Monday, 20 October 2014

Our Removal Crates

Are you planning a house move? Relocating your office? Are you a removal company wanting to give your clients peace of mind when transporting their possessions?

At Easycrate, our packing crates are the perfect solution for your temporary storage and moving needs. Our crates are multipurpose, meaning they can be used for storing everything from crockery and cutlery to office files and electrical equipment. 

Our multipurpose crates can be used to transport kitchen items...

... as well as office files and documents.

Built from high quality plastic, each crate is hardwearing, offering maximum protection to the contents inside. Interlocking lids enable the crates to be stacked ready for removal. Our rental rates are flexible to suit the needs of each individual client and we offer a reliable Delivery and Collection Service. 

Interlocking lids can be sealed shut and enable the crates to be stacked.
Our packing crates come in a range of sizes to suit your removal needs. 

Contact a member of the Easycrate team today to find out how we can help you get moving!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Give Your Home Some TLC

Moving house can be a lengthy and costly process. If there is not a valid reason to sell your property and move elsewhere, why not consider an interior design project to give your current home some TLC?


Depending on your budget, there are many ways to boost your current home. Your interior design project can take as long as you need; it doesn’t need to all be done at once (unless that is your plan!) If you are going to revamp your property in small steps, work out an interior design plan – which rooms are urgent and which can be done at a later stage?

Shop Around

If you are planning on changing your kitchen or bathroom, shop around local stores – you may find that they are running “Interest Free” promotions and deals that will save you money. If you are in time for one of these offers, you may decide to alter your long term interior design plan and make the promoted room your starting point.


As with kitchen and bathroom promotions, look out for offers in stores on paint e.g. 3 for 2. It is always worth getting a tester pot if changing your colour scheme. You may find a colour you have chosen doesn’t look right once applied to your walls, and a tester size patch is easier (and quicker) to alter than a whole wall.


When planning your project, think about your furniture. Sometimes our old furniture works with a new colour scheme, whereas new furniture may suit your new look rooms better. DIY stores also have some great paints for wood – perhaps your much loved wooden table and chairs could be given a new look too?


Many shops now display their furnishings e.g. curtains and cushions in colour themes – this not only helps when looking for cushions in a certain colour but can be a great way to get ideas for colours (and what works well together) before you commit the paint to your walls.

Ask An Expert

If you are planning a new look for your house and are not sure where to start, why not call in the expertise of an Interior Designer?

Storage During Your Project 

Easycrate’s range of hardwearing and stackable plastic storage crates are ideal for storing and protecting your possessions during your project. Ask a member of our team about our unbeatable and flexible rental rates. 

To Move Or Not To Move?

Deciding whether to move or not is a big decision to make. Sometimes we feel a fresh start is needed but is moving house our best option? Would it make sense to stay put? Here we consider some of the reasons behind both options.

Moving House

Location: Are you seeking a “better” location? This can be within the same town or area or a different county (or indeed country). What makes it a “better” location?

Property Size: Are you looking to downsize after your children have moved out? Is a larger property too much to maintain? Perhaps you are looking to have more space, or are extending your family.

Property Features: Consider your property “needs” – what is essential and what is an “additional bonus”.  For example, do you need an en-suite or garage or are they bonus features of a potential new home?

Jobs: Many moves are linked to relocation of jobs. Are you considering a move due to this reason? If you are settled in a job how will moving affect this e.g. commute?

Staying Put

Home Improvements: Can your current home be improved? This can be as small as giving rooms a fresh coat of paint to larger projects such as new kitchens/bathrooms and new windows. Some home owners also take on projects such as extensions to adapt their current home to their needs.

Garden: As well as indoor home improvements, consider how altering your external space can improve your property.

Jobs: When people are settled in their current job, they often prefer to stay in their current property.

Schools: As with jobs, if your children are settled in their schools is moving the best idea? While some do move their children into new schools, other home owners often delay their house moves until their children are out of their key school years.

What decisions have you made when deciding whether to move or stay put? We’d love to hear from you!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Deliver and Collect

If you are planning an office or house move or a refurbishment project, it can take time to source enough boxes to store your belongings in. Although they can be handy, standard cardboard boxes can also cause problems during moves due to their limited strength. 

At Easycrate we not only stock hardwearing and secure plastic storage crates in a range of sizes, but we also offer a Delivery and Collection Service to make your moves and projects run smoothly.

By renting our crates we will deliver them to you, and when they are no longer required we will collect them again from a location of your choice. Our flexible rental rates are also unbeatable due to our Price Promise. 

Contact us today to discover how our Delivery and Collection Service can benefit you. 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Office Refurbishment - An Alternative To Relocation.

Is your business stuck in a rut? Is your office space lacking motivation? Are your fixtures and fittings looking a bit tired and dated?

Businesses in the UK are always looking for ways to improve, and believe it or not, improving our work environment can play an important part – not only for improving the look of a business but also morale.

A study from the World Green Building Council recently found:

" Workplaces with clean air, natural daylight and engaging and adaptable layouts all contribute to making healthier, happier and more motivated individuals who create stronger, more resilient and profitable companies."

While some businesses are turning to relocation for a boost, if finding a new location isn’t viable for your company, why not consider refurbishing your current space?

Refurbishment can be in many forms:

Colour: A simple fresh coat of paint can do wonders in our home, so why not treat your office too? Change of colour can often encourage companies to consider rebranding – would your company benefit from a revamp?

Layout: Is your current layout the most effective? Take time to think about the position of desks in your office – can they be moved to allow better flow in your workspace? Changing the layout can also include removing/adding walls. If this is a route you plan on taking, ensure your refurbishment budget covers any potential structural problems that could be encountered during the project.

Fixtures and Fittings: Are you drowning under paperwork? Create a clutter free zone by ensuring your new look office has suitable storage for documents and files. Not only will this create a professional looking work environment but will also appeal to any clients that visit your office. Your new office may also benefit from new furniture. Before rushing into buying “like for like” why not shop around – there may be different furniture that suits your new layout better.

While refurbishment is certainly a cheaper alternative to relocation, it should not be considered “the poor relation” in comparison. Refurbishments that are planned effectively and are well organised and managed can be just as effective as moving your office completely.  

Monday, 6 October 2014

Operation: Move House

Deciding to sell your house, for whatever reason, can be a daunting task. If you are at the beginning of the house move process, here are some tips and points to consider to help you on your house move journey.

Choosing an estate agent

With so many estate agents available, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Ask friends and family for recommendations and look around your local area – who are other homeowners selling with? Which agents seem to be selling property quickly?

It is always worth having a few estate agents round to value your property, not only for valuation purposes but to also see which agent you feel will be the best for your house sale. Some agents can be very thorough with their valuation visit – taking the time to talk about your property and take measurements – while others seemingly whizz round your property and leave. Try to find out if your property will be marketed on online property websites as well as the agent’s own site – the more exposure your property gets the more likely it will attract a buyer. It is also worth deciding if you will market your property with one estate agent or multiple agents, and go with your instinct when choosing an estate agent.

Start planning your move

Once you have put your house on the market, it is essential you start to plan your move and get the wheels in motion. While some properties take a while to sell, others can sell fairly quickly (particularly if your agent has a list of potential buyers looking for property in your area).


Although it is not something to look forward to, decluttering and having a clear out is key to house moves. Not only will it help your property appeal to potential buyers if it is clutter free, but it also gives you a head start once a buyer is on the scene. Work out which things will be moving house with you and which things can be sold, donated to charity or thrown away. Try to do this as soon as possible, as it will make things much easier further down the line.


Keeping your important documents safe is vital. Once there is a buyer, their solicitors will often ask for any guarantees/certificates especially for any work you have had done at your property e.g. new windows, boilers, electrical work etc. If your documents are kept in one place, this should make it easier should such documents be requested. If you can’t find the original documents, it also gives you time to try and get duplicates.


Start packing your things as soon as possible, starting with the things you are not likely to need. This will save valuable packing time as Moving Day creeps closer. Box your things (and label the boxes) within each room – this will make unpacking at your new house easier as you will know the contents of each box and which room it is intended for (and can be put straight into!).

Saying Goodbye

It is amazing how easily we can get attached to our homes, especially if they hold lots of happy memories. Even though we know the move is for the best, there can be that “lump in throat” moment when the keys are handed over. Try to plan something exciting for your new property. This could be taking the children to a DIY store so they can choose colours for their new room, planning a housewarming party or taking cuttings from your favourite garden plants to plant in your new garden.

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Planning an office refurbishment

Are you a business planning a rebrand? Changing the layout of your office? Perhaps your office decor and furnishings are just looking a bit tired... 

Whatever the reason, office refurbishments can give businesses a new lease of life. When planning a refurbishment it is important to consider the following:

  • Scale of refurbishment 
  • Cost of refurbishment
  • Time of refurbishment

Scale Of Refurbishment

The scale of refurbishment varies depending on each business. Some may simply be repainting their office, while others may be changing the layout completely. Having a clear idea of the scale of your project before commencing will help you plan your refurbishment effectively. 

Cost Of Refurbishment

When planning your refurbishment, try to keep your costing clear. While refurbishment is a cheaper option compared to relocation (read our blog post on Refurbishment vs Relocation for further details) there can be hidden costs - structural changes to buildings (particularly older buildings) can reveal problems that need additional funding to rectify, and some refurbishment plans change mid project e.g. when offices are repainted sometimes the "old" furniture doesn't suit the new look. If new furniture wasn't in your initial project budget, this will add additional costs. 

Time Of Refurbishment

When is the best time to undertake your refurbishment project? Businesses will not want projects to interfere with the daily running of their business, but sometimes this cannot be helped. To avoid as much business down time as possible, it is recommended that office refurbishments take place during "quieter" periods e.g. school holidays and Christmas holidays. If your refurbishment is on a much smaller scale, you may find that weekends or Bank Holiday Weekends are sufficient.   

If you are planning an office refurbishment, why not enquire about our Refurbishment and Relocation Services?