Should I Hire a Removals Company?
Posted by Christophe Meunier on
Moving house by yourself or hiring a removals firm
If you don't live in a small home or apartment, you should hire a professional to move you. Even though it may seem easy to pack up and move your stuff, there are steps involved in packing fragile items properly so they don't break during transit.
You can rest assured that your removal workers will know the maximum weight they can safely carry.
What is the cost of hiring a removals company to move your stuff?
Cost of hiring a removals company will depend on a number of factors. Cost of a removals company will depend on the goods being moved. However, other factors such as distance traveled, crew size, and packing speed will all play a part in the final cost.
Good removals companies will be honest about their costs and what you can do to reduce them. Many companies will give discounts if you provide your packing materials and assistance with packing.
Below is a table that estimates how much it would cost to hire a van and move yourself. We don't recommend this for houses with more than 2 bedrooms.
Get quotes from removal companies
At least three estimates from removals firms are required. It is better to get quotes from companies that will actually visit your property than just an estimate over the phone.
This is especially important if there are restrictions or stairways that restrict access.
If you receive a quote from a company who is not able to visit your house in person, please be honest and complete when listing your belongings. Don't forget about the contents of your loft or garage.
It may be worthwhile to get an estimate from a company based in your new area of residence if you are moving to another part of the country. Prices there might be lower.
Ask for a breakdown of the estimate so you can compare prices for insurance, packing and mileage. This will allow you to compare quotes more accurately. This will allow you to compare quotes more accurately.
Large or heavy lorries are not able to handle steep gradients, narrow bends, or uneven roads. You should check if there are parking or access problems at the other end. If so, you might need to contact the council or police to allow unloading or have your parking meter suspended.
Insurance for removals
Ask what happens if you are unable to get into your new property by the deadline.
You should also check if the removals company offers adequate insurance coverage for your possessions, and what the deadline is for claiming insurance after the move.
You should check with your removal company if you have valuable possessions. Also, make sure to read the terms and conditions of the insurance policy. Some policies limit the amount that they will cover. The removal company can limit their liability for your belongings up to a specific amount per box, but you may need to tell them the actual value. This may increase your quote.
You have the option to pack some of your own items, which can save you money. However, avoid packing fragiles. The removal company's insurance won't cover any items you have packed.