Ensuring that your removals go smoothly has a lot to do with the decisions that you make early on in the process. Whether it is deciding to start planning well in advance or being able to choose the time of year that you move, you will be able to change the course of the removal by making positive actions towards its future at the start of the process. One of the major and more obvious factors involved in making your move work or not, is the removals company that you choose. Getting the right removals company comes with a process of ensuring that you have ticked off a list of filters that you should apply to your choices, but until you know what you are looking for, these filters are pretty redundant. One way to ensure that you are looking for the right things is to consider what exactly it is that you need from the removals company in advance, some of which are covered in the following.
First off, you need muscle. That’s a given, as all removals need a great amount of things moved easily and without damages. So, it is essential that you have an idea as to the training of the removals staff. It may well surprise you to find out that removals work is considered ‘unskilled labour’ and can be performed by anyone. This means that absolutely any person can be hired to move your enormous triple wardrobe from the top floor down to the van, which seems crazy, given how much skill such a procedure takes! Ask about the training that the removals company supplies, and ensure that they keep a constant team, rather than employing random people from an agency from job to job.
If you are in a position where you can spend a little time getting to know the removals company beforehand, then you need to look out for the ‘personality’ of the company, which comes in the way you feel that you are treated as a customer. For instance, if your house is full of kids and pets, then you need a removals company that will work well in this situation, rather than a team who are a bit grumpy or scared of dogs! Everyone feeling at ease will make the whole thing a lot more relaxed, and having lovely people around can improve both the atmosphere and the effectiveness of the removal over all.
You want the price of the removal to be as low as possible, but you want the service to be as high as possible, so something has to give. You should start by letting the removals team know your budget, and if they are good, they will make it work for you, rather than turning down the work. If you have done your research, you should know where to save and where to spend, as some things like insurance can be essential, whereas a late exchange waiver can be an unnecessary extra. This all depends on your own removals needs and wants of course, as every move and every person is different. Having the time before you make your decision is basically the only way to ensure that you have all your bases covered. Do a bit of online investigation in to what others say about their moves with various removers online, and you will be able to get an idea of the sorts of things that you need and want to avoid on your domestic removal.