When Should You Take Removal Quotes?

Ray Vel
Last Updated:
July 2, 2022

Moving may be stressful enough without having to worry about your furniture and valuables being moved by a stranger! Read our guide to choosing the best removals company for you and when to receive estimates from them.

Why do I require the services of a moving company?

It's one thing to pack boxes, but carrying them up and down stairs and into and out of vans is taxing. If you have a lot to move, especially precious objects like antiques or large, awkward items like a piano, it's probably best to hire a professional

It will also give you more time to concentrate on the other aspects of the move. According to recent data by Zoopla and Hometrack, Britons only change home every 23 years on average. If it's been a while since you've moved, here's what you need to know to select the best removals firm for you.

Find the ideal removals company with these helpful hints.

There are a few things to think about before you start calling around for quotes to help you find the best removals company:

  • Look for impartial reviews of the removals firms you're considering.
  • Look at their ‘about us’ section for trading history and longevity.
  • Look over the photographs to get an idea of the vehicle size and condition, as well as the warehouse facilities.
  • Ask any local friends if they've used them before and what they thought of their experience.

Request quotes for moving services.

When it comes to choosing the appropriate removals company for you, the price will be a major factor. Obtain removal quotes at least 4-6 weeks before your move. Remember that moving on a Friday or during the school holidays is always more difficult, so start looking as soon as possible.

When getting quotes, keep the following in mind:

  • Consider the cost, the kind of service you'll receive, and whether the firm will be available on your anticipated relocation date.
  • Some moving firms also provide additional packing services. Ask them what's in the package they are offering you and whether it includes packing separately.
  • Only consider removal companies who are willing to conduct a visual assessment prior to providing a written quotation; it is impossible for them to estimate and plan a removal without first seeing it.
  • When they come to see the house, go through everything with them - will they demolish furniture that won't go through the doors? Do you have a lot of boxes in your loft? Make certain it's included in the quote.
  • Make sure the removals firm knows how to get to your property - both the one you're leaving and the one you're moving to. The last thing you want is for a large vehicle to arrive only to be unable to get within 500 meters of your home.

Tip: Interested in learning more about free quotes? Request one today.