Whether you are moving nearby or abroad, choosing the correct removal company can make all the difference when moving.
Do you need a removal company?
Don’t underestimate the amount of physical and mental organisation moving the contents of your home, to a new one, requires.
Packing is one difficult task to overcome; lugging them in and out of vans and up and down stairs will be exhausting and potentially dangerous if you do not how to handle equipment properly.
If you have a lot of stuff that will be coming with you, including valuable items, antiques and fragile pieces, it would be suitable to opt for a removal company to relieve you of the duty of carrying out that task. It will allow you to focus on organising you actual move.
Ensure to gain several professional quotes well in advance of any proposed completion date. Take into account the price, the service you are going to receive and the date of when the companies will be able to conduct the move.
There is a possibility that your removal company will offer you a packing service, especially if they are a larger company, so can be assured your possessions will be taken care of.
Allow time for yourself
Waiting for your quotes, which can take up to a number of weeks, and waiting for a date, an additional set of weeks, will need to be done in advance, allowing time for these to be processed and giving you more time to decide on a removal company.
Bear in mind that many removal companies will be booked up weeks in advance, so it pays to start looking for a removal company well before your completion date is due.
If possible, provide your removal company with the details of the property you are moving to. Highlight all the access points and the layout so they have an idea when they arrive. Highlight if there will be numerous flights of stairs and how many, if the furniture will fit through the doors and if there are any alternative access routes.
A majority of removal companies will provide you with moving insurance against the breakages or loss of your possessions while it is in transit. Ensure this option is available prior to booking any company.
Also, contact your home contents insurer to find out if your current policy can insure your possessions while it is being moved.
Depending if you are comfortable with negotiating a price, see if you are able to obtain a discount from the removal company. However, make you are aware that moving house at peak times, such as weekends and during the school holidays will be more costly because of the high demand.
If the date of the move doesn’t necessarily have to be on a weekend or during the school holidays, try to move on a weekday, possibly making your move cheaper.
Stay safe by checking if your prospective removal companies are members of either The British Association of Removers or The National Guild of Removers and Storers.
Both of these organisation are dedicated to providing excellence in the removals industry for the benefit of both removal companies and their clients.
They have standards and a set code of conduct that their members should abide by, thus you can be reassured of their professionalism.
One of the best ways of selecting any removal company is through positive recommendations from your peers. This essentially takes away a lot of that uncertainty surrounding service expectations if you can be reasonably sure of their performance with other customers.
If you are unable to obtain a recommendation, rely on your instincts, whether the company has demonstrated professionalism, helpfulness and friendliness in your contact with them.
If you think they are quite expensive, enquire if the price would be up for negotiation. Ensure you have a satisfactory rapport with your removal company as you will be trusting them with your possessions – a good relationship will make the transition all the more smooth.
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