The Nicki Mini Guide to Removals 

When it comes to organising things I’m pretty good. No, scratch that, I’m the bee’s knees! If you need something sorting I have a contact, will find a contact or damn it I’ll do it myself. I try and stay on top of local news, apparently I’m the first to update social media friends and colleagues locally about local travel and info and I personally dislike chaos.

Perhaps it’s these attributes (which others have bestowed on me, I’m not blowing my own trumpet) that make me thego-to gal among friends and family who need something sorting. Several times recently I’ve been asked about situations involving removals and so here is my “guide to removals”.

Make Sure You Know What You Need
This might sound like a silly point however you’d be surprised I’m guessing how many people book any old removal van when really what they need is a man and van service, as opposed to the full-montyhouse clearance package. Removals come in all shapes and sizes; Wilson removals Reading for example offer a wide range of options from  large multi-container vehicles and staff to a small man and van. Make sure you have a clear idea of what services are on offer and what you actually really need so that you don’t end up paying more than you should.

Choose Your Company Wisely
There will be times when it seems quicker and easier to simply call the person who last shoved a leaflet through your door. While this person may be excellent and shouldn’t be discounted it is worth shopping around, reading reviews online and asking friends and colleagues for recommendations.

Get a Quote – In Writing
We’ve all heard of instances of people verbally agreeing a price for a service, the service being carried out and then the customer basically being held to ransom over a final payment amount that was far from expected. Thankfully there are many removal companies Reading area and beyond and the vast majority are legit. It does pay however to get quotes so that you may compare prices as well as it being general good practice.

Talk To Your Company
Once you’ve chosen the company you want to go with talk to them! Make sure that they are very clear on what you need and when and don’t be afraid to ask their advice. They will know better than anyone what size of vehicle you’ll need for a certain job and will even be able to offer you advice on how best to pack and even wrap furniture for safe removal.

Happy? Let People Know
If as expected you receive excellent service from your removal company, whether it was a man and a van job, an office move or a cross-country large home move make sure you leave a review on their social media site, on their website and of course spread the word. This type of feedback is what weeds out the professionals from everyone else and helps peoplemake a more informed choice regarding their job.


Don’t know where to start? Your removal company will help explain what is available and what you need to get the job done. It might be that you don’t need as big a vehicle as you expected.


Saving Time and Money with Chemist Direct

While Chemist Direct isn’t a particularly new site is certainly is new to me. I was offered a £50 voucher to use on the site, in order to have a good play, experience the order and delivery service and so that I could effectively report back what I really thought of the site. Despite being given the voucher to use Chemist Direct have had no say in my review and so this review is based purely on my own findings.

What is Chemist Direct?

Chemist Direct is as the name suggests an online chemist shop which provides products for your health needs (including prescriptions), toiletries and more. There are plenty of these online chemist shops around these days however what I find different about Chemist Direct is the moneysaving angle.

How to save money and time with Chemist Direct

How to save money and time with Chemist Direct

The site has a dedicated page for way to save you time and money. Perhaps my favourite part of the site, other than the well stocked clearance areas are the bulk buys. With four of us in the house we go through things like shampoo, conditioner, shower gel etc a lot quicker than I would like! I was able to purchase  bulk packs of some of my favourite brands at a discount and of course am also now enjoying not having to constantly keep an eye on whether we need to add more to the weekly shop.

How Far Does £50 Go?

Further than I expected. Thanks to clearance items, bulk buys and having a wide range of items, both top brands and otherwise to choose from I was able to stock up on shampoo, conditioner, shaving items for Roy, baby wipes, toothbrushes and toothpaste, mouthwash, two jars of my Ponds Cold Cream cleanser, three Pantene hair mousses (I can’t leave the house without looking like a microphone without these!) and more.

If you ignore the shockingly bad photos you'll get a good idea of how much a fifty pound order actually gives you. If I hadn't needed a new shaving brush and what not for Roy I'd have ordered more bulk buys.

If you ignore the shockingly bad photos you’ll get a good idea of how much a fifty pound order actually gives you. If I hadn’t needed a new shaving brush and what not for Roy I’d have ordered more bulk buys.


My delivery was with me within a couple of days and I was kept informed via email of when it was dispatched etc. I was pleased to see that while the items were properly boxed etc that there wasn’t any wasted packaging. This is a pet hate of mine!

Would I Use Chemist Direct Again

Yes I would. I’ve bookmarked it and have a few bits in the basket as I’m building up a monthly order. Again the bulk buys really have been a bonus, from a convenience and a budget point of view and with these and the clearance items being refreshed regularly updated it’s good to see new items popping up to help you save.

I do get emails from Chemist Direct (as I signed up) with offer and what not however can’t say that there’s an excessive amount which is always a bonus.

I can’t fault the service, in fact I have already recommended it to friends and family which I wouldn’t do if I wasn’t 100% happy. If you want to know anything else about my experience drop me a line in the comment box or perhaps ask Chemist Direct via Twitter who are more than happy to help.


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