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removal costs? packing service worth it?

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Pisky Fri 14-Jan-11 15:08:29

Its getting closer now to agreeing a moving date so I'm starting to look into removals - what would you consider a reasonable quote for moving from 3 bed house - about 90miles?

Also have you used a packing service and would you say its worth it - we have two kids 5.5y and 8y so thinking this is the easiest option.


LillianGish Fri 14-Jan-11 15:15:29

I'm paying about £1300 to move two miles down the road in London, including packing. Having moved several times I'd say packing is worth every penny. Just make sure you have a good chuck out first as they will pack absolutely everything. I always unpack myself though as I'm never quite sure where I want everything to go when I move into a new house.

notapizzaeater Fri 14-Jan-11 15:18:55

No idea on costs but last time we moved we had packing and it was sooo worth it - though as said before make sure you chuck everything away, they packed a kitchen bin with stuff in & a bread bin with bread in.

Apparently they have to do this in case i had hid my valubles in there ...

Kendodd Fri 14-Jan-11 15:19:10

Yes definitely use a packing service. They came the day before the move and did everything, we didn't even have to tidy up. The day we moved, with DCs age 4,2 and 1, I took them all out for the day, including lunch and came home to teh new house afterwards. This worked really well.

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moomiemoo Fri 14-Jan-11 15:44:04

Yes. Yes. Yes.

Follow others' advice and chuck away anything you don't want them to pack and put stuff you want to take in the car before they come.

We've just moved and it was around £1100 including packing.

DisparityCausesInstability Fri 14-Jan-11 15:45:00

We have moved 3 times and I wouldn't do it without the packing service - they packed all our stuff in less than 3 hours..very highly recommended.

CMOTdibbler Fri 14-Jan-11 15:49:25

Packing service is essential imo, and saves a huge amount of grief. I'd never move without it having been packed and moved twice

itsatiggerday Fri 14-Jan-11 15:54:38

Oh they're wonderful. And when we did it, they wouldn't insure the stuff if we packed but would if they did. It was an extra £200 for the packing service and I reckon we'd have incurred breakages to that value if we'd done it ourselves anyway... Plus the stress it saved. Worth five times the cost!

GraceK Fri 14-Jan-11 21:16:25

We had packing with our (then) two year old as I thought she was as unlikely to unpack as to help pack! We had Bishop's Move & they were brilliant & worth the grand it cost. Though be careful they are very efficient - lock anything important - such as documents relating to the move, overnight stuff (if nec), important cuddly toys- in the car so they don't get packed when you're in a different room - our stuff wa going into storage for three weeks & we had to have all the above unpacked again.

Also our you do use professional packers, then check your house insurance since it will probably cover the packing so you won't need to buy extra insurance from the movers. Good luck

KangarooCaught Fri 14-Jan-11 21:18:50

We didn't (we had a small 3 bed house then) and thought we could do it all...we were mad.
Would definitely use one now.

PorkChopSter Fri 14-Jan-11 21:30:07

God yes go for packing. They will do it better and more quickly than you. And it will be insured for brakeages, and they will back on day 1, take it away so leaving you space to clean!

Pisky Mon 17-Jan-11 10:46:23

Thanks guys x

We will go for the packing service then after that unanimous vote!

Am getting a couple of companies round to quote this week so hopefully not too expensive.

systemsaddict Mon 17-Jan-11 10:50:03

Packing absolutely, it is a couple of hundred pounds on top but worth every penny; BUT I second the advice to make up your 'moving box' of everything that you will need to unpack straight away (kettle, toilet paper, snacks, nappies, important toys etc) and hide it in the car BEFORE the packers get there the day before, as they are frighteningly efficient and within literally minutes will have boxed up everything in their path, and it all happens so fast that it's very hard to think of what you are going to need while it is happening! <voice of bitter experience here grin>

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scifidisney Tue 26-May-15 09:55:53

Hello, does anyone know if packing services normally include packaging materials like boxes? Sounds really worth trying!

We're going to move from a 2 bed flat to a 3 bed house, got lots of books and random stuff though. Guess it would be £1000+?

Many thanks for sharing! Such a good read on all the messages in this thread!

funchum8am Tue 26-May-15 10:06:16

If the access to either property is difficult eg upstairs flat or parking directly outside is unavailable, it will cost more.

Do not use Alfargo Removals in West London - I had a truly appalling experience with them this year hmm

AnnaLP Tue 26-May-15 17:50:03

Agree with everyone that packing is really worth it but make sure you shop around on price - we had quotes that varied by £1500 !! for a 4-bed house. Ended up getting our packing and removals done for far less than 2 other removers had quoted us just for removals. Don't assume everyone will charge approximately the same.

scifidisney Tue 26-May-15 21:42:42

We used AnyVan for our previous move, great price for just removal (no packing). But since it took us a whole month to pack, this time we are seriously considering to use the packing service as people recommened.

Has anyone use AnyVan for quoting the packing and removal? (They don't seem to have an established category for the packing service.)

zeeww Wed 27-May-15 12:16:22

Yes to packing service.

We moved a few times and they were brilliant, wouldn't have it any other way.

The last company we used were good, when they came to survey they advised that you pack all your important/necessary stuff, either put those in the car or put it at a demarcated corner of the house eg, masking tape the floor to tell the packers its a 'no go' zone.

Anything that you are unsure can go into that area, and when the packers finished the rest of the house, get them to go through the 'no go' area with you and pack anything that you definitely dont need.

But, please make sure your demarcated area is small and realistic. We had this and it was brilliant, took the stress away and as the packers gobbled everything in the house, anything we came across that we may need are saved till last before being packed away.

BasinHaircut Thu 28-May-15 12:38:11

I seriously can not stress how amazing it is to use a packing service. Being able to just live as normal until the morning before the move is just priceless. But in reality cost £200 more than removals without packing.

It does pay to have a good sort out in the run up though.

AnnaLP Thu 28-May-15 18:38:56

It's so hard to have a good sort out - you need to be really ruthless but that is so difficult - I'm such a hoarder. If you need some help there are some really simple steps to prompt you on this blog - the one I like best is stock up on readdy-prepared food so you haven't got the excuse of having to prepare a meal to fall back on to avoid the sorting out.

Woozlebear Fri 29-May-15 14:06:26

Yes, but with a few caveats:

Do not ever ever ever use Luxfords of Weybridge. I had the most horrendous experience with them.

Have a safe place for things you need access too, and put them there in advance. They are like a whirlwind when they arrive and you turn your back for 5 seconds and realise half a room has been packed and the laptop is at the bottom of a box on the van....

Be prepared for the unpacking to be much much harder than if you had packed yourself. They use INSANE amounts of packing material, to the point that our biggest challenge was physically finding enough room to unpack boxes. Think individually wrapped batteries!!! We were up to our ears in paper, literally.

Also they pack rather illogically and haphazardly. They don't pack by type of thing, just by what was near what. And they label very generally (ie kitchen- yes but what bit of the kitchen!, or cushions - oh but we also shoved half your medicine cabinet and some chargers and a few ornaments in there. It took us weeks to find everything.)

I recommend Pickfords.

1805 Fri 29-May-15 17:40:27

so, am I correct in thinking that you just live as normal, and they pack everything? Clothes?? Pictures on walls?? Garden seating?? Garage contents???

I am about to start looking for a removal comp.

Glittertwins Fri 29-May-15 20:40:37

We used Pickfords. So we only moved 700m as the crow flies but it was the only cost associated with moving house we would happily pay for. Amazingly quick and efficient both ends.

SevenAteNine Sat 30-May-15 14:40:00

I feel qualified to speak here, as I was a removals man for a couple of years.
Packing is a horrible, time consuming job. However, I would want to very carefully check who was doing it because there is a lot of reliance on casual labour and in some cases you'll not know if things go "missing". It would shock you how often removals men are just people who have been picked up in the pub the night before.
Ask people local to you for recommendations. A man and van may be a good bet if they are well established qhere you live. Avoid the very biggest moving firms too. Thay are basically unaccountable when things go wrong.

1805 Sat 30-May-15 16:36:34

Seven - thanks for this. Are there any things people do that really hack you off when you were packing for them? Or anything you like people to have ready/already done?

SevenAteNine Sat 30-May-15 17:15:50

Not really. Periodic cups of tea are nice, obviously. smile

SevenAteNine Sat 30-May-15 17:17:28

Oh, it should go without saying, but make sure the things they pack are clean. You'd be amazed how many people don't clean things.

PiratePanda Sun 31-May-15 10:41:48

Not only should you definitely use a packing service, you should get professional cleaners in to do the clean after you move your belongings out too. Your estate agent should be able to give you a recommendation of a reputable local cleaner, especially if your EA also have a rental wing. Both times we've moved recently we've done this and the recommendations have been absolutely excellent.

You should also try to find a local "man with van" if you have a lot of stuff going to the tip.

You will never regret spending the money on these things!

OliveCane Sun 31-May-15 10:56:44

Packing service is definitely definitely worth it! The stress and the arguments are not worth it. Next time I am definitely using a packing service!

HonniBee Thu 13-Aug-15 08:37:48

We have a packing service coming in a couple of weeks. How much deep cleaning and sorting did you do before they came? Wondering whether to just leave things as they are (generally tidy, but a couple of chaotic drawers in the kitchen/office, I'm also not the most diligent duster)

So how much prep did you do before the packers arrived?

CityDweller Thu 13-Aug-15 14:19:01

HonniBee Practically no prep at all. They don't give a shit if your house is clean or tidy. However, it does make sense to have a sort out to a certain extent - as they basically move through the house like locusts packing as they go, they don't stop to organise things logically. But it's not essential, as I expect you'll be sorting stuff out at the destination anyway as you unpack.

HonniBee Thu 13-Aug-15 17:15:21

Thanks Citydweller!

IfItIsntOkItIsntTheEnd Thu 13-Aug-15 18:25:02

We've just had several quotes for moving (less than 1 mile) from a 3 bed - varying from £950 to £2800 - but mostly around £1400 to £1600, including full packing service. Definitely go for packing - is seems to be "only" a few hundred £ - which compared to all the rest that moving costs I think has to be the best spent!

Roseandbee Fri 14-Aug-15 16:57:38

Ive just been getting quotes for removals including packing, 3 mile move of a medium sized 3 bed in cheshire.
Local firms quoted 930 & 1100, Pickfords came out & quoted £2100 despite before hand telling us it'd be roughly £1200.
Also is it normal for them to want to open all your cupboards to quote?

HonniBee Fri 14-Aug-15 17:21:53

All the people who quoted for me opened the cupboards- quite apologetically! smile

Roseandbee Fri 14-Aug-15 17:36:08

Thanks HonniBee, thats reassuring as only one guy did this & when the others didn't, it made me wonder!

CarpeJugulum Fri 14-Aug-15 17:41:03

Just done it. Definitely organise things beforehand - we're still finding stuff that should be together but which isn't and that is down to us!
Print labels for each room to stick on the door - then you don't end up with one confused packer mislabelling a load of boxes! Bit of an issue when unpacking!
Ensure you have cups/coffee/kettle/biscuits. I did after advice on here and our guys were so grateful! (I did cardboard disposables and they didn't have to wash them which also helped).

meadowquark Fri 14-Aug-15 18:58:21

We paid 1000 several months ago to move 2 miles in London. Packing and moving. Worth every penny!! I was by myself with 2 small children and had my mum, sister and niece over. We just went to a restaurant and relaxed and chilled out and everything was done for us.

One piece of advice - declutter and organize as much as you can beforehand. I still have lots of crap in boxes in the garage, I wish I decluttered before packing.

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SecretSeven Thu 12-May-16 00:13:19

In a previous life, I was a removals man. I started out as a Saturday boy and eventually became the owner of a medium sized removals firm. These are a few thoughts.

First, avoid a big firm like Pickfords or Bishops Move; they are basically unaccountable if anything goes wrong. OK, you theoretically have insurance, but try claiming on it if you find something's broken six months after you've moved house. Everyone here only has experience of it going right. Instead, try to get a recommendation for a little guy who has a well established local business. They depend on their reputation.

The problem with packers is you might not find things have been broken (or stolen) for months afterwards. And lots of them still use casual labour. I have hired people randomly from the pub in the past for a day of work. That isn't unusual. Would you really want a stranger going through all your stuff to pack it into boxes?

If you can find a reliable, established little guy then maybe packing is an option. But if it were me, I would dump as much as you can before you move, then just take a long time doing it yourself. It's ultimately the only way to make sure the job is done properly. Ask on Freecycle for proper removals boxes (everyone has them, but they're very expensive unless you buy them by the pallet), and use lots of paper. A couple of hours a day, and it will all be done in a couple of weeks.

I have no idea what a competitive price is for this sort of thing anymore, but to do your move in a day you'd typically use a 7.5 ton wagon and three men.

Hope this helps.

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StopShoutingAtYourBrother Sun 12-Jun-16 10:46:05

Totally worth it!

TreasureInMyTummy Mon 12-Jun-17 18:25:23

I know this is a zombie but has anyone got any recent experiences, tips, recommendations .

I will be moving from London to Liverpool and pregnant so defo looking for packing service

Kempski Fri 29-Sep-17 12:33:22

I am moving 30 miles, from a very full 3 bed semi including loft, garage & garden. The junk I have in my garage is frightening and they are trusting me to get rid of some. £1600 plus VAT. Full packing move

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ElaineSmith13 Thu 11-Jan-18 14:01:36

When we moved the cost was around £1200.

jonbonse Thu 22-Feb-18 21:39:39

Hi all!

When they charged for packing, did that include the packing boxes and bubble wrap etc or was the boxes on top of the price?

If so did they leave the boxes with you to dispose of?

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