Removals Price Guide and Moving Tips
Removals Price Guide
Moving is a major life decision, which is why it must be precise and
professional. For most people, moving items from one place to
another can be very stressful, causing them to hire professional
removers to do the job. Removal services manage the entire moving
process with ease and comfort, including packaging, storage, and
handling delicate items.
However, choosing the correct company with the right cost is
crucial, particularly if you want special services. The price
estimate can only be determined if you have a clear picture of what
you expect from the company. Also, you must ask several questions
before hiring a company to avoid any confusion. For example, Does it
provide packaging? Do you have any fragile items that need to be
moved with care? Is the company’s staff trained? And most
importantly, what is their price quote?
Choosing A Removal Company
Precaution must be taken, as some companies have seemed to
disappoint their customers at the last moment by cancelling or
altering the service agreement. You must guarantee that the business
has its own vehicles equipped to move all types of goods.
Having references for the business is a key to knowing its service
quality. Customer feedback provides you with a better idea of what
to anticipate, but verify that its source is authentic. Some
businesses have their customer reviews listed on websites, such as
and many more.
Insurance is another crucial factor. Any company should at least
have insurance to operate as a removals business. Other insurances,
such as insurance for goods in transit, public liability insurance,
and employer’s liability insurance, should also be checked. In
addition, ask the business for their complete terms and conditions
before depositing any money with them.
Most removal firms will give you the option of packing the items
yourself, or requesting the removal firm to do the packing on your
behalf. You can save money by packing on your own, but a packing
service save you time and professionally pack your goods, avoiding
any accidental damage. Below is a list of services commonly offered
by packing services:
- Full Packing Service
The removals company will pack everything for you with the full
packing service. You can inform the company if you want certain
items handled differently. Most services also include special
packaging for fragile goods.
- Glass, China, and Ceramic
Need help with just those tricky items that are easily breakable?
You can find a company to pack those items specifically and save on
costs. Make sure to check that the company you choose is trained to
handle delicate crockery, such as china.
Sometimes moving clothes can be a hassle, especially when you need
them to stay fresh and free of creases. Ask the removals company if
they have experience handling clothes. The company should be able
move them while hanging or fold them, without damaging their shape.
- Other Items
Heavy items, such as books, can also be packed separately for
convenience. In addition, some companies may offer to package goods
like utensils, which some customers might find hard to handle.
Packing materials are another major moving cost. No move is complete
without boxes, bubble wrap, and tape. Most removal firms sell all
types of packing materials to their customers. You can order moving
packs and individual boxes online, or pick them up from a local
store. Some materials you might need include:
- Strong and sturdy boxes of various sizes
- Tape or tape guns
- Packing paper
- Rolls of bubble wrap
- Mattress protectors
- Bubble bags
- Plastic sofa covers
Make sure that the packing material is delivered on time to allow
you to pack the items prior to the arrival of the removal firm.
Your moving costs will differ if you have items that require special
handling and transportation. Extravagant art, antique jewelry, and
luxurious furniture need careful attention. You will need a service
company that is trained, insured, and professional. Review their
credentials, their association with other companies, and their staff
qualifications before trusting them with your valuables. Specially
designed crates and boxes are required for this type of service. A
complete surveillance of the moving process with cameras during all
stages is another available service.
Requesting a Survey
Requesting a survey is important and is often free of charge. It
allows the removal company to assess the job before the moving day
so they can come prepared. Be honest and clear with what you want
moved. Point out any tight spots on your territory or specify hard
to access items. The company should provide you a quote after the
survey based on the volume of items. It is a good idea to dispose of
or sell unnecessary items to significantly lower your volume and
Fixed Price vs. Hourly Rates
Your removals cost could be drastically lowered based on whether you
choose an hourly rate or a fixed price. Your personal situation will
determine which rate is the most ideal. If you are confident that
you can pack all of the items by yourself and that they are easily
removable, then you may want to choose an hourly rate to save money.
Most companies will provide you a fixed price quote with additional
costs for other services included as a precaution. For example, a
company may give you a quote that requires an additional hour to
move your sofa due to its tight location. However, perhaps you have
experience moving the sofa and you are certain that the location
will not be a problem. In this case, you can request the removals
firm to give you an hourly rate, since you know that the entire
process needs less time than they expect.
Most removal firms with fixed rates maintain a “one placement”
policy for each item once it arrives at its destination. This means
that you cannot ask them to move it to a different position after it
has been placed in its initial spot. In this case, you will likely
prefer an hourly rate to provide the removal firm the time to
properly arrange your items.
Although hourly rates are more flexible and convenient, budgeting
them can be difficult since you will not know the final rate
beforehand. If cost is an issue for you and you are uncertain that
the hourly rate will match the fixed price, then you should consider
the fixed price rate. Offices, companies, and business also prefer a
fixed price rate for its advantage of a definite price quote.
The Best Choice
In the end, determining the best choice for a removals company
depends on your personal needs and preferences. If you do your
homework and research in advance, moving can be comfortable and
hassle-free. There have been consistent complaints from some movers
that their belongings were damaged, their removals firm backed out,
or their items were lost.
You can avoid such circumstances through preparation. Always keep a
list of items with you before you send them, and label your boxes
for easy handling. Demand the removals firm to give you clear
answers and a comprehensive quote. Verify the firm’s credentials and
experience, and whether it has a trained staff. Make arrangements
for pets or elderly so that they are not lost or hurt during the
process. Most importantly, while you prepare for your moving day,
make sure to relax and enjoy the process as much as possible.
Thank you for reading this article and we hope you have found it
If you need any further information please get in touch.
Best of Regards