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Key information for choosing a removal companyIdeas, Moving In January 9, 2015 - 12:50 pm No Comment
Moving home is a big step, and likely to be one of the first large scale experiences of your adult life. Such a large event needs plenty of planning, to make sure your move goes through without a hiccup. If you’re unsure what process to go through when looking for a removal company ahead of moving day, here is our guide.
A key starting point is to ensure that your shortlist of candidates are members the British Association of Removers as it shows they’re willing to be held up to a minimum standard. BAR members have minimum standards of conduct for membership which will be in your interests such as legal, licensed vehicles, protection for your deposit and arbitration or free conciliation and in the unlikely event something goes wrong. Don’t run the risk and hire someone cheaper that isn’t going to leave you fully covered.
BAR membership means that removers should pride themselves on customer experience, so firms that don’t invest in holding themselves to high standards probably also lack the funds to invest in their vehicles. Poorly maintained, unlicensed or unsuitable vans are not only a hazard on the journey, but will not be a comfortable environment for your possessions.
They might seem like the cheap and cheerful option, but you’re opening yourself up to a whole world of potential disasters if you opt for the smaller, ‘man in a white van’ firms.
What do you need to know when choosing?
It’s important when researching firms to ensure you have all the information you require to make an informed decision. If you’re unsure what details you need to know, check out these key questions.
- Insurance is key – make sure you know level and type of insurance cover is offered
- As mentioned above, cover yourself by going with a BAR member
- Check out the history of the company to make sure everything is in order.
- With regards to your move, get timings, crew numbers etc.
These are the key questions that will give you a good feel for the company, however it’s also important that you use common sense to make an informed decision. The most important piece of advice is often to make sure that you feel reassured that the company will deal with your move effectively and efficiently.
We understand that with full time jobs, children to look after and other commitments, it can be tough to find time outside of the weekends in which you can carry out your move. However, if possible, avoid moving on a weekend – it’s a premium time to move and prices are costed accordingly, meaning that if you can carry out your move through the week, it will save you financially.
You’ll likely think that the abundance of possessions in your home will turn your removal into a huge project, however over the years, you’re likely to have build up quite a collection of clutter and rubbish in your home. Use the move as a fresh start, it should provide you with an opportunity to have a major de-clutter and throw stuff away that you won’t require in your new home.
Do some pre, arranging, even if you do have a removal crew sorting everything on the day. If you’re boxing up yourself, make sure you do it in a logical order, packing like items together.
Finally, don’t forget to be thorough in areas used for storage, like garages, lofts and sheds. You’re likely to spend less time emptying them than you are indoors inside your home, so just make sure you’re vigilant in all areas and don’t miss anything vital. Don’t forget the loft and the shed – all sorts of horrors might be lurking for the unwary there.
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