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4 tips on choosing a removal company to move you

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How to choose the right home removal company

Choosing a removal company may seem straightforward, but there are various things to consider before you commit. So if you’re looking for an office or house removal service, where should you start and how do you know you’ll get good value? Here’s our guide to choosing the right removal company.

Where to start

The internet is as good a place as any to begin. It will enable you to look up companies that are local to you and obtain their contact details for a quote. When asking for a quote, make sure the organisation knows exactly what you need. Will you require a packing service for moving house, for example, or a specialist who is insured to move valuable items or musical instruments? When it comes to it, you’ll want to pick the service that is right rather than the one that offers the cheapest price.

What to ask for

Aside from asking whether the firm can meet your requirements, you may want to ask if they hold certain quality standards. This will provide reassurance that your belongings are in the right hands. For example, as an established Kent removals firm, Colin Batt Removals holds Quality Standard BS EN 12522. We’re also a long-term member of the British Association of Removers. These extras go a long way towards providing customers with added peace of mind when they choose us.

If you’re moving a long distance, you’ll want to ensure the removal organisation you choose can accommodate this. A small firm may be less likely to have the capacity to do a cross-country or overseas relocation, so ensure you specify your destination.

Get them to visit

Ideally, getting a removal firm to visit your property before the moving date is the best course of action. This means they can see what will need doing and can provide a more accurate estimate for the time it will take to load up and transport all your items. It also means you can get a feel for the employees you’ll be entrusting your belongings to.

What your removal company will expect from you

In order for everything to go smoothly on the day, you’ll need to ensure you’re well organised beforehand. If you aren’t taking advantage of a packing or storage service, make sure everything is carefully and safely packed before the van arrives. Keep fragile items well-wrapped and cushioned with newspaper or bubble wrap to prevent breakages, and label up boxes so that you know which room they’ll need to go in once you get to the other end.

Your removal company will also expect you to confirm the move date in plenty of time and pay in full either on the day of, or the day before, the move. You can always check the firm’s payment terms when you ask for a quote.

Reliable Kent removals

If you’re looking for a removal service or storage in Kent, contact specialists Colin Batt Removals today. We’re a family-run business that’s been helping people to relocate for over 40 years and are ready to meet all your house removal needs.

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    We’re Recruiting – Removals Porter Wanted

    We’re recruiting for an enthusiastic removals porter to join our award-winning team. You must be physically fit, enjoy manual labour and be hard working. Additionally, you need to be a strong team player and have good communication skills. You will be entering customer’s homes and handling their possessions, therefore you must be professional, courteous and well presented at all times.

    As an expanding family business, based in Ashford, Kent, we are looking for the right individual to join our house removals company. We are passionate about delivering the very best removals with outstanding customer service and are looking for a porter who wants to be part of a top performing team.

    You will be required to assist in packing, loading and moving customer’s furniture and belongings. As piano removals specialists you will also be handling these delicate instruments. A full induction and ongoing training programme will be provided for all aspects of the job.

    Removals Porter Details

    The job will entail:

    • Vehicle Preparation.
    • Packing.
    • Loading and unloading customer goods.
    • Piano Moving.
    • General deliveries.
    • Paperwork in support of the above activities.

    This is a full time position with flexible start and finish times to meet customer demand, most days are from around 7.30am to 4.30pm. We mainly provide removals across Kent, such as Maidstone, Canterbury and Ashford, and London with some wider UK and European work. As such, the job demands some nights away from home and you will need a valid passport.  A full and clean driving licence is desirable and previous knowledge of the removals industry would be advantageous.

    We offer a competitive salary, which is dependent upon your experience and skills. To apply send your CV and covering letter to info@colinbattremovals.co.uk. Any questions or queries can be sent to the same address.

    This is a fantastic opportunity for a keen individual to join our growing company, learn more about us here.  Come and join our award-winning team and enjoy working with the one of the best in the industry.


    Stuart Dadd – Our New Sales and Move Estimator

    A warm welcome to Stuart Dadd who has joined our successful removals Company and is taking on the role of Sales and Move Estimator. Stuart is a great addition to our removals family and is bringing a wealth of business and sales experience.

    Move Estimator and Surveyor

    Free Removals Estimate and Quotes

    Stuart is the Sales and Move Estimator and will therefore conduct our free, no-obligation quotes and surveys. He will visit your home, complete a full survey and answer all of your questions. Stuart will carry out a full internal and external review of your home so that we know exactly what you want moved and any specific needs you may have. He will also gather all the details for the move such as volume of furniture, vehicle access and packing requirements. As a result Stuart will be able to put together a personalised quote so you get exactly the move you want.

    Stuart has lots of experience in customer service, having previously worked for such prestigious companies as Land Rover and Everest. He is perfectly suited to join our team and to deliver on our motto, Where Service is Key. He understands that everything we do is focused on delivering superior removals services to our customers. Hence, as the Move Estimator and Surveyor, Stuart is the foundation for all that we do.

    Quality Removals and Storage

    Stuart joins the Company at an exciting time. Our new store is growing with options for container storage, piano storage, climate-controlled storage and archive storage. We offer fantastic storage solutions for individuals and businesses, whatever your needs.

    House Removals Sales and Move EstimatorWhen not thinking about house removals Stuart enjoys snooker, playing in the Medway league, martial arts, going to the gym and has a keen interest in photography. You will see some of his photographs on our website.

    With Stuart’s help we look to extend our superior removals services and build on our great reputation. Over 99% of our customers recommend our services and we hope to grow that over the coming months and years. Colin Batt Removals provide high quality house removals, call Stuart today for a free, no-obligation quote for your house move.

    More Homeowners Moved House in 2014 than have since 2007

    More people moved house last year than have in the last seven years, according to the latest Lloyds Bank Homeowners Review. In total an estimated 365,400 people moved house in 2014, up 8% on 2013. This is good news for the housing market and demonstrates the growing levels of confidence.

    Moved HouseMoved House Prices Up

    Lloyds report that house prices also rose 8% in 2014. This is good news for people previously in negative equity and it also makes it easier for people to make their next move up the property ladder. As Andy Hulme, Lloyds Bank mortgages director, said:

    The resulting higher levels of equity in their property are providing homeowners with more funds to finance the purchase of their next home.

    The number of people who moved house has grown by 16% since the bottom of the housing depression in 2009. Even though the number who  moved house has increased over the last few years, it is still  way below the record set in 2004 (886,700) and just above the average between 2004 and 2007 (717,025).

    Lloyds predict that house prices will continue to rise in 2015 allowing those people who bought properties at the peak of the housing boom to move back into positive equity. This should all help to keep the housing market moving and allow people to continue to climb the property ladder. The expectation is the 2015 results will show more people moved house yet again.

    Whilst that is all positive, there remains a regional pricing divide for those trying to get on the second rung of the housing ladder. In the South East house house prices have risen by 33% in the last 5 years and London has seen 50%  growth, vice price changes of 16% and 14% in the North and in Wales respectively.

    The report provides an indication of how busy the housing market is again becoming, as well as all the associated businesses, such as estate agents, solicitors and, of course, removal companies. Therefore anyone looking to move home should plan well ahead and book the services of their preferred agents and house removals firms as early as possible. The earlier you contact your removal company the sooner they can begin to help you manage your move, even if you haven’t got a moving date.

    Were you one of the lucky ones that moved house in 2014? If so we’d love to know what your 3 top tips are for moving house. We’ll collate the results and pass them on to future house movers.


    Moving Christmas Wishes

    Moving Christmas Wishes and A Happy New Year

    Moving Christmas Wishes and A Happy New Year

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the team at Colin Batt Removals. Whilst we pride ourselves on being great removers the ultimate removal man has to be Father Christmas. He can deliver to every child in the land in one night…phew – just think of all those stairs and chimney pots! Whilst Father Christmas will be busy moving heaven and earth to get all the pressies to the kids, we will take a well earned break, the office will be shut from 24th December but we’ll be back to look move your house or piano from 5th January 2015. That said the phone will be periodically monitored for any emergency calls, just in case Santa needs a hand moving your new piano upstairs!


    2014 was a great year and that is thanks to all the hard work the whole team put in. A big thank you to all our Porters who move your furniture, the office staff who arrange your removal and the management team who look after the rest of the staff. To celebrate we all had a Christmas party in Canterbury, Kent and had a traditional Indian curry! The vindaloo was too hot for everyone even in the depths of December.


    Best wishes to all for the New Year and we look forward to helping all of our existing and new customers from Kent, Surrey and beyond with any and all of your house removals needs. Remember to call us if you need to move house, want some items stored after all the Xmas gifts you received, or have a piano you want delivering. Don’t forget we can help with document archives if you are doing a bit of office spring cleaning too.


    All the best to you and yours and have a fantastic, fruitful and fun 2015.