Unless you live in a smaller property, or don’t own that many things, it’s always worth hiring a professional removals company to help you move your belongings to make things just a little less stressful on moving day. Of course there may be things you might want to pack up yourself, but there is a certain art to packing and transporting the more fragile items so they are well protected during transport. They can also calculate how much weight they can carry safely, so you can avoid getting hurt.
How do I choose?
Check that your removals company is a current member of the British Association of Removers (BAR); this ensures they have the correct training, expertise, experience, insurance and professionalism to properly carry out the removals process, giving you a stronger peace of mind.
For those who value recommendations and reviews, Which? Trusted Traders endorsement scheme can help find you a removals company which you’re comfortable with. Companies included in their scheme have all been carefully audited, involving credit, reference and admin checks.
Is it expensive?
Various factors can affect the total cost of hiring a removals company, particularly what’s being transported, as well as how far they need to travel and how many staff is required. A quality firm will lay out their charges in detail and also explain how you may be able to lower the cost. You could receive a discount if you provide your own packing materials and help with the packing.
Try and get at least three quotes from different firms; try and contact those who will visit your property instead of those who just provide an over the phone estimation, so they can inspect your property and see if there’s anything that might affect the moving process, such as tight stairways, hallways and outside access. When dealing with companies that cannot visit your property, be as up front as possible when listing your possessions (and don’t forget anything!).
Make sure the removals company you choose has sufficient insurance and check what the process of claiming on their insurance is after the move (if you need to). If you own any objects of high-value, find out whether they require special packing and if they’re covered by insurance.
In an effort to save money you might be tempted to pack some things yourself, whilst we would always encourage you to save money where possible, we do advise leaving the fragile items to the removers. Remember that anything you pack yourself isn’t covered by the firm’s insurance.
Instructing the firm
When you’ve chosen your removals company, create and send a briefing sheet to them to make sure you’re all on the same page come moving day. The sheet should include:
- Challenging items i.e. a piano
- Special items i.e. photos, antiques and valuables – so they know what to take extra care of
- Large items that require dismantling i.e. wardrobes and beds
- Any carpets and curtains that you wish to take
- Objects you’ll be moving yourself – so they know what to ignore
- Room layouts – so they know which boxes belong in which rooms
Will you be following any of the points above when selecting your removals company? Let us know on Twitter @haart_uk!