There are signs that the UK Lockdown may be approaching an end – depending on who you believe. This is undoubtedly good news for all those who have been stuck in a property chain trying to move home. Estate agents are now allowed to arrange viewings, albeit ‘virtually’, although there are stories of property deals collapsing since there is so much uncertainty surrounding the economy at the moment.
We were lucky enough to move at the beginning of February, just before everything ground to a halt and, whilst acknowledging our good fortune, none of us is in any hurry to do it all over again anytime soon. Moving home can be incredibly stressful, can’t it? So, if you can do anything to help reduce the amount of stress you are under when moving home, then I’d heartily recommend it!
One of the best ways to reduce stress and aggravation when moving home is to use the services of a professional removal company. A removals company can take care of all of the packing, truck loading and unpacking at your new home, which will save you a lot of time and energy.
Getting a Quote
A search on the internet will show that there are many professional removal companies that offer a high-quality service at a competitive rate, but how do you pick the right one for you and your budget?
Firstly, always make sure that you get as many quotes as you can so you have something to negotiate with.
You may be able to get a rough quote over the telephone or the internet, but to give you an accurate quote, the company will need to send someone to survey your house.
The company representative will visit each room of your home and gauge how much space of a container or truck will be needed to transport your belongings.
The quote is generally based on the square footage required to transport your things, and when the company representative is there, it is a good time to ask all of your questions directly, such as:
1. What is included in the quote?
2. What level of insurance do you offer?
3. How long have you been in business?
4. What level of training do your employees undertake?
5. Are there any extras on top of what you quote?
Judging a Company by their Representative
As well as the contact you have with any company in the initial stages, the best way that you can judge a company is by the representative that they send to your home.
When we trust someone with all of our worldly possessions, we want to be safe in the knowledge that they are going to be well looked after, and look for such reassurance.
The way a company can do this is by sending a personable employee that has excellent communication skills and is easily approachable. Knowledge is also important so that they have the ability to answer any of the hundreds of questions that you may have and trust me they have heard them all before.
Whether you are looking for removal companies, you will want the representative to be able to answer any question in an assuring manner and be able to explain the process that they use.
Don’t forget, you don’t necessarily need to hire huge removal trucks when a van hire service might do the job just as well and at far less cost if you are prepared to do some of the work yourself.
Making a Decision
You should take into account all factors before choosing which company you are going to use to move your belongings to your new home. The price is important, and so is your impression of the company, along with the quality of their vehicles and also the level of insurance coverage you receive.
All of these factors are very important to consider, with no single one outweighing any of the others. You will need to choose a company that ticks as many of your boxes as possible, even if they might be a little bit more expensive. It is also a good idea to look online for reviews of people’s experiences with your potential moving company. It is good to get an insight into how they operate, and the level of service that they offer.
When you are putting all of your possessions in the hands of someone else, it is reassuring to know that they are being well looked after. Before you know it, you will be settled in your new home, having experienced a stress-free move.