Collaborative Post¦ Moving to a new home is exciting but the act of moving itself can be a headache. With all the bulky furniture and possessions,you have gathered in your home, it can be difficult for you and your family individuals to relocate. Although it might be tempting to move all items yourself or with the help of family and friends, you can consider hiring an awesome house removal company or a man & van businesses to help with your move and it might be cheaper than you think when you compare the prices of house removal services around the UK.
This might be the first time you’re considering hiring help for your home move, here are some of the things to consider if you’ve decided to pay for a removal service.
Check the insurance policy
You are putting your trust in a hired service, but what if something goes wrong? Always check the insurance policies of the company you are hiring and understand what they cover in case an item breaks, do they cover the breakage only during transit? What if the item is broken during handling? How will you prove this to the company? Keeping a record of the conditions of your items and even having photographic evidence of the conditions of more expensive items will help your case in case the move does not go as intended. Find a company that is open with their insurance policies and are willing to cover you for the duration of your house move.
Is the company equipped for your move?
Before handing over your home removal to a company, make sure they are equipped to move your items safely and securely, at the minimum they should have moving blankets, dollies, moving straps and even reusable moving boxes to help with your move.
For bulky furniture, it might be worthwhile to consider a company that has vehicles equipped with tail lifts to safely load and unload heavier items.
Agree on the terms or sign a contract
Signing a contract with the house removal company can be a smart choice. You should agree with the respective company that what will happen if there are certain changes in your plans or if the company is not able to move the goods for the appointed date and time. The best home removal company will not hesitate in entering a contract with you.
Keep an eye out for a good deal
There can be many factors that can affect a home move’s price, some businesses simply don’t want to haul an empty vehicle back to its original location, called “dead hauling” in the industry, this means that they’re willing to accept a lower price than usual if you are heading the same direction as the company.
So call around and keep an eye out for potentially cheaper deals, the downside to this is that you usually have to work around the company’s schedule instead of the other way around.
Using an online service can help you compare the best removal companies in one go.
Hire a vehicle size based on your needs
Understand the size requirements for your move, if in doubt ask the company, this is because a bigger vehicle might not be necessarily the best option for your move, empty spaces in the haulier allows the items and boxes to move around during transit if it is not secured, additionally, you get to save money if you choose a smaller vehicle. So, consider the van size at the end of the day the bigger the van might not be better for your move.
Understand how the service provider will charge you, is it going to be in cash on the day? Will there be a deposit upfront? Is it all going to be charged before the move date?
Cash is king in the moving industry and cash in hand is the preferred method for most moving companies, however, some companies and comparison services will accept a deposit or even the full charge amount online, if you are choosing an online payment make sure their website is secured and using a trusted payment provider.
Before hiring the ideal home removal service, try to do some research on the the above-mentioned things like insurances, equipment, terms of the services, specific needs you might have and work that into your budget.
I hope this helped piqued your interest in getting some help for your next move.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.
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