Who are we?
We are an independent european removals brokerage working in the highly specialised area of personal and corporate furniture removals, both within the UK and throughout the European Union.
Moving within the UK and looking for a removals company
For moves within the UK et brokers limited operates in exactly the same way as they do for their European searches.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT WAY
Peter Driscoll of ET Brokers Limited (www.etbrokers-removals.com) takes you through some of the trials and tribulations associated with moving to Europe and explains away some of the mystery associated with moving. In this article he will go on to some of the pitfalls that can trap the unwary as well as providing a sometimes amusing view of an industry still trying to drag itself into the 21st century.
To steal a catch phrase, as dear old Max Bygraves would say ? Let me tell you a story?... Five years ago I was looking to get my own house contents moved to the South of France and received quotes in the region of four to five thousand pounds. It was to be a simple move. No extras at all. No packing, no disconnecting of machines, no disassembling, no plants and no piped music for my furniture whilst en route. Just a simple move. Two brother in laws and the rest of the family were roped in to help and a 7.5 tonne lorry was acquired. With Air Brakes hissing and Yorkie in hand, I promptly banged the rear end of the lorry leaving the depot! My excuse being that I had never before driven a 30 foot long vehicle. That should have been my first clue to see reason, but blinded by the desire to save money I continued! To cut a very long story short, it took us over 22 hours to drive down to the South of France, and I did save some money. But that is not the whole story!
I took time off work. My brothers in law also took five days holidays. If they had been paid, or if I had paid myself for the hours worked then the story would have been different. Then we come to the invisible costs. The bruised fingers, the aching backs, the dropped items of furniture, the flaring of tempers, the boredom of driving at 50 mph on a motorway, and finally having no one to blame for the damaged items! True I saved money but at what cost! And it could have been FAR worse, for as I discovered later, my home contents insurance policy did not cover the goods in transit to France. One accident and I would have lost everything. Further, I have a sneaking suspicion that the vehicle may have been a tad overweight. Had I been stopped the entire load could have been seized! Never again!
But DIY can be an option if you have a small load, plenty of time and are not worried about some seriously hard work. To hire a ?Luton? size van and move say 15m3 of furniture from Birmingham to Dordogne will cost you about £1100 all in. This includes hire charges, diesel, ferry and motorway tolls and meals, but not any ?Tips? for kidnapped family members! To ask a removal company to do the same job will cost anything from £1300 to £2500, depending on who you ask.
Following on from articles 1 and 2 we have received over 300 calls from people wanting to know who we are and what we do. So how can a Brokerage help you? In essence the broker does exactly the same as you, in that he solicits quotes from removal companies. The difference is that whereas you ask maybe ten or twenty companies for quotes, he will ask a few thousand, all over Europe, to quote on your move. Further, the Broker knows when and where companies are going. He is able to approach them directly and suggest that they may like to quote on a job to fill the spare capacity on a vehicle that is passing your front door! Removal companies, like airlines prefer to travel with full vehicles rather than ones that are half empty! The trick is finding them. This is where the broker can help you to save time, effort and money.
One of the questions that has come up time and again from clients, relates to size. Contrary to public belief size does matter, but it can be terribly confusing. In the UK we traditionally use cubic feet in calculating volume. In Europe (and more and more in the UK) volume is now measured in cubic metres. To get the cubic capacity of anything, you take the height width and depth and multiply the three together. So a standard fridge of 3ft by 3ft by 4 ft measures 36 cubic feet. In cubic metres this would be 0.95m*0.95m*1.3m to give 1.1m3. Simply put 35 cubic feet is roughly equal to one cubic metre! If you have made your inventory on a spread sheet it is fairly straightforward to add in a separate column for the dimensions of each article you intend to move. Ah you say but what of the table, and all that space underneath. Measure the table as a solid! True, items can be packed under the table, and in many instances items can also be packed inside others (clothes in drawers being an example), but whereas you may think you only have 20 or thirty boxes you will find that once everything is packed you have far far more, and this is where the extra space under the table will go. Also bear in mind that if you have 34m3 of goods it will not fit in a vehicle with a capacity of 34m3, as, expert as they are, removal companies can never fill every cubic metre on a van! (Now there is a challenge to some one) !!
Finally, please remember that when packing yourself, there is a possibility that the insurance cover offered will not stretch to ?all inclusive?. This is because the insurers themselves cannot be certain that the goods were not damaged prior to loading and secondly that they were correctly packed in the first instance. Though we did have a report of one client who had correctly packed each room with twenty or so boxes. None too heavy, none too light. The boxes were all numbered and all sealed. The two removal men lifted a box each and everything in the boxes simply slipped out the bottom of the boxes. The client had made up the boxes, sealed the tops and totally forgotten to seal the bottoms of every single box! Sometimes you just cant win!