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How to choose a removal company

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.

Obtain quotes

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.

Plan

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.

Insurance

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.

Negotiate

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.

Safety

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.

Obtain recommendations

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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Packing tips

Moving is an exciting time, the day getting closer and you need to start packing all of your belongings.

By thinking ahead prior to beginning the process packing all of your possessions, and encountering problems such as shortage of boxes etc. you’ll be able to reduce the possibility of any forgotten items.

Before beginning

Instead of leaving everything till the last minute, consider what won’t need to be taken with you, what will need to be packed with care and that you have a cover for potential breakages.

– Prioritise items on your packing list
– Set aside time to clear-out unwanted/unused belongings
– Calculate the amount of boxes you will need and the variety of sizes, these will be needed well in advance to packing
– Obtain sealing and protective materials such as bubble wrap, tape, newspaper to line boxes etc.
– Refrain from the habit of overfilling large boxes; they do not need to be packed to the brim because they are large – they will be rather heavy and difficult to move
– Ensure that all of your boxes used for packing aren’t damaged or soiled (corrugated cardboard boxes will be sturdier than regular boxes)
– Check if your contents insurance covers any damages and breakages that may happen during the move
– Separate hazardous materials i.e. paint, bleach etc. into another box

Thinking ahead

Know that on the day of arrival to your house you will not be able to unpack everything, thus it worth the time to pack belongings that you will need immediate access to once you’re in your new home.

– Pack any essentials in a clear container, such as coffee, snacks, cups, tea and a kettle
– Pack an overnight bag for each member of the family containing toiletries and a change of clothes etc.
– Always keep important documents, medication and a first-aid kit on you at all times
– The boxes containing the items you need the least can be loaded first

Packing sensibly

Take time to consider how you will be packing your items, the wrapping and dismantling of furniture – books will be the easiest to pack, however they will be heavy.

– Begin early as packing will take much longer than expected
– Start at the top of the house and make your way down; if you have an attic, begin there
– Pack the heavier items in smaller boxes as it will be more convenient when transporting them
– Label your boxes as you move from room to room, also the fragile items, and pack one room at a time
– Group the boxes that belong to the same room together
– Stick to packing the heaviest items towards the bottom of the box and the lighter items towards the top
– Wrap each item individually before placing them in a lined box with newspaper and bubble wrap
– Breakable items should be wrapped in bubble wrap
– Store important documents such as birth certificates etc. and keep them on you at all times

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