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Preparing To Sell – How to Get the Most for Your Dorset Home

Posted on 13/03/2023 by Nick Johnson
Preparing To Sell – How to Get the Most for Your Dorset Home

When people devise a plan for selling their home, they often jump forward several steps by placing their house or apartment on the market. They immediately consider speeding up the process rather than finding the best way to present their property. This approach occasionally works if the property is significantly under the typical asking price or is ready for sale. But it can also have the opposite effect if there are maintenance issues, or the market is sluggish.

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DIY Moving vs Professional Movers: Which Option is Right for You?

Posted on 25/01/2023 by Nick Johnson
Choosing the Most Efficient Removals Company in Dorset

DIY relocations are attractive to people looking to reduce their moving costs. The idea is that you’ll only have to pay for vehicle hire and a few odds and ends. And if you need assistance, ask family and friends to chip in. Additionally, the thought of fitting everything around your schedule is handy. However, there are some drawbacks to DIY moving, such as needing the right equipment or experience.

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How to Deal with an Emergency Winter Relocation

Posted on 19/12/2022 by Nick Johnson
How to Deal with an Emergency Winter Relocation

Most relocations are a straightforward process that, while it isn’t always pleasant, isn’t over and above what you might expect. You agree on a date that aligns with your completion date of the end of your tenancy. Then it’s a case of listing a few potential moving companies and choosing the one that meets your requirements and budget.

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How to Use Google Reviews before Booking a Removals Company in Dorset

Posted on 25/11/2022 by Nick Johnson
A Guide to a Seamless Move to Shaftesbury 

If you’re planning a relocation soon, finding a moving company isn’t difficult – there are plenty to choose from. The problem isn’t the lack of options – how do you know what service you’ll receive? If you’ve moved home a few times, you’ll likely have at least one negative experience. And the reasons behind them are typically common, like movers turning up late or not being careful with boxes.

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Top Tips for First-Time Homeowners in Dorset

Posted on 17/10/2022 by Nick Johnson
Top Tips for First-Time Homeowners in Dorset

For tenets who rent their homes and seem to be stuck in a never-ending cycle of renting, becoming a homeowner would be a dream come true. However, there’s a reason why millions of people find themselves in this predicament, and it’s often impossible to pay rent and save for a deposit. And for people who don’t have a safety net of staying with a relative, this can often rule buying a house or flat out of their immediate plans.

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Property Prices in Dorset 2022 – What’s right for You?

Posted on 19/09/2022 by Nick Johnson
Moving Services Dorset: Your Ultimate Checklist for a Stress-Free Move

If you’re looking to buy property in Dorset, we’re sure you will be looking at the local market conditions and are very mindful of your budget. Whether you’re thinking of making a move or want to stay ahead of the curve, read on for our guide to Dorset property prices. This is relevant to first-time buyers and others looking for a change of scenery.

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5 Common Mistakes People Make When Moving House

Posted on 09/08/2022 by Nick Johnson
Choosing the Most Efficient Removals Company in Dorset

If you’re moving house soon, there are a few mistakes that you need to avoid. It can be easy to forget something important amid all the chaos. But, if you take the time to plan, you’ll make the process much smoother. Plus, you can reduce the chances of something going wrong if you give yourself time to prepare for your relocation.

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Easy Ways to Improve Your Garden in Dorset

Posted on 05/07/2022 by Nick Johnson
Upgrading Your Garden in Time for Summer in Dorset

The English Country Garden 

For many people, a home isn’t complete without a garden to exercise their green fingers and landscaping techniques. Luckily for people in Dorset, it’s one feature that most properties have as standard.  Dorset is a very green country, with a lot of open fields, rolling hills, and wide skies.  Quaint thatched cottages and the quintessential English country garden.  A great place to cultivate this timeless art of English heritage, with plenty of formal gardens to visit for inspiration.  As we are talking about the quintessence of English Country gardening, here are two sets of five suggestions for what you can do this time of year in your treasured plot. 

Five things to do in your garden in late summer 

1. Trim back your wisteria 

Once this classic trailing beauty has flowered it is time to cut its voracious growth back.  Cut back the green shoots of the current years’ growth to five or six leaves.  Pay attention to where the enthusiastic wisteria has climbed, particularly where it may be encroaching on your neighbours, or any guttering and drainpipes.  A rigorous pruning will encourage flowers next year, rather than leggy stems. 

2. Prune back climbing roses 

Deadheading roses is a given, in order to keep their flowers coming. If you have climbers which do not flower again, now is a good time to cut them back and tidy up.  Cut back long messy new shoots from this growing season, and shape for next year. 

3. Don’t dry out the lawn

Be aware in late summer that if you cut the lawn too short in a dry spell, you will lose the green lush feel of it.  If you can cut lightly this time of year it is advised unless it’s been a rainy summer. Avoid using lawn fertilisers this time of year. 

4. Trim back hedges 

As the birds have finished their nesting season, it is a good time to tackle the task of the hedges.  As the summer growth spurt is underway, it’s a great time while you have good weather on your side to shear back to what looks sharp and trim. 

5. Kitchen garden 

As your harvest is likely have begun trickling in, your activities will be dependent on what you grow.  There will still be growing opportunities for quick growing radishes, herbs and mizuna and pak choi, so continue to sow these seeds.   Pinch out the top of your runner beans to encourage side shooting.  If you need to pinch out the side shoots on tomatoes, try to keep up with them. Now is a good time to feed tomatoes high-quality potash feed. 

Five Ways to uplift your garden

1. Painting

When the weather is good and dry, it’s a great time for some outdoor renovations. Consider if you have outdoor buildings that could do with a new facelift. Once you have a colour scheme, you can add old, tired garden benches to the upgrade list.  Also, if you have old shelving units from the house and garage, they can create great spaces for arranging your container garden.  Unify them all with the same colour outdoor paint, and you will have a steady vibrant theme. 

2 Wildflower zones 

Wildflower zones are increasingly popular in gardens. Firstly, they provide a lot of pollinating opportunities and encourage bees and wildflife.  Secondly, they are beautifully striking when flowering. Finally, they require minimum upkeep, and provide belts of living floral foliage.  In order to prevent them from spreading, penn them in with steady borders of stone or sleepers. 

3. Lighting and fire features 

Although it is a departure from the traditional English country aesthetic, solar lighting is a cheap way of adding some nocturnal enchantment to your garden. For instance, illuminating a pathway with solar lights can be both practical and appealing.   For a striking and classic look, you could invest in some outdoor firelamps that work with oil or natural gas.  Alternatively, you may find that having an outdoor firepit answers all your elemental needs in one location. 

4. Restructure your beds for next year 

Striking combinations of grasses and salvias can renovate beds dramatically.  Deer resistant Salvia’s block planted can provide incredible structure and colour. Offset with feathery fine grasses, you have a combination that will require little maintenance and deliver contrast and airiness to your border or bed.  As a perennial bed, you can rely on the bright colours and structure of the Salvia to be a great backdrop for highlighting other zones of the garden.  Get ideas this summer for where you can make changes for next summer’s display.

5. New seating areas

Eating and drinking in the summer garden are the best ways to enjoy these halcyon moments. Creating new spaces to dine or get refreshments can give you a whole new angle on your garden experience.  Above all, it maximises the outdoor potential for getting together, which we all appreciate these days.  While you may think this involves a major redesign or investment in garden furniture it need not be the case. For instance, a seating zone can be defined by an existent boundary.  Consider a garden wall as a great place to plan a new seating area, or against the wall of a garden building.  Where you have a sense of shelter and shade is going to be ideal.  With some upcycled garden benches and tables, painted in your theme colour, you can easily construct a whole new region in your garden paradise. 

Garden storage 

At Johnsons of Shaftesbury, we have a number of keen and professional gardeners and landscapers that use our storage units. We offer excellent domestic and business storage options to suit everyone’s needs. There is no lease or minimum storage period to worry about, making it easy to store for as long as you need to. If you are developing a gardening or landscaping business, we can provide you with ample storage for you safely and securely store tools and any equipment you may need to hire from time to time. 

Johnson’s – Dorset’s Number One for Removals and Storage –

The Johnson’s of Shaftesbury team serves the whole of Dorset and the surrounding areas. With over one hundred years of experience in removals and storage, our team has a rich history of providing the best customer service in Dorset. That’s why we have a loyal set of customers who always return to use us for all their removals and storage needs.

Johnson’s offers a range of removals and storage packages to suit everyone’s requirements. It’s a simple but effective ethos: more service options equal a better service for our customers. And for us, customer service is our number one priority. At Johnson’s, we always approach a job with a positive attitude and a drive to provide the best service possible.

We appreciate how important upholding the tradition of gardening is in Dorset, and how much value it can add to a property.   If you require more storage space to fulfill your landscaping dreams, then we are happy to help.  You can find our willing team here ready to give you a competitive quote. 

What’s on in North Dorset this Spring 

Posted on 02/05/2022 by Nick Johnson

After the Easter weekend, Spring is well and truly in full swing, and thankfully 2022 sees the return of many local festivals and activities.  Dorset hosts many music festivals as well as food festivals and sporting events for residents and visitors alike. Along with the Purbeck passion for outdoor activities, North Dorset also celebrates its beautiful landscape with the Dorset Cycle Ride and various running festivals. With a range of incredible food festivals, it’s possible to indulge your passion for gastronomy and stay in shape in the most scenic surroundings.  

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Relocating to Spain from the UK – Superior European Removals

Posted on 04/04/2022 by Nick Johnson
Relocating to Spain from the UK – Superior European Removals

For decades now, people have chosen Spain as their new home, and it remains a favourite destination for Brits who want a better quality of life. Moving to a new country is the ultimate test of anyone’s organising and multitasking skills. Some parts of Spain are now synonymous with the large contingencies of expats. But is it too difficult to move there after Brexit?

While there are some additional steps, nothing officially prevents people from setting up a home in Spain. It does mean checking rules and regulations thoroughly before making any commitments. That’s where you need to consult the experts, and we’ll give you pointers. You’ll enjoy the highest levels of European removals with Johnson’s Removals.

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