The Latest Home Technology Innovations, Making Your London Home “Smarter”

Posted on August 7, 2017 by Ward Thomas Removals
London Smart Homes

Technology continues to make impressive progress, and the best example of this is Smart Home technology. Smart Home technology is a real-life example of how innovation can be used in our everyday lives. How we use our living spaces ties in with our tastes and our daily schedules. Busy people need technology to make their time more efficient, but Smart Home ready devices also highlight what we desire and want our homes to offer.

It’s time to sit up and take notice of Smart Home technology and the benefits of having automated controls that can be operated by your Android in IOS. Savvy people in London have always been at the forefront of progress and innovation, and the rise of Smart Home technology will continue in the capital.

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Moving to Europe From London – Questions to Ask Your Removals Company, Part II

Posted on July 30, 2017 by Ward Thomas Removals
Sometimes inner-city life can take its toll – the pace, the noise, the traffic and pollution, it all adds up and can become overwhelming. We all have aspirations for our lives and they often include dreams of relocating to sunnier climates, as we drift off into thoughts of warm sand under our feet every morning or a rustic country village where the smell of fresh baking fills the air. And a few sirens later, we’re dragged back down to earth. But maybe, just maybe, 2017 is the year to start making those dreams a reality. Living in London often means higher prices and a large percentage of wages spent on housing and utility bills, typically everything in London is more expensive than it is in other cities in the UK, to many this is money well spent on London’s unique culture and oppertunities. However, there are a number of options available to people who have had enough of the strain of inner-city life. London has many favourable aspects and every surrounding town and city have decent links to it. This means that the lines of travel to it are varied and constant, making it possible to move outside of the city to somewhere more affordable, and more suited to your requirements. You can rent or buy a house for the cost of renting an apartment in London in Bath or Surrey and still be able to commute in and out of the city for work or for London’s nightlife. You can finally get that place in the sleepy suburbs of a quaint English town which has a local pub or two, long stretches of green land and forests, clean air and light amounts of traffic. You can live the dream and be able to be in London within the hour. One of the most important advances we can all benefit from is the ability to work remotely – we don’t even need to commute to London to have a business relationship with the city. It’s now possible to have face-to-face meetings over Skype or WhatsApp, where you can discuss work proposals while having the ability to share files simultaneously. We can email complete work agendas, PowerPoint presentations and accounting Excel spreadsheets, all of it possible from a basic computer with a decent internet connection. You can even go as far as to take this ethos and move further afield – what’s the difference between conducting an online meeting from Somerset in England to doing it from Bordeaux or the Algarve? One thing is certain – it’s time to match your head with your heart and start planning now. Relocating abroad is not as simple as sticking a pin in a map and packing your bags. Once you’ve decided on your dream destination, you’ll need to have funds ready to visit it several times leading up to your set date of relocation. Luckily the internet can assist you with researching suitable properties, finding local schools, contacting the English embassy and other local municipality for any official purposes. It’s also a good idea to start getting to know the basics of their language so you can integrate as much as possible when you arrive. And when the time to move is right, you need to have Ward-Thomas ready to help you relocate. Ward-Thomas has a range of relocation services that are second to none in our field. We have weekly removals to and from France for any sized removals, we are happy to undertake removals to a majority of countries in Europe, offering the same level of premium removals and relocation that you will receive in the UK. If you’re heading to destinations further away, we have a comprehensive shipping service to ensure your possessions can get there by road, sea or air freight. We can arrange for shipping to anywhere in the world and we’ll guide you through the process. Ward-Thomas has built its reputation as London’s prestige removals company by ensuring that every single removals job that is undertaken is fully mapped out and planned to the finest detail, that every item is packed correctly, and the Ward-Thomas team are made up of professional removals experts. The correct packing materials are used for each item, specialist removals equipment is on hand and we understand how to transport fragile items to ensure they arrive in the same state they left in. Every job we undertake we guarantee it will have the Anthony Ward-Thomas seal of approval when we’re finished. Choose London’s finest removals company – contact us today and we’ll discuss your requirements.

In our first blog, we covered some essential things to do before you move to Europe. Now we want to add some important points to make sure you’re ready for your big move to Europe. Any relocation is daunting, and at Ward Thomas, our aim is to provide as much information as we can. There’s no such thing as too much planning – you’ll thank yourself (and us) later that you did.

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The Best Green Spaces in London

Posted on July 25, 2017 by Ward Thomas Removals
Holland Park

London has some fantastic green spaces to enjoy the outdoors in, especially while the sun is out. It’s prime time to catch some says and balance out the busy city life with some much-needed fresh air. Why not get your family together for a day out in one of London’s many parks? Set up a WhatsApp group and get your friends together for a picnic or an evening viewing of the London Skyline?

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Summer Highlights of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Posted on June 17, 2017 by Ward Thomas Removals

If you’re planning on moving to Chelsea then it’s essential you visit the Royal Borough in summertime – you won’t regret it. Some of the best places to eat and drink are situated here, as well as some of London’s most famous art galleries and museums. If you’re set on moving to London or you’re already a Londoner and you fancy a change then it’s a good idea to visit as many different places to get a proper feel for them and Kensington and Chelsea should definitely be at the top of your ‘to view’ list.

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Long-distance Moving Tips – Part 1

Posted on April 6, 2017 by Ward Thomas Removals

Whether your long-distance move is within the country (e.g. Penzance to Perthshire) or from one country to another, it’s the kind of move that involves more forethought than when you’re simply flitting between studio apartments in the same town. Moving everything you own over a considerable number of miles requires certain manoeuvres, tips and tricks that it’s well worth knowing about and thinking about in advance. Here are some of our ideas to help you get ready for the big day.

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How To Cope With Last-Minute Removals In London

Posted on March 18, 2017 by Ward Thomas Removals

Even with plenty of forewarning, moving house can seem daunting, so when there’s little advance notice and it all needs to be done yesterday, the stress can seem intolerable. With so much to do and so little time, it can seem as if there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Last-minute moving wouldn’t be everyone’s first choice, but sometimes it’s simply unavoidable. Circumstances, whatever they may be, can conspire to throw us challenges we’d much rather have done without, but we have to rise to them the best we can nevertheless. If you’re faced with the task of a last-minute move, then don’t panic. At Ward Thomas, we’ve done them countless times, both in London and beyond, and we know that haste doesn’t have to mean hurry or hysteria. Our experience has given us years of insight into how best to handle fast moves that don’t have the benefit of months of pre-planning. What’s more, we can make them stress-free.

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Preparing to Upsize in London

Posted on February 2, 2017 by Ward Thomas Removals
Preparing to Upsize in London

So much of the available online advice is geared to downsizing in London that something gets overlooked – the fact that in order to downsize one must have, at some point or another, upsized. And because upsizing appears to lack the complications of its opposite (e.g. having to get rid of excess belongings etc.), it’s assumed that those who are poised on the cusp of it are not in need of guidance. But our experience suggests that nothing could be farther from the truth and that when we’re at the upsizing part of the arc of life, we’re most definitely in need of a steady hand, good counsel and some wise tips to help us pull it off successfully. On the surface, what could be nicer than ascending the London property ladder, acquiring a garden, a spare bedroom, larger rooms and more storage? Well, it’s not all plain sailing and it needs thoughtful consideration. Fortunately, there are just a few key things to bear in mind whether you’re about to upsize or merely considering it.

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Introduction to Home-Staging In London

Posted on January 26, 2017 by Ward Thomas Removals
Home Staging London

What is home-staging? It’s not a concept with which everyone in the capital is intimately familiar. Sometimes, property gets snapped up before home-staging has even been considered, let alone executed. But when it’s in place, home-staging can present a house or flat in its very best light and if interest has been sluggish, it can make it buoyant and help a struggling property to sell. It allows you to take a step back and view your home objectively, without sentimentality clouding your view and your judgment. Home-staging is all about that vital first impression and although it can take time and effort, it can not only aid with selling, it can also add value to your property. It eliminates the kind of clutter and scruffiness that can get in the way of a sale and it changes the game altogether. You can find out more about Ward Thomas’s London home-staging services here. 

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Moving To Europe – Questions To Ask Your Removals Company, Part I

Posted on January 21, 2017 by Ward Thomas Removals
Moving To Europe - Questions To Ask Your Removals Company

Regardless (or, for some people, because of) Brexit, moving to Europe is a thrilling prospect pursued vigorously by many of us every year. A new life on the Continent is a challenging but wholly rewarding life-change, but before it gets under way, there’s the matter of packing up all your stuff and getting it over the sea in one piece. We’re an experienced European removals service but whether you’re moving with our help or with the assistance of one of our competitors, we’d urge you to ask the right questions so that you’re relocation job goes smoothly and seamlessly, with no nasty shocks at crucial junctures. Here are just a few of the enquiries we’d wholeheartedly encourage you to make once you’ve engaged a removals service and the ball is rolling.

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International Removals Checklist

Posted on January 12, 2017 by Ward Thomas Removals
Moving Abroad Checklist

While no one ever claimed it would be easy, there’s no doubt that moving overseas is one of the most exciting and rewarding decisions you can make. No matter how it’s come about – whether through a job offer or simply as a result of your own desire for a big change – it’s a wonderful challenge. New opportunities and experiences await you, as does the chance to immerse yourself in a different culture. But before you breeze off the airport and embrace your new life, there’s usually plenty to do and even more to remember. Since we’re an international relocation service, we’ve helped huge number of people taking the overseas plunge, so here are some of our pointers:

Moving Abroad Checklist

Accommodation: If you’re not being supplied accommodation as part of a moving package with a company, you’ll need to find your own and make sure that all the utilities are set up before you arrive. While looking, you would also benefit from taking into account the cost of living, crime levels and schooling in your chosen area.

Language/Culture: If your new home is not an anglophone country, it’s a good idea to start learning the language. This will help you adapt and be connected to your local community. You’ll also have better dealings with officialdom, doctors, solicitors and so on. Researching local customs and values is another good start.

Schools: If you’re migrating with family, then finding a school for your children is vital. The state education in different countries works in different ways (and some countries don’t have such a thing at all). And what about English-speaking schools which might be easier on your offspring? Get in touch with the education authority in your new country to find out how to get the ball rolling and ensure you have all the right documentation so your children can be enrolled.

Children: It is perhaps your kids who will be most affected by the change, particularly because it’s a change over which they have limited control. You can take steps to prevent your child becoming the stereotypical lonely expat kid. Creating routine, helping them stay in touch with their old friends while simultaneously forging new ones, will prevent seclusion and isolation.

Don’t forget to add the following to your research checklist: healthcare, tax requirements, converting cash, and choosing an international relocation specialist to conduct your international removals work, such as Anthony Ward Thomas.