How to Hire Companies for Small Removals
Published on Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Home removal specialists have become quite popular in recent times, with more and more families choosing to hire professionals to look after their packing and moving needs instead of tackling them on their own. While home removals can be a bit expensive, they also save a lot of time and give you a lot of relief. But what do you do when you have a "small removal" need? In other words, you have a modest number of belongings that need to be packed and moved and you'd like to hire a professional to do it, but aren't sure just how to go about the same.
Whether you're living in this city temporarily, are here for some assignment or are moving from your home to a college dorm, a small-scale removal is just as important to a professional team as a large-scale project. The important thing is to find a company that agrees with that thought.
As companies have to cover their own expenses and make some degree of profit on the services they provide, you will find that many are reluctant to take on a small removal project. Most companies charge according to how much luggage needs to be moved, and hence, a smaller removal will not mean big bucks for them. However, at the same time, most companies are willing to take on any job that comes their way, so here are some tips for hiring the best removal team for you.
Most companies will have a "base rate". This is generally the flat cover charge that applies, regardless of whether you're carrying one box or a hundred. The point of this base rate is to ensure some earning, specifically intended for cases where there isn't an opportunity for much profit. This rate usually covers the general transportation and fuel charges, as well as a nominal fee for hiring the team. When you're talking to a prospective company, ask them what their base rates are since you will have a limit number of items to move.
When you are told the base rate, ask them to specify what it includes. Many companies try to slip in an extra charge or two later by claiming that it isn't a part of their basic charges. Make sure you get a thorough list of what is included and what isn't, and ask the manager/ representative to draw up a contract that reflects the same.
Before specifying that you have a small load, ask how the company determines the charges. As they usually charge according to the number of cartons that have to be shifted, there is generally some standard rate they apply before giving you a quote. Ask them if they'd be willing to share the same with you and do the math yourself before letting them know that you have very little luggage. This way, they won't have the chance to quote an inflated rate to you.
Ask about the different transport vehicles the company uses. Most companies have a variety of load carriers and the prices range according to the size and capacity of each. Companies usually have a standard vehicle that they send even when there isn't a lot of material to be moved around. Ask if they have a small vehicle and whether it costs less than the regular option. Simple questions like these can save you a lot of money.
In the end, it really is about finding the most professional team. Interact with a few teams to decide which one you like the most. Pick a company that takes all its jobs seriously and has a track record for excellence and commitment to service.
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