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Choosing a Removals Company

Choosing a Removals Company

A big house move is never easy. There will always be something you’ve forgotten to do so anything that will make your life easier should be considered. One infinitely useful service is relocation offered by a removals company. 

Getting this wrong can make or break your house move so we’re going to provide you with the information you require to choose the right company for you and your needs. Read on to discover more. 

Have They Passed the BAR?

The removals business is regulated just like any other. The British Association of Removers (BAR) provides a membership scheme to allows removals contractors to demonstrate that they are competent enough to carry out the job. 

Each member will have met the BAR’s criteria for training, insurance, experience and capacity leaving you safe in the knowledge that your possessions are in the right hands. A web search should reveal a list of qualified companies in your area but if you’re in Mildenhall and the surrounding areas, Arrowpak usually receive positive feedback. That said, any BAR member should be suitable.

How Much Should It Cost?

Exact costs will depend on your requirements as the larger the job, the more you’ll likely pay. A removals company will be able to offer you a packing service if required which is useful for those treasured fragile items you don’t want to leave to chance. 

This service will be over and above the typical fee for just providing manpower and relocating boxes so consider whether this option is really needed.

Other factors include;

  • The amount of goods being relocated 
  • The size of the team assisting you with the move
  • The time taken
  • Travelling distances involved 

Many companies will offer a discount if you decide to provide your own packaging materials so don’t be afraid to strike a bespoke deal. 

Obtain Quotations

As with anything, it is worthwhile obtaining several quotations to ensure the best price. You want each company to visit your home in person if possible, rather than quote over the phone for a more accurate cost.

It might also be a good idea to compile an inventory as this can assist with job pricing. It is also worthwhile asking for an itemised breakdown of the services rendered so that you can see where you might be able to save on labour. Breakdowns also make comparing quotes easier. 

Removals Insurance

Your possessions are of course important. It is therefore important that your removals company has the prerequisite insurance to make sure that you are fully compensated in the event of an accident. 

You also want to make sure that you’re aware of the procedure regarding unforeseen delays. If you’re unable to gain access to the new property but have a lorry load of furniture outside waiting, it is important to know who these delays and additional costs will be covered by.

You also want to know what timescales you need to work with post move in the event of the need to make a claim. 

The only other thing to do is provide your company with a briefing note to assist them on the day but we also recommend that you are on hand to deal with any problems that may arise.

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