- Move furniture and other items from one location to another
- You'll need a friendly manner and good communication skills
- You could progress to specialist packer or supervisor, or start your own company
As a removals worker, you'll move household and office furniture and other items to new premises or into storage. You'll usually work in a small team.
- Checking with customers which items are to be moved
- Taking apart larger items of furniture for packing and removal
- Removing doors, door frames or windows to get large pieces of furniture in or out of a building
- Packing items
- Loading them into your vehicle and securing them safely
- Driving to a new location and unloading items
- As a specialist packer, you might go to a location before the move to wrap and pack delicate items, like china, glass, artwork and antiques
- You might also put furniture into special wrappings and packing cases for shipping overseas
You may work weekends or evenings and moves between longer distances could involve overnight stays in lodgings or in your vehicle's sleeper cab.
This role would be ideal for someone with a friendly manner and good communication skills, a careful and methodical approach to your work, the ability to work out the most effective way to load items, an honest and responsible attitude to other people's property, and the ability to read maps and follow directions.
You would apply directly to removals companies and then receive on the job training. You don't need any particular qualifications to start.
Experience of delivery driving or warehouse work could help.
You'll need to have a driving licence that includes LGV (lorries) or PCV (buses), if you work with these vehicles, have a good level of fitness and pass a medical check for this role.
With experience, you could progress to specialist packer, supervisor, manager, or removals coordinator. You could also start your own company.