Moving from a house or selling your home can turn out to be one of the biggest and most important events of your life. Sometimes, moving your stuff yourself may be a good idea, but never underestimate the enormity of the task on your hands. If it’s not something you’re used to doing, moving furniture, antiques or pianos may be a time consuming and difficult job, and should be left for professionals to handle it.
Choosing a local removal company to help with your moving can ease the stress of your move and give you more time to focus on other more important issues. As with any business, word of mouth can go a long way. Ask your friends, family members, colleagues or your estate agent, if they have any recommendations. Since moving is such an important event, we have put together some factors to consider before choosing a local removal company. Consider them as questions to ask before choosing the ideal company.
ARE THEY REGISTERED?
As a starting point, you should look for companies that are registered with a professional association. This is important because professional removal bodies promote professional excellence within the removal industry by making certain that companies registered with them adhere strictly to high professional standards that are set by their membership code. Although word of mouth recommendation can go a long way, if you do not know anybody that can make recommendations on a reputable local removal company, you should consider and independent reference company to get what you need.
RESEARCH ON REMOVAL COMPANIES
Are you still uncertain about which company to approach? A good way to start is a quick search on Thompson Local, Cyclex Business Directory, Yell.com, Twitter or even Facebook. This will give you some good removal companies to choose from. Since your time is precious, do a thorough work and shortlist at least three companies with similar reputation and standards, and call them to arrange for a quotation before arriving at a final decision. This will give you the chance to get a formal typed quotation detailing all aspects of the move and the company. It’s important to contact companies that have adequate insurance liability cover to cater for any claims that might arise during the move.
WHO EXACTLY WILL MAKE THE MOVE ON THAT DAY?
Moving is such a serious issue and should be treated as such. So, it’s important that the people moving your stuff are professionals of the highest order. A lot of removal companies out there use part-time or casual staff as well as agencies to make the move. The question is: are these really the perfect men for the job? Choose a company with full-time professional removal men in their employ. A company that has highly dedicated staff will guarantee that your possessions are adequately catered for before, during and after the move.
CHECK THE RATE
As moving is such an important event, remember that choosing a removal company means: employing someone to look after your personal effects, clothes, and furniture. When it comes to moving, the cheapest rate is not always the best rate. Make sure you understand why others are so expensive, and why others are moving so cheaply compared to the expensive companies. Again, it’s all about recommendations and proper research. Don’t choose a company that will not handle your personal effects properly, all in a bid to get a cheaper rate.