Blog Post 09/11/2017
Don’t make these mistakes as a newcomer to Italy
Quite frankly, here at Simpsons Removals, we consider anyone in need of an Italy removals service from the UK to be very lucky indeed – there are simply few countries on planet Earth that are so rewarding for residents.
It’s fair to say that Italy is associated with a certain level of sophistication that you just don’t get here in the UK – outside the most exclusive social circles, anyway!
This can pose a few problems to those who haven’t adequately prepared for the cultural change that the country represents, so you should make sure you don’t fall into any of the traps outlined below.
Thinking the Lothario thing is ‘just an image’
A warning to women moving to Italy – the Italian male’s legendary attentiveness towards the opposite sex is far from just a figment of the movies or a long-gone past. As a foreign woman in particular, you may be subject to more than a few cat-like noises, whistles and inventive compliments.
Such behaviour is generally harmless, but if you get tired of trying to ignore the unwanted attention, telling your overeager suitors that you’re waiting for a ‘fidanzato’ (boyfriend) or ‘marito’ (husband) should be enough to ward them off.
Heading outside wearing ‘just any old thing’
You may be used to being able to nip out in some jogging bottoms and a grubby T-shirt in the UK, but don’t even dare do that in Italy – even if you really are just popping out in the car to fill up with petrol.
That means you really do need to take the extra time to shave, brush your hair and get dressed properly. In short, you have to be immaculate, which is another element of the Italian stereotype that is definitely real.
Having your washing machine on at night
The average Italian typically lives in a block of flats, and if you’re doing so as an expat, you may not be aware of the actual laws that dictate the times of day when you can make noise and switch on your washing machine.
The exact rules will depend on the building you’re living in, but if you want to play it safe and avoid upsetting any neighbours, we’d advise you to have all of your laundry done by 10pm.
Not kissing when you should... or kissing when you shouldn’t
Kissing is definitely a big part of the culture in Italy, but the way that culture varies across the country can make the matter of when and when not to kiss something of a nightmare for foreigners.
So, let’s establish a few rules of thumb: kissing is informal, so never kiss your boss, waiter or bank manager. Also bear in mind the very real regional differences. While, in most areas of the country, men and women can – but don’t always – kiss each other on the cheek as a hello and goodbye, in the centre-north, men don’t kiss men.
However, men in many areas of the south, particularly Sicily, do give each other a kiss on both cheeks when they greet each other. When you’re with friends, it’s best to follow the other person’s lead, but you can be assured that physical affection, including between men, is very natural in Italy.
Would you like to minimise the stress of your move to Italy? Of course you would – that’s why we take such great pride here at Simpsons Removals in offering the complete Italy removals service. Simply contact our team now for a free, no-obligation quote.
Blog Post 26/10/2017
5 Dutch art galleries that you just can’t miss
Life in the Netherlands is fascinating and ever-stimulating, and there’s so much more to the culture of this corner of Europe than clogs, tulips and bicycles.
The country is, of course, especially strongly associated with the art world, having produced such legendary painters as Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt, while continuing to enjoy a thriving current art scene.
So, for a whistle-stop introduction to Dutch art once you have taken advantage of our Netherlands removals service, what are some of the galleries that we would most urge you to visit?
- Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
If you want to learn more about the story of modern art from the 20th century onwards, you would struggle to choose a better starting point than the Stedelijk, which was established in 1895 and has a formidable collection including works by such celebrated artists as van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol.
You’ll find it at Amsterdam’s Museum Square, or Museumplein.
- Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art
Those who like their modern art galleries to have a slightly more... academic vibe are likely to be big fans of this institution in Rotterdam. It was founded in 1990, and continues to offer an intriguing range of curated exhibitions, live events, symposia and educational programs.
In case you’re looking through this list so far and thinking, “but I’ve never heard of these places...”, no worries – this one’s a familiar tourist favourite.
We’re heading back to Museum Square for this national institution dedicated to the arts and history, where you can see about 8,000 objects on display at any one time – including Rembrandt’s celebrated painting, The Night Watch, as well as masterpieces by the likes of Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals.
- Frans Hals Museum
On the subject of Hals – the Dutch Golden Age portrait painter – you’ll find a municipal museum in his name in Haarlem.
However, the institution’s collection of more than just 750 pieces isn’t just about Hals, with other prominent artists from down the ages to be represented here ranging from Jan van Scorel and Frans’ younger brother Dirck Hals, to Jacob van Ruisdael and Gerrit Adriaenszoon Berckheyde.
Opening its doors in 1992 – meaning this year is its 25th anniversary – the Kuntshal can be found in Rotterdam’s Museumpark and doesn’t have any permanent collection at all, instead hosting various temporary exhibitions of works sourced from elsewhere.
Artists to have been featured in past shows here include Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, Arne Quinze and many others.
Would you like to ensure that your move to this exciting part of the world goes as smoothly as possible? If so, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Simpsons Removals about our Netherlands removals service that really does cover all of your most urgent requirements – and for which it couldn’t be easier to request a free quote.
Blog Post 12/10/2017
5 reasons to choose our moving services to Norway
Norway is certainly an astonishing and varied country, so it’s no great shock to us here at Simpsons Removals that so many people wish to move there – and make use of our acclaimed removals service to the country as well.
But what exactly makes us such an appealing option when you are in need of moving services to Norway? Here’s your ‘starter for five’...
- Our dedicated load service gives you maximum freedom
We appreciate that you will be anxious to ensure your goods are loaded safely for their journey, but also that the drive to Norway from the UK can be an arduous and long one.
So, don’t run the risk of not getting to your new home in Norway in time to see your goods arrive. Instead, pick our dedicated load service that enables you to specify an exact departure date for your possessions, as well as a precise date for them to be delivered to your new abode.
- We can also store your goods if needed
Both delivery and storage services have long been central to what we offer here at Simpsons Removals.
Our storage capacity now exceeds 100,000 square feet, so you can be assured that we’ll have room for your goods between their departure from your previous home and their arrival at your new one, if necessary.
- Small loads can also be cost-effectively handled
We get it – you may be on a strict budget for your Norway move, and you may have decided on other arrangements for the transportation of some of your goods. Alternatively, you might simply not have that much you wish to bring with you to your new overseas home.
Whatever the situation, our part load service can help you out at a price that makes sense for you, while still giving you the benefit of a fixed-date collection of your goods.
- You’re insured, too
Yes, that’s right – we can also insure your goods to give you even greater peace of mind when you’re overseeing such a big move. Take a look now at the finer details of the policy that you can benefit from via Simpsons Removals.
- It’s free to request a quote from us
Not only is it completely free to ask for a quote from us, but there is also no obligation for you to then take advantage of our moving services to Norway if you do not wish to do so. Simply click through now to make your request, or call our team on 0800 515 930.
Blog Post 28/09/2017
5 things that those moving to London need to know
We have long taken great pride here at Simpsons Removals in helping people to make their dreams come true, removing at least one worry from the often extremely complicated process of moving from one place to the next.
We are, in fact, the complete European removal company, so it may not shock you to learn that we have helped many individuals and businesses to relocate to the ‘big smoke’ itself – London.
However, the British capital is also an exceptional place. Here are five things that many people don’t realise about London, often until the very moment they arrive in this incredible and bustling city.
- It’s really important to arrange somewhere to stay when you first arrive
It can take a longer time than you think to find a decent room or flat, and staying in a hotel throughout that period can burn through your savings, so we would suggest that you instead stay with a generous friend in the city if you can.
- If you’re solo, you’ll need to decide between flat sharing or living alone
While the solo dream in such a vast and stimulating city as London can be extremely exciting, the likelihood is that you may be forced to flat share for financial reasons. In any case, you may prefer doing so, given the obvious opportunity that it gives you to meet new people.
- Great flats often disappear in a flash
If you’re used to living in a part of the UK where flats can remain empty for months after a tenant has moved out, you can probably safely shorten that interim period to hours when it comes to comparable accommodation in London.
You need to ensure that the flat you’re viewing meets your practical and budgetary requirements. But once you have, we’d suggest that you ‘go for it’ to avoid searching forever.
- There’s no need to pay exorbitant costs for attractions
At a time when you might be struggling along on a restricted budget, it makes little sense to act like a deep-pocketed tourist – and nor do you need to do so.
London offers a wealth of free or very inexpensive attractions, including world-leading galleries, museums and festivals – from Tate Modern and the National Gallery to the British Museum and Notting Hill Carnival.
- The city’s more spread-out than you might realise
It’s easy to picture London as being packed and concentrated, and it is – but if you’re living in zone 1 and someone invites you to a house party in zone 3, don’t expect to get there in a jiffy.
It can sometimes seem like it takes at least 45 minutes to get anywhere in the capital, which can be surprisingly spread-out, so you will need to plan your journeys carefully.
When you require the services of a European removal company that you can trust to make your big relocation a (relative) breeze, why place that trust in any company other than Simpsons Removals?
We’ve been building up quite the reputation across the UK and the continent for more than 35 years, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for a quote.
Blog Post 14/09/2017
A genuinely trustworthy business storage service in Chesterfield
With its varied and interesting economy and strong transport connections, it’s hardly a surprise that so many businesses choose to base themselves in Chesterfield. Alternatively, you may be using those same transport connections – which include the A61 road, a mere six miles or 9.7 kilometres from the A1 – to move your business away from the area, but would nonetheless appreciate the services of a reputable local removals and storage company.
Here at Simpsons Removals & Storage Ltd, we’ve talked many times before on this blog about the aspects of our service that make us such a great choice for home and business removals in London and the Home Counties. But why should you also turn to us when you require a dependable commercial storage service in Chesterfield?
We can help to make your business’s transition easier
The relocation of your business to new premises can be such a stressful and difficult undertaking, especially when you’re doing everything possible to minimise any disruption to your day-to-day activities. You may have moved out of your old office and be in the process of moving to a new one, but in the meantime, there may be so many sensitive and important documents, furniture and other possessions that could otherwise easily be lost.
That’s why we’re delighted here at Simpsons Removals to be able to offer access to the secure storage containers that you may need as a business moving to, from or around Chesterfield. It may be that you need a temporary place to store all of your company’s effects, or there may just be some excess stock that you can’t quite fit anywhere else. Whatever the situation for your firm, we can give you the benefit of a cost-effective and practical solution.
It’s just one part of our complete commercial service
Here at Simpsons Removals, we can lend you all of the specialist expertise required to ensure that your business relocation goes without a hitch, encompassing the finest points of project management, planning and space allocation.
Alternatively, of course, you may simply wish to use our highly secure and commodious storage units – each offering about 250 cubic feet of space – in either the short or long term, while also enjoying the peace of mind that comes from having all of your goods fully insured for the entirety of their stay with us.
How could you possibly even consider another option when you are in the market for a business storage service in Chesterfield? Give us a call on 0800 515 930 now, or complete and submit our straightforward online form, and we will soon be in touch with you to discuss how we can best address your needs.
Blog Post 31/08/2017
Why set up residence in France? Here are some great reasons
For many British people, France has an undoubtedly romantic allure, helped by its reputation for amazing historical landmarks, beautiful beaches and succulent food. No wonder so many of us choose to holiday there! It's a great place in which to live permanently, too, for the reasons detailed below.
There are plenty of opportunities to learn about history
Plenty of France's historical sites barely need introduction; think of the Louvre Museum, where the Mona Lisa is on display, and the Arc de Triomphe, which Napoleon commissioned in 1806.
However, you could still underestimate the choice of museums to visit in the Gallic country. Each significant city has several; there are 18 city museums in Lyon alone.
Food that is both peculiar and amazing
Baguettes seem to be one of the strongest Gallic stereotypes - and it's an image that holds true, as France might be the only country where nibbling at a baguette in a public place wouldn't provoke curious glances. In fact, French bakeries in general offer an awesome amount of choice.
The country is also a great place to regularly tuck into crepes, which you could routinely fill with that gorgeous chocolate spread, Nutella, without anyone batting an eyelid.
Work arrangements are favourable
As a resident of France, you would be legally required to work just 35 hours a week; any work on top of this would be deemed overtime work and bring additional payment.
Furthermore, for every year that you are in work, you would be entitled to five weeks' paid time off - not including the 13 bank holidays.
Transport can be surprisingly inexpensive
Whether you are journeying to work or one of the further-flung parts of the country, intercity transport could cost you much less than you initially expect - provided that you choose relatively slow trains. This can be a real plus, given how much there is to do in France.
We could yet launch into much greater detail about the many reasons why France may be a fine place for you to call home. We can even provide a storage service from Chesterfield, or Swanscombe near London where we have bases. The availability of this service extends right across the UK, which allows for an easier, more efficient and less stressful move to France.
Blog Post 18/08/2017
5 great reasons to move to Chesterfield
Here at Simpsons Removals, we are an unashamedly local, national and international removals company – a firm that you can trust with the packing, collection, storage and delivery of your possessions from one village to another, as well as across continents. But what of the town close to our depot that is especially close to our hearts – Chesterfield?
The Derbyshire market town may just be the ideal place for you to set up home next – and here’s why.
- It’s fascinatingly historic
Chesterfield can trace its history back to the 1st century AD, and received its market charter in 1204 – indeed, the market itself survives to the present day, taking place three times a week. You will also find no shortage of intriguing historic architectural gems in modern-day Chesterfield, including the Church of St Mary and All Saints, with its iconic ‘crooked spire’.
- It’s an epicentre for the arts
Is Chesterfield really an artistic centre? You had better believe it – it’s home to two Grade II-listed theatres, for example, namely the Pomegranate Theatre that seats 546 people and dates back to Victorian times, and the Winding Wheel, which was built as a cinema in the 1920s. Both venues offer an inspiring events programme encompassing the finest musicals, concerts, drama, comedy and more.
- It’s got strong transport links
You won’t feel isolated from the wider world in Chesterfield, thanks to such extensive transport connections as the A61 road that runs through the town and the M1 just six miles, or 9.7 kilometres away, as well as Chesterfield railway station, which is located on the Midland Main Line. Local and national services are provided from the latter to the likes of Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
- It gives you plenty of educational opportunities
You’ll find a wealth of well-regarded educational institutions in Chesterfield, ranging from Hasland Hall Community School and Brookfield Community School to St Mary’s Roman Catholic High School and the Further Education college, Chesterfield College. The latter offers courses in such fields as art and design, business, hospitality, health and social care and travel and tourism.
- It’s a great place to get fit
Chesterfield also hosts a wealth of sporting venues and institutions. They include Chesterfield F.C., which plays in EFL League Two as of the 2017/18 season, and Chesterfield Swimming Club, which is North Derbyshire’s largest competitive swimming club. Queen’s Park Sports Centre, meanwhile, has a wealth of health and fitness facilities including an 80-station gym, eight-lane swimming pool, eight-court sports hall and so much more.
As you can see, Chesterfield has rather more to it than a mere quirky spire! Furthermore, when you are seeking to move there, we really don’t think you could do better than our highly rated removals company in Chesterfield. Why not contact us now to learn how we could make your next big move so much more convenient?
Blog Post 03/08/2017
Is Brexit the right time to make your move to Europe?
The UK’s impending departure from the European Union (EU) isn’t just the topic currently on everyone’s lips – it’s been that way for the past year, since the electorate’s collective decision that we should leave the bloc.
It’s therefore not exactly a shock that many of us will be carefully digesting what the result of the vote means for us, including whether we wish to leave the UK altogether.
Much uncertainty continues to prevail
Before you get straight on the phone to a European removal company like ourselves, it’s vital to emphasize that despite the now-infamous Article 50 having been triggered a few months ago now, there’s still almost as much uncertainty about what Brexit truly ‘means’ as there was the day after the 2016 referendum.
We do know that negotiations between the UK and the EU’s respective teams are finally beginning in earnest, but we don’t even know – for example – what impact Brexit will ultimately have on Britons going to Europe on holiday, let alone the more complicated matter of those who move to the continent permanently.
At the moment, British people are free to live and work in other EU countries without a visa, pretty much as if they were a born-and-bred local. But once the UK officially leaves the bloc in what is expected to be March 2019, they may well lose this automatic right and be subject to more restrictive rules with regard to permits and setting up businesses.
If you’ve been dreaming of a European move for a while, you should also bear in mind that you may not have the same rights to healthcare and other benefits post-Brexit that you would do if you make your move before the UK’s official exit from the EU.
We can help to take some of the unknowns out of the process
Of course, some of you reading this will likely be planning to move specifically, or at least partly as a result of Brexit, whereas others among you may have been wishing to head to pastures new in mainland Europe regardless, in which case, the referendum result may have had little or no effect on your plans.
Whatever – it’s only natural that you will want to take as much uncertainty out of the process of moving home as possible, which is precisely why you may choose Simpsons Removals as your European removal company.
We are a UK-based removals company with a history dating back to 1979, but which is highly experienced in overseeing removals across Europe. Ask us today for a free, no-obligation quote for the service that will suit your needs best when you are looking to realise your dream of a move to the ‘old continent’.
Blog Post 19/07/2017
Why look anywhere else when you require a removals & storage service in Chesterfield?
There are many things that could be said about the market town of Chesterfield, ranging from its distinguished, but sadly long-gone coal mining history to landmarks like the “crooked spire” of the Church of St Mary and All Saints. One observation that can definitely be made about the town is that its inhabitants are constantly busy and have pressing requirements for the most reliable removals and storage services.
Why do we say that? Well, because we have long served many such people here at Simpsons Removals! Whether you are a private individual or business, as well as whether you require our services temporarily or on a long-term basis, we can cater to everything that you could conceivably need from a removals & storage service in Chesterfield.
What makes us a stand out removals and storage company?
First of all, if it is merely storage that you require, the full storage facilities at our modern warehouse should serve you just nicely. Our Chesterfield depot is located just two miles from junction 29 of the M1, so it’s easy to reach us and your goods from not only Chesterfield, but also basically anywhere else in the Midlands or northern England.
However, if you also need your goods to be transported to all manner of locations throughout the UK, Europe or the world, we can again be of assistance. Simpsons Removals is an audited and approved member of the British Association of Removers, so we provide a removals service of the highest standard of professionalism and reliability.
You might be overseeing a UK, European or international home move, or it may be that your business is moving to a new office and requires help from recognised approved commercial movers. Whatever the situation, we’ll ensure that your goods are transported safely and securely to the new location – and if you have any queries, we’re always available to talk to in Chesterfield.
Request a competitive quote today
Whether it is the complete removals & storage service in Chesterfield that you require or just one of these services, and whether you are moving just a few miles or thousands of miles, Simpsons Removals is a name that you can trust.
Call us today, on 0800 515 117, to learn more about our services geared towards the requirements of Chesterfield residents.
Blog Post 06/07/2017
When you’re struggling for home storage solutions, turn to us
Life is unpredictable, and you can never be entirely sure when you may need a bit more storage space than is available in your own home or any other property to which you have access.
You may be moving house, or from your parent’s home to university residences. You might have just left a relationship and need somewhere to keep items that may have previously been kept in a partner’s house, or you may be set to leave the country for a while and wish to be sure that your treasured items will be safe.
Whatever the situation, here at Simpsons Removals, we’re confident that we’re the only company to which you will need to turn not only for home storage solutions, but also for the re-delivery of your items to wherever you wish them to be stored once you no longer need our secure and contained storage space.
What makes our home storage solutions the best around?
First of all, there’s simply the fact that we can offer a greater amount of warehouse storage space than almost any other provider – more than 120,000 square feet, in fact.
With about 250 cubic feet (seven cubic metres) available in each of our storage units, and all goods fully insured for as long as we store them, you will have no need to worry, whether you are storing your possessions for a week or a year.
Then, there’s the sheer ease of use of our service. All that you need to do at first is fill in and submit our simple online contact form requesting such details as your name, contact address, email address and telephone number, as well as information about your belongings and for how long you intend to store them with us.
We’ll then get back to you with a competitive quote. If you give your approval, we will even be able to arrange to collect your belongings from you – it really is a complete service that we provide.
Why spend much longer comparing home storage solutions providers, when our own services here at Simpsons Removals cover all of the bases? Simply get in touch with our team now to discuss the finer details of your requirements when you need to store your valued possessions safely and securely, and with the minimum of fuss.
Blog Post 22/06/2017
What do you need to bear in mind when moving furniture overseas?
Moving abroad is one of those things that generally sounds extremely exciting to many of us - at least until the time to actually move arrives, when we discover just how stressful it can be as well.
While we can't cover all of the things that you could possibly forget about when moving furniture overseas within a single short blog post, the below are some of the 'big ones'.
Sometimes, it's best to just buy new
Switching your residence to an entirely new country is surely as obvious a chance as you can get to 'wipe the slate clean' and start afresh. Is it necessarily wise to bring along those cheap, heavily scratched bedside cabinets or the chest of drawers that literally falls apart whenever you use it?
You need to be ruthless here, as the money you could save leaving behind those things you don’t really need or want could leave you enough to buy them new when you arrive in your new country, making for a less stressful experience during the packing process .
Don't move everything if your relocation is temporary
Many people move overseas knowing full well that they may only be in that country for a few months or a year before heading home. If that's the case for you, does it make much financial or practical sense to bring literally everything?
This is where you should weigh up the respective costs of transporting versus storing some of your furniture back home. It may be that you expect to spend some time in temporary accommodation when you first arrive in your new country, thereby making the storage of some of the larger pieces of furniture a 'no brainer' while you look for more permanent living quarters.
Simpsons provide medium to long term storage solutions at affordable prices.
Packing can be much more arduous than you think
Packing your furniture items for a major move is about so much more than simply wrapping everything up and putting some of the smaller pieces in boxes. Export packing and wrapping of your goods by removal experts is always recommended.
Have you, for example, asked your remover to measure all of your furniture beforehand so that you know the volume of your move is likely to be?
Simpsons will export pack and wrap, label each box and furniture item, and provide you with a detailed inventory so that you're aware of what it contains.
Would you like to lower much of the stress associated with moving furniture overseas? In that case, you really need to get in touch with Simpson Removals. Call us on 0800 515 930 now for a quote.
Blog Post 12/06/2017
Don’t forget these 3 things when moving house
As your friendly home moving services provider, here at Simpsons Removals, we would hate for you to forget to do any of the things you need to do when you are packing up and getting ready to call a new place home.
The below list is not an exhaustive one, but nonetheless covers three of the things that those moving home most frequently forget.
- Letting people know you’re moving
You might be surprised by the number of people who end up walking into a house that they thought was still occupied by a close friend or family member of theirs, only to be greeted by a stranger – all because the former occupant didn’t even let them know they were leaving.
Even if there’s no chance of the above happening, it is still important to notify your bank, utility providers, doctor, creditors and employer of your new address, so that the next occupant of the property doesn’t need to keep forwarding letters to you long after you’re gone.
- Taking final meter readings
It’s an unglamorous task, but it’s nonetheless vital to take water, gas and electricity meter readings at your property and let your suppliers know prior to the move.
This is easier to do than you might think – utility companies tend to have ‘change of address’ forms on their websites, or at least make it easy for you to call and email them with the essential details.
It’s normally possible to move into a new property with the gas and electricity companies that you’re already signed up with – in which case, you just need to let them know and they will arrange the switch.
- Applying for a parking permit
One other frequently overlooked must-do among homeowners who also have a car is to check whether they are moving to a residents-only parking area, and if so, apply for a parking permit prior to the move, so that they can park legally outside the property as soon as they arrive.
You will need to request a parking permit from your local council, or if it is a private residential parking scheme, directly through the company that runs it.
Remember that here at Simpsons, we are dedicated to taking the stress out of your home move so that you can quickly turn your focus to enjoying life in your new home. Request your free removals quote from us today, or give us a call to ask any questions that you may have about our service.