If you are moving close by or far away, choosing the right removals company can make it easier when moving home! Are wondering if you even need a removals company? Make sure you don’t underestimate how much mental and physical organisation it takes to move your belongings.  Packing boxes is the easier part or the job, however, lugging them up and down stairs and in and out of vans can be exhausting, especially if you are on a deadline. You might have a sizeable amount to shift, like, valuable items, antique furniture or even fragile pieces. So, it's best to get a removal company to take the burden off your shoulders, this will enable you to concentrate on the rest of your move.  

Get numerous quotes and get these well in advance of your moving date. Compare the price, the service and when the companies can do the move. Some larger companies may offer a packing service too. Most companies will give you an instant rough quote online, but you might want to get a detailed assessment from the removal company.

Give yourself time as the quotation process can take a few weeks and keep in mind that finding an available date might take another couple of weeks. Many companies are booked up well in advance. It pays to plan ahead! Providing your removal company with your new property's access points and layout will make it easier for them and they will know what to expect when they get there. Things like, will the furniture fit through doors and how many flights of stairs there are.

Most removal companies provide moving insurance against breakages or loss while in transit. Make sure this is in place before booking. Contact your home contents insurer to find out if your policy insures your property while you’re moving in.  

Negotiating the price, you might be able to get a discount from the removal company. Remember, there are peak times for moving to a new house, moving on Saturdays or during school holidays, will cost more. Try and arrange your move on a weekday as it should cost less, and you can negotiate a better discount.  

The best way to pick a removal company is from a recommendation from someone you know well. If you can be reasonably sure of their performance with other customers, this takes away the uncertainty surrounding service expectations. If you are unable to get a recommendation, trust your gut instincts and pick the company that has been helpful, friendly and professional when you have contacted them. If they are more money, they may still negotiate a cheaper price for you.

Lastly, you should have a good rapport with your removal company, you are trusting them with all your possessions! A good relationship will hopefully make the transition as smooth and painless as possible.  

If you are planning to move home, we hope these tips help you have a stress-free experience.

Looking for a new home? Check out our current listings here.