Top Tips for Picking Removal Services

publication date: Jul 2, 2010
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author/source: Kate Faulkner, Property Expert and Author of Which? Property Books
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Top Tips for Picking Removal Services


Are you thinking of moving home? Then follow our Top Tips for Picking Removal Services to ensure you have a smooth move. Don't forget to add this expense to your house moving costs!

Top Tip 1
Clear out your home, including the attic, shed and garage before you get your removals quote so you don’t pay to move stuff you will later throw away!

Top Tip 2
Avoid booking removals for a Friday; it’s the busy removals day of the week. Book on a Thursday instead, take the Friday off and give yourself a long weekend to settle into your new home.

There are three types of removals you can choose from:-

1. Full Service
This is the best service you can get. The company will visit your home; give a detailed quote including a superb packing service and often insure your belongings in transit. Look for companies who are members of organisations such as British Association of Removers, Federation of European Moving Association and FIDI.

2. Man with a Van
If you have a one or two bed home or are only renting, then someone that can just provide the van and give you a hand moving the boxes. Make sure they are fully insured to drive the van and find out if you need to insure your belongings during transit.

3. DIY Removals
Don’t underestimate how hard this is going to be! Over and above your furniture items you are likely to have 30-50 boxes to pack and move. It’s better to hire a van for two days – one to pack it and the second to unpack it. Trying to do it in one day is likely to be too much work unless you have lots of people to help. If you are packing and unpacking yourself, you will need a minimum of four big strong sets of arms to move!

READ MORE for expert views from the author of Which? Buy, Sell, Move House, Kate Faulkner

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