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Now, we all know just how stressful moving house can be. Even after you find your new home, the slog will have only just begun!

There will first be the issue of listing and packing up all of your belongings; not just the furniture you want to take with you, but also the clothing and home accessories. You will likely end up finding that you have a great deal more junk in your home than you ever realised!

Next will come having to change over your service providers. Ensuring that you have reliable suppliers for energy, water, gas and broadband will be essential, as will signing up for council tax in your new locale.

Then, of course, we come to the moving day itself. Having to book time off work, help your family to adjust to the idea of moving and figuring out how to keep your pets safe can all add to the stress of getting from point A to point B.

Not only can all of this be a chore to organize, but it can also be surprisingly expensive. You may have heard that you can save money by doing a self-move; after all, you wouldn’t need to hire a professional remover, and if you have the time to organize everything on your own, then surely you’d be laughing!

Unfortunately, it is not quite so simple. In fact, booking a removal company can actually save you money, not to mention time, energy and a bucket-load of stress!

That being said, not all removers will offer the same level of quality and reliability, to say nothing of a fair price. It is important to know exactly what to look for in a remover, not only so that you avoid wasting money, but also so that your moving day can go off without a hitch.

Let’s look at what you need to take into account to find a top-quality (and CHEAP) removal company.

Do I need a remover?

It is a common misconception that you can save money on a moving day by handling everything yourself and not hiring a professional remover. Unfortunately, this often turns out to be a false economy.

First of all, in all likelihood, you will not be able to fit all of your belongings into a standard-sized vehicle. In this case, you would need to hire a removal vehicle of your own. Not only will this be expensive (assuming you even have the correct licence to drive it), but you will also need to buy insurance in order to safely and legally put it on the road.

You might say that you can get around this by having friends lend their vehicles, as well as some extra manpower to help shift your belongings. However, as helpful as they may be, they will not be insured for if your belongings get damaged OR if they get injured while shifting your heavy furniture!

Secondly, you should consider how much your time is worth. A professional remover will be able to pack your belongings efficiently and expertly in order to ensure they are safe and secure for the trip. Having to do so yourself could end up exhausting you before your big move, which can be doubly disastrous if you will be working the next day. Professionals can even provide their own packaging materials.

In short, hiring a professional remover can save you a great deal of time, effort and even money. It will certainly be worth considering, especially if you are planning on moving a great distance.

How to get the best quote for a professional remover

When hiring a professional remover, there are a few steps that you will need to take to make sure that you get a fair and competitive price. Remember, the old chestnut of getting what you pay for DEFINITELY applies here, so try not to opt for a sub-par service just because it undercuts the competition!

Get a quote well in advance

This is a pretty useful rule for moving in general: always organize everything well in advance if you want to avoid last-minute stress!

This is particularly important when hiring a remover. It is common for remover schedules to fill up quickly, especially during the summer and on popular days of the week like Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In a worst-case scenario you could struggle to find a remover with a slot open or, even if they do, you may be charged last-minute booking fees.

It will be a good idea to start looking for a remover as soon as you have a fixed moving date. Ideally, you will have several weeks to find and book your ideal remover, or even months. This will be especially important if you are moving abroad, in which case you will have a great deal more to organize anyway!

Know exactly how much you need to transport

When letting your remover know how much you need to take with you on your journey, you will need to be honest and accurate in terms of ‘total area’ and weight. A rough estimate won’t do you any favours when your remover turns up with a too-small van!

Go through your home and make a list of what you want to take with you. You should take particular care to measure your furniture. This will allow you to give your remover a clear idea of the total collective area of your belongings which, in turn, will ensure that they can provide a large enough removal vehicle, as well as the right amount of manpower to get things shifted ASAP. Ideally, you will also be able to let your removers know the weight of your belongings.

It will also be important to let them know about any speciality items you might have. This could include any fragile or valuable antiques, as well as particularly heavy items like pianos.

Ask about insurance

Even with the best removal companies and the greatest will in the world, a lot can go wrong on a moving day. You will want a firm that will be able to offer adequate insurance to cover the value of your items in transit, as well as your properties, in the event that accidents occur. That way, both you and your chosen removal company will be able to recover any costs without issue.

Crucially, you should remember that it is mandatory for removal companies to take out ‘public liability insurance’ for their staff. This will cover any accidental injuries or damage to your home. It will also be important to ensure that they provide ‘goods in transit insurance’ equal to or greater than the value of your belongings.

Remember, going with an uninsured van man for the sake of saving money could put your move in serious danger!

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