Moving home, as we all know is a stressful business, and if you let it get on top of you, it can cause you to forget some important factors. I’m not going to teach you to “suck eggs” when it comes to checklists, and organising your calendar so you know what’s happening on what date, these are both things we will do without thinking about it.
However, there are some pitfalls, and unfortunately, they can leave you in a situation where you’re not properly protected both financially, and emotionally.
Below I’ve listed a few of the most important things to remember, especially when you’re dealing with a removal company:
Price – This is something everyone sees as a top priority, and you may decide you don’t want to pay the prices the larger corporate removal companies charge. However, you have to remember “you get what you pay for”! Choose wisely, and make sure you consider any quotes you receive closely. Just because it’s inexpensive, it doesn’t mean you will get the service you’re looking for, that is to say, you will be responsible for making sure everything is packaged properly.
Insurance – This is something that comes up time and again, and it may surprise you to know that thousands of people, who move every-day, have no idea if their belongings are insured or not. Make sure you get it in writing from the removal company! Not all of them automatically insure your goods. Just because their company is insured, it doesn’t necessarily mean your belongings will be as well, and be prepared to pay that little bit extra.
Payment – Again, this is something-else lots of people forget about. It all sounds so easy doesn’t it? You choose a company you’re satisfied has a good reputation, get a quote in writing, and accept it, and then pay a deposit. My advice here is NEVER deal in cash! You need to make sure you have a paper trail just in case something does go wrong. By using an internet service like PayPal or a credit card, it’s much easier for you to prove what you’ve paid for should you need to get your money back.
Remember, there are thousands of reputable removal companies out there that offer a great service, but you, as the customer, have to take responsibility for not checking the above issues before you sign on the dotted line.
Author: Julie Coburn