How can London home movers keep removal costs down?

With 2018 in full swing, prospective property buyers and sellers are hopeful for the months ahead.

While the idea of buying a property at any time of the year is exciting, there are some elements of the process which tend to get overlooked which could leave movers with more costs than they originally planned.

During the moving process, it can be easy to underestimate all the different costs. In fact, a survey recently conducted by Buzzmove revealed that the cost of moving exceeded 60% of home movers' expectations.

The home insurance tech firm also found that a third of 2,000 home movers in the UK failed to check the insurance documents of the removal firm they used, something which could leave you out of pocket if things were to go wrong on the big day.

Exceeding your budget and incurring unexpected costs can make the moving process more stressful than it needs to be.

Luckily, we at Roy Brooks have compiled some advice and things that London movers can look out for in order to avoid unexpected removal costs.

The additional costs

When it comes to moving home, even the smallest details matter. Seemingly small things such as the day of the week is crucial and could determine how much you will be charged by removals firms.

It's important to keep in mind that there are often extra charges if you are moving at the weekend. Moving on a Bank holiday will also be more expensive, as well as moving at the end of the week. Furthermore, the last Friday of the month is typically the most expensive. July and August are usually the most expensive months to move home due to being very popular times for relocation.

Once you've decided on a date for a removal company, it's parking location may also determine whether you will incur additional charges. For example, in areas where parking restrictions apply, you may have to pay for it directly. Areas in south London, in particular, typically have parking restrictions between 8am and 5pm, and you may have to consider the Congestion Charge which runs every weekday between 7am and 6pm.

Removal companies may also charge more for undertaking extra tasks, such as travelling up and down longer flights of stairs, or if the move is bigger than originally anticipated.

In fact, the most common extra charge occurs when the removal company arrives with the wrong-sized van due to inaccurate information on how big or small the move is.

The solutions

It's advisable to make sure the removal company carries out a survey of your home to give you a correct quote on what type of van they need.

Also, you should be sure on the address and parking restrictions of your new home, as well as picking a moving date that will not incur an extra charge if possible.

Getting a copy of the removal company's terms and conditions will help to keep you informed of what you're liable for and will help you to understand their insurance coverage.

Another way to keep costs down is to implement some DIY tasks prior to moving. For example, asking friends and family to help with the move. Another alternative is hiring a van for a few days; it may work out to be cheaper than a removal company and will, in turn, lessen your chance of incurring additional fees.

Considering all of the above, additional fees are inevitable in the moving process, however, knowing where the potential extra charges could occur is the first and most effective line of defence.

Making a budget and saving far in advance will help to reduce the stresses of the move, and may also help to make the process go more smoothly.

At Roy Brooks, we use our experience and knowledge to guide you through the buying and selling process in south London locations such as East Dulwich, Nunhead and the surrounding areas. To get in touch, please visit our contact us page.

Also, to find out how much your property would be worth on the current market, we can provide a free instant online valuation.