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Anchor Hanover

Specialist Housing

As England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people, Anchor Hanover offers a range of luxury retirement properties throughout the country.

Client Requirements

To ensure the process of moving into their homes is as easy as possible, Anchor Hanover  offers its new residents a specialist relocation and downsizing service to help relieve the stress of moving home.

To facilitate this service, Anchor Hanover required a national removals firm to provide a range of services to meet its mission to treat each client as an individual.


Pickfords prefers to conduct Surveys for the relocations on-site, but the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus has meant that Pickfords had to review its processes to keep the residents safe.

Pickfords adapted quickly and has utilised video surveying technology to conduct all surveys. This method of survey is designed to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission that does not require the move surveyor to be in the home.


Pickfords provides a full relocation service, to all of Anchor Hanover’s community properties across the country. These services are designed specifically for older people and their families, and support them at every stage to ensure that the move is as smooth as possible.

Providing a single point of contact means that no matter where in the country the move is happening, it is managed directly by a dedicated team offering a bespoke relocation service.

Pickfords provides dedicated Senior Move Managers to support Anchor Hanover’s Property Managers. Each of these Senior Move Managers understand that relocating a new resident from a home that they have lived in for a long time can feel like an enormous upheaval.

‘Rightsizing’ services are designed to support the residents to move the right furniture into what is often a smaller space. ‘Rightsizing’ includes furniture clearance and recycling services.

This environmentally friendly house clearance service utilises Pickfords’ network of local charities and community groups. A large amount of furniture no longer required by the residents has already been accepted by this network.

Overview of Services Offered

  • Full relocation services
  • Full and part house clearances
  • Green environmental recycling, including furniture, and electrical appliances
  • Recycling or re-homing of unwanted furniture via Pickfords’ charitable network
  • Room planning service
  • Picture and mirror mounting
  • Packing and unpacking of cutlery and crockery
  • Clothing placed neatly in wardrobes and draws


For a number of years now, Anchor Hanover has entrusted Pickfords with the well-being of its residents during the relocation into their new homes.

Pickfords’ Corporate Team has co-ordinated a range of services to enhance the moving process for the residents and add value to Anchor Hanover’s service.

The feedback Pickfords has received throughout the duration of this contract has been exceptionally good.


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