Engaging a removals company in Exeter

by | Jan 27, 2016 | Moving and Relocating

The first thought that often enters a person’s mind when thinking about moving home is what could go wrong. What if the removal company lets you down, and the new owners or tenants are arriving on your doorstep? What is the vehicle breaks down en-route to your new home or, worse still, needs to stop overnight and the contents – your worldly possessions – are stolen? What if there is an accident involving the removal van and your furniture and equipment are damaged? All of these things have happened, so it’s natural to be concerned about what could happen. The first step to protect yourself would be to investigate the reputation of the removals company that you are hiring. If you live in Exeter, there are many removals companies you can choose from, so it’s a good idea to choose one that is registered with the British Association of Removals (BAR). If the crew who will be packing up your home are also trained by BAR, this will give you added peace of mind. In addition, should any one of the problems listed above occur, you have legal recourse through BAR, and they will take over any arbitration between you and the removal company should that be required. Visit here for more information.

Checking on the legal side of the move

It’s a good idea to inspect the premises of a removal company to get a feel for their professionalism. If vehicles aren’t maintained to a high standard it’s a sign that corners may be cut in other places in the company as well. If a vehicle is faulty, this might mean that any insurance policy will not pay out in the event of an accident, and this problem will then become yours. Find out exactly what level and type of insurance is covered, and make certain that this is written into the contract that you sign. It’s also a good idea of check how long the company has been in operation and if they can provide references. Another factor to consider is the security of your possessions, particularly if the vehicle needs to be parked overnight. All these issues could become regrets if they’re not discussed and clarified prior to your move.

Options for a smaller move

Not all moves require a large crew and a substantial vehicle. This is often catered for by companies who will provide you with a small van and one or two trained helpers according to your needs. Again, make certain that any crew that arrive to assist you are in fact trained employees of the company and not casual labour that have been hired for part-time work. In this situation, as you can imagine, if something goes wrong the crew member has little to lose, while a full-time staff member has his job and reputation to protect. It’s also possible to find a company that will supply all types of packing materials and you can opt either to do the packing yourself to save costs, or have experienced crew members to do it for you.

There are a range of different options you can consider when working through a company that deals with removals in Exeter. Rose Removals and Storage of Devon has years of experience and can offer you a customised solution depending on your needs.

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