Removal Company or DIY?

Whether you use a Removal Company or do it yourself should depend on:

  • Your budget
  • The value of your possessions
  • How far you are moving
  • Who you have to help you
  • How much time you have

If you are fit and can call on free labour from other people then you can save money doing it yourself. If you have valuable items remember they won’t be insured this way though.

Using a Removal Company

If you decide to use a Removal Company, here’s what you should check:

  • Reputation – well known national or well established local removal companies have a reputation to safeguard. They are normally members of The British Association of Removers or The National Guild of Removers and Storers so you have redress if you’re not happy with the standard of service you receive.
  • Recommendations – as with most things if you know someone who has used a removal company and been satisfied with their service this is helpful.
  • Value – By getting quotes from a number of removal companies (as a minimum, three, perhaps one national and two local companies) you can see how prices compare. Make sure you ask them to quote “like for like” i.e. if you’re packing the contents yourself, ask all of the removers to quote on this basis.
  • Insurance – make sure insurance is included.

Plan Ahead

Efficient Removal Companies plan their workload well ahead, and national companies aim to dovetail various jobs around the country, to keep costs as low as possible.

It is a good idea to get quotes about 4 weeks before you expect to move. You might not be able to give an exact date but you can get their estimates and pre-book, subject to final confirmation on the timings.

If you can avoid busy times, such as school holidays, you will have more choice and the price might be lower. Don’t be afraid to negotiate.

If you leave things to the last minute you may well have a limited choice and end up paying more.

By Richard Watters

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