Many inexperienced people make mistakes when moving from one home to another for the first time. Those mistakes often cause them several problems, such as cost overruns and damaged property. This article discusses some of the most serious moving mistakes that you should avoid during your first removal.
Relying on Phone or Online Quotes
The Internet has simplified several aspects of people's lives. For example, you can shop online and have the products delivered to your doorstep. However, you should avoid relying on any quotation that is given to you over the internet. This is because such a quotation will not have considered the actual weight or volume of the belongings that you wish to move. Consequently, the quotation may end up being too high or too low when the provider of removal services shows up at your doorstep. The same problem can occur when a quotation is made over the phone. The most reliable quote should be given to you after the removals company has visited your home and assessed what you want to move.
Not Distinguishing Different Kinds of Estimates
It is important for you to know the different kinds of estimates provided by removals companies. This information will enable you to select the best type of quote for your move. For example, non-binding quotes are based on an estimation of what it is likely to cost you to move a given weight of belongings. The actual cost will vary depending on the actual weight of your belongings.
Other costs, such as the cost of renting lifting equipment, may also increase the final fee that you pay. However, not-to-exceed estimates provide a maximum fee that you are likely to pay for the removal. Such an estimate may be good for you because the actual cost that you pay can be less than what was estimated. Find out what type of estimate a removals company provides so that you assess its suitability for your needs.
Not Paying Attention to Valuation and Insurance
Accidents happen. You cannot be sure that your removal will not result in damage or loss of your belongings. The best way to guard against such a loss is by insuring those belongings. The premium that you pay will depend on the method that you select for determining the value of your belongings. For example, you can estimate the cost of all your belongings and mention a lump sum figure that you should receive in the event of the loss occurring. Alternatively, you can name a value for each unit of weight (kilo, for example) that the insurance company will compensate you in case a loss occurs. Discuss all these options with your insurer so that you ensure that you will be compensated adequately should you lose your belongings.
Many more removals mistakes exist. The best way to safeguard yourself against those mistakes is by working closely with your selected removals company so that you can be guided through the entire removals process.