30 Mar 2017

For most of us, our pets are our family and we can’t possibly imagine taking up the dream to relocate and leaving our beloved pets behind.

However, it doesn’t mean the process is a straight forward one. There are legal requirements, paperwork that needs to be completed, processes need to be thought through and then there’s the issue of the pets on the plane!

Fear not, we will discuss what you need to know here, help assist you with making the big move + making sure your pets are fully taken care of in that process.

The first thing you will need to ensure when looking to relocate your pets abroad is the legal requirements.

The legal requirements will vary depending on what country you want to take them to but for the purpose of this article, we will focus on travel within Europe. If you relocating outside of Europe and want some advice on the process then click here to get call us and will be able to answer your questions in detail.

Four things you need to know before moving your pets abroad:

  • Microchip your pets
  • Obtain Pet Passport
  • Get rabies vaccination
  • Check with airline on carriage rules

1. Microchipping

Firstly, your pets will need to be microchipped to be able to travel abroad.  Microchip is a small electronic device planted under the skin usually between the shoulder blades. The chip can be read by specialist scanners which identifies your pet and its unique details.

From April 6 2016 all dogs need to be microchipped by law, if it hasn’t been done the process is simple. You can head into your nearest Companion Care Surgeries or Pets at Home stores where you can make an appointment to have your pet microchipped.

It is quick and painless procedure enabling the data to be stored on a secure database. When your pet is travelling the chip will enable them to be identified.

If your pet is already chipped, simply ensure the details are up to date.

This is relevant to that of domestic animals, for air travel this includes dogs, cats and ferrets.

2. Rabies Vaccination

Your pet must have a rabies vaccination 30 days prior to travel. This can be done by making an appointment with your local vet. These details will be included in its Pet Passport which is essential for taking your pets abroad.

3. Pet Passport

Yes, this does exist! A Pet Passport is a document that officially records personal pet information. As part of the Pet Travel Scheme it allows your animals to travel easily between member countries without undergoing quarantine. As well as Europe, countries such as Canada, USA and Australia also adopt the Pet Passport Scheme.

The Pet Passport is a document that contains the details of the animal through its microchip and a certification that it has had a rabies vaccination. Essentially it is a collation of its travel requirements’ enabling simpler travel.

You can get your Pet Passport from certain vets in the UK. To get your passport you need to take your pet, its identity and vaccination records and any rabies blood tests results.


2. Rabies Vaccination

Your pet must have a rabies vaccination 30 days prior to travel. This can be done by making an appointment with your local vet. These details will be included in its Pet Passport which is essential for taking your pets abroad.

4. Airlines: How Will They Carry My Pet

How your airline will carry your pet differs from one to another.

An easy way to find out how your airline operates is to take a look here. Airlines usually apply the same principles both ways when carrying. For example, arriving in France from the UK will apply the same carrying principles as arriving from France to the UK with the same airlines. It will be the legal requirements that change.

However, as we are looking at pets from the UK abroad, we will focus on that solely.

There are two ways in which your pets may be relocated with you abroad.

  • Held in cargo.
  • Held in cabin.

This will depend again, on your airline so that will be something you will have to check with them.


You must check with the airline before you book your flights as your pet may not be accepted to travel.

It is usually a phonecall, simply asking how you will transport your pet or you can check it out on their website.

Most airlines are regulated by IATA Live Animal Regulations which ensures safe transport.

There you have it – everything you need to know about relocating your pets abroad! If you are about to move house, office whether locally or overseas and want to discuss your pet’s relocation, speak to an experienced Cardiff removal company over at New Chapter Removals.

07 Mar 2017
cardiff city

Why Cardiff Isn't The Best City On Earth...

Its horrific isn't it, horrible beaches, rubbish castles & unbelievably kind people, some might say you would be unlucky to visit Cardiff.

Here's our thoughts...

Have you ever wondered what city is the best city on earth? Have you ever considered that it could be right here, in Cardiff?


If not, here are a few reasons why we all should take Cardiff more seriously as a contender for “Best city in the whole wide world”. It is already proven that it is one of the best cities in Europe but ambition is a welsh trait and they are now aiming for world domination. Who could blame them?


Indeed, Cardiff can boast an incredible quality of life that would make anybody jealous. Its location is great, close to Bristol and London, but also close to Gower’s unspoiled beaches or the Brecon Beacons. The mix between city life and nature is a great one, no doubt about it.

brecon beacons

Credit: www.beacons-npa.gov.uk

Furthermore, it is one of the greenest city in the UK. Go to Bute Park and take a look at Cardiff castle or enjoy the river Taff that runs through the city. Last but not least, the Cardiff bay Barrage is worth viewing too, especially if you like wildlife and wetlands.


In terms of quality of life, good salaries and low living costs make it an absolute winner. Think about London and its sky-high rents. Livability is also an important factor and the sheer size of Cardiff makes it very enjoyable if you don’t want to spend hours commuting or visiting a friend that lives on the other side of the city. A mere 15 minutes by bike is enough to go from one end to the end. If you are a big city type of guy (or girl), you might not like it, though.


Have we mentioned that it is also a capital city? Yes, this is the capital of Wales. A proud land with a long history of achievements and successes during the last 1,000 years. National Assembly, National Museum, Millenium Stadium…this place is full of important landmarks.


What may seem like a little city by the sea is at the forefront of innovation and business, indeed the business environment is great and dozens of new companies are flourishing like mushroom after the rain, especially New Chapter Removals Cardiff, we pride ourselves on how quickly and efficiently the business has grown, like many businesses in Cardiff at the moment that are making it an innovation capital in the western world, and most notably Europe.


But a world-class city wouldn’t be complete without sports events, arts and culture. And despite its small size, Cardiff fares extremely well in all three. From the Welsh National Opera to the NoFit State Circus, there is something for every individual and every taste. Beautiful murals adorn the city walls and Chapter, the art house cinema, is where things happen in the artistic scene. Or simply try the Wales Millenium Centre.


For sports lovers and amateurs, rugby, football, 5 and 10K runs, cricket, wrestling and many more sporting events take place all year long. There are too many sports and events to name them all actually. If you want to experience something radically different, take a look at roller derby and pick a team, let’s say the Tiger Bay Brawlers or why not the Swansea City Roller Derby?


Honestly, it’s hard to go wrong when choosing this city. It is also safe, not noisy like some bigger cities, clean, education and public transportation reach very high standards. For those of you who want to experience the local nightlife, there are plenty of bars, clubs, and restaurants open.


Cardiff is currently rising in the ranks of the best cities in the UK, in Europe and soon in the world. But did it happen overnight? Not really, since there has been a strong will by the Cardiff council to improve the city in all aspects in order to see it become a more livable place, and most importantly, an excellent place to live that is recognized as such by its peers.


Vision is everything. And being ranked side by side with cities of the caliber of Stockholm or Copenhagen has brought an enormous amount of pride to its inhabitants and local political leaders alike. And they do not plan to stop there.


Air quality is excellent, the health system is better than in many other places and there is so much more that can be said about Cardiff, and even Wales in general.


In conclusion, Cardiff is the ideal place if you are looking for a fun but still quiet place to live, work, and party. There are plenty of parks, castles, and other historic venues. It is easy to get around and there are only minor traffic jams (if we can even call them that).


Take a walk in Cardiff bay, enjoy the port city, watch the sunrise, watch the sunset, bike around, go to the Taff trail, breathe deeply, feel the vibrancy, feel the history…so many things to do, so little time.


When we say “best place in the world”, it has to be taken with a pinch of salt of course. But by being ironic we meant well. The youngest capital city in Europe has nothing to be ashamed of. Actually, quite the contrary. The city is destined to rise and shine even further in the not-so-distant future and we hope all its residents will take pride and help with the efforts being carried out.


It is good to know that there are alternatives. No, you don’t have to live in London, Manchester or another big city to enjoy a good standard of life. Yes, there are other places that enjoy an extremely good quality of life that are not located in Denmark or Sweden.


Many other aspects have not yet been evoked such as food. Indeed, Cardiff has become a destination for foodies and farmers’ markets are popping up everywhere in the streets. Food lovers have something to celebrate. Wales has plenty to offer when it comes to food variety and drinks.


White water sports are just another cool activity that you can try whilst in Cardiff Bay. For other watersport activities, you can go to the rural side of Wales and we promise that you will not be bored, not even for a moment.


Credit: http://www.visitwales.com/

We have only marginally mentioned Cardiff’s vivid past. But there is much more that can be said. This settlement was founded during the Roman era, then endured through the Viking period, became a norman town, a county town of Glamorganshire, docks were built, it then became a major coal center (this is the city where the first one-million pound cheque was signed!) and is now undergoing major renovation and revitalisation since the decline of the docks.


Resilient, dynamic and looking toward the future: this is how we could sum up Cardiff in three words. And wait, more is coming! The past few years have seen some pretty big events happening such as the promotion of Cardiff to the Premier League (relegated shortly after but this is only the beginning) and the opening of the Ice Arena.


The population is also steadily growing and is now approaching half a million with its surrounding areas. The lawmaking powers of the Welsh assembly have been recently extended which means more autonomy. Better decisions based on local realities will be made and the prosperity that Wales has enjoyed is bound to expand even further in the coming years. Yes, the future is bright.

27 Jun 2016

Moving house… Even those two words sound daunting. I am sure you will agree with the fact that many British people consider moving home to be one of the most stressful life events that can take place. We too can see the truth in this, but having helped hundreds if not thousands of home-owners and business owners relocate, we have developed an understanding in how you can make the process run much smoother, with less of the headache! Yes, moving house can seem like a chore, but if you nail the steps and tips that we give you here… We promise on the day of the move, your life will be that much easier.


  1. Preparation is KEY!
  • We have found taking the time to prepare everything in the property before you move is vital, we have turned up to a magnitude of properties that just have not been organised prior to us arriving to complete the move. This actually slows things down, not only for you, but for the removal company that you hire. You can never do enough forward planning when moving, so don’t be the person to fall down at the first hurdle. Plan ahead!
  1. The Little Things!
  • In every family home, the small items are usually the things you’ll need straight away once you have arrived in the new home, things like tea, coffee, toothbrushes and other toiletries we feel should be made extremely accessible as we too want a ‘cuppa before the unload! Knowing exactly were the small bits are, really does make things easier so make a specific box or 5 for those items!
  1. Bed Making
  • When we say make the bed fairly soon after moving in, we mean it. After a hard day of moving, when it’s time to climb into bed, the last thing you want to do is make it. The day has been mentally and physically exhausting and we get that. So when you arrive at the final location, please go and make the bed and make sure you are ready to hit the hay when the time comes. You will be thankful you did this. Trust us.
  1. Food, Food, Glorious Food.
  • After the day has ended and your life has been transferred from one place to the next, indulging in take-away and fast foods sounds like heaven, right? WRONG. We have seen that having a home-cooked meal such as a lasagne, which is easily transportable on the day of the move and of course easy to cook, really does give you a great boost in energy and will instantly make you feel more at home. Simple really, take it with you and pop it into the oven at the other end.
  1. Make a ‘House’ a ‘Home’
  • You will find within the first few days of living the new property that it doesn’t quite feel like a home just yet… That is because a lot of people overlook the small parts of the home that have the biggest impact on creating that homely feel. Items like photos, ornaments, trinkets, candles and mirrors can usually be left in boxes for weeks on end and usually when these parts of the home are added, instantly a personal touch is added to your home.



Also, remember to inform whoever it applies to of your address change, after all, how do you expect your friends to send you house-warming gifts?

We hope these tips help you when you move house and remember, do not stress! When you choose us to help you with Cardiff house removals our friendly team make sure you are happy and content throughout the whole process.

Contact us today if you need a removal company you can rely on. We want to help you and make the relocation process as easy as possible.

02921 175 921