When you’ve closed the door on an old home and are in the midst of unpacking and sorting yourself out in the new, the predicament of the people who’ve bought from you may be the very last thing on your mind. Contracts have been signed and it’s too late for any turning back, so what could be the point in even dwelling on the subject? But there are some things in life that are worth doing, even when there doesn’t appear to be anything in it for you. And just a few small considerations that won’t take up much of your time, could and probably will make a huge difference to the new owners of your old property. Here’s our Master Remover guide outlining just a handful of thoughtful gestures you can make, none of them overly taxing but all of them likely to engender good will. You may well find that the old owners of your new home have done some of them for you.
Renovation and/or refurbishment requires several key ingredients if it’s to be completed on time and within budget. Foremost among them are planning and forethought and the hiring of reputable and reliable help. But there are other variables that can have a huge impact, for good or ill, on your project, including the time of year and the quality of the raw materials. What often gets overlooked, however, is storage. At first, it might not even have more than a tangential connection, if that, to the world of home renovations. But probe a little further and in no time it becomes apparent just how much storage can help.
At Master Removers Group, we have a bird’s eye view of trends from the nation’s leading removals and storage companies. Although conversations around the housing market tend to focus on the fluctuations of prices and stability, it is always interesting to see how trends affect what people are looking for when they move into a new home and a new life situation. Different decades have political and economic factors that drive trends and developments in housing, which affect moving habits. Taking a broader perspective, it is interesting to see the evolution of housing preferences, and the circumstances which shape affordability and quality of housing. The removals and storage industry continues to grow, particularly in the newer sector of storage, which is highly flexible and adaptable. Patterns over various decades show emerging trends which set to influence the housing markets of the future.
Moving house can be a time-consuming process, requiring months of preparation. However, amidst the chaos, many overlook the significance of choosing the ideal time of year for their relocation. Surprisingly, even newcomers to moving can find the answer with a resounding “yes” – a wealth of reliable information exists online, guiding them in making this crucial decision. Choosing the best time to move is vital for cost-effectiveness and seamlessly aligning with the mortgage process.
Remote working has become a prevalent phenomenon in today’s fast-paced world. With advancements in technology and changing work culture, many individuals are embracing the flexibility and freedom of remote work. This popular trend allows employees to carry out their professional duties from the comfort of their homes or any location of their choice.
With major factors such as the Covid-19 pandemic, new trading relationships with the EU, and the energy crisis, the UK economy is in a process of change and restructuring. As work habits altered during the pandemic and working from home became normal for many, striking a healthy work/life balance has become a new priority. With the cost-of-living crisis affecting people’s decisions, working from home means a greater reduction in transport costs, leading to a third of people avoiding the office where possible. There are various environmental, economic, and financial factors that are changing businesses in the UK, and yet the self-storage industry is operating at a record high. This article looks at ways businesses are adapting in the current times and how it impacts the Master Removers Network in the United Kingdom.
In an ideal world, we’d have all the time we needed to prepare for moving house. We’d draw up our moving plan no less than three months before the big day and nothing would get left to chance. Our preferred moving company would be available at the exact date and time we needed them and the whole thing would be pulled off without so much as breaking a sweat or chipping a fingernail. But sometimes life forces us to be realists – a completely unforeseeable event throws our best-laid plans into the air and we’re left flustered, running here and there trying to pick up the pieces. We could be manoeuvred into a short-notice house move for any number of reasons, from bereavement to an unanticipated work posting or from change in financial circumstances to plain, old-fashioned inefficiency on our own parts. If you’ve been at the receiving end of such an upheaval, then you know how important it is to know the basics of short-notice moving. Here’s our Master Remover guide to moving house at the last minute.
It’s been a while since we were hunter-gatherers here on these misty islands. But even when agriculture settled people in locations, there was always a lot of movement. Now we are moving from the post-industrial age, patterns are changing again, as many can work from home and the housing market dictates patterns of movement. The migratory patterns of modern Britons are shifting again. As the Master Removers Group, we represent the best of the removals and storage trade in the UK. Our members provide customers all over the country with excellent removals and storage services, from region to region. From generation to generation there are changes in moving habits, based on economic factors and other drivers. We will look at the recent patterns in the UK to see how often on average people move in their lifetime.
Weather withstanding, the current financial climate and its various pressures are forcing the issue of energy efficiency into everyday life. While it may seem daunting to be responsible for adapting your home to be more energy efficient, there are a variety of ways you can improve energy efficiency at home. In this article, we look at simple ways you can adopt an energy-conserving attitude at home, small steps you can take to increase efficiency, and structural measures you can take long-term to seal in heat and your monthly outgoings.
8 Easy Steps to take to improve efficiency in your home
Before tackling the major maneuvers that may require a hefty budget here are a few steps to consider in changing your domestic habits to conserve energy around the home.
- Once your appliances have charged disconnect them from their power source.
- Consider changing your kitchen appliances to efficient electrical ones which reduce the need for gas cooking
- Fit radiator valves so you can set the temperatures in each room according to usage.
- Use the timer on your heating system so that you can be more efficient in the long run.
- Old fashioned traditions like hot water bottles and draft excluders have their place in every home.
- Defrost your freezer regularly so it is more efficient.
- Decrease the temperature settings on your washing appliances where possible so each wash is more economical
- Seal up thermal gaps under doors with insulations strips
Introduce energy-saving fixtures
As the government moves towards carbon-neutral goals, many appliances which are not efficient are being phased out. This can be seen most evidently with light bulbs, as LEDs supersede the market. Switching to LED light bulbs can make a big difference to your energy consumption. Smart meters and smart sensors are designed to help you monitor energy use and smart sensor systems can be set up in the home so that lights turn off when rooms are not in use. Phasing out power hungry appliances in your home and replacing them with more efficient ones makes good use of all the technological advances that are bringing efficiency to the fore. Similarly, you can make small alterations in the bathroom with low-flush, water-saving showerheads, and reduced flow taps. Minimizing resource loss all around will help reduce the sense of financial drain.
How to make an old house more energy efficient
Victorian and Edwardian homes have the period charm but now come with horrifying heating costs. Heating inefficiencies can be tackled in various ways. Solid wall insulation involves fixing insulation boards to the internal walls, and or fixing insulation materials to the external walls. It may seem an overwhelming prospect to draft proof and insulate an older building but there are guidelines out there. For example Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings – Insulating Solid Walls can give specific guidance to period home owners. In the case of suspended timber floors, it is possible to easily insulate the floor by lifting the floorboards and adding mineral wool insulation below a layer of netting. This also affords you the opportunity to seal any gaps in the floorboards as you fix them back. Guides to sealing in the heat in older homes suggest these five steps.
- Upgrade your boiler to a more efficient model
- Insulate loft, walls, and floor where possible
- Install renewable energy sources
- Install a smart meter to monitor energy usage
- Consider double and triple-glazing windows where necessary
Renewable energy sources
Learning more about renewable energy sources and how they could benefit your house is important. Government grants have been set up to assist low-income households improve their Energy Performance rating and reduce their carbon footprints. Energy Performance ratings range from A- G and are necessary for renting and selling properties. They give you an indication of how much you may have to spend a year on utilities if you take on that property. These grants focus on insulation, upgraded boilers, and the use of solar panels and heat pumps. Households can do a postcode check to see if they are eligible for these new grants. While solar panels have become a familiar sight in the UK over the last decades, heat pumps are a new household name.
As part of government grant schemes to improve energy efficiency air source heat pumps are becoming more widespread. Electricity is a low-carbon energy source as more and more sources of renewable energy are connected to the grid. As part of the push to reach zero carbon emissions heat pumps are being prioritized and are easy to install. An air source heat pump (ASHP) captures heat from outside and then directs it into the heating system in your home. The government aims to install millions of heat pumps in the UK over the next years. Ground source heat pumps (GSHP) work in a similar way but the pipe is buried in the ground. To evaluate whether a heat pump will work for you get a quote based on the size of your house.
Changing energy consumption habits
Houses built before 1930 are from a completely different era, and so making them energy efficient is a process, but a worthwhile one. For all homes, there will be benefit into looking into what options are most suitable for your particular house. In this new time where energy conservation is a domestic priority adaptation is key. Until the energy crisis arose and climate change became a pressing concern it was possible to continue to live liberally with the resources of power, water, and heat that we were fortunate to develop in homes since the 1950’s. Now a different approach is required, but with a change in attitude, habit and some investment in renewable energy and insulation, it is likely that the energy crisis will not be such a critical one for some households in the United Kingdom.
Master Removers Group
The Master Removers Group is a network of established and respected removals firms that operate in the UK. Our umbrella spans nationwide removals and storage companies that provide the United Kingdom and beyond with excellent service. While we live in uncertain times, you can be sure that members of MRG are trustworthy teams to call on if you are moving house. Factoring in the energy efficiency of a house will now be a pivotal consideration when selecting properties to rent or buy. When it’s time for you to move, don’t risk the energetic loss of hiring the wrong team. Our experts can guide you to a company local to you which will safeguard you budget and guarantee you a great start in your new home.
One of the key principles of every company in the Master Removers Group is its total and unwavering commitment to good customer service. We firmly believe that if customer service is scrupulously looked after, then the rest falls into place. As soon as customer service is subjugated to another concern, things start falling apart. We know from the horror stories we’ve heard over the years just what a bad sign it is when a company doesn’t provide decent customer service. When, for example, they make themselves hard to get hold of – like the delivery companies who make it impossible to get in touch by telephone – and hide behind complicated keypad-operated menu systems or inadequate online contacts forms. We pride ourselves on being the opposite. And one of the ways we stay on top of customer service is by paying close attention to our reviews and customer feedback.