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This is the ultimate guide to all things removals. Its the dos and the do nots. Every process from getting the best quote to packing boxes. We will guide you through the pitfalls and let you in on a few trade secrets. We would encourage anyone who is thinking of moving in the near future to read these pages. From moving a single item to a home or office this guide will help. Click here to be enlightened.
- * DE clutter. Don’t pay to move items that you don’t want. Get a skip and fill with unwanted items. Consider charity shops and auction rooms.
- * List the larger items you need to move (don’t forget the shed and attic).
- * Make an approximate guess at the number of standard boxes/bags you think you will need.
- * Plan ahead for amenities. Check that gas or TV companies are lined up to connect you in your new house. Also don’t forget to give your existing amenity companies the notice they need about the move.
- * Ask family and friends if they can help with the move. This will bring the price down.
- * Decide what date and time suits you best.
- * Go to a site that can compare removal companies. Vanquotes.ie does this.
Prices can vary quite a bit from one Moving company to another. It is more important than ever to get a variety of quotes for your move. Here at Vanquotes.ie I have seen quotes range from €50 to €400 for the same move. Using Vanquotes gets you a range of local removal quotes to choose from.
Your job in getting the most accurate and best quote for your move is all in the preparation. The less work the van removal company has to do the cheaper the quote should be. The preparation should take the following stages.
There are more types of vans on the market than ever before. Ireland favourite for the “man with a van” service is the Ford transit LWB. What LWB (Long Wheel Base) means is that it’s the longer of the transit models. When you are deciding which van you need for your move there are a couple of questions you should ask.
* Companies local to where you are or where you are moving to are generally cheaper as there is less travel.
* If you use a local removal company get them to come out to the house and walk them through what’s to be moved. They can then give you an exact price.
* When you have decided which moving company to use get them to mail you with a breakdown of the move and the price so there are no surprises.
* Get some feedback from previous customers. Vanquotes.ie supplies this feedback.
* Check access to the front door. Are there overhanging trees etc. A smaller van doing multiple trips may be easier.
* Keep the prices down by supplying help lifting.
* Choose a day and time that suits you and is the least disruptive and ask for this date and time.
* Get a few quotes. Vanquotes get you 4 independent quotes. The cheapest may not always be the best for you.
* If you are looking for a complete move including the packing ask the removal company about their insurance.
* If your pick up and drop off are close then consider smaller vans and multiple trips.
Professional packers should use every ounce of space in a van if they think it will be close to a full load. They load and unload vans daily and know how to get the best value for the space available. After years of doing this they become Tetris experts. They should know by looking at a load the order they must load a van to get the greatest use of space. What a lay person will load into a van is usually a lot less than one of our experts.
Hiring a professional rather that doing it yourself will save you time and possibly money. Imagine the scenario; you hire a van and it takes 3 trips and two days of hire to complete the job. A good packer may have done it in two loads and taken one day. This will have saved you time, rental costs, a day off work or a day off your holiday plans, a wasted weekend and possibly rent on a property. This along with the stress involved with the move and having to ask favours from friends to help lifting and others to look after kids during the move. It can make sense both financially and practically.
To tackle this question I broke down the vans into our two most popular. The two most popular vans used for removals are The Transit or Sprinter Long Wheel Base or the box body van, typically a Luton Van. Here are typical loads for these two van types. These loads are what a professional removal expert should get into the vans. You may be surprised at how much they can fit in.
Read on for typical loads….
- Local Companies generally can do the job for less as their travel time is reduced.
- Check the access for the van, low roof carparks may require a smaller van with a few trips rather than a large van that can’t get close.
- Ask for references, vanquotes.ie supply these from previously engaged customers.
- Check the company is VAT registered. It’s a legitimate expense and you should take advantage of this.
- If you need computers/monitors moved check if the company supply crates.
- You decide the most convenient time for the move causing the least disruption to your business. Ask companies to work around this.
- Large Printers will require a van with a ramp or a tail lift.
- Do you want the removal company to dismantle the desks? They will take up a lot less space but make sure they can put them back together.
- Often it is necessary to take apart desks to fit in lifts. Check this before engaging the removal company. They hate surprises.
- If you are sharing an office or moving to a shared office consider the timing of the move and how it may affect your shared office business.
- De Clutter before packing. Don’t pack items that will be thrown out when you unpack.
- Pack a bag of items that you may need immediately at the other end. Nappies for kids, cups and tea bags, tools, change of clothes etc.
- Try to source boxes from your local supermarket. Boxes can be expensive and are thrown out daily.
- Do not overfill boxes, they will break or removal men will not be able to lift.
- Make sure the bottom of the boxes are taped.
- Pack soft items such as cushions and bed linen in large bags. These can be used as protection between furniture.
- Put numbers on the rooms in the new house. Put the number on the boxes that corresponds to where they are to be left.
- Ensure the removal company have blankets to protect furniture and delicates.
- Keep all the pictures and mirrors together and wrap individually in bubble wrap.
- Do not go overboard with the fragile stickers. Overkill will lessen the effect.
- Pack going from room to room when possible. This will make labelling the boxes easier.
- Keep corridors and hallways clear. Removal companies usually load larger items first and need room to manover.
- A full van is a happy van. Less movement and rattling around means that your items are more secure.
- Empty all units. Tape up the drawers and doors.
- If you are dismantling beds etc. Keep all the screws together and the correct tools ready at the other end.
- Walk the movers through the house pointing out all items.
- Before the removal company loads the van, check it’s clean.
- If you have DE Cluttered this should be less stressful that not.
- Number the boxes and the corresponding rooms and have the removal company place them in the correct rooms.
- Have the removal company place the furniture in the correct positions in the new home.
- If the removal company have dismantled any furniture have them reassemble. They should be familiar with how it comes apart.
- When the removal company is finished have a walk around the house and check that you are happy where it’s all been left.
- Relax before unpacking. Have a bite to eat and talk about how you want to continue.
- Friends can be great help or slow you down. If you do get one to help put them in a room themselves and let them get on with it.
- Perhaps the friends may be better used looking after the kids so you can crack on.
- Unpack room to room. When one is finished close the door and move on.
- It stuff is to be stored in the attic or the shad make a pile together and do at the end.
- Unpack all boxes; otherwise you will be looking at them for weeks and months.
- Recycle all boxes in your local recycle centre.
When choosing a removal company for your move you need to be as accurate as possible to avoid being let down. Moving home is a stressful time and being left waiting for a van to arrive adds to the stress. To minimise being let down follow these simple rules.