Removal Company Software – The Program

Business and industry have long since used the power of computer software and applications to make every day work more efficient and profitable. Indeed high tech, high profit industries and market segments have embraced and taken advantage of many essential pieces of software, though there are certain industries where the use of software products has not been so widespread due to one reason or another.

In the professional removal services industry, specialised computer programs have been in use for a number of years. Not all removal companies though have gotten in the habit of actually using computer programs to optimise their day to day business. In some cases, the size of the removal company itself and the amount of work they got on a daily, or weekly, or monthly basis does not call for the need of specialised software products. In other cases, the removal services providers might be reluctant to implement a piece of software in their daily business because of transition and training costs, potential errors etc.

An Australian based software development company has designed one of the smartest and simplest pieces of removal industry computer programs available to operators right now. For the purposes of this article, the computer software will be referred to as The Program.

The Program gives removal company managers and coordinators the ability to easily control, follow and coordinate jobs orders, job progress, performance, customer preferences and many, many more.

ComputerOne of the most important things to note about The Program is the fact that it is web hosted. Being hosted online, The Program is accessible from anywhere in the world. The Program allows quick and easy access from most internet web browsers on all devices including of course smartphones and tablets.

Since The Program can be accessed online through any type of mobile or desktop device, from literally anywhere in the world, people in charge of the removal services company will be able to have control and coordinate their business from anywhere at any time day or night. Remote but direct control over office duties and daily work is vitally important for many removal companies.

The Program is also able to manage and coordinate everything from initial quote to weekly volumes and all in between. The software keeps in check everything including initial customer (quote) inquiry, customer inventories, cubic meterage calculator including override functions, customer notes, allowances, quoted prices, job sheets and many more. The Program allows removal company managers to streamline daily business in such way as to be more profitable through higher work efficiency.

Everyday work management is easy as child’s play. Using The Program removal services providers can provide their drivers with professional job sheets, complete with item inventories, quoted pricing, customer contact details, created instantly at the click of a button and added to the driver run. Managers can also receive weekly volumes for set runs and keep better control over their business performance.

The Program also comes with highly intuitive customer database and management functions. Customers are assigned unique ID numbers at initial contact which makes searching through the database (using different details) much easier and more effective.

Sweden – Pioneer in Efficient Waste Management

Sweden has always been an example of efficiency, high-end engineering, innovation and technological advancement. Rubbish removal and waste management throughout this Nordic country make no exception. Currently, the Swedish government is aiming to increase the country’s recycling rate and bring it to a total of one hundred percent, at the moment it is standing at the impressive ninety nine percent.

The facts about Swedish waste management are a clear sign of how committed the government, and society as a whole are, to reducing waste and recycling pretty much every item and material. Some quick figures to give a better indication:

Waste RecyclingSwedish government adheres to a policy of not only recycling, but creating energy from waste generated by large urban communities. This takes place in specially engineered processing plants or industrial sized waste incinerators. The first waste incinerator in Sweden was built in Stockholm in nineteen o four.

At the moment, hundred and ten years after the first such facility was put in operation, Sweden can pride itself on having thirty three fully functioning waste incinerators.

In twenty twelve, incinerators in Sweden burnt 2 270 000 tonnes of household waste in order to create energy. The electrical energy created by burning waste (in controlled environment) which cannot be otherwise recycled or reused was enough to power quarter of a million households. The heat produced by burning that waste was also enough to heat up an excess of eight hundred thousand households.

Rubbish removal industry and waste management experts in Sweden are seeing something quite amazing – an almost total revolution of rubbish processing and management throughout the country. To put things in perspective, in nineteen seventy five (forty years ago) Sweden was recycling or reusing only thirty eight percent of waste generated by the community. As mentioned above, that same rate or percentage is now at ninety nine – not much else can be said.

Efficient waste management and sufficient recycling rates require good infrastructural planning and access to waste processing facilities, and that means access for all members of the community. In result, of the so called waste management revolution which took place in Sweden, now there are special-purpose recycling plants no further than three hundred metres away from every built up area in the country.

Swedes separate recyclable household waste at home which is compulsory – much like other countries around the world. The waste is then taken outside and placed in special holding containers, in turn these are collected and processed by local rubbish removal authorities. In result, statistics have shown that Swedish people throw out the least amount of waste.

The next step in the Swedish waste management revolution would be reduction of waste burning (although it created heat and electricity) in favour of reusing. Reusing discarded materials will in fact have double positive effect for the country. First it will be more beneficial for the environment, second it will be also beneficial for the economy. How so?

In the case of Sweden, specialists say it is more economical to reuse materials, rather than use new raw materials for the manufacturing of new products.

See Which is the Busiest Moving Day of 2014

House removals throughout the whole country are on the rise in the past year or so. This is not surprising, since there are a lot of factors involved in the decisions people make to relocate their homes. The socio-economical stagnation is definitely among the most important factor of them all, and the fact that 2014 shows a great increase in the number of people moving from one place to another in search for work and better living conditions can even been classified as a bit worrying.

August 29thOf all days this year when man and van moving companies had a lot to do, the August 29th proves to be filled with most hassle, vans and trucks that are rushing from one end of the country to another, or in between the districts of the big cities. According to the stats released by the Pickfords’ Move Monitor, complied by one of EMMA’s 2013 Winner for international moving companies, 30 000 moving projects have been carried out by man and van moving contractors throughout England in just that single day at the end of August.

These stats include only domestic relocation projects and do not count the office removals, as well as smaller tasks like single item removals and furniture delivery. One thing is certain – contractors (just like Get Removals) could not complain about low business these days, which is shown also by the large number of new companies that emerge on local and nation-wide business scenes in the man and van moving industry. Their number increases each year with the number of relocations that need to be taken care of. This is particularly true of London, where thousands of people move homes and offices on a daily basis.

But let us return to the issue at question here – why August 29th has been the busiest moving day in the country this year? A quick look at the statistics of previous years shows that actually is not an anomaly, because the number of removals done in a single day always rises at the end of summer. Bearing in mind the fact that removal companies usually enjoy more business in the last weekend of the month, no matter whether it is summer, spring or winter (the reason why most experts advice that you book your relocation for some other time, in order to make sure everything goes smoothly and you even get a discount because of the “low season”) it all becomes very clear.

Many people prefer to use the nice days at the end of August because the weather is still fine, but it is not so hot. Students move to dormitories and rented accommodations away from home etc. There are many reasons why 30 000 people have decided to move exactly at 29th August 2014, but boy, this is still a very impressive number that should not be overlooked. One thing is certain though – there is no sign in sight that soon man and van contractors will suffer of lack of work – which is good news for at least one industry out there.

Proper Lifting Techniques for Your Home Removal

The time to move your home has come – every single piece of furniture is dismantled, every item is in the proper box, you have checked if all medicine and documents are with you, and the rest of the big and small tasks that you know should be tackled before you actually start moving your home are taken care of. Now it is time for you to actually get the boxes from the floor and load them on the vehicle that you have to do the actual physical transportation of your property. That is the place that most people find really hard.

The easiest way to make the problem disappear is to, of course, hire a man and van company. Most such contractors send specialists together with the van, who can pack, load and drive your items to the newly assigned location. This is a great and often quite inexpensive way to save yourself all the stress, strain and hassle that the process of home removal usually comes with. If for some reason or another you do not have your man and van technicians by your side to help you with the task, you should know how to approach the whole endeavor in a way that will be easy and negate the risk of injuries.

No LiftingThe most common advice that you are going to get for lifting heavy stuff is to actually lift with your legs. It is easy to say that, but what does that actually mean? This strategy is really simple. It involves putting most of the weight that you have to take care of on your legs, instead on your spine. The legs’ muscles are actually always the strongest in one’s body because they do most of the work. What is really important here however, and what is usually missed is that in addition to putting all the strain on your leg muscles, it is also highly advisable to bring your abdominal muscles in play, so that you can add more stability and further reduce the risk of injuries.

First of all, make sure that everyone involved in the process of loading is acquainted with the plan and how the whole thing is going to be executed. Thus you will ensure no accidents happen.

Start with the first box. Get close to it before you attempt lifting. The closer the object is to the core of your body, the less strain you are going to feel. Keep your feet apart in order to improve your balance – basically it is just like lifting weights at the gym.

Using your abdominal muscles might sound something like fairly complicated, but this could not be farther from the truth – all you have to do is tighten your muscles so that you relieve the pressure from your spine and distribute it to the abdomen. All left for you to do is load the box on the van and repeat until everything is transported. Take short breaks when you feel tired.

Moving House – Some Interesting Facts from Around the World

Obviously, house removals are best done by professional movers i.e. using specialised removal services. Specially organised removal services do take the edge off moving and give owners some degree of peace of mind and assurance, so the overall advice is – don’t brave the removal on your own, you can win, but will cost you too much stress, hassles and resources.

Instead, get in touch with a decent moving company, secure yourself a fully comprehensive removal service, and occupy yourself with these interesting moving house facts, while the movers do the heavy lifting for you.

Research into house removals, has shown that:

  • Moving house is the third most stressful thing in life after the events of divorce and death;
  • Most people move house at least eleven times in their lifetime;
  • In Australia, it is illegal to live in one state or territory and have a motor vehicle registered in another;
  • From nineteen ninety one, to nineteen ninety six, more than six and a half Australians have changed their address i.e. have moved house;
  • Service quotes or estimates for removal services are based on weight or cubic feet;
  • Moving short distance using a locally based removal services provider usually costs you less than hiring a van and doing the shift on your own;
  • HomeJust over sixty percent of all people in the United States, live in the same state or territory they were born in;
  • Reading removal company reviews before choosing your removal service saves you money – the study has been conducted on three different continents and results were indeed the same;
  • When moving home, Australians are required to change the address on their driver’s license and car registration papers;
  • If you want Australia Post to (re)direct your mail to your new address, you need to give them at least three days’ prior notice;
  • The most popular day for house removals in the United States is Friday;
  • The most common reason why Australians moved houses in the period 2006 – 2008 was upgrading from their current home;
  • Research in Australia, United States and Western Europe indicates moving house declines with age;
  • Most Australians who move house, tend to settle relatively close to their old address;
  • Australians who are moving for work or study reasons, tend to move further away from their current address;
  • The most common reason why young Australian couples, with no children are relocating is marriage or moving in with their partner;

There are probably a thousand other facts and figures concerning property removals, but one thing remains certain – moving places is indeed hectic but also an exciting time in a person’s life. Moving places should always be for the better, no matter what the reasons for moving are. When moving, plan well and plan ahead, also – don’t underestimate professional removal services as they do make life easier for everyone.

Thinking of Buying a Period Home? Some Basic Considerations

Many people appreciate the charm and appeal of period homes and willing to go through with the purchase of one such residential property. There are many of these properties available for purchase on the market, but before calculating the removal services costs, there are some essential things to consider. Giving some thought to the issues listed below should help buyers make an informed decision on whether or not this is the right property for them.

Dampness and moisture are perhaps the main concerns for people looking to buy a period home in the UK. Climate specifics in combination with outdated (by today’s standards) building techniques and materials are usually the cause of damp and moisture. On the same note, many times the problem is misdiagnosed and potential buyers decide not to go through with the purchase, when the situation can be rectified by conducting a survey. When it comes to damp control and analysis, it is highly recommended to use a third party who is unbiased, and obviously experienced. A proper analysis will pinpoint the problem (if there is such) and in turn suggest the suitable ways to eradicate dampness and moisture. Keep in mind though, that many period homes are simply prone to dampness and not much can be done about it, without of course spending some serious money.

Purchasing a Period HomeWood boring insects and timber decay are also common issues for many period homes. Again, a proper survey will be needed in order to determine whether or not there is actually a problem. However, timber and woodwork in older homes do suffer from insects and natural decay and if there are visible issues, measures must be taken. In many cases, better indoor ventilation and basic anti-insect treatments will suffice in curbing the problem.

Structural defects and shifts are not uncommon either. Period homes have shifted and settled, just like any modern structure, perhaps even more so. Although not all such flaws are a cause of concern, a proper survey must detect and single out any potential and serious structural problems.

Noise in semidetached period homes is also a problem sometimes. Back when these structures were built, noise insulations were either non-existent or not a priority. Consult with qualified builders and surveyors on whether or not alterations can be made in order to sound proof the place without altering its appearance or characteristics both inside and out.

Another issue to consider before the removal services costs to your new home is flooding. Many older properties have been flooded in the past, or are flooding annually in basements and such. A property prone to flooding can be a problem to insure and maintain.

Many people buy a period home, only to find out that most of its period features and accompanying architecture have been removed or altered i.e. modernised. If you are considering the purchase of one such property try and determine if the cost and hassle of restoring and replacing such missing features is not too much to bear. If buying the property as a remodelling or renovation project, then perhaps missing period features might be a part of the challenge not an issue.

How to Fight the Bad Emotions That Occur After a Move to Another City

Moving to a new city is always hard and stressful. However there is a way to prep yourself for what awaits you. The best way to get yourself ready is to be aware of the different emotions that you will experience once your move is finalized. So if you have never moved before keep reading because we have posted down the usual emotional phases people go through and how to deal with them.

  • Emotional breakdown – Breakdowns will happen whether you want it or not. After all it is not easy leaving your family and friends behind and commencing a new life on your own. So when a breakdown happens don’t try controlling it or stopping it. Instead allow yourself to go through the breakdown even if it means laying on the flooring and crying your eyes out. By letting out your emotions you will give your body and mind that opportunity to deal with the change and accept it. After a while the breakdowns will stop and you will start felling better and better as each day passes.
  • Removal BoxesNostalgia – Nostalgia is a perfectly normal emotion for people that have left their known surroundings. However don’t make the common mistake of returning home as soon as you feel nostalgic because it won’t make things better. Instead just like the breakdowns allow yourself to feel nostalgic so that you body and mind can cope with the emotion. Also if the nostalgia is too immense, don’t hesitate to call a friend or close one and simply share your feelings.
  • Depression – Just like nostalgia, depression is perfectly understandable. The best way to deal with depression is go outside and explore your new surroundings. As everything will be new to you, you will find new wonderful places on a day to day basis and you will quickly realize that moving to another city isn’t the worst thing and your depression will go away. Another efficient to deal with depression is to leave behind a much memorabilia as you can. By telling the movers that will provide you removal services, not to take your childhood items, you will leave the pass behind and you won’t have constant remainder around you to remind you about the life that you have left behind.
  • Confused – People often are confused about what awaits them once their move is done and the movers that have provided the removal services are gone. To simplest way to deal with confusion is to do things that are new or uncomfortable for you. By doing things that you don’t have the habit of doing you will allow yourself to explore a hidden part of your personality. The goal is to allow yourself to know yourself and therefore know which things are for you, and which aren’t. Once you have clearer picture of yourself and your desires you will be able to easily discard any emotions of confusion when they occur.
  • Loneliness – Being alone in a new city isn’t easy and feeling lonely is more than understandable. The best way to fight loneliness is to not have free time to feel lonely. So once your move is over, get as busy as you can.

How Much Home Can You Get For Your Pounds?

Currently, the average cost of buying a home in the UK is the staggering two hundred and seventy two thousand pounds, mind you this does not include any additional expenses like relocation services etc. This is indeed a whopping figure – the highest in years. Having said this, how much ‘home’ one owns per pound, can vary in different cities across the United Kingdom or Ireland.

If one was to sell a two hundred thousand pound residential property (anywhere in the country), the money would get them the following, in terms of property size and location:

London 

For two hundred thousand pounds, a person can buy a small one bedroom flat in average ranking areas of the British capital like Brixton, or Shepherd’s Bush. Again, this only covers the property’s asking price, additional expenses like relocation services, financing etc. are not factored in. London is known to have a robust and competitive property market, which was able to survive the property surge and bust of two thousand seven. When buying residential property in London, people are turning away from size as the sole criterion of purchase, in favour of modern living conveniences like easy access to shopping, services etc. but before all close proximity to convenient public transport. When looking to buy a two hundred thousand pound residential in London, do not expect any outside space – one would be extremely lucky to get a parking spot.

Cardiff 

Cardiff-OverviewThe Welsh capital will definitely make your money go further. Currently, two hundred thousand pounds in home buying capital (relocation services costs excluded) would get you a decent sized three bedroom, semidetached house with plenty of parking and garden space. An example of one such area in Cardiff is Llandaff – only a short walk from city centre. An alternative way to spend your two hundred grand would be to get a brand new, two bedroom apartment with a stunning panoramic view over the water, in Prospect Place, Cardiff Bay. Residential properties in Wales have been traditionally lower than those in England, trend continues.

Edinburgh  

If you want to spend your two hundred thousand pounds on a home in the Scottish capital then act fast as good places change hands in days, if not hours. Edinburgh is somewhere between London and Cardiff in terms of pricing and house size. Two hundred grand would get you a two bedroom flat with period features in a decent part of the city. Again this excludes any additional expenses like relocation services, financing and others such. Edinburgh is known to have a highly competitive property market.

Republic Of Ireland

Ireland was hit hard by the property market crash from a few years ago, and house prices are still recovering. This means that here, you get the most bang for your buck. For example, the sum of two hundred thousand pounds would get you a modern, five bedroom detached home, in Drumlish, as well as a decent amount of land with it. Once the Irish property market has recovered in full, expect a rise in house price in many towns and cities.

Million Pound Mansions – Which Are Britain’s Most Expensive Areas?

The UK has long been known to have some of the most exquisite properties and some of the highest property prices in the world. It should come as no surprise that the English capital – London, is home to the most expensive residential properties on the British Isles. Here are some of the million pound pads tucked away in London’s leafy streets.

Kensington Palace GardensIf you have twenty million pounds ready to spend on a home, then you need Billionaire’s Row also known as Kensington Palace Gardens in N8 post code. The area houses some the most expensive residences in the world, as well as the most expensive homes in the UK. The address can be described as extremely exquisite, where even many high rollers can only dream of living. Imagine how much removal services would cost when moving into one such home – nothing really, compared to the house price…

If you were willing to spend fourteen million pounds on your home, then consider The Boltons in SW10 post code of the English capital. The street boasts the second highest property prices in the UK. It is estimated that the average price of a square foot of property in The Boltons is nearly twelve hundred pounds. Some of the upsides of living in The Boltons include having Madonna as your next door neighbour.

In case you are willing to fork out about eleven million pounds on a house in London, check Frognal Way in North West London (NW3). The housing stock in the area dates back to a time when moving services were somewhat unavailable – the Victorian Era. The beautiful period homes in Frognal Way are known for their exceptionally grand architecture – characteristic after the eighteen seventies.

In case gated community living is more your thing, then get out your cheque book and jot this down – eight million pounds for a home on Compton Avenue, Highgate, N6. This is a private residents only road, with armed security restricting unauthorised access to residents at all times. Properties on Compton Ave, give residents access to existential amenities like Highgate Golf Course.

When the cost of relocation services is not a factor, one can consider purchasing a place Park Place Villas, W2 for about seven odd million pounds. The area is characterised by the grandeur of Grade II listed stucco properties with lavishly large gardens and plenty of parking for Rolls and Bentleys. Overall, Park Place Villas has some of the biggest residences in the city, with an average square footage of…who knows, they so big!

When looking for a more contemporary mansion, again in the vicinity of seven or so million pounds, buyers should check out Courtenay Avenue in N6. This northwest London locality is also a gated community featuring stunning examples of modern mansions, ranging from traditional red brick-white pillar types, to clean cut minimalistic residences.

If looking for something more basic, like an apartment, for the “mere” sum of six million pounds, then consider Manresa Road in the heart of Chelsea (SW3). Although six or seven million pounds can seem like a bit of a steep price for a flat, in Henry Moore Court (the development on Manresa Rd) buyers get exceptionally finished properties with plenty of outside space.

BAR Raises and Affirms Quality Commitment

BAR or the British Association of Removers has announced its new partnership with the UK’s largest consumer body in strive to make removal services industry more trustworthy and reliable for customers. The new scheme is called Trusted Trade.

BAR LogoThe new arrangement will basically help customers make an informed decision when hiring reputable, professional and reliable moving services. The idea is for professional removal service providers to join the Trusted Trade scheme and be listed officially as certified and trusted companies, both by BAR and the Trusted Trade program. This is basically a dual recognition and approval for moving companies.

Just like BAR membership imposes certain responsibilities and codes of conduct upon removal services providers, membership in the Trusted Trade program does the same. The program is designed to protect and promote consumer/customer rights beyond the basic requirements of the law. The overall aim of the program is to improve business practices and customer rights and care, thus strengthening the property removals industry as a whole.

People who are looking for commercial or residential removal services of the required quality and reliability will be the biggest winners of the Trusted Trade scheme as they will be able to choose a double endorsed service provider thus being confident in choosing the best. This will also benefit relocation services providers without a doubt as being part of a nationally recognised industry program will strengthen their market position and presence.

The British Association of Removers sets the benchmark in consumer protection and promotion of quality service standards. BAR membership certifies that a given moving services company is reputable, professional and reliable. Three quarters of all people have indicated that using a BAR certified removal company gives them the necessary peace of mind.

BAR have been quite busy this year, as they have also launched a new trade association for single-location removal services, known as Federation of Removers (FOR). Currently, FOR is a brand new, non-profit trade organisation with the goal of enhancing the reputation and reliability of the professional removals industry. Secondary aim of FOR is to provide its member companies with a comprehensive range of essential services, guidance and advice in developing professional work standards and ethics, for their own benefit and that of end customers.

FOR reaches the removals industry at grass root level. Besides applying the guidelines and norms set by BAR, the newly formed association applies its own set of industry excellence practices (approved by BAR as well). The code of conduct and the guidance provided to removal service providers encompasses a wide range of industry aspects, from mitigating and settling disputes to coming up with highly efficient property removal schemes.

FOR can be joined by any removal services provider, who is a UK based business, trading in the single-location national removals industry. Generally FOR (and BAR) welcome any reputable removal company which demonstrates commitment to high professional standards and ethics. Improvements brought upon the new trade and industry schemes are expected as early as the next one or two years.