What to Consider When Choosing a Removal Company

Moving home is a stressful undertaking for anyone, but there are a lot of things that you can do to reduce the stress. Finding a good removal company is one thing that will make life easier for you. Before you pick up the phone book and start calling removal companies, think about the sort of service that you will need.

Do You Really Need a Full Removal Service?

Most people do need a removal van when they move house. It’s easy to accumulate a lot of stuff after living in the same house for several years, and even if you “spring clean” when you move house you’ll probably have a lot of stuff to take with you. You may even need to put some stuff in storage in the run-up to the move.

There are some exceptions, though. If you are a single person moving from an apartment to a small house then you may be able to get away with buying some boxes, packing them yourself and renting a “man with a van” instead of a proper removal service. If you have an army of friends willing to help with the move, renting a large van yourself could save you a lot of money. However, moving house is a long day (even if you have friends to help). Don’t take on the task lightly, and be sure to provide refreshments for everyone who helps you move.

Pack Yourself or Let Them Do It?

Most removal companies offer a packing service, but the value of that service is not something that many people agree on. For some people, having the removal firm do your packing for you is a great time saver, and well worth the expense. Others feel that the service is expensive, or don’t like the way that the packers protect fragile items.

Whether you will find the service worthwhile depends on how much you are taking, how much time you have, and the kind of items that you want packed. If you don’t like to see other people handling your possessions, no matter how carefully, then packing them yourself is the best idea.

Shopping Around

Call around several different removal companies and get quotes for the move you are planning. They will most likely want to know how far you are moving, and how many rooms worth of stuff you have, as well as the date of the move. Ask each removal company for some details about the way they work. Important things to find out include:

  • Whether they are members of any associations or trade organizations.
  • What sort of insurance they offer.
  • How long the company has been in business.
  • Whether or not they have a depot you can visit to see their vans.
  • How quickly the move can be carried out (will it take one day, or several days).
  • The contact details of some recent customers who are willing to provide references.

Don’t forget to ask your friends and family which removal company they used when they last moved home, and whether they were happy with them.

Do not accept the cheapest quote. Look for a company that offers good insurance, and is a member of a trade body. If you do not feel comfortable with a firm handling your possessions, trust your instincts. Remember that the firm will be carrying every treasured possession you own, so it makes sense to find a company you trust. Even if nothing goes wrong, the extra stress of not being comfortable with your chosen removal company will leave you exhausted by the end of the day. Shop around now and find a company that you will enjoy dealing with.

This article was written on behalf of Bingham Self Storage. As providers of storage facilities, they understand the stress that comes with moving home and like to contribute their advice when they can.


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