Pricing guideline for a small removal company

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One or two people normally run a small van removal service. If you’re in the same boat, you may be wondering how you should price your services. If you’re starting with your removal service, pricing your service would be one of the main factors you cannot miss. It’s essential to have the right price that allows you to earn enough and make a profit from your small business. Below are some of our pricing guidelines that you can apply.

Petrol price

When setting up your price or quoting a customer, you may want to consider the petrol rates. Usually, petrol prices may fluctuate at different times. Ensure that you always calculate the petrol cost beforehand. If you’re looking to charge an affordable service, then you may want to look for a vehicle that is fuel efficient as this will help you save petrol cost in the long run.

Size and weight load

Your quote and pricing can also be based on the load and size of the items. For customers who have larger items, you may have to make a few trips. It’s essential to ask this question before quoting a customer.

Damage

Sometimes when the items are in transit, there’s a possibility that some items may get damaged. In an unlikely event that this happens, you will need to consider if your overall cost includes types of damages. You can offer this at an extra cost to cover any damage or wear and tear.

Most van removal owners would generally come up with a quote based on the requirements of the customer. Personalised quotes should be calculated based on the location, petrol, size and load of the items. You could also set a fixed price or come up with a pricing package that customers can choose from without having to ask for a quote.

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Type of services from a removal company

A removal company helps thousands of people move their belongings from one premise to another. They aim to move the goods safely and on time for when the customer needs them. Although their primary service is to move the goods, depending on the type and size of the company, some may have extra services that go hand in hand with their removal service while other companies may also specialise on a particular type of removals. For instance, some may only move items from households while others may only provide their removal services to business owners. Below are the types of different services you can expect from different kinds of removal companies.

Large Removal Companies

Larger companies tend to be an international removal service where they offer services for clients who are moving their belongings from one country to another. This type of service may take longer compared to a national removal service. They also offer insurance services where customers can protect their items when in transit for an extra cost. Larger companies are likely to have more other services including parcel delivery or storage services.

Small Medium Sized Removal Companies

Small to medium-sized companies tend to cater to national removal services. Depending on the company, some may cater to all kinds of customers including homeowners, students or small businesses. Various companies can also specialise solely on business removals only. For smaller companies, you may want to check if they also offer insurance as some may not provide this service.

Depending on a customer’s needs, they can choose the right removal company by simply checking if the company provides the service they require for moving their belongings. Bear in mind that smaller to medium size companies are more likely to offer a competitive price compared to larger companies.

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Questions to ask when choosing a self-storage service

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Self-storage is becoming widely used for storage solutions. It’s ideal for anyone moving home or simply looking to create more space in their offices or home. What’s great about the self-storage is they are generally accessible 24 hours for customers. However, each company’s terms and services may vary. Before hiring a self-storage space, you may want to ask the following questions to ensure you pick the right company suited for your needs.

What security do you have installed?

Find out the level of security in place. There have been a few reports regarding thefts from existing customers who have access to the building and have broken through the padlocks of other storerooms. The right company should be equipped with security cameras, cylinder locks and a security guard to prevent burglars and thefts.

What items do you accept?

Companies will have different rules on what can and can’t be stored. Before signing up, it’s important to ask what items they will accept and what items are unacceptable. Generally, most companies allow items like furniture, clothing, office equipment, automobiles, electrics and many others.

What sizes of units do you have available?

Units will come in different size and pricing. Find out the size of units they have available and compare the prices. To find out how much space you need, you can put everything into boxes to get an idea of the size you need.

What contract do you have?

Another critical factor is to find out about their contracts. Most self-storage contracts will require you to put an upfront deposit. Deposits are usually returned after the end of the contract as long as space has been maintained without damages. Depending on how long you’re looking to use the storage space, you may request for short-term or long-term contracts. If you’re only looking to hire the space for a few weeks, you may want to go for monthly rolling contracts.

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Factors to consider before hiring a self-storage space

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Self-storage space is perfect for anyone who’s looking to move out or need room to store some of their items.  Self-storage spaces are also popular for business owners. If it’s your first time hiring a self-storage space, there are a few factors that you need to consider. We’ve listed some of the things you need to keep in mind before hiring a self-storage space.

Insurance
It’s highly critical to have insurance in place to protect your belongings. Some storage companies may already have insurance added on your package. It’s best to double check this beforehand. Sometimes they may even recommend an insurance company for you. However, if you’re on a budget, it’s worth looking for a cheaper insurance company.

Hidden fees
Most rental companies will request for an upfront deposit which is later returned after the contract has finished. Deposits are only returned when the unit has been left undamaged and still intact. Before signing up for a contract, make sure to ask about any hidden fees that they may charge you while you’re hiring the space.

Locks
Find a strong padlock that cannot be broken by bolt cutters. If you’re unable to find one, you can ask the staffs to recommend you one.

Van or truck hire
If you’re storing many items or a large item, you may need to hire a van or a truck. A truck is ideal for larger items. However, if you’re only moving a few boxes, a van would be perfect.

Payment
Find out their payments plan. Companies may want your payment weekly or monthly. You can also pay in advance if you wish to hire the space for a long-term contract.

Security
If you’re storing high-value items, it’s important to find a company that has a robust security system in place. A secured storage company should have digital security, electronic gates and security patrols.

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Why Liverpool Could be the Best Place to Start a New Business in the UK

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Introduction

Liverpool, England, is possibly most well-known as the home of the very successful premier league football clubs, Liverpool FC and Everton FC. The city is located in the north west of England, in the metropolitan county of Merseyside. Although not a city with a very large population, estimated at 493,353 in 2018, however, when the surrounding areas are included, there is a population of over 2,24 million people (2011) and it is the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom (UK).

Liverpool has a very rich history and heritage. In addition to being the home of the Beatles and other giants of the pop culture in the 1960’s, it has been a centre of trade, particularly through shipping, for many years. It is located on the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary and grew as a major port fueled by the expansion of the city throughout the Industrial Revolution.

The port of Liverpool historically handled diverse cargo including raw materials such as coal and cotton, slaves transported in the Atlantic Slave Trade and in the nineteenth (19th) century, it was one of the major departure ports for both Irish and English persons emigrating
to North America.

Although the level of trade has decreased over the decades, in many ways Liverpool already has the bones for a very vibrant business environment and is working through organizations such as the Liverpool City Council to encourage and create incentives for the growth of businesses in Liverpool.

Why Start a Business In Liverpool?

If you talk to anyone in Liverpool, in particular members of the Liverpool City Council, they will give you many reasons why you should bring your business to Liverpool. What are these advantages? Why is Liverpool the best location for their business?

Amenities

  1. The city of Liverpool is a two-hour train ride from London – using the Euston Station.
  2. The official airport of the city is the Liverpool John Lennon Airport which has many flights, cargo and commercial, to many destinations including several international ports. This central transportation point is located in very close proximity to the city.
  3. Liverpool is home to several business parks. These include:
  4. Liverpool Innovation
  5. Merseyworld; and
  6. Stonebridge Park

While the current stock of office space is deemed limited and smaller than the space available in other cities with which Liverpool may be competing to attract businesses, for example Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds, there are immediate things being done to address this shortage. One innovative concept to address the issue of office space is that of the use of co-working offices.

Several such complexes have already been established and operational to meet the needs of new, small businesses. These include DoES Liverpool, Basecamp and Igloo. Additionally, there is the development and growth of Liverpool SUPERPORT creating opportunities which will make the Port of Liverpool into the shipping and logistics “hub” for the Northern United Kingdom and Ireland.

Labour Talent Pool

  • As the home to four (4) universities and a relatively high working age population educated to at least NVQ Level 4, Liverpool has a significant labour pool.
  • The average weekly earnings in Liverpool is below the national average.
  • For startups, the city also runs the Liverpool Youth contract which offer these new startups an apprenticeship subsidy.

Funding

There are funding opportunities and access to grants available particularly for science and technology firms. This should be explored to determine if you qualify.

Buying Commercial Property v Renting

In starting your new business, there are several major decisions to be made and factored into your business plan. One such is the consideration of the premises for your business. Which is your best option – do you buy or rent? If you’re looking for property to rent in Liverpool, there are a wide selection of low-cost business units and warehouses – many with negiotable terms. If you’re looking for property to buy, there will be more on offer but your budget may limit your choice, especially it you are small business or start-up.

In making this decision you must evaluate the pros and cons of each option.

To Rent?

  1. No large initial capital outlay.
  2. Major maintenance costs would be that of the landlord.
  3. Rental costs will periodically increase.
  4. If the business grows faster than anticipated, it is easier to quickly move to new premises.
  5. If the business doesn’t success it is easier to exit.
  6. The premises will always belong to the landlord and will never be an asset of the company.
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Moving to Cardiff

Cardiff

Cardiff is a great place to live. Not only is it the capital of, and largest city in Wales, it’s a multicultural cosmopolitan with a rich history to explore and a wide range of activities to get involved in. Located towards the centre of southern UK, it is an excellent city for easy access to nearby Bristol and Bath as well as the West Midlands. There is also convenient road and rail access to London and Birmingham, making it a great place to live if you wish to commute to work.

As you’d expect from a capital city, Cardiff is filled with a great selection of shopping centers and restaurants. The café quarter is a particularly popular place to eat out in Cardiff, and is definitely worth a visit. For entertainment, why not visit one of the many museums or entertainment venues. From the Principality Stadium to the Wales Millennium Centre, you’re guaranteed to find a sports or music event for all the family.

Renting a property in Cardiff can be cheaper than other UK cities, as long as you look outside the city centre. As a capital city, the prices to purchase a property can be higher, but this is balanced out by the benefits of living in such a diverse area. If you’re moving to Cardiff with a family, it offers a range of high performing schools for students of all ages. Cardiff is also a great location for developing your career in the creative industry, tourism or financial services, as these are all popular and growing industries.

Considering a temporary storage facility

When moving house, you will usually need to have completed the move by a specific date. Sometimes this can cause issues with storage, perhaps because your new home isn’t ready or there isn’t sufficient space to store all of your possessions while you unpack. Temporary storage can be an excellent solution, and finding self storage in Cardiff makes going backwards and forwards with your possessions much easier to manage.

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Factors To Consider Before Hiring Movers

Professional man and van services or full-scale removal companies are usually a better option than trying to handle everything yourself. The overall cost is likely to be lower overall, despite initial appearances sometimes, because you won’t have to worry nearly as much about mistakes and accidents. The problem is that not all companies will work to the same standards and you can’t really be sure that you’re getting the best deal.

A major issue is that we don’t typically need the services of a removal company very often, so we can rarely go on personal experience. It’s likely that different options are available since you last moved, and you may well not remember who you used before. That’s why it’s important to start with the following steps.

1) Do your research

Because you’re going to be entrusting a company with your personal possessions at a crucial moment in your life, there is no substitute for good, thorough research about the reputation of local companies. You can start by talking to friends to get recommendations, find your own leads by any means, and then follow them all up online by checking for reviews and evidence of their past work.

2) Get an estimate

Instead of jumping into an agreement based on limited information or an advertised price, make sure you have a full, personalised quote for the job you need doing. This is the only way to avoid nasty surprises on your bill at the end of the job. Once you’re happy with your quote and all hidden costs have been identified, you should ask to get everything agreed in a contract so the company is bound to that cost unless you breach the terms.

3) Check and verify

Make sure you take your responsibility to yourself and your family seriously before getting everything fully confirmed. Check official registrations for your removal company so you can be sure everything is legitimate. Make sure they have appropriate insurance, and check if your own contents insurance covers your move (it almost certainly won’t, so the firm’s insurance is important). One last thing: when it comes to the day of the move, make sure you verify the staff are who they say they are and you’re not handing over all your worldly goods to a stranger in a van!

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How To Properly Pack A Removals Van

It can be very stressful moving house, as most of us know already, seeing as we move on average eight times in our lives. Although the time spent packing will be tight, you’ll be pressured into making quick decisions sometimes. That’s why it’s good to pre-plan as much as possible, and having all the details agreed in advance for your moving van is a great place to start.

We would probably recommend hiring professional help in most cases, because the expertise they provide and the weight they take off your own shoulders is normally well worth the fees they charge. However, if you really want to handle things yourself, consider all of the following advice.

Firstly, you need to figure out who’s going to help you, because doing an entire move single handed is simply not going to work. Friends and family should be giving you a helping hand to make sure you can move your possessions and furniture safely and don’t injure yourself. Other initial considerations will include the distance you need to travel and the quantity of items you need to move. You need to judge the scale of the project accurately so you can come up with your own solutions.

The next major step is selecting the vehicle you’ll be using for your move. If someone you know owns a suitable van, this is likely to be a cheap and easy option. You can repay their costs and time appropriately, but that’s not likely to cost nearly as much as professional movers’ fees.

Failing this, you can rent your own van with the intention of packing and driving it yourself. Be sure to compare prices and services to get the best deal. Hiring a van that’s too small will end up costing you more trips or even having to rent another vehicle, while an oversized vehicle will make damaging your items more likely. For this reason it’s important to get one that’s as close to the actual required capacity as possible.

Before you start loading the van up, make sure you’re fully prepared. If you can use ramps, trolleys and other tools to make things easier, make sure you have them ready. Make sure all your items have been wrapped and boxed up appropriately to minimise the risk of breakages. Even what you wear can have an impact on the difficulty of the task, so make sure you wear practical clothes that allow you to be flexible, comfortable and stable.

When it comes to the actual packing, begin with the heaviest boxes. Pack these around the walls of the van and put the medium weight boxes on top of them if necessary, keeping the height of any stacks to a minimum. To hold items in place in the van, you might be able to use ropes or straps. This is ideal for tall or wide items of furniture which could fall or slide around, and these should be added to the van next (disassembled if possible). Make sure no exposed edges can rub or press against each other in transit.

The last items you put in the van should be your heaviest kitchen appliances and so on. Once this is done you can try filling any dangerous-looking spaces with lighter items that are well-packed and less likely to get damaged by pressure. These will help to stop things collapsing on top of each other when you’re driving. Once this is done, you should be ready to go, so good luck on the journey and in your new home!

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Autonomous Self-Delivering Vans To Hit UK Roads?

Given that the government has set a target to get self-driving cars on British roads within three years from now, it’s no surprise that we’re bigger and bolder steps being taken by investors and early adopters of the technology in an effort to corner the market first. One of the latest developments in this field is the promise of self-driving delivery vans, which could potentially be road ready in a matter of months.

The design was unveiled at the end of 2016 for the first time, and is currently moving from the prototype stage to larger scale production. The vans in question also offer something of a flat-pack design model, being easily assembled by one person in just four hours according to Charge, their manufacturer.

The company said they were looking for a sustainable solution since vans are unpopular and inefficient on the roads today. Since the majority of delivery vans still produce significant levels of CO2 emissions and can’t run on renewable energy sources such as electricity, the vans being produced by Charge already offer a major advantage due to being electrically powered.

However, the biggest factor here is clearly the self-driving function, and this is what generated the most interest when the trucks were premiered at Wired 2016 in London. Clearly it would be of great interest to businesses and consumers if deliveries were completely automated, removing the need for drivers to deliver parcels. It does raise the question of how exactly the packages would be offloaded and handed over to customers, however!

The software to make this possible has been developed in-house by Charge, although the plan is to launch the vans for commercial sale before adding the final version of the auto-driving software. Manual driving will still be an available option, which is currently essential since self-driving cars are not due to be legal on British roads until there is significant new legislation in place to handle the major shake-up.

In the meantime, several major vehicle manufacturers are planning to continue testing the technology. Volvo is due to conduct experiments with self-driving cars on the streets of London during this year. Other rivals are still working behind the scenes on incorporating the technology into commercially viable vehicles.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Removal Services

Since most of us don’t move into a new home on a regular basis, it can often feel like you’re starting from scratch each time, hunting down recommendations and trying to figure out which company is the best bet. Most of us aren’t even sure exactly what service we can expect when we hire a firm to handle moving our items for us. Here we answer some common questions based on what most professional moving companies really offer.

What do removal companies actually do?

You can expect professional movers to take reasonable steps to protect your floors, walls and items from any damage while they work. If necessary they will mark up your boxes based on the room they came from, but don’t expect them to start writing detailed records of what is in each box.

How fast do they work?

One person on their own cannot usually move large items of furniture and appliances safely, so expect a minimum of two people to complete the work. As a very rough guide, a team of two movers should be able to move 150-200 boxes in a full day’s work, so that would generally be enough for anyone. Typically the job would be done in a few hours, especially with a larger team.

How can I stop things getting broken?

A lot of the responsibility for getting your items from your current place to your new one will be on you, because you need to wrap and pack your items before they get collected. Your removal firm may advise you on how to do this for difficult items. When items are being handled, professionals will take every possible measure to keep them safe.

Will everything be organised by room?

This is generally the commonly accepted way for movers to pack up your things, as it makes it easier for you to unpack when you take one box to one room and place everything appropriately. However there may be some exceptions when boxes are not full, because transporting only partially-filled boxes is a waste of space and money plus it increases the risk of breakages.

How do they know what to pack?

The simple answer to this question is that, clearly, no professional movers can read minds. They will pack what they have been told to pack, so if you ask them to pack everything in a particular room, that’s what you can expect. So you don’t end up putting unwanted items, rubbish or essential items that you need to keep with you into the van accidentally, remove these beforehand if possible and get rid of them or set them aside.

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