Many people that have experienced hiring a removal service would probably agree that the levels of service can range widely and not always necessarily in line with price.
An expensive removal company might be seen as a safe option whose employees can be careful enough to remove furniture safely as opposed to a “man and van” service.
However a larger company cannot always check on its labourers as easily and know how their service to clients is affecting profits when the head office is located many miles away. Whereas a man and van service may not have the same marketing budget to spend. Their reputation is usually related directly to the persons doing the work, not to someone that was hired last week.
When it comes to relocation from one city to another a third option can be more practical which is that of hiring a removal van that has a large enough capacity to take all necessary belongings wherever required. The third option may be more D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) than most movers would like, but it does have the advantage that items would not get lost in transit.
Removals in the London area can prove to be slightly more problematic due to the added cost of the congestion charge and the amount of traffic to get through which can eat up the petrol pretty quickly, especially with an overloaded van.
Hence, in order to efficiently move from place to place, whether it be general small removals, office removals, or residential a moving check-list is the best way to go. Planning ahead and checking off tasks completed can save a lot of time, worry and keep costs down.
In order to research moving companies so that a satisfactory cost effective removal service is sourced it may be useful to have some of the following tasks to cross off the moving check-list.
- List family, friends, work colleagues, and acquaintances that have moved recently or know someone who has.
- Call and ask for referrals on any good companies they have personally been happy with.
- Research online for companies and removal services that have a large amount of positive reviews in the local area.
- Cost up the prices per hour, per service and get quotes with a description of any add on prices.
- Read the small print of any contract.
- Make sure both you and the removal service are clear and understand times of pick up and drop offs as well as precise locations for the removal and relocation of furniture.
- Ask for how many years experience the company has and staff turnover percentages.
- Go to the offices of the company to meet staff rather than wait for them to come to you.
Visiting the premises of a removal company cannot be stressed enough. This will give you an idea of how they work, who they are and if one would want them on the premises at all. If they are sloppy and rude on the phone and in unorganised in the office, this could be a sign of things to come. Can they be trusted with handling valuable and heavy items? Are they the types of people that can be trusted to care enough to put in the effort to make sure that all items are stacked and sufficiently boxed and packed as required without getting broken or falling about in the van?
Successful research of moving companies that result in an efficient, cost effective service can be obtained by obtaining referrals for those removal services that people in one’s personal and business networks have had positive results with, by getting quotes BEFORE allowing them access to the property, having contracts signed, visiting their premises and reading the small print.
Author Bio: Article by ManAndVanLondon