When you’re moving house, it can be quite stressful. So, when choosing a removals service, the temptation is to just do a quick search and pick the removals service closest to you without shopping around for the company that ticks all of the boxes. Our advice is to take some time, plan in advance and look for the best service for the best price. After all, you don’t want to choose a company that is unreliable, who doesn’t do the full job or who over-charges. So, here are our top tips on how to choose the best removals service.

1. Experience & Reputation

This is probably one of the most important considerations. If your ‘man with a van’ has only been in the business for a couple of months, they may not have the expertise that the job requires. Look for a company that has stood the test of time 10 plus years is a great marker to go for, if you can find it. The longer the company has been running, the higher the chances that they have a solid reputation. You can also check them out online. Companies that have testimonial or review pages on their site are great because you can see for yourself what the customers say about them. This can help give you piece of mind that the company is trusted. You are placing the safety of your belongings in their hands, so it’s important that you know they are professional and trustworthy. Finally, make sure the company is insured, and ensure that you have this somewhere in writing: whether it’s boasted on their website, or they can email you confirming that they are fully insured. Accidents can happen, so you need to know that any accidents won’t come at the cost of your pocket.

2. Price

Jumping on the cheapest option can be hugely tempting. We understand that moving house can be costly, but cheap doesn’t always mean that it’s your best option. Of course, you want to look for value for money, so check out a company that can offer deals and make sure their prices are competitive. Shop around and seek quotations, this can stand you in good stead for negotiating a great deal from a reputable service. If they value your custom, they will want to beat the price that you are being offered by their competitors.

3. A Bespoke Service

A good test of your removal company’s level of professionalism and dedication to quality will be their openness to go the extra mile and negotiate based on your needs. You are the customer after all. If your move requires something more specific that your run of the mill A to B of the three-piece, call in advance and ask about your options. A good provider will be open and willing to help you in any way they can without racking up the costs.