Anyone who has moved house or shifted their business from one premises to another will tell you how harrowing and tiring the whole process is. The packing and sorting is time-consuming enough, but there is also the added anxiety that arises from wondering how well your possessions will stand up to the upheaval of transportation.
People who are used to moving home or transferring their business to a new location usually stick to the same removal firm, if they have found one that has done the job well. That’s because choosing a removal firm is a bit of a lottery. There are so many cowboy operations out there offering cheap transportation that it is easy to be caught out.
If you are moving for the first time, it is best to give serious thought to which you choose to move your possessions. Rather than leave it to the last minute, check out firms in your area thoroughly over a period of time. These days that can be done very easily over the Internet as most good firms will have a decent website advertising their service and all that they offer.
If you’re looking for removals plymouth area for instance, then make sure you look for a firm that is local and knows the area well. The more experience the better really, because quite frankly you don’t want all your favourite china being scattered across the bumpy road as the van trundles down the country lanes or discover that your office machinery arrives with massive dents in because they were not packed properly on to the vehicle.
In other words, stay away from the ‘man with a van’ postcard you might see in the local shop window. He may well be a decent bloke and offer a great service, but you just won’t know if that is all he has to showcase his removal talents.
Sure, looks can be deceptive, and swanky websites can flatter to deceive, but generally speaking you get far more information from a website than a postcard in a window. So look out for things like how long the firm has been in business. Some you may find are actually family businesses that pride themselves on their impeccable service and sterling record. They will have great customer feedback too. This is as good as “word of mouth” and should tell you plenty.
After all, when you think about it, it’s your life in their hands…
By Mitch Wicking
A journalist and reporter for many years Mitch enjoys investigating Life’s little wonders for consumercheckpoint.co.uk, Hackworthy and sons and many other domains and topics. Born and bred in London, father-of-three Mitch now lives and works aboard a beautiful narrow boat on a peaceful marina in the heart of England which he shares with his Leicester “duck”/muse. Get to know more about Mitch through his Google +.