When the time comes for you to move home, it is inevitable that you have a lot of personal effects to take with you, and I would suggest that you aren’t going to fit them all in a car or a single van. So what can you do?
In the metropolis that is London, there are lots and lots of removal companies that will be willing to assist you but you need to make sure that you choose one that suits your needs and requirements. You can guarantee that there will be a few chancers in the big City so please follow some or all of the hints and tips below on how to choose the right removal company.
- Get numerous quotes well before your moving date
It is well worth making sure that you get more than just a couple of quotes well in advance of your moving date for a number of reasons. Removals is a very competitive industry at the moment, so there is sure to be a variation in the prices you receive, so getting just a couple really limits your potential savings.
When gaining quotes, it is also advisable to ask a sales estimator to come out so that they can see the amount of goods needing removal – this will allow them to quote more accurately.
- Make sure insurance is provided before proceeding
A lot of removal companies will provide you with dedicated moving insurance as part of their quote, and this will cover you against any breakages or loss of goods whilst in transit. Before confirming a booking with a removal firm, make sure that this is the case, and whilst you’re at it, give your Home Insurance firm a call to see if they cover it too. If not, it is essential that you have some insurance in place, otherwise you could lose out if something does go wrong for any reason.
- Negotiate on price with the company you wish to use
Cheapest isn’t necessarily best, but always try to negotiate with your preferred company, as they won’t want to lose your business and they will usually have room to knock a bit off for you. If you don’t ask, you don’t get, and with prices in London usually being higher than elsewhere in the UK, it’s definitely worth asking the question.
- Use a recommended removal firm
As we’ve already touched on, there will be plenty of removal firms in London ready to acquire your business, but for peace of mind and safety, choose a firm that is registered with either BAR (The British Association of Removers) or NGRS (The National Guild of Removers and Storers). Being registered to either of these associations’ means that the company you are dealing with are dedicated to providing excellence for both their customers and the industry’s benefit.
- Use a localised firm (if not moving miles away)
If you are moving around London, consider using a firm from the same region as you to minimise travel costs. As traffic in London can be horrendous a lot of the time, it may cost if you hire a firm from the other side to where you are moving from.
Following this advice should help you to make the right choice, but if you are ever unsure, don’t commit to anything until you have all of the answers that you want. Remember, there are plenty of options out there in London City, so do your due diligence and make the right choice, it doesn’t matter how long it takes.