When you’re moving house, there are a lot of things to remember and a list of things that could potentially go wrong. One of the most important things to do when you know the date is to check out moving van companies. You can do this by asking friends and family members for recommendations. People who have recently moved house are usually very happy to tell you of their experiences. You can also check out the telephone book and the internet to find relevant companies based near your home.
Some companies manage the whole process of relocating your possessions, including packing everything into boxes. Other companies provide vehicles such as trucks, vans and trailers for hire so you can move your furniture yourself. Both options have their advantages, but when you want your prized possessions to arrive in pristine condition, it’s often better to keep control of the process yourself. This can involve gaining the help of fit and strong friends and family members, but moving day is usually one time when people are happy to help.
If you decide to hire a vehicle and do the job yourself, you will probably have a selection of moving van companies to choose from. On paper, they might all seem to have the same benefits, but there are some tips to follow in order to find the right company for you.
Firstly, you will probably consider price comparisons. The price of the vehicle hireage will depend on a number of factors – how much furniture you have to move, how far you have to travel between houses and how long you need the vehicle for. When you organise a truck, van or trailer from one of the moving van companies available in your area, you will be asked a variety of questions to determine the best vehicle for your needs. Before you phone, make sure you’ve thought about what you want to do, so you can answer the questions quickly and clearly. You will then be given a price for the job, which you can compare with other companies offering a similar service.
The reputation of the company is another important factor. If you are going to the trouble of moving your furniture yourself, you want to be sure that you are working with a company that is reliable, doesn’t double book customers, has a good track record and sticks to their quoted price. The reputation of the moving van companies you are checking out will also be related to another important part of your decision making process – the quality of the vehicle you are hiring. It goes without saying that the vehicle you hire should have a current registration and warrant of fitness. Make sure you also ask what class of licence the driver needs. Vans and small trucks can be driven on a normal car licence, but it’s important to check first.
Moving companies are experienced at working out how much furniture can fit into their vans and trucks but, in my experience, it’s better to get something a little bigger than you think you need. This can avoid mix ups with calculations as well as extra trips back and forth to collect the last few items. Moving day should be as stress free and as enjoyable as possible.