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Things You Can Do To Help Your Removal Company

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

26th Jan 2018 (Last updated on 30th Jul 2020) 7 minute read

There can be a lot to think about when moving house. Setting time aside to plan each element can help the process and keep you on top of everything that is going on. 

When you hire a removal company, there's a number of things you can do to make their job easier and help keep your removal costs down. From ensuring everything is packed to plain old kindness, our guide covers some of things you can do to help your removal company.

Your removal company will be undertaking a big task for you, especially in larger houses with a lot of items to move or limited access. There is a whole list of things that you can plan and do in advance to make their job as easy as possible and make the whole day run smoothly.

Compare My Move are here to help you plan this process. In this guide we cover a list of 11 considerations that should be taken to help your removal company on the day. 

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11 Things You Can Do To Help Your Removal Company
  1. 1. Communication
  2. 2. Book Your Removals in Advance
  3. 3. Home Removals Survey
  4. 4. Organise Parking
  5. 5. Consider Access
  6. 6. Clear the Loft
  7. 7. Ensure Everything is Packed
  8. 8. Use Quality Packing Materials
  9. 9. Dismantle Furniture
  10. 10. Unplug all Electricals
  11. 11. Clear Living Obstacles
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1. Communication

As with most things in life, communication is key to a smooth and successful moving day. Ensuring that you communicate well with your removal company will iron out or limit any possibility of issues arising down the line.

If you do not tell your removal company what you have already done and what you may need some help with, they could turn up unprepared on the day. This could create delays that would've easily been remedied by a good line of communication. 

Make sure you save the number and email address of the removal company you have chosen. You aren’t hassling them by getting in touch to update them on your plans.

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2. Book Your Removals in Advance

Removal companies can be busy, especially when it's a popular time of year to move house such as the summer holidays, over the Christmas break or a Friday. 

Movers are rarely afforded the luxury of choosing which time of year they move. In fact, moving is usually dictated by circumstance rather than desire. However, you can avoid any potential disappointment and extended waiting times by booking dates well in advance.

This includes getting a removals survey done early so that time is allowed for the removals company to process the quote, as well as booking in the removal date as soon as possible to ensure your desired moving date is secured. Consider using a moving checklist to keep on top of everything.

3. Home Removals Survey

Although some businesses will provide a quote for home removals based on a phone call or email, this can easily lead to miscommunication and a possibility of the job being estimated incorrectly in terms of size and price.

Inviting your removals company to complete a home removals survey or using a video home survey service is a good way to remedy this. This process allows the removals company to get a thorough understanding of what is in your house, what special circumstances you may need and, as a result, allows them to produce a much more accurate quote for their services. 

This has the added benefit of allowing you to better budget for the move at a time when finances may be of a greater concern.

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4. Organise Parking

If you live on a street with permitted parking, where parking is only available at a distance from your property or where there is no suitable parking for large vans of trucks – this is going to be of concern to the removals company. 

In the case of permitted parking, make sure you have secured enough permits for the number of vehicles coming to help you move. Where parking is an issue, ensure that you discuss this with the removals company and help them assess other options for getting your home contents to and from the vehicles.

Often where heavy or a large number of items are concerned, securing parking as close as possible to the property is highly beneficial.

5. Consider Access

Access can be a major issue when it comes to move day. Although parking next to the building and being able to easily carry everything out of the front door is the ideal situation. In a modern world of apartments, flats and shared houses this is rarely the case.

Communicate with the removal company the options for access. Do you have easy access through the front entrance? Is there anything that needs to be cleared in hall ways or shared corridors that may block this access? Are there options for rear access through a garden of back alley way? Is there anything that you can do to make this route accessible for the mover?

Considering these questions and making them clear to the removals company is a good way to limit any issues on the day. Don't be afraid to communicate and ask your removal company questions.

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6. Clear the Loft

Ensure you have left yourself enough time to go through all the contents of your loft, box it up and move it downstairs so the movers can shift it out of the building. This is also an excellent opportunity to sort through and get rid of any of the items you do not want to take to your next house. Sort through and decide what you are keeping, what should be thrown out, what you may be able to sell and what could be of value to a charity shop. 

7. Ensure Everything is Packed

This may seem obvious, but ensuring all your items are packed securely and ready to shift can be overlooked when you have alot to think about. It goes without saying that unpacked items can be a nuisance when movers come in to get all your kit.

Not only does packing up everything help the mover be more efficient, but packing in a planned and structured way will help you in your new home when you're unpacking all your items. 

If you're unsure where to start with your packing, read our packing tips.

8. Use Quality Packing Materials

Although you may be able to save yourself a few quid by using budget packaging material, using high-quality packaging is likely to save you and the removal business a lot of hassle in the long-run.

This is for a number of reasons. Firstly, cheap packaging is prone to falling apart when put under pressure, which moving can often cause. Better quality packing is much more likely to withhold its structure, keeping your belongings together and safe. 

Cheaper packaging is also often thinner and usually less structured as a result. This can mean your items are more likely to get damaged inside the box during transit. Higher quality packaging protects items better and keeps them secure. 

9. Dismantle Furniture

Dismantling your furniture ahead of the move date will allow your chosen removal company to pick up and move your belongings with ease. It also means that they will be less prone to get damaged when moving. 

By dismantling your furniture before the removal company arrive, you will be saving valuable time on the day. You might avoid a waiting time fine too. Although many removal companies offer a furniture dismantling service that you'll need to book in advance. 

10. Unplug all Electricals

Another simple and obvious one. Unplugging all electrical ahead of the move date is a small act that will make it easier for the removal company to get on with their job. 

Similarly, collecting up and securing any electrical wires with string or zip ties will allow your electrical goods to be moved more safely.  

11. Clear Living Obstacles

Removal companies are usually full of very hard-working individuals. They are likely to want to crack on with the job and move your belongings as quickly and safely as possible. 

One way in which you can help them do this is making sure that any living obstacles such as children or pets are kept clear of work going on. This doesn’t just make sure the movers can get on with the job, but also means that everyone is kept safe and out of harm’s way. 

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We can see that considering, planning and acting on a number of aspects can make your moving day a lot easier, smoother and more efficient. Taking these aspects on board and acting on them will give you the best chance at your moving day going smoothly. it will also make it easier for the removals company to execute. Taking some of these points on board may also help you keep your removal costs down as it will require less work from the removal company.

Martha Lott

Written by Martha Lott

Having written for Huffington Post and Film Criticism Journal, Martha now regularly researches and writes advice articles for everything moving house related.

Dave Sayce

Reviewed by Dave Sayce

Co-Founder and Director, Compare My Move

Dave Sayce is the co-founder and director of Compare My Move and has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.