A removal company is there to take the stress out of moving house, but before you get started there are a few helpful hints that you might want to consider before you begin searching through the 2.5 million different removal websites online.
The biggest consideration most people have when moving is the cost. You want cheap removals but you also want efficient removals too.
Removals, packing, storage, insurance
You can save money by packing your belongings yourself, so that all the removal men have to do is turn up, load your packed boxes onto their truck, and drive them to your new home.
Just be aware that the removal company might not insure you for breakages if you decide to do it this way. But remember that you can always take out a separate insurance policy with an insurance company if you are willing to do the extra work yourself. It might actually work out cheaper.
Removal companies in the UK vary in size from small family businesses to huge international organisations, each one is going to quote you a slightly different price, it is just a matter of how long you are prepared to spend on the telephone finding different quotes.
And remember that the cheapest isn’t always the best, what you really need is a well established company with a good reputation for customer service.
Many companies offer storage services as-well as packing facilities so you can store some of your belongings while you get settled in, this might be really useful to you, but remember to check the price first as the UK has loads of independent storage companies that might actually work out cheaper.
A good piece of advice when moving in the UK is to be organised. Many people now complain that Great Britain has become the ‘health and safety’ capital of the world, so if the removal people show up and they can’t gain access safely and easily to your property they might refuse to move your belongings.
Make sure that all your entrances and corridors are clear and well lit, and remember that they cannot move flammable substances, such as gas bottles, paraffin or old tins of paint for insurance purposes.
Man and Van
If you are on a tight budget then you might find that this a better option for you. The UK is full of independent removal men who advertise themselves as ‘Man and Van’ in either the local press or in the shop windows of newsagents on the local high street.
Because this is an independent operator they are likely to be open to negotiation on the price. However, many will not be equipped to do large scale removals as they tend to drive regular sized vans rather than the bigger trucks used by removals companies.
But Man and Van is a very popular way of moving house in the UK, particularly amongst the young single generation who are more likely to be renting in cities and have fewer possessions than bigger families. But remember that if you do it this way you will probably have to help loading and unloading the van, as well as making sure that all your belongings are packed before the driver arrives.
By John Hillman
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 August 2008 )|