Once you have found your new home, there is still so much to do! Not only do you need to make a checklist for your move and pack up all of your items but you have to spend time contacting all of your providers to get moved over or close your accounts. Then you have to think about the day of the move too!
You may need to take some time off work and if you have children or pets, you may need to arrange care for them whilst you get moved from one property to another. This can become incredibly expensive and many people try to cut costs by moving by themselves, not realising it often works out more expensive.
Booking a professional removal company is a great option and is often more of a financially viable option than doing it yourself, thanks to the vehicles and insurance they will already hold. It can save so much stress and time and if It saves you money too, even better.
It is important, however, to use your due diligence and check out reviews as well as prices. You may be tempted to hire the one with the lowest price but if the reviews aren’t great, it is probably best to avoid them.
But how you can you find a reputable but affordable removal company?
Do I Need A Removal Company?
This question has probably been circling around your head for some time and the simple answer is no – but it is probably cheaper to hire one. Doing it yourself often turns out to be a false economy as you have to hire the vehicle, pay for fuel, ensure you have the correct insurance to drive it. Your possessions may also not be covered between the two locations whereas they would be with a removal company.
Do you also want to spend all that time moving? A professional remover knows exactly what they are doing as they do the job day in, day out. They can move you efficiently and safely and get you into your new home in a timely manner. They may even offer some additional services such as packing up your items.
You can save yourself so much time, stress, and money by hiring someone else to do the job.
How Can I Get A Good Quote?
First of all, you need to ensure you are asking for quotes well in advance. You want a fair but competitive price so ask around a few local companies and get an idea of what you can expect to pay. To save some money, try to avoid booking busy days such as Mondays and Fridays.
Booking in advance also means you won’t pay any last minute booking fees and additional extras such as packing can be discussed and arranged.
Do you know much you need to transport from your old home to your new home? You need to let the company know so they can provide a vehicle large enough for your possessions as well as enough people to move them. You should also let them know about really expensive items or unique speciality items you have so they can arrange the right level of insurance cover.
Following on from this, you will want to discuss insurance with the company. Make sure the firm you choose has adequate insurance and check what eventualities are covered. Your possessions should be covered but they should also have public liability insurance for their staff. If they get hurt in your home or cause any damage to it, this will cover their costs.
The old adage says, ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ and this fits here – don’t go by the price, go by their reviews and reputation.