Finding a Good Removal Company
Buying a house is difficult enough, but then you have to move all your belongings from one property to another and this can be physically exhausting as well as emotionally draining. If you have a lot of possessions, especially if some of them are fragile, antique or otherwise valuable, then it’s a job best left to professionals.
Get a few quotes first
Ideally you should start looking for a removal company as soon as it looks like you have a firm offer. Look at price, what the company can do for you and whether they offer a packing service. Opt for the company that does the most for you but still stays under budget.
Don’t just rely on online quotes, actually ask for a detailed, in-person assessment from the companies’ removals estimators, as you’ll get an accurate quote that you can stick to.
Take a couple of weeks to get quotes, then see which company is available on which weeks. Most will be booked up in advance, which is why you should start the search early.
Ask about insurance
Your removal company should offer you dedicated removals insurance against loss or breakages. If a company doesn’t, don’t engage them! To be extra safe, contact your own insurance provider to see if it covers you in transit, too.
Check all credentials
Most reputable removals companies are members of The British Association of Removers or The National Guild of Removers and Storers. These organisations set high standards for all their members and have a firm code of conduct, so this should be reassuring.
Word of mouth
Good feedback about a removal company from friends or relatives is a great way to find a trustworthy service provider. Failing that, go with your gut instinct, even if the company you feel most comfortable with is a bit more expensive. If you build up a good rapport with them, they may be able to offer you a discount or offer you a moving day during the week, when it’s cheaper.
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