When the day of the move arrives, you will have the unenviable task of
getting all of your possessions from A to B. Most (sane) people will
leave the task to a removal company, while others may hire a van and do it
themselves.Removal Companies on the Web
The following factors will influence you decision:
Distance of the Move.
Quantity of Belongings.
Size of Certain Objects (Could you really carry that piano?).
Accessiblity of your New Property (narrow hallway/stairs?).
The Removal Firm
It is a good idea to approach three firms and get quotations. This will
probably include a brief visit from the companies to assess your belongings.
Any reputable company will do this. The quote will usually be based on
expected number of hours needed to complete the move, as well as extras,
such as special containers needed, carpet laying, un/packing etc.
Check to see if the quote is inclusive of VAT and includes some form of insurance
covering damage to goods during transit. Expect to be charged anything from £300
upwards. Consider including a tip if you are satisfied when the removal is completed.
The DIY Route
If you are taking the DIY route, there are various things to consider. Firstly, make sure your
insurance covers you for goods damaged during transit. The likelihood that something will
be knocked, dropped or broken is fairly high considering the quantity of belongings
that most people own. Check out HouseWeb's Packing Tips
to get you off to a good start.
Ring around for a good quote on a van rental. Your driving license will be good for
vans up to a laden weight of 7.5 tonnes. Check whether unlimited milage is included.
It is false economy it you have to do ten trips in a van, when a removal company
can do it in one, besides the fact that you will benefit from the experience of
people who do it for a living.