Moving home is an involved process and it will be important to have some sort of budget in mind, to ensure that there’s a control over what you’re spending. Therefore, when it comes to organising the removals (and potentially storage) element of the process, you’ll need to obtain an accurate quotation for the services that you require, so that the costs don’t spiral out of control. To this end, here’s some important pieces of information and advice about dealing with quotations from removal companies.
• Firstly, ensure that you obtain a removals survey. A professional removals company will perform a survey either in person or, if you prefer, virtually via a video link. There are so many permutations and considerations, so it’s preferable to have a thorough survey of your property and personal effects. Before they can provide such information they need to be fully aware of the cubic capacity to be moved. Be as detailed as you can about what you want to take. For example if you want to take plants from your garden, the surveyor will need to account for this as they will take up room in the van as nothing can be stacked on top of them. They will be able to calculate how many packers will be needed (if you require packing), determine what size vehicle will be required and how long the whole process will take. Also bear in mind, if you have difficult access at either of the properties you’re moving from and to, discuss this with the surveyor as this can sometimes affect the choice of vehicle and time to load.
• If your move is requiring the handling of specialist items, inform the surveyor of this so they can factor this into the cost. Specialist items could be a piano, antiques, fine art or some heavier items which may need some special lifting equipment, such as heavy garden equipment etc. Be sure to point these requirements out in the survey.
• If you are not ready to take all of your items, you may well need to consider storage. Again, discuss storage options with your surveyor. They will be able to advise on whether you need containerised or self access storage and factor this in to the quotation.
• There are also some optional extras which you may like to consider adding into the quotation, such as a ‘late key waiver.’ The concern on moving day is that you may not be able to obtain the keys on time and you have a removal crew sitting waiting outside the property with a van load of household effects still to unload. Delays like his mean that costs are being accrued because the removal crew will need to wait at the property for the keys to arrive and then start unloading. Paying a “late key waiver” at the time of booking the move, means that the crew will wait at the property for an additional amount of time without the home mover incurring any further costs.