The recent boom in house sales has led to a spike in demand for removal services, as movers race to beat the stamp duty holiday in September. This is Money reports that around 100,000 people are moving house each month, and some movers are falling into the hands of rogue operators as firms are rapidly booked up weeks in advance.
The publication warns those on the move to steer clear of cheap ‘man-with-a-van’ operators who can be found on sites such as Gumtree or Facebook. They often work on a black market, cash-in hand basis, and may not have appropriate insurance or experience of handling and packing valuable house contents.
There are even horror stories of so-called removal firms loading up a van with a mover’s worldly goods and vanishing over the horizon, never to be seen again. This must be an extremely distressing, not to mention costly, experience.
To avoid such a disaster when moving house, it is always best to get a range of quotes from reputable removals companies. Find out how many years of experience they have in the business, and check out reviews from previous customers on their website, and from review platforms such as Trustpilot.
The cheapest deal may not necessarily be the best. After all, you are trusting people to transport valuable goods, and the last thing you need to deal with at such as stressful time is breakages and loss of your prized possessions. Look over the small print of the contract and make sure the insurance is adequate to cover any damage.
Remember that it can save money to pack your belongings yourself, but it is also a time-consuming process, and you may not be able to claim as much compensation should any accidental damage occur. The cost of the quote will also be affected by the distance of the move, and the extra Covid health and safety measures the firm should have in place.
If you are looking for a rapid removal company, please get in touch today.