Julian needed to move out temporarily for over three months during the renovations, and whilst searching for a one bedroom rental apartment for him, we came up with problems. After bumping around a few agencies, we discovered the best way to find a good short let was to locate buildings where the big owner 大業主 also let out. We also discovered that a 3-month rental cost the same as a 6-month rental. The only difference was that the tenant for a 6-month lease needed to pay Council tax and utilities.
Our renovation work definitely would take over 3 months, so Julian decided to go for a six-month lease. We found a new building in the Canary Wharf, and the owner of the building, Oxygen, was exceedingly nice. The staff there were very helpful, and if you paid upfront, you could get a good discount for the rental.
Julian's is a one bedroom apartment, with underground car park and a balcony. All furniture is brand new, and the kitchen is extremely well equipped, including a wall mount coffee machine. The building also had a very nice corner shop selling a wide range of daily necessities. Julian was very pleased with the apartment because this was near his place of work. Furthermore, he paid for the rental and was very proud of it.
Then we were faced with the problem of moving his stuff, desk, computer, hi-fi, tv, clothings etc.etc. We found a moving company, basically it was a man with a van type, Tel: 020 8500 2088 Terry/Laura, and they charge 70 pounds for 2 hours including transportation. This was a reliable firm, the same one was used to remove the big sofas from my mews to my friend's daughter's home.
Using a man-with-a-van type of removal firms is the cheapest one can get, and all Julian's stuff was moved within 2 hours from central London to Canary Wharf. We paid only 70 pounds.
I needed to get rid of the treadmill, and Tercel, Julian's very best friend, was willing to take it to his parents' farm, Thornborough.
The best and cheapest way to move a treadmill or a heavy object to another far away location is to rent a van yourself. If you seek the help of a removal firm, that would cost you an arm and a leg.
I am back, only just! I want to share my experience with you re my home renovation in London. I hope this will help those who have homes in London (or elsewhere), and might need to move a piano for relocation purposes. My dilemma was to move the piano from the ground floor to the first floor.
My problem is the piano cannot go up the stairs, hence I need to crane it up to the first floor. The piano weighs 200+ kilos, and I have to make sure the floor can support the weight of the piano. Hence, I need first to consult a structural engineer whether the floor is strong enough!