For a local removal our staff usually start at 8.00 so traffic permitting the vehicle should be with you between 8.30 and 9.00, in order to have you fully loaded by the lunch time period. This would give access for the incoming resident when the keys are released. An earlier start can be arranged upon request or if there is a large distance to travel between the two addresses.
Our vehicles range from 20 feet to 40 feet, so depending on the size of the removal we will need between 2 and 4 car spaces. This will give us enough space to load from the rear or side of the vehicle (whichever is easier).
You will need to contact the local council to arrange a parking dispensation for any yellow lines. For red routes you will need to contact Transport for London. If you have parking bays outside your property you will need to have them suspended which is also arranged through your local council. Every council has a different minimum application time limit, ranging from 3 to 10 working days before your removal date.
If there are no restrictions, it may be useful to park your car or neighbours cars to reserve a space for when the lorry arrives, alternatively bins and cones are useful for reserving space.
Providing your chest of drawers isn't too large or rickety, their contents can be left in the drawers, otherwise they will need to be packed. If the contents are breakable then they will need to be packed into boxes or bags.
Our staff are not qualified or insured to disconnect any appliances. These will need to be disconnected in advance of the removal day by yourself or a local tradesman.
It is always necessary to empty the contents of the fridge. Our advice is to empty and defrost the freezer section, to reduce the weight, and risk of any damage. Although not advisable, it is possible to move a freezer with the freezer contents still inside. However the risk will be down to the client if any the contents were to defrost. If you are involved in a completion day move there is always the risk of keys being delayed or worst case not them not getting released on that day, resulting in your appliance staying on the vehicle for longer than expected. If this is the case the chance of the goods defrosting is greatly increased. The loss of contents within the fridge and freezer would not be covered under our insurance policy should this happen.
All jewellery, watches, money, passports, bonds and important documents should be kept with yourselves during the removal, so you know where they are and also they wonít be insured by our policy during the removal.
If we are carrying out the packing service, please ensure that these items have been put to one side, as we will not pack these items.
Pets can get quite disturbed by the whole moving experience so it can be advisable to book them into a cattery or kennels. If this is not feasible, it is best to have them locked in a room so that they can't run away or get in the way of the removal team as they walk in and out of your property.
All furniture and boxes will be placed in the desired room in position, except for extreme circumstances where the item of furniture doesn't fit into the room. It is preferable that you are present at the delivery address for our staff to ask where furniture is to go as they bring it into the property. We advise that you do not put sticky labels onto your furniture to indicate where they are to be positioned as the label could potentially damage the item.
We ask for as much notice as possible to ensure that you get your preferred date, but understand that you can only give us as much notice as you are given by your solicitor. To secure a date we require a 30% deposit and for your acceptance form / customer contact sheet to be returned to our office. We donít recommend making a firm booking until you have exchanged contracts and have a firm removal date. If you havenít exchanged we can take a provisional booking, see below.
We do take provisional bookings, but this wonít be taken as a definite move date until you phone up to confirm the date and pay a 30% deposit and returned you acceptance form / customer contact sheet. At this point no vehicles and staff will be allocated to your removal, it will however give us the opportunity to contact you regarding that date if we start to get busy.
Plants can be taken as long as they are in pots. Be advised that plants do take up a considerable amount of room on the vehicle, so may have a large impact on the price. This depends on the quantity that you would like to take. Also the plants in the pots will not be insured against any damage caused during the removal, although the pots will be covered.
We ask for a deposit of 30% upon acceptance of the removal, this can be made by card, cheque, BACS or cash. The balance of the payment is due upon completion of the loading on the removal day and will need to be settled before the delivery is carried out. If you wish to settle the account by cheque, we ask you to pay 6 working days before the move. Cleared funds are accepted anytime up to the day of removal, i.e. Cash, bankers draft or card. It is policy that no monies are to be given to the removal crew.
Yes, we can remove items from the loft, as long as it is fully boarded and there is suitable head room. Are staff are not insured to go up into the loft unless it is fully boarded with suitable headroom, as they could too easily put their foot through your ceiling when moving items around. They can however assist you in getting the items down from the loft if it is not fully boarded, but you would have to be in the loft. Please point out to the estimator if you require any of these services when he/she comes to visit you.