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Reasonable cost of moving?

Hello all.

We're looking at moving back to the UK and have received a few quotes... all of which blew my expectations away in a deluge of extra digits!

From experience, how much should we/could we be expecting to pay for a move from Zurich to the UK with around 10 cubic metres of stuff.
E.g. Bed, few desks, 13-15 boxes of stuff.

Worth noting we're not after the cheapest... Just don't want to be taken for a ride

Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated as this entire situation is taking its toll
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Re: Reasonable cost of moving?

Do you do all the packing, taking things apart etc.. so they can simply stuff everything in a container and same on the other side of the canal or are you looking for a "total care" deal?

Couple of thousands is easily to be paid for 10 cubic meters. Renting/sharing a van could save a lot.
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Old 09.03.2020, 14:24
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Re: Reasonable cost of moving?

Or check with a moving company if they can add your load to another move they have already planned.

In German it is called Beiladung. Takes a bit longer to arrive but it is a lot cheaper.
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Re: Reasonable cost of moving?

Why not rent your own van?

My wife has had quotes moving 18m3 from the Midlands to Chamonix Mont Blanc & quotes have ranged from 1,400 to 9,000 to give you some idea of what UK companies are charging. Stuff is packed & in storage, 1 driver & a second person to help load / unload to ground floor.
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Re: Reasonable cost of moving?

Thanks for all the helpful info.

Hiring a van would be a great idea except neither of us can drive.
Luckily we have family offering to help us once we get across to Old Blighty.

Yeah, we packed and dismantled everything ourselves and yet the quotes are within the 1-2 k range. I guess - given what we know now - that is rather reasonable.

I have much to learn

Again, Thank you all!
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Old 10.03.2020, 23:25
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Thanks for all the helpful info.

Hiring a van would be a great idea except neither of us can drive.
Luckily we have family offering to help us once we get across to Old Blighty.

Yeah, we packed and dismantled everything ourselves and yet the quotes are within the 1-2 k range. I guess - given what we know now - that is rather reasonable.

I have much to learn

Again, Thank you all!
shiply.com should get you a few quotes.

Make sure your goods are properly insured.
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Old 10.03.2020, 23:35
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Re: Reasonable cost of moving?

at least you didn't get a quote from a swiss mover. when i got a quote to move the contents of a 60sqm studio apartment in zurich to basel, it came to something like 20k.

i flatly told them no and got a call back. the first question was "is it the price?". d'you think? 😂
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Re: Reasonable cost of moving?

Could also try contacting Confloozed, another EF member, who does moving stuff to/from the UK and other destinations.
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Hello all.

We're looking at moving back to the UK and have received a few quotes... all of which blew my expectations away in a deluge of extra digits!

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Don't forget the TOR-1 form if you don't want to pay VAT & duty when you import your worldly possessions into the UK. (Details on HMRC website). We were told horror stories of 8-12 weeks to get it approved but getting all the data together, creating a pdf including an inventory, passport details & the application form, proof of Swiss residence and an address in the UK you're going to. Then find the highly non-obvious email address on the website. Ours took overnight to approve! Our shippers said a record!

What I hadn't appreciated though is that the unique reference number you get is valid for a year from the actual transfer of residence, so you don't have to pack it all in one trip if you don't want to.
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Re: Reasonable cost of moving?

I was due to move 25 cubic meters (a luton van) from London to Zurich. This is now on hold due to the coronathing.

I could fill the van with anything I want, up to 1200kg.

Agreed fee is 850.

Found them on anyvan.com - worth a look.
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I was due to move 25 cubic meters (a luton van) from London to Zurich. This is now on hold due to the coronathing.

I could fill the van with anything I want, up to 1200kg.

Agreed fee is 850.

Found them on anyvan.com - worth a look.
that sounds like great value for 25 cubics. I assume you need to pack & unpack yourself & cover insurance etc?
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Re: Reasonable cost of moving?

As a matter of interest how were you able to quantify the 25 cubics in advance?
I'm trying to figure this out myself currently & findng it hard to judge & it's an expensive mistake if I get it wrong in either direction.
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I assume you need to pack & unpack yourself & cover insurance etc?
When we did it ourselves, albeit a few years ago, I hired a 7.6t lorry and drove it over. Nothing was insured. We couldn't get insurance for our belongings if we did the move ourselves.
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Re: Reasonable cost of moving?

These guys look professional for UK & Euro moves, full service: https://www.getcracking.ie/uk-european-relocations/

I have no interest in this business.
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that sounds like great value for 25 cubics. I assume you need to pack & unpack yourself & cover insurance etc?
That's including insurance (but my "packing list" is "boxes of shoes, blankets, bedlinen etc + one table". Nothing fragile.

They say they provide one person who would help in loading, but wouldn't load it all himself (packing is up to me). Same goes for unloading. Unpacking, again, will be up to me. Which works for me as it means I have time. This is the final clearance of a house I intend to rent. It's easier to dump everything into boxes and sort it later.

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As a matter of interest how were you able to quantify the 25 cubics in advance?
I'm trying to figure this out myself currently & findng it hard to judge & it's an expensive mistake if I get it wrong in either direction.
I didn't

I went for the biggest/cheapest option, and have a living room in London full of boxes. If there's anything that doesn't fit, I'll either donate it to charity, drive to London once or get another van (depending on how much there is).

It's all a moot point at the moment though with the coronathing.
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