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Packing Tips for Your Move

Posted on February 28, 2022 by Peter Donaldson
A Guide to Moving with Children in Oxford

Moving house is stressful and making sure your belongings reach your new home intact isn’t easy. And there is no worse feeling than you’re leaving anything behind, and this can be distracting and worrying. However, Isis Removals knows every trick in the book for a successful move and how to pack effectively to avoid damage occurring.

After that, you can leave it up to Isis Removals to deliver your possessions to your new abode safely so you can get on with enjoying the latest chapter of your life. We’ll also give you some simple reminders during the planning stages. Here are a few tips we have compiled to help get you through the final part of your house move with as little hassle as possible.

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Common Moving Mistakes

Posted on December 28, 2021 by Peter Donaldson
Our Guide when Moving to Oxford

If you tell someone that you’re planning on moving home, you might get a surprising summary of the oncoming nightmares you’re about to face. While it’s true that relocations can be stressful, potentially chaotic events, most of them don’t end in disaster. However, that doesn’t mean you should play fast and loose when you start organising your upcoming move.

At Isis Removals, we’re very much in the mindset that preparation can smooth kinks out before they cause any disruption. By starting the planning side of things straight away, you’re giving yourself a massive advantage, specifically, if a problem does arise. We’ll go through some of the common pitfalls and mistakes people make when moving, so you can avoid them.

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How to Cause Little Disruption during Your Office Move

Posted on November 25, 2021 by Peter Donaldson
How to Cause Little Disruption During Your Office Move At some point, a business is likely to face the daunting and equally exciting task of relocation. It may be because of expansion, contraction, lease expiry, or just because of the need to change the business environment. Whatever the reason, the decision to move office always demands careful consideration and plenty of preparation. We'll go through some of the most important points in this blog that you need to complete for any business relocation. These will include more hands-on suggestions to help you navigate this move. The following smart tips will guide you on how to relocate offices successfully. And we'll provide you with useful information to point you in the right direction. Five Tips to Reduce Moving Day Issues – Before we get into the more practical rundown of business relocations, let's start by acknowledging that it's undoubtedly going to be a difficult undertaking. From experience, the one thing that businesses repeatedly struggle with is timings. How do you keep working and also shut down for the relocation? Furthermore, how will you arrange the IT or specialist equipment side of things? Lots of questions will crop up, and it's essential you have assistance from the right people who have the correct answers. That's where a professional moving company comes into their own and can save you some sleepless nights. Isis Removals has the track record and tools to do this the correct way. And the aim is to do it all without having any unnecessary downtime. We want to get you up and running again straight away. We'll take you through each step of an office or workplace relocation to give you a general overview of what's involved. Planning and acting early will give you the upper hand, no matter how big or small your company is. Then you can think about how to budget and utilise your team to your advantage. Let's begin with how to start planning your upcoming office move. Plan Early: Preparation is Key – Once you have made up your mind to relocate, you should start planning as early as possible. Set the date and time of relocation and get familiar with the new location. Take room measurements to see if the space is big enough or too small or too large.  If you're happy that there's enough floor area, plan how your office furniture and equipment will be arranged. Ideally, make sure you know these sizes before you put pen to paper for a new lease. You might be moving in several months and think there's lots of time to sort everything out. The next thing you know, the moving day isn't far away, and you're scrambling around trying to organise things. To avoid this scenario, give yourself plenty of time to put together a plan of action. You'll give yourself enough wiggle room if problems arise. This is where booking a reputable moving company becomes crucial. The Isis Removals team can take on more duties from you. You'll be able to delegate responsibilities without worrying about who's completing what and when. We employ experts who have decades of experience. Additionally, we can also add move managers to oversee and liaise with you. Update Your Employees – Your employees will be the end-users of the new location, so keeping them informed of what's going on will alleviate any concerns or worries and make the transition easier. Meet with them regularly and tell them the importance of moving and how it will or will not affect them. If possible, try and involve some of them in organising and executing the relocation. Allow them to be part of the packing and decision-making to contribute positively to the relocation process. You can also appoint moving coordinators who can give instructions to junior employees and supervise the move whilst packing and loading things. There's also plenty of coordination opportunities when instructing our team on the day of the big move. During the final month before the relocation, contact your suppliers and customers. Give your team members access to contact lists and set out messaging scripts for them to follow. It's vital there are no problems with the supply chain or confusion from your clients. Furthermore, you might be able to use this as the perfect excuse to warm up cold leads. Create a Realistic Budget – Coming up with a comprehensive budget for the office move will help you assess and manage your costs accordingly throughout the entire process. Consider the expense of hiring a moving company, packing supplies, and your new monthly rent, including the upfront lease and other expenses. And don't edit too much at the beginning – you'll adapt and sift out the parts that won’t be your final budget. The only way to do this is to get plenty of quotes and perform research. This is another chance to get the employees in on the activities and engage them in the process. Get your accounting person or department to crunch some numbers and seek quotes. Ask them to work out the costs in full to see where savings are possible. While value for money is essential, try to steer clear of compromising on quality as a consequence for saving a few quid. Unlike moving to a new house, it's not feasible to do this for companies with over five employees. And even smaller businesses will struggle to perform things correctly. That's because strategy is essential, and downtime isn't acceptable for any company. Hire a Reputable Moving Company – The whole office moving process can be very stressful, complicated, and time-consuming if you decide to do it alone. That's why hiring the services of a reputable and reliable moving company will help you in relocating quickly and efficiently. Not only that, but you'll also have the assurance that professionals are handling and packing your equipment and goods. Here at Isis Removals, we're a trustworthy company that has been providing professional removal services for years, and our services are safe and fast and very affordable. We will meet all your moving needs, save you money, and guide you well to avoid making unnecessary mistakes. From the moment we sign up for a job, some features go into place from the start. For complex jobs, a moving manager is available to oversee the whole relocation from beginning to completion. They'll coordinate and assign tasks, including anyone from your company that you plan to involve. Then it's a case of mapping out and creating a thorough strategy. Do Not Move During Rush Hour – It will help if you spend less time conducting the move; work and productivity can continue with minimal disruptions. This is why you should avoid moving during rush hour and think of quieter times. Our suggestion is to move early in the morning or late in the evening when there is less traffic. It will also be straightforward to pack things up and unload at the other end. By booking with us, we'll plan and manage this for you. We never attempt the transport side of things when there's an expectation of congestion. Every city has peak traffic times, and we know what areas suffer the most throughout the day. That's why we'll have a strict timeline to follow, and we'll go through this before the big move. Additionally, we'll keep checking for roadworks and traffic jams leading up to the event and also on the day. You never know what will happen to disrupt things, even when putting plenty of effort into preparation. That's why we'll have alternative routes in mind if an unforeseen incident means we need to go in an different direction. Isis Removals – Oxford's Number One for Business Relocations – Moving to a new office will always be challenging, but you'll be on the right track when you book with us. You'll be able to hand over more tasks to our team, and we'll take the lead on organising things. This will give you time to keep up with the day-to-day business duties while we deal with the relocation. And we'll be available to discuss your removals job at any time. Isis Removals is all about providing the highest standards of customer care and service delivery. You can see our reviews here, and we encourage you to read the testimonials to get an idea of what sort of service you'll receive. We value our customers and strive to give them the service they deserve. You're in safe hands with us, and we'll have you operational straight away. If you're weighing up the benefits of relocating your business, you should start by clicking here and asking for a free quote. We'll also provide you with details of our business and commercial removals services.

At some point, a business is likely to face the daunting and equally exciting task of relocation. It may be because of expansion, contraction, lease expiry, or just because of the need to change the business environment. Whatever the reason, the decision to move office always demands careful consideration and plenty of preparation.

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Top Tips to a Stress Free Move with Your Kids

Posted on October 25, 2021 by Peter Donaldson
Top Tips to a Stress-Free Move with Your Kids

Moving to a new home is a challenge at the best of times, but it can be particularly difficult if you have kids. Children are likely to be very excited by all the activities, which can mean they become more demanding. In some instances, it will be an upsetting situation for you as well. There are a few ideas to make a move easier on your kids and to decrease your own stress levels.

We’ll look at the unique challenges relocating with a young family entails in this blog. By doing this, it’s possible to see how to anticipate potential problems and deal with them with balance and empathy. This is going to be difficult for everyone but even more so for the little ones. The Isis Removals team will be here to guide you through the process, from start to unpacking in your new house.

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Top Tips to Make Your Office Relocation Successful

Posted on August 24, 2021 by Peter Donaldson
ISIS Removals Oxford

The Storage industry has grown dramatically over the last twenty years. New self storage warehouses have been sprouting up in every urban neighbourhood, offering a complex array of promotional offers and variable tariffs. This makes it challenging for the consumer to decide which company and which product best suits their needs.

It invariably boils down to everyone’s individual needs and having enough choices available to line the two together. That’s why one-size-fits-all won’t match everyone’s requirements, and something will inevitably have to give. At Aussie Man & Van, we’re conscious of this and strive to be flexible wherever is necessary. In this blog, we’ll look at household storage in more detail.

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Removals Checklist for a Stress Free Move

Posted on July 28, 2021 by Peter Donaldson

There’s no denying it; moving house is a big event.  With so much to do, it can very quickly start to feel overwhelming.  The best way to cope with an imminent move is to break down the jobs that need doing into smaller chunks. That way, they can be easily managed, and you can avoid becoming overly stressed. What’s more, you’ll know how to regain focus by creating a plan for your entire relocation.

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Housing Market on the Up!

Posted on February 16, 2020 by Peter Donaldson

Following last months announcements that buyer enquiries had risen in January, 19% of surveyors confirmed that house prices have also risen, up from 11% in December.

It’s also the first time since July 2018 that more RICS members have reported a rise than a fall in house prices. There is also optimism amongst the members that this trend will continue through 2020.

As a final boost to the housing market the number of mortgage approvals is also rising with December seeing 1,500 more approvals than in November. It appears the political certainty has been of great benefit to the housing market and this could be a good time to buy and sell.

If you are looking at moving, IRIS removals offers a complete professional service. Contact us for a quote.

A Strong Message Going Into 2020

Posted on January 21, 2020 by Peter Donaldson

Knight Frank, the estate agency, is reporting a steep rise in the number of buyers registering in the early part of January. The number of buyers registering an interest in the second week of January rose by 92% compared to the same week last year.

It appears to be a post election boost with Rightmove also reporting house prices have risen by 2.3% since the election. It’s another positive sign regarding buyers willingness to transact whilst supply still remains relatively low. 

Supply increases in spring but if you’re thinking of selling this year, it is worth looking at your options now.

Should you find the right property and need a professional removal service IRIS removals would be happy to offer you a quote.

League Movers!

Posted on November 26, 2019 by Peter Donaldson

IRIS Removals is heading to the top of the league as sponsors of Oxford Leys FC. Currently in Division One of the Oxford City Football League, they are unbeaten in the first 7 games of the season and very much have their sights set on the top spot!

Manager, Jacob Earl said “We are a local men’s team based in Blackbird Leys, playing in the Oxford City Football league, proudly sponsored by Iris Removals. We have been running for about 5 years, now in our second season of Saturday football. We are doing very well, and are currently unbeaten. Next season we will be looking to be promoted, and join the Oxford Senior League.”

Having previously announced our sponsorship of the grassroots U12s team in Bloxham, the team at IRIS Removals are delighted to spread our support across Oxfordshire and into the adult football scene.

Changes to Shared Ownership Scheme

Posted on October 24, 2019 by Peter Donaldson

In an attempt to improve the number of home owners, particularly among young people, the government have announced a change to the shared ownership scheme. Under the previous system people could buy a proportion of their home, which can be as little as 25%, and then pay a subsidised rent on the rest.

10% portions of the home could then be purchased, allowing for more of the home to be owned. Under the new plans 1% increments will be considered, making it easier to buy more of the home.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said, “Building the houses this country needs is a central priority of this government. We know that most people still want to own their own home, but for many the dream seems a remote one. My mission is to increase the number of homes that are being delivered and to get more young people and families onto the housing ladder, particularly those on lower incomes.

Help to Buy, the cut to Stamp Duty and our home-building programmes are already making a real difference, but I am clear we need to go much further if we are to make the housing market work.”

This is good news for Oxfordshire with new housing popping up across the county from Banbury and Bicester to Abingdon and Watlington, it will hopefully provide greater opportunities for Oxfordshire residents.