Get Quotes Early
Try to start getting quotes between 4-6 weeks before your move date so you don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself and risk not getting a suitable booking from a quality mover.
Where Possible Request a Home Visit
Always ensure you receive a home visit appointment rather than estimates over the phone. A mover who gives estimates doesn’t really know what they are quoting for and they may turn up under prepared and under staffed.
Ensure Quotes Are In Writing
Ask that any costing be in writing – or risk your mover turning up and moving the goal posts and upping the price.
Receive a Confirmation of Booking
Request that any booking is followed up with a confirmation of booking from your mover – without which there is no legally binding contract and they don’t need to turn up at all.
Move Day Parking Space
Contact your neighbours in advance to tell them you are moving and ask them to leave a space so the removal van can park, a good mover should also be able to give you parking cones.
It is a good idea to number all boxes and bags and take an inventory of the amount to be moved- this can reduce the chance of any disputes regarding any lost items or missing boxes.
Keep all personal items such as driving licenses, monies, credit cards passports, etc. on your person on move day as you may need them.
Move Day Survival Kit
Keeping a survival kit of items you will need on move day such as light bulbs, a torch, first aid kit, etc. can be very handy.
Ensure Your Mover Has a Storage Facility
Ask your mover what storage arrangements they have as it is advisable to have a contingency plan just in case legal disputes stop you gaining access and you require storage.
Exclude Any Flammables
Ensure all flammables and paints are removed from your consignment on move day. If you pack these it may render any insurance cover your mover has in place void.