Why you need a moving company
Trying to do everything yourself when moving home is a recipe for disaster, as there are lots of things to organise. Moving will be stressful enough as it is, and having to deal with driving and loading a van will only add to this. Moving companies are trained professionals who know how to handle heavy goods and pack a van efficiently, so you will save a lot of time by making use of their services. Essentially, it’s one less thing for you to worry about, and hiring them will be unavoidable unless you are moving just down the road!
How to choose a moving company
Shop around. This is true when choosing any service or product, and moving companies are no exception. There are a number of places to find removal services, such as the local telephone directory and the internet, so finding potential companies should be fairly straight forward. However, you’ll need to narrow down the search, so try to consider factors such as how much you are willing to spend, and what services you require. Once you have found at least 3 that look like they will fit the bill, give them a call and compare quotes.
Special offers and savings
This often gets overlooked when booking a moving company, but there are numerous special offers and discounts that can be taken advantage of, so make sure to check online or ask for these when getting quotes. Further more, a little known fact is that a lot of removal companies will alter their charges depending on the day you book, and even the time of year. Moving in the summer holidays at the weekend will be considerably more expensive than a move on a weekday in the winter during school term time. This is because most families that are moving home often do so over school holiday periods, and most people try to move at the weekend because of work commitments. You can use this to your advantage – don’t be afraid of booking a couple of days off work in the week to move home, it could save you money.
Peace of mind and making sure a moving company is trustworthy
If your intuition tells you a company may not be totally trustworthy, then it’s best to find an alternative. Watch out for common scam techniques too. Some unsavoury companies may give you a very low estimate, only to ramp up the charges once you have started your move. While in the minority, unfortunately such companies do exist. If you are concerned about a company’s reputation, you can check they are registered with the British Association of Removers. If they aren’t, it’s probably best to avoid them. If you have valuables to move, then make sure you clearly label them as such, and instruct a moving company beforehand of what is fragile to avoid and breakages.