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    I was about to hijack the insurance thread but that would've been rude... I may relocate in a few months time and I was wondering if anyone had experience of using and removals company for shifting their gear? I probably have about 3000 records and moving them is getting to be a bigger job than I can handle by myself. So any ideas/recommendations for firms who could help, how much it costs, whether I need to provide boxes, etc.? I'm clueless about this.
    You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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    Rich, I'll try and dig out the company we used to move last year - they took good care of everything, vinyl included, but unfortunately like everything, it costs.

    They will supply you with a load of boxes and you can pack yourself, or they'll do it for you - I supervised them to make sure it was Ok - any boxes you don't use they take back and you don't have to pay for them - they'll also take back others once you've unpacked but I kept some for next time as they were perfect for tunes.

    oooh, hang on, drunk deja vu here, didn't we have this conversation at about 2am last saturday ?
    Stop wasting your money on records and get a proper hobby.

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    • #3
      I ahve friends who recomend the "man with a van" route as you can fit loads of stuff in one run, but you do plenty of packing and moving yourself. My wife has looked into removal companys recently and they all seemed pretty expensive but it will take all the toil out of it. Think of all the records you could buy.

      When I last moved the people in the record shop across the road who I was obviously well friendly with gave me loads of cardboard record boxes they used to get deliveries in. Other than that wine boxes are about the right size and are able to handle the weight.
      Enthusiastic vagueness passes for scholarship in the twilight world of the disc-jockey.

      John Peel

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      • #4
        Dan, it was me you had this conversation with at Smersh unless your having this conversation on a regular basis!!

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        • #5
          Rich, first up, is your employer paying any relocation costs ?

          I moved house in the middle of last year and after moving myself a couple of times, I decided that the actual financial stress of the whole process was going to be enough, and I'd pass on the logistical stuff to someone else.

          I paid out something like £700 to move across town from a 3rd floor flat (no lift &#33 to my new house. This included all the packaging material (boxes, tape, bubble wrap) and the insurance etc, but I packed it myself. Most of the big players will have experience of moving common things like record collections and will know which cartons to suggest.

          Now, it does seem alot of money, but I'd shell out again because of the amount of hassle and backache it saved. While they carried sofas, washing machines, fridges and 27 cases of records down the stairs I sat in a cafe, drank coffee and read the paper. While they unpacked the van, I sat in the front garden and made helpful comments like 'Ooh, that looks heavy'. Worth every penny.

          Whoever you pay, make sure that they have the proper insurance and if possible are a member of the Removers Association (or whatever they are called) as they hold a bond against mistakes and accidents too.

          There are also companies who will provide 'moving packs' of cartons in various sizes.
          Matt Hero

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          • #6
            Dan, I don't remember having that conversation but that doesn't mean we didn't - I'd imbibed the odd half of lager shandy by 2am last Saturday.

            Being the skinflint that I am, I don't like the idea of 'cost' but I may yet be able to wangle a relocation allowance so mebbe... And cheers for the box tips Emperor TK. I know of Spybox"]http://www.spybox.co.uk]Spybox[/url][/url] but the required number of them will be extortionate. Even the 'man with a van' route fills me with trepidation as I live on the first floor and shifting rekkids just won't be fun. Any more options?
            You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by [b
              Quote[/b] ]the last time I moved house was about 3 years ago, I had about 3000 bits at the time and I moved them myself. Took me two days !!
              See, I just moved from a room upstairs in the flat to a larger one downstairs the other month and that took me more than two days all in (worth it though). And my back's just about recovered...

              The Sigma boxes are good - I must start ordering the lab's supplies according to the boxes I'll need...

              You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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              • #8
                Having just moved house a few months ago, I sympathise. We rang round firms for quotes (smaller firms tend to be better, on the whole - you get more for your ££) & ended up paying about £800 for the whole deal (that is, they supplied all the packing stuff, we packed, they loaded, shipped, unloaded, & we unpacked at the other end). We paid more, though, because we were going from London to Nottingham: if you're moving across the same town (or in same area) it can fall out that they can do you in a morning or afternoon, not a full day, so charge less... All depends, then. You'll get nothing for less than a few hundred (even hiring a van to do it yourself costs a bit, once you've bought petrol, paid hire, bought/located boxes, had a nervous breakdown & put your back out) so ring round & tell 'em what you need, & what your budget is. Job done!
                a giant steam-powered turntable in warwickshire plays six foot cement recordings of Prince Albert's speeches to the rejoicing populace

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                • #9
                  Oh, & it makes a HUGE difference WHEN you want to move, too: school holidays are charged at a premium, for example, as they're usually booked solid. If you've got a bit of flexibility, you might get a better deal...

                  Looking forward to all the DIY threads this Summer, then? Crown vs Dulux (or should you go Farrow'n'Ball)? Woodchip removal techniques... and putting up shelves: gettin' them joints to drop just right... I'm getting old
                  a giant steam-powered turntable in warwickshire plays six foot cement recordings of Prince Albert's speeches to the rejoicing populace

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                  • #10
                    Woodchip removal is a specialist subject of mine, but I think we've already covered that before no ?

                    Reminds me though, got to go and get some Farrow & Ball colour charts for my hall..... I'm *so* domestic these days.

                    Anybody want to talk about mortgages or pension provision
                    Matt Hero

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                    • #11
                      Wayne, we've lost your Avatar already - I was looking forward to seeing that! And where's Jammin' now that we've started on the DIY, seeing that he said he's just rebuilt his gaff?
                      You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by [b
                        Quote[/b] (Matt Hero @ May 02 2003,13:53)]Anybody want to talk about mortgages or pension provision  


                        ..actually, funny you should ask, I'm just setting up Cheeba Financial Services...

                        I currently recommend a combination of an interest -only mortagage with an equites based monthly investment into a growth orientated pooled fund vehicle within an ISA - in respect of the capital payment, by the way...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by [b
                          Quote[/b] (Rich Hero @ May 02 2003,13:24)]Being the skinflint that I am, I don't like the idea of 'cost'...  Even the 'man with a van' route fills me with trepidation as I live on the first floor and shifting rekkids just won't be fun. Any more options?
                          Rich, you looking for about 50 people who post on a messageboard about records to help you move by any chance ?
                          Stop wasting your money on records and get a proper hobby.

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                          • #14
                            What and let you lot get your grimy mitts on me rekkids?!?

                            You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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                            • #15
                              A little tip for packing records cheaply. Go down to your local off-licence and see if they've got any empty whisky boxes. They're pretty sturdy once you gaffatape up the bottom and a perfect size for records. Helped me out no end when I moved a few years ago.

                              Colin
                              http://www.myspace.com/colinmillar

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