If you’re planning on moving house soon, you might be wondering when to book a removal company. It’s important to have your movers ready to transport your belongings on the official day of your move, but it’s also important that certain necessary steps are complete before finally accepting your quote and booking the movers.
In this article, I’m going to explain the best time to book a removal company and the other steps you should have in place before reserving your slot.
The best time to book a removal company is around 4-6 weeks before your official move-in date. This gives you enough time to shop around for the best quote while also having the time to prepare your belongings in advance, complete your home survey and finalise any extra details specific to your move.
That being said, 4-6 weeks is just a rough guide - those with smaller homes or flats might not need to wait as long, while those moving from much larger houses (with more objects and belongings to transport) might want to start shopping around for a quote at least a couple of months in advance. This is because you want to ensure that you’re getting the best deal possible, so if you require a large removal team, you want to ensure they’ll be available for your chosen dates. You don’t want to be stuck last-minute with a hefty price tag because all the cheaper alternatives are booked up.
It’s best to wait until you’ve officially exchanged your contract before booking your removal company. Many removal companies won’t offer a full refund in the event that your plans change, so it’s best to wait it out and get the documents signed and exchanged before booking.
That being said, you should still search around for a quote during this time, especially if you have lots of objects to transport. Busy periods (such as weekends and the summer holidays) will book up fast, so you should start looking as soon as you have dates or a provisional date.
A good time to get a removal quote is around 3 months before your move - this way, you can get a rough idea of what your costs will incur, as well as the availability of removal companies in your area.
Don’t worry if you don’t know what dates you’ll be moving yet - most home removal companies will be happy to give you a quote based on provisional dates, provided that the circumstances surrounding the move aren’t going to change.
Most removal companies will be happy to serve a short-notice deadline, the main problem will be finding a removal company that isn’t already booked up. In addition, you may end up paying premiums and dealing with increased costs with a last-minute move.
In order to fully prepare for a removal company, you’ll need to create an inventory list, find out what materials and objects your removal company won’t be able to pack (hazardous items, medication, currency etc) and buy all the supplies you’ll need to pack up your home.
You’ll also need to do your own clearout in your home, clearing out all the belongings you won’t be taking with you, while also buying storage boxes for the things your movers can’t pack.
If you don’t want to buy or provide your own boxes, your home removal company will typically offer to provide all packing materials for an increased rate. While this will increase costs, you’ll be sure that your belongings are packed safely in sturdy boxes, with fragile items bubble-wrapped and protected.
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