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Reviewed by Anuradha on 3/12/2018

The rating was changed due to some misunderstandings.

We are a top rubbish/waste disposal business we also do rip out and demolition work we are fully waste licensed we clear houses , gardens , sites , businesses anything anywhere . We do man and van and removals we offer free quotes and great rates to all

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Reviewed by Jennifer on 28/6/2018

Excellent communication throughout. Very fair price quoted. Easy to deal with, efficient and great job done.

We are providing removal, packing and transporting services. We are doing professional packing for shipping abroad. We are doing deliveries of furniture and other items, white goods etc. SSMD Removals has 6 years experience like professional moving company and a lot of more than happy customers. We are removals specialist. We are doing professional assembling and dismantling on furniture. Free viewings available. Flexible terms about packing materials, competitive price for you future removal.

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Reviewed by sara on 9/1/2019

The guys did a good job but were over 1 hour late. I called and was told that they had a problem with the van and had to get another one. No apology. When they arrived it turned out they were also given the wrong information from the office.

Here at smartvan we provide a concientious and pro active ethos to homeowners and businesses alike

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Reviewed by Michelle on 5/11/2018

A very hard task given to Mel with 3 different addresses spanning 130 miles and 2 apartment blocks fantastic team extremely well priced and very professional thank you Mel

We are a family-owned specialist craftsmen firm with many years experience looking after homes and properties; Design, Build, Improving, Renovating and Maintaining.

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Reviewed by Frank on 8/10/2017

Russ contacted me within 10 minutes of me putting in the request, and was at my home within the hour to evaluate the job. He told me the day and time he would be there to carry out the work and he was true to his word. Russ had a very professional attitude to his work and his workmanship was first class. On completion of the task he cleaned up and arranged for all residual rubbish to be removed. I can thoroughly recommend Russ Oakes and Swiftfix. I would definitely use them again.

I have been a handyman for the last 5 years. I have good knowledge in electrics, plumbing, and doing odd jobs. I am more than happy to discuss any job that needs doing and can complete any job with 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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Reviewed by Sarah on 4/11/2018

Excellent job. Very timely. Cleaned up after themselves. Came up with solutions to a couple of jobs that I didn’t know how to sort. Excellent handymen! I will definitely use them for other jobs I have. Thank you.

Arteaga Carpentry prides itself in given there clients a clear and honest service for a fair price. We can tackle any size jobs. Extension, loft conversion, deck building to property management.

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Reviewed by Jane on 15/6/2015

excellent, I really feel that I trust this joiner. His work is timely and of high quality. He is leo fun to work with.

KLS LANDSCAPES For all your Groundworks from Permeable Water Harvesting Block Paving, to Flagging & Fencing and Everything inbetween check out our website and give us a call....

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Reviewed by allan on 29/5/2015

2 lads worked hard, job harder than first thought but they stuck at it, required some mechanised tools

Hi my name's craig I'm a really hard worker with a good team ready to make your garden stand out from your nabouirs

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Reviewed by Alistair on 7/9/2018

very friendly and flexible, we had to mess him around abit while waiting for finances and he understood and booked the job over 2 separate visits to accommodate to our needs. got the job done, quickly and professionally, will recommend and use again. thanks for the help

I am a self motivated builder who enjoys all different types of the building trade can take my hand to most things as long as I’m qualified for I am a bricklayer but trade and have worked for 1 firm all my working career I have a good experience of maintenance as we looked after the highcross flats in Leicester for 8 years and now am looking forward to working for myself and if I don’t no who to fix it I no someone who does looking forward to working on rated cheers lee

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Reviewed by Chris on 24/2/2018

Prompt and professional, happy with the job, paid agreed price all ok.

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Storage specialists - what you need to know

Below you’ll find information to help you understand what’s involved in putting things into storage. This includes the licences your removal company might need, what you can and can’t store, and how to insure your belongings against accidental damage.

What does putting your belongings into storage involve?

Self-storage facilities are normally warehouses divided into smaller units or shipping containers. You pay an ongoing fee to rent the space, and you can access your stuff whenever you like. Some even have 24-hour access. As the name suggests, you’ll be loading and unloading the items yourself, unless you pay someone else to do it for you.

Alternatively, removal companies sometimes have their own storage available if you need to move out of your house before your new home is ready.

They tend to pack everything in large, sealed boxes, and will stay sealed until they’re safely inside your new home. This cuts down on the number of times your belongings are handled, and makes accidental damage less likely. If you think you’ll want access to them while they’re in storage, you might be better off with self-storage instead, and asking the removals company to take your possessions there. 

Is there anything I can’t store?

Anything that’s illegal to possess under British law can’t be stored.

Most self-storage facilities won’t allow you to store plants, money or anything flammable like paint. Food can sometimes be prohibited too. If you’re using a removal company’s storage facilities, they’ll have their own policy for what you can and can’t store there before you move into your new home.  

How do I prepare fridges and freezers for storage?

If you need to store fridges and freezers, they’ll need to be disconnected, cleaned and dried out ahead of the removal company arriving. If not, you risk leaks and water damage to other items while it’s in storage, not to mention the smell it will cause inside the appliance itself.

The qualifications your removal company needs

Removal companies don’t need any specific qualifications but their drivers will need to have large goods vehicle (LGV) licences.

What is an LGV licence?

An LGV licence states that the driver’s qualified to operate a vehicle under one of the four LGV categories:

  • Category C+E – The driver can operate vehicles with a maximum authorised mass of more than 7.5 tonnes, with trailers heavier than 750 kg.
  • Category C – The driver can operate vehicles including tipper trucks and heavy box trucks.
  • Category C1+E – The driver can operate vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes with trailers of 750 kg or more. This might be a large cargo van with a trailer.
  • Category C1 – The driver can operate transit vans and small box trucks. They’re not permitted to tow trailers.

Insurance for putting belongings into storage

Your removal company isn’t legally required to have insurance to store your belongings but it’s a good idea for them to have public liability insurance to cover themselves against accidental injury and damage.  

It’s also a good idea for you to have your own insurance to cover your possessions should there be a fire, flooding or theft. The easiest way to do this is to extend your home contents insurance to include objects in storage and in transit as part of a house move. If you already have this included, you’ll normally be given a set number of days that your belongings are covered while in storage. It’s worth checking that number beforehand and looking into additional insurance should your move-in date change and you need to keep your belongings in storage for longer than you originally planned.

Questions you should ask your removal company

  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Are they a member of the British Association of Removers?
  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Do they have an LGV licence and what category is it?
  • What can and can’t I put in storage?

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