys, instructions for the alarm, etc.
  • Ideally for security get a locksmith to change the locks of your new property
  • Find out your rubbish collection day (more info)
  • Plan the defrosting of your fridge and disconnecting appliances

 


Our top tip – make it fun! Put on your favourite music & reward yourself at milestones.

If you want to have things professionally packed and unpacked, Pickfords can offer this service.

If you want a move and concierge service, specialising in fine art and antiques, we recommend our Pickfords Gold service.

Moving with your Dog

Animals are often sensitive to changes in their routine and surroundings, more so than most people realise. Understanding how a move can affect your dog will help you to plan ahead and make it as stress-free as possible for them.

We’ve consulted our in-house specialists in pet moving to provide specific advice to help your beloved family member feel at ease.

Before the move – plan ahead

Checklist

  • Register with a local vets in your new area
  • Update the address on your dog’s microchip and/or collar
  • Ensure all vaccinations and paperwork are up-to-date, including any medication stock(s) your dog will need
  • Arrange for any dog escape routes in your new home to be fixed

Top tip: if your dog is sensitive to fireworks and loud noise, avoid moving on or around major celebrations


Moving day

Can your dog stay with friends or family on moving day? It is usually advised, however, if this can’t be arranged please see our advice below:

  • Make sure your dog is well exercised prior to the moving process
  • Set aside a doggy room with their food, water, bed, toys and blankets
  • Put a sign on the door and make sure the removal team are aware there is a dog in the room
  • Assign one person to be responsible for checking up on your dog throughout the day
  • Prepare a box filled with all your dog’s essentials for moving (towel, water, poop bags, treats, lead etc.) and pack these things last

Top Tip: Keep your dog’s routine as normal as possible (walks, feed times etc.) and don’t wash your dog’s bedding prior to moving – their own smell will be familiar and comforting to them.

Travelling to your new home

  • Make sure your dog is well exercised before you travel
  • Keep your vehicle cool and make sure the car is well ventilated
  • Stop regularly for toilet breaks and ensure your dog has access to fresh water
  • Never leave a dog inside a hot car
  • Always make sure your dog is on a lead before you let them out

Top Tip: If your dog is prone to travel sickness, it is advised to not feed him/ her for 3-4 hours before travelling


Arriving at your new home

There will be new smells, sights and noises in your new home, which may take some time for your dog to get used to.

  • Make sure your dog is kept on the lead when first arriving at your new home
  • Unpack the doggy box you prepared and make sure they have their bedding straight away
  • Let your dog outside (advisably on a lead) to explore the new environment

Top Tip: It may help if someone stays at home for the first few days to help them settle in. Make sure you look out for signs of dog anxiety, such as a loss of appetite, uncharacteristic behaviours or whimpering/ whining more than usual. Consult your vet if you have any concerns.

We wish you a very happy move with your dog! At Pickfords, we understand that all dogs are different. Should you have any questions, or would like more information on our pet moving service within the U.K or overseas, see here.

 

Outward-Facing Book Spines – A New Storage Trend?

Original article first published on Houzz – Victoria Harrison, Houzz Editor

It’s a topic that’s getting homeowners in a spin: should you always display your books with their colourful spines facing outwards or is it ever acceptable to arrange them with the spines facing in? Let’s consider both sides of the story…


The status quo

The most common way to display books at home is, clearly, like this, with their colourful spines facing outwards, allowing for easy identification as well as making a beautiful feature of the bright colours and decorative artwork.

So far so good, but a recent trend of homeowners storing their books with the spines facing towards the wall has ruffled feathers. Don’t know what we mean? Take a look at the next photo…


The disrupter

To some, this is a neat, uniform way to stack books that have either already been read, or are clearly organised in indexed categories, without all the visual noise and stimuli of the coloured spines. For others, however, this arrangement is a total no-no.

Where do you stand on this debate? Here are a few different points of view to consider.


The case for spines:
Book covers are a work of art in themselves
The mix-and-match nature of these books creates a bright, cheerful display when set against the crisp white shelves. In a room with as many books as this, they naturally set much of the tone for the décor in the rest of the space.

This arrangement also, obviously, allows for book identification at speed, as well as allowing visitors to nose through your collection when you’re out of the room. Classics to the front!

Browse a huge range of bookcases in the Houzz Shop


The case for pages:
It’s visually calming
How do you feel about this room with the books turned spines to the wall? While detractors of this trend may well point out the tricky nature of locating a book at speed, there’s no denying there’s something deeply soothing about this snug sleep space, and that has much to do with the soft caramel tones of the books stacked up, pages facing outwards, as it does with the crips white bedding and minimal styling.

Shelves full of colourful book covers would create a very different look and feel in this compact little bedroom.


The case for spines:
It allows for colour-coding
Apart from the obvious reasons for facing books spines outwards, this arrangement also allows for endless creative opportunities. For the neat freak, there’s the chance to sort either by colour, creating a rainbow feature wall, or by height, publisher, topic…

In fact, true bibliophiles will probably admit to rearranging the books on their shelves on a regular basis, as a pleasurable and therapeutic activity.

See 11 creative ways to display your books


The case for pages:
It harks back to leather-bound tomes
Consistency of colour is nothing new. Bound tomes in soft shades of natural leather are a literary classic and many collectors find it soothing to have neatly ordered rows of discreetly bound books lining their shelves

To the organised mind, turning spines away can be seen as a way of tapping into this level of visual conformity, but it does take some planning. You would need to have a foolproof indexing system in place, allowing you to track down the book you need at speed.

You could also use it as a way of keeping track of novels you’ve read (turned to the wall) and those you still have to tackle (facing out).


Where do you stand?

So there you have both sides of this papery debate. Now it’s your turn to weigh in…

Moving back to the UK: a repat checklist [infographic]

Has the sun set on your time abroad? Whatever your reason for returning to the UK, there are a number of things to remember as you prepare. Here’s our handy checklist for UK repatriates:

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Looking to move back to the UK? Pickfords repatriates customers from every country across the world to any postcode in the UK or Ireland. Find out more about moving with Pickfords or get a quote today.

Travelling at Christmas: an expat guide [10 top tips]

Whether you’ve booked your move abroad for the holiday season, or are looking forward to coming back to the UK for Christmas, there are several  considerations for yuletide travel that will help things go smoothly at the airport and beyond.

Notify your bank

Your bank may interpret overseas charges as suspicious activity and deactivate your card. Prevent this by letting them know when you’ll be overseas.

Don’t forget your essential documents

Make absolutely sure you and your family have your passports, booking confirmation, travel insurance details and visas before travelling.

Keep presents unwrapped

Wrapped Christmas presents arouse suspicion, so keep them unwrapped and make sure they comply with the airline’s usual security and weight restrictions.

Keep liquid gifts in your hold luggage

Liquids in hand luggage carry a weight limit of 100ml, so most liquid presents will need to be kept in your hold luggage. If you do take liquids with you on the plane, make sure they are sealed in a small, transparent plastic bag.

Reconsider taking Christmas crackers

Most airlines have at least some restrictions on Christmas crackers, and some ban them completely. Better to leave them out of your luggage and purchase them in your destination country.

Check decorations before packing decorations

Christmas decorations made of organic material, such as pine cones, aren’t allowed into certain countries. Australia is particularly strict, prohibiting all foreign flora from entering their country to protect its environment.

Pack bags in layers

Packing in layers (e.g. a layer of clothing, followed by a layer of books then a layer toiletries) is much easier for security to interpret in their scanners than a hodgepodge of items, so will likely get you through screening much quicker.

Be ready to unpack your hand luggage

Pack electronics and sealed liquids at the top of your hand luggage so you can access them quickly and place everything in the screening trays.

Prepare for local weather

Choose a travel outfit that can be easily adapted to the local weather forecast. Pack any extra layers in your carry-on, or ensure they’re easily accessible from your main luggage.

Plan your onward journey

Pre-book any onward public transport well in advance. If driving, familiarise yourself with your route and plan rest stops for journeys longer than two hours. Use a satnav or smartphone app with rerouting options in case of traffic.


Moving overseas this Christmas? Pickfords delivers our customers’ belongings to every country across the world. Request a quote today to avoid disappointment.

Hospital relocation: what are the challenges? [infographic]

Most hospitals will undergo refurbishment, or even a complete rebuild at some stage. Facilities become outdated and unsuitable for the latest equipment,  too small for ever-changing requirements or unable to meet the latest healthcare standards.

Large redevelopment or relocation projects can be daunting, particularly if it’s the first time for those involved. The following are the main challenges of hospital moves, and how they can be overcome:

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Pickfords has a wealth of experience moving hospitals and healthcare facilities, working closely with staff to ensure an expertly planned and executed move, suited to their needs. To find out more about moving your premises, contact Pickfords Business Solutions on 0845 130 6559, email solutions@pickfords.com or visit our website.

Emigrating to Spain: what you need to know [infographic]

With great food, a laid back culture and, of course, fantastic weather, Spain is one of the most popular destinations for British expats. Whether you’re emigrating for work, retirement, or just a change of scenery, there are a few things to arrange before making the move to Spain:

 

Emigrating to Spain

What paperwork will I need?

Within three months of your arrival, you will need a “Número de Identidad de Extranjero” (‘NIE’) identity card and a “Tarjeta de Residencia” residency card.

An S1 form is vital should you require medical treatment. You will need to sign the “Padró Municipal d’Habitants” register at the local town hall.

When applying for any of the above, make sure you have proof of your previous residence, proof of having ceased residence there, a copy of your work and residence permit, and your passport.

What should I do about finances?

It is best to set up a Spanish bank account and be able to prove how much money you have in your British account. When you come to transfer your assets, Pickfords’ foreign exchange service can help you move your money safely and securely.

You can still receive your British state pension while living in Spain, as long as you inform the  Department of Work and Pensions of your move.

Can I take my pet with me?

Certain pets are allowed in Spain with a European Pet Passport. Appropriately vaccinated and microchipped pets should be able to travel without being placed in quarantine.

Pickfords’ pet shipping service will arrange all the details of your pet’s relocation.

What will happen with my belongings?

Pickfords provides a complete packing and removal service to Spain. We carefully pack your goods in the UK, collect them from your home, transport everything to Spain and arrange delivery and unpacking at your Spanish residence. We also provide goods storage in the UK or Spain if required.


Ready for your move to Spain? Get a quote or book your home survey today.

Office disposal: why landfills are no longer an option [infographic]

Relocating your office often involves disposing of furniture, IT equipment and other materials due for an upgrade at your new facilities. Most businesses will take the opportunity to recycle, although this isn’t always easy. It can be tempting to send tricky composite materials and outdated equipment straight to landfill, but if you don’t do everything possible to avoid traditional disposal, there are significant risks to both the your company and the environment:

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In need of furniture or IT disposal ahead of an office relocation? Pickfords Business Solutions provides a complete recycling and removals service to thousands of UK organisations. Click here to find out more or get a quote today.

Pickfords golf day raises £3,300 for Cancer Research UK!

Thank you to everyone who sponsored and donated to our charity golf day last week; together we raised over £3,300 for Cancer Research UK!

This year’s event was held at Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Hertfordshire, featuring 18 holes across the 7,052 yard course.

Eighteen teams featuring Pickfords employees, clients, partners and suppliers all completed for the coveted 1st place trophy, while individual players bustled for the Nearest the Pin, Longest Drive and Best Player awards.

Click here to visit our Pinterest photo gallery of the event.

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