June 28, 2023

How to find the best removal companies: Five steps to  success

Moving house is undoubtedly a stressful process. You may need to:

stay positivePack up your home
Find a new place to live
Register at new schools
Change your address, phone numbers, health professionals and more…😧

If you are like most people, your exciting adventure might be feeling more and more like an overwhelming to-do list.

Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, hire experienced house movers who can help simplify the entire moving process. They can help save you both time and money, and possibly your sanity too…😎

Here are our top tips for finding and booking the best removals company

Step 1: Ask for recommendations and read reviews you can trust
Step 2: Check for legitimate industry accreditations
Step 3: Don’t rely on online quotes – request a house moving survey
Step 4: Know what to look for in a moving estimate 
Step 5: Book your house move and schedule your dates


🕵️Step 1: Ask for recommendations and read reviews you can trust

Get recommendations for a great moving company

Have any of your friends moved house recently? Reach out to your friends and contacts on social media to ask for recommendations.

Read moving company reviews

Most reputable removal companies have a presence on Google. Check out their reviews, paying close attention to the comments and any replies from the company owners. Watch out for aggregator review sites, which may host fraudulent reviews or comments from unscrupulous competitors.

Read Sterling Lexicon reviews here!

🏆Step 2: Check for industry accreditations

When you hire a house moving company, their packing crew will be entering your home and handling your valuable belongings. Don’t trust this to just anyone.

Check that the moving company you hire is fully accredited in your area. Legitimate accreditations in the relocation industry include:

British Association of Removers
International Association of Movers (IAM)
AMO Spediteure (Germany) 
EURA European Relocation Association
Latin American & Caribbean International Movers Association.

You can also check a removal company’s ISO registrations for issues like quality, compliance and environmental responsibility.

We have some of the top accreditations in the moving industry.

📲Step 3: Request a house moving survey

It can be tempting to base your decision on an online quote…but buyer beware! Moving quotes provided online or over the phone without a complete survey are estimates only, and can end up costing you much more than originally intended.

Reputable house removal companies conduct complete home surveys and provide accurate estimates. These can be done in person or virtually using a smartphone.

In either case, you will walk through your home and show your Move Specialist all of the items that you plan to move or leave behind.

🧮Step 4: Compare like-for-like quotes

To accurately compare house moving quotes, make sure you obtain like-for-like quotes.

Check if your moving quote takes into account:

Unusual access, parking, stairs, etc.
Long carry fees (if the moving truck cannot be parked close to your home)
Packing labour and supplies
Disassembly and assembly
Bulky or unusual items
Cancellation policy
Express delivery or storage due to delivery delay
Additional pickups or drop offs
Travel time from the warehouse or office to your home
Disposal fees
Fuel charges
Bespoke crating or specialty packing for high value items

Did you know that moving quotes are typically based on volume? Learn more about common shipping methods and how the volume of your house move is calculated.

Top Tip! Insurance/transit protection

Transit protection is typically an additional charge and is strongly recommended. When you calculate the value of your belongings, provide the full replacement value and list any items that are part of a set or in pairs. Don’t underestimate the value of your items. The small amount you may save on your premium isn’t worth the risk of being under-reimbursed in case of damage.

📦Step 5: Book your move

Once you choose your removals company, it’s time to book your move! Work with your mover to schedule:

Packing dates
Estimated delivery dates
Any storage or additional drop-offs

💪You can do this! 

Moving consultant talking to customerNeed help taking the next step? Our Move Specialists average 12 years in the moving industry and are known for their kind and supportive attitudes. They are the top reason our customers say they would recommend us to their friends and family. Speak with a Sterling Lexicon Move Specialist today.

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More resources to help you get organized for moving day:

Request a moving quote today!

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