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Why Move on a Monday?

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Could a Monday move be a better plan than moving on a Friday?

Happy Monday graphic by Yunus Malik (via Shutterstock).

Happy Monday: could you be better off moving house on a Monday? Image by Yunus Malik (via Shutterstock).

Here’s a little question for you: which is the most popular day for moving house? Monday? Nope. Saturday? Definitely not. Right, here’s a clue: what was Chris Evans’ late-1990s teatime show known as on Channel Four? read more →

House Removal Fails

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A collection of home removal fails

Broken mirror removal fails by N. Nattalli (via Shutterstock).

Unlucky for some: Friday the Thirteenth. Image by N. Nattalli (via Shutterstock).

Oh dear, this day of all days has come to haunt us. We know for sure that today is Friday. But today is Friday the 13th. Supposedly an unlucky day, one noted for technological fails: computer viruses; random chaos; and the odd cancellation at Redland station. Appropriately for this much-maligned day, we have a lighthearted post for you.

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A Mighty Move for Lindisfarne Castle

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Two-week mammoth move part of £3m conservation and weather protection work

Lindisfarne Castle move image by Mark Godden (via Shutterstock).

Gruelling: Moving furniture out of Lindisfarne Castle took the best part of two weeks in November 2016. The removal company’s nimble-footed furniture movers had to negotiate uneven floors, narrow corridors and low doors. A move of mighty proportions! Image by Mark Godden (via Shutterstock).

We at Simply Removals Bristol have undertaken some challenging home removals in our time. Bristol itself isn’t without hills, idiosyncratic properties, and tower blocks which could try our patience. Every time, we are up to the challenge and pride ourselves on a ‘job well done’. Whether you wish to move a couple of desks to your new office or a four bedroom house, there is no such word as ‘can’t’.

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Why Airport Access Equals Riches

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How airport links boost house prices outside London

Manchester Airport plane in flight. Image by Andrew Barker (via Shutterstock).

Airborne: house prices in and around the same postcode as Manchester Airport attract a premium of up to 73% on average house prices. This is helped in no small part by excellent private and public transport links. Image by Andrew Barker (via Shutterstock).

In spite of noise and air pollution, it is surprising to note that house prices around airports can be higher than average for their area. In a survey conducted by OwnerSellers.com, it stated how airport links can add value to its immediate surroundings. This trend affected areas away from London’s airports, and houses that shared the same postcode as the airport. read more →

Moving Home Hacks: Video

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A video clip by Dave Hax on a selection of useful hacks for moving home

 make moving home less than a chore

Making Your Move Easier: Dave Hax’s clip aims to make moving home less than a chore. Image by Africa Studio (via Shutterstock).

With two million subscribers, Dave Hax has posted several videos on YouTube, offering useful life hacks for a UK-centric audience.  His videos attract an average of one million views.  At this time of writing, one video on moving home has attracted 2,395,066 viewers.  We at Simply Removals Bristol aim to add to this fellow’s viewing figures by sharing this clip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka86KgxASsQ

With this clip, he has worked with E.ON.  There is some useful tips in there, like buying some coloured labels and grouping your boxes by label colour.  Another we particularly like, is having a selection of self-addressed envelopes.  Should any mail is sent to your old address, the new occupants could send them to your new address.  At no expense to them.

 

Why rave about Dave?

 

His moving home tips aren’t only worth watching.  He has a number of useful tips and recipes.  Like making a hollow chocolate Coca Cola bottle.  Also, using a rolling pin or a worktop to break a chocolate bar.  Whether you have come here for the moving home hack or found this post by accident, we thoroughly recommend subscribing to his YouTube channel.  You know you want to.  New videos are released on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Simply Removals Bristol wishes you a Merry Christmas

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But first, we at Simply Removals invite you to sing along to our Christmas song

It is that time of year again.  That time of year where we wish all customers old and new a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Before we move along, we would like you all to don your finest singing voices and join us in the singing of a traditional Christmas song.  Once again, we have lovingly adapted this to reflect Simply Removals’ activities.

On The Twelve Moves That Christmas ‘16

On the First Move That Christmas, Simply Removals sent to me:

An Ultra HD TV.

On the Second Move That Christmas, Simply Removals sent to me:

Two single beds,

And an Ultra HD TV.

 

On the Third Move That Christmas, Simply Removals sent to me:

Three Bic pens,

Two single beds,

And an Ultra HD TV.

 

On the Fourth Move That Christmas, Simply Removals sent to me:

Four PS4s,

Three Bic pens,

Two single beds,

And an Ultra HD TV.

 

On the Fifth Move That Christmas, Simply Removals sent to me:

Five curtain rings,

Four PS4s,

Three Bic pens,

Two single beds,

And an Ultra HD TV.

 

On the Sixth Move That Christmas, Man and Van sent to me:

Six toasters toasting,

Five curtain rings,

Four PS4s,

Three Bic pens,

Two single beds,

And an Ultra HD TV.

 

On the Seventh Move That Christmas, Man and Van sent to me:

Seven printers printing,

Six toasters toasting,

Five curtain rings,

Four PS4s,

Three Bic pens,

Two single beds,

And an Ultra HD TV.

 

On the Eighth Move That Christmas, Man and Van sent to me:

Eight bureaus filing,

Seven printers printing,

Six toasters toasting,

Five curtain rings,

Four PS4s,

Three Bic pens,

Two single beds,

And an Ultra HD TV.

 

On the Ninth Move That Christmas, Man and Van sent to me:

Nine kettles furring,

Eight bureaus filing,

Seven printers printing,

Six toasters toasting,

Five curtain rings,

Four PS4s,

Three Bic pens,

Two single beds,

And an Ultra HD TV.

 

On the Tenth Move That Christmas, Man and Van sent to me:

Ten pencils shading,

Nine kettles furring,

Eight bureaus filing,

Seven printers printing,

Six toasters toasting,

Five curtain rings,

Four PS4s,

Three Bic pens,

Two single beds,

And an Ultra HD TV.

 

On the Eleventh Move That Christmas, Man and Van sent to me:

Eleven wardrobes filling,

Ten pencils shading,

Nine kettles furring,

Eight bureaus filing,

Seven printers printing,

Six toasters toasting,

Five curtain rings,

Four PS4s,

Three Bic pens,

Two single beds,

And an Ultra HD TV.

 

On the Twelfth Move That Christmas, Man and Van sent to me:

Twelve mirrors gazing,

Eleven wardrobes filling,

Ten pencils shading,

Nine kettles furring,

Eight bureaus filing,

Seven printers printing,

Six toasters toasting,

Five curtain rings,

Four PS4s,

Three Bic pens,

Two single beds,

And an Ultra HD TV.

 

An Ultra HD TV.

Moving House Quotes and Sayings

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Famous quotes and sayings applicable to the joys of moving house

The joys of moving house

Stepping Out: the couple seems to be smiling at our selection of quotes, as well as their new pad. Image by Syda Productions (via Shutterstock).

Now for something completely different to our usual blog posts.  This time, we look at a selection of motivational quotes and sayings which are equally applicable to the joys of moving house.

  1. “There are no wrong turns, only unexpected paths.” – Mark Nepo

Mark Nepo is a New York based spiritual poet.  The ‘unexpected paths’ could be the new friends we make in our new desirable residence.  Or it could be the lack of traffic at Redland in the morning peak.

  1. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammed Ali

The late great Muhammed Ali, boxing legend, poet and raconteur. This could apply to taking steps towards your first move.

  1. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Many of us would have come across J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series of books.  In his view, wandering could be one leg of a journey.  Or one of several quotes about moving house.

  1. “Life is a field of unlimited possibilities.” – Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra is an Indian-American author and an advocate of alternative medicine.  The unlimited possibilities could refer to the new town, city, or district you are moving to.

  1. “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” – Dalai Lama

The fourteen and present Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso.  Of the moving house themed quotes, this in others could mean, forget yesterday and live for today.  With love and focus, of course.

We hope your move will be a happy one, whether you take heed of these quotes or think otherwise.

A Monster Move Movie

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A monster move courtesy of Circa Old Houses and Wolfe House and Building Removers

A Monster Move Movie

Moving on Up: We at Simply Removals Bristol are amazed by their monster moving abilities. Image by Picture Studio (via Shutterstock).

At Simply Removals Bristol, the sighting of whole houses being moved is a very rare one indeed.  Our mix of narrow streets and traffic-clogged thoroughfares makes the task virtually impossible.  Even the slightest of delays could upset the X1 to Bristol Airport.  Courtesy of Wolfe House and Building Removers and Circa Old Houses, the two New York based companies have created a film featuring a monster move or three.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0kqz2VJMUI

Wolfe House and Building Removals have been in business since 1970, having succeeded in shifting whole houses through the state of New York.  A full service is available for the eastern part of the United States, which includes Florida, Rhode Island, Washington D.C., and Michigan.  If the building is of historical importance, a monster move could be taken place from the western part of the USA.

Circa Old Houses is a real estate company which specialises in the sale of old houses.  Which, in Bristolian terms, would favour the multicoloured terraced houses in Lawrence Hill over the latest modern-day housing estate.  The company was founded by Elizabeth Finkelstein, due to her passion for historical architecture.

References:

  • Circa Old Houses: the real estate company seen in the above clip;
  • Wolfe House and Building Removers: the company behind the monster move process.

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Bristol

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Why the city of Bristol rocks

Clifton Suspension Bridge by Claudio Divizia (via Shutterstock).

A Bristol Icon: the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Image by Claudio Divizia (via Shutterstock).

If you are a fellow Bristolian, you may wish to read our previous article instead. Failing that, you could read on and – if you feel the need to do so – propose any corrections in the comments section.

Our city is the hub of the West Country. Some people from Exeter or Plymouth might think differently but strictly speaking, they come under the South West of England. Still, that didn’t stop ITV from using our city for Exeter’s and Plymouth’s news bulletins (who remembers TSW – Television South West – and Gus Honeybun?). That’s another argument for another day.

If you are new to Bristol and its surrounding area, you will find yourself in a warm yet often traffic-clogged city. A vibrant city with a high student population. Not least the fact a quick train underneath, or a drive across the Severn Estuary, gets you to Wales in no time at all. You also have the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare a short distance away (and you can get a First Bristol bus to the resort). In the other direction, there’s Bath and Cheddar Gorge. Then you’ve got the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge.

In this post, we look at the ten things which distinguish Bristol from many parts of the United Kingdom. Here they are.

1. It is the birthplace of Wallace and Gromit and Morph: Aardman Animations were founded – and still produce award-winning animations in the same city.

2. The BBC Natural History Unit has been based in Broadcasting House, Bristol since 1957. It is known for David Attenborough’s documentaries including The Blue Planet and Planet Earth.

3. Parts of Bedminster doubled as Peckham in the later episodes of Only Fools and Horses from 1988 to 2003.

4. The runway at BAE Systems’ former works in Filton was extended to accommodate the prototype Bristol Brabazon aeroplane, whose wingspan was wider than a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet.

5. Bristol City are the only Bristol football club to have had a spell in the top flight. They played in the old First Division from 1906 to 1910, and 1976 to 1980.

6. The city’s IKEA store stands on the site of the Eastville Stadium, formerly the home of Bristol Rovers. They now play at The Memorial Stadium, shared with the Rugby Union side.

7. In the BBC’s 2002 public poll of 100 Greatest Britons, engineer of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Isambard Kingdom Brunel came second.

8. Only one Bristol based popular music group has had a UK Number One chart single. It was The Wurzels with The Combine Harvester, their 1976 take on Melanie’s Brand New Key.

9. Bristol Board, often used for envelopes and paperback covers is named after our city itself.

10. In 2014, The Sunday Times named our city as The Best City in Britain to Live in. That we do agree with being Bristolians, but we would lovingly challenge them to sit on a gridlocked A38 for two hours.

What is a Pantechnicon?

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Simply Removals Bristol looks at how the Pantechnicon got its name

Pantechnicon vans

One of the first of many pantechnicon vans, seen in 2008, in the Milestones living history museum in Hampshire.

If you’re in the house removals trade, you may well know which vehicle is used to shift heavy furniture, pianos, and other bulky goods across the UK. How the vehicle got its name is of interest. The largest house removals vehicle is known as a Pantechnicon.

The word Pantechnicon is derived from two Greek words. That of pan (which translates as all) and techne (which translates as art). Therefore, pantechnicon literally means ‘pertaining to the all of the arts’. A bit like BBC Four we suppose, albeit in televisual form.How did they become part and parcel of the house removals industry?

The story begins in 1830 when a large retail establishment on Motcomb Street, Belgrave Square opened with the aforementioned name. It included a picture gallery, a furniture shop, and a carriage showroom. In the southern part of the establishment was a warehouse for storing furniture. This was part of the company’s furniture removals business.

Hence the Pantechnicon van. In later years, the word ‘van’ was dropped, in the same way Googling became a verb for doing a web search. Unlike conventional removal vans at the time, the Pantechnicon’s vans had a ramp at the bottom. This made for easy loading and unloading of furniture. Soon, rival companies, impressed by their vans, would have similar vehicles. The basic layout of today’s removal vans still use a ramp at the rear – almost 180 years after London’s pioneering business.

Most of the original building was destroyed by fire in 1874, leaving only the facade. The original business continued trading till the 1970s. Next year, under the name of Cubitt House, the former facade will reopen as a foodies’ paradise with six floors of eateries.

The Pantechnicon van

The original vans were horse drawn with two horses in tandem. Motorised equivalents were later used by circuses and as horseboxes, as well as their original use. Some have led a second life as transporter vehicles for oval racing sports.

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