Paul Simmonds Removals

YOUR GUIDE TO A STRESS FREE MOVE

  • PREPERATIONS
  • PACKING ADVICE
  • ON THE DAY
WE ARE THE FIRST AND BEST IN YOUR LOCAL AREA. OUR STAFF ARE TRAINED,

You have selected your removal company and confirmed the removal date. Now is the time to launch into 'removal mode'. Don't kid yourself that you've got plenty of time, there is lots to do. 

To start with, we recommend that you take a long hard look at what you own and in particular what you've got stashed away in the back of cupboards and wardrobes. Under stairs and attics are havens for hoarding things that you think will be useful one day. If you haven't used it in the past couple of years then you probably never will again. Now is a good time to have a fresh start. 

If you have elected to have a Full Packing Service then make sure that you issue clear instructions if there is anything at all that you intend to deal with yourselves. Make a 'set aside' area where you can put your coats, bags and valuables and clearly mark DON'T TAKE. Failure to do so may result in items being packed which you are going to need on your journey to the new house. 

If you intend to pack yourselves then start early. Don't leave it until the day before the removal, packing is very time consuming. Use strong boxes and strong tape. Do not rely on squashy boxes from the supermarket. You don't have to buy new boxes if you don't want to, but they must be suitable for the goods that you pack into them. Don't be afraid to phone us for advice, that's one of the things that you are paying for. Mark all boxes with information of the content as well as the room that it came from. This will help you later.

EXPERIENCED, WILLING AND ABLE.

Services include flat packing/disassembling of furniture as required, piano moving, disconnection of washing machines and other white goods. We are careful movers and specialise in the transportation of antiques, artworks, pianos and delicate pieces. We offer a high quality removals service but are still competitive on price. So if you are moving home in Reading, Oxford, Wallingford, or the surrounding areas please contact us to request a quote.

WE GIVE YOU OUR BEST PRICE FIRST TIME

We only employ trained staff that have been thoroughly vetted. Our staff have been hand picked by the proprietor and undergo a vigorous four week training programme before being let loose on a household removal.


GET IN TOUCH TODAY TO ORGANISE A FREE QUOTE

We would strongly recommend using bubble wrap for flimsy or delicate glassware. Follow the same instructions as for crockery/china except use bubble wrap instead of paper.

The packing-up kit has a roll of 10 linen bags which are useful for contents of airing cupboards and general clothes and soft furnishings. Our linen bags are blue in colour so that they cannot be confused with bin bags. It has not been unknown for the customer to accidentally put their clothes out for the bin men and take their rubbish to the new home when black bin bags have been used for both purposes. IF YOU USE BLACK BIN BAGS – PLEASE BE CAREFUL!

 

We can transport plants and pots providing that they are manageable. Remember, the men only have normal strength. Most pots have a drain hole at the bottom so that water can escape after rain has fallen. You are reminded that any water (or damp soil) which escapes from potted plants is likely to get onto the floor of the lorry and may travel in the direction of the furniture. Please help us minimize the risk by NOT watering them before transportation. Swings, slides and Wendy houses normally need to be dismantled for transporting. Be warned, this is very time consuming. We cannot transport animals, fish or birds.

  1. Be up and ready. Make sure that you have your 'Set Aside’ area clearly marked out. Make sure that everyone knows about it. Charges WILL occur if the team have to unload to find something.

  2. Make sure that you have caught the cat and won't have to go looking for him later when there's not time. Make sure the dogs or children are not romping around causing delays to removal crew. Animals and children cause more delays than ANYTHING else.

  3. Ask questions if you are not sure of anything. The men will guide you through the day. Remember they do this nearly every day. They are likely to be working at a fast pace so it will be your responsibility to ensure that nothing is loaded in error.

  4. You may wish to provide the removal crew with a cup of tea or coffee. They will appreciate such a gesture, but not too many please. They have a schedule to keep to.

  5. Please don't ask the removal crew to do anything more than was agreed in the original quotation. They will have the original 'job enquiry' sheet with them so they will know what has been agreed.

  6. Under normal circumstances the removal crew will organise their lunch break to fit in with the job. This is likely to be during the time that you go to collect the keys to your new home. They will not take more than one hour for their lunch. Charges will accrue if they have to wait for more than one hour.

  7. Upon job completion the Vehicle Foreman will ask you to check that the Hanging Garment Carriers are empty and invite you to look into the back of the removal lorry. Please don't feel embarrassed to check thoroughly, it is all part of the normal procedure and the men are used to it.

  8. The Vehicle Foreman will present an invoice to you. Payment is due at this stage. Once you have paid, the Foreman will sign and receipt the invoice. CREDIT FACILITIES ARE NOT OFFERED. YOU MUST PAY ON THE DAY. WE ACCEPT CASH PAYMENTS AND BANK TRANSFERS.

IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE BOXES, TAPE, BAGS, PACKAGING OR HANGING GARMENT CARRIERS THEN PLEASE PHONE IN FOR MORE INFORMATION

Use the medium sized box from our packing-up kit. It is a double walled box and is strong enough for crockery and china. Start off by crumpling paper (or newspaper) into the corners of the box. Wrap each item in a sheet of white packing paper from the packing-up kit in the same way that you would expect fish and chips to be wrapped. You could use newspaper if you wanted to but be warned, you will need to wash everything afterwards because the black news print will DEFINITELY stick to your cups and plates. With each layer you pack, crumple more paper or newspaper to form a cushion effect before wrapping and placing more into the box. Make sure that the box has a flat top and is taped shut.

We would strongly recommend using bubble wrap for flimsy or delicate glassware. Follow the same instructions as for crockery/china except use bubble wrap instead of paper.

The packing-up kit has a roll of 10 linen bags which are useful for contents of airing cupboards and general clothes and soft furnishings. Our linen bags are blue in colour so that they cannot be confused with bin bags. It has not been unknown for the customer to accidentally put their clothes out for the bin men and take their rubbish to the new home when black bin bags have been used for both purposes. IF YOU USE BLACK BIN BAGS – PLEASE BE CAREFUL!

 

We can transport plants and pots providing that they are manageable. Remember, the men only have normal strength. Most pots have a drain hole at the bottom so that water can escape after rain has fallen. You are reminded that any water (or damp soil) which escapes from potted plants is likely to get onto the floor of the lorry and may travel in the direction of the furniture. Please help us minimize the risk by NOT watering them before transportation. Swings, slides and Wendy houses normally need to be dismantled for transporting. Be warned, this is very time consuming. We cannot transport animals, fish or birds.