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06 June 2016
Removals Quotes: How to Compare them and Get the Best Deal
Removals Quotes: How to Compare them and Get the Best Deal

Removals Quotes: How to Compare them and Get the Best Deal

These days, there are many quick and easy ways to get quotes for just about anything online, and removal quotes are no exception. There are a number of websites that can offer you a quick comparison between various providers, which can be a real time saver. That said, not all companies use these websites, but either way, there are a number of things to keep in mind when searching for prospective removal services, whether online or by phone.

The first thing to do is narrow your search down to a handful of companies. Depending on your needs and the size of your move, it can be a good idea to get the numbers of a few man and van services as well as removal companies. Also, many companies offer additional services, such as packing and storage should you need them, so make sure these are included in any quote. It can sometimes be cheaper to get all the services you need through one company, but once you have quotes you can compare costs and see what the cheapest option is.

Now you can start gathering quotes. However, remember that quotes are just that – they can be changed and might not be a totally accurate representation of the actual price you will have to pay. Generally of course, it is in companies’ best interests to stick to their quote as closely as possible, as annoyed customers will spread the word fast about companies that quote low and charge high. That said, if you are concerned, you can check the companies are registered with a number of official bodies that regulate the removals industry. These are: The British Association of Removers, The national Guild of Removers, and the Removals Industry Ombudsman Scheme. All these have websites where you can check what guidelines are in place. This should be a standard practice when vetting any potential removals company.

Now you have some quotes, you can begin comparing the potential costs. This is where it can be useful to get have a few quotes from a man in a van handy too, as you may find that you need a back up plan, or last minute flexibility. Think about how long you expect your move to take. If you have to move a long distance, and need storage, then it might be cheaper to get the storage inclusive with your removal company. Do you need packers? It might be the case that by hiring a man in a van you can get some help packing and an extra vehicle at around the same cost (or perhaps less) than choosing the inclusive option with a removal company. Be aware that if most removal companies will charge you by the day, regardless of when you finish your relocation. In some situations, it may be cheaper and more cost effective to only hire a removal company for the bulk of your move, using a man and van hire to finish off the job, if you think the whole process might take a day and a half, for example. Why pay full price for a removal company you only need for half a day?

Overall then, don’t be afraid to spend a bit of time looking into a number possible removal services, and going over options and pricing. Sometimes you might also be able to take advantage of special offers, which can also be a money saver. Make the quoting process work for you, and stick to what you need, even if that means mixing and matching to some degree.