Removals and Storage 99
out of 100

based on 115 user reviews.

Moving in five easy steps

McCarthy's Removals Van

OK, the words moving and easy in the same sentence may not spring to mind for some people. And of course, transporting all your worldly belongings from one place to another is going to take a bit of organisation and elbow grease. But really, the move itself can be a relatively stress-free experience with the proper planning and help. (At McCarthy’s we can’t help so much with the estate agent/ selling/ finding a house/ sorting a mortgage side of things I’m afraid…)

Once you know you’re moving from A to B, there are five steps which need to take place to ensure you get safely and efficiently moved when you need to. We’ve even spoken to some of our previous customers to help reassure you!

  1. Arranging a quote

It may seem daunting to organise a removal firm, but actually it’s quite simple. If you give us a call, or contact us via our website, we can arrange for you to speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable estimators to organize a survey. We obviously need to see the size of your house, and how much you have in terms of belongings (you’d be amazed how different one three bed semi can be to another!). This can be done face to face, with them visiting your home, or via a video link, so we can fit more easily around your busy life. We can then quickly provide you with a quote, and if you are ready to progress, get you booked in for your move date.

Myra who moved to Ripon: “From the start we were impressed by the surveyor, Tony, who explained all aspects of the move in detail and with clarity.”

  1. Pre-move support

We can talk you through the whole process so you feel comfortable with what happens next. For example, if you have concerns move day may….move….we always recommend you take the cancellation and postponement insurance just in case. Or perhaps you need packing materials? Or you have a difficult item you’re worried about getting safely moved? We can help. In fact, we can provide tick lists and advice sheets to help make your move as stress free as possible.

Jessica who moved to Stanningley: “They have consistently gone above and beyond to make our move happen. They were accommodating through the booking and quotation process.”

Ian who moved to Rawdon: “I am pleased that we did choose McCarthy’s as the service far exceeded our expectations. The staff were hard working, very pleasant and kept us informed as to what they are doing. Highly recommend that you use them.”

  1. Packing Service

Packing can be a pain. Some people love the opportunity to have a good clear out and it fills others with dread. At McCarthy’s we can offer a packing service – which means that we come in to your home and literally pack up everything, from wardrobes and chest of drawers to lofts and kitchens. We’re usually pretty modest (!) but to blow our own trumpets, we are the experts in this kind of thing, so you’ll be amazed how quickly and easily we pack it all away – and it will definitely be packed properly! We know how to keep things safe in transit. It’s one less thing for you to worry about.

  1. Storage requirements

Sometimes moving goes hand in hand with storage. Sometimes we’re moving the contents of homes into self storage – perhaps it’s a house clearance, for example. Sometimes we’re moving things into container storage for a long or short period. Perhaps the owner is moving abroad for a while, and wants to keep things safe while they’re away. Or perhaps the move dates don’t quite tie in and you’re having to move out of your old house a week before your new one is ready. Put everything into storage (bar the essentials you need) and we’ll take care of it. We can then deliver it to your new home on the day requested, ready to be unpacked and enjoyed.

Brian who moved to Headingley: “We used McCarthy’s Removals to move family household belongings to the self store at McCarthy’s Storage World. They provided a quick, friendly service and loaded everything into the storage unit for us in a well packed, tidy manner. We felt comfortable using McCarthy’s Self Store to keep our possessions. The fact that it is a family business was important to us, the staff were always friendly and helpful.”

  1. Move day

Move day itself, we try to make things as stress-free and efficient as possible. Our teams crack on and you’ll be amazed how quickly they can get furniture and boxes safely on to the van – it’s like a game of tetris they’re an expert at after years of experience. Make sure you’ve written on boxes where they should go in the new house, and when boxes contain fragile, soft or heavy items. We recommend you keep a survival kit with you in your own transport, which includes any medicine, torches, screwdriver, toilet rolls, snacks and also, ideally, your bedding and nightwear for the first evening so you don’t have to try and find it when everyone is tired and wants to go to bed!

Just make sure you keep the kettle out as the last thing to pack into your car – everyone will appreciate a cuppa and a biscuit, especially the crew! It’s thirsty work carrying the contents of an entire house!

Myra who moved to Ripon: “The removals team were prompt, friendly and very efficient. All members of the team worked hard under tiring conditions due to hot weather. They remained cheerful and diligent throughout. All of our belongings arrived intact and undamaged.”

Jessica who moved to Stanningley: “The guys on move day were fantastic. They were polite, very helpful and had good senses of humour, which all helped take some of the stress out of the move.”

In fact, many of our customers come back time and time again, which we hope says it all. It can’t be too daunting, if people do it more than once…?!

John who moved to near Wakefield: “Absolutely brilliant! Took all the stress out of moving. The removal guys were fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble. This is the 2nd time we have used McCarthy’s and we would not use anybody else.”

Mr & Mrs Hatty who moved to near Worksop: “Our family have appointed you twice to do our removals within the last 12 months. On both occasions your staff were excellent, nothing was too much trouble for them. Their service was first class all the way. They took excellent care of our possessions and I have no hesitation in recommending McCarthy’s to anyone planning a move.”

If you’re planning a move, why not get in touch to see how we could help?


Great service from start to finish. From signing up to the refund of the deposit at the end. We will certainly recommend and use again if needed. The offer we got initially was great and when we cancelled as we no longer needed it, we were offered a little more time too. very good indeed.

5 Stars

Great service from the storage department. Helped me find the right unit and it was a smooth transaction. Would recommend them highly

5 Stars

Would have liked more information in print regarding the actual pricing structure particularly all the 'added' extras - insurance, cleaning, deposit, padlock - rather than just the price quoted on-line! Also details regarding access times - as there seems to be an additional charge for longer / 24-hour access, only standard office opening hours covered by the charge.

Staff very pleasant and helpful!

4 Stars
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The Storage Centre, Meanwood Road,
Leeds LS7 2AH

0113 262 3000 /
0113 262 4000
Email Leeds removals

Storage: 0113 26 26 500
Email Leeds storage

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
Bank Holidays: 10.00 to 14.00


The Storage Centre, Ripon Road,
Harrogate HG1 2BS

Removals & Storage:
01423 625 000

Van Hire: 01423 625 000
Email Harrogate

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00


The Storage Centre, Kirkgate,
Wakefield WF1 1UW

Removals, Storage & Shredding:
01924 663 555
Email Wakefield

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00


    McCarthy's Storage World
    Phoenix Retail Park
    Leeds Road
    West Yorkshire
    HD1 6NE

    Removals & Storage
    01484 799 599
    Email Huddersfield

    Opening Hours:
    Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
    Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
    Bank Holidays: 10.00 to 15.00


    McCarthy's Storage World
    Water lane
    YO30 6PQ

    Removals & Storage:
    01904 238 333

    Van Hire: 01904 238 333
    Email York

    Opening Hours:
    Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
    Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
    Sunday: 09:00 to 14:00