Moving home can be a testing time and with so much to consider, you can be forgiven for forgetting about how you are actually going to move your belongings once completion day starts to creep up. This guide will give you some points to consider when contemplating how to find a good removal firm and how to choose the right one for you.
It is very rare to be given the date of your move until a couple of weeks before your completion date, but you should start to source your removal company approximately 4-6 weeks ahead of when you expect to move. This will allow plenty of time to arrange 2-3 surveys and discuss any follow up questions you may have with each company on receipt of your quotations. If you start to look too soon your quotation will expire and you may have to arrange a further appointment for a new quotation.
So how do you choose which house Removals Huddersfield companies you would like to visit you? It is likely that you will receive advertisements from local removal companies in the post when your house goes on the market, and these will usually give you a first impression of the company contacting you. However, if you have a friend, family member or work colleague who has recently moved home you could ask them for recommendations but also check independent reviews such as Google. Your estate agent or solicitor may have connections with or have had a good experience with a removal company before. Social media pages are also a good way to follow up on a recommendation as they regularly share photos which may include images of the vehicles, storage facilities, their staff, and details of the services they offer.
Once you have carried out your research and picked your top companies, take a look at their websites to find their contact details and any other information you think may be important. Arrange a face-to-face appointment or video survey so that you can meet a representative of the company. Assessing the move in person, allows the surveyor to ensure they quote on the correct resources and that there are no ‘surprises’ on moving day. It is also a good opportunity to learn how the company works and you can ask any questions you may have. Some questions that you may find useful are:
- What size vehicles does the company have and how many would be required for the move?
- What crew size would be required?
- How long will the removal take?
- Does the company offer insurance should loss or damage occur to any belongings?
- Does the company offer a packing service?
- Does the company dismantle furniture and reassemble it at the new property?
- Is the quotation a fixed cost?
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It is also a good idea to ask for a moving plan which will give you piece of mind that the removal has been tailored to suit your requirements. You may be planning to move three streets away and, in most instances, this will take the removal firm a day to undertake. If you live in a large property or the access is a bit tricky, it may take longer and be necessary for the removal company to plan the move accordingly. Likewise, if you are relocating to another area within the UK, it may take 2-3 days and it is essential that the removal company discusses the logistics of this with you and provide you with an appropriate move plan. This will help to put your mind at ease when you have so many other things to consider alongside the move.