When the decision to move is made, the next task is to figure out whether or not you need removalists. If you don’t have a lot of stuff to move, you may need just a couple of friends and you are good to go. When you have a house full of huge items and breakables, it is in your best interest to contact a reputable moving establishment to take care of your belongings.
Then, of course, there is the convenience.
What do you look for in a good removalist company?
There are a few factors to consider when checking out the removalists to work with. The best removalists are reliable, punctual, offer extra services and are dedicated to giving the best moving experience. Moving is stressful enough as it is.
You will need removalists that are skilled in packing and shifting fragile items. They should also abide by the laws with regard to weight and safety. Other factors to consider are:
- The number of items to be moved
- The distance to be covered
- Size of crew
- Packing speed
How to find the best moving company
Apart from asking for references and just walking into one and asking hard-hitting questions, you could save yourself some time by checking out reviews and recommendations. It is easy to do this online as you will be able to find many companies in your area of interest. There are sites that may also have an endorsement scheme that can help you narrow down your choices faster.
A credible removals company will furnish you with any information that you need and be honest about what they offer. They will also give you a rundown on the costs and look into any special considerations you may have, for example, a special budget.
You should provide the following information to your company once you have made your choice:
- Fragile items that can easily break like crystal glasses
- Any items that require specialized packaging like pictures and paintings, and items of great value like antiques
- Bulky items that are difficult to move
- Items that require dismantling
- Items that you intend to move yourself
- A floor plan of the new premises for proper placing of boxes
For you to get the best deal, you need to get at least three quotes. Consider companies that will physically check your belongings rather than those that will only deal with you on the phone. More often than not, estimated costs raise issues that you may not have been in a position to factor in.
Take this into consideration when asking for quotes:
- Restricted access
- Tight stairways
- Location (are you moving to a different country?)
- Estimates for insurance, hourly rate, packing, mileage and storage costs
- Overtime rates and starting time
Moving is not and has never been an easy task, and the best you can do is make sure that you have the best removalists taking care of your moving needs to alleviate the stress of moving and ensure that all your belongings get there safely and in good condition.