4.8 out of 5.0 based on 49 reviews
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Mr Shifter was formed in 2003. We chose the name from the PG Tips advert featuring two chimps carrying a piano down the stairs. Can you ever forget Irene Handel saying, "Cooee Mr Shifter" causing the father and son to drop the piano and the immortal lines that followed. "Dad did you know the piano's on my foot" to which the father replies, "You hum it son- I'll play it!"
No, we don't drop pianos but we are a father and son operation. In fact the family connection has grown because not only has my son in law joined the business but my 15 year old son helps us out as well. So you can rest assured of a hands-on personal service which is both efficient and reliable with a bit of banter thrown in for good measure!
Where are we?
We are based in York just of the A64 in Bishopthorpe. We have vehicles capable of doing both large and small moves and a team of trained uniformed workers who take the stress out of your move. We have quick access to the A1/M1/M62.
What services do we provide?
We offer a free no obligation quoting service where we get to know you and your needs and you get to know us. We can offer you all sorts of advice on moving, in fact feel free to pick our brains!! Moving is a stressful experience and we aim to make it as stress-free as possible.
Removal work is hard graft but we tend to do it with a smile! But please remember not to pack the kettle!!!
Mr Shifter – One of our Removal Companies in North Yorkshire
Average service quality
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Value for money
Jonny72 on 11 Mar 2015
Excellent service. Fantastic value. These guys did a tough job without grumbles and made the whole cross country move a lot less stressful that it could have been.
Round the Corner on 17 Mar 2014
Despite having had a van stolen the previous day, Mr Shifter provided a quick , but careful, service in a remarkably cheerful manner.
Leo BH on 8 Jan 2014
Paul was excellent, and really helped things go smoothly on the day of the move. He was very organised and methodical, and overall provided a great service for a very reasonable price. I highly recommend Mr Shifter!
Sherlock on 16 Nov 2013
I would not recommend using this company.
Well where do I begin with this one.
I am a great believer in stressing to a client that they must be organised to make a move go smoothly, sadly this was not the case on this move.
Whenever I go to quote on a move I always explain to the customer what to do to make a move go as stress-free as possible.
The first couple of boxes we picked up just fell apart. We then proceeded to re-tape 20 plus boxes to make sure they were in a state to get on the van. The cardboard boxes used were so old that they were not able to be stacked properly.
Another example of the packing we had to contend with was a box that had contained a large upright fridge freezer was filled with an array of kitchen items. The box was so heavy that 3 men struggled to get it on the van.
The lady for whom we were carrying out the move was out walking her dogs during the whole loading procedure which created its own problems.
We decided to move her out over two days to make sure we got her out of the house in good time. It was just as well as there was so much packing left to do. She had a male friend who constantly said how disorganised everything was.
Because of the nature of the move I had to put an extra van on the job because we could not load the vans as efficiently as possible.
On the day of the move which incidentally was 30 miles from our base in York was loaded by 9am. We then had three vans to be driven 164 miles to our destination.
Once we began unloading it soon became apparent that the house this lady had rented wasn't big enough to take the vast volume of items she needed moving. She had a large garage at her old address and a small shed at her new address so certain items had to be left out in the open air as the house was full to the rafters.
She had two large electric bed frames needed taking upstairs but it was pointed out to her that the structure of the staircase would prevent us getting them upstairs. She insisted we give it a go which we did but it turned out to be fruitless which didn't please her. I have been doing this job for 10 years so I can often see if there is going to be a problem. We were then asked to take the bed to another address which we gladly did.
The last hour of the move was carried out in pouring rain which didn't help. On completion of the move no mention of the bill was brought up even she was so glad to have left Yorkshire for good. Having mentioned the fact to her she just said to invoice her.
To get one star for service is quite frankly an insult.
As regards value; the automated quote was £750 and I carried out the move for the total price of £695. This entailed 3 men travelling 300 miles in 3 vans spread over 2 days. The extra van was not charged for so I personally made a pittance out of the job.
I pride myself in doing things right on a move and am upset that I get this review from somebody who clearly hadn't prepared properly.
cs123 on 12 Aug 2013
Very helpful company-would recommend
LB on 30 Aug 2012
Very pleased with the service. Friendly and helpful removal team. Will be recommending to friends.
Not a one trick pony on 31 Jul 2011
This company were excellent and I would recommend them to anyone.
The reallymoving.com site was a great help to me.
De Mol on 17 Jul 2011
The Really Moving website was really helpful in cutting down on the leg work involved in the move, easily finding local companies and accurate comparative prices.
Mr Shifter were very helpful and flexible, as we were working to short timescales with a complex move. They consulted us at all stages of the move, and took care of our belongings. I would certainly recommend.
Cas Lad on 29 Apr 2011
Nothing was too much trouble for Paul and his team. Helpful advice from the very beginning. He did little extras the day before the move to ensure that the main move went very smoothly. A really great and economical service. I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone.
tjz1100 on 1 Mar 2011
Paul is a no-nonsense guy who tells you exactly what the score is and is refreshingly honest. Overall a worthy business.
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