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Always ask the removal firm to send a surveyor round to confirm the volume of your possessions to be moved (don’t hide anything!) and discuss your requirements. You should not be charged for this visit.
Ask if they can provide a packing service. Make sure you let them know if this is something you require when you instruct them so they can dedicate sufficient time to complete your packing and include it in your quote to ensure you will be aware of the costs - and avoid any nasty surprises!
Ask if they have storage facilities available or can recommend somewhere.
Following the survey and the discussion of any additional services you may require, ask for a full written quotation and a fixed price.
Ask the removal company what size vans and lorries they have. You do not want to have to wait whilst small vans are loaded/moved and then unloaded. One large pantechnicon should be available if appropriate.
Ask your removal firm if they supply packing boxes, and how many boxes they will bring in advance. Some will sell you sets of packing boxes; some will be able to provide them as part of the move (always ask for double-walled boxes as these are stronger). Get plenty of tape and arm yourself with a small cutter to open the boxes at the other end. Many firms also have special book boxes or wine racks.
Check that the removal company has a good supply of moving equipment:
These pieces of equipment can make the difference between a bad and a good move.
Are their members of staff trained? Who by? (The British Association of Removers, or BAR, and other trade associations run training programmes which can be attended by removals firms).
Are their staff uniformed?
Will the movers who work on your move be casual, contractors or are they fully employed? Casual workers are less inclined to worry about your possessions or feel responsible for the job.
Ask to see details of their insurance. Check that you don’t need to supplement this if you have some precious items that their insurance doesn’t cover during the move. Many household contents insurance policies do not cover standard household items in transit.
Ask to see the removals VOSA number. If a removal involves operating a goods vehicle above a certain weight, they will need to hold an operator's licence issued by the Traffic Commissioners.