So, you are moving to a new house in Fareham and the day is getting closer. There are several ways that you can move your furniture. You could do this yourself, hire a man and van to help you, alternatively you could hire a moving company.

Hiring a moving company is probably the most convenient way to deal with your move. This will simplify the process and subject to what service you book, can save a huge amount of time and effort.  Moving large pieces of furniture can be very hard work. There will be plenty of things to think about and do when you are moving. If you can afford to have a moving company do the heavy lifting for you, then this will no doubt be the preferred option.

On moving day, itself, there will be numerous things you will need to do. For example, check meters, clean the property, pick up keys from estate agents and numerous others. If you can offload the physical move to a moving company, this will certainly free up your time to focus on other things that need to be done.

What Services Are on Offer

Moving companies offer a range of services, from just doing the physical move, to coming in the day before and packing all your possessions. Some will disassemble furniture and reassemble this at the other end.

If you can afford to get the movers to deal with all these issues, then this will certainly make your move far smoother.  If not then just getting them to deal with the heavy lifting and moving the furniture, will be a massive benefit to your moving experience.  So, what should you look out for when hiring a moving company?

Recommendations and Referrals

One of the best ways to find a good moving company is to ask your friends and family about their experiences. Nothing is better than a personal recommendation from someone you trust. Most of your family and friends will have moved at some point in the past. They will all have had different experiences, from the companies that they used.

Currently, another great way of assessing the quality of a removal company is to look at online reviews. Google My Business is a great place to do this. You can read other customer’s experiences both good and bad.

You can also look at various moving websites as well, which are similar to insurance sites, like Compare the Market, where moving companies are compared based on their services but also customer experiences.

Even when a move goes smoothly, there are invariably some issues such as breakages or damage to a piece of furniture. All good removal companies try to keep damage to a minimum.

It is important to check that the removal companies have insurance and how this will work, in the unfortunate situation that something gets damaged. Also, what is the process to make a claim? You do not want to have to spend hours filling out paperwork to make a claim.

Have A Record

A good piece of advice is to take pictures of your furniture and any other valuables prior to them being moved.  Also, photos of your property. Having a photographic record is very helpful if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having a dispute with a moving company, about damage and who caused it.

How Much Do They Cost?

This is always a difficult question. The best way to get an accurate quotation is to get a couple of companies round to inspect the property, so they can see exactly what needs to be moved.     This will also give them the opportunity to discuss any specific issues, such as access or any very large pieces of furniture which may be difficult to get out of your property. This is much better than having movers just turn up on the moving day, confronted with surprises.

Also, you can ask them how they pack. You want to ensure that they are not heavy handed with your valuables and that these are all wrapped and packed appropriately. The last thing you want to do is open a box at the other end of your move only to find that all your crockery or glassware is in pieces.

Timing

Another important point to establish with the moving company is the date. With moving to a new house often there are delays particularly if your property is in a chain. Therefore, you want to ensure that there is a degree of flexibility with the moving company. Ask them how much notice they will need if the date needs to be changed. Also, check there are no penalties if the date is changed at short notice.

 Access

One of the most important elements of moving to a new house is access. Your moving company will want the best access possible. If they must park on the road can they get close to the property? It is also worth warning neighbours that you are moving on a specific day. In many cases, large moving vehicles will cause disruption to your road and potentially to your neighbours.

If you are moving from a flat or apartment, make sure that you inform the movers. They will no doubt ask anyway, but any issues which restrict or make access difficult, they will want to know, so they can price this in and understand the implications, on the time it will take to do your move.

Websites

Another good indication of which movers to use will be to look at their individual websites.  In many cases, they will have customer reviews, although they are highly unlikely to publish any which are not positive. However, you will get indications as to the type of company you are talking to. For example, do they have a clean modern website where they take pride in their brand? Or is this an antiquated website where little care and attention has been taken. Remember these are the people you are trusting with your possessions. You want them to treat them like their own.

Rogue Movers

If you decide to hire someone off say, for example, Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree, ask for references and make sure they provide proof of insurance.

Moving to a new house can be one of the most stressful days, if you are able to afford good quality movers, this will help you avoid a huge amount of stress on the day.  If you can only afford part of the process, then get the movers to do the heavy and awkward furniture.

Storage

Another important question that you should ask your movers is whether they are able to take some of your goods to storage if required. This will have an implication on the cost.  but it may be that not all the items are going to your new property. Some may be going into a self-storage facility.  this will certainly have an implication on logistics and cost.

Most removal companies are very helpful and professional. This is very much a local business and reputation is everything. Therefore, they will generally be very helpful and do a good job for you. However, as with everything doing your homework can really make the whole process far simpler and avoid surprises along the way.