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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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Gary P
Gary P

I'm going to be moving at the end of the summer.  I am overwhelmed with all the work it is going to be.  It would be so helpful to have a removalist come help me move all my things.  This would save a ton of time. http://www.pricesremovals.com.au/our_services

Natasha M
Natasha M

Crispins Removals & Storage were great for us, nothing too much trouble and and we got a great deal on storage.

www.crispins-removals.co.uk

Correy S
Correy S

Oh so that's what a removal company would do. Would a removal company be able to do an interstate removal when moving from one state to another? I'm sure there has to be a way to find an interstate removalist for that type of job. http://www.aussiemove.com.au/domestic.php 

Susan O
Susan O

I recommend Abracadabra Removals London for Removals London http://abracadabramoves.co.uk they were very helpful and happy to do anything we asked. All of our items were undamaged and they took all the empty boxes back with them when they left. 

Kiran C
Kiran C

Last Monday I used Steve - Best Van and Man - http://www.bestvanandman.co.uk for a delivery to Chester.

I was impressed! Done with professionalism, punctuality, reliability. Hire the Best Man and Van - Steve. You will receive a service that will exceed your expectations!

Anna C
Anna C

We also used Removals with a Smile, they were great. Every piece of glass and china was beautifully and carefully packed. They were cheerful and considerate. We had a few problems getting into our new home and they calmly helped us to open a door. At no time did we feel hurried, unfortunately there was some damage to a table and they have been quick to rectify the problem. Again at no time did they suggest they would not take responsibility for it. I have no wish to move again but REmovals with a sMile helped the process to run smoothly, I highly recommend them. Anna

Joseph W
Joseph W

We used removals with a smile to pack and move our home over Easter and couldn't have asked for more. Our move date changed several times but they were able to reorganise their schedule with no fuss. The crews were all extremely professional and couldn't do enough for you. Everything packed with extreme care and over the 2 days smiles all round!

They are a very small family business but ours was a big move and we couldn't have been happier with the service, rates and customer care.

Dennis came round personally to assess the move and his son Sam ran the whole move from delay after delay to rescheduling at extremely short notice and oullig the whole thing off without a hitch.

We found them on reallymovig but am sure you can find them by simply searching removalswithasmile.co.uk

;)

Anna F
Anna F

 Simply awesome.

  • very prompt realization, I think I placed the order on Monday and we could move on Wednesday
  •  it actually started an hour early, fortunately we were ready anyway ;-P
  • very efficient and quick without reaching "removal frenzy" border though
  • cheap as chips, Pickfords quoted us 400 for pretty much the same service with more ceremony
  • since I already mentioned a certain widely known removal company, I have to add a word about quoting system here: it's awesome! "van size" is quite possibly the simplest and most understandable way to size your move.
I will recommend London Man Van to all my friends.
Thanks a million!
http://www.london-man-van.com
02070604743

Anna F
Anna F

 Simply awesome.

  • very prompt realization, I think I placed the order on Monday and we could move on Wednesday
  •  it actually started an hour early, fortunately we were ready anyway ;-P
  • very efficient and quick without reaching "removal frenzy" border though
  • cheap as chips, Pickfords quoted us 400 for pretty much the same service with more ceremony
  • since I already mentioned a certain widely known removal company, I have to add a word about quoting system here: it's awesome! "van size" is quite possibly the simplest and most understandable way to size your move.
I will recommend London Man Van to all my friends.
Thanks a million!
http://www.london-man-van.com
02070604743



nat e
nat e

After moving from a 2 bedroom garden house to a 4 bedroom detached house, these guys I couldn't recommend highly enough. They where professional, reliable, fast and trustworthy. Dan and Drago did all the lifting and shifting work and when we got to my new place they put everything I wanted in the correct rooms. They even helped make beds and most of the cupboards, wardrobes, tables and so on. all that was really left for me and my husband was unpacking our personal belongings and kitchen bits and bobs. They certainly went the extra mile.


I will recommend them to everyone I know and will defo be using them again.


www.dreamteammovers.co.uk

mob: 07871 491 417

email: info@dreamteammovers.co.uk


I can promise you that they will not disappoint, give them ago :)


Nadia H
Nadia H

Could not have been more impressed with the service from Bubblewrap Removals! Lovely boys - really polite and professional. I will definitely be using them again and would recommend them to anyone,.


http://www.bubblewrapremovalsltd.com 

Sian O
Sian O

Ahhh moving is such a pain in the arse but these guys made it SO easy! Affordable for starters, they offered a quick service whilst being fun, friendly (and hot) when moving my worldly, much loved goods. Would recommend to anyone who is looking to move without any stress or dramas. 

http://www.bubblewrapremovalsltd.com/ Give them a go! Will not disappoint. 

Remi S
Remi S

After being stressed about my flat move for 2 days, the guys from A Man With A Van London Stephan and Damian were quick to calm me down right after they arrived and convinced me that it will be a hassle free move and i had nothing to worry about. They were brilliant! I honestly did not expect a service like theirs but for my surprise this time i managed to book the right man with a van.

Do Not hesitate - Book with Confidence! http://www.amanwithavanlondon.co.uk

Edmond V
Edmond V

Wow, thank you so much for these tips. I agree that the word of mouth is the best way to find a removal firm. My wife and I are getting ready to move up to London in a couple of weeks. It's going to be a really great change for us. 

Kent C
Kent C

I really like the advice to have boxes separated in two categories. When my family moved a few years ago, we didn't do that. It was tough because some of the small boxes got crushed. There are some items that just can't be replaced. http://www.canadianvanlines.com 

Joanne B
Joanne B

I will recommend a London removal company used by me: http://www.amanwithavanlondon.co.uk.

After their service, I sent them this:

"Many thanks for all your and your team's hard work yesterday. The move went very smoothly - better in fact than i anticipated - and that was thanks to you all. Hopefully my mother-in-law will settle in her new home hapilly and we won't be needing a removal firm again for a few years. I would however be happy to use your firm again in the future."

Please, call Stephan on 020 8245 4005 and book with confidence. Joanne Blair

Joanne P
Joanne P

I found out O'Briens removals (07928 655 629) through a recomendation. I was very impressed with their packing skills. A very stress free move, i would use them again. Not your normal removal men, they even drunk herbal tea!

Sharon E
Sharon E

You can call Best Van & Man Removals on 0800 924 7424 or visit their very nice website at http://www.bestvanandman.co.uk to book them. We will be using them again on Thursday 26th February.

Adam H
Adam H

Try www.claphamremovals.com for removals in London. Very experienced staff with a good attitude.

James S
James S

I've been looking recently for some good removalists. I need someone who will be sensitive to the delicate nature of the things I need transported. I know that's not something that usually comes up on reviews, so I guess I need to ask for recommendations. Anyone know a firm that will fit those specifications?


Sharon E
Sharon E

How to find a Removal company in London? Try http://www.bestvanandman.co.uk and You will not be disappointed. Our trade union tried it last year and since them we used them 4 times for deliveries around London. Happy with the service every time!

Marcus F
Marcus F

Not enough people keep the box size in mind. If you're going to put something heavy in a box, then it can't be a big box. Otherwise it's just a hassle for you and the movers. Make sure you label everything clearly and keep similar things together. http://www.ashtons.com.au

Ross S
Ross S

Remember that your move will be much easier if you begin to search for the right removal company well before your completion date because many removal firms are booked up weeks in advance especially the good ones.


Best regards!

http://www.handymoves.co.uk/

Celine S
Celine S Spammer

It's crazy how much stuff you realize you have when it's time to move! That's why I'm thinking about getting a professional removalist for this next move this next month. In your second paragraph you mentioned that the removalist can deconstruct your furniture if it doesn't fit through the doors. That is impressively thorough! 

Tim R
Tim R

We used Abracadabra Removals in North London. Great move , Mark was helpful on the phone and the guys he sent were really patient with me.

Latrisha S
Latrisha S

I used AAZ Removals which provides an excellent service at a competitive price. Their team are very friendly and professional. They arrived on time and delivered my belongings quickly and with care. Nothing was broken! Would recommend without any hesitation!   http://aazremovals.co.uk

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.

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

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).

Tim R
Tim R

That sounds like a disaster move, I would recommend Abracadabra Removals. You can find them at www.abracadabramoves.co.uk

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!