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Mike Hacking from removal company Movers Not Shakers offers these helpful hints on how to find the best removal firm

  • Word of mouth is always a good way of finding a reliable removal firm. Make sure you pick one that knows your area well – you don’t want them getting lost or not knowing where to park. Mike Hacking from removals company Movers Not Shakers offers these helpful hints: ‘A lot of removals companies will charge an hourly rate. The more organised you are, the quicker the move. This is really crucial to the length of time the move will take. Have everything packed up; loose items add time and also hinder safe delivery.

    ‘Make sure that furniture which is too large to fit through the doors, down the stairs etc is disassembled (most good companies will do this for you and reassemble it at the destination). Be clear where you want the furniture to be placed in your new home. All crockery, glasses etc should be individually wrapped in tissue paper (newspaper is okay but can leave ink smudges). All paintings, vases and large fragile items should be wrapped in bubble-wrap.

    ‘Boxes should be separated into two categories, one for heavier items (books, crockery etc) should not be bigger than about 18"x18"x18".
    Boxes of clothes and linen (ie lighter things) should not be too big for one man to carry. All boxes should be clearly labelled with a description of what is in them and which room in the destination address you want them placed.

    ‘Ideally, all TV and audio equipment should be bubble-wrapped. Make sure that you have the associated cables and remote controls boxed safely.’

    Movers Not Shakers

    This SW1-based removals company caters for all sizes of job, from a simple ‘man-with-a-van’ service from £40 an hour (min two hours) to packing up your entire house contents and transporting them to your new home/storage facility. The company will also move you to other cities or even countries.(020 7630 9005/www.moversnotshakers.co.uk).

    Dulwich Removals

    Heartily recommended.Railway Arch 884, Rosendale Rd, SE24 (020 8678 1774).

    Fast Forward

    A Time Out favourite based in White Hart Lane happy to take on a job at very short notice.(020 8888 1050/www.fast-forward-group.co.uk).

    Rogers Removals (Finchley)

    (020 8953 6777/www.rogersremovals.co.uk).

    Shirley’s Removals

    Originally specialising in moving house for the gay community, this small but well-run company promises to treat your possessions with care, and to move them swiftly.(020 7254 5580).

    Post redirection

    www.iammoving.com

    Informs, for free, a personal list of companies, such as utilities, of your new address.

    Post Office

    Will redirect your mail from the UK to any address in the UK or overseas – priced from £7.10 for redirection to a UK address for one month.(0845 722 3344/www.postoffice.co.uk).

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Alice T
Alice T

I also used Bubble Wrap Removals Ltd, they were reccomended by a good friend of mine and I am so happy I decided to go with them. Moving is a stressful thing and these guys made it so easy, my furniture & possessions were in very safe & capable hands. Would definately use them again.

Great value for money too! Thank you!

Catch them here:

http://www.bubblewrapremovalsltd.com

Alexander F
Alexander F

We were lucky enough to use Bubble Wrap Removals Ltd. They were friendly, efficient and took good care of our stuff. They made the whole moving experience a little less stressful. Couldn't recomend them highly enough. http://www.bubblewrapremovalsltd.com

Cory T
Cory T

I will have to bookmark this site for later in the year. My company is opening a new office in Adelaide. If I play my cards right, I may be its first manager. My boss has already hinted that I am being considered for the position. If I get the job, I will certainly be able to afford a removalist.

http://www.aussiemove.com.au/domestic.php

Tonisha P
Tonisha P

In favor of Removals in London try Cheaper Removals. You can call us on 0208 350 9911 or go to their website http://www.cheaperremovals.co.uk. Responsive and proficient service guaranteed.

benjamin S
benjamin S

I highly recommend Ois removals, based in Tooting, have used them for the past 5 years and find them very good value for money,

E P
E P

So far the most flexible company, offering all the services I needed was Top Removals - http://www.top-removals.co.uk 
Extremely friendly and thorough. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Debbie A
Debbie A

I learned about Best Van & Man by people who used their services in the past and i clicked on http://www.bestvanandman.co.uk and called them. I needed them for a relatively big move which involved 2 vans and 4 men. It was booked, conducted and later on reviewed with ease. Very professional men - hassle free move for us. Recommending them now to everyone who needs to move within London and the surrounding areas.

Andrea N
Andrea N

It’s been a while but I have finally found the time to write this review about our house move at the end of November last year. Moving house is always a stressful experience but the removal company we picked contributed to make it awful for us! We selected “Removals With A Smile”, given that the review seemed good. We had the flat surveyed and everything looked fine at that time, we showed all the cupboards in order for them to estimate the amount of wardrobe boxes and at the end we opted for the packing and moving service, packing one day and moving the day after. On the packing day 2 guys came to the property and packed what they thought was necessary (even though we were expecting them to dismantle some pieces of furniture already, in order to save some time on the moving day). The day after the first guy arrived with a van around 8.30 and the remaining three guys arrived around 9 with the second van. However, the first thing they asked has been a cup of coffee, which we kindly provided, and they didn’t start to work until 9.30 (keep an eye on this because you pay for this time too, even if they are having a break even before starting to work!).

To be honest we have not been impressed by the pace they had throughout the whole day (I saw the same comment from someone else too) and, even if I have been told that this was “a perfectly sensible decision made”, they turned up with only 4 wardrobe boxes, therefore most of our clothes have been put in boxes, not what we were expecting, considered the status these clothes were in once unpacked! Having seen the reaction of the guys when they saw the cupboards and the quantity of clothes to be moved, I don’t think this was a “perfectly sensible decision”, but just lack of planning. We helped packing and when we finished to pack the stuff in the kitchen they asked for another cup of coffee, which we kindly gave them, unpacking all the stuff needed (bad move, as the cup was not given back with the promise of having it back at the new property, where they said they had probably left it behind, thing not true because we checked! So be careful and don’t give them cups you like, as you might not see them anymore!). After the coffee break they carried on and after lunch, at around 2 pm we left the property, preceding them to the new house, located 20 minutes away. After about 1 hour (30 mins lunch break) they arrived at the new property and started to unload the vans. They had to reassemble 4 pieces of furniture, and they didn’t manage to assemble 2 pieces out of 4, spending a huge amount of time with the other 2 (I moved last year and I have a good benchmark for this!).  At some point I told them to move on and leave myself and my wife to mount the TV unit, as 2 of them had already spent 1 hour without getting anywhere. In 20 minutes we assembled the unit. As already said, the pace was not impressive, and at some point I was so upset in seeing that only my wife was unloading boxes from the van, with two guys struggling to assemble the wardrobe and another one disappeared somewhere. We were happy to help, but not to be the only ones unloading.

After a long time struggling with the sliding doors of the wardrobe, they announced that everything was done. I went to check the doors and one was hardly sliding, while the other one had a gap of at least 1 inch. I went out and ask if they thought we were idiots, as this was definitely not a finished job. I asked to remove the doors (and they struggled also to do this) and the day after I mounted them myself in 15 minutes, just following the IKEA instructions (we offered to provided them but we have not been listened to). At the end only one guy (Tim if I well remember the name) stayed behind apologising for not having fitted everything properly and looked disappointed, the other 3 guys didn’t even say goodbye. I don’t know if we have only been unlucky or if we are used to a different standard, having used removal companies in other countries, but we will definitely not recommend this company to anyone we know, and when we described our day to our colleagues at the office, they all asked for the name, in order to be sure they don’t pick it. They agreed to slightly reduced the price but this definitely is not compensating the horrible day we had; to be honest I don’t care if the removers smile or not, I pay them to do their job in a professional way not to be funny (and by the way, in my personal opinion they weren’t any of the two things).

Terry M
Terry M

Ii is very difficult to know who is the best removal company to use, but I was recommended http://www.saferemovals.co.uk and after consulting with them and meeting the team I decided to proceed and was very impressed with their professionalism and affordability.  

Mieke E
Mieke E

I highly recommend Bubblewrap Removals. They operate throughout London and the UK. http://www.bubblewrapremovalsltd.com/ They have positive feedback, are low cost, yet reliable, professional and friendly. They also have full goods in transit insurance which is a must if you want to protect your items! Most removals companies don't have this, so it's definitely something to look out for.

kate m
kate m

After being badly let down by the company I used in the past 2 years for my flat moves I was then recommended to come on this website and looked for a more reliable removal company for my move.

After carefully reading the reviews I chose The most recommended Best Van And Man Removals - http://www.bestvanandman.co.uk and I can say I wasn't disappointed at all. They had availability and were exactly on time, moved everything quickly and were very funny as well.

I can now recommend them to anyone in London who would move in 2015!

chris p
chris p

If your looking for a top notch man with van removal service then take a look at our website.  Plenty of padded covers and blankets to keep your goods safe and sound. Available for all house, office and business removals and deliveries.

Fully insured and fully trained removal staff who really care.

http://www.ccrmanwithvanremovals.london

john l
john l

Man and van operates on 24/7 basis and we provides the individuals with the best local, national and international removal services on weekends also. The aim of man and van is not to provide only the individuals with the best services in London but also provide solution to their problems and fulfill all the needs and requirements of the customer to make them happy. Man and van operates in all the different areas of UK, and have its different branches in different areas all over. For more click here http://www.manwithvan-removal.co.uk/man-and-van-kingston/

Simon K
Simon K

Finding a good moving company is not as easy as it sounds like. There have been a lot of reports on moving company scams lately, which require us to beware of them. The only thing you need to consider while hiring movers is their repute in this business. A well-reputed moving company will provide you with the best services at the most reasonable price.

Debbie H
Debbie H

We have been recommended Best Van & Man Removals by our friends Helen and Josh - http://www.bestvanandman.co.uk who used them about a month or so ago for their move and we thought it would be best if we use someone recommended for our house removals. Now I can say thank you to Steve and Tim for their hard work and patience. We had to wait for 2 hours for our completion and the guys although the van was fully loaded waited with us and were great fun!

They fitted everything in their New like Luton van and the move was completed with a professional attitude and great care! Here it is Steve - as promised! Debbie

Farooq A
Farooq A

If you moving house than make sure choose a company who have BAR accreditation i recently moved house with HRBB REMOVALS they did a great job for us. they were on time and highly trained. check them out for an online quote http://www.hrbbservices.co.uk/ 

Alex F
Alex F

BMC (http://www.bestmoverscompany.co.uk/) helped us move from the Netherlands to the UK.

They agreed to the job at short notice, for a very reasonable price, picked up our belongings from the Netherlands and delivered them to the UK the same day(!)

Loading and unloading was very quick and efficient: unloading took 45 minutes (and we had plenty of stuff), and loading didn't take much longer than that.

Everything was well packed, and nothing got broken.

All in all, a very smooth, quick, and professional service.

Philipa R
Philipa R

Hi All,

Just wanted to drop a quick note to say the service I received this morning from Best Van & Man Removals - http://www.bestvanandman.co.uk was excellent and the move went without a hitch!

I am recommending the company now to everyone who might be needing a removal service. Thank you,

Philipa

Mark B
Mark B

For Removals in North London try Abracadabra Removals. You can call us on 0800 2118482 or go to their website www.abracadramoves.co.uk . Friendly and professional service guaranteed.

Cezary S
Cezary S

We used www.superbmoves.co.uk and they were excellent. Our move wasn't easy, with a number of things needing to go into storage and then being delivered on the move day but it all went very smoothly. I'd definitely take a look at them. Highly recommended.

Helen W
Helen W

Thanks to being recommended by many people including on this site, I hired a Removal Company called Best Van and Man Removals - http://www.bestvanandman.co.uk/ on Friday 21st November for a separation house removal. Although the period was stressful I can honestly say that after Steve and the other 2 guys arrived, the atmosphere became brighter with a lot of jokes and after taking the first 5 minutes to observe the amount of stuff coming with me, they said they will fit it easily on their van and 2 hours later they professionally did.

I was surprised from their skills and their politeness. Never expected anything like this.

After that it was history and in 2 more hours me and my daughter were in our new flat hassle free due to the movers. Well done.

Zoey C
Zoey C

Well about to share my personal experience I have recently moved from Watford to London and hired Sonic Removals here is their website: http://www.sonicremovals.co.uk/. They provide me the service of removal in my budget and I am thinking to hire them again in future while moving.

Mat R
Mat R

www.bestmoverscompany.co.uk

Mat R
Mat R

Great value removals firm.Quick and efficient!

Movers were extremely hard-working and flexible , polite and careful.

I would highlighly recommend www.bestmoverscompany.co.uk

 Peter was extremely helpful and on hand to answer any questions we had.

07449981023
office@bestmoverscompany.co.uk

J.R. H
J.R. H

We used Fast Forward Group for several moves of a large amount of equipment for a Student Filmmaking competition based on the recommendation here, and they were extremely professional, always on time, and just generally pleasant, kind people. I would definitely recommend their service to anyone in the London area. The helped us move our equipment to a variety of locations all around the city, and we never had any problems. They really made our lives so much easier. Thanks, Fast Forward Group!

http://www.fast-forward-group.co.uk/

Chris N
Chris N

I've recently been caught up in relocation task, colleague referred Zip Movers for Fulham to Stanwell move, very reasonable rates and Paul was professional at all the stages - http://www.zipmovers.co.uk - I'd definitely use them again

Annie A
Annie A

We have just used Best Van and Man Removals - www.bestvanandman.co.uk over the weekend as they were recommended to us by our best friends and we were amazed by the customer service Steve and his colleagues provided us with. They were really happy to book us, they were 30 mins earlier, they did not say a word when they had to take our stuff down from the 3rd floor, on the contrary - they were happy that they were doing it....!! We also helped them at the new property and we were done in 3 hours but with a smile and good talk. Absolutely satisfied customers. Well Done - this is the way to run a business in London in 2014!

Annie

martin h
martin h

very happy with www.londonismoving.com very friendly, on time, felt really good they took care of everthing from start to finish

Frank K
Frank K

Best Movers Company.This company did a great job - they responded promptly to my initial enquiry, and did everything they said they would.Peter was very professionnal and flexible with each of my requests.The delivery guys were efficient and very kind. All my stuffs had been greatly protected. Everything was delivered without a scratch. I would strongly recommend BEST MOVERS COMPANY for any of your further moves.Thank you very much.

Jonathan E
Jonathan E

Have used Ois removals. www.oisremovals.co.uk again this week to take the goods we put into their storage out again, the storage items were in great condition, all wrapped in plastic and blankets, the guys removed all the wrapping before leaving, this is the second time I used them recently and they continue to impress me with the service and efficiency, despite the miserable weather the team remained very pleasant throughout

JACKEI C
JACKEI C

www.bestmoverscompany.co.uk The guys were really nice and friendly, and incredibly helpful. They just got on with it! I was so grateful for them as I have had back problems in the past, and so to be able to move house without having to lift anything was perfect! Would highly recommend this company to everyone.

caitmellow
caitmellow

We just used Removals with a Smile and they were great. The team were really helpful, had a can-do attitude, good humoured and couldn't do enough for us. We had a LOT of stuff and they worked like demons to get it sorted!

Adziala K
Adziala K

www.bestmoverscompany.co.uk Absolutely fantastic service. Peter and 2 other men moved us from a 3-floor 3 bed in Richmond to 2-floor in Birmingham. They arroved at 8:00am.I am extremely happy with this company , very professional, and nothing was to much trouble.  Nothing was damaged

Very happy with the service and price. All round fantastic service I would highly recommend, we need to move again next year and I know who I will want to call! 

Vicky B
Vicky B

We used Best Van And Man Removals - http://www.bestvanandman.co.uk as they were recommended to us by someone who has used them 3 times in the past. We asked them to pack, move and unpack all our items as we were busy with work and they exceeded our expectations. The girls who did the unpacking were highly professional with great taste for things as well. We can only praise their efforts and we recommend them as well to all potential London customers with a move coming soon.

S Harrison
S Harrison

We used ElephantRemovals.co.uk as they came highly recommended by friends. The entire moving experience from Scotland to London with this removal company was seamless. The Pack & Move Service Bespoke Package was tremendous and well worth saving £££ compared to other removal companies we have used in the past. We would highly recommend Elephant Removals to anyone who is considering a reliable Movers and Packers Firm.

Mike M
Mike M

Thanks to removalswithasmile for the usual excellent recent service. I've used you twice now and have been consistently impressed by the quality of the packing and loading. Perhaps more importantly I always like the blokes working for you, who are good fun, work hard and are very polite. Was also the cheapest quote having shopped around. Professional family business and I appreciated Sam bringing round packing materials a few days before the move within a few hours of asking. Thanks again!

Jacopo L
Jacopo L

If you have to move from London, please avoid http://getmanandvanlondon.com/#. After proposing a very cheap quotation, they called 3 working days before the relocation and more than double their fee. A very untrustworthy company, indeed!

Nick H
Nick H

I just called ois removals to ask for a quote, and their rates appear quite high compared to what best move offered. I'd like to once again thank Danielle for her comment below!

darrean s
darrean s

i would reccomend a companey called k1 removals,i used them for my move they were reliable and very puntual,and were very careful when handaling our propertey would dedinitley use them again www.k1removals.com

Gloria H
Gloria H

@Nick H  do you work for Best Move ? because it sounds suspiciously like you do, I have called both best Move and Ois removals for a quote and Ois removals had by far the best terms,

Nick H
Nick H

@Gloria H you know quotes vary, right? I shared my experience, and you - yours. And who do you work for?