Conducting removals to the Greek islands is a fascinating business. We never cease to be amazed by the beautiful locations our customers choose to live, and we’re always up for the challenge. This time a customer was moving from the UK to the tiny island of Hydra, off the Peloponnese in Greece, and contacted us to help with his removal. There was just one problem, he said: trucks aren’t allowed on the island! In fact all vehicles are completely prohibited. Not ones for shying away from a challenge, we didn’t hesitate to take on the job.
Removals to Hydra involve firstly parking the truck at the “port” on the mainland, before carefully transferring the goods into a small boat! On arrival on the island, it’s time to load up the… donkeys! That’s right, donkeys. This is not our normal modus operandi, but when in Rome…
And finally, the delivery into the customer’s house (which was relatively easy compared to the odyssey we had undertaken to get here). Our customer Mr Burgess was very helpful and even insisted on helping us carry the goods into his home. All in all it was a great job, and another one for the Nomad history books.
Compared to this job, most of our removals to and from the Greek islands are relatively straightforward! But every job involves a certain degree of difficulty. We’re lucky to have an outstanding team who are capable of doing even the toughest of removals, while still having fun. If you want to move to or from the Greek mainland or any of the Greek islands, Nomad International is the company to use.
We’re very busy in the lead-up to Easter so we’re sending an extra vehicle in addition to our normal services. Besides removals to Crete and other Greek islands, we will have some space for Crete Express consignments on this truck. It will depart on 28th March and arrive in Crete approximately 7 days later. This will be the last Crete Express arrival on the island prior to Easter, so if you would like to send some things to Crete before Easter, book now! We need the items to arrive by 25th March please, to be ready in time for loading. Please also remember to complete the booking form at Step 4 on the Crete Express page on our website!
Our next run after this one will be one of our normal scheduled services, arriving just after Easter.
Beautiful early morning photo taken in Crete two weeks ago, with the White Mountains in the background living up to their name. Crete is such an amazing place, with winter temperatures into the 20s while there is snow on the mountains!
This is the first trip to Greece for our new tractor unit. We’ve got a busy year ahead so this truck won’t be still for very long, it will be almost non-stop to and from Crete and the other Greek islands.
Our new truck has finally arrived, and it is a beauty! The DAF XF510 Euro 6 is one of the most fuel-efficient and least polluting HGV vehicles on the road, dramatically reducing the environmental footprint of our removals. With full electronically-controlled air suspension, combined with air suspension in our trailers, the truck provides the smoothest ride for the delicate goods we carry over the long journey to and from Greece and Italy.
It’s true, we’ve finally joined Facebook! Go to www.facebook.com/NomadEurope and like our page to get news, updates and photos from us. We’ll also be highlighting special offers available in the UK for our Crete Express customers. We’re excited about using Facebook to communicate with our valued customers.
A Nomad removal lorry at Souda port in Chania, Crete, Greece before heading back to the UK in early February this year. You can see one of our shuttle vans loaded onto the back of the truck this time. Removals to the Greek islands occur all through the winter too! Wet days like this are a rare pleasure in Greece – we look forward to them because they make a change from all the sunshine!
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office, in partnership with the Buy Association, have released a new video full of advice for people who are planning to buy property overseas. It is entitled Buying a Property Abroad: An Expert Guide and is full of useful tips to remember when you are looking for a new home in Greece or Italy.
For advice specifically related to moving to Greece or Italy, please have a look at our Removals Advice pages, which have a lot of information on packing for your removal (including videos), choosing the right company, and links to other resources.
We’ve just added another brand new export wrapping video to our website, and this one focuses on an item that many of our customers find difficult to wrap – a settee. We hope this video is useful! As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask us, or alternatively just use our experienced team to do your export wrapping for you. The new video, along with the rest of our packing and wrapping videos, can be found on the Removal Advice page (scroll down to the bottom of the page), but we’ve also embedded it below:
We’ve just added a brand new export wrapping video to our Packing Advice page (please scroll to the bottom for the videos). In this new video, Hamish and Rob demonstrate the methods for export wrapping a dining table, and the techniques can be applied to any large table.
Don’t forget that in addition to our export wrapping services, we also offer full wooden crating services for antiques or very fragile pieces of furniture. Making a bespoke wooden crate to transport a piece of furniture is of course the most secure method, but in most cases it is considered unnecessary, and export wrapping techniques are used instead, as shown in the video.
The principles covered in this series should be very helpful if you are doing your own wrapping and packing for your removal, but if you would prefer that our team does it instead please don’t hesitate to ask.
We’ve just added the first two videos in our new series on “Export Wrapping For Your Removal”. In this new series of videos we have a new star, Hamish Robertson, who will joined by our Removals Manager, Rob Baldwin in the later videos.
The first two videos teach you the principles of export wrapping using a dining chair and a standard lamp as examples. With all overseas removals (such as removals to Italy or one of the Greek Islands, for example), all furniture must be properly protected for the journey – this is called “export wrapping”. In these first two examples the main product used is furnisoft, which is a type of heavy-duty bubble wrap, as explained in the videos. Watching these videos and the rest of the series, which we will add over the coming weeks, will give you a good working knowledge of how to export-wrap your furniture properly before transport.
Alternatively, if it all looks like too much work, just ask your Nomad International removal team to do it instead! Please let us know in advance of course, then we will bring all of the materials with us.
You can find all of our packing videos here (just scroll to the bottom of the page).