How to Choose a Removals Specialist
Published on Monday, 30 July 2012
If you're gearing up for a big relocation, there are a lot of important decisions to make before you even get to packing. You have to choose your method of transportation carefully, calculate the costs, consider all of your options, like getting friends to help you with the removal or getting it professionally handled, planning the date of the move and making a schedule for the weeks preceding your moving day. Some of these steps might seem somewhat redundant, but they will save you time and effort in the end. Other things that will help you save time and money are separating and delegating tasks, reusing packing supplies and enlisting the help of friends and acquaintances whenever possible. Probably more important than any of these is, however, choosing the right removals specialist. If you've decided to entrust your belongings to a company, you're going to have to make sure it is the best one for your situation and your budget. This article offers some helpful tips and advice on how to do exactly that.
1. To begin with, you have to decide which parts of your move you want professionally handled. Certain removal specialists handle a variety of services, ranging from disassembling and packing furniture, to storage and handling, to the actual move itself and the unpacking process afterwards. You can choose to do any of these things by yourself, but keep in mind that moving yourself for example will present a lot of difficulty. Evaluate the costs of a professional service against the stress and work involved in doing it yourself. Additionally, a fair few companies will offer package deals for certain services, thus further reducing your costs.
2. The first step in the selection process is to go online. Look up all available services in your area, the services they offer and their rates. Once you have an idea about all of this, consider how much your move is going to set you back. This doesn't have to be a completely accurate estimate, but it should give you an idea of how much money to set aside. Simply get yourself acquainted with the market, so as to avoid any unpleasant surprises later on.
3. Now it would be a good idea to check the reputation of all the companies you're considering. It may be helpful to ask around your network if anyone has used the services of any of your considered companies. If so, you could get a good idea of the quality of their service, as well as the price. Keep in mind that your costs will probably differ, depending on the size of the property and the duration of the move. If you can't find anyone to talk to face to face advice forums and specialized websites are a good alternative.
4. By now you should have narrowed your list of options to two or three companies. Next, call each of the movers and get an estimate for your specific situation from each one. Always remember to ask for any package deals or discounts that they might be able to offer you. Once you've gotten all of the estimates, consider each offer individually and choose the best option for you. Remember to call your chosen removal company and set a date for your move with enough time to make sure that there are no scheduling company.