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Finding the right removals firm for you

| May 16, 2016

Moving house can be a stressful time – so it’s worth getting all the expert advice you can.

If you’re in the lucky position of having sold your house and found your dream property to move in to, now is the time to start planning exactly how you’re going to get all your worldly possessions from A to B.

Here at Holdsworth’s we’ve over 100 years of experience helping people move their precious belongings, so we have compiled our top tips to help you choose the right removal service for you.

  • Firstly decide on whether you need a removals service, or if you would like to move your own belongings. Bear in mind that depending on your circumstances sometimes speed is of the essence on moving day – there may not be the opportunity to make multiple trips, so if you want to move yourself, are you confident you can get everything in one van load?
  • Ideally, start contacting removals firms 6-8 weeks ahead of the planned move date. At the very least aim for four weeks – we appreciate move dates can often be subject to change at the last minute!
  • You should always ask at least a couple of removals firms to quote for the job– but remember, price isn’t everything. You are trusting these people with everything you own! Gut instinct can tell you a lot.
  • It’s vital that the removals company you choose is a member of BAR (British Association of Removers). DO NOT use any organisation which can’t provide evidence of this – membership ensures the company is properly regulated and insured. They should also have British Standard BSEN:12522 for home moving and storage.
  • Are you being quoted a fixed price, or is it an hourly rate? Fixed rates can help with budgeting and that way you won’t worry about how long things take. What happens if the date or timings need to change last minute?
  • Ask for testimonials and check online reviews. Word of mouth recommendations are always good if you know others who have recently moved.
  • Make sure you meet members of the team and ask if you can have a designated point of contact. Is there a physical office you can visit, rather than it just being someone at the end of a mobile phone number?
  • Consider whether you want the removals company to include a packing service. This can take a weight off your mind – and you’ll be amazed how well and how quickly the experts can pack as opposed to you (especially when they’re not distracted by nostalgic memories over old photo albums or baby clothes
  • If you’re packing yourself, can they help provide packing materials such as boxes, bubble wrap and tape?
  • Do you have any high value or unusual items which need to be considered as part of the move? From works of art to pianos, flag anything which may need extra consideration at an early stage so appropriate plans can be made.
  • Is there sufficient parking at both properties? Do special arrangements need to be made?
  • Contracts should always be provided so both parties know where they stand. You don’t want to be left stranded on the big day!
  • If moving out/moving in dates don’t tie up, will the removal firm store your goods – and if so, where will they be stored? What security is in place to keep them safe?

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call on 0113 269 0000. We’re always happy to help!

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