Most of us dread the thought of moving house. Not only can the process be extremely stressful and time and labor-intensive, but it can also be very expensive. This is not to mention the many safety risks involved, especially when moving large and heavy items. This is mainly why most people turn to professional moving companies as they help to make the moving process much smoother, less stressful, safer, and in some cases, less expensive.
However, all this can only be achieved by choosing a reputable and reliable professional moving company. Considering that you will be entrusting them with all your property and valuable belongings, this isn’t a decision that you can make lightly. The company you choose will have a huge impact on the success of your move. You definitely want your things to reach your new location safely, on time, and with little hiccups. You also don’t want to be hit with any surprise bills and expenses.
There have been many horror stories of people’s experiences with unprofessional moving companies. To avoid becoming part of the statistics, there are several important factors that you need to consider before making your final decision.
In this article, we have provided some expert tips for choosing a good moving company for your upcoming move.
Seek Referrals and Recommendations
Word of mouth has always been a great way of separating the wheat from the chaff. Ask for recommendations from your family members, friends, and colleagues. They can provide some useful information about companies that they have used before. If they had a good experience with a particular company, they will definitely recommend that company. They will also advise you to avoid companies that they’ve had a less than positive experience with.
You shouldn’t also fear to ask the company to provide you with a list of referrals. The experience of previous clients will help give you an insight into what to expect from the company.
Work with a Fully Licensed and Insured Company
Have you done a check on the moving company you are planning to use? Under no circumstances should you work with removal companies that are not licensed or insured. If anything, this should be the bare minimum requirement. Licensing helps to ensure that you are working with actual experts and not just another entity masquerading as a professional moving company.
Liability insurance helps to cover your property should anything get lost or damaged. On the other, workers’ compensation insurance helps to protect you from any liability should an employee be injured n your property.
Check for Professional Accreditations
It is always to work with a moving service that is accredited with the relevant trade associations. This is an easy way to identify a trustworthy and reputable company. You should avoid companies listed under a residential name as they may not be fully qualified for the job or are untrustworthy.
In the UK, there are a number of trade associations that vet and accredit moving companies. The most notable of these is the British Association of Removers (BAR). However, there are still other notable associations, including the National Guild of Removers, the Road Haulage Association, and others.
If the company you are interested in has a current professional accreditation with any of these associations, it will most likely live up to its marketing claims.
Ask for Written Estimates
To avoid any future inconveniences and frustrations, you should request a written estimate from all your shortlisted companies. A detailed written estimate will help you understand what each aspect of the move costs and help you get an idea of the total cost of the moving process. You should look out for any hidden costs and issue concerns early enough.
You will also be able to effectively compare the prices of each company. However, you shouldn’t rush for the cheapest company without proper consideration as the low prices may translate to low-quality services and increased risks.
In case you have any specialty items such as pianos, pool tables, antique items, large TV screens, and other items that require special handling and delivery, you need to ensure that the company has the appropriate experience and equipment to safely handle and transport these items. Thus, it is important to first find out if the company you are hiring offers specialty moving.
So there you have it, some of the most important factors to consider when choosing a moving service. Hopefully, this guide will go a long way in helping ensure that your move is as smooth and stress-free as possible. Remember, the success of your move relies heavily on the moving company you choose.
Why not watch this video about Roberts experience moving.