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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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Francesca N
Francesca N

We have hired safe removals for our house moving in West Hampstead NW3 .The service was perfect from the beginning. I had a quick and professional response from the first quote request. The move was very well organised and managed. They helped me with the packing and they collected all the boxes some days layer. Excellent Thank you safe removals especially Tom, Maciek and Peter

Sylwia S
Sylwia S

Safe Removals just moved our family down to Bristol. They were fantastic and took the stress out of the day. We had a few tricky items to handle including a piano but the 3 man team on the day handled it safely and delicately. Would highly recommend them to anyone my friends and family

Douglas H
Douglas H

I hate the fact that I have to move around London a lot. I can recommend Moving To office@movingto.org.uk . I even used their service when I was relocated for 6 months to Paris. Everything is really smooth and easy with them and prices are affordable. I really like this post and that people can give their opinions here. Do you have something similar for other services? I want to find a reliable gardener in Chiswick?

Jenny S
Jenny S

Be careful of using one of the many “man and a van” type removal services that have sprung up of recent years, the old saying of you get what you pay for applies to removal services. Ask yourself what happens if something gets damaged, who is liable? The odd job man with a van is unlikely to be insured for breakages.

kate m
kate m

Hi Steve,

I couldn't quite work out how to publish a review on the link, so am responding via email.

Thanks for moving me again earlier this year. I think that was the third time I have called up for a move and I've always found the service great and very good value. I'd happily recommend the company to anyone and would have no hesitation in using the company's services again. 

Best Van & Man Ltd - 0800 9 24 74 24 or info@bestvanandman.co.uk

Thanks, Kate

Teifi G
Teifi G

I can't recommend Removals With A Smile highly enough. I have used them twice now and have found them to be quick to reply to queries, friendly and helpful above and beyond their remit. Their prices were very reasonable and they gave us a 5% discount as returning customers. They were very thorough and careful with all our belongings, making sure that everything arrived in perfect condition, and were cheerful and professional at all times. I would definitely use them again -  the whole process was seamless and stress free.

ron D
ron D

And I also forgot to mention that they'll give you a 5% discount if you promise to make the team a cup of tea or 2 which on a big move like ours was a bloody good deal! 

that is regarding Removals with a smile by the way.

Thanks Ron again

ron D
ron D

we are happy to recommend removals with a smile. Very simple to communicate with from the start and provided a great team at very reasonable prices. was brilliant that they were able to provide all the boxes and stuff in advance and wrapped everything that was vulnerable with great care. A special thanks to Vic Dennis and Sprogsy by defying the laws of physics by getting the sofa in!

all the best Ron ;)

Gavin C
Gavin C

I got a free quote from moving-van.org.uk and I was impressed by their affordable prices, so I booked them. All of our belongings were handled with care, I don't have to do anything. The guys were quick and effective and they do the work for 4 hours-just like they said. I would definitely use them again and I would certainly recommend them.

Jack T
Jack T

We recommend Safe Removals.  We had a stressful time leading up to exchanging on two flats and completed and moved both into a house the following day so had packed very little in advance,safe removals team team were there at our flat at 6.30 am on the dot with all the packing materials necessary to swiftly pack and move all his possessions and bulky furniture in a matter of hours, tag-teaming to ensure my flat was also packed up ready to move once his belongings had been unloaded. The guys worked solidly for 12 hours and were efficient and polite throughout on what was, at time, the hottest day of the year.  Nothing was too much hassle even at 8.30 pm as the last bits were unloaded, furniture was reassembled and packaging taken away including our rubbish. Everything was moved down to the door stops and we had every confidence in leaving them to it.  Highly recommended  Safe Removals for value for money, a friendly service, pure peace of mind and ultimately, stress free moving.

Jonathan C
Jonathan C

After coming across this artical, i read the reviews below. 

I called up 3 companies and decided to go with Dream Team Movers.


Woow - the reviews on here were exactly what others have said. Great guys, down to earth and did the job brilliantly.

They moved all my stuff from a self storage to our new home. I have now re-booked them to pick up a new large sofa from selfridges next week.


give them a call on: 07871 491 417 you wont be gutted.


email: info@dreamteammovers.co.uk


Steven
Steven

ToOur move with ElephantRemovals.co.uk was the easiest long distance move we ever made. The movers packed up pretty quickly and secured the load to the specialist vehicle which had rails so it wouldn’t move during transportation. At the destination address upon opening the goods we found that everything was safe and secure. We would definitely recommend this Elephant Removals Company to anyone moving premises.

Oliver S
Oliver S

Had move done by OWN Removals & Storage. Great service really happy. If you want you belongings looked after give them a call. 020 8546 0030

www.ownremovals.co.uk

Mark W
Mark W

A moving company I can recommend for all Londoners is http://www.bestvanandman.co.uk.

Book with confidence, you will not be disappointed. Contact is Steve on: 07702 894 895.

Mark

tim f
tim f

After having two previous bad experience, with other removal companies. I came across a company called Dream Team Movers on here. They are professional, courteous, fast and reliable. They looked after my stuff with care when it was being transported. They were well organised and at the final destination they put my stuff in the correct rooms. I can actually say they were terific, I would deffinatly use them again and will recommend to many others. I was truly amazed by there speed and efficiency. There company name says it all...

Mob: 07871491417

Email: Info@dreamteammovers.co.uk

tim f
tim f

After stressing and being worried about my move, due to previous experences with two otger removal companies. I came across a company called Dream Team movers. They where professional, courteous, and made my move stress free in the end. They where fast and efficient. Very strong men that did make my move a dream. Now I understand why they are called Dream Team movers. They aren't to expensive and I would deffinatly recommend them again and again. Will be using then in the bear future when I need to move.

Dream team movers

Email: Info@dreamteammovers.co.uk

Mob: 07871491417

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. 

Katrin H
Katrin H

@Susan O avoid Abracadabra Removals London at all cost. After making my move hell, breaking items and not responding for months to emails and even emails from a lawyer, I took them to court. I have a judgment out against them and am waiting to collect the monies they owe me. I don't believe that they have insurance either. AVOID!!

and very happy to talk to anyone who thinks this is a one off review - here's another badly served customer review from another site http://www.removalreviews.co.uk/movingreviews/avoid-2768 

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