How to choose the best moving company for you

Moving house is one of the most important milestones a person experiences. It can also be the most stressful. Whether you are expanding your home due to a new family member, down-sizing as your young ones fly the nest or are upgrading thanks to a promotion, choosing the right removals company can help to alleviate the stress. In the same way, the wrong removals company can spell disaster.

Recommendations & reviews

Reviews reflect people’s honest opinions about a company and can be a fantastic way to create a shortlist of potential removals companies. If you have any friend or family-members who have moved home recently, ask their advice as to whether their removals company is worth utilising. Reducing your list of potential companies will save you time, helping you reach a decision quickly.

Cost

Many removals companies will prefer to give a quote based on your specific circumstances. The amount of man-power required and the distance between properties can impact the cost of a removals service. When gaining costings from each of your removals companies, ask for a break-down of exactly what each charge is for. This will help deter the risk of any nasty surprises coming your way.

Insurance

Every removals company will have an insurance policy. Thinking of the worst-case scenario is never the highlight of moving but checking that you are covered in the unlikely event that something could does wrong is essential.

Questions to keep in mind include what will happen to any high value items should they be damaged in transition, and what costs could be incurred if a claim is made.

Quotes

As a minimum, get removals quotes from the three companies from your shortlist. Compare the overall costs as well individual costings for each service (such as packing, transportation and storage). Each quote should be broken down which should help you make a decision. Request a home survey if possible, as this may impact the quote you are given.

Moving home should be a celebrated milestone and, if done strategically, can be an exciting way to welcome change.