Planning is always the most important part of any move. You should plan your move at least a month in advance. If moving internationally, you should start planning 4 months in advance.Moving, especially moving in Europe, can bring up problems you’ve never considered before. An inexperienced mover that is not familiar with international tariffs and customs law, can accidentally get everything you own impounded at some international border. Some local movers are notorious for charging outrageous hourly prices or add on fees. Experience can mean a lot when choosing a mover as well. An inexperienced packer can cost you a fortune in unintentional damages. An inexperienced moving driver will not know how to load furniture or wrap it to keep it from being damaged. The experienced moving van driver will also load your furniture quicker with more efficiency thereby saving you on hourly fees.
What kind of Moving Company do you need?
You have a choice of three different types of moving companies, local, interstate, or international.If you are hiring a mover to move locally or across the continent makes a difference. International movers have to know customs law in every country they move people into. Local moves are charged by the hour, while international moves are charged by weight, with customs tariffs and special packing and handling fees added for differing types of removals. You need to know how far you’ll be moving and if you will wind up in a different country. Each type of moving will require a fresh search for your specific type of mover. The internet is always a good source.
If you are moving in London and you are looking for a local mover, you could search the internet for Man And Van Service in London. One of the results would be “Man and Van Service.”
Moving fees and charges for extra services
When planning a long distance move in the United Kingdom, you will be safe to hire a local hourly rated service if moving within 161 km. You might need an interstate mover if your intended move is further than that. Interstate movers normally charge by weight. Interstate movers need large items disassembled. They charge you if they need to disassemble things. Grand Pianos are charged extra for disassembly and for the use of a piano board. Appliances like washing machines require a washer pack to keep the tub stable during a move. Interstate movers require mirrors and other breakables to be wrapped and packed. Lawn mowers must be emptied of fuel and oil before being disassembled for the move.
Insurance is another thing you should consider. Most moving companies offer only basic insurance. Sixty cents per pound is a common number. Your items may be worth considerably more than that. Ask that your estimator for the move include the insurance estimate that will cover your items.
Know the signs of a bad mover
- The company’s website doesn’t list a local address. Doesn’t offer information about licensing or bonding insurance.
- The company wants a deposit before they move you.
- Over the phone estimates are untrustworthy without onsite inspection.
- Doesn’t give you a booklet stating your rights as a mover.
- The mover doesn’t answer their phone with the name of their company.
- A rental truck shows to do a move rather than a fleet marked truck with the company’s name on it.
- The mover claims you are completely covered by their insurance.
Check Mover Complaints Online
You can search for moving company complaints, rogue movers, or moving crooks. There sites that are driven by complaining customers. Also, you can type the name of the company you are considering to find their specific reputation.Check the mover’s website for FAQs.
Plan your move well in advance. Do your research on the kind of move you need. Then research the available movers in your area. If you are doing your own packing, pack as properly and efficiently as possible to avoid damage. To save money, disassemble the things you know how to disassemble. Read about the customs laws if you are moving to a different country to avoid surprises.