London moves can be a stressful proposition to any would-be mover. A built-up city crowded with people and clogged with traffic, especially in summer time when the heat is really on you, can be very taxing indeed. Trek Removals understands the complications, problems and obstacles that anyone and everyone can face on moving day. So we are starting a new series of London based moving, removal and storage blogs that detail the horror stories that some people have experienced when moving to a new home or moving to a new commercial property.
The following story is entirely true and actually happened.
About seven years ago, a young couple decided on making a London move from their home in Croydon to Hammersmith. They employed the services of an independent London removals and storage company that they found on the cheap in the free ads. A price was negotiated and the couple began packing their belongings and household items into boxes and cartons a few days prior.
Moving day arrived, and so too did the moving van. The Removal Men entered and began to pick up the boxes and stacked them into the van one by one. It took about two solid hours to get a majority of the furniture onto the van, but it just about fit all the belongings that this couple owned inside. They said they would deliver the goods to the new address and that if they paid a little extra that they would start unpacking everything for them.
The couple thought that this was a nice gesture and that because these men seemed to know what they were doing, so they approved.
“Only the sofas and the heavy furniture need to be done. We can do the rest,” the lady said. She assumed, as did her partner that they would merely put the bed in the bedroom, sofas in the lounge, put the fridge/freezer in the kitchen, unload and unpack the majority of the kitchenware, set up the television, etc. It sounded like a good deal at the time and both parties agreed to it.
Although when the couple reflect back now they say that the Removal Men looked like middle aged, beer drinking cowboys, and they cannot understand why they used them at all.
So off the Removal Men set, with this couple’s entire collective accumulation of belongings in tow. The couple stayed behind to take the smaller, personal items with them in their car. There was roughly a half an hour gap between the Removal Men’s departure and the couple’s. As the couple navigated through heavy London traffic, they were involved in an accident. It wasn’t serious, just minor damage, but dealing with the aftermath of it took some time.
Roughly two hours later they arrived at their new home in Hammersmith where the removal van was parked outside. It looked as though the van had begun being unpacked.
The couple entered their new home only to walk into a living nightmare. The Removal Men had left all the major furniture cluttering the hallway. The only thing they had set down was the dining room table and chairs in the new lounge, where at that precise moment they were eating takeaway pizza, drinking beer and playing a card game with the television on in the background. They had already made a mess of the pristine new home with wrappers, cans and cigarettes. Meanwhile, upstairs, water was heard running. One of them the Removal Men was having a shower! The couple were horrified to discover that the Removal Men still expected extra payment for moving in some of the furniture!
The moral of this story is that a London Move should be handled by professionals, not cowboys. Trek Removals, London offers comprehensive services that suit you and your requirements. In this day and age of “Man with a Van” ads where anyone can technically help you move home, it is imperative to make absolute certain that you are dealing with removal companies that you can trust. Don’t trust your entire lives belongings into the hands of unprofessional, unreliable yahoos.
Contact us for further advice or a no-obligation quote. Another horror story from the London Removal stable will be coming soon. Don’t have nightmares.
If you have furniture that is unwanted or not needed right now, using a London storage unit will be the best idea. It is an ideal place to keep your belongings safe and out of your way. Even if you have a car or a boat to store, that won’t be a problem for some London storage companies.
The storage units will have security and protection by the means of CCTV and security guards keeping an eye out.
Another perk of modern storage units is you should and will have the opportunity of climate control if you have sensitive items that need storing like, works of art etc etc.
When calling around the removals companies make sure they know:
To put your belongings above ground level just in the unlikely case of flooding.
To cover your belongings with a dust sheet so your stuff doesn’t sit there covered in dust the whole time.
Fill the storage unit up in a way so you can move around in there.
All the furniture is dismantled properly, leaving you more space to pack your stuff away.
Wrap all corners up so they don’t rub on walls and scratch.
Make sure the mirrors are stacked up properly so they do not fall and break.
Its the thing like these that make sure your experience with storage London service is a good one. So make sure you are dealing with an experienced company that know these things plus more.
You know when you look at the transport and they have extra wide doorways, you are dealing with a great company.
Before you agree on a company, go and take a look around, make sure there are no leakages because dampness will cause damage to your furniture and nobody wants that. Take a drive and check the area out fro yourself.
Always take whatever packing tips you can. It will benefit you greatly to pack everything in the right manner. It could be the difference between your furniture coming out of storage the way you put it in or it could turn into a disaster and you may end up with no furniture to take home all because you didn’t pack it well enough.
These are things to consider when looking for a London storage company.
Moving properties can be an expensive and stressful experience if you chose the wrong London removal company. So don’t. Do your research before you make any decisions. It can either be a nightmare or dream time.
So, how do you go about finding a great removal company to help you out. You want to have your trust in them for starters.
The best recommendation you can get is word of mouth. Ask around and get other peoples opinions on who you should get to move you. You can search and search through on the internet but that won’t give you the real low down on what a company can give you. Read the testimonials and see what they tell you.
Another good tell tale sign is, ask your local estate agents who they would recommend to you as they would have experience of this kind of thing and they would have there ears to the ground on which companies to go for.
The companies you want to concentrate on are the ones who have been in the business for a long while. Because they will have the experience needed to make your move a lot easier and hassle free. With experience they have they would have been through good and bad moves, so they will know how to deal with any situation they are given.
Always get quotes from 3 or more London removals companies so you can make a comparison with them all. See if any of them will come to your house and give you an estimate on which service they will give. Give there office a visit and check out there vans or other modes of transport. See if you like what you see. Do there offices build your confidence or not.
If you have been quoted a low price let the other companies know that, it may make them lower there rate to win your custom.
When you have struck a deal with a London removals firm you will be expected to sign paper work. Read the paper thoroughly before you sign anything. Know what you are signing before you put pen to paper. If there is anything you are unsure about, don’t be afraid to ask the removals company. They won’t mind answering any query you have.
When you move your home or work space this can be a tough task, especially if you do not use the help of a professional company to help you out. There are companies out there that will make life a lot easier for you and help you out. They will offer there speciality removal London service for you to use.
There are different types of services they offer. Either a full house or building removal or just help with moving the items from one place to another. They will help with the lifting and loading, in fact they will just take over and let you stand back.
The high quality service including the vehicles will complete the service. The vans are kitted out with wooden walls and extra protection for your furniture. A removals in London service will also offer man power as part of a great service. This should leave you with nothing to worry about as the removal gets underway. You could always get assistance from friends and families but this will not be as effective as a professional company. There is a strategy involved in moving and a good removals London service know how to handle the workload.
A removals in London service not move furniture from A to B but they will also pack your house up too! This is a very important part of the moving process if not one of the most important parts of moving that leads onto the other parts. Packing properly will pay off in the long run.
The question itself is which company do you go for? Reliability is the key. You won’t know how reliable they are until you get a good report from somebody. Good word of mouth is something you can rely on. You want to have a service where they have all been especially trained so you know the job will be followed through right to the end.
Once the job is done and dusted there will be no issue or problem. You will be pleased you used a removals in London service because it will take a lot of weight off of your shoulders. And peace of mind comes at no price when it comes to moving house.
As each person in this world is different as will there furniture be. Each individual person will have there own needs for storage facilities. When you know what your needs are the next step is to find out where to find your perfect storage company.
Where the storage place is in comparison to where you live is very important. You don’t want to lugging your furniture miles and miles away. The perfect option is to find a storage facility that with in reasonable distance away. Depending on what you want to use it for also depends on how far away it is. You might to to store your sports gear away and need to visit it every week to pick it up , so then it would be better if it was nearer.
Then if storage is for things you are not going to need for a very long time then it won’t matter if it is far away because you won’t be needing to pop and see it or pick anything up.
The prices of storage facilities varies from place to place depending on what is being offered. It does go what you are storing and the length of time you are storing it for. You should always compare the different rates to other storage companies, so you know what you are getting in the price.
Always go for what is in your budget nothing more.
Before you even start looking at what type of storage you want, you need to work out how much stuff you have to put in the storage so you can figure out what size you need.
The length of time is also something to consider. If it is an ongoing rental then let them know, you will probably get a nice discount if you are planning to stay there for quite some time.
Your thinking about relocating your life to somewhere else. You need to consider getting hold of a London removals team to take care of the move and they can take the weight off of your mind and leave it to them.
Many people need a good and special service when it comes to moving there furniture from one place to another. You want a company that can resolve any moving problem it is faced with. A company that has had experience in dealing with any situation.
When you are searching for a brilliant London removal company, there are few things to look for.
Is the removal company experienced? What kind of reputation do they have, is it a good or bad one? Choosing an experienced removals company will make sure your personal belongings are kept safe and are looked after. A London removal company that has been around for a long time will have more experience then one that has had hardly any time at all.
Is the company based in the area you live? Will the removal company have experience of your are and know the small things such as a good parking area for when they pull up with your furniture. This may seem like a small thing but it will be a big issue if there isn’t any good parking. Make sure you know if the company know there way around the are you are coming from and heading to as this will make the day go a lot smoother.
What other services does the London removals company provide? Can they help you kill two birds with one stone? There maybe a reason you want to hire a company that can do everything from packing your furniture delivering it then at the other end will unpack it for you too.
These are the things you need to ask about when you are starting your enquiries. You need to know what you want. And you need to know how much they charge for these services too.
Be crystal clear on what they are offering and how much you are prepared to pay for this service.
Remember, if you chose the right London removal service then you could end up not lifting a finger throughout the process which will cut out a lot of stress which can be priceless.