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How to Choose a Moving Company

Aug 05. 2020

If you have a house move on the horizon and have the task of finding a removal company, it can seem something of a minefield due to the seemingly endless amount of options. To some extent, the choice of company depends on what type of move your undertaking; is it a local move, long distance or are you moving abroad? Do you require a packing service or have specialist items that need careful handling? Whatever the nature of your move, employing the services of a trusted and reliable moving company is key to a smooth move and will save you considerable stress and heartache. To help you on your way, here’s a few life hacks on how to find a professional moving company:

There’s nothing like a first hand account of someone’s experiences of a moving company. This is often a really useful source of reference when looking for a mover. You may want to speak to friends, family or even neighbours to find out which companies they’ve used in the past and what they think of them. Reviews online are also, of course, of great benefit when making the decision on which company to opt for. Look for review sites like Sirelo, when the customers have added they’re own thoughts on the services they have used and factor this into your decision making process.

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If you’re making the move abroad, it’s worth looking for moving companies that contribute to publications about moving abroad. For example, if your move is to France, keep an eye out for articles on the moving process in the French Property News and Living France publications.

Once you’ve found a moving company or have shortlisted a few, ask them for a quotation. The way they handle this part of the process will be an indication of what sort of service they offer. Sometimes quotes that you can obtain on the internet can seem exceptionally cheap and realistically they are too good to be true. Costs generated this way don’t really take into account the specific nature of the move and the customer’s individual needs. A house moving survey is necessary to obtain a realistic quote. At the present time, a moving company should be able to either conduct a video survey, if you prefer the quote generated at a distance or a quote from a surveyor visiting the premises if you prefer.

Look for the British Association of Removers badge and for international moves look for the FIDI accreditations. Movers who have these are audited regularly to ensure that they maintain high levels of professional service and follow a strict code of conduct.

For advice on all elements of removals and storage, take a look at our blog page. If you would like to speak to someone about an upcoming move, one of our advisors will be happy to help: 01902 714555| sales@burkebros.co.uk

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