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Hulababy Tue 18-Jan-05 11:04:09

I had two people come round to do survey of apartment and give me quotes. They seem very reasonable to me, but wanted to guage opinions.

We are moving froma 5th floor apartment (has lift, all furniture goes in it) to a rental house about 3 miles away max. No kitchen appliances to move - just furniture.

Quotes are for them to move only, we'll do our own packing.

Quote 1

Lovely guy who came; always helpful on ohone and in person when met him. Seemed professional but flexible.

Quote is £35 per hour for 1 van and 3 men. They have quoted 5 hours (which is the minimum they can charge for) and seemed to think it'd take a lot less. I do believe that as it took us about that time when we did everything ourselves, and moved further.

They can also provide boxes, wardrobe boxes and bubble wrap.

Quote for move only, but providing the boxes, etc = £225*


*Quote
2

Was rather abrupt on ohone, buyt the guy who came out was very professional and friendly.

Quote is a set fee, no packing included, move only. No price for box rental given (although I had asked for them!) = £290

These also quoted a packing service and move (no dismantling, etc. though) of £408


Tempted by quote 1 as very reasonable and came across as nicest company. But is it too cheap? Should I be concerned about them?

BTW, didn't bother witht he likes of Pickfords. They took ages to respond to me, then just sent out a questionnaire for me to fill in myself rather than them coming out. Had to guess box sizes we'd need, etc. Too much hassle so I didn't bother.

Mothernature Tue 18-Jan-05 11:08:42

Would be cheaper to hire a van yourself, can you do it over the weekend? otherwise would go for quote 1...sounds good enough for me if couldn't do it myself..check your insurance though on any expensive items..

littlemissbossy Tue 18-Jan-05 11:09:15

Hulababy, £225 does seem cheap to me too tbh, but don't let that put you off. Does this include an insurance premium for damage etc?

ks Tue 18-Jan-05 11:09:28

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Hulababy Tue 18-Jan-05 11:14:49

TBH I don't want to do it myself again. My dad can't really help anymore - has done last 4 times, but he has back troubles at times now and I guess he is getting a bot old for it. So would have to ask friends to help - but as I say it's not the first time of moving recently! Also by the time you add up getting a van, paying for all fuel, and buying in lots of boxes - not sure the saving is worth the hassle IYSWIM!

Hulababy Tue 18-Jan-05 11:18:20

The cheaper qupte are a proper removals firm and offer all save insurance, etc. but a smaller, more local firm. The other firm do generally specialise in longer moves and those abroad, unlike the cheaper quote who specialise in these smaller moves.

Think I am going to go with gut instinct and risk the cheaper quote. They were so nice, and providing 3 men rather than just two. And they were honest about stuff too - like it would be cheaper for us to move DH's big plasma TV ourselves if we can - as they have to get special boxes in and insurance would be higher. So plasma is going in car wrapped in big duvet! And the guy obviously had children as he mentioned about putting DD's stuff in van last so it can come out first and we can get her room sorted whilst they are doing the rest of the unpacking. Small things like that - made them seem okay.

Mothernature Tue 18-Jan-05 11:20:10

dont forget to pack kettle, teabags, coffee and sugar in small baox so you can 'brew as you do'...

Mothernature Tue 18-Jan-05 11:20:39

box even

Hulababy Tue 18-Jan-05 11:21:31

Oh yes mothernature - infact might take them in car ourselves the night before - we are hoping to get keys day before the move. Want to get the freezer up and running, so we can move food over easier.

LIZS Tue 18-Jan-05 11:21:56

They are definitely very reasonable quotes.
Do check the small print regarding insurance etc and don't underestimate the value of stuff like toys, sports equipment and clothes (work suits, shoes etc soon mount up). Will they need to dismantle/reassemble any thing ?

Hulababy Tue 18-Jan-05 11:23:12

Just need a date now - oh, and a confirmed rental house. LOL!!! Going to see another one tonight and hopefully it will be nicer than the other two we have seen.

Still seems very odd that the apartment will no longer be ours any day now. Could literally be tomorrow! Luckily, we are not in the position where we have to move out as soon as completed

LIZS Tue 18-Jan-05 11:24:02

Do you have to pay a market rent once it has completed ?

Hulababy Tue 18-Jan-05 11:24:34

No dismantling needed. We will take bed apart (very easy metal frame and DD's toddler bed) so much easier to just do it ourselves. And our two wardrobes will not survive a move again - so they will get broken up and left in the rubbish downstairs! Everything else can go as it is - all fits in lift as it is.

Hulababy Tue 18-Jan-05 11:26:11

We will pay the new owner some rent if we are in there longer than a week. He is not in a great rush to move in as has more than one property anyway. He is a client of DHs and they have arranged a good rent price if we need to use it. He was willing to let us stay much longer if need be, but I want it all sorted and to be settled instead.

meea Tue 18-Jan-05 11:30:20

Sounds about the same as we paid 2 years ago.
Just don't let anybody near your freezer.My motherlaw decided mine needed defrosting .Had to throw away the entire contents.
Serves me right for being 9 months pregnant and leaving everyone to it.

Hulababy Tue 18-Jan-05 11:33:41

Our fridge freezer is staying here, included in sale of the apartment. It's not fitted but does match rest of appliances, so seemed right. New house we are buying (not ready till December) has fitted appliances anyway. If rental doesn't have a frdge freezer we have a spare(!) in PILs garage. FIL can borrow a little van from work (not big enough to move in) to bring it over.

SoupDragon Tue 18-Jan-05 11:54:00

bl**dy hell that's cheap. Cost us a fortune but I guess that's south london for you.

Go with your gut feeling - if you were happy and comrforatble with the first man, go with his company. Our removal team were fabulous despite being cheaper than the rest (and seemed like a bunch of cowboys!)

FineFigureFio Tue 18-Jan-05 11:55:41

that is cheap! I moved from a 2 bed terrace into a 3 bed once and it cost well over 500 without packing and no where near London!

mind you i do have alot of junk

Pagan Tue 18-Jan-05 12:03:15

go for quote 1. I got loads of quotes recently just for moving a Rayburn Stove. Prices ranged from £300 to £750 (a bigger company). The cheapest was fine and they delivered on time to the chap who bought it and he was equally delighted. This was for a move from Glasgow to Nottingham!

suedonim Tue 18-Jan-05 14:34:19

They sound good to me, but No1 seems especially appealing. Before paying out for removals insurance do check your own household insurance policy. We discovered we were already covered for moving so that saved us some pennies.

Hulababy Tue 18-Jan-05 14:35:46

Insurance is included in both quotes anyway. Everything apart from DH's plasma Tv was included, but we will move that ourselves.

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