Sunday, April 29, 2007

How to Plan Your Move

Summer time is the busiest time of the year for movers. In addition, the beginning and end of each month are traditionally busier than mid-month, regardless of the season. If you are planning to move during one of the times, plan well in advance so your mover's schedule will fit yours.
Now it is time to contact the movers on your list. Inform them of your destination and the timing of your move. Ask movers to provide you with a written estimate, and have them explain the services listed in the estimate in detail. Carefully compare each estimate to see which company best suits your needs and budget.
Proper packing by a trained packer using specially designed cartons and materials is crucial to a good move. Schedule packing with the mover a day or two before the moving van is loaded. If you are packing yourself, it is never too soon to start. While packing yourself can save money, movers will not usually accept liability for damage to items packed by owners.
Be present when your goods are packed. An inventory of your goods will be made and it is important to resolve any disagreements prior to signing the inventory. Make sure all copies are legible and all items are numbered. Have valuable items listed separately. Some appliances may require servicing prior to the move. Your mover can schedule these services for you.
There are several options for insuring your goods. All household goods shipments move under limited liability. However, you may purchase additional liability coverage from your mover.
-Planning Your Moving Day
Your mover may ask you to select several consecutive days during which your goods can be loaded and a second series of dates during which your goods can be delivered to your new home. A spread of days gives you and your mover the flexibility needed to keep your move on schedule. Remember that summer months are the busiest, and some movers offer lower prices between the months of October and April.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Planning On Relocationg Your Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Steven V. Dubin, PR Works, (781) 878-9533, sdubin@prworkzone.comPLANNING ON RELOCATING YOUR OFFICE? HUMBOLDT STORAGE AND MOVING PROVIDES THE BLUEPRINT TO AN EASIER MOVEDATELINE: SEPTEMBER 22, 2003...A smooth transition from one office to another is essential for profitability, continuity and sanity. Whether you're moving a few blocks, across town, or across the country, you need things to go smooth and efficiently. While moving an entire office can be difficult, Massachusetts based Humboldt Storage and Moving advises on several aspects that can make the move much easier on you, your staff and the movers.1. Keeping Costs Down. Summertime and weekends are the busiest times of year to move. If you try and schedule a mid-week move during the fall, winter or spring, you'll get a better rate.2. Extra Costs. Don't forget that the labor is not the only thing you will pay for. There will be a travel-time charge, which is drive time from the moving company's home office to your original home to your destination and back again to the moving company's home base. You should also budget for packing supplies such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, pads, etc. Generally, moving supplies can run approximately 10-15% of your labor costs.3. Be Honest. Did the conference room table not come into the office in one piece? Have you remodeled an entrance way and access is smaller? Can you not get access to the elevators? Any details that would impede the emptying of your office need to be told to the movers before they show up so they can make special arrangements if need be. 4. Price overruns. Most moving estimates are non-binding. And the best way to ensure that your moving costs doesn't escalate is to give the movers an honest list of what to expect and how easy or difficult access is.5. Moving Insurance. Your belongings should be insured during the move against any unforeseen circumstances. Check with your insurance policy. If your insurance provider does not cover items while in transit or in someone else's vehicle, or if they only cover against major disasters versus minor damage to individual items, you should definitely purchase moving insurance from your moving company. Without insurance, per Massachusetts State law, moving companies are only liable to cover your goods for 60 cents per pound. As for the amount of coverage you should purchase, most moving companies insure the goods as a whole, and don't insure individual items. Therefore, you should consider the total value of your goods and purchase enough insurance to cover all of the contents of your home.6. Labels. To help organize your move, be sure to label all boxes and equipment as to what room or area they will be going to in the new location. This will speed up the unloading of the truck and save you money in the long run.7. Get a Recommendation and References. Don't be afraid to ask the moving company for a list of references, types of moves they had, and dates of the move. Be sure to speak with previous clients to make sure you're getting what you think you are in a mover.8. Check With Your Local BBB for Complaints Against the Company. Almost every mover will have a few complaints lodged against them. Just be sure that the mover you use has a record with the Better Business Bureau of responding to and resolving those complaints quickly and fairly.9. Verify their license. Call your local state's Department of Transportation or other regulatory body as required by law and make sure that the mover's certificate number is legitimate. Make sure the mover you are considering is duly licensed by your state as well.10. Should You Tip the Movers? Moving is a service industry. While there is not a set amount of gratuity expected by movers as there is by servers in restaurants, for example, if you feel that the job was done efficiently and effectively, you should feel free to tip your movers accordingly.Humboldt Storage and Moving, Greater Boston's largest United Van Lines agent, is a leader in assisting seniors with sensitive down-sizing relocations; coordinating highly technical lab and hospital moves; time-sensitive office relocations; and household relocations that are around the block or around the world. With the company's new 90,000 square foot headquarters and warehouse in Canton, Mass., Humboldt Storage and Moving continues its tradition as one of New England's largest and most dependable storage and moving companies.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Burberry checked over move to China

Burberry checked over move to China
Independent, The (London), Jan 2, 2007 by Antony Stone
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Burberry bosses are to be questioned by a parliamentary committee about plans to axe a UK plant with the loss of 300 jobs.
Campaigners fighting to keep the brand British claim that bosses will be forced to justify sending manufacturing jobs overseas.
Workers at the plant in Treorchy, south Wales, have been told it will shut in March with production transferring to China.
But the announcement last year was immediately condemned, and triggered a high-profile campaign to keep the factory open.
Actor Ioan Gruffudd, who played Hornblower in the television series and who grew up in nearby Aberdare, has thrown his weight behind the campaign.
His intervention is all the more embarrassing for the company as he and the actress Rachel Weisz were recruited as the brand's global faces in 2005. Other high-profile backers have included the Prince of Wales. Leighton Andrews, AM for Rhondda, who has been instrumental in the campaign, said: "We have always believed that the factory is profitable, and this will force Burberry to put figures on the table in public.
"Burberry claims to be a luxury brand with a distinctive British sensibility. Yet here they are seeking to move jobs to China."

Monday, April 9, 2007

Glossary of Property terms for moving people

Glossary of Property terms

Our colleagues at Overseas Property Professional have reported that Britons have spent £6 billion on second homes in last two years, based on new statistics from the UK Office for National Statistics. Apparently, Britons are spending £6 billion a year on the purchase of second homes – a staggering £4 billion more than two years ago.

We, at The Rights Group, felt it would be useful to put together a glossary of terms that we use everyday but which may be a little alien to would be property purchasers in Spain.

We are constantly striving to increase the level of information available to Northern Europeans who may be attracted to the idea of buying in Spain but who may equally be daunted by the press in recent months which has portrayed our market as a den of thieves. Its not, particularly if you approach it with you eyes wide open – seek advice and assistance early in your quest for your dream property and making certain that the professional advice you receive is wholly independent.

We see this as a “living” glossary, so if you come across words and phrases that could usefully be added please let me know at

We hope you’ll find it useful.

Abogado – Lawyer
Adosado - Semi-detached or town house
Aire acondicionado – Air conditioning
Agua/potable – Water /drinking water
Albanil - Bricklayer
Alfombra - Carpet
Amortización - Depreciation, Redemption
Antigüedad(es) / tienda de – Antique/Antique shop
Aparcamiento - Parking
Architecto - Architect
Armario – Cupboard/wardrobe
Assesoria Economica/Contable – Accountant

Balcon – Balcony
Banco/cuenta de/targeta de - Bank/bank account/bank card
Bańo – Bath/WC
Barbacoa – Barbecue
Basura - Rubbish bins and rubbish taxes
Bombilla – Light bulb
Buzón - Mailbox

Caja de Ahorros - Savings bank
Calefacción central – Central heating
Cargas – Land charges registered against the property
Casa unifamiliar - Detached house
Casita – Cottage
Cemento - Cement
Certificado registral - Certificate showing debts attaching to a property
Chalet – Villa
Cocina – Kitchen
Comedor – Dining room
Comunidad de propietarios – Committee of property owners
Contrato de Builder – Constructor Compraventa Private - Property sales contract
Constructor - Builder
Construido - Built area, of property
Construir - Build
Costa del Sol – Sun Coast
Costa del la Luz – Coast of Light
Costa Blanca – White Coast
Corriente or la luz - Electricity
Cortijo - A country property inland with farming roots.
Cuarto de Bano - Bathroom

Documento privado - Private document
Documento público - Public document
Dormitorio - Bedroom
Ducha – Shower
Duplex – Apartment over two floors

Ebanista /carpintero – Joiner
Edificio – Building
Electrician – Electricista
El campo - The countryside
Escayolista/Yesero - Plasterer
Escritura - Deeds of ownership
Escritura pública de compraventa - Title Deeds
Euribor – Variable interest rate set by European banks

Fontanero - Plumber
Finca – Farm house or small estate
Fin de Obra – Formal Completion of Works on a new property
Fuente - Fountain

Garaje - Garage
Gas Butano – Butane gas often used for cooking and water heating
Gestoría – Specialists used to obtain official authorisations, permits and licences

Habitación – A Room
Hipoteca - Mortgage
Hormigon - Concrete

Impuesto extraordinario sobre el patrimonio - Wealth Tax - extraordinary tax on assets
IBI: Impuesto sobre Bienes Inmuebles - Property tax levied yearly
Impuesto sobre el Incremento del Valor de los Terrenos - Tax on the increase of land value
Impuesto sobre el patrimonio - Capital gains tax
Incremento de patrimonio – A Capital gain
ITP – Impuesto sobre Transmisiones Patrionales - Property Transfer Tax of 7% levied on all re-sale property.
Impuesto sobre Actos Juridicos Documentados – AJD - Stamp Duty
Inmobiliaria/agente - Estate agent
Inversion en terreno - Land investment in Spain
IVA Impuesto sobre el Valor Añadido– VAT

Jardin - Garden

Ladrillo – Brick
Libre de cargas – Debt free
Libro del edificio - Documents from the promoter when building is finished
Licencia de prima ocupación – Licence to occupy a completed property
Licencia de obra - Building permission
Limpiadora – A Cleaner

Madera – Wood
Mármol - Marble
Martillo - Hammer
Metros cuadrados – Square metres – units floor area is measured in
Mortero - Mortar

N.I.E. - Identity Number for Foreigners – required for a property purchase
Notario - Notary – records the legal details of property and land sales
Nota Simple - Certificate from Property Registry

Obra nueva - Document certifying a new building
Oferta vinculante - Bank document specifying mortgage conditions
Ordenador – Computer

Pago en efectivo - Cash payment
Parcela - Lot or plot
Pestillo – Door lock
Pintor - Painter
Piscina - Swimming pool
Piso - Apartment
Playa – Beach
Planta baja – Ground or first floor
Plusvalía - Municipal Capital gains tax on the sale of property
Poder – Power of Attorney
Pozo - Well
Préstamo/ con techo – Loan/with variable interests with fixed minimum and maximum
Préstamo hipotecario - Mortgage loan
Pueblo - Town or village
Puerta - Door

Registro de la Propiedad - Register of Property Ownership
Representante fiscal – Foreigner’s official tax representative
Resale Property – A second hand property, already registered at the property register in Spain.
Residencia - Residency permit
Residente - Resident

Sala/salon - Lounge
Se vende or en venta - For sale
Se alquila – For Rent
Sevillana - Electricity company
Seguro de amortización de préstamos - Loan repayment insurance
Seguro Multirriesgo Hogar - House insurance
Señal – Deposit or down payment
Solar - Lot for building
Sótano – Basement
Subasta – Auction
Suelo - Floor or surface

Tasación - Independent valuation of property
Tasa de cambio – Exchange rate
Tasadores – Official Bank Valuers
Techo - Roof
Teja - Roof tile
Terraza - Terrace
Terreno - Land
Terreno en venta - Land for sale
Terreno - Plot of land
Terreno para construir - Building land on the Costa del Sol
Tipo de interés - Rate of interest
Título de propiedad - Deeds stating the ownership of property, date of sale etc.
Trastero - Storeroom

Valor Catastral - Assessed value of property for tax purposes
Ventana - Window
Vidriero – Glazier

Yeso – Plaster