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Hamiltons Removals: anyone used them?

I'm thinking about using them to move from the UK to Switzerland. Has anyone used them? What were they like? Many thanks!
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Re: Hamiltons Removals: anyone used them?

This is a very old thread. But i am thinking of using them. Reviews anyone?
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Hi there, this is my original post. DO NOT USE THEM. I did and it was a mistake. This is why: 1) the last leg of the journey from Zurich to where I live is a three hour drive and they had to call me for directions. Clearly no idea where they were going. They hadn't looked at a map at all and were in complete shock by the time they got here, not having realised they would have to drive over mountain passes. Duh! 2) Because I did it as a part load and there were other deliveries on the way first, they ended up in our tiny Alpine village with two of the most enormous lorries I have ever seen. They unhitched one lorry to try to get into the village but still couldn't do it. Apparently I should have said there would be problems with access but a) I thought that referred to the house itself b) since they call themselves experts of moving to Switzerland, you'd have thought they'd be aware that most Swiss villages have fairly narrow streets. 3) Since they couldn't get into the village, they said it was my responsibility to find a van to transport the stuff. I'd only been living here two days, it was my first day in my new job and was meant to be in meetings = total nightmare. 4) they dumped all of my stuff on the street because apparently they had a time limit on how much time they could spend in Switzerland before they had to go over the border. Apparently because it had taken THEM longer than expected to get to my place, this was apparently my fault, and I had exceeded my time limit (a time limit I was never made aware of beforehand) and they were not obliged to deliver. Thanks to good new friends, I had managed to find a van but these guys couldn't even be bothered to carry the stuff to the van 20 metres away. Totally lazy and unfit and just unpleasant to deal with. 5) needless to say there was no refund. DO NOT USE. I'd go for someone slightly more expensive, perhaps: I think that if I made any mistake, it was going for a cheaper quote. Kind regards, Zoe
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Hi there, this is my original post. DO NOT USE THEM. I did and it was a mistake. This is why: 1) the last leg of the journey from Zurich to where I live is a three hour drive and they had to call me for directions. Clearly no idea where they were going. They hadn't looked at a map at all and were in complete shock by the time they got here, not having realised they would have to drive over mountain passes. Duh! 2) Because I did it as a part load and there were other deliveries on the way first, they ended up in our tiny Alpine village with two of the most enormous lorries I have ever seen. They unhitched one lorry to try to get into the village but still couldn't do it. Apparently I should have said there would be problems with access but a) I thought that referred to the house itself b) since they call themselves experts of moving to Switzerland, you'd have thought they'd be aware that most Swiss villages have fairly narrow streets. 3) Since they couldn't get into the village, they said it was my responsibility to find a van to transport the stuff. I'd only been living here two days, it was my first day in my new job and was meant to be in meetings = total nightmare. 4) they dumped all of my stuff on the street because apparently they had a time limit on how much time they could spend in Switzerland before they had to go over the border. Apparently because it had taken THEM longer than expected to get to my place, this was apparently my fault, and I had exceeded my time limit (a time limit I was never made aware of beforehand) and they were not obliged to deliver. Thanks to good new friends, I had managed to find a van but these guys couldn't even be bothered to carry the stuff to the van 20 metres away. Totally lazy and unfit and just unpleasant to deal with. 5) needless to say there was no refund. DO NOT USE. I'd go for someone slightly more expensive, perhaps: I think that if I made any mistake, it was going for a cheaper quote. Kind regards, Zoe
Its the same for Spain. Alot of these bigger companies book on postal codes and not on exact knowledge of the area. Even so, per my Spanish reference, an experienced company should know this in advance and have smaller transit van locals in place to carry out the final stages of the delivery. I personally have that experience, but it didn't come overnight. It's good to do some research as opposed to taking companies on their marketability.
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PS It depends what you are moving but if you need to move art work or antique furniture, The British Shop http://www.thebritishshop.co.uk is excellent: we have recent experience of them moving an antique desk from London to Switzerland . . . they were efficient, arrived early, polite and wrapped everything really well. Expensive but trustworthy.
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