Moving can be quite the ordeal. Whether you're moving locally , or across the globe, chances are the job of relocating all your treasures is just too big for you and a mate. But, the problem remains - you've still got to get your gear from A to B. It's in times like these that the right set of professional hands can cut away the stress of moving, because let's face it: the mental side of moving can be taxing enough.
There's a lot to consider, of course. Because the 'gear' we move when changing address most often consists of our most treasured possessions. You want to be sure that the people you entrust to move your belongings know what they're doing, and act with the greatest respect toward your property and yourself at all times.
What Builds Trust in the Removals Industry?
1. A Professional Removalist Company
Fortunately, there are the right kinds of removalists out there. A bunch of sturdy, experienced, trustworthy, and reliable professionals who can provide the removals service you need. That might seem like quite the blanket statement, but it's true nonetheless.
There's a whole heap of factors at play in building the trust and respect of your community. The following list is just a snippet of what we believe you should expect when choosing a first class removals company :
2. Highly trained and experienced professionals
Customer service that makes you feel like a human being
A brand and reputation that’s proven to be trusted by others
A removals team that has been there and moved it all before
Professionals who treat your personal belongings with the respect they deserve.
A Licensed, Accredited Company
If your mover hasn't been licensed or accredited by the major third party authorities, then it should set off the alarm bells. Wherever possible, make sure that the moving company you choose has readily available evidence of:
ISO Accreditation : This is the golden standard when it comes to workplace health and safety, environmental standards, and even quality control. ISO accreditation demonstrates that a company is concerned for the wellbeing of its employees and customers alike.
Moving Industry Standards : If your moving company has FIDI accreditation, it means they regularly pass a series of evaluations performed by independent auditors. Also look out for other moving industry accreditations like FAIM.
3. Transparent, Affordable Pricing
As with most things in life, when it comes to moving house, you really do get what you pay for. So, while moving shouldn't cost the world, if you want professional, experienced experts on the job then the price may be marginally more expensive.
The main thing to look for when it comes to pricing is transparency. Your moving company should provide you with a detailed, itemised quote. This quote should be completely free, and be supplied under no kind of obligation whatsoever. You should know exactly what you're paying for.
4. A Broad Range of Services
Most moves require more than just a man and a van. So, it's always a good idea to opt for a removalist that offers a broader range of services, from packing and unpacking boxes , right to vehicle transport and even secure storage solutions.
You want to be sure that your removalist has both workers compensation insurance and public liability insurance. These two types of insurances ensure that, in the unlikely event that someone hurts themselves during your move (whether a professional removalist, you, or your friends and family helping you move) is covered. If you not sure whether a particular removalist has insurance, then ask them. Any professional removalist will be more than happy to supply you with copies of their insurance certificates.
6. Positive Customer Reviews
These days, there is any number of online review websites that you can to validate your moving company choice. While many providers will include reviews on their own websites, these can obviously be edited and filtered to present an overwhelming positive picture. By comparison, impartially-controlled, third-party review sites will give you a more well-rounded picture.
Guest Contributor: Kent Removals