Going Digital to streamline your home – Part 1

Posted on 12/05/2017 by Nick Johnson
Going Digital to streamline your home

Given that digital home entertainment exceeded physical in 2016 (in terms of home movie sales), it’s clear that the future is going to be streamed and downloaded. Apart from sheer convenience, there is another considerable benefit to the way our lives are going digital – space. Today, books, films, music, correspondence and filing do not need to take up any real space. If you use cloud-based technology, you don’t even need to factor in the space taken up by external hard-drives (having said that, it’s actually best to maintain your own backup drive and not rely exclusively on the cloud). If you live in a small flat, then the space-saving benefits of digital can make an even more pronounced difference. No more shelves heaving with weighty tomes and no more ugly CD jewel-case spines. Most of us, of course, subsist on a mix of digital and physical media and for some there are aesthetic benefits to holding on to books and vinyl; the spines (unlike with CDs and DVDs) are attractive and lend a room some atmosphere. And, in fact, in publishing, hard copies of books are experiencing some sales resilience, while e-readers such as the Kindle have peaked after experiencing initial growth spurts. Some point to the vinyl revival as another sign that our love affair with physical is far from over, but while that’s true, it’s also very much a niche market and not a sign that the journey to digital is genuinely reversing back to analogue.
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Questions To Ask When Viewing A Property – Part 2

Posted on 06/04/2017 by Nick Johnson

We’ve looked at most of the initial questions it’s important to ask when you’re going round your potential home. These included everything from “why has the owner put it on the market?” to “are there problems that are putting off potential buyers?”. The idea was to excavate as much information as possible, however tight-lipped the estate agent might try to be. However, there were many more questions which, for space reasons, we couldn’t go into at the time. So here are some further tips to help you investigate the truth about a property before you take the plunge and buy.
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The First Few Days In Your New Home in Dorset

Posted on 23/03/2017 by Nick Johnson
The First Few Days In Your New Home in Dorset

Moving house gives you that once-twice-or-thrice-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get really organised and give your day-to-day life a clarifying, decluttering overhaul. There’s no better time for getting to grips with the very structure of living, making it more orderly and smooth-running. You can start to lay foundations for a new life as soon as you’re over the threshold. Of course, you’re tired after the frenzy and tension of your move and no one’s suggesting that you immediately set to work on unattainable goals like becoming perfect. But there’s a lot you can do straight away, without causing yourself undue exhaustion or worry.

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Relocating Your Office in Dorset with Johnson’s

Posted on 04/03/2017 by Nick Johnson
Managing your booking

It’s a big day for your company – you’re moving into a new office and you need a comprehensive removal service to migrate your office and all the furnishings. Moving to new premises is never an easy task, and if you’re weighing the options of undertaking the removals yourself, it’s advisable to cost every option out first.

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Questions To Ask When Viewing A Property, Part I

Posted on 19/01/2017 by Nick Johnson
Questions To Ask When Viewing A Property

It’s not easy thinking off the top of your head when you’re viewing a property. That’s why it’s good to formulate the most important and probing questions in advance. Buying a home could never be described as a breeze. It can be fraught and full of tension. If you rely solely on your good judgment and memory to ensure you ask the estate agent all the key questions, you could realise all too late that you omitted some of the most crucial ones. Remember, estate agents are obliged by law to tell you the God’s-honest truth, so with a little forethought, you can come away completely clued up which will, in turn, help you make the right decision. Here are our first three thoughts, designed to help you kick off with good, scrutinising questions.

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Coping with condensation

Posted on 05/12/2016 by Nick Johnson
Coping with condensation

It’s in the winter months that condensation in our properties can be most prevalent. You’ll notice this even more when you’ve been running hot baths or showers, especially with all windows closed and even more so if there’s no extractor fan. Temperatures outside plummet while on the inside they get higher. Condensation problems are the consequence.

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Protecting Your Possessions On The Move

Posted on 30/09/2016 by Nick Johnson

It’s everyone mover’s worst nightmare. You dutifully pack up your home, doing it – as far as you’re aware – diligently and carefully, ready for the exciting move to a new house. Alas, what should be a time of renewed home and cheerful optimism turns to one of loss and disappointment as you unpack only to find a whole host of damaged items, including irreplaceable artworks and family heirlooms. Whether you’re taking all your belongings to your new abode or putting some into storage, it pays to know how to make them road-ready so that they get from A to B in one piece. You can do away with this worry in one feel swoop by using Johnson’s packing/unpacking service, but if you’re going solo, here is some guidance.

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Decluttering Your Home

Posted on 23/09/2016 by Nick Johnson
Decluttering Your Home

It happens to everyone; you accumulate so much stuff that it starts to pick away at your peace of mind. Shelves begin to groan from being overburdened with books, storage space is full to bursting, piles of paper have to be shoved into drawers and suitcases as a quick fix and before long your sanity is compromised. Stuff, stuff and more stuff – it’s simply impossible to stem the tide. Moving house is a great time to divest yourself of unnecessary belongings but, in fact, any time is the right time and there’s no need to wait for a move if it seems unlikely you’ll be making one any time soon. If you’ve reached that stage where the disorder in your home is beginning to create a sense of disorder in your thoughts and emotions, then it’s time to act.

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Johnson’s – Student Storage Dorset

Posted on 05/08/2016 by Nick Johnson

At the end of each term/semester, students face the worrying prospect of not knowing what on earth to do with all the stuff they’ve kept in their lodgings, whether they’re in halls of residence or sharing a flat that has to be fully vacated three times a year. Does this sound like you? Then not only will you be wondering what to do with everything you brought along to university, you’re also bound to have acquired extra bits and pieces as the weeks have gone on especially if you’re in one of those great university towns with fantastic markets and boutiques. And if you’re an overseas student, the idea of lugging all your things across an ocean or two every time term ends is decidedly unappealing to put it mildly.

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How To Choose a Removal Company

Posted on 08/07/2016 by Nick Johnson

It’s too important an undertaking for you to entrust it to the first Tom, Dick or Harry whose flyer comes through your letterbox. Neither can you simply flick through a phone book and hope you’ll strike gold, any more than you can do a quick online search and be sure you’ll find the company that’s up to the job. Choosing your removal company is a daunting task – or at least it feels like it. What if you end up saddled with a cowboy or a fly-by-night rip-off merchant? What if they break things and damage banisters and carpets? What if they’re boorish and noisy with no inclination to listen and understand you? You’d be forgiven for wanting to throw in the towel, hire a van and do the move yourself but, alas, that choice comes with its own set of problems and drawbacks. So, working on the assumption that you are indeed going to go with a removal company, we can share some tips to help you find the right one for you, so that there’ll be no regrets and no looking back.
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