With so much on your mind as your moving date approaches, it’s easy to become distracted. Don’t forget to book a removals company in plenty of time, however, as they may become booked up. Here are a few tips on how to choose and book the right removals company.

How do I choose the best London removals company?

Get Estimates

A majority of removal companies will come and assess your house contents before giving you a quote. This is better than an instant online quote, although these can be a useful guideline. It’s helpful for the firm to visit, so that assess whether there are any difficulties to be catered for, and any particularly awkward items to move. They are highly experienced, so after a short visit they will be able to give you a firm quote. It is sensible to obtain several quotes before deciding on which company to use, and not simply because of cost considerations. You may find that one company seem more professional and experienced than another, and prefer to opt for a slightly higher price in exchange for peace of mind. It is helpful to meet a company representative face to face.

Extra Services

Find out what extra services each removal company offers. Most will happily offer packing materials, packing services and more, so get pricing for these. They may not be as expensive as you think, and could save you a great deal of time and stress. Packing services may seem expensive at first glance, but do not underestimate how time consuming, stressful and tiring packing up your entire house contents can be.

Leave Yourself Time

Make sure you check availability with each removal company, and see which ones can be most flexible. Removal companies do get very booked up, particularly on Saturdays, or during the summer holidays, so you could try booking a normal weekday for a lower price. Give yourself a good month to check out various companies, and find a mutually agreeable date.


Good removal companies will have specialist insurance for the move, to cover loss, breakage and breakdown. Check with the company before you book them, and find out what is covered. It is also wise to check with your own house contents insurance whether your possessions are covered whilst they are in transit.

Watch Out For Amateurs

Your possessions are precious, and it is only right that they are treated with the greatest respect and care. Moving day is stressful, and you should not have any further stress added by an unprofessional removal company. It is best to opt for a company that is a member of a professional body, such as the National Guild of Removers and Storers, or the British Association of Removers. That way you know you are being cared for by a company with a reputation to protect. If you opt for a non-accredited removal company, or one that has no insurance, your only form of redress is through the small claims court should something go wrong.

A good removal or man and van company should make moving day more relaxing and smooth running than you thought possible. Most people are delighted by the speed and professionalism of reputable removers and feel that their money was very well spent.

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