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I Feel for Transport Companies in the UK

A few days ago, I wrote a short piece about how the UK was suffering due to the huge amount of flooding that affected certain parts of this proud Island. Today, I open the papers to find that rain has turned to snow over many Northern parts of the UK, and in parts of Scotland, the mountains have seen as much as 10cm of snow!   Apparently, (courtesy of Sky News), the snow is set to move further South later this week, and will affect parts of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. If it wasn’t hard enough for removal companies at this time of year, (it happens to be one of the busiest because everyone who is moving wants to be ensconced in their new home before Christmas) the weather hasn’t exactly been kind to them.   Rain and floods brings its issue’s but now, removal companies are being hampered by yet more dangerous conditions on the roads. Black ice is every removal man’s (or woman’s) nightmare, especially when they’re loaded with a customer’s precious belongings.   Traffic in general, is of course, a problem. People slow down when they’re out in atrocious weather like this, and quite rightly so, but this doesn’t help with congestion. So, if you are someone who is moving, and you receive a phone-call to say your drivers might be a bit late, spare a thought for them.   They are having to battle their way through traffic, wind, rain, and snow to get to you, and my bet is, even if they’re not on time, you belongings will reach you safely. In fact, you’re more likely to be let down by train, and ferry services ahead of your chosen removal company.   All that’s left to say today is Brrrrr....winter is definitely here!   Author: Julie Coburn

Give Removal Companies a Break!

If you’re in search of a removal company, there are things you should consider. You’ll want to know they have a good reputation, and they also have some great experience behind them. It’s also important to know they have done removals in the area you’re moving to before.   If, for instance, you intend to move from the UK to somewhere in Europe, it’s important your chosen removal company knows how to go about doing this. Aside from all of this, price is also important to the average person, and I have something to say about this.   I have moved many times throughout my life, and I consider myself to be a bit of an aficionado when it comes to finding a decent removal company. I’m happy to say, I’m one of the lucky few that have never had a major problem with any of the moves I’ve done, and the companies I’ve used did exactly what they said they would.   However, I didn’t go into the whole thing thinking “cheapest is best”. There are tons of reasons for this, but the main one is the level of service you receive. These days, there are a variety of ways you can go about finding a company to help with your move, and one such way that’s becoming very popular is to post your requirements on the internet.   This is the point at which I intend to start a little rant, and I am on the side of all those people who work so hard to keep their customers happy and their belongings safe. These professionals spend their days loading, and unloading vans, driving to said destination (which can sometimes take days depending on where they have to go), and unloading when they arrive.   My friends, this is a TOUGH job! I’ve seen what it’s like on the other side of the fence, and making a profit in the removals industry is not easy. What I would like to remind everyone, is that when you start to “haggle” with a company who has placed a quote on your removal through the internet, is to think about the costs involved.   The vans have to be maintained, and filled with fuel which isn’t cheap. Ferries have to be booked and paid for, which also isn’t cheap, and there are loads of other overheads associated with running a company like this.   The message here is THINK before you HAGGLE!     Author: Julie Coburn

The Weather Reeks Havoc in Parts of Europe

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 If you live in the UK, you may have experienced some pretty poor weather over the last couple of weeks, and you may be thinking how lucky people who live in Countries in Europe that traditionally have sunnier climes are. However, it’s not always sunny days, and balmy nights.   For instance, this weekend one of the oldest and most famous City’s in Europe had so much rain that over 200 people had to be evacuated from their homes. This City is Venice, and is famed for the fact it’s practically built on water, but this weekend was no fun for residents and tourists alike, with water levels rising to over five feet (1.5 metres) above sea level. Shockingly, over 70% of the City is now under water. In fact, the whole Tuscan area has been badly affected.   If this wasn’t bad enough, sunny Southern Spain has also suffered this weekend. Andalusia was hit by flash floods that injured many, and over 500 people were evacuated from their homes. A small number of people even lost their lives!   When you see the words “tornado” and Southern Spain in the same sentence, it doesn’t quite compute does it? However, if you’re considering moving from the UK to Europe, it is worth noting that this weather is pretty unusual, and will pass. It’s also worth noting that locals and the authorities are working together to make sure they restore their towns and Cities to their former glory.     /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} Author: Julie Coburn

Tips on How to Stay Safe When Driving in Winter

Winter is a difficult time for removal companies; in fact it’s difficult for anyone who spends a lot of time on the road. There are a few extra precautions you should take with your vehicle during this cold spell. Many people shy away from cleaning their vehicles because they think it will just get dirty again due to snow and rain. At this time of year, it’s vitally important you keep your lorry or car clean. The obvious parts to pay attention to are the headlights, tail-lights and windows. Visibility can be really poor, so it’s important people can see you, as well as you being able to see them. Make sure you have a screen wash with some anti-freeze in it. The last thing you need when you're on the road is for you to try to clean your windscreen, only to find the water just freezes on the glass. It’s also important your vehicle is adequately “kitted” out. If you’re going on a long journey, keep warm blankets and water with you. If you breakdown, it might be a while before a rescue service can get to you. Another thing that many of us forget about is the sun. In winter, the sun sits much lower in the sky than it does at other times of year, and this causes a huge amount of accidents. Always have a pair of sun glasses in your vehicle, and make use of your sun-shields. There is nothing worse than turning a corner and being temporarily blinded by the sun. It’s also a good idea to use some form of tint across the top of the windscreen, as this will help to keep the sun out. Aside from the above, the most obvious thing people who are moving around in their vehicles can do is to SLOW DOWN! Icy conditions can cause a vehicle to slide about, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, this could result in you ending up in a ditch. Take some of the precautions mentioned above and you won’t end up like thousands of others at this time of year (in a ditch, or worse, colliding with another vehicle)!   Author: Julie Coburn

How to Spot a Poor Removals Company

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 I’m hoping the information in the following words will not only help people who have moved several times in their lives, but also those who are considering a move for the first time. Many people will use a removal company to help them get their precious belongs from one place to another, but what should set the alarm bells ringing when you’re trying to find a company to help you?   Well, listed below are a few of the main “no no’s” to look out for.   Reputation – If your chosen removal company cannot back-up the testimonials they have on a website, cannot provide you with references or point you towards and independent person or business that can verify their reputation, you should steer clear.   Price – If the price you receive is way lower than any of the other quotes you’ve received so far, ask why! When you’re gathering quotes from different companies (and you should do this). There will be differences in price, however, don’t be sucked in by an “unbelievable deal”. It could be the company is short of business and is desperate to gain yours, and there will be a reason for this.   Insurance – Any reputable removal company will be properly insured so they’re licensed to drive the trucks they have and to carry your belongings. If they can’t produce paperwork to prove this, move on to the next company.   Attitude & Communication – If you find the staff difficult to deal with, or your calls and emails are not being returned, said company probably isn’t too bothered about you as the customer.   When looking for a removal company, keep an eye out for some of the issues stated above. If you do, this will help you find the right company for you.     /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} Author: Julie Coburn