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As the season turns and we settle into Autumn, there's an mistakable freshness to the air as temperatures begin to drop and the nights start to draw in. Now is a great time to get out into your garden and give it a good tidy up before winter sets in, especially if your planning putting your house on the market any time soon. With this in mind we thought we'd put together our recommendations of essential jobs to do in your garden during September and October. Read on for our 8 essential autumn gardening tips.

Autumn gardening tips

1. Clean out greenhouses and cold frames

It's likely you'll have been growing seasonal crops and flowers in your greenhouse during the summer months, so following your harvest, now is a great time to give it the once over.

2. Remove fallen leaves from ponds

As leaves start to fall it's essential to ensure ponds are regularly cleared of falling leaves. If your pond is suffering from a build up of floating weeds or plants that have become overgrown, thin them back so they don't take over and then use a simple net to keep your pond free of fallen leaves and in tip top shape throughout the autumn months.

3. Plant spring flowering bulbs

Give your borders the once over and then plant bulbs ready for spring. Things like daffodils, crocus, tulips and alliums are ideal for planting now, so make sure you plan ahead if you want to enjoy a riot of colour in your borders come spring. Take a look at the top 10 spring flowering bulbs here.

Planting Spring flowering bulbs

4. Pick up fallen fruits

If you have fruiting trees, particularly apple trees, you're likely to have dropped fruits littering your garden. Don't make the mistake of leaving them there and thinking they'll provide food to wildlife and will quickly rot away. If you have a wild section in your garden, this might be an acceptable approach to take, but fallen apples left on your lawn to rot over winter will lead to unsightly patches of dead grass if left, so it's best to pick up fallen fruit rather than leave it.

5. Take care of your lawn

Now is a great time to patch up any less than perfect areas of your lawn by sewing new grass seed. Make sure you rake up any fallen leaves first and that you prepare the ground accordingly for the best chance of it taking. Sowing a new lawn can be done as late as mid-October.

6. Make the most of, and enjoy your harvest!

From root vegetable to potatoes and cooking apples, if you grow anything in your garden now is the time of year to reap the rewards of your labour! If you're lucky enough to have a bumper crop of anything in particular, consider preserving, freezing or gifting what's left to ensure nothing goes to waste.

Harvesting fruit in Autumn

7. Give you lawn a final pre-winter cut

It's likely that you won't need to mow your lawn for a good few months so now's the best time to give your lawn the once over with the mower. Early to mid October should be the last time you'll need to mow your lawn here in the UK unless that is the grass continues growing through an unusually, and lets face it, unlikely mild winter.

Remember though you'll need to wait for a fair day as it's not a good idea to mow frosty or even wet grass which can cause damage to the turf.

8. Trim hedges

Now is a great time to trim hedges but watch it if you want to do any heaving pruning of shrubs at the same time. It's best to ensure this is carried out as early as possible to avoid damage, however when it comes to evergreen hedges, a simple maintenance trim and tidy up is ideal for being carried out in Autumn when it's still mild enough to enjoy spending time outdoors working in the garden!

For more great Autumn gardening tips, take a look at RHS monthly gardening tips.

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Recycle Week 2019

“2018 was the year that Britain woke up to recycling. 2019 is the year we’re taking action.”
2018 was a big year for recycling and plastic. Sustainability is firmly on the national agenda and Recycle Week is a great opportunity to change people’s recycling behaviours. Now in its 17th year, Recycle Week is a celebration of recycling, organised by WRAP under the Recycle Now brand. The aim of the week, which will be held this year on 23rd-29th September, is to encourage people to recycle more, by demonstrating the benefits of recycling items from all around the home. This year’s theme is: ‘Recycling... It’s in our own hands.’ hands holding up plastic bottles

What Crate Hire UK Crates Are Made From

All of our plastic moving crates are made from polypropylene which offers added strength and robustness; giving them a lifespan of up to ten years!

Are Plastic Crates Recyclable?

Polypropylene is 100% recyclable so when our crates come to the end of their lives, they are easily recycled and reused making them extremely friendly to the environment. Crate Hire UK Crates are a great sustainable solution to help you move office and home. Image below courtesy of wrap - The Waste and Resources Action Programme. plastic crates full of recycling

How Our Plastic Crates Are Made

Are you one of those curious people that love to see how things are made and go behind the scenes? Well, this video was made just for you!

Suggestions For Uses After You’ve Finished With Your Plastic Crates

Did you see our recent blog: Creative Ways To Reuse Our Crates And Boxes? With ideas such as categorising cleaning products, letting the kids draw on them, or growing spinach and lettuce, it’s worth a read!

Plastic Crates Or Cardboard Boxes

We understand it can be a tricky decision whether to use plastic crates or cardboard boxes when moving house or office; which is why we wrote not one but two blogs to help you! Check out Boxes for Moving House – Cardboard vs Plastic for domestic customers, or Which is the Best Option For You; Cardboard Boxes or Plastic Crates for commercial customers.  We take recycling and the environment very seriously here at Crate Hire. If ever you have any questions about recycling, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. plastic being recycled  " ["post_title"]=> string(57) "Plastic & Card: All Things Recycling At Crate Hire UK" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(50) "plastic-card-all-things-recycling-at-crate-hire-uk" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-09-04 16:25:20" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-09-04 15:25:20" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(54) "https://www.cratehire-uk.co.uk/crate-hire-blog/?p=1534" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [2]=> object(WP_Post)#7010 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(1446) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "2" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-07-30 10:16:52" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-07-30 09:16:52" ["post_content"]=> string(5197) "If you're planning a household DIY project or just feel like your home needs a bit of a spruce up, then read on. We've put together a list of home exhibitions and shows taking place all over the UK in the next 12 months. Visiting a show dedicated to interiors and homewares is bound to inspire and spark your creativity, helping you to make the most of your home!

Home interior design shows 2019 - 2020

Research suggests that us Brits are a particularly house-proud lot, and as such we're willing to invest time and effort each year into keeping our homes looking good. So whether it's simply a new lick of paint in a bedroom, a room makeover, a full home refurbishment or even if you're just looking to update a single room and want to know what's on-trend, visiting one of the shows listed below is the ideal way to find your inspiration. To find out more or book tickets for any of the listed exhibitions, just click on the heading to visit each individual website.

Calendar of UK Home Exhibitions & Shows in 2020

NEC Birmingham - Spring Fair 2 February - 6 February 202

NEC Birmingham - National Homebuilding & Renovating Show 26 March - 29 March 2020

Olympia London - Ideal Home Show 27 March - 13 April 2020

NEC Birmingham - The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show 26 March – 29 March 2020

Excel London - Natural & Organic Products Europe 2020 19 April – 20 April 2020

Excel London - Grand Designs Live 2020 2 May - 10 May 2020

SE Glasgow - Ideal Home Show 11 June - 14 June 2020

NEC Birmingham - BBC Gardeners World Live 18 June – 21 June 2020

Olympia London - The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia 17 June – 28 June

Manchester Central - Manchester Furniture Show 19 July - 21 July 2020

NEC Birmingham - Grand Designs Live 2020 7 October - 11 October 2020

Olympia London - The Spirit of Christmas Fair 2020 2 November – 8 November 2020

The Great Yorkshire Showground - The Great Yorkshire Christmas Fair 2020 3 December - 6 December 2020

Pin Me! Home Exhibitions UK 2020  

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Top 10 Unhealthiest Places To Live In Great Britain

  1. Soho, London
  2. North Killingholme, Lincolnshire
  3. Shotley Gate, Suffolk
  4. St. Giles, Camden
  5. Bank, City of London
  6. Spitalfields, Tower Hamlets
  7. Farringdon, Islington
  8. Orrringham, East Riding
  9. Finsbury, Islington
  10. Barbican, City of London
It may come as no surprise that the high density and crowding of London lead to no fewer than 6 neighborhoods in inner London being in the top 10 most unhealthy places to live, however, there were a few small pockets in the middle of the city which fared better, including Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common. Devon healthiest place in England to live So if Soho was deemed the unhealthiest place in Britain to live, you might be wondering where the healthiest place to live is? By contrast, Great Torrington, a small market town located in North Devon was declared the healthiest place in the country to live.

Top 10 Healthiest Places To Live In Great Britain

  1. Great Torrington, Devon
  2. Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire
  3. Faulthouse, West Lothian
  4. Foxbar, Ranfrewshire
  5. Marnoch, North Lanarkshire
  6. Ryton, Gateshead
  7. Ballingry, Fife
  8. Coupar Angus, Perth & Kinross
  9. Kinghorn, Fife
  10. Kilsyth Bogside, North Lanarkshire

What's so great about Great Torrington then?

Researchers believe we can learn from the results, with Great Torrington demonstrating how locating populations in the outer suburbs with good access to health facilities, away from more damaging environmental influences can lead to a healthier living. We'd like to see data like this examined in conjunction with additional indicators like youth crime, unemployment and life expectancy figures to produce an even more comprehensive scientific guide to not only the healthiest but the best places in the UK to live. How do you think the village, town or city you live in might fare? If you fancy finding out a bit more and want to dig into the stats yourself, you can see the data map of Great Britain here.

Time to make a move?

If it's time for you to make a move, you might find our crate hire service useful. See what we do and find out more about crate hire here.  " ["post_title"]=> string(62) "Unhealthiest Places To Live In The UK Revealed In New Research" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(62) "unhealthiest-places-to-live-in-the-uk-revealed-in-new-research" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-07-05 09:23:36" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-07-05 08:23:36" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(54) "https://www.cratehire-uk.co.uk/crate-hire-blog/?p=1476" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [4]=> object(WP_Post)#7012 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(1399) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "3" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-06-27 08:10:00" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-06-27 07:10:00" ["post_content"]=> string(12356) "With July being the start of the ‘big school holidays’ and National Simplicity Day on the 12th, we thought we’d inspire you with some creative ways to (re)use our crates and boxes. Declutter and organise your home, garden or office this summer, so you’re ready for the new term in September.

Plastic Removal Crates & Cardboard Moving Boxes

You may already own some of our products from the last time you moved home or office. If not, our plastic crates are available to buy individually in a variety of sizes. Made from durable polypropylene; you won’t find our heavy duty industrial removal crates to buy in any retail store or DIY shop as they’re specific to the removal industry and crate rental. Have you watched the video to see how our plastic crates are made? Check out our six package options for house packing moving boxes. Designed with moving home in mind; the adhesive labels, packing tape, organising cable ties and bubble wrap will come in handy if you’re putting fragile or valuable items away into storage at home or elsewhere.

Educational Essentials

September is when the kids go back to school, college or uni, but it could also be a good date to have everything clear, organised and sorted ready for work after the summer holidays. Whether you work from home or an office; do you have piles of old brochures, invoices or sample products piling up around you? Pick them up and pop them in one of our cardboard boxes or plastic removal crates. Even if you don’t have the time or energy to sort through them now, put them to one side for when you’re ready. Remember: a clean space promotes a clean mind. If you’re relocating expensive office equipment such as computers, monitors and keyboards; you can buy protective plastic keyboard bags and anti-static bubble wrap bags individually and hire flat screen monitor protector covers on a weekly basis too. Creative Ways To Reuse Our Crates And Boxes - Education Essentials

Wave Winter Goodbye

Now that we can safely say it’s summer (fingers crossed), why not pack away your winter clothes, shoes and accessories to give you some extra space to enjoy. Wave goodbye (temporarily) to all those big woolly jumpers, coats, hats, boots… then do the same when the season changes again. Crate Hire UK plastic removal crates and cardboard moving boxes are perfect for keeping your clothes dry, clean and moth-free in your loft or the top of your built-in wardrobes. Depending on the size and shape of your space, we find that the longer, slimmer SALE-LC6 - 130ltr Metre Long Removal Storage Crate (NEW) is an excellent size to fit folded up bulky clothes and footwear inside.

Holiday Help

Whether you’ve been on holiday or you’re about to, do you know where all your holiday essentials are such as adaptors, money wallet and sun cream? Rather than them being spread out all over the house and it is a time-consuming chore next time you need them; just pop them in one of our crates or cardboard boxes! It’ll save so much time and stress - thank us later!

Family Fun

Do your kids, or grandkids, have too many toys and games strewn around your home? Feel guilty about getting rid of them? Don’t worry - you’re not alone! Whether you want to declutter and get items together for your local charity shop, trial seeing if they miss their beloved toys or want to save some special things for future generations; our cardboard boxes and plastic crates are ideal for keeping them out of the way until you next need them, so you can get your house back! If your standard cardboard boxes, large cardboard boxes and short brown wardrobe carton (such as those in CHCB2 - House Moving Packing Box Package 2) are looking a bit shabby after a hard life, before recycling them why not get creative and save them for the kids to draw on or turn into a den, doll’s house or car? Creative Ways To Reuse Our Crates And Boxes - Family Fun

Kitchen Contents

If you’re sick of rummaging through cupboards and drawers full of stuff in your kitchen or pantry that you hardly use but don’t want to part with; make life easier for yourself by streamlining the contents of your kitchen ‘Marie Kondo style’. Take any big items such as pots, pans, trays and stack them up in one or more of our cardboard boxes or plastic crates. Our SALE-IT2 - 140ltr Large Removal Storage Crate (NEW) may be a good fit for all of your kitchen bits and bobs; deep, roomy and easy to get in.

Categorise Cleaning Products

Are you one of those many people that have a cupboard crammed with all sorts of sprays, potions and cleaning products? Maybe they’re harmful or are prone to spilling? Be proactive and sort through them (cleaning them up as you go), then pop them all in a cardboard moving box or plastic removal crate, so they’re safe, secure and organised ready for when you next need them. The smallest of our plastic crates to buy is ideal for keeping your cleaning products compact and easy to carry around the house; shop SALE-LC1 - 25ltr Small Removal Storage Crate (NEW).

Pet Pantry

Birdseed, hamster food, dog biscuits; do you currently keep them shoved in a cupboard or just on the floor in your pantry or garage? Prevent any bugs or rodents getting in by keeping them fresh in a dry and dark cardboard box or plastic removal crate. The SALE-LC3 - 80ltr Standard Removal Storage Crate (NEW) is the perfect size for this. Creative Ways To Reuse Our Crates And Boxes - Pet Food

Garage Gadgets

Do you go to get something out of your garage or shed and feel overwhelmed with the amount of ‘stuff’ you have? The SALE-IT1 - 165ltr Very Large Removal Storage Crate (NEW) is a good size to keep your big, expensive tools together and out of the way, or even to store all those cords, cables and charger packs, so you never lose them again.

Green Fingers

If you have an old plastic crate, you don’t need or use any more, and none of the suggestions above stands out; experiment with planting something in it! We’ve tried and tested growing spinach and lettuce very successfully in Crate Hire UK plastic crates! You could also try onions, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes… the list is endless. Let us know how you get on - we’d love to see your photos! Creative Ways To Reuse Our Crates And Boxes - Green Fingers You could also keep all of your scissors, string and seeds in the smallest of our plastic crates; SALE-LC1 - 25ltr Small Removal Storage Crate (NEW).

Creative Ways To Reuse Our Crates And Boxes

If you’re trying to decide whether cardboard boxes or plastic crates are going to be the best option for your needs, read more in our blog; giving you the pros and cons of plastic and cardboard boxes. We hope we’ve inspired you with ideas on how to declutter and organise your home, garden or office this summer using Crate Hire cardboard boxes and plastic crates, so you’re feeling fresh and ready to go in the new term. If you have any questions; browse the information on the FAQs page or feel free to contact us - we’re always happy to help!  " ["post_title"]=> string(43) "Creative Ways To Reuse Our Crates And Boxes" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(39) "creative-ways-to-reuse-crates-and-boxes" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-08-05 15:24:36" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-08-05 14:24:36" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(54) "https://www.cratehire-uk.co.uk/crate-hire-blog/?p=1399" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [5]=> object(WP_Post)#7013 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(1345) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "2" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2019-06-11 09:13:49" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-06-11 08:13:49" ["post_content"]=> string(18836) "We've been hiring crates, moving equipment and packaging for more than 20 years now, and over this time we've helped thousands of people to move home and office. With the wealth of experience we've built up, we wanted to share it with you, by putting together the ultimate list of moving tips along with a few clever moving hacks. The Ultimate List Of Moving Tips & Hack

Before Your Move

1. Reduce Volume Before You Move

Have a thorough declutter of your home before you move to cut down on the volume of belongings you'll need to move.

2. Get Rid Of Unwanted Items

Donate or sell furniture and other household items you no longer want or need ahead of your move. Donate them to charity, pop them on Freecycle or turn to your local Facebook selling group.

3. Hire Your Removal Company As Soon As Possible

Make sure you hire a removals service as soon as you have a completion date, especially if you are moving in the busy summer months.

4. Arrange Crate Hire & Packaging In Advance

If you're moving yourself, ensure you hire crates or buy moving boxes well ahead of your moving date; this will allow you to start the difficult process of packing well ahead of your moving date.

5. Use A Local Mover

If you only have an apartment or small house to move, consider using a local "man with a van" type of service which may be cheaper than a big removals company, and less hassle than hiring a van and trying to do it all yourself.

6. Ask For Help

Consider making moving day a bit less hectic by asking friends or family to help out.

7. Combat Moving Stress

Don't forget to take a moment to breathe - moving is stressful, and the day itself isn't just busy but can be laced with anxiety too. If you feel your stress spiralling, stop and do some simple breathing exercises to help calm and re-centre yourself.

8. Sort Out Utilities & Services

Transfer all of your utilities before moving day and ensure you've arranged for new services like broadband to be installed/connected at the new address on the right day, a day or two after moving day will give you some breathing space.

9.  Start Packing As Soon As You Can

Start packing well in advance, but make sure you start by packing things you won't need in the days and weeks running up to moving day. Start with storage areas like the shed and attic, and seasonal clothing is also easy to get packed well ahead of your moving date.

10. Label Every Box You Pack

Make sure you label every box you pack so you can easily identify what's inside, either a sharpie on cardboard boxes or use sticky labels if you're moving using plastic crates.

11. Make An Inventory

If you can, log any essential items you've packed on a notepad, so you'll know exactly what box you've packed particular items in so you'll know where to find them should you need them. Moving hacks and tips

12. Pack Smartly To Maximise Space & Avoid Damage

Pack heavier items at the bottom of boxes or crates with lighter items on top to help ensure lighter; delicate items don't get damaged.

13. Use Plenty Of Protective Packaging

Don't scrimp on the packaging. When it comes to protecting glassware and delicate ornaments, make sure you're generous with the bubble wrap to avoid any common moving day mishaps like breakages.

14. Store Wine Glasses Upside Down

Ensure wine glasses are packed rim down, instead of upright and ensure spaces between glasses are filled with packaging materials - this will help to minimise the risk of breakages.

15. Keep Anything Important Close To You

Even if you're using a professional removals company, you might still have some personal effects that mean the world to you that you may not want to trust in the hands of anyone else. Loses and breakages sadly can occur, so to put your mind at ease, you might want to transport items of sentimental value yourself for total peace of mind.

16. Use Towels, Bedding & Undies As Packaging

Consider using bed linen, towels and underwear inside your boxes or crates to help protect fragile items that you pack. Balled up socks and bath towels, for example, are great at cushioning valuables, but the downside is that you'll end up with towels, bedding, random underwear and clothing to sort out when it comes to unpacking.

17. Let Crate Handling Equipment Take The Strain

If you're moving yourself, don't forget to use crate handling equipment that will make the task easier. You can hire things like trolleys and skates that will help you shift heavier crates and boxes with ease.

18. Pack Efficiently

Pack boxes efficiently making use of as much space as possible and make sure you fill any gaps with either smaller items or packaging materials like bubble wrap or scrunched up newspaper to ensure the contents don't rattle around inside the box.

19. Don't Be Tempted To Over Pack Boxes

Don't over pack boxes and pay attention to the weight of each box as you're packing it. UK health and safety guidelines suggest carrying no more than 25kg for an individual. So while heavy items like books can be packed efficiently due to their uniform shape and size making it tempting to pack entire boxes that way, you'll find the box may well be too heavy to lift with ease. Also consider that if you're using cardboard boxes, you might find they simply aren't strong enough to pack full of heavy items. Moving packing books

20. Pack Clothes In Bin Bags, Still On Their Hangers

While your clothes are still hanging in wardrobes, divide into clusters, and still on their hangers, you can put them inside a bin bag which can then be tied around the top of each bundle of clothing to make unpacking quicker and easier.

21. Use Suitcases To Store Clothes

Utilise any existing suitcases you already have by using them to pack clothes into them.

22. Use Sandwich Bags For Screws

When you're taking furniture apart ready to move, pop all screws and removable fittings inside a small sandwich bag. Use a marker pen to write what item of furniture the screws belong too. You can then either tape the bag to the item of furniture or pop in a separate box that you've designated for hardware.

23. Vacuum Pack Larger Soft Items

Consider using space saving vacuum bags to package larger bulky items like bedding, pillows and duvets.

24. Clever Kitchen Packing

When packing kitchen equipment stack pots inside each other, and in the smallest, utilise the internal space by putting condiments or other small kitchen items inside.

25. Photograph Cables

Take a photo of the back of your TV, PC etc. so you'll know exactly where the cables need to go, making getting everything set-up in your new home that bit easier.

26. Be Nice To The Removals Team

Don't let stress make you snappy, especially if you've hired in help on moving day. If you deal with the removals team in a friendly way and keep them in brews, they're more likely to do a good job for you.

27. Plan Ahead For Your First Evening Meal In Your New Home

On moving day you're likely to be shattered, so doing a grocery shop is probably the last thing you'll want to do. Make something in advance to take with you like a curry, slow-cooked pulled pork or a casserole that you can freeze in advance of your move, or failing that, jump onto JustEat for a well-deserved takeaway!

28. Set Up Post Forwarding With Royal Mail

Make sure you remember to forward your post to your new address - this gives you a bit of breathing space once you've moved in and means you can take your time notifying service providers of your new address.

29. Get Child & Pet Care Sorted In Advance

Arrange pet and child care as far in advance as possible, if you're moving in the summer months, catteries and kennels will often be full and will require plenty of notice.

30. Use Up Food In Your Kitchen

Spend the days before you move running down the contents of your kitchen, from tins in the cupboards to fresh food in the fridge and frozen food in the freezer. It's a good idea to run it down so you've got less to move which saves both time and money as you won't need as many boxes or crates.

31. Pack An Overnight Bag

With so much going on and all the big things to remember taking precedence, it's easy to forget that when you move you'll need a change of clothing, something to wear in bed and toiletries close to hand, so pack an overnight bag, similar to what you'd pack if you were staying at a hotel overnight. Moving hacks and tips

32. Clean Everything

Have a thorough clean so that you leave key areas like the kitchen and bathrooms in decent shape either for the landlord or new owners - no one wants to move home and find the first thing they have to do before they can even unpack is to clean the house!

33. Put A Cleaning Box Together

With point 32 above in mind, as well as your moving day essentials box, make sure you've got a cleaning box close to hand. If you're moving into a new build, of course, the new house will be pristine, so this doesn't apply, but you never really know what condition the owners will leave their house in for you, so be prepared!

34. Make A Full Inventory Of Everything You're Moving

If you're using a removals company you may want to make a full inventory of your possessions - this is a difficult task, but it's worth it should a box or valuable item go missing in transit.

35. Order New Appliances & Furniture But Make Sure They'll Fit

Ensure you order any new appliances or furniture that you might need in your new home, and make sure they will fit too! Make sure you obtain a floor plan for the property you're moving into, which will help you work out what will fit where.

36. Book Time Off Work

Make sure you've booked sufficient time off work so that you don't overstretch yourself. Spending a full weekend moving and unpacking and returning straight to work on Monday can be exhausting, so If you can, book a day or two off either side of your move.

37. Don't Forget The Shed & Attic!

It's natural to focus on the big things inside your home, and it's all too easy to forget what's hidden away inside the depths of your shed or stored away up in the attic, so make sure you clear the attic and any outdoor storage well in advance of your move.

38. Defrost Your Freezer & Turn Off Appliances

A day or two before you move, defrost the freezer, turn off the fridge and disconnect any other appliances you might be taking with you like washing machines and dishwashers.

39. Secure Drawers For Easier Moving

When moving drawers, a luggage strap, ratchet strap or even cling film can be utilised to keep drawers closed and stop them opening or falling out when being carried.

40. Use Egg Boxes To Store/Move Necklaces

Egg boxes are a great way to transport jewellery, particularly necklaces as they can be placed one by one inside each egg-shaped chamber with a little tissue paper scrunched on top to stop necklaces becoming tangled up.

Moving Day

41. Get Those Muscles Moving

It might sound daft, but make sure you warm up before you start attempting to shift heavy furniture and boxes around! A warm-up will help reduce your chances of pulling muscles when you're lifting and carrying.

42. Pack A Moving Day Essentials Box

Make sure you've packed a moving day essentials box so everything you need and want will be easy to find on the day.

43. Check For Signs Of Damage

When moving furniture into your new home, check for any signs of damage there and then so you can bring it up on the day with the removals team.

44. Get Snacks In For Helpers

If you have help, either professional movers or friends and family, then you're going to want to make sure they are well hydrated and not hungry too! Offering a brew and a few biscuits around periodically keeps everyone happier.

45. Have A Final Walk Around

Before you leave your old property for the last time, have a final walk around; check inside fitted cupboards, drawers, attics and sheds to ensure you've taken everything with you.

46.  Stay Hydrated

Keep hydrated and well fed. You'll be working hard and moving day is likely to be long and tiring so ensure you don't forget to eat and drink with everything else what's going on!

47. Lock Up

Check all windows and doors are closed, collect keys together for the landlord or new owners and lock up securely, particularly if the house is going to be vacant for a day or two following your move.

48. Take Meter Readings

Take final meter readings in your home and make a note of them, do the same when you arrive at the new property too.

49. Store Cables This Way To Avoid Tangles

Take the time to de-tangle and properly store cables before your move. Fold them neatly and use an elastic band, a small piece of rope or a velcro fastener to hold each cable instead of shoving them all into a box which will lead to them getting tangled; it will make getting the cables out and plugging them in again much easier.

50. Use A Portable Cooler Or Cold Box

Don't forget that your fridge is likely to need to settle before you turn it on and can use it, so packing a portable icebox or cooler with drinks and milk, especially for summer moves, can make good sense. Moving day selfie

51. Take Photos!

Take photos of your home as you leave it for the last time, in a few years time when you're feeling nostalgic you might want to remember the day you moved and have a few snaps to look back on.

After Your Move

53. Unpack Methodically

Unpack room by room, box by box. Taking a haphazard approach to unpacking will mean you'll end up not knowing what's what, so a more methodical approach makes sense. Often the kitchen is a priority, so do it in an order that makes sense to you, but don't leave boxes half packed - make sure you empty each box before moving onto the next.

54. Say Hi To Your New Neighbours

Make an effort to introduce yourself to your new neighbours who are likely to be curious about the new arrival on their street!

53. Provide Your New Address

Make sure you've given everyone you need to your new address.

55. Register For Local Services

Register with a new GP and dentist in the area you now live. Find out how to change your GP.

56. Get To Know The Area

Get to know the new area by taking a walk around it and make a note of local services, shops and green spaces near your new home.

57. Store Cardboard Boxes Flat

Finish unpacking and then flatten to store cardboard boxes in the attic or sell them online in a local selling group or somewhere like eBay.

58. Set Priorities

Unless you're moving into a new build or newly refurbished property, now you're in there's likely to be a long list of changes you want to make. From simple changes like the odd lick of paint here and there to refurbishing the kitchen or bathroom. Make a list of jobs you need to do and order them by priority level and don't forget to factor in practical elements like cost and the manpower needed to complete each task.

59. Settle In

Do a big grocery shop so you can replenish your fridge and freezer contents.

60. Enjoy Your New Home

Sit back and relax (finally!)

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1. Poor State of Repair

When you live in a property day after day, year after year it's easy to stop seeing all of those little things that need attention. From yellowing gloss paintwork and grotty grout to cracks in walls or grubby carptets, potential buyers will be highly primed to pick up on anything that's less than pefect. Whilst normal wear and tear in a family home is to be expected of course, stained carpets, kitchens with broken cabinets or broken tiles in bathrooms will all feel like a lot of hassle to a potential buyer who is likely to be looking for a property they won't need to do much work on and can move straight in to. If a buyer is prepared to do work, remember then they will expect this to be reflected in the asking price. So if you're getting viewings, but not securing offers, it could be that the state of repair isn't reflected by the asking price.

2. Lacking in Kerb Appeal

When it comes to presenting your property first impressions matter, and the very fist glimpse of a property that prospective buyers have should give them a positive feeling. Any signs of neglect will result in an instant negative vibe, and once there, even subconciously, it can drastically impact your chances of getting that all important offer. If your property has been languishing on the market for some time, think about what your home looks like to a buyer as they park up and knock on your front door and remember that potential buyers are likely to be less forgiving and hyper critical - afterall, a house purcahse is a huge investment and they will want to feel like they are buying a well cared for and well maintained property. Take a critical look at your property and try to see all the potential flaws; overgrown bushes, excessive weeds, long grass, rubbish, flaking paint, broken drain pipes, a rusted gate, broken fences and so on can all have a negative effect on the perception of buyers. Find out more about how important kerb appeal is.

3. Economic Factors

The housing economy can be turbulent, but tends to be fairly stable over the short term. In times of economic uncertainty like recessions, the property market slumps and demand can drop rapidly, drastically reducing your pool of potential buyers. Whilst there is little you can do about the wider housing economy, apart from staying put and riding out a trough, you may need to be more flexible in terms of your asking price to stand any chance of attracting buyers. Being aware of recent changes, for example changes to stamp duty makes sense too, as this may impact who you market, and therfore stage your home for.

4. Getting The Pricing Wrong

One of the most common mistakes sellers make is pricing themselves out of the market. You love your home, we get it, and of course you want to get the best possible price but pricing your property beyond the local ceiling price is a big mistake that will either raise expectations and potentially lead to disappointment and no offers, or it will make people avoid the property all together and you'll struggle even to get viewings. Be realistic about your pricing and get a range of valuations before you decide what you'll put your property on the market at, and don't be too stubborn. Of course exceptionally low offers should be rejected, but there's always room for negotation so make sure you're prepared to negotiate on price at least a little bit. Being prepared to take just £1,000 off the asking price for example, could make a huge difference to a cash strapped first time buyer.

5. Modernisation is Needed

It's a given that most buyers (primarily those who aren't buying to let or looking for a refurbishment project) will expect modern basics to be in place. These include central heating, wall and attic insulation and double glazing. Other desireables high up on most buyers' lists include a modern kitchen and bathroom. So if you are selling an older property that hasn't been modernised, or has a very outdated interior or awkward layout, this is bound to put buyers off. If this is the case you'll need to ensure your property is priced to reflect the work that needs doing to bring the property up to date.

6. Poor Quality Photos & Missing Floorplans

Resarch from Rightmove showed that 1 in 5 buyers said they wouldn't be interested in a house that didn't have floorplans. Floorplans allow potential buyers to see the flow of your property and also enables them to envisage where their existing furniture will fit. Poor quaity photos will also put buyers off, so when your house goes up on the market, make sure you're happy with the photos and don't just assume your estate agent has done a good job! The quality of photography can vary greatly, and rooms should always be photographed in natural daylight where possible and make sure too that you have photographs show all key rooms in the house, especially bathrooms and the kitchen and don't forget outside spaces. A good garden and patio are great selling points as are garages, so if your house isn't selling, it's worth taking another look at your listing to ensure the photos are up to scratch and include a floor plan.

7. Your Property Is Leasehold

There's been a lot of talk in the press recently about the pitfalls of leasehold properties compared to freehold and whilst for many years new builds have typically been sold on a leasehold basis, thanks to negative press and fears over escalating ground rent costs, freehold properties remain a more attractive option to buyers. If your property is leasehold then there's not much you can do, and if there are less than around 70 years left on the leasehold, you may find it makes the property even less attractive to buyers. If this applies to you, then you may want to seek legal advice from a specailist property solicitor to explore what options you have.  

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Getting The Timing Right

When it comes to moving home, it's all about timing. There are certain times of year that are best for selling your house, and there are also certain times of year when it's better to move, though this will largely depend on your individual circumstances. The property market is subject to varying levels of demand over the year, and it's also heavily influenced by external forces like the economy. In times of recession or economic uncertainty, such as Brexit for example, demand will often take a nose dive as people will generally be nervous about making large financial transactions, choosing to stay put instead. Research from Compare My Move analysed 66,500 UK movers and found that nearly 30% of moves happened during the summer. So whilst summer is the most popular time to move, is it the best time to move?

The Pros & Cons of Moving In Summer

Moving in summer has several benefits. For families with children, a summer move provides plenty of time to get settled into a new home and new area before the new school year starts in September. A move that coincides with the summer holidays also means children won't need to be taken out of school for the move. Summer can make a good choice thanks to better weather too. Long days and fair weather make for a much better moving experience. The downside of moving in summer however is that as this is the most popular time of year to move, you might be adversely affected by people preferring to go on holiday at this time of year, meaning it could be slower to complete. Removals companies are likely to be operating at full capacity as a result of the increase in demand, which means that you'll need to book your removal company as far in advance as possible and you may need to be a little more flexible with your dates too. If you can't get a removals company booked for your preferred day however, you could always consider a self-move. Self-moves provide you with greater flexibility, but it can be hard work! If you can, make sure you rope in friends and family to help and don't forget you'll need to buy moving boxes or rent crates and you'll probably need to rent a large van too. Even if you are currently in a small property or flat, moving by car, even a large car can mean making multiple journeys which will increase the overall time it takes to get all your belongings from one location to another, and of course, if you have a full house of furniture including large items like sofas and beds, they will simply be too big to make moving using your car feasible.

Choose The Right Day To Move

We'd strongly recommend that you plan your move for a week day, and take care to ensure your preferred moving day doesn't coincide with a bank holiday. Road traffic is likely to be much higher, which could mean delays in getting from one property to the next. Depending on where you're moving to as well, make sure you're aware of any local events that might be taking place. Road races or parades for example will often close large sections of road for hours at a time, so make sure your moving day doesn't coincide with a big local event which could make road travel tricky.

Start Early On Moving Day

When it comes to the big day and it's time to actually move, it's best to get things started as early as possible, giving you the full day to complete your move, and if necessary, travel to a new town or city. Early morning makes sense too, especially during the hotter summer months. Hot weather can make the physical task of moving boxes and furniture far more arduous, so by choosing early morning, you'll also be choosing the coolest time of day, which can really help when it comes to the physical labour needed to pull a move off!

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As the season turns and we settle into Autumn, there's an mistakable freshness to the air as temperatures begin to drop and the nights start to draw in. Now is a great time to get out into your garden and give it a good tidy up before winter sets in, especially if your planning putting your house on the market any time soon. With this in mind we thought we'd put together our recommendations of essential jobs to do in your garden during September and October. Read on for our 8 essential autumn gardening tips.

Autumn gardening tips

1. Clean out greenhouses and cold frames

It's likely you'll have been growing seasonal crops and flowers in your greenhouse during the summer months, so following your harvest, now is a great time to give it the once over.

2. Remove fallen leaves from ponds

As leaves start to fall it's essential to ensure ponds are regularly cleared of falling leaves. If your pond is suffering from a build up of floating weeds or plants that have become overgrown, thin them back so they don't take over and then use a simple net to keep your pond free of fallen leaves and in tip top shape throughout the autumn months.

3. Plant spring flowering bulbs

Give your borders the once over and then plant bulbs ready for spring. Things like daffodils, crocus, tulips and alliums are ideal for planting now, so make sure you plan ahead if you want to enjoy a riot of colour in your borders come spring. Take a look at the top 10 spring flowering bulbs here.

Planting Spring flowering bulbs

4. Pick up fallen fruits

If you have fruiting trees, particularly apple trees, you're likely to have dropped fruits littering your garden. Don't make the mistake of leaving them there and thinking they'll provide food to wildlife and will quickly rot away. If you have a wild section in your garden, this might be an acceptable approach to take, but fallen apples left on your lawn to rot over winter will lead to unsightly patches of dead grass if left, so it's best to pick up fallen fruit rather than leave it.

5. Take care of your lawn

Now is a great time to patch up any less than perfect areas of your lawn by sewing new grass seed. Make sure you rake up any fallen leaves first and that you prepare the ground accordingly for the best chance of it taking. Sowing a new lawn can be done as late as mid-October.

6. Make the most of, and enjoy your harvest!

From root vegetable to potatoes and cooking apples, if you grow anything in your garden now is the time of year to reap the rewards of your labour! If you're lucky enough to have a bumper crop of anything in particular, consider preserving, freezing or gifting what's left to ensure nothing goes to waste.

Harvesting fruit in Autumn

7. Give you lawn a final pre-winter cut

It's likely that you won't need to mow your lawn for a good few months so now's the best time to give your lawn the once over with the mower. Early to mid October should be the last time you'll need to mow your lawn here in the UK unless that is the grass continues growing through an unusually, and lets face it, unlikely mild winter.

Remember though you'll need to wait for a fair day as it's not a good idea to mow frosty or even wet grass which can cause damage to the turf.

8. Trim hedges

Now is a great time to trim hedges but watch it if you want to do any heaving pruning of shrubs at the same time. It's best to ensure this is carried out as early as possible to avoid damage, however when it comes to evergreen hedges, a simple maintenance trim and tidy up is ideal for being carried out in Autumn when it's still mild enough to enjoy spending time outdoors working in the garden!

For more great Autumn gardening tips, take a look at RHS monthly gardening tips.

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