An international move for most people is
something we will do only once in our lives, and this can be an incredibly
stressful time. Aside from the actual move, there are other things to worry
about but that’s a story for another day!
What I want to discuss today is how you go
about finding the right removal specialist to help you, and please note the word
“specialist”. When you’re moving to another country its imperative you have a
company by your side that will not only look after your belongings as if they
were their own but, be able to give you valuable advice that you may not have
Well, there are plenty of places open to
you. You could start by looking in a business directory however the information
here is usually limited to the company name, contact details and what they
promise to deliver. Looking in this way also means lots of phone calls which
can be expensive.
What many people do is turn to the internet
– the “font of all knowledge”. But you have to be careful with this as well.
Websites are far more informative than paper advertisements but you still have
to bear a few things in mind when searching for a company in this way.
to Look Out For
First of all, go with your gut instinct. If
you come across a website that doesn’t float your boat, navigate away from it.
We humans have instincts and they are there for a reason so trust them!
Secondly, when you have found a website
that interests you, take a look at the following:
- Are there easy to see contact
details. This includes contact name, address, telephone number and email.
- It may seem a little paranoid
but if the company is UK registered see if they have included their
registration number somewhere on the site. You can easily check basic
credentials about them just by asking at Companies House (or making use of
- What sort of experience does
the company have and how long have they been in business?
Most importantly, do they have
a testimonial section? Not all reliable firms do but it’s worth at least
- Where do they travel and how
you’ve found a Company You Want to Talk To
The main thing here is to be prepared.
There is no point in calling a company to tell them you have no idea how much
you have to move. You should also have an idea of when you intend to move, and
what you’re preferred method of transport for your belongings will be.
This last point may seem unimportant but,
think about it? If you’re moving to the other side of the world, if everything
goes by sea this will keep the cost down but be prepared to wait a good few
weeks for your belongings when you arrive at your new destination.
Write down any other questions you have
prior to calling someone. This will help you remember what you need to ask. No
matter how hard you try, there will be questions you’ll forget otherwise.
Only do this once you’re COMPLETELY happy
with the quote, the level of service you’re going to receive and you have a
proper contract in place. One last point is insurance and this should not be
forgotten! Make sure you know exactly what’s insured and for how much.
Following some of these points will help take
the headache out of finding a removals specialist and make your overall move
less stressful! If you’re interested in finding a company that has all of the
above and more, why not pay a visit to http://www.theroadahead.co.uk/