This is a common question that will go through anyone’s mind who is preparing their home or office move and looking to book a reputable removal company. Before calling around random Bristol removals companies, you should create a shortlist of the best-rated companies to narrow down your search. This will help you avoid wasting time with quotes from companies that have a string of bad reviews. The best place to find Bristol removal companies is online. Remember that although search engines target keywords, they also target key phrases so the order you type the words will generate different search results. The best way to deal with this is to open up a few browser tabs, type in the keywords and mix them up into different phrases and cross-reference them. Once you’ve done this and found at least 5 to 10 different removals companies, look for their reviews and you can find them on their website, on dedicated removals or tradesman websites or by typing the company name (not URL) into the search engine and a rectangle box appears on the right with business information (address, contact details etc…) and their reviews should also be there. Don’t expect a 5-star rating from all of the Bristol removals companies’ reviews, no company is perfect and they do make mistakes but don’t dwell on the bad reviews but don’t ignore them either. Look for the company’s response to the bad reviews and see if they have acknowledged their mistake and compensated the customer. However, some customers are just impossible to please and will complain about anything so, with this in mind, analyse what was written and ask yourself if the bad review is actually warranted. Now that you’ve read the reviews, it’s time to choose some Bristol removals companies that you think will best suit your move. It’s always a good idea to choose a local company that knows Bristol and the surrounding areas because they’re best positioned to conduct home and office visits (we’ll get to that later) to offer an accurate quote and won’t charge a call-out fee.
Create a List of belongings
Great! You’ve created a shortlist of which Bristol removals companies you want to conduct your move but before calling them, it’s now time to make a list of what items you need moving. This is good practice because it mentally organises your move, gives you a gauge of the scale and what will be involved. The simplest and quickest method is to go through each room, garage, and garden and write down everything you want to be moved by the removals company, including furniture that needs to be dismantled and reassembled because this process can add on a lot more time to the move as a whole. As for gauging the number of boxes, this is easier said than done but a good rule of thumb is to estimate at least 10 medium-size boxes per bedroom, 15 for a kitchen, 10-15 for a living room and the same again for a dining room. We know this might sound like a lot of boxes but it’s by far better to overestimate than vice versa. Think about moving day and not having enough space in the van for your items, especially if it’s a long-distance national move.
Find Out What They Offer
Now you have the list of furniture and an estimated number of boxes, it’s now time to call your chosen Bristol removals companies. Did you notice we said ‘call’ and not ‘email’? We want to empathise this because it’s very important for you to speak to the removals company and gauge them. After all, you’re entrusting this moving company with your cherished belongings so it’s important to choose well. Answer their questions to the best of your knowledge and clearly explain what you need to move and tell them about any special circumstances such as awkward parking outside your house or office because this could have a huge impact on how the move is executed. Also, it’s always good practice to ask them about the Terms and Conditions of their insurance. Most Bristol Home and Office removals companies will have Goods in Transit insurance but they can vary to some degree. A good way to gauge this is by thinking up some house or office moving scenarios and asking the removals company how they would deal with it and process the claim. Some Bristol removal companies offer loaned boxes as part of their removal package so it’s always a good idea to ask about this because it could save you some money and if you’re strapped for time, ask if they offer a packing service. We recommend choosing a packing service if you have a high demanding job or a family. It will save you a lot of time and stress! During the phone call, try to rate each removal company and create another shortlist. This will help you filter out the better companies. After you’ve done this, the next stage is booking a home or office visit or so the removals company can offer an exact quote but this is only really done for 2 bed or higher properties. Don’t expect the removals company to send out an employee if it’s obvious a 1 bed flat will easily fit into a Luton van. It’s important to note it’s now common to have a Skype or WhatsApp video call instead of a home or office visit and this method can be just as effective for removals companies to assess your items and has the added bonus of convenience. One more thing and this might sound very obvious, make sure your home or office is tidy before the assessment. Speaking from experience, it’s a lot harder to offer a quote for a house or office removals job in a messy property.
Home and Office Visits
During the home visit, the removals company staff member will gauge your items, parking for their removal vans and access to the property and it’s always important to ask the assessor how their pricing structure works. Maybe there’s a way to keep costs down to a minimum by moving some items yourself. Get at least 5 home or office visits from different Bristol removals companies, compare the quotes and service they offer and choose a suitable company.
We hope this guide helps you choose the right removals company for your move and gives you a better understanding of the process involved.