Removal services are just like any other service – price is highly negotiable and really depends on the level of service (SLA) that you are intending to use. Of course the extend to which prices could be altered up or down depends on the company you negotiate with.
For a start, if you are on a very tight budget, you could consider doing some of the removal accompanying services by yourself – such as packaging, loading and unloading the van, carrying stuff to some point, and others.
There are some removal companies that would agree to lower the level of responsibility for the carried goods in exchange for a lower price. It is up to you to decide whether such reductions are acceptable, or the risk is not worthy. Always beware that such a “bargain” could come to you like a boomerang and the money saved would go down the drain doubled or even tripled in some cases.
Indeed there is no need to start negotiations with the worst scenario in mind. Just take your time to speak with the professionals from the removal company and try to assess their willingness to reduce the price, without lowering the level of moving service proposed.
It is always a good idea to start your research in internet, to see how the different moving companies have presented their business on the WEB. Pay attention to how other customers like you have shared their moving experience in specialized movers forums, or business directories, or even better – in personal blogs that are least likely to be “spammed” or abused by SEO guru and such. It is also advisable to try to connect to such customers, if you believe their experience is similar to yours – often people are willing to share tips and advice, and surely would say if there were problems with the moving service.
Take the time to plan your removal carefully
Your hopefully flawless removal will take place on one day but you need to spend more time preparing it if you do not want to have problems with it. Actually, you need to start planning once you decide that you need to move. Generally, the more things you have for removal, the more time you will need for planning. However, there are other factors which you should take into account, as well. For example, you need to consider the time frame, the weather (heavy rain can be very damaging) and many other factors.
It is always recommended that customers take time to prepare their items so that they are ready to be moved. If you are not sure about some things, you can always ask a removal company for advice. You may even need to dismantle some pieces of furniture before the removal and if you are not sure how to do that, you may need help; you may not know how to get to your new place; you can actually save yourself a lot of trouble if you just take some time for planning and preparation. Here are some of the things which will be helpful for you.
There are some things which make sense to be done even one month before the actual removal. You may notify the landlord that you move in so that you do not end up waiting with all your furniture in front of the door of your new home waiting for your landlord. To make things worse, he may not even be in town. And that happens more often than you can imagine. You also need to make sure that you take care of all telephone, gas and electrical bills and future post mail in order to avoid annoying visits to these institutions. You also need to start collecting packing materials so that you do not forget something in a last-minute rush. And most important, be sure that you will be free on the day of removal so make sure that your boss knows about it on time.
When you have 2-3 weeks left, it is a good idea to have your bills paid so that you do not have problems in the future and cancel or redirect any services like newspaper delivery. Try to get your keys as soon as you can – you may have many unexpected problems due to procrastination. It is also a good idea to start cleaning thoroughly your house so that you do not need to spend unnecessary time cleaning on the day of removal.
A few days before the removal, it is very advisable to defrost the fridge and/or freezer in your home and finish cleaning the house. Then, on the big day, you need to disconnect the appliances, make a final check, close and lock the doors and windows and you are ready to go. As you see, it is not much work but it is little, either.
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