House Removals: Our Guide on Everything About House Removals
Moving house but don’t know where to start? We know a thing or two! Check out our guide on how to book your house removal in as stress-free a way as possible.
Where Do I Start with my Home Removal?
You’ve decided to move, great! But now what? Moving is meant to be one of the most stressful experience’s in one’s life, so to make things easier we have compiled a moving house checklist so you can check off everything you need to do before moving day. If you are moving internationally, we also have a checklist for moving abroad. We recommend you start thinking about the house removal process at least two months before you actually move. Besides making sure that everything is arranged with your job, your kids’s schools, and your doctor, you will of course need to book the move itself.
How Do I Pick the Right House Removals Company?
When you’re looking companies for house removals, there are some things that you should always keep in mind:
- Review Ratings
Reviews can provide you with a great insight into what the removal company is like. If they have a good score and the majority of their reviews are positive, then you’ve probably picked a good house removals company. Check out our reviews page to see what customers have had to say about your mover!
- Moving Associations
Being a member of a moving association might means that the company is recognised for providing high quality, trustworthy moves. Therefore, booking a move with house removals that are members of moving networks such as IAM, FIDI or BAR is a good idea as it will likely mean you’ll be using a reputable moving company. Check out the removal company’s website to see which, if any, moving associations they’re accredited by, or look out for a moving association symbol on their Sirelo page!
- Domestic vs International Removals
If they specialise more in domestic removals rather than other types of removals then they will be better equipped at helping you move across the country. Make sure that you research different house moving companies so that you know what to expect.
- Removal Services
If they offer storage, packing and dismantling services as well as moving your belongings, then you could probably save a lot of time. It all depends on the moving company and how much you are moving. If you only have a lot of belongings, having a house mover to do the work for you, will save you a lot of time, so make sure that they include this in their service. However, if you are planning on packing yourself, take a look at our moving tips page for ideas on how to make the moving process easier for you!
- Affordable Prices
Different companies will charge different amounts depending on the distance and the removal services required. Make sure to get quotes from several companies to see which quotes match your budget.
Why Should I Hire a Professional Moving Company?
Hiring a removal van and packing yourself is often cheaper than a ‘man with a van’ removal service. However, there are several reasons you might want help with your house removal:
- Stress-free: Moving house is often a stressful event, so why not pay someone else to take over and save yourself the hassle?
- Experience: Someone with experience will know all the obstacles that can come with a move – and know how to avoid them.
- Safer: Avoid throwing your back out carrying heavy boxes by hiring a mover who can provide this service and more.
- Reliability: Having a removal company be accountable for your move means they are more likely to be efficient and careful – not to mention faster.
How Much Will My Move Cost?
Sadly, there is no one answer to this question. A move depends on several factors: not just the volume of your move and the distance, but indeed whether you are moving internationally or not, whether you are moving during the holidays or the weekend, and so on. We have dedicated articles on national moving costs and and international moving costs to help you estimate the price of your move, but indeed the only way to get a straight answer is by getting a quote from a moving company.
How to Book Your House Removal
The best rate removals will be found the earlier you plan your move. This is best done a few months or weeks in advance. If you’re moving house in the UK, the only way to find out the exact cost is by getting a direct quote from a removal company. Want to compare companies? Fill out our form and get five free quotes.
In order to get a quote, a moving company will normally ask you to calculate the volume of your move, and then will come to conduct a moving survey at your house. A moving survey is when the mover comes to your house to see how difficult your move will be so he can give you an accurate quote. The mover will walk through your house with you room by room and ask you what you want to take with you. He will also ask you questions about your items and advise if there are some items you cannot take with you (such as items banned in your destination country). At the end of the survey, the mover will discuss the details of your move with you. Topics that are important to go over are:
- Possible moving dates
- Timeline of your move
- Customs information
- Duty and tax issues
- International transit times
- Insurance options
- Storage options
- Extra services such as: packing, unpacking, assembly, disassembly, handyman services
We hope that you have found this page informative and that it has helped you understand what type of removal costs to expect when moving house. If you would like some more information, look at some of our other pages on Sirelo: