Our move was from East Yorkshire to Braes in the height of the “Beast from the East” and the first Red Weather warnings ever across the Central Belt of Scotland. It was a move that was to take 5 days to move our home and home office across and up the country! A 2 day journey then 2 days storage and then a final trans-ship to our new property – we don’t do things by half…
From the first moment we made contact with Scottish Removals we were made to feel at ease and safe in their hands. Melissa and Claire could not have been more helpful, especially as it wasn’t a straight forward move. Our day of entry was a Monday so we would be on the go for 5 days to get our worldly belongings to Skye. Nothing was too much bother and there was always a solution to any hurdles that cropped up.
We gave Melissa a full inventory of all the things we needed moving so she could work out a volume for us – we don’t travel light so of course we had more than what would fit in the largest truck. No problem – lots of packing tips later when the truck was packed it all fit in and some extra! There was not an inch in any box left spare – Melissa was right “canny packing” is what you need.
Our driver Phil arrived with us on the Weds evening in sub zero conditions and 4 inches of snow. After a quick look around he was gone for a good night’s sleep before the epic truck packing started early the next morning. We had 2 porters from a local removals company in East Yorkshire help pack the truck on the Thursday morning. All the time it was snowing, blizzarding and never above -4c. With Phil’s guidance and management the work never stopped, only pausing for hourly hot drinks and snacks to keep everyone going. Whilst the packing was ongoing all the local roads were closed due to snow but there was no panic, everyone remained calm and just got on with the job at hand. By early afternoon it was all packed and Phil, the truck and all our belongings were on their way to Skye. Road conditions were shocking, road closures all over, drifting snow but Phil was determined to make some headway before dark. We followed up on Friday morning and used the only road left open across the Pennines – what a start to our new life on Skye.
All our belongings got safely to Broadford and locked on the truck in the compound over the weekend until Monday.
Monday was meant to be an early entry but the snow had bogged things down and paperwork was delayed. Time ticked on and the trans-ship was going to be harder anyway, it would take 3 trips in a smaller truck to unload the big truck and come to our house. But again – no panic, no problems – Phil was a star and managed to negotiate filling the garage at the new house with one load and then getting the small truck filled again with another load. By the time we got to the house with the keys the second load was at the front door ready to go. With himself and 2 more porters Phil had the truck was unpacked in no time and the final load was brought across. Despite the clock ticking on us and darkness falling there was always time for a cuppa, a laugh and a smile.
Everything was put exactly where we wanted it, nothing was too much bother and problems were always over come before they became problems.
I challenge anyone to do a better job than Scottish Removals – not just in these circumstances but in any circumstances. They live and breathe removals and take the stress out of it. Five weeks later we’re still unpacking but our belongings are in great condition. They got us 500 miles over 5 days, using 2 trucks, 1 load, 3 unloads and inches of snow and freezing conditions and we never felt stressed – you guys are amazing!