It is not just estate agents, mortgage brokers and lenders who are busy: the upturn in the property market is resulting in the busiest summer in five years for London’s removals firms.
According to Bien Media client Aussie Man & Van, the man and van removals firm based in London, there is a chronic shortage of capacity after five lean years. This is compounded by the introduction of LEZ-compliant* vehicles and the reluctance of banks to lend to SMEs, making it difficult for removal firms to expand.
Home movers need to book early, particularly if they are moving at the end of the week or month, when removal firms are at their busiest.
Mark Prout, an Australian from Brisbane and managing director of removals firm Aussie Man & Van, says: ‘We’ve been flat out like a lizard drinking**. This is the busiest summer since the banking collapse and on occasion we’ve had to turn work away. We have extended our opening hours to Sundays to cope with extra demand and ordered eight new removal trucks.’
Prout adds that he suspects that the uptick in business is due not only to a busier housing market but also the growing interest in cricket among British customers. Prout remains philosophical: ‘I suppose it’s good for business,’ he adds.
Notes to editors:
*Lorries, buses, coaches and other specialist heavy diesel vehicles must meet certain emissions standards if they are to drive in the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in London without paying a daily charge.
**The term ‘flat out like a lizard drinking’ originates in Australia and means to be, or have been, hard at work or running flat out.
Aussie Man & Van (www.manandvan.biz) is a man and van removals business based in London. It handles more than 200 moves a week, from individuals to large companies, as well as providing storage at far cheaper rates than the big self-storage companies.
Aussie Man & Van is owned by Anthony Ward Thomas, the specialist home removals and secure storage company.