Hints for using a comparison site for removals

Comparison sites are everywhere. We're used to using them to switch our energy supplier, check on better rates for our home, car, and pet insurance, find a better mortgage, loan, or credit card Comparing prices for products like these offered via comparison sites is relatively straightforward. You tell them what you're looking for, answer some questions or make selections on must-haves for the product, and you're presented with a chart allowing you to compare like-for-like among the companies on offer.

When you use a price comparison site for removals, your experience is different. You provide the comparison site with some very basic information about your move and you're given the names of various removal companies (usually 3 or 4) and an indicative price for your removal. You often don't know what's included in that price (packing materials, insurance, waiting time, etc) until you've spoken with the removal company.

Also, the price isn't binding - a removal company should be, at a minimum, asking you a lot of questions about how much you're moving, what you're moving, etc - and only once they know the full scope of your move can they give you a full and binding quote for your removal.

Tips For Using Removal Comparison Sites

Price comparison sites for removals are different

On the face of it, removals can appear to be an unskilled job. The reality is quite the opposite. Yes, the men are moving heavy pieces of furniture and boxes, but if you've ever moved yourself, you know how easy it is to damage something by carrying it the wrong way - from scraping your floor or walls, to dropping and breaking what you're carrying.

Then there's loading the truck - the men often describe it as being a bit of a game of Tetris as you need to think ahead, plan out how to best fit everything in, and then do so in a way that leaves no gaps and is a tight fit so nothing bounces around in the back of the lorry. Our men undergo a considerable amount of training throughout their careers to ensure their skills are up to best practice, and the latest and best techniques are used.

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Tips For Using Removal Comparison Sites
Tips For Using Removal Comparison Sites

Hints for using a comparison site for a removal quote

  • Is the indicative price given inclusive of VAT?
  • Is the removal company VAT registered?
  • Are they adequately insured? If not, and their truck with your belongings was involved in an accident that wasn't their fault, your items may not be insured!
  • How long have they been in business? Will they still be in business when your move takes place?
  • Are they a member of a trade organisation such as the British Association of Removers (BAR)? BAR members are inspected annually for not just good practice in the removals industry, but also for their finances and creditworthiness. In the unlikely event a BAR member's business fails after you've paid for the move (but before you've moved), the BAR will ensure your move takes place or a refund is issued under their Advanced Payment Guarantee
  • Provisional bookings - some removalists take provisional bookings for future removals, only to cancel them at the last minute when a better paying job comes along, leaving you in the lurch trying to find a replacement removal company often the day before your move is scheduled. We don't take provisional bookings, but do offer you insurance options to avoid costly changes should your moving date need to change
  • Are the quotes like-for-like? Because you don't know exactly what's included in the prices you're given from a comparison site, you'll need to find out exactly what's included in their price (insurance, boxes, packing materials, etc) - these things will vary from company to company, regardless of their size
  • Will they come to your home to perform a survey to see exactly what's being moved, check the access at your home for the lorry, and make sure there aren't any issues with very tight stairs or corners that would require a bit of extra work to remove your belongings?
  • Be sure to fully check the binding quote you're given after you've spoken with the removal company to ensure you're receiving a quote for everything you require for your move. Use this as a comparison, rather than the indicative prices you initially receive
Tips For Using Removal Comparison Sites

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They were well organised and very careful with our possessions

Why did you choose to get a quote from us and where did you get our contact details?
We’ve used this service before and are pleased with the care and attention taken when moving our possessions.

How would you rate the way we dealt with your initial enquiry?
10/10

How would you rate the survey that we carried out?
10/10

Why did you choose to move/store with us?
Efficient service.

How would you rate your move team?
10/10

Would you like to tell us anything about your move team?
Tommy, Jake and Camron have moved us before. They were well organised and very careful with our possessions. It was all done in a timely manner. Well done all of you!

How would you rate our communication?
10/10

How can we improve our service?
We are happy with you just the way you are.

How likely are you to recommend us to your friends / family?
10/10

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your move?
The staff in the office were very helpful and efficient. Lynn and Pam were so easy to work with.

Glynis McCance

Got on with the job - not wasting time on phones and tea breaks

Why did you choose to get a quote from us and where did you get our contact details?
Local, got details from internet

How would you rate the way we dealt with your initial enquiry?
9/10

How would you rate the survey that we carried out?
9/10

Why did you choose to move/store with us?
Happy with quote

How would you rate your move team?
9/10

Would you like to tell us anything about your move team?
Got on with the job not wasting time on phones and tea breaks

How would you rate our communication?
9/10

How can we improve our service?
Good as it is

How likely are you to recommend us to your friends / family?
9/10

Kenneth Wain

They took the stress out of moving

Why did you choose to get a quote from us and where did you get our contact details?
I used Britannia Bradshaw in Oct 2023 to move me to temporary accommodation so did not hesitate to ask Britannia Bradshaw to move me again! A flyer through my letterbox.

How would you rate the way we dealt with your initial enquiry?
10/10

How would you rate the survey that we carried out?
10/10

Why did you choose to move/store with us?
Competitive prices, a professional manner in the way my enquiry was dealt with

How would you rate your move team?
10/10

Would you like to tell us anything about your move team?
Aaron, Jamie & Kemp were brilliant. Very respectful of my furniture, nothing was too much trouble for them. In fact Aaron & Jamie moved my furniture last Oct so I was very pleased to see the same gang again....plus one extra Kemp.

How would you rate our communication?
10/10

How can we improve our service?
Nothing needed -just don’t change a thing.

How likely are you to recommend us to your friends / family?
10/10

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your move?
If ever I moved again I wouldn’t hesitate to use Britannia Bradshaw again as they took the stress out of moving

Maureen Walters

So organised, really took care of our belongings

Why did you choose to get a quote from us and where did you get our contact details?
I received a card in the post after the house was sold so thought I'd ask for a quote

How would you rate the way we dealt with your initial enquiry?
10/10

How would you rate the survey that we carried out?
10/10

Why did you choose to move/store with us?
Fantastic personal service, full explanations of process and reasons behind charges, great price, lovely people

How would you rate your move team?
10/10

Would you like to tell us anything about your move team?
Josh, Craig and Luke were absolutely brilliant. So organised, really took care of our belongings, fast, efficient and friendly.  Happy to do the extra mile

How would you rate our communication?
10/10

How can we improve our service?
Can't think of a thing!

How likely are you to recommend us to your friends / family?
10/10

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your move?
It was just great!

Sam Thompson

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