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10 Jul


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Moving Home Checklist

July 10, 2019 | By | No Comments

Now that you’ve found your dream home it’s time to get ready for the big move! We have put together a Moving House checklist to help you tick off all the important tasks you need to complete for your move, so you can be sure that you don’t miss a thing. We are experts in domestic removals and have been providing customers in Cambridgeshire with a bespoke, hassle-free service to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible.

What to Do Now

  • The first thing you will need to do is officially confirm the date of your move with your conveyancers and house sellers.
  • If you’re renting, you will need to contact your landlord and give them notice of the exact date you are moving out of the property.
  • Contact your utility suppliers (electricity, gas, phone and broadband) to inform them that you’re moving out. It is a good idea to use this as a chance to check you’re getting the best deals for your utilities too. Take the opportunity to call other utility providers for quotes for your new home and see if your existing provide can match these.
  • Look for a professional domestic removals company online. Check out their reviews, availability and service to ensure that it meets your requirements. If you are based in Ely, Cambridge or the surrounding areas contact the team at DS Movements for a no obligation quote, bespoke to your needs.
  • Have a clear out. Moving properties is the perfect time to go through your old things and decide what’s worth keeping. Getting rid of any unwanted belongings will save you a lot of time and effort for when you move.
  • It’s a great idea to create a list of where all the important things are in your new home including gas and electricity meters, thermostats etc.
  • Create an inventory of the furniture you have that you are taking with you. Then create a shopping list of the items you’ll need for your new property.
  • Label your boxes whilst packing and tick these off your checklist as you go. This will give you peace of mind that you haven’t left anything behind and ensures you know exactly what’s inside each box.
  • Finally, you will need to contact the following people to let them know you’re changing your address:
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Work
    • Bank, insurance, pension and credit card companies
    • TV Licencing
    • Doctor
    • Dentist
    • DVLA
    • The council, electoral roll
    • National insurance
    • Post redirection services

Whether you’re moving into a small flat or a large house, DS Movements has a team of professional movers which are well equipped to help you move into your new property. For more information about our home removals service, contact us on 01353 930095 or online through our contact form for a free quotation.

13 Jun


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Office Moving Checklist

June 13, 2019 | By | No Comments

Whether you’re moving to a new business location or upscaling to a bigger office, there are many factors to consider when planning an office relocation. Moving offices can be an exciting time – this can help your business grow and evolve! However, it can be extremely stressful too for your business, employees, customers and clients. This is why it’s essential to have an office moving checklist in place to ensure that nothing is left behind.

We have put together some useful expert tips in our moving checklist to help ensure that nothing is forgotten, and your office move runs as smoothly as possible, with minimal impact on your business.

1. Planning

Speak with your team to plan the office move and workload. If you’re office hours are weekdays then you may chose to move over the weekend to reduce the business downtime. Make sure that all the team are aware of the move date and that it does not meet any important work deadlines for the business or clients.

2. Have Internal Deadlines

Set internal deadlines for the team and ensure these are met. There is nothing worse than having a packed-up office and one person still working away as they missed the deadline to organise their belongings. Set different deadlines for different tasks. For example these deadlines could be for packing old paperwork, packing up the desk drawers, the stationery cupboard and so on.

3. Measure Everything

Take the time to measure the furniture you have in your office and take these measurements to your new location to ensure that everything fits. Check the width of doorways too to make sure you can get the furniture inside. We recommend using all measurements to create an office plan so everyone knows where the furniture is going.

4. Change Addresses

Make sure you contact all clients, suppliers and utilities to get your address changed. Make sure the address is changed on any emails, social media and your website too. If possible take your telephone number with you to the new office to minimise change for your clients and customers.

5. Use the Professionals

Here at DS Movements we are professional office movers who have helped numerous businesses move to new offices within Ely and the surrounding areas. Our trained team of professionals will ensure you have a smooth office move saving you time, energy and money allowing you to focus on your business needs. We can also arrange for your business to be relocated outside working hours to cause minimal disruption to your company.

If you’re looking for an office relocation service in Ely, contact us for a quote today. We always aim to provide the highest standard of service possible at great rates!

01 May


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How To Choose A Reliable Moving Company

May 1, 2019 | By | No Comments

When moving house it is essential that you choose a reliable moving company. The last thing you want is to be sat waiting on your doorstep surrounded by all your belongings in boxes, only to find out that the company you chose can no longer help you.

However, there are lots of removals companies in Ely, all of which claim to be great at what they do. But how can you choose a reliable house removals company?

Local Knowledge

When choosing a removals company that you can rely on, make sure they work locally. You need a company that knows where you live and where you are moving to. By choosing one of the local moving companies in Ely you are likely to know where they are based, so it is less likely they are a fraudulent business. They will also know the local area which will help reduce the stress of your house move.


We would recommend that you get prices and quotes from a number of businesses to see the average price you can expect to pay. Make sure you don’t base your decision purely on price as the cheapest one may be the cheapest because they offer a lower quality of removals service or do not have the correct insurance in place.

Feedback & Reviews

Take the time to look online at the real testimonials, reviews and feedback from people that have moved homes with them. While there may be great testimonials on their website, check out any online reviews or reviews on social media to see previous customer’s experiences. If you can see that they have lots of happy customers then it is more likely the moving service you receive, you will be happy with.

Deposit Requests

It is unlikely for a removals company to ask for more than 20% as a deposit. If you are asked for more than this we would recommend that you double check the company online. In some cases, customers have been asked for a 50% deposit and then they have been let down on the day. We have also heard of cases where a removals business has asked for more money on the day and held the customers items hostage in their van.

If you’re looking for a trustworthy removals company in Ely that you can count on on, DS Movements will ensure your house move is as easy and stress-free as possible. Get in touch with our professionals today on 07399 424632.

08 Apr


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Are You Moving Office?

April 8, 2019 | By | No Comments

Here at DS Movements we offer a professional service of office removals in Cambridge. We have helped many businesses move to or from Cambridge Science Park as it is a popular, well-known and easily accessible business park in Cambridge.

However, no matter how well located your business is, or your business is going to be, office removals can be very stressful. That’s why we are here to help ensure your move runs as smoothly as possible.

It is highly recommended that you book a professional to help with your office move. Moving office is a logistical nightmare and while your team may be amazing at what they do for you and your business, they are not experienced in office removals.

By employing professional office removal specialists you can rest assured that your furniture, files, paperwork, computers and more will be moved safely and securely from one office to another. You can even arrange for your office to be relocated at the weekend or out of office hours to cause minimal disruption to your employees, customers and the business.

Before moving into your new space make sure you have thought about the layout of the new office. You need to think about where desks will go, who will go in which office, what will greet visitors and similar. By putting together a plan the move will become easier and less stressful for everyone. It also means your team of removal professionals can put everything in the right place for you in your new location.

Remember to tell your suppliers that you are moving offices too, especially if you get regular deliveries from them. Your clients, customers and utilities suppliers will also need to know your new address so take the time to check through all your contacts and make sure they know you are relocating in advance of your move.

You will also need to update your business address on your website, in your email signatures, in your invoices, your letterheads and anything else where your address can be seen. These are things that can often be forgotten so make sure you set yourself a reminder when you have moved in, to check everything has been changed!

If you’re looking for specialists in office removals in Cambridge then please call us now on 07399 424632. We would be happy to help your business take that next step!

21 Mar


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House Packing Tips

March 21, 2019 | By | No Comments

In this article, we will discuss the best tips we can provide our customers when preparing to move all of your possessions, to a new house.


Having the correct materials is by far the most important thing for a stress-free pack. For an average home we recommend at least the following:

  • Double walled boxes in 2 sizes. It is important to have large and smaller boxes, smaller boxes for heavy items large for lighter bulkier items. Double wall are far superior to the weaker cheap single walled boxes.
  • Strong packing tape – cheap tape is often not sticky enough to create a solid box
  • Packing paper – great for wrapping items but also for padding out boxes
  • Bubble wrap
  • Marker pens

Other Materials Can Include

  • Mattress covers
  • Wardrobe boxes
  • Wine boxes
  • Shrink wrap
  • Extra thick black sacks
  • Labels
  • Cool box for fridge / freezer
  • Television boxes
  • Sofa covers

Packing Room by Room

You want to go around room by room and pack away all non-essential items, leaving the essentials to the day or 2 before you move.

Labelling all boxes clearly either with a marker or labels is very important for a stress-free offload. Thinking of your new home, create names for each room so when you arrive on move day you can explain which room is which and the removal staff can unload without having to ask you.


  • Wardrobe items should be transferred into wardrobe boxes or taped up in bags. All clothes can be loaded into boxes or bags
  • Bedding into bags or box
  • Personal belongings / small electrical into boxes
  • Label everything bedroom 1/2/3 and so on for easy offload at your new property


All liquids to be packed into bags with the lids closed and then into a box so they stay upright to avoid any leaks.


By far the most time-consuming room of the home.

  • Wrap all utensils and cutlery in packing paper and put them into strong boxes. Watch for sharp knives, you can buy blade protectors or knife blocks can be wrapped complete in shrink wrap and put in a box
  • Plates, glasses and mugs can all be wrapped in packing paper and stood in a box, try to be uniform with sizes so you can load the boxes in rows using more packing paper between layers
  • Pots and pans can be stacked but you want packing paper between them to avoid scratches
  • Microwaves and other appliances can be bubble wrapped and boxed with packing paper to secure them

Living / Dining Room

  • Pack all small items from draws and cupboards into boxes again using packing paper to fill any voids
  • If you have the original box for electrical equipment like televisions then perfect, if not wrap them in bubble wrap
  • Small plants can be boxed upright with packing paper to stop them moving
  • Wrap pictures and mirrors in bubble wrap

Garage and Garden

  • Pack smaller items into boxes
  • All mowers and strimmers etc should be cleaned and drained of fuel
  • Bikes may require packing if they are valuable, speak with your mover if you require additional protection for your bike

Preparing Boxes

All boxes should be the correct way up if marked on there. Start by tightly taping one end of the box, use 2 pieces of tape, one in the middle first then one over each edge of the first bit for extra strength.

Turn the box over and you can start loading, if you feel something maybe too sharp for the edge or bottom of the box place some packing paper in first to protect it.

Make sure you can tape the top of the box down so it is flat and level. Clearly label the boxes with which room and rough contents of what it has. This makes it easy for your movers and also yourself when it comes to unpacking.

At DS Movements we can offer a full pack and wrap service, we come in the day before your move and go around room by room completing your pack. We include material prices within the quote for packing.

We also provide packaging materials for you to buy at great rates should you prefer to pack yourself.

05 Mar


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Start Your Spring Clean Early This Year

March 5, 2019 | By | No Comments

With the recent Marie Kondo and her “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” show on Netflix, more and more people are looking at how they can tidy their homes so they too can experience some life-changing magic.

However, sometimes it is not that easy. As specialists of removals in Ely, we know all too well how many things people can keep in areas of their homes for months and even years. In many cases, they have forgotten how much is in their loft until they come to move house.

In this blog post we thought we would share some top tips for starting your spring clean early – ready for your house move. These tips will enable you to tidy up your home, and hopefully experience that Kondo effect.

Clearing out and tidying up your home is a huge project in itself. So start by choosing just one room. Even if you just do one room a month it will still make a massive impact on your home, your available space and when you need to move home!

You’ll need to have 3 boxes or bags in the room. One is for things you want to keep. One is for things that you want to donate to friends or to a charity shop. The last is for things that need to go in the bin.
As you pick things up you need to ask yourself if you have used it, worn it or even looked at it in the past year. You also need to ask yourself if you love it, or it brings happy memories. If it’s not been used in the last year and it doesn’t bring happy memories then it can’t go in the keep box. There are absolutely no exceptions!

Make sure you sort out your storage space too. It is so easy to stick things in the back of the shed, garage, loft and cupboard hidden in the spare room. Things that you think might be useful or things that you might use. In reality, they are just taking up valuable space and have done since you put them in there 5 years ago. Moving home is the perfect opportunity to get rid of the clutter and the things you kept ‘just in case’.

As experts in Removals in Ely we know it can be hard to get rid of things, but we also know how much new and bigger homes can cost but bigger garages, lofts and storage space is soon filled up. If you tidy up your home, de-clutter and clear out in the right way, you’ll feel the benefit of your new house sooner rather than later. Contacts us now to find out more about Removals Ely and how we can help you. Clearing your home now will make your house move in Ely easier in the future.

21 Jan


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Are You Moving to Cambridgeshire?

January 21, 2019 | By | No Comments

If you are looking at moving to the east of England, known for its beautiful scenic countryside, gorgeous architecture and prestigious education, DS Movements could be the movers in Cambridge you need to help.

DS Movements offer a range of removals services across the Cambridgeshire area, ideal for those in need of a reliable man with a van service. If you are looking at moving to Cambridge, or the Cambridgeside areas, allow us to introduce ourselves!

Why move to Cambridgeshire?

Should you be on the fence about moving to Cambridge, or area close by, let us assure you that you couldn’t make an easier decision! From their excellent train links to desirable villages perfect to fill up an ideal Sunday walk, you can find an array of good quality housing developments, new and old, to finally create your perfect home.

That’s where we come in – we train all our staff to ensure your house become a home as easily as possible. We can help move your furniture and possessions from your existing house or flat to your new home with minimal stress.

Movers in Cambridge that can help

Choose a company that knows the local area and one that has served residents in Cambridgeshire for countless years. We are experts in home removals – with a range of protective utensils, equipment and packaging supplies to ensure each item you want to travel with you is safe and secure the entire way.

Additional help from movers in Cambridge

Based in Ely, we are a short distance from the budding city of Cambridge. Should you be moving into a smaller property, or just like some additional space whilst you get set up, we have several storage solutions available for you. You can put your items into storage with no hassle and giving you one less thing to worry about.

Feel free to contact us today for a no obligation, free quote. We are always at hand to help you with our bespoke and well-loved removals services here in Cambridgeshire.

17 Dec


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Is it Time for a House Clearance this Christmas?

December 17, 2018 | By | No Comments

As you prepare for an influx of new toys and presents to fill the home, Christmas serves as the right time for a house clearance with a removals service.

It’s always a wonderful time to give and receive new gifts to and from friends and family, but where are you going to put all of your newly loved items? If your storage cupboards and shelves are already stocked full, it might be worth having your spring clean several months early, assessing what you actually need and use, and having a house clearance.

Using a man and van removals service can help you unload the big items or take your entire collection of unwanted goods to the tip with ease; taking out the only stressful part of a household clearance.

Clearing your house before Christmas

You may even want to consider a house clearance before Christmas itself to help with your decorations preparations, finding additional room for guests, and of course, finding the perfect spot for the Christmass tree.

“A thorough clean-up can provide much-needed space for your Christmas tree”

Having a clear-out before Christmas also allows you to check on old decorations before it’s too late. It gives you and your family time to test the lights, throw out any broken or out of date decorations, and even look for something new.

A top tip for your home this Christmas

Be sure to check under the stairs and your bathroom drawers for older presents you once received but have never used. Perhaps it’s time to try and pass them on in your Secret Santa or simply throw away if you cannot recycle or give to a local charity shop.

For more information about our waste clearance services and how we can help you with your home clearance, feel free to contact us for a no obligation quote.

14 Nov


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Are You Choosing the Right Removals Company?

November 14, 2018 | By | No Comments

Finding the right removals company to help you move home can be a challenge. To ensure your furniture and belongings are moved safely, contact DS Movements.

A quick Google search of the term “removals company” and your area will display an endless amount of companies, big and small, local and nationwide all offering the same service. In a nutshell, removals. Within that, the actual service you receive could end up being entirely different from the one promised.

How to choose the right removals company

You will often see other companies and blogs state you need to ‘do your research’ and leave the answer at that – but what research do you need to carry out?


Reviews are important to every product, company, film (you name it). Reviews are opinions formed due to experience and interaction, whether good or bad, they are there to help the public form an opinion or get a rough idea of what to expect.

No matter what happens, we always request our customers to leave us a review with their honest feedback. Not only can we showcase the superlative removals service we know we offer time and time again but it allows us to critique our methods and only get better.

You can read our reviews here to see what previous customers have said about DS Movements.

When doing your research on removals companies in your area, what do the reviews on Facebook, Google and even their website say? Do you notice any common patterns or themes emerging for the service they deliver?

We’re proud to say we have over 150 five star reviews – highlighting the excellent service DS Movements has to offer.

For more information about our man with a van removals service, feel free to contact us by telephone on 01353 930095 or online through our contact page and grab a free quote today!

15 Aug


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A Reliable Removals Service in Ely

August 15, 2018 | By | No Comments

If you are in need of a cost-effective removals service in Ely for moving your larger items and furniture from your old home and garden to new, look no further.

Removals services are in place to help you with the hard labour that may be thrown your way – from saying goodbye to a heavy piece of furniture to helping you relocate your entire garden contents, ready to move into your new property.

Who provides a reliable removals service in Ely?

At DS Movements, we pride ourselves on offering a trust-worthy service, no matter the size of your job. While that may sound cliché, our years of experience has established a protocol and routine that is second to none; ensuring you are left satisfied with our services every time.

Using a local man and van service for your removals needs, rather than opting for a larger business, is always a smart decision. Not only are you given a personal and respected service, but you keep your costs down and are more than just a ‘time slot’.

Alongside this, we have plenty of previous 5-star customer reviews to put your mind at ease.

What do I need to know or do?

Each removal job will be different – depending on the items that require moving, the property where the items are kept, and where you’re moving to.

We can provide you with a free quote based on the details you provide us with, and once accepted, you can leave the rest to us. You can also view some of our pricing options here.

Can you help me move my office?

Over the years we’ve helped move a range of properties, both domestic and commercial. The working environment tends to amalgamate clutter after several years, and sometimes a move can be a bigger job than what was originally anticipated. Whatever your requirements, our service caters to all businesses.

With no job too big or small, contact us today for a free quote. The reliable removals service we provide Ely and surrounding Cambridgeshire areas is unrivalled – let us show you why.

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