Steps to consider before choosing a removal company

van removal

Removal companies assist thousands of people with moving home. They help with moving people’s items and furniture into their new home. Not only do they help with house moving but they also play an important role in assisting businesses to move to new premises. When looking to move your belongings to a new location, it’s ideal to contact a reliable removal company who can assist you from start to finish. If you’re looking for a removal service, St Christopher’s removals offer a man and van in Wandsworth covering Fulham and Clapham.

Plan Ahead

Before choosing a removal company, it’s important to plan ahead and make sure to complete any necessary paperwork and packing before confirming your removal dates. Once your belongings are all packed in boxes, they can be ready for collection. Depending on how far you are moving, it’s ideal to check with your removal company when or what time your valuables will arrive in your new home. The move will be less stressful when everything is planned out beforehand instead of leaving everything last minute. 

About the company

Find out as much as you can about the company you want to hire. You can also check out the company’s standard and see whether it fits your criteria and your expectations. It’s essential to find out what services they offer and if it’s aligned with the service you need. You can also find out how long the business has been operating. A great company should be able to provide a high level of service. It’s ideal to check out their website or contact them directly with any of your queries or to find out more about the company. 

Reputable

A reputable removal company should be equipped with the appropriate insurances and trained staffs who can safely carry out the job. You know that you can put your trust in a company which meets all the requirements of a reputable company. The process of moving out is already stressful and can be difficult to manage, but with the help of a reputable business, you can put your mind at ease as you can ensure a smooth and stress-free transition.

British Association of Removers

Find out if the company are a member of the British Association of Removers (BAR). The BAR ensures the firm follows a professional standard throughout their services. They also ensure that the company’s staffs are professionally trained and are knowledgeable in what they do.  

Company reviews

By looking at a customer’s review of the company, you can get an idea of the level of service they provide. Aim to look for companies who have a good amount of positive reviews as you can expect to have a good standard of service. Reviews and testimonials can either be found on their website or Google reviews.

Cost

The costs will vary depending on the services offered by a company. Some companies can base the price on the distance or the weight of your belongings. Other companies may base the cost per hour, per man and the size of the van. Find a company who are reasonably affordable and who can meet the cost of your budget.

Recommendations

Consider any good recommendations from your colleagues, friends or family. Recommendations prove that they have previously used the company and are satisfied with the service provided.

Insurance coverage

Find out what kind of insurance they offer. Is the insurance free or is there an extra charge for an extended coverage? Most reputable companies should be able to provide some coverage for your belongings while they are in transit. You can also check with your home insurance company if they can provide some coverage for your valuables when you’re moving out. The cost of the insurance is an important factor to consider when looking at the overall cost of the service.

St Christopher’s removal is an established removal company that has built a strong reputation for more than 20 years in the industry. They are known for their hassle-free, high quality and low-cost removal services covering mainly all areas in London. What makes them unique is they provide various packages that can be tailored to suit your needs, deadline and your budget. To find out more, visit their website on www.stchristopherremovals.com.

What Would You Do Without Your Car?

For a real automobile enthusiast, it’s hard to imagine getting by without a car. Many people really love taking care of their vehicle and take great pride in it, although it’s fair to say that most people just really feel that they rely on their cars for getting around during their daily lives. If you’ve ever been without your car suddenly, because it needed unexpected repairs for example, you might have had a taste of how stranded you can feel.

However, plenty of people have successfully given up driving on a day-to-day basis and ended up with a much better lifestyle. Could it be possible for you to do the same, and save money in the process? Here are a few of the benefits…

You can always get a ride when you need it

Just because you’re not the driver doesn’t mean that you can’t get around in a car when you need to. For one thing, you can make sure you have a reputable taxi service on call that you know you can rely on. This is ideal whether you need a late-night journey home from Manchester, a Bristol airport taxi to catch a flight, or even a cab to get you to your wedding on time in Derby.

Remember, getting a taxi is now so easy, you don’t even need to call an office to place your booking. If you haven’t tried booking a trip on a smartphone app yet, you might want to look into this as your first trip will often be discounted.

Cars cost a lot of money

Lots of people may instinctively object to the idea of getting taxis on a regular basis, because of course the cost of fares can add up. However, this fails to account for the cost of running your car.

Not only do you have to pay for the vehicle (a cost which many people spread out and pay on a monthly basis), but insurance, tax, fuel and maintenance costs also escalate quickly. By cutting out all of these costs, you may find that you still save a significant amount even when you have to pay for transport on an ad hoc basis.

Public transport may be better than you think

Traditionally, public transport tends to be widely despised by its regular users, but there is a reason why those people continue to use it instead of driving themselves. In fact, there are probably several reasons. It can be more convenient, it can be cheaper, you never have to worry about parking, and the journey can give you a chance to either relax or squeeze in a little extra work.

The benefits of your local transport infrastructure will depend on where you are, because some places are known for their great public transport systems which have had plenty of recent investment. Cities with modern bus, tram and train links that are designed to run efficiently and support large numbers of commuters will be the best places to try this, but not everywhere is up to that standard.

You could benefit from more exercise

Most of us could use a little extra time in our daily routines dedicated to exercise, especially those of us who drive regularly. Swapping your car for a bicycle or even just walking is ideal for people who live in cramped city centres, or even out in suburban towns. You’ll gain flexibility and control over your own journeys, not being so limited by traffic, plus every commute or trip out will count towards your daily exercise. This alone might be a great reason to finally ditch your car, save money and live a happier life.

It’s better for the environment

Last but not least, any of the above methods will usually work out better for the environment overall because you are not creating any additional CO2 emissions or other pollution by using public transport, cycling or walking. Even a zero-emissions electric car needs electricity to run, so producing this will have an impact on the world around us. Axe your car and you’ll be doing your best to help the environment.