Changing your place of work or residence can be very difficult and stressful. This especially rings true if the removal involves a new place abroad. There are a lot of complexities that come with a removal process and you require a competent firm to handle your move without any hiccups. We shall discuss the logistics involved in a removal process in this article as well as what your company of choice should do for you.
Packing is the most integral stage of a removal. Once you identify the moving company you would like to work with, you must ensure that they can package your items no matter the size, material or shape. A proper removal firm will provide custom packing for very fragile and unusual items to make sure that the move is safe and secure. No damage should come to your items. As soon as the packing process is complete, the firm should furnish you with an inventory so you can stock take.
The type of transportation you decide to choose for your removal depends on a number of things. These include:
Where you are moving to and how far it is
The total weight to be transported
Some of the available means of transportation include road, ship and air transport. For the UK, road transport is mostly used for in-country removals and other moves within the continent. Air transport is mostly used when the items being ferried require speedy delivery or when the individual moving is in a hurry. Shipping is best suited for intercontinental removals.
Any credible firm handling a removal often takes care of all the necessary import/export documentation. Permits are sometimes required especially if you own elaborate works of art like paintings. You also need not worry about delivery of your items. They should be brought to your new location and unpacked for you.
Insurance is a very sensitive part of any removal process. Your removal firm should provide you with a comprehensive cover in case of any damages. Often your policy will be unique to your situation because removals are client specific. Each has unique aspects and must therefore be handled differently.
As earlier mentioned removals are very complex and one complication that often arises is the need for storage. A good firm will have all its bases covered no matter how much storage space is required. So when would you need storage space? Well sometimes some items take too much time to clear at customs and a few days may be required to allow for clearance. You may also need storage space if you need some time to make room for certain items in your load. This requires storage that is safe and secure. Always discuss the possibility of storage with your service provider to avoid misunderstandings.
It is absolutely imperative that the firm handling your removal keeps proper records of all transactions and items in their possession until the termination of your contract with them. As part of your move you may need to destroy certain documents. This has to be done the correct way. Most removal firms offer document disposal as part of their corporate package.
Cost cannot go unmentioned. Your move will cost you but what determines just how much? Several factors come to play including the following:
How big your load is
The mode of transportation you choose
The season (peak or low season)
How valuable your items are
The distance involved
The expediency you wish for the removal
How much special packaging is required, etc
Never accept to work with firms that give you estimates over the phone. A professional company will request a site a visit to see what the workload entails before giving any estimates.
With all the logistics discussed above it is left to you to make a wise choice when choosing the right company to handle your move. The first question you must ask is whether or not they are a member of BAR or British Association of Removers. At least with this you can expect a certain level of accountability and responsibility.
Do you offer comprehensive insurance covers?
Who are your references?
How long have you been in operation?
Do you have a physical office I can visit?
How long will the removal take?
What security measures can I expect?
If you pay keen attention to all the above and make use of the tips discussed then a removal should be a pleasant process for you.
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