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How to choose the best removals company in West London

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If you're looking for a reliable removals company in West London, this is the guide for you.

A good removals company should provide a fast, reliable service, but in times like these, finding the best deal is also crucial. Hiring a professional to help with packing and moving your belongings will allow you to make your move is as easy and as hassle-free as possible.

Professional movers should provide quality service at every stage of the moving process. So, what are some of the things to keep in mind when looking for a removals company in West London?

How to find the perfect removals company in West London

In order to help you make an informed decision, we have put together a list of things you should consider before picking a removals company.

Understand removal costs

As briefly mentioned, while you want reliable service, you will also want to make sure your move is as cost-effective as possible. There are a number of factors that will come into play when getting a quote. A removals company in. West London, for instances likely to charge you more based on the traffic and difficulty of navigating the streets in the city.

There are several other factors influencing the cost of your removals service, such as:

  • the number of movers needed
  • the distance between locations
  • the number of items transported
  • the removal company’s hourly rate

Assess your needs

To make sure you get an accurate quote,it's good practice to ask the removals company to come over and assess the volume of items they will need to move. This also gives them a chance to assess your property and identify any obstacles for the move, such as narrow hallways or steep staircases.

If possible, schedule a house visit so the potential movers can assess the situation. Alternatively,  provide them with the following information:

  • A full inventory of the items to move
  • A list of fragile items requiring special packing (I.e. antiques or china)
  • A list of bulky furniture that will need to be moved
  • Any access issues they should be aware of
  • A rough floor playoff your current and new property (if possible)

Compare your quotes

The gathering quotes for a service, it0's always a good idea to get more than one. The general rule of thumb is to get three quotes you're happy with and the choose the one with the best value for money.

When receiving quotes, make sure to ask for a breakdown of the costs. This will help you understand what services you're paying for and whether there will be any extra charges - such as packing services or removals insurance.

Once you've made your decision, don't just disregard the contact information of the second best company quite yet. In stressful situations (such as a house move) it's wise to have a plan B so that if your company of choice cancels or can't meet your requirements, you still have a second option to count on.

Look into removals insurance

Lastly, when gathering quotes from removal companies in West London, make sure that you also get insurance included. While this is a service many include in their costs, it's always best to double-check. If you have any high-value items, in particular, make sure to mention this to the removals company to understand how much it will cost to insure them and how long they'll be covered for.

Be aware that anything you pack yourself may be void of the removal company’s insurance coverage, so don't be tempted to pack any fragile items.

Alternatives to removals companies

While finding a reliable removal compay in West London won’t prove too difficult, the costs related might be higher than you’re willing to pay. There is, however one alternative that can some you money – that is if you don’t mind doing some of the work!

Consider a man and van service

This is only applicable if you're putting your items into self-storage, and not if you're looking for someone to move them from your current property to your new one. At Vanguard, we in fact offer a man and van service for most of our locations, helping you transport your prized belongings from your home to a secure facility. Our friendly staff will meet you to help transport your goods to our storage facilities. We’ll come at a time that’s convenient for you, and handle your goods with the greatest care.

In London, the service is available in our in Marylebone, Victoria, Soho, Ealing, or Canary Wharf branches. Better yet, you can take advantage of our Man and Van service for free at selected branches.

Pack your belongings carefully

Whilst we do all the loading and transporting, you’ll need to do the packing. This means you are in full control of the safety of your belongings – the better you pack them, the safer they’ll be!

When it comes to packing your treasured and valuable belongings, only the best packing supplies will do. Our sturdy, multi-layer corrugated cardboard boxes and secure packaging will keep your items safe during transit.

  • A photo showing a Vanguard employee carrying a Vanguard cardboard box for a customer.

Find the perfect storage unit

Before you move any of your items into storage, our friendly team will help you choose the right unit for your needs.

Our West London storage facilities feature 24-hour CCTV and comprehensive alarms throughout, as well as a stable environment to protect your belongings from damp, pests and temperature fluctuations. And our units can be easily accessed from Ealing, Acton, Wembley, Hanwell, Brentford and Park Royal.

The key qualities you should look for in any self storage provider are security provision and trustworthiness; here at Vanguard Self Storage in West London, you’ll find exceptional levels of both!

Finding self-storage in London

With over 55 years of experience in the storage industry, we are now well established across London, Bristol and Manchester. We currently have six locations in London; West London, East London, Central London, Victoria, Soho and Staples Corner.

Whether you need domestic storage for a home renovation or move, or you're looking for a space to temporarily leave your surplus stock or work equipment, at Vanguard we have the unit for you. With unit sizes starting at compact 10sq ft lockers for a handful of boxes, we can also offer bespoke larger units to suit your specific needs. Get in touch today for a quote and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help!

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