Cheaper is not better
The urge to save a bit of money and shave a few corners can be a temptation that is hard to refuse when it’s time to move to a new house. This impulse must be resisted because as the old saying goes – If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
The same goes for choosing a removal company and the more that is invested in the short term will usually ensure a stress-free move and won’t land you with any nasty surprises along the way.
Below I will outline the potential traps you could be setting for yourself by taking the cheap option and perhaps, give you something to think about when it comes time to pick the right removal business to care for your possessions.
Things to look for when choosing your next removal company
Let’s talk about insurance – Working with a moving company who advertises incredibly low rates will most likely either little or no insurance which increases the risk of damage or theft. A competitively priced company will offer All risk insurance which does slightly increase the end price but you can relax in the knowledge that all of your items are covered.
Experience is everything…not just a bit of muscle – When it comes to bargain movers, you can bet that they shout about how strong and robust their movers are. This won’t make up for qualified experience of a specialist removal business and you can usually tell straight away who you are dealing with. Look for a company who invests in training and can handle delicate and “off the beaten path” items like pianos and antiques.
Quality movers or just a set of wheels – There more than enough cowboy outfits around that offer transportation services but offer very little in the way of reliable and professional removals. The outfits that will promise the world at a fraction of the cost of other companies is to be avoided like the plague.
Previous customer feedback
Previous Customer Referrals – This is a great way of verifying that the company can handle any job and is up to the task of looking after your goods. Word of mouth is a powerful advertising tool and there is no better source of information then from the people who have received this service before. Budget movers will most likely not have a sound pool of previous customer referrals and should be given a wide birth.
Lack of online presence – Budget movers will often not have a solid online presence due to not investing in the infrastructure. A lot of one-man bands will skip making a website and not have any presence either on Facebook or other social media sites. Look for a company who has a good website with information on the services they provide and the good ones will also have a presence online.
Keep these points in mind when it comes time to choose your next removal company and with a little bit of leg work, you will be able to find a reasonably priced company you can trust.