Moving is time-consuming, expensive, and stressful. Yes, it is a big job! It is worse if you try to take shortcuts to save money or make it less stressful. Friends and colleagues can help you with packing and all aspects of moving but you will still face the hassles involved with moving furniture. It is easier if you go straight to professionals.
Today, there are countless removal companies across the world. Am sure you are already overwhelmed by options in your local area. While they all offer the primary service of moving, there are significant factors to consider before engaging a removal company basing on your needs. Whether you are moving within the state or out of the country, you don’t want to make house removals harder than it is.
Here are some crucial factors to consider in choosing a removal company;
Sometimes accidents are inevitable in a moving process. Of course, you have valuable items that need extra caution in handling. In fact, everything you own is valuable; otherwise, you won’t be keeping it. There is nothing worth careless handling. Before you seal a deal with any removal company, they should guarantee safety of your belongings. Some removal companies issue the policies themselves while otherwise third party insurance companies. Both of the options are fine; as long as your property is covered, you can proceed to other elements of their services.
Every company will promise and do their best to keep your property safe but an accident is a sad reality. It is better to be on the safe side. Even if you opt to pack goods by yourself, make sure your insurance policy includes any damages from such actions. In fact, you should consult with insurance policies on options before moving.
You have to make sure you are paying for professional service. Besides quality for service, it is for your own safety and your property. Just like every industry, removals companies are accredited by a central organization. The moving company should be licensed and recognized. The fact that they will be all over your house and probably set eye on each of your valuable items, you need to be sure they are only there for one purpose of moving. Theft will not be a surprise if you go for any mediocre company because they are not recognized hence untraceable.
The company should have high reputation. Irrespective of your location, there must be an accreditation organization that regulates activities of removal companies. You will be safe if there is any hitch in your contract and there is need for compensation. Also, check on experience of the removal company to ensure they are conversant with the services they claim to offer.
New removal companies can have attractive offers, which is tempting. While you should be concerned about price, it is important to check on what other customers say about the removal company. You will have more confidence in making payment after reading positive reviews. Most removal companies have e-commerce websites hence easy to evaluate their services and reliability.
Reviews help you familiarize with services and policies of a company. By the time you sign a contract and make payment, you will be prepared to handle any eventualities in case they arise. Also, you will have better bargain depending on the kind of reviews. There is a low likelihood of getting disappointed because your expectations are per the standards of the company. Don’t be blind to the complaints; read the negative reviews of dissatisfied customers and evaluate whether you can handle them or not.
The increasing competition in the industry necessitates innovation. Go for companies that offer more than transport services. Of course, this is the primary service and should be the focus of a removal company. However, check on whether the company is offering any additional services. Some companies will come to pack as well as assist with unpacking at no extra cost. Additionally, some companies provide boxes for easy packing and transport. In most cases, the boxes are designed with shock absorbers to protect valuable items during transportation. While the labelled boxes might be a marketing strategy, customers also benefit. You won’t have a problem separating kitchenware from shoes.
Additional services also say a lot about a company’s experience and concern for customer needs and preferences. The professionals must have been in the business long enough to know difficulties with packaging and how it drains their customers.
Apart from the extra services, ask if the removal company has additional features. It might be discount or extra moving truck to transport your family. With a proper removal company on basis of additional services, you won’t have to be present on the moving day. If you must, you can relax and scroll your phone as they pack, drive you to the new premises and unpack.
At the end of the day, you need to stick to a budget. You should have at least 3 removal companies on your list for consideration. Ask for estimates on their different service packages. Be sure any communication is written for future reference in case you choose to engage the company. There are standard rates depending on distance and location; if a company’s offer is too low or seems too favorable; don’t be too quick to make the decision, do more research. While price is a major factor to consider in finding a removal company, do not compromise on quality for affordability.