The leading removals company in Kent for more than 30 years.

FAQ’s

What areas do you cover?

We are a Kent based removals company and have offices in both Maidstone and West Malling. Although we do a lot of work in Kent and the surrounding area including Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge we also cover the whole of the UK.

What type of removals do you do?

This is a very open question as there are a lot of services that we cover including domestic, commercial, and overseas but we also provide packing and storage services. If you have anything that is not included in this list of things please get in contact as still may be able to help you.

What is the size of the van I will get?

The size of the van will depend upon the initial survey we make. We have a fleet of specialist vehicles of varying size and weight. Rest assured your allocated vehicles will be adequate for your requirements.

How many people will be used for my removals?

The numbers of team members that get used will depend purely on the size of your removal. This is again why a survey is crucial so we task the right number of people to the job.

How long will my removal take?

There are several factors that can affect the amount of time it can take for a removal. The obvious factors are volume, distance and access. These are things we will discuss with you on your initial survey.

Do I really need a professional removal company, Could I just use a man and a van?

There really is no comparison, once a customer have used our removal service they would never look back.

When is the best time of year to move house?

Generally speaking, spring is the most suitable time to move house. In Spring, things have usually settled down since the busy Christmas period and the weather is generally better with lighter days, milder temperate and overall improvements in weather conditions.

Having said that, others will say there is no best time to move house. The moving process is unlikely to be flawless as a direct result of the month or season you’ve chosen to move in.

There a few things to consider when deciding which season to move in:

Christmas Season: the Christmas period can be a busy period collecting and distributing presents, preparing and organising for Christmas visitors, buying and prepping food, the list goes on… The Christmas season or Winter can be particularly cold and subject to icy roads and potential snow which can make moving house a disastrous activity.

Summer: if you have children, it is more than likely they will be off for at least 6 weeks during the summer period and if you’re planning to move this can be a help or a hinderance. More helping hands or more causing chaos?

Spring/Autumn: to most people’s opinion, moving house is spring or autumn is the best time to move as weather conditions are milder and there are fewer public holidays and celebrations to factor in.

Keep in mind, the timing of your move will be affected by your estate and solicitor so you may not have a huge choice in the month or season of your move. However, if you maintain frequent communication with both your estate agent and solicitor you ensure you’re organised and prepared for moving day.

One thing to also note, moving house is made a lot easier by hiring a professional removing company that can transport your belongings from your old property or premises to your new home or office – alleviating some of your stress!

What is the best time of year to sell your house?

Likewise of moving house, generally speaking it id argued that Spring is the best time of the year to move house. The milder temperatures, better weather conditions means the exterior of your property and your garden will be in full bloom, enhancing the appeal of your property to potential buyers – adding that extra touch of curb appeal. What’s more, it is more enticing for potential buyers to look at property’s when the weather nicer, dryer and brighter.

How to pack a chandelier for moving?

If you have one or several chandeliers that need packing before the big moving day, it is recommended you wrap and pack them individually. Chandeliers are often expensive purchases, fragile and easily broken or damaged, especially in transit when not sufficiently protected.

For starters, you will need a large strong cardboard box that is structured and will not easily lose its shape, this is for the main body of the chandelier. Secondly, you will need one or two smaller boxes for the detachable elements of the chandelier and the light bulbs. You will also need bubble wrap, packing paper or newspaper, furniture blankets (or old blankets/rags will be fine), packing tape, and packing peanuts. Once you have removed your chandelier from its fixture, remove the light bulbs, wrap each one with bubble wrap and arrange them carefully into the small structured cardboard box. Move on to removing the detachable elements by using a screw driver or simply lifting them off wires or hooks. Carefully wrap each element using bubble wrap or packing paper and place inside the small structured cardboard box.

You’re then ready to pack the main body of the chandelier. Start by preparing your large structured box by sufficiently taping the body to ensure it is strong and to prevent possible breakages from occurring. Ideally, your cardboard box will be large enough for there to be spaces either side of the chandelier for protection to be added. With assistance, place your chandelier inside the box with caution and care. Once carefully placed, begin adding your packing peanuts and sheets of bubble wrap to the sides of your chandelier ensuring there is no empty spaces.

If your chandelier is able to move inside the box, you are at risk to damage. Before sealing your box, lift and carefully shake to identify if there are any lose elements and finally cover the top of the chandelier with furniture blankets or further bubble wrap. You can then finish by closing the lids of the box and sealing it with packing tap (likewise of the smaller boxes containing the chandelier elements and light bulbs). Make sure your label the box as CHANDELIER, EXTREMELY FRAGILE, THIS SIDE UP to signify to removal men that they need to take extra caution with this box.

Packing tips for moving

Below we have put together a few of the essential packing tips to moving house.

1. Get rid of unused and unnecessary items.

There is more than likely belongings in your home that never get used or are unnecessary, also known as ‘clutter’. We recommended getting rid of any clutter that you no longer need or use to help minimise your packing.

2. Organise things by room or by category.

To help simplify the packing and unpacking process we advise packing your belongings by room and/or by category. For example, belongings which you know will stay in the same room in your new property i.e the kitchen, ensure all kitchen belongings stay in the same box. You can even go as far to separate the kitchen by categories, for example plates and bowls, sauce pans and pots… Label your boxes by room and by category.

3. Research professional removal companies.

By searching online you’ll be able to find plenty of professional removal companies local to you and review sites. It is more than likely belongings will get damaged or lost in transit if you opt for a removal company that isn’t professional and has poor reviews.

By conducting research you’ll be able to find a removal firm with glowing reviews so you can be rest assured your belongings will be protected throughout transit.

If you’re in the Kent region, Goodfellows Removals and Storage Company is an established and reputable company with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. Visit checkatrader for client testimonials.

4. Create a moving to-do list and a packing list

Moving house can be a stressful time, especially the packing period. By creating a moving to-do list and/or a packing list you’re less likely to forget important tasks and more importantly, relieve stress and worry.

Whether you make a hand written list in a note pad, a list on your phone or a list on your computer or tablet, a list will help your tick off tasks that you have completed and focus on the ones remaining.

5. Be prepared with packing materials

If you have already selected your removal company, it is more than likely they can supply you with packing materials such as cardboard boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, packing tape and packing peanuts. If this isn’t the case, research online ‘where can I find packing materials?’ or ‘where can I find cardboard boxes for moving?’

Make sure you’re prepared with plenty of packing material so you can start your packing in advance with no need to worry about running out of materials. If you over buy materials from your removals firm it is more than likely they will buy the products back from you.

If you’re looking to buy boxes for your house or office move, please get in touch.

6. Label Boxes

As previously mentioned, it is highly recommended that you label all your boxes. Not only will this be key to you finding your belongings easy, it will also help the removal men know where to place your boxes on the day of move.

Furthermore, if you have fragile items or belongings that need to be placed in transit a certain way up, you can also label this on the box too.

What is Self Storage?

Self storage is defined as being the system whereby individuals rent containers or units of space within a large warehouse to store possessions. Self storage can also be referred to as self-service storage. Space, units or containers are rented to individuals usually on a short-term basis. Self storage is more commonly used in the United States, however has also become a well-known industry in the UK. Self storage is frequently used during home or office removals where there is a period of time between leaving your old property or premises and gaining access to your new property or office.

What our customers say...

“Many thanks to you for all your assistance during our packing and removal to your store, and then out to our new home. Everything went smoothly and we where very happy with your service.”

Mr & Mrs Westlake, The Grange, Sevenoaks

“Just to say a big thank you to you & the guys for doing an excellent job for us. All 3 guys you sent round were fantastic (John, Rod & Colin? – I apologies if the last name is incorrect, lack of sleep & trying to sort thw new house I’m afraid!). There were punctual, polite & professional. The move went extremely smoothly & with no stress for me. Thank you. I will definitely recommend Goodfellows Removals to friends & family, anyone thinking of moving themselves should think again & get you guys in. Money well spent.”

Damien Murphy, Tonbridge

Domestic Removals  

Domestic removals have been a speciality of Goodfellows for the past 30 years

Storage  

At Goodfellows we have our own secure storage facilities we can store any of your belongings

Commercial Removals  

No matter how big or small your commercial removal need, we can help you at Goodfellows

Overseas Removals  

Whether you’re moving locally or overseas, Goodfellows can help you along every step of the way

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0800 6346794
Maidstone:
01622 753708
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01732 841841