Importance of Recycling and Reusing Packaging

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Packaging is a necessary part of everyday life and economy, whether from the parcels you’ve received from an online order or boxes that we use before moving. It protects products and belongings. It preserves them and prevents damage during transit. However, the packaging is often viewed as waste, and in most cases, it usually ends up this way too.

In today’s society, helping the environment in every way should be our top priority. Recycling and reusing materials like plastic, cardboard, and bubble wrap, to mention a few are things that we should all be doing naturally. At Stoke Removals, we offer packaging services that are eco-friendly, sustainable and recyclable without compromising performance or cost.

We want to educate everyone on the benefits of reusing and recycling materials for parcel shipments, packaging and other uses.

Benefits of reusing materials for shipping and packing

Various materials like paper, cardboard, polystyrene and bubble wraps are just a few that are prevalent in parcels and packages. All of these are reusable and just as valuable as a new packaging product by simply saving these materials and keeping them stored. Doing so will cut down on your weekly waste, shipping cost and reduce rubbish at local landfill sites. It’s a win-win situation when you’re helping the environment and saving your hard-earned money.

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Dismantling and Rebuilding Furniture

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The process of dismantling and rebuilding requires hard labour and effort. It’s undoubtedly stressful and time-consuming when you have to move houses or offices at the same time. Most of us picture moving out as a simple task. We tend to think that we can finish in a few hours, but the results don’t often alight with our expectations in reality. A ten-minute job can turn into a nightmarish hour when trying to disassemble a bed or wardrobe.

Without the right tools, careful planning, and extra help, dismantling and rebuilding furniture will take up too much of your time and energy. Removal companies offer excellent services at affordable prices and save you all hassle and work that comes with moving out. Here are some great tips and hints on dismantling that can help you.

How to dismantle a wardrobe

You can go about this differently depending on what style of wardrobe you own. Some wardrobes, such as classic two-door wardrobes, won’t need dismantling and can be carried and transported with decent access.

Make sure to remove any loose and unfixed shelves before removing the frame of your wardrobe. On some occasions, it’s necessary to unscrew the railing from the side. The next step is the removal of the doors.

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Choosing the Correct Boxes for Your Move



When moving out, most of us don’t think much about which box we would use before packing. We tend to improvise and store our things in the nearest bag or unused box, as long as we get the job done. So choosing the correct boxes is often neglected and overlooked by most movers.

However, to make moving out easy and efficient, it is essential to choose the correct box to safely store your things and avoid damaging your items. Below is a list of different types of boxes and their uses.

Wardrobe Box

Whilst the wardrobe box is designed to store your clothes, they are versatile enough to be used for any other items. The horizontal bar provides a space to hang your most important garments like shirts, blazers, jackets and trousers. By using this box, you can be sure that none of your favourite clothes will crease. As a bonus, the process of unpacking your clothes is straightforward and stress-free.

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Tips for Moving In Together

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Moving in with your partner is a big step and exciting, but there are many things you need to do before moving. Here are some tips that will make the process more stress-free for you and your partner.

Packing Before the Move

Having everything packed and the boxes labelled makes the move-in go smoothly. Take your time to pack carefully and label each box. It is helpful to number the boxes and write down an inventory of what each numbered box contains. Separate the things that will go into the new place and those that will be put in storage and box them accordingly. Label the large items with a numbered sticker as well.

Unpacking After the Move

Due to pandemic, it’s important to follow the safety rules. Let the delivery workers bring the boxes in while you stay a safe distance away from them.

Give the movers a prepared guide of where things need to go. It is how your numbering system will come in handy. Have a floor plan diagram with a list of the numbers of the boxes or furniture for each room.

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Dealing with Moving Day Problems

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When it comes to removals, Leicester residents can normally take it easy, knowing they have one of the city’s top firms right on their doorstep. At Stoke Removals and Storage we try to make your big move as stress and hassle-free as we possibly can.

Unfortunately, we can’t always do that. Life sometimes throws problems at you at the most inconvenient times – including when you’re moving house. While they can’t all be avoided, here are some of the more common ones and how to deal with them.


It’s impossible to control the weather and, as we move into the winter months, its increasingly likely that your moving day will be marred by wind, rain, and maybe even snow. While it can put a dampener (no pun intended) on your move, it’s normally not the end of the world. Most professional removal companies are well-experienced in driving under inclement conditions. They will work quickly to get your belongings on and off the van to limit any chance of water damage and drive carefully to your new home.

Bad movers

This is a particular bugbear for us as, when it comes to removal companies, Leicester has some of the best. Unfortunately, those few removal firms that treat their customers and their belongings poorly give the rest of us a bad name. We recommend researching your removal company before you commit to a contract with them. Check out their website, look for online reviews, and speak to friends and family for their recommendations.

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How to Move Your Garden


We invest a lot of time and effort into our gardens, cultivating flowers, plants and trees over many years. When the time comes to move house, it’s not nice to think of all that hard work going to waste.

Here at Stoke Removals & Storage, we have been helping the residents of Leicester with their home removal needs for years – and that includes their gardens.

Here are a few top tips for moving the key components of your garden to their new home.

Plan ahead

Rehousing your plants safely in your new garden is a time-critical process. Make sure you have a diagram of the new garden, so you can draw out precisely where everything is going to go. This means you can replant your flowers and plants quickly and efficiently, minimising their travel trauma and improving their chances of success.

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At Stokes Removals & Storage, we’re happy to help in any way we can with moving your plants and flowers, but we need a little advance notice. If you tell us what plants you’re taking with you, we can arrange our removal vans to offer optimal support for the journey. This includes providing sufficient space for them, or even arranging an additional trip specifically for your greenery.Continue reading

Preparing for a House Move During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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With the country still feeling the impact of the coronavirus lockdown, moving house has been difficult over the last few months. Difficult – but not impossible. At Stokes Removals and Storage, we have continued to assist our customers in the Leicester area with all of their removal needs.

The safety of our removal teams and our customers remain our top priority. While we try to make your moving day as worry and stress free as possible, it is each of our responsibilities to maintain social distancing and minimise contact wherever possible.

To make things easier for you, we have put together the following tips that may come in handy when preparing for a house move during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Physical distancingGive yourself extra time: unfortunately, we won’t be able to pop round and assist you with your packing, like we normally would have done. This may mean you have to book us a bit more in advance that you may have liked, if only to ensure you have the time to pack, especially if you’re also working from home.

Keep your distance: we have to insist on social distancing, wherever possible, keeping a minimum of 2 metres away from our team of movers. Ideally, you should be in a different room, while we load the contents of another room onto the van.Continue reading

Our New Procedures During the Coronavirus Lockdown

Why Self Storage?

As all our valued customers in and around the Leicester area will be fully aware, the UK is currently engaged in a nationwide lockdown to curb the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Here at Stokes Removals and Storage, we completely support the government’s advice to stay home, stay safe, and stop the spread of this virus. To protect both our staff and our customers during this difficult time, we are taking the following safety measures for the duration of the lockdown.

Our self-storage services in Leicester

We are open for business but until we are given further guidance, Stokes Removals and Storage is limiting face to face interactions. If you need to contact us, we are still available by telephone and email.

Our self storage facility is available for emergency access but we ask customers to follow the government guidelines and follow social distancing at all times whilst on the premises.

All storage contracts will operate as normal during the lockdown and our 24-hour CCTV surveillance system will continue to operate. The safety of your belongings is assured.

Our removals services in Leicester

Stoke Removals and Storage remains in operation for removals. We have amended the way in which we work to minimise risk. Our service will now be 100% contactless. We ask that all customers have their items boxed up and ready for removal and that they relocate to a different room as our team loads up each room’s items into the removal van.

For our part, our workers will be equipped with additional protective clothing, including gloves and face masks, and we will ensure that our vans are thoroughly cleaned after each job to prevent transmission of the virus. We are also respecting social distancing recommendations and will remain at least two metres apart from our customers.

Our packing services in Leicester

We regret that we will no longer be able to provide a packing service for our customers in Leicester. While we understand many customers make good use of this service, in the current circumstances it constitutes too high a risk to have our removal team in your property for an extended period, moving from room to room to assist you in your packing. We are still able to provide you with packing materials, and are happy to drop these off at your door, prior to your move.

We fully expect life to return to normal sooner, rather than later. In the meantime, we trust that all our valued customers across the Leicester area will support the measures we have taken. This is solely to protect our customers and our staff.

For more information, or to book a removal, please call Stokes Removals and Storage today on 0116 239 3000.


How to Prepare for an Office Move

Moving office is an exciting time for any business, but can also cause disruption for the day-to-day running of your business. By making use of the following hints and tips, you can help to keep that disruption to a minimum.

Start early

It’s never too soon to start planning your office move. Indeed, most commercial removals companies advise planning at least three months prior to the move itself. This gives you a chance to think through the moving process in some detail.

Declutter your old office

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Moving House at Christmas

Moving at Christmas

Here at Stokes Removals, we have been assisting our clients with their removals in Leicester for more than half a century. While moving house at Christmas might make things a bit more frantic, there are ways to minimise the impact of the holiday season on your big move.

Here are just a few of them…

The weather

With any winter move, you run the risk of getting snow on your moving day and, the further you get into December, the greater the likelihood of this occurring. Most removal companies operate heavy-duty vans and lorries that can easily handle inclement weather. For your own safety, make sure you have a supply of sand, grit, or road salt to keep your pathways clear of snow.

Christmas shopping

Always a conundrum? Do you buy it all beforehand and load onto the removals van? Do you wait until you move and risk getting everything delivered on time? One alternative is to ask a friend or family member to look after your Christmas shopping for you until the big move.Continue reading