Removals Check-list

As removals day draws near, many movers in Edinburgh, especially first time movers, get caught up in the pressure of the moment, leading to costly mistakes, accidents and even things being left behind. At Man with a Van Edinburgh, we’ve come up with a comprehensive checklist that should keep you on the straight and narrow, with practical and (hopefully) helpful tips and advice.

For nearly 15 years now, Man with a Van Edinburgh has been helping out both household and companies in relocating to new homes, and we have come across all sorts of common problems and pitfalls that can crop up during your removal in Edinburgh. As such, we are often asked about the best way in which to proceed, and the best advice we can give is to start early: don’t leave yourself in a situation where you are short on time. Start one room at a time, don’t cut corners and leave nothing out.

Another good tip is to rid of unwanted possessions, or those that you simply have no need for in your new digs. We have found this to be good advice for both households and businesses, who would otherwise overburden their removal in Edinburgh with objects that have long outlived their function. Charity shops, online forums and car boot sales are all great places to hold a clear out prior to your move. In addition, Man with a Van Edinburgh can provide house clearance services where required, and can help you get rid of rubbish and unwanted furniture.

When it comes to packing itself, our team see cases of poor practice all the time, and we believe that following a few simple guidelines can greatly increase the speed of your move whilst still providing protection and insulation to your treasured possessions. Beforehand, you should focus on getting the right amount of boxes and related packaging equipment, including tape, bubble wrap and self-seal bags. Old newspapers can go way towards lining boxes and providing additional padding where necessary.

Many of our clients make the mistake of over-packing boxes, which can be a problem when it comes to weight distribution – not to mention avoiding seeing all of your items in a heap on the floor! As part of your removal in Edinburgh, it is a good idea to leave some space in the top of boxes, as well as packing heavier items in smaller boxes. If you are particularly concerned about a specific item or items, sturdier packing boxes made of corrugated cardboard could be the answer, as these have greater structural strength than regular cardboard.

At Man with a Van Edinburgh, we always emphasise sensible packing, even though this can be more time consuming – it will be worth it, when you avoid the stress that comes with last minute problems and mishaps. Dismantle furniture with care, and make sure to keep any hazardous materials (cleaning products, etc) away from the rest of your stuff during the move. If you do require further advice or need a hand with your removal in Edinburgh, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Our Pricing Mechanisms

Every removal is different; it will be improbable to find two of the exact same removals in Edinburgh or anywhere else. Even a similar one bed flat will have many variants on the amount of items that each customer will own. Add in factors such as the floor level that the flat is situated on, the parking availability outside of each property, and the distance from the van to the front door. Before you even get out of the door, the size of doorways and considering whether the furniture will go through them are just a snapshot of some of the issues that a removal man would face. This is why we generally have three ways to offer you a price:

  • Hourly rate
  • I can come and give you a quotation
  • You provide me with a list of items to be moved, either by telephone or email

1) Hourly rate

Different sizes of removal jobs require a varied number of staff to move the items. Generally two men can complete the majority of removal jobs, but small items and boxes can be moved by a single person. However pianos, American style fridges etc. may require increased manpower, especially where stairs are involved. The increase on manpower means a higher hourly rate price. Man With A Van Edinburgh charges £45 per hour for a single man and £60 per hour with two men. There will be an increase in cost as the number of staff increases. An hourly rate price is beneficial when the client does not know exactly what is to be moved, has not decided what may be moved or other complications. If a customer is willing and able to help with a move, or has friends and family to assist, then an hourly rate price is usually a good option, as the job should be completed in less time when extra pairs of hands are supplied. Many hands make light work, and friends and family roped in to help are generally much cheaper than paying for a removal company. MWAV have a minimum price of one hour, and then we charge by the minute thereafter. So for two men that complete a job in 70 minutes will be charges £70 and not for the second full hour. We do however charge a minimum of one hour to be paid. There are many firms offering removals in Edinburgh charging a variety of prices, so it is always good to check. The client may think that there is a possibility that the removal men could stretch out a move if an hourly rate price is agreed. Also if the work goes over the hour then another hour will be invoiced for. This is not our policy as we invoice per minute after the first hour.

2) I can come and give you a quotation

For the larger removal in Edinburgh, full flat moves to house moves and office moves, sometimes it is impossible for a client to formulate a list of items to tell a removal firm what you have to move. In these situations we can come around and have a look at what needs to be moved. With our experienced staff that can provide you with a quotation. We can look at a property and estimate how much you will have to move. We can then formulate a list of furniture as well as the number of bags and removal boxes required, completing the packing of your home or office. This will also allow for us to see what access is like, and whether there will be any parking restrictions such as yellow lines or bus stops. In addition, we will be able to foresee any issues getting large furniture through doorways and down stairs, to see if any items will need to be dismantled, and to agree who will carry out such tasks. We can also provide information and assurance to the customer how the move should be undertook. We can also establish the number of man hours that will be required to complete the removal, and the number of staff required to conduct the removal safely and reducing the stress that a house move may cause.

3) You provide me with a list of items to be moved, either by telephone or email.

If a customer is able to draw up a list of items to be moved, such as the number of bags and boxes, and the type and number of furniture to be moved, we can then formulate a price based upon the list given. This may save time compared with coming around to give a visual quotation in person. Plus if the address is further afield and a visit will not be possible, the list can provide an accurate price, if the items to be moved correspond to those given on the list. The list can easily be amended, with items added or withdrawn prior to the move date. Allowing the movers to know exactly what is to be moved, that will allow the correct size of van to be used and the correct number of men to move the items. If everything is written on the email lists then both parties formulate a correct and fair quotation for the job in hand. The completed list can then provide a contract between both parties and can rule over any omissions of items that were agreed to be moved.


When it comes to our removals in Edinburgh, our client can utilise a costing mechanism that they feel confident with and is fair. Having the three general price options provides the customer with an option that suits them and one that they feel will benefit them.

Getting About Edinburgh and the Lothians

Situated in the Lothians, the city of Edinburgh today is a lively urban sprawl that is home to some half a million people, making it the second largest city in Scotland and the seventh largest in the UK. The city is the historical capital of Scotland, and as such is the location of many of the institutions that we associate with the country today, including the Scottish Parliament, as well as the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery.
Whilst this makes the city an important urban centre and cultural landmark, however, it does mean that this densely populated area can be difficult to navigate, especially when you consider its position as the second largest financial centre in the UK after London, which makes it an ideal environment for new and existing companies to thrive.

As might be expected, many people are currently thinking of either relocating to Edinburgh altogether, or require removals within the city, finding the right removals company for your project could be a tricky endeavour. Familiarity with the narrow and busy roads is essential, so choosing someone local would be an obvious advantage. Ideally, you require a driver with knowledge of the city’s thriving wards, places like the Old Town, Corstorphine and Morningside, which can be challenging for visitors to the city.

You would then need to look at the characteristics of the removals company itself. A specialist in dealing with small home or office removals would likely be versed in the obstacles involved in that sort of job and would know how to overcome them. The key is to avoid potential disruption or damage to property, essential for those looking to seamlessly relocate a company or business. With extensive knowledge of Scotland’s finest city and a reputation for delivering outstanding customer service, all for a competitive price, Man With A Van Edinburgh are the ideal choice for attempting small and medium scale removals from anywhere in the UK.

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