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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In the current times you might prefer that we don't visit your house in person to carry out a survey. This is fully understandable and we can just as easily undertake the survey by video call, using whatever method you're comfortable with, usually FaceTime or WhatsApp.

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Susan Clarke

Everything went smoothly for our move/transition into storage

I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you to the Bradshaws team for ensuring that everything went smoothly for our move/transition into storage. Many thanks to yourself and Mark for squeezing us in at this busy time and a huge thank you to Josh, Marcus and Craig for their efforts over the past two days. The guys did a phenomenal job, they were a delight to deal with and we look forward to seeing them in a few months for the unload.

We’ve even got an apprentice for them and I’m sure he will be even happier to play with the boxes when we see them again!

Nichola Morgan

Able to book us in at short notice

They were very efficient and courteous. They were able to book us in at short notice. We had been ringing around frantically when another firm had let us down. Lynn and Pam were both very helpful and professional on the phone which gave us a lot of confidence.

Lynn was very helpful and patient when I first enquired. I was very stressed as I was trying to book a date at short notice, but Lynn was very reassuring.

Angelina Hull

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