A competent, highly-trained team
Safely and successfully moving lots of items involves a number of skills, from specialist logistics to safe lifting and driving. Look for a professional company that employs and trains its own staff, rather than relying on sub contractors who may not have the same diligence or expertise as in-house professionals.
They should be able to offer you a bespoke service, according to your particular requirements, and apply the correct level of care and attention to your belongings. If team members wear a uniform this is a great sign, too. It shows that the company takes pride in them as members of the team.
Check the vehicles that a removal company uses. Look for one that has various different sizes of vehicles in their fleet. That way you can be sure that they have one that suits your needs, that can transport your belongings safely and efficiently – and access the locations you need, too.
Try to choose a company that is environmentally responsible too, using newer, more fuel-efficient vans to lower the impact of your move on the environment – and ensure it goes without hitch.
Other essential services
Look for a company that can offer you other services, such as packing and storage. While packing might seem like something you can do yourself, employing the services of professional packers can mean the difference between a smooth, enjoyable moving experience, and a frantic, stressful one.
If you have items that require extra care, look for a company that can provide specialist packing, as well as traditional domestic packing.
And if storage is something you need, look for a removal company that also offers high-quality storage solutions.
One of the most important considerations when selecting a removal company is whether you can really be sure that your belongings will stay safe.
For full peace of mind, always opt for a fully-licensed removal company with extensive insurance that includes protection for your items while in transit or layover, and during packing, unpacking, loading and unloading.
A good company should be able to show you its insurance guarantee and provide further details on request – don’t be afraid to ask.
A personal service – and quote
If a company doesn’t give you a quote over the phone or online, that is actually a good sign. Every move is different, so expect a good company to send a member of the team to visit your home before giving you an accurate quote.
There are so many things that need to be taken into consideration besides volume – access, travel time, the level of protection needed to keep your items safe and the degree of involvement required from the removals team. The last thing you want is to not receive the service you expected because the quoted cost doesn’t reflect the realities of the situation. So it pays to look for a company that always offers fair, accurate quotes.