HOW TO CHOOSE A LOCAL REMOVAL COMPANY

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. 

HOW TO PLAN TO MOVE YOUR HOME

We do not plan to move away from our homes all the time, especially when we have lived in a particular location for the better part of our lives. However, circumstances such as a new job, family expansion, or perhaps renovation work on your current home, may warrant a need to move. Whether it’s a move across the street or a move abroad, you need to plan your move properly to avoid any form of stress. If your last move was not so smooth and you are scared of making another move, fear not! We will be providing you with some tips to ensure that your next move is smooth and stress-free.

Choosing A Mover

There are quite some ways to move. Depending on your home size, your budget, and the distance of your move, you might consider renting a truck and moving by yourself or hire a mover to help you do the job. Doing it yourself sounds like an excellent idea, especially taking into consideration the cost savings. Before deciding on whether or not to do it yourself, you should make sure you are comfortable with driving a big truck for a long distance. Otherwise, it is better to hire the services of a removal company to get the job done for you.

Things You Will Need

When planning to move, you must remember your packing supplies. Around £150.00 or so should be sufficient for getting the supplies needed to move the personal effects of a couple or a small family. Remember that it is always better to get too many materials than too few packing materials. This will help you to avoid any last minute rush to get the needed materials. Below is a list of the materials you should have as you plan your move:

  1. Regular Boxes: you need to get good boxes to move your stuff. If you have some old boxes that are still in good shape, you can use them for packing. However, it is advisable that you buy new boxes, made of strongly folded cardboard. These boxes are not too expensive to buy, they cost around £1.50 each. Ensure that you have a collection of different box sizes to take in the different items you need to move. The number of boxes you need to buy will depend on how furnished your home is. Again, buy as many boxes as possible, so you do not stress yourself in the last minute of your packing.
  2. Packing Paper: every professional mover will tell you the importance of packing paper. Usually sold in 10 and 30-pound bundles, packing paper – or unprinted newspaper – is an inexpensive and all-around material for protecting virtually everything you are moving. You can use it for wrapping breakable items and crumple it up for padding stuff, because regular newspaper can stain, only use it as extra padding for already wrapped materials.
  3. Bubble Wrap: although it is more expensive compared with regular packing paper, bubble wrap can be handy for protecting artwork framed behind glass and highly fragile china and glassware, which should first be wrapped in bubble wrap and then in packing paper.
  4. Tape and Tape Guns: brown packing tape is the ideal tape you need for the job. Avoid using duct tape or masking tape – they do not stick well to cardboard. You will need a couple of heavy -duty tape guns – one for you, one for your spouse – it makes taping and cutting a lot faster.
  5. Permanent Marker: this might sound insignificant, but you need permanent markers for marking your boxes for easy identification. You do not want to get confused with your boxes when you get to your new home – it makes unpacking easy.

Whether you are hiring a professional home mover or doing it yourself, you should put the above points into consideration for a smooth and stress-free moving.