"Dear sirs. I am looking to move to Ireland at the end of August, and I notice you do removals. I will be mostly using boxes, but also wish to transport two bikes, a fridge and a freezer. I will do all my own packing, and I just need the transporting. Is this something you can help me with?"Removals men all over the UK started to rub their hands with glee. Then I started getting the calls with the quotes. The first was, I thought, a tad unreasonable.
"We'll move you and your stuff for the princely sum of £2,300"
I politely declined the offer ("How fucking much? You're having a laugh!") and thought surely someone would come back with a more realistic figure. No is the short answer. Prices ranging from £2,000 up to £4,800 (using an aircraft!) came in. I then realised a new plan of attack is needed.
I regularly see a trucking firm, based out of Ireland, trekking up and down the M4 near here.
Meanwhile, I needed boxes. Another of the removals companies asked me if I wanted any boxes. I replied to the affirmative, and they offered me one hell of a good deal. The delightful Vanessa (such a shame she has a brummie accent, but hey ho) took my order on Wednesday for 15 large boxes, measuring half a meter on all edges (about 1.5 feet per edge, Dad), and they are made of really hardy two layer cardboard. All for £32.50.
I now have another plan. I'm sure TDT's getting fed up with all the changes, but I just want it done quickly and easily, with as few breakages, and as little cost and labour as possible. So, today I'm looking for a large trailer, and a tow bar. I'm also looking to price a ticket on the ferry for the same trailer. I can sell the trailer once I get to Ireland, so cost isn't too much of an issue, and I will have everything there as soon as I arrive. I just hope I can swing this in my favour. Unless you have any other suggestions?