There is no getting away from it: moving is one of the most stressful things in life. It’s not every day (nor every year) that you must consider moving the entirety of your accumulated goods from one location to another.
There are many dos and don’ts when it comes to moving – everything from the removal companies you choose, to measurements and insurance, to how you enquire about removal companies quotes online and more.
Getting the dos right and removing the don’ts, can dramatically improve the moving experience for everyone involved.
Firstly, insurance, you must make sure you have it. While reputable removal companies UK wide will have such insurance, there is still a possibility that their insurance won’t cover one or two things. By having your own insurance policy in place to cover personal property, you’re ensuring that you won’t ever be out of pocket for any replacements. When comparing house removal quotes, make sure to ask removal firms on your shortlist if they are insured. Never hire a mover that doesn’t have insurance – no matter how cheap they may be. Request this in writing and for more peace of mind, request a certificate showing the insurance policy for proof. Make sure to measure your new home too. Imagine carting your possessions to your new home before realising that your sectional sofa won’t fit through the doorway until it is taken apart? You could be charged a premium if the movers didn’t know about this in advance.
Packing is an important consideration too. You can either choose to do it yourself, or ask your removal company of choice to do it.
As a side note, when you are getting removal companies quotes online, make sure to ask for a detailed breakdown of what services the quotes cover. A removal quote from a good removals firm will always provide this as standard – be wary of those who don’t do it as you may end up with hidden fees later. It can be a good idea to ask companies on your shortlist if they will be able to provide professional packing boxes or not. Even if you are not hiring them to pack, the boxes that they use will be far more suited to moving loads than those you get from shops.
An oldie but a goodie: “always clearly list your valuables”. While good movers will always handle all your possessions with care, they will treat breakables with the most care and attention. Doing this helps your movers do their job right. It’s also important not to distract the movers when they are moving items. Any sort of distraction can lead to injuries, damage to your property and of course, broken belongings.
Lastly, colour code boxes with stickers so movers know where you want items to go in your new home. This saves you having to re-organise everything into different rooms and makes the unpacking process far less stressful.
These are just a few things to consider when moving house. House removal costs can be a financial nuisance, but it’s important to strike a good balance between affordability and quality of service. Always compare removal companies quotes online to get the best of both these qualities.