Moving House With Reptiles

Moving House With Your Reptiles or Fish

Moving House With Your Reptiles or Fish – Presented by AVM Storage and Shipping

Moving House With Reptiles

Here at AVM, we offer specialist removals and storage. We pride ourselves on being fast, friendly and reliable and we can offer removal packing kits of various sizes. If you are looking for removals in Cheltenham.  Call us today on: 0800 833 932 or enquire online using a contact form on our website.

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AVM Stroud Services

Our Stroud Services

Services Provided By AVM in Stroud

AVM offers all our services, including storage, removals, and logistics in Stroud. This article provides information about each of these services offered by AVM and how they will benefit you. If you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 833932 for more information. Continue reading Our Stroud Services

Reasons To Hire A Removal Company

Reasons To Hire a Removal Company

Why Should You Hire A Removal Company For Your Move?

As a removal company, AVM see great value in hiring our removal services over trying to move house by yourself or hiring a man with a van job. You may be thinking that we are biased or that you could do it cheaper another way. This is why we have put together the following reasons why hiring a removal company for your move is the best decision.

AVM is a professional and established removal company. We have put many features in place to ensure we are able to offer our customers nothing but the best quality removal service around at a competitive price. We offer our services in Oxford, Cheltenham, Witney, Stroud, and Gloucester. For more information, please contact us on 0800 833 932.

  1. Removal Companies can Save you a Lot of TimeStress Free Removal

Time is the one thing you can’t buy more of. Moving house takes time. From the weeks of packing in advance to the loading of the van, travelling and unloading at the other end – it’s a time-consuming process.  If you’ve ever moved yourself you’ll know how long packing takes – it can take some people weeks on end, especially if you are fitting it in around your day job or taking care of the kids. A professional removal company helps people move every day, so they’ve got it down to an art. If you want to save your time then get the movers in to take care of the whole moving day so that your time will be your own. Continue reading Reasons To Hire a Removal Company

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Top Tips For Your Winter Move

Moving in winter is often not everybody’s first choice. The snow, ice, limited daylight hours and cold weather conditions are not the dream moving house scenario. The cold weather can cause delays, with icy roads and the risk of snow all potential factors to cause havoc on moving day. However, this also means a big reduction in waiting times and prices for removals companies at this time of year. If you are moving house in winter out of choice or circumstance, then we have provided some top tips to not let the move defeat you. Contact us on 0800 833 932 for more advice from our experts.

1) Find a reliable removal company

The most important factor for taking the stress out of your move is to hire a reliable removal company. Not only will they minimise stress, but they will also be fully trained to handle bad weather conditions. A company like AVM, which has lots of experience, will be able to understand and plan for the risks. We know that the weather can be unpredictable in the UK, so we will have unique procedures in place for your move to ensure it is as smooth as possible. Not much could be worse than having an unreliable removal company who abandon you on the day due to bad weather. Continue reading Top Tips For Your Winter Move

Storage Oxford

Storage Oxford

Why Chose AVM as Your Storage Solutions in Oxford 

With the need for dedicated storage on the rise, whether for personal or business use, AVM Storage Oxford has the solution for all of your storage needs. Whether you need a lot of smaller items stored, or larger things such as furniture or even vehicles, our storage units can accommodate you. Contact AVM storage and Shipping today on – 0800 833932.

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Storage Stroud

Looking for affordable storage in Stroud? At AVM Storage & Shipping we own and operate a large secure storage facility near Stroud. Our storage units are completely secure and temperature controlled so you can be confident your belongings will be safe from mould, damp and any potential thieves. We offer storage space that is suitable for both domestic and commercial purposes. To find out more, or to get an accurate, upfront quote for storage in Stroud, contact us on 0800 833 932, or complete our ‘Get a Quote’ form.

In this blog post, we are going to look at the advantages of hiring storage space for your domestic needs.

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Removal Companies Stroud

Removal Companies Stroud

Tips For Moving Home with Removal Companies Stroud

Are you looking for removal companies in Stroud? AVM Storage & Shipping is your most reliable and affordable option, with outstanding levels of professionalism and competence. Get in touch with AVM today for a first removals service you can rely on.

Removal Companies StroudEveryone hopes for a stress-free move without any of those unwanted issues that sometimes crop up and slow the whole process down, leading to some sleepless nights and more frown lines. We believe that we can support you in your move thoroughly and effectively, allowing you to sleep easy, free from any moving nightmares. With our highly trained and experienced staff, we are confident we won’t ever let you down. For a removal company in Stroud that you can trust, be sure to contact AVM today on 0800 833932.

Whether this is your first time moving to a new house, or you’ve moved more than a hermit crab, our aim is to make your move as stress-free as possible. This article discusses some useful techniques to make moving easier. Additionally, we look at what sets AVM apart from other removal companies in Stroud. For more information on our Stroud removal services, read on.

Packing hints for getting you ahead

Packing is the central struggle when it comes to moving. It takes up so much time and energy, particularly when you discover you’ve packed something you actually need, or you’ve forgotten to label a box and are forced to open it back up to find out. That’s why we’ve put together some tips to help make you packing go smoothly.

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With the help of our expert removal company, moving to a new property can be a lot more straightforward and should speed up the process significantly. Armed with our expertise and experience, your move will run smoothly and you will be left feeling a lot more relaxed come moving day.

We use the very best in specialised equipment to ensure your items are packed securely. Our spotless track record of delivering items in the same condition in which they were loaded into our vans, paired with our professional and helpful staff helps put our customers at complete ease. AVM Storage & Shipping always treats every single item with which we are trusted with respect and handle them with the utmost amount of care and consideration. If you have any large, unwieldy items or things that need special handling, then we have the equipment and tools to deal with these without any damage or breakages occurring. Contact us for advice on moving furniture or other large scale objects.

For anyone who is looking for a removal company in Stroud, then AVM are here to help! With many years’ experience in the removals and storage industry and countless customers who have recommended us, we are confident you will not be disappointed. Call us on 0800 833932 for more information.

Start by packing the least used rooms in the house

Begin the process by making a list of items you think need extra care due to being delicate or sentimental. You can then begin with the rooms you use the least. Utility rooms, basements and guest bedrooms are a good place to begin, as these are rooms you will likely not be using or need anything from before you move. You’ll probably want to pack up the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms towards the end as these will be in use until you leave. Having a rough idea of things you will and won’t need before moving day and possibly piling some items to the side can be helpful also.  For the last couple of nights in your property, you will want to have packed up the majority of items and keep them in the rooms less used as mentioned above so that they are not getting in your way. Think about the items you will need immediately on arrival at your new place, such as towels, wash stuff, bedding and even the kettle, putting them into a separate box and making sure that is the last thing to be loaded into the moving van and therefore the first to be taken out. You will not want to spend your first night in your new home rifling through box after box to find your pillow and slippers!

Categorise your cardboard boxes

Categorising your boxes can save a lot of time and effort when it comes to unpacking in your new home. Having boxes for separate rooms is one thing but also things within that room. An example of this would be kitchen boxes for all the items in the kitchen and then a box for utensils a box for cutlery and a box for pots and pans. Putting a mix of items into boxes becomes chaotic and will result in a far more time-consuming task in the long run.

Mark your boxes clearly

Marker pens are incredibly useful when packing. Packing up your whole property into a number of boxes can make it confusing to know which items have been placed in which box in which room. By boxing things into rough categories you can then write a note on the box of what it contains and where it should go in the new place. When the boxes arrive at your new property you will be able to plan which boxes need to go in which locations in the house.

Ask for assistance

Finally remember, if you decide packing really isn’t for you, you can opt for our fully comprehensive packing service and take it easy, with our qualified professionals handling all your packing, from kitchen equipment to wardrobe contents, taking extra care with each item. Find out more about our packing service below.  

If you are looking for removal companies in Stroud then do not hesitate to get in contact with us today on 0800 833932 and get the answers to any questions you may have.

For more advice and guidance on preparing for your move, get in touch with one of our friendly, professional team and we will do our best to help you.

What AVM can offer you

AVM Storage & Shipping is proud to be recognised as one of the top removal companies in Stroud. We have operated in and around the region for many years and are experts in providing reliable and trustworthy moving services to our customers.

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Comprehensive professional packing service

We offer a full professional packing service to our customers. Our team of experienced, liveried packers and movers are highly trained to handle all our customers’ belongings with care. For a free, no obligation quote for your move, including our expert packing service, contact us now.

If you’d prefer to pack yourself, we offer packing kits containing everything you will need to pack your possessions, including moving boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape and paper. Find out more about our packing services here.

Safe and secure storage and warehousing services

For items that need to be stored securely, we have a range of storage and warehousing options to suit your needs. Our affordable storage solutions are ideal for storing both large and small items, including furniture, antiques and more, keeping them safe and secure. We can transport items to be stored in our warehouse and then deliver them wherever you need them to go when the time comes.

Specialist fleet of vehicles

We have a wide range of insurance and vehicle options to choose from which can be tailored to your exact requirements. Whether it is for just a few items of furniture or for a four-bedroomed house, our removal vehicles are fully equipped to handle all types of moves, getting your items safely and smoothly from A to B.  

International moves

If you are moving abroad, AVM can help. As one of the only international removal companies in Stroud, we are experts in international moves and shipping. Our international moving service is fully comprehensive; we handle the entire shipping process including full documentation, customs clearance, collection, groupage, palletising as well as export wrapping and banding. Whether you are moving across to France or to the opposite side of the world, our internationally recognised shipping service is the perfect solution for all your shipping needs. For more information about out international shipping service, visit our page or speak to one of our team.

Hands on support

Our expert and friendly team will be on hand to help throughout your entire moving process, helping to put you at ease and answering any queries or concerns. If you need to update your requirements, just let us know and we will amend your quote to reflect the changes. For a removals company that puts you first and makes sure you are happy throughout the moving process, choose AVM. All our staff receive the latest training when it comes to our expert services so you can be confident in our qualified removals team when it comes to your move.

About Us

AVM Storage & Shipping is a nationally and internationally recognised removals company. We offer a ‘one stop shop’ service for removals, logistics, storage and shipping and are proud to be one of the best removal companies in Stroud. For more information about our services, browse our website. Or to get a quote and arrange a visit, contact one of our friendly, professional team today. We will be happy to help.

storage Witney

Storage Witney

Reliable and Affordable Storage Solutions in Witney

Contrary to popular belief, storage is not just for hoarders or collectors with more belongings than space. Storage is a useful option when you have items that won’t comfortably fit in your home or business premises. If you are looking for domestic or commercial storage in Witney or the surrounding region, AVM Storage & Shipping owns and manages a dedicated Witney storage facility, perfect for temporary or even longer-term storage options. To get a quote for storage prices, contact us today on 0800 833 932. We offer very reasonable rates for both our domestic and commercial clients.

Domestic Storage in Witney

These days, people are finding that they are accumulating a lot more possessions than they know what to do with.  Be it old furniture you’re reluctant to part with, sentimental items inherited from family members or a wardrobe overstuffed with clothes. If this sounds familiar, and your home is beginning to feel overcrowded, storage might be the ideal solution.

Given the recent rise in popularity of the concept of minimalism, more people are clearing space or ‘decluttering’. However, simply throwing away or getting rid of things can be harder than the blogs make it seem. Storage is a great way to clear out without making the touch decision to permanently part from your items and can be a useful step in determining what you still want and what can go.

secure storageIf you choose our Witney storage solution, your items will be stored safely and securely in our purpose-built warehouse. Each storage unit is temperature controlled and properly ventilated, preventing any damage from damp or mould and each unit is clean, so you can expect your items to be returned to you in the same condition in which they arrived. Our Witney storage facility is completely secure. Each unit has its own locking system and we also use CCTV and onsite security to make sure our customers’ belongings are safe. We will never store your items with other customers’ belongings. Your storage unit will be entirely your own, not a communal space, ensuring your items are protected.

For any large items that you aren’t sure can fit into storage, speak to us to discuss your needs and we will have a storage solution to suit you. We have been known to store items as large as boats and caravans, so if you have similar sized items or even larger, let us know and we will advise you of our available storage options.

If you are moving abroad and need items stored, our dedicated storage facility is both affordable and fit for purpose. AVM Storage & Shipping are also experts in international shipping, so we can arrange for your items to be shipped to you if you need them at a later date. Our international shipping service includes handling full documentation, customs clearance, collection, groupage, palletising and export wrapping and banding. Our convenient location close to the M5 and major shipping ports makes us ideally located to carry out international shipping. To find out more about our international shipping services or to discuss your shipping requirements, get in touch with one of our team today.

For flexible storage options, choose AVM. Our service makes it easy for you to manage your stored items. You can choose to use our facility for as little as 7 days or for much longer. To get a quote, fill in our online form or call one of our friendly team who will be on hand to advise you.  

Commercial Storage in Witney

If you require a commercial storage facility, we can cater to your needs. Whether it is storing office furniture and equipment in preparation for an office move or refurbishment, or storing extra stock, our Witney storage facility is perfectly suited to your commercial requirements. We understand the importance of quality and efficiency, so our service offers exactly that to all of our clients. Out business rates are extremely competitive, so get in touch today for a quote.

Our dedicated storage facility is fully insured, giving you peace of mind. We take extra care of all our clients’ items, right from the point of collection to the moment they are returned in the condition they left in. You can also purchase additional insurance for your contents from as little as 50p per week per £1,000 value of items stored. For more information, contact one of our team.

Our storage units come in a range of sizes, suitable for storing almost anything. We guarantee that we have the right size unit, whatever your storage requirements. If you need to upgrade your storage at any point, we can offer you a storage unit that will match your needs perfectly.

To get a quick quote for storage in Witney, complete our online form, or call us on 0800 833 932.  

About Us

AVM Storage & Shipping is a reliable storage company with many years’ experience in the storage and shipping industry. We offer a one stop shop service for storage, shipping, removals and logistics. Our dedicated customer service and high quality provision makes our Witney storage service one of the best in the region. So, contact us today for a quote, or for more advice and guidance, speak to one of our team.

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8 Useful Tips for House Removals


Moving home is an exciting if somewhat stressful time. Like any new adventure, it takes careful planning to get it right. With that in mind, whether it’s your first move or your fifth, we’ve put together a list of handy tips to help take the stress away.

1. Make a moving checklist

tips for house removals

Putting together a moving checklist of all the things you need to get done before the big day arrives is a great way to keep on track of important tasks. It will also help you to plan how much time you’ll need accordingly, so by moving day you’ll be packed and ready to go, not running around at the last minute! Some tasks you will need to tick off early, like booking your removal company. This will give you peace of mind, knowing you haven’t missed anything. You can find some great examples of moving checklists online.

2. Find removal companies

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Spend some time researching reputable removal companies in your area. Make sure you compare quotes from a few moving companies, to ensure you’re getting the best deal. Good removal companies will provide details of their charges and may offer a discount if you do your own packing or provide your own packing materials. They should also have suitable insurance.

At AVM, we offer competitive prices on house removals. Prices can be estimated over the phone or by a visit from one of our experienced surveyors. We also offer fixed price or capped by the hour options. For more information visit our removals page. ‎

3. Clean your house

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You’ll want to leave your house sparkling clean for the next occupants. You may want to hire a professional cleaning company to save some time, in which case, as with finding removal companies, do your research.

If you choose to do it yourself, make sure you clean anything being left behind, such as furniture or appliances, including underneath and behind; get rid of any rubbish; dust and wipe down surfaces; and vacuum and mop the floors. If you are using lots of chemicals, open some windows to keep the room ventilated.

This is also a great opportunity for clearing out unwanted possessions and unnecessary clutter. Set aside a box for things you plan to sell or donate. You could even offer any items for sale on sites like Gumtree or eBay. Or invite a few friends and neighbours over to see if there is anything they’d like to take off your hands (including food or cleaning items you aren’t planning on taking with you). As they say… “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Sites like Freecycle are great too for any items you can’t sell.

Another note on cleaning: Make sure if you are planning on taking any hazardous materials like cleaning products with you, that they are packed separately by type, securely and are well labelled.

4. Visit your new area

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If you can, visit your new area before your move, to familiarise yourself with it. Take note of where important things like grocery shops, doctor’s surgeries and places to park are. This will help you to settle in more quickly to your new home, as you’ll feel a little less lost when you arrive.

5. Packing

tips for house removals

The biggest task that lies ahead of you is most certainly the packing. Hopefully, you’ll have managed to shift all your unwanted items, so that you are only taking the things you really need. Here are a few key tips for packing for house removals:

Where to get moving boxes

You will need moving boxes in different sizes including small, medium, large and wardrobe boxes (alternatively, you can watch the below video for a tutorial on making your own wardrobe packing boxes).

Most moving companies can provide packing boxes in a variety of different sizes. Other places to find moving boxes include your local supermarket, friends who have recently moved and sites like Gumtree or Freecycle. You will also need packing tape, bubble wrap, newspapers for wrapping and stuffing boxes, blankets or stretch wrap for furniture, labels and a marker pen.

How to pack correctly

One key piece of advice for packing boxes for moving home is to do it one room at a time. This will make it easier for you to stay organised, in addition to knowing where each box will need to go in the new house. Start with rooms you use the least, such as the spare bedroom or study, packing items you aren’t likely to need beforehand like sports equipment or books.

Check out our helpful video for some useful moving tips:

Full service? Or DIY?

Of course, you may want to save yourself the trouble and opt for a packing service from your removal company. Keep in mind that items you pack yourself may not be covered by your removal company’s insurance policy.

AVM offers a professional packing service by experienced liveried personnel, treating your belongings with the utmost care and consideration. We also provide packing kits if you prefer to do it yourself.

Remember: when packing boxes, safety is of the utmost importance. Avoid overpacking boxes, making them too heavy to lift; don’t lift heavy items alone or unsupervised; and pack heavy items like books in small boxes and lighter items in large boxes.

6. Moving day

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When the big day arrives, set an alarm and get up early, giving you plenty of time before the moving van arrives. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, for any last-minute jobs that might need doing. Do a final check of your moving checklist.

Packing a moving survival kit is a great idea to prepare for the day ahead. This could include snacks, chargers, entertainment for the kids like books or tablets, water and a first aid kit. It is also a clever plan to pack a box with the items you’ll need immediately when you arrive at your new home such as toiletries, canned and boxed food, a change of clothes, towels, the kettle and any teas/coffees/milk for hot drink making, plates, cups and cutlery, rubbish bags and a craft knife for opening moving boxes – make sure this goes into the moving van last.

Have all your important documents you might need with you in your survival kit, including any with details of the move from the removal company.

Finally, make sure you are ready to leave once the moving van is packed. Some removal companies may charge extra if they are kept waiting at the destination.

7. Give yourself plenty of time

tips for house removals

Make sure you allow more than enough time to get all your tasks done before you move, leaving space for breaks and adequate rest. Spend time with friends and family (if you can get them to help you, even better!), go out for a meal or to the cinema, enjoying your last few weeks in your old house before starting your new adventure. By the time moving day comes around you will be rested and ready.

8. Get moving!

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Having given yourself plenty of time, booked a reliable moving company and ticked off all the items on your checklist, you should be ready to go. Good luck, and happy moving!

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Tips for moving to a new home with a dog with AVM storage and Shipping – Cheltenham

Moving house requires a lot of preparation and is a very exciting time but it can also be very stressful for all those concerned and that includes your furry friend. Ensure you include your dog when making your moving plans.

Consider sending your dog to a friend or relative for the duration of the move to give you one less thing to worry about, together with hiring a trusted and reputable removal company or man and van to ensure that you can move to a new house efficiently and with ease.

Although most dogs are incredibly adaptable and take new things in their paw-stride, here we discuss tips to moving house with your dog to help reduce stress for all concerned.

Should you be looking for a man and van in Cheltenham, call AVM Storage & Shipping today on: 0800 833 932

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