How Will Moving My Office Affect My Employees?

For a business owner, moving offices can be thrilling. It’s a period of development and regeneration, whether you’re moving to a larger location, getting a prestigious address, or even opening a new office. It’s an opportunity to let go of the old and make room for the new. While it may be an exciting development for you, your colleagues may not be as enthusiastic.

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Many office relocations have been facilitated by “Man With A Van.” Most employees will take advantage of the possibility of working from home on the day of the move. Will everything go as smoothly when it comes time to start working again in the new location?

Employees may be opposed to an office relocation because it lengthens their commute, makes it more difficult to get to, or is located in a less dynamic region. For those who do not possess a car, moving from an inner-city location to an out-of-town business park, for example, could be quite tough.

In this blog post, we’ll look at office relocation employee rights and ways to make relocating staff as stress-free as possible. Get in contact with Man With A Van immediately if you’re planning a relocation and need the assistance of professional office movers in Falkirk.

Look for clauses that allow for movement.

A condition known as a “mobility clause” is found in many employment contracts. This enables the employer to adjust the workplace permanently or temporarily in accordance with company needs. A mobility clause will come in handy in the event of an office relocation.

While mobility clauses may be included in your employment contracts, they do not give you carte blanche to do as you like. For example, you can’t, for example, move your office to another nation and expect your employees to relocate on short notice.

If there is a mobility clause in their contract, employees who refuse to transfer offices may be considered in violation of contract. This would allow you to dismiss staff in terms of employee relocation regulations. The issue is that mobility clauses are frequently worded in ambiguous ways. They can be difficult to trust because the terminology is frequently vague.

Think about the legal ramifications.

You may need to consider office relocation redundancy if you don’t have a mobility clause or if the mobility clause is unlikely to apply to your scenario. Redundancy payments may be available to employees who are unable or unwilling to relocate. Those who choose to relocate may be eligible for relocation assistance.

In either case, this is a delicate area that should only be handled by HR and employment lawyers. There will be times when compromise is required, such as enabling your staff to work from home on occasion or allowing them to change roles to avoid having to relocate.

Is it possible for your employer to compel you to relocate?

A mobility clause in a worker’s contract is the sole means for an employer to compel them to relocate. To get around this, many firms will try to portray the workplace relocation as an upgrade. This can be portrayed as an employee benefit if the new site has better facilities or better transportation links. There’s always a way to turn bad news about a relocation into something good for everyone.

The odds are on your side.

According to market research firm Clutch, only 7% of employees feel a workplace move has a negative influence on them. Rather than focusing all of your attention on the small percentage of employees who will be negatively impacted, it may be more useful to focus on how the change will benefit the other 93% of your workforce.

By properly presenting the relocation, you may be able to inspire a more favourable response. Even individuals who face a lengthier commute time may be persuaded by the move’s potential benefits. Instead of letting word of the relocation spread like gossip around the office, it should be the topic of a well-thought-out internal communications campaign.

How do you make a business relocation announcement?

Notification of an office relocation should be made in two sections. To begin with, you must communicate the change to your personnel in a sensitive and positive manner. The next step is to post a public notice so that your customers, suppliers, clients, and even competitors are aware of your plans and know how to contact you during the changeover.

Give plenty of warning.

Make sure you let your staff know about the transfer ahead of time so they can make plans. This will also allow your staff to voice their grievances, which you can hopefully assist in resolving.

Never assume that the transition will be straightforward for everyone. Adding 15 minutes to each trip adds up to two and a half hours per week, or around ten hours per month. You should also think about those with impairments, as an office relocation could have a disproportionately negative impact on them.

Encourage your workers to provide feedback on the move so you can better understand their worries. Moving from an inner city to a business park, for example, may result in fewer food shops for employees to purchase lunch. This may necessitate upgrading the office kitchen at the new site.

Think about how far you have to travel to get to work.

If you’re thinking about changing your commute times, you might be asking what constitutes a suitable commute distance. Although there is no official data to back up your claim, research has shown that workers are ready to drive up to 45 minutes each way if it means living in a desirable neighbourhood. If you keep it up much longer, it will start to feel like a pay loss in terms of job satisfaction.

Allow for a decrease in production.

You should expect severe business disruption during the office relocation. It’s critical that you inform your staff that this is to be expected so that they are not burdened.

When transferring staff, you may need to be more flexible with office hours while they adjust to their new commute. Consider the situation where an employee would regularly drop their children off at school on the way to work, but the new office is 15 minutes away. To deal with the adjustment, an employee may need to make arrangements at home or change their typical working hours.

Consider the advantages.

Moving offices may result in an increase in staff productivity, so make sure you’re ready to take advantage of it as soon as feasible. Your staff will feel ready to hit the ground running in a motivating new environment if you create and stick to an office relocation strategy. The move’s disruption will be brief, so once your employees have adjusted to their new commute and working environment, you can begin to maximize the new space’s potential.

Final thoughts

A workplace transfer may be stress-free and good for everyone involved with a little planning and feedback from your staff. If you’re considering an office transfer, get in touch with a professional man and van crew in Falkirk now.

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Other Difficulties in Moving a King Size Mattress

If you’re considering moving a king size mattress by yourself, the first thing you should do is see if you have a friend or two who can assist you, because these things are heavy, sometimes outrageously so.

In any case, you’ll need to design a strategy that will hopefully keep you safe. Fortunately, we’ve moved a few king and queen size mattresses in our time, so here are our recommendations for moving a large mattress alone or with companions.

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Over the years, we’ve seen everything from runaway wardrobes that chose to use the stairwell as a ski slope to huge mattresses that got about as trapped as a tight interior stairwell can get (and literally took hours to dislodge).

Moving a king or queen-size mattress is a significant physical undertaking for anyone, and you should take your time to plan and think about what you’re doing before humping it.

However, the driving concept is… as perplexing as it may appear – if it got in there, there must be a way out! – Unless the house or room was designed to accommodate it.

So here are our tips for moving a king-size mattress (disclaimer alert…please be aware that this post is only intended as informal advice based on our own experience as professional movers, and we cannot be held liable for any injuries or damage incurred as a result of how any of the information below is interpreted or followed).

You can move a king-size mattress on your own.

If you can’t locate someone to assist you and are determined to move the mattress on your own, you must be practical. Unless you’re the Incredible Hulk, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to safely transport a huge king size mattress very far, let alone upstairs or downstairs.

However, if all you want to do is move it to a different room on the same level or even turn it over, you may do so by employing fundamental physics concepts. That involves managing it in a way that gives you more leverage while also reducing friction.

For example, instead of attempting to raise it directly off the bed frame and risk injuring your back, clear the area and pull or slide it far enough to one side of the bed so the mattress edge naturally begins to fall to the floor, and then you can easily pivot the other edge up.

If you need to pull it over a carpeted floor, one simple and successful method is to place a large flat sheet of cardboard below it as a slide after the mattress is up and resting on one thin edge.

As a result, the friction between the mattress and the carpet is substantially reduced, and the mattress glides along with gratifying smoothness, much like it would on a hardwood floor.

Two persons are always preferable because you can have one at each end to hold it upright, but it is possible to do it alone in some scenarios and, with a little skill and care, you can often utilize the walls to support the mattress.

Take measurements and make sure the path is clear.

Take the dimensions of the mattress and plan ahead of time how it will go past any corners, ceilings, entrances, and walls, depending on where it needs to go.

If you have help, check the height clearance of the ceiling above the staircase and whether the mattress is flexible enough to bend around the tight spots without getting stuck – since you really don’t want to go there if you can avoid it.

Don’t forget to take down any wall decorations or photographs that are in the way of your journey. To avoid damaging the mattress fabric, make sure any sharp picture hangings or screws are removed. As much as possible, move all other furniture out of the way.

And if you bought a mattress cover ahead of time, which you should if the mattress is going into the back of a dusty removal van, now is the time to put it on.

Is it possible to fold a mattress in half?

The truth is that it is debatable. Many manufacturers highly advise against folding a mattress in half, and doing so may likely destroy the coils in particular varieties, such as pocket spring mattresses.

Also, some mattresses are simply too heavy and unwieldy to be bent in half, with the largest super king size weighing up to 80 kgs.

Some of the less dense memory foam mattresses can be bent in half or rolled up, however it will never be as snug as it was when it was machine rolled and vacuum packed at the factory.

If the mattress is rollable or bendable, however, you should be able to bring it down to a more manageable size by using a few simple ratchet straps from your local hardware store, and you can also use the straps as handles to hoist it. It is preferable to roll the mattress rather than bending it in half because it is less likely to cause damage.

Even with memory foam, you should double-check with the manufacturer because some high-density multi-layer memory foam mattresses have the potential to rip apart the separate layers of foam, voiding the warranty.

Depending on the thickness, some mattresses may be temporarily bent or folded for moving purposes – and if they’re not the stiff edges sort of non-flexible mattress, there’s generally enough flexibility to bend it around the tight parts without having to fold it in half or roll it up.

Upstairs, moving a mattress

To begin, remove everything from the walls, including all portraits, ornaments, and anything else that might get in the way or cause harm.

If you’re climbing stairs, you’ll need multiple assistance, the more the better, but at least one at the top and two at the bottom who will provide the major upward momentum. Assuming you’ve double-checked your dimensions and are confident you have enough room, lift the mattress off the floor in one smooth motion, allowing everyone to feel the weight and become used to it.

Take it up as high as you can in a calm manner with good communication – it helps to have an additional set of hands here to bend the corners around any tight locations while the others are doing the lifting. When it feels like you’re in a tight spot, rather than forcing it, let it rest in place and everyone take a quick breather before deciding what to do next.

Then, whenever you’re ready, gently lift and make little incremental progress without overdoing it. Use the mattress’s flexibility to gently bend where needed while maintaining the upward motion and support provided by the lifters at the bottom. That is about all there is to it. Rest and re-evaluate before continuing if you feel it’s becoming stuck. It’ll typically be very straightforward to detach and take back down if it gets caught going upwards – to reconsider if required.

Getting a mattress down a flight of steps

Getting a huge, heavy mattress down the stairs is always going to be easier than getting it upstairs, simply because gravity is on your side. The problem is that it can also go horribly wrong more readily, therefore we highly advise against trying it on your own.

Unless the stairwell is especially broad, the mattress is far more likely to get stuck when being moved downstairs because it will lodge itself in much more firmly under its own weight. So think carefully before you attempt anything, and plan your evacuation route in case the worst happens.

Carrying a mattress downstairs is essentially the same as moving a mattress upstairs, but in reverse. Again, the assistants at the bottom will bear the brunt of the weight while also utilizing the mattress’s flexibility to move it through the tight locations.

The idea is to use the mattress’s weight and gravity to help, while maintaining control of the support at the bottom and directing it so that the mattress does not become stuck in under its own weight. There’s an art to it, and it’s incredibly pleasurable if you get it right.

Keep in mind that if it becomes stuck, the helpers at the top may not be able to get down beyond the mattress to help release it, so make sure you have adequate physical power down there at all times, or you may need to ask for further assistance.

Is it possible to transport a full fish tank?

No, we wouldn’t recommend it under any circumstances; a fragile glass box filled with liquid in a moving car is a disaster waiting to happen.

If you need to relocate a large aquarium, we recommend temporarily transferring your fish and plants to a smaller vessel. After that, you should drain the tank, clean it thoroughly, then wrap it in bubble wrap and blankets so that it may be safely transported.

A 2-man crew is normally required to carry an average-sized fish tank if you hire a Mover because the thick glass can make them extremely heavy. All of our Man and Van teams have moving blankets and restraints on hand, and they’ll know how to securely move and transport your aquarium.

What is the best way to move a large mirror?

Moving a large mirror requires extreme caution, both for the sake of avoiding damage and for personal safety. It’s a good idea to wear thick rigger gloves and sturdy footwear, preferably with steel toe caps. You see where I’m going with this. With the largest of mirrors, it’s a serious job.

As with moving a king-size mattress, you must plan how you’ll accomplish it and the route you’ll follow, ensuring that doors are propped open and the road is clear of any obstacles.

If it’s going to be transported in a vehicle, plan ahead of time where you’ll put it with many layers of soft blankets along one side of the van to cushion any impact throughout the trip.

When you’re ready, double-check that the lifters are communicating correctly and carrying it vertically. A mirror should never be carried horizontally since it will stretch and break. If it’s a big one, communicate with each other ahead of time if you need a break so it can be put down safely.

Place the mirror against one side of the blankets you’ve already prepared inside the van. If the van’s inside is ply walled, make sure there’s nothing projecting that could break the glass, and face the glass side towards the vehicle’s wall, with more blankets placed over the top to offer a protective layer between the glass and the van’s side.

After that, secure the mirror to the side with ratchet straps, and then cover the rest of the area behind the mirror with boxes and other furniture to offer extra support in transit if it’s part of a bigger relocation. That’s pretty much it, except from driving safely.

It should survive the travel as long as it is appropriately padded, safe, and standing erect. If it’s a valuable antique, you may need to hire an expert mover with the appropriate insurance, just as you would for a piano.

How to transport a huge television

If you still have it, the easiest approach to pack your TV for moving is to utilize the original box it came in, as it will be the appropriate size and contain plenty of styrofoam to protect it.

When purchasing a new television, however, most people are more concerned with getting it up and running than with keeping the box.

If you’ve already tossed the packing, a combination of bubble wrap and moving blankets will give the greatest possible coverage for your television.

Apart from that, transporting it gently and placing it in the vehicle surrounded by soft but sturdy cardboard boxes to prevent it from rolling around is the key to avoiding any damage.

Nearly everyone owns a television, and your Mover will be looking for the finest spot to put it while loading the van with the rest of your possessions.

Last but not least

We’ve had our fair share of relocation issues over the years, as you’ve probably guessed. So, if you’re afraid about transferring a unique, odd, or exceptionally hefty item, don’t be. Our movers are likely to have seen something similar before and will be able to work with you to find the best solution.

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House Moving on a Budget in Falkirk

Falkirk is not an inexpensive city to live in. With the cost of living rising and earnings not keeping up, you may be searching for methods to stretch your hard-earned cash a bit farther. Moving house is one of those events that might wind up costing you far more than you anticipated.

If you’re renting, you’ll almost always have to pay a deposit for your new property before you get anything back from your old one. And if you’re purchasing a house, there’s always the potential that you’ll be struck with a surprise cost.

After you’ve picked a place to reside, you’ll need to consider how you’ll get your belongings from point A to point B. We’ll provide our best recommendations for helping your house transfer go as smoothly as possible while keeping expenses low in this post. It’s easy to save money on a lot of moving expenses with a little forethought.

Make use of used boxes.

The days of walking into a store and picking up a couple boxes for free are long gone. Most major supermarkets will recycle their boxes in a central location, so they may refer you to their more expensive moving boxes instead. The cost of purchasing fresh moving boxes may soon mount. When you consider that a one-bedroom flat would generally require approximately 20-30 boxes, the cost quickly adds up.

Ask around your neighborhood to see if anybody has any extra moving boxes and you can save money on your moving costs. If you see someone moving in near by, ask if you may have their boxes when they are established. The majority of individuals will gladly part with them. On platforms like Gumtree or the Facebook Marketplace, some people will also provide them for free. You might also ask your friends and relatives if they have any suitable boxes that you could borrow.

If you absolutely must buy boxes, check for low-cost moving boxes on the internet. These will be substantially less expensive than those available in stores.

Declutter your home before moving.

Moving fewer boxes might help you save money on your relocation. Try to declutter your belongings a few months before your move, so you’re only relocating the stuff you actually want and need. You could wind up with some extra cash for your relocation if you get rid of anything you don’t need or use, plus you won’t have to pay to transport stuff you don’t want.

You don’t have to be completely minimalist with your belongings, but you should be honest with yourself about what you truly require. Then, if anything doesn’t make the cut, sell, give, or recycle it.

Use your imagination when it comes to packing.

Instead of paying money for bubble wrap and tissue paper, you may frequently find these products for free around your house. Start collecting old newspapers to wrap your dinnerware in, and use towels to protect larger, more fragile items such as vases. TVs may be protected in travel using duvets.

However, don’t use this as an excuse to overpack your boxes while you’re getting creative with packing. Overfilling boxes with books or other heavy objects will only make the relocation more difficult. Remember, if you can’t lift it when you’re packing, your mover isn’t likely to be able to lift it either!

Choose between a man and a van.

Asking a buddy to help you transport boxes across town may appear to be the less expensive choice at first, but if you’ll have to make numerous trips to fit everything in, it’ll quickly add up. You may also be responsible for the cost of gas, parking, and your friend’s meal!

You can get everything relocated fast and effectively if you hire a guy and a van. To save money, we advocate forming a one-man squad and getting your hands dirty. Assisting in the move might help you save a lot of money. You also won’t have to pay for your mover’s lunch or any other hidden costs!

Don’t pick a busy day.

Monday through Wednesday is usually the most convenient time to relocate. Moving on a Friday at rush hour is going to be a nightmare. Your apartment complex may have regulations prohibiting you from using the lift during busy hours.

You can even receive the finest moving prices if you move during the week and during a calm period. If traffic isn’t an issue, you might be able to get away with merely taking a half-day off.

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Try These Odd Rituals If You’re Moving Into A New House.

While moving can be stressful, it can also be exciting. Perhaps you’re migrating with your spouse, searching for a new home for your family, or simply leaving your parents’ home for the first time.

A new house not only has novelty value, but it also signifies a moment of change and upheaval. It’s the best time to clear your mind and go on a new journey. In light of this, we’ve produced a list of some of the most common international moving home customs.

If you want to bring good luck and success to your new home, consider the following customary rituals:

Get rid of the broom you’ve had for a long time.

Carrying your old broom into a new home is considered bad luck in certain cultures. Instead, consider it a new beginning and toss out your old broom. It’s easy to see why people are drawn to this legend. Who wants to take the dirt from their old residence with them? It’s a wonderful chance to start fresh – literally – to let go of negative energy. So go out and acquire some new cleaning supplies and bring them in through the front door—another important step.

Others take it a step further and use it as an excuse to buy a new vacuum cleaner, but we’ll let you decide. Before you move, make sure the dust cylinder is empty!

Rice and salt should be strewn on the floor.

This is a traditional Feng Shui ceremony for cleansing the home of negative energy (or business). To begin, in a mixing dish, add equal parts raw salt and raw rice. As you work your way around the perimeter of the house, the mixture is thrown at the base of the walls.

Mother Earth receives the grains while the salt cleanses the surroundings. After that, the salt and rice are left overnight before being vacuumed the next day. This should never be cleaned since it defies the cleaning routine’s objective.

Bring the milk and rice to a boil together.

Another traditional house blessing is letting a pot of rice and milk boil over. This is a symbol of longevity and purity. This is a Hindu ceremony that ensures your new home’s success. You can serve sweetened milk and rice to your house guests as a first dish.

It’s time to light a candle.

Why not make a simple first-night routine of lighting a candle to help you feel at home in your new home? This activity will help to illuminate your home and eliminate darkness. The lighting of candles is a part of most religious blessings and ceremonies. If you have a fireplace in your home, this is even better! Light a fire. This will ward off any negative energy that may be present in your home.

It is necessary to burn sage.

Many Indigenous peoples in North America use a sage-burning ceremony in their dwellings. This procedure is referred to as “smudging.” A stick of tightly twisted dried sage and other aromatic herbs are burnt and left to smoke in a little dish or shell. The person blessing the house will next work their way clockwise around the house, wafting smoke and saying a blessing or prayer.

It is usual to turn off all electrical equipment and hide mirrors while the blessing is taking place. Smudging is a practice that not only serves to cleanse the air but also helps to combat bad energy. Smearing, according to one study, can remove up to 94 percent of microbes from the air.

Bring bread and salt inside the home.

Eastern European and Slavic culture is so pervasive that the International Space Station has embraced it. Bread and salt should always be the first items brought into a new home.These two items represent wealth and prosperity. Salt indicates an abundance of taste, whereas bread represents an abundance of sustenance. Estate brokers in several countries may supply bread and salt to incoming renters.

Plan a housewarming celebration.

A housewarming celebration is much more than just showing off your new digs, as you may not understand. Organizing a housewarming party soon after you move in can help you infuse your home with positive energy, laughter, and joy. Lunch is customarily served to those who have supported you in relocating and settling in. As if you needed an excuse to have a bash!

If you try any of these rituals, make sure you complete them all before the movers arrive. Any mover would be upset if they had to wait while you smeared your new home.

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Is it safe for me to return home during a coronavirus epidemic?

We are accepting inquiries in Falkirk as usual; please schedule at least a few days in advance.

If you’re a listed key worker, it’s straightforward enough, but how do mobility restrictions apply if you need to vacate a property right away, relocate to a new home you just bought, or change flatshares because your new rental arrangement is about to start?

While we seek to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, some of the new regulations and suggestions on freedom of movement are a little unclear and vulnerable to interpretation.

This is especially true when relocating, whether in a rental property or when buying and selling a home. Changing where you live is a significant event in anyone’s life in normal circumstances, and it would surely be considered an “important” change.

The Embargo

On March 23, Boris Johnson said that all UK residents should stay at home in order to protect the NHS and limit the spread of the Coronavirus, and that people should only leave the house for the following (abbreviated) reasons:

Shopping for essentials

Every day, do some form of exercise. Whether it’s for medical reasons or to help a vulnerable person,

Only go to work if it’s really required.

As previously said, there are a number of circumstances in which relocating is judged essential, and there appears to be no clear indication in these laws that doing so is forbidden.

Obviously, if stricter restrictions are put in place in the future, this may change, but for the time being, it appears that these rules are supposed to be used with caution and vary widely depending on the circumstances.

Government Rules and Regulations

If the transfer goes forward, what are the official recommendations for keeping everyone as safe as possible? Social distancing advice can be described as follows when it comes to moving home:

If you start to have symptoms, you should stop moving.

Both before and after, the hands should be thoroughly cleansed.

Maintain a 2-meter separation between yourself and your mover.

If at all feasible, wear a facemask and gloves.

Request the option of self-loading the removals van, or clearly organize your belongings so that the mover can load them without you needing to be there.

It’s crucial to keep a watch out for any coronavirus symptoms in the days preceding a move, and to tell your mover as soon as you see any to cancel or postpone the move.

If a mover develops any of the virus’s common side effects, they must take the same action if they do not have backup people to cover the assignment.

Is there still a chance to locate movers?

Yes, some are, but if they’re a legitimate and responsible company, they’ll almost certainly be operating with varying degrees of safeguards in place to protect customers and staff.

Customers will almost certainly not be allowed to travel in the vehicle. All customers and removals staff will be required to wear face masks and gloves. Self-loading and other options to minimize contact and adhere to social distancing guidelines will almost certainly be implemented, as will changes to cancellation terms and other measures to reflect the current situation.

Due to a staffing deficit, any movers staying in Falkirk during the lockdown will likely have limited availability, putting them at risk of last-minute cancellations.

They may also assess employment in advance to determine whether it qualifies as crucial, and crucial personnel will undoubtedly be a priority.

What BAR has to say about it

The British Group of Removers (BAR) is the most well-known trade association in the sector, having some of the country’s major removal companies as members.

They recommended that members “only conclude movements that are already underway and swiftly cancel or postpone any relocation that has not yet commenced” after the government’s decision on March 23rd. Despite the fact that it is clear and intended with the best of intentions, it is optional, and individual mover businesses must eventually decide whether to continue to provide some type of limited service.

However, given that BAR members tend to be bigger removal businesses with a well-established network of largely house buyer transfers, it’s fair to anticipate that the bulk of them will respect the recommendation and properly secure their doors during the lockdown.

This segment of the market has arguably been hurt more than rentals due to the temporary closure of so many associated service providers, such as conveyancers, estate agents, and solicitors, though many of them continue to provide a limited remote service.

Many smaller independent movers, such as traditional man and van operators, are not members of BAR and will continue to operate if they are legally allowed to do so under government directives and there is still a need for their services, especially in Falkirk.

Renting

The ancient adage “Keep calm and carry on” may have been developed precisely for the current situation. In recognition of the unique nature of this situation, the government has created emergency legislation to protect both tenants and residential landlords from financial difficulty.

In other words, you won’t be evicted if you’ve lost your job or are having difficulties paying your rent due to the pandemic. Similarly, landlords who are having difficulty paying their mortgage might receive assistance in the form of a three-month repayment “holiday,” which can be passed on to the renter to use for temporary rent payments.

The bulk of Falkirk’s younger residents, who move about often, live in privately rented property, such as houses and flatshares. These properties are often owned by private landlords, who may manage all administrative procedures themselves or engage a local lettings agent to do so on their behalf.

If you’re stuck in a property you were supposed to be moving out of and your tenancy agreement is about to expire while a new one is about to start in the place you’re supposed to be moving to, the obvious solution is to talk to your landlords and agents involved to come up with a temporary solution.

Everyone understands that we are in the middle of a national emergency and will gladly assist in any way they can. If you stumble into an issue that requires professional assistance, online services like Shelter and Citizens Advice may be able to assist you.

Renting is significantly more convenient than buying, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t look for a new home while you wait. Viewings may now be booked through FaceTime or Skype, and adjustments have been made to make it simpler for landlords to do right-to-rent checks using scanned paperwork and video conversations.

Although it is better to wait if at all possible, if you really must relocate and think it is required for your health, you are permitted to do so under current government guidelines as long as you follow all available recommendations.

Buying

This tragedy has had a huge influence on both buyers and sellers in the real estate market, and there is no way to avoid it. As a result, the government issued new relocation guidelines on March 26th, which apply to anybody buying or selling a home where they intend to live.

The easiest and most practical scenario is for a first-time or other buyer to enter an empty house. If you are legally entitled to do so and ready to move, there is no reason to postpone or back out of the transaction as long as the applicable safety criteria are met and you can find a willing mover.

In other circumstances, though, a cascade of new challenges will arise. What if someone in the house you’re moving to starts to show symptoms after you’ve already exchanged contracts? Alternatively, if the operation is part of a chain, and someone farther down is in a high-risk category or otherwise unable to move due to current limitations,

Additional steps, such as agreements with banks to extend mortgage offers if completion deadlines are missed, and coordination with conveyancers and estate agents to develop a uniform approach for extending completion dates, have been adopted by the government to solve these challenges.

The government’s fundamental message is that all parties must adapt to the situation and work together sensibly, and that if you can put everything on hold for now and agree on a new date, you should.

If you’re planning to sell your home, it’s obvious that you should hold off until the stay-at-home restrictions are lifted. Estate brokers are unable to actively advertise houses at this time due to the lockdown restrictions prohibiting you from allowing anybody inside your property without your permission. Any viewings would have to be done by video from afar.

How much longer do you think this will go on?

Estimates range from weeks to months, if not years, at this time. According to some expert virologists, COVID-19 may also settle down and become seasonal.

So we’ll probably have to learn to live with it (or at least a milder version of it) in the future, and the temporary movement limitations will have to be re-imposed when new local epidemics develop.

No one knows for sure at this point, especially in the absence of an effective vaccine, but this post may be relevant for a bit longer than we would want.

Conclusion

If you have an immediate need to move home that cannot be postponed, you are in agreement with all other parties involved, you can find a mover who has suitable availability and will carry out the move in accordance with current government advice, and you follow all safety recommendations on social distancing, it appears that you are permitted to do so under the current rules at the time of this post.

We wish you all the best in your future efforts.

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How should I take care of my pets when I move?

You will need to draw heavily on your organisational skills, resilience, and adaptability when moving house. Unarmed with the powers of humans, pets may find the relocation process confusing. You may have to say goodbye to your dog’s favorite bone or bark-mate. It may be stressful for your cat to live next to new neighbors, and losing claimed territory can also be stressful.

Moving Home with Dogs

It’s essential to secure your dog offsite or out of the way while the moving process is taking place, even though they are often enthusiastic participants. Generally, they tend to run enthusiastically into the path of movers carrying furniture, such as a couch or fridge, which is not great for little Fido or the movers.

The movers should be informed if your dog is going to be present at the house you’re leaving, so they can keep it in a room with all the doors and windows closed. Feed your pet a good while before traveling to the new property to avoid travel sickness.

When you arrive at your new address, secure your dog in a room with water and food available while the movers arrange your furniture. Before letting the dogs out at the new address, prepare their new home (kennel, familiar toys) to help them feel more comfortable.

Moving Home with Cats

Cats are highly territorial and can find relocation difficult. It’s best to make use of your cat-carrier to transport your feline to the new address. As with dogs (see above), cats should be kept secured during the move for their own safety and the safety of humans moving large objects.

Keeping your cat contained at the new property until everything is settled and quiet will also help avoid a relocation temper tantrum. If you let your cat outdoors immediately, there is a risk that it could run away or get lost. You can mitigate this by converting your pet to an “indoor cat” for a couple of weeks, which should be enough time for it to adjust to its new environment and reduce its desire to run. For this reason, you will also want to supervise your cat in the outdoors for the first little while, to make sure it is not involved in any nasty scraps with neighborhood cats who have claimed your backyard as their territory.

Moving Home with Fish

Relocating your watery mates requires a bit of preparation before the movers arrive. Firstly, make sure you mention the fishtank when booking your move, and that you provide the dimensions to the removalist. They can then advise you on whether they can safely move the item (some fish-tanks are massive and need to be relocated by specialists). Second, make sure you’ve completely emptied the tank of water. Several large buckets with lids are a good way to go here, and you can get these at Bunnings or a similar hardware store.Taking as much of the original water with you as possible will minimise the stress on your fish.

Put the fish in one bucket (or split them between two if you have a large number, or they’re particularly fight-y). Put any ornaments or removable parts (including gravel) from the tank in containers as well. The movers should try to pack your fish tank last (give them a reminder if it doesn’t look like they’re doing this). This will allow you to get straight into sorting out the tank at your new address (as the last item on the truck will become the first thing off). Once the tank is in the correct location, set up your equipment, add the water, then the fish, and finally, turn on the heater and pumps. Check regularly over the next few days to ensure your aquatic friends are adapting well to their new environment.

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Moving With Children – Ten Tips

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Moving houses with kids can be challenging. Thanks to our experience and a few pointers, we’ve seen it done very well before.

What should I do to prepare my children for a move?

Every child is unique, as any parent or guardian understands.Children adjust to change at different speeds, and some welcome change while others need time. There are many ways to handle a transfer, but there are a few guidelines and suggestions that can help make it go more smoothly.

Don’t rush. Take your time.

Whether we have dependents or not, moving is a task we often underestimate. Allowing some overlap time between homes will reduce the rush and stress of packing and cleaning. Prepare the large jobs first, such as disassembling beds, before the  arrive. This is especially important if your babysitting opportunities are limited.

Seek assistance

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends. Any help you can muster will be of great assistance to you as you navigate a potentially difficult transition, whether it is preparing for the move or caring for your children. If your resources are limited, you might consider making a Facebook post (or something similar) to reach out to your larger group. You may be surprised by the number of volunteers, whether it’s for babysitting during the loading and moving process or for meals, school drop-offs, and other tasks. We have been introduced to people who enjoy moving day (although they are few and far between).

3. Make a “must-have” box.

Separate school books, snacks, lunchboxes, towels, toothbrushes, and favourite toys into separate containers so they are easily accessible during the week. The remainder of unpacking will go much faster. The “must-have” pack should also include spare light bulbs and toilet paper rolls. You can allow your children to help you pack the “must-haves” box. They will be able to choose their favourite items to have on hand, and you will feel more connected to them.

Keep a nightlight close at hand.

While youngsters are settling into a new environment, a dim nightlight is a smart option. Put this one in the “must-haves” category as well.

5. Turn it into an adventure.

A drive-by of the new property helps your children become familiar with their new surroundings. Finding new playgrounds, parks, and shops can help you feel excited about the next step in your life. Children can also be incorporated into some fun decision-making to help the transition go more smoothly. You can do this by incorporating your children’s suggestions into the design of their new room.

Making as many aspects of the moving process as feasible collaborative can foster a sense of teamwork, which is especially beneficial during times of uncertainty.

6. Bring it up in a conversation.

Children should be prepared for the relocation by talking about it in the weeks leading up to it. In “Relocating House,” Anne Civardi and Stephen Cartwright try to teach children that moving is an inevitable part of life. There is humor and lightheartedness to this story.

7. Make a charitable donation and recycle.

Especially after a downsize, donating unneeded belongings to local organisations is a great way to support local causes. This can also be utilised as a chance to teach the youngsters about the importance of supporting non-profits and recycling old items.

8.Preserve some traditions.

It is easy to keep things normal in your new location if you maintain your customary family customs and pastimes. Especially if you have moved far away from home, this may be a helpful strategy for kids who have difficulty adjusting to a new environment. A child’s ability to be distracted by new traditions in a new environment works both ways.

9. Take frequent breaks.

You must ensure that everyone in your family, including yourself and your children, takes frequent breaks to sit down, have a snack or meal, and stay hydrated. Moving is a major undertaking that can be exhausting. Touch base every hour or so to ensure that your energy levels and endurance are maintained.

10. Take it easy on the unpacking.

Once you’ve moved all of your belongings into your new home, it’s natural to feel compelled to get things set up as soon as possible. Accepting that unpacking will take days (if not weeks) and concentrating on the necessities is often preferable. Are all of the beds ready to go? Is it okay for the kids to play with their favourite toy? If that’s the case, you may have completed your task for the time being.

Although moving with children is not easy, if you keep these tips in mind, you may find it manageable – and even enjoyable at times. Feel free to call our office on 01324 468821 if you have any questions regarding your family’s move or visit man and van falkirk page.

How to Save Money When Relocating

Relocation can be expensive. It is possible that you will have to pay double rent, utility connection fees, and the cost of renting a truck or moving company. Planning ahead can help you keep these costs in check.

What are the best ways to save money when relocating?

If you hire a good removals company, your move will be completed on time and won’t drag on for days. Our clients tell us that hiring us relieved them of a great deal of stress.

When hiring a moving company, price is still an important factor to consider. There is always a higher cost for hiring specialists than for hiring a truck, since the company must pay employees as well as cover the cost of the truck and associated equipment.

Here are some tips to keep your moving costs as low as possible:

1. Usually, specialists pack the largest items in the vehicle first. The movers will need to access your mattresses and couches if the hallways are clear.

2. It is preferable to stack boxes neatly without overfilling them. Boxes that are overstuffed may take more time to move or may break, putting your belongings at risk and wasting valuable time.

3. Clothing can be placed in tallboys, chests, or drawers, but drawers may be taken during the move and restored afterward.

4. Ask your friends for help and don’t be afraid to chip in. As many hands as possible make light work, and we appreciate any assistance we may receive.

5. It is less expensive to relocate during the weekdays, and you have more control over when you relocate. Consider taking a day off during the week to complete your move.

6. Can your bed be dismantled easily? It will save you a lot of time if you can deconstruct it and any other reducible products (particularly flatpack furniture like IKEA).

7. You can save a lot of money by asking the movers to transport only your larger items, leaving the smaller items to be transported by yourself. Moving companies will only pick up the big-ticket items and not waste time acquiring minor items you could have carried yourself.

8. Pack all tiny objects in boxes or bags so they can be easily transported to the truck and back. The extra work put in a day or two ahead of time will significantly save moving time.

If you can accomplish all of the above, you should be able to make a cost-effective and stress-free move.

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How to Leave Your Shared House Without Getting into a Fight.

No matter how close your friends are, leaving a shared house can be stressful and cause unnecessary tension, even among the closest friends. Everybody would agree that excellent housemate behaviour is important. There is nothing you can do but communicate properly, do your best, and hope for the best.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of tips to assist you with leaving your shared house as smoothly as possible.

Give adequate notice.

This one seems self-evident to the majority of people. Many people think it is okay to remark, “Hey, I’m moving out this weekend.”

A notice period should have been discussed when you first moved in, ideally. If you did not, expect to wait 2-4 weeks, depending on whether or not you are an official leaseholder. There are numerous tools within Tenants Victoria designed to assist co-tenants, such as lease difficulty and sub-tenancy information.

Don’t underestimate the importance of packing.

It’s understandable. There’s school, work, and life to balance. If you take too long to pack, your housemates may worry you won’t be able to move your belongings. Pack your moving boxes in advance. Do you have tape? Would you like assistance or are you hiring removal specialists? Make a checklist and start the process. When you finish it, you can move into your new apartment faster, and everyone will be less stressed.

Make sure you don’t leave any signs of yourself behind.

While it’s understandable that you want your legacy to live on, nothing is worse than a shared house amassing undesirable clutter in the shape of leftovers from previous residents. Don’t leave your prized possessions behind unless they’re actually interested in preserving them.

Take advantage of this opportunity to reassess your belongings.

Moving time is a good time to think about what you own and cull and/or donate what you don’t need. Numerous studies have proven that having less clutter and fewer superfluous belongings is beneficial to your mental health. Another advantage is that the less you have, the easier it is to relocate.

Nobody enjoys grub. Pick up the vacuum cleaner.

No matter if you’re all ending your lease at the same time or just moving out, make sure everyone pitches in on the cleaning. Vacuum and dust your room if your housemates are staying and you are the only one leaving. Clean up after this one since sorting it takes more effort than sorting it.

Make a fast payment.

If you agree to pay rent and expenses by a certain date, make sure you stick to your word or let your landlord know as soon as possible. Keep track of what you’ve paid and when you paid it, especially if there are numerous housemates sharing different utilities.

If necessary, be the bigger person.

During your entire lifetime, you will remain in touch with some of your former roommates. However, there are some you hope you will never see again. Trying to live under the same roof with different personalities can produce great relationships along with conflict-ridden ones. Don’t be concerned if you don’t win, and just be the bigger person – the world keeps on turning.

Doesn’t there seem to be some kind of housemate karma system, where the way you treat others is reflected in the way you treat them? Maintaining a pleasant and polite tone is always a good idea.

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