Guide to Removal Firms
Your first decision is whether to go with a professional remover or the DIY route. Unless you have very few possessions, we recommend you go with the professional option – you dont want any more stress than necessary on the day of the move.
Most people need to use a professional remover, so ask around friends to see if they recommend anyone. Whichever company you do choose, make sure they are a member of the British Association of Removers: www.bar.co.uk.Get several quotes from removal companies before you move, and make sure they have a good idea of how much you need moving – you dont want the removers to have any surprises on the day of the move. Make sure you tell them clearly the date and time you want to move, as well as the addresses of both properties.
The DIY OptionYou should only attempt a DIY move if you have very few possessions, and preferably not such a tight time limit on your move. For example moving out of your parents home, you are unlikely to have much bulky furniture, and can take your time doing the move, as you dont need to have everything out of your house the same day. If you do go for DIY, it is often cheaper to hire a van at a weekend. Make sure you choose an appropriately sized van – too small will involve lots of trips, while too big will make driving and parking more difficult.
If you are moving to a property that is already empty, discuss with the owner whether it would be possible to move some items in before the day of completion. Remember though that your insurance may not be valid before the day of completion. It is also a good plan to have an essentials pack. Put in it anything that is essential to moving house.