Now here is a blast from the past. What has happened? I am now 40, and found myself at a loose end, so I thought I would pick up my opinionating pen again. Will pop in from time to time and write stuff.
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Pow! - Is this what removals firms should be like?
friendly, efficient, speedy
none as I can think of, sorry
Care taken with possessions
Competitiveness of charges
Value for money
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Don't you just hate the British weather? I mean, when you want it to be fine it absolutely persists down, and when you would appreciate a nice cooling breeze the clouds cover over and the atmosphere becomes laden with oppressive humidity and imminent thunder (at least it will arrive when you have gone to bed and thus keep you awake!)
My family and I have just moved. We have moved from a small village in the wilds of Lincolnshire to a small town in the wilds of Herefordshire- about 165 miles in fact. We have decided to buy a new house because, with a brace of rugrats, life becomes a little easier than in an older house. You may disagree with me there, but who cares, this is my opinion!
The house we have bought was due to be ready in May/June. That really is the most specific that the builders could be. There is also a problem that has just been instituted this year, and for which we were the guinea pigs for the house builders. Due to problems and horror stories of families moving into unfinished houses, mortgage companies now insist upon an inspection by the National House Building Council (NHBC) to check that everything is complete and ready for habitation before they will release the money to buy the house! Not ready? No dosh!
The problem with this is that we had precisely 8 days to finalise removals (well, seven days if you discount a bank holiday!). The firm that had furnished us with an initial quotation was fully booked (oh dear!) and we wanted to use a local firm, not a national chain, so I rifled through the Yellow Pages and on Ciao to find the name of Powis of Lincoln. Mike Powis came round and gave us an estimate. He would provide boxes the next day and could move us. Hurrah! Mike's rates are very reasonable (it cost £920 to move us for a two day job). The only stipulation is that boxes must be returned the same day, and if damaged or kept the charge is £2 per box, but this is mentioned early on, it doesn't come as a nasty surprise!
On the Wednesday, at 9 o'clock sharp, a pantechnican rolled up with Mike and four lads. They gave the house one more quick recce and, including four tea breaks that were much merited after slaving under sweltering skies, they were off and away by 1pm! Everything was packed on the lorry with a great deal of care- he and the boys were aware that it was our stuff, and so they were very careful.
We were to see them at the new house at 10am the next morning.
The next day was even hotter, and the lorry was there. They worked like absolute demons, sweat bucketloads and delivered our stuff speedily, safely and efficiently. The new house is on three floors and so is slightly more challenging. At the end of the day, we paid Mike and wished him well. He departed with the thanks of the whole family ringing in his ears.
Overall, Mike Powis runs what you could call an old-fashioned removals firm. Not in terms of the age and attitude, but in terms of the fact that you are dealing with him, and that you are a name and a real person to him, not just a serial number and order number. In these days of technological marvels and huge conglomerates, and the coca-colonization of the world, it is heartily refreshing to find a personal service at a very good price.
Sorry you're no longer almost local. Hope you all enjoy your new abode. Paul
Discerna 02.07.2003 11:45
Delighted to read another 5 star verdict on this firm. It's good to know they're as good at long distance as they were for our relatively local move.
torr 02.07.2003 11:19
Oh dear, Ciao's insistence on rating guidelines has a lot to answer for. A week or two ago I would have VHed this without hesitation - interesting, well-written - but now I have to think: does it really tell a prospective user of the service everything they'd want to know? I'm not sure it does. Cheers anyway, Duncan