Pricing guideline for a small removal company

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One or two people normally run a small van removal service. If you’re in the same boat, you may be wondering how you should price your services. If you’re starting with your removal service, pricing your service would be one of the main factors you cannot miss. It’s essential to have the right price that allows you to earn enough and make a profit from your small business. Below are some of our pricing guidelines that you can apply.

Petrol price

When setting up your price or quoting a customer, you may want to consider the petrol rates. Usually, petrol prices may fluctuate at different times. Ensure that you always calculate the petrol cost beforehand. If you’re looking to charge an affordable service, then you may want to look for a vehicle that is fuel efficient as this will help you save petrol cost in the long run.

Size and weight load

Your quote and pricing can also be based on the load and size of the items. For customers who have larger items, you may have to make a few trips. It’s essential to ask this question before quoting a customer.

Damage

Sometimes when the items are in transit, there’s a possibility that some items may get damaged. In an unlikely event that this happens, you will need to consider if your overall cost includes types of damages. You can offer this at an extra cost to cover any damage or wear and tear.

Most van removal owners would generally come up with a quote based on the requirements of the customer. Personalised quotes should be calculated based on the location, petrol, size and load of the items. You could also set a fixed price or come up with a pricing package that customers can choose from without having to ask for a quote.

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Type of services from a removal company

A removal company helps thousands of people move their belongings from one premise to another. They aim to move the goods safely and on time for when the customer needs them. Although their primary service is to move the goods, depending on the type and size of the company, some may have extra services that go hand in hand with their removal service while other companies may also specialise on a particular type of removals. For instance, some may only move items from households while others may only provide their removal services to business owners. Below are the types of different services you can expect from different kinds of removal companies.

Large Removal Companies

Larger companies tend to be an international removal service where they offer services for clients who are moving their belongings from one country to another. This type of service may take longer compared to a national removal service. They also offer insurance services where customers can protect their items when in transit for an extra cost. Larger companies are likely to have more other services including parcel delivery or storage services.

Small Medium Sized Removal Companies

Small to medium-sized companies tend to cater to national removal services. Depending on the company, some may cater to all kinds of customers including homeowners, students or small businesses. Various companies can also specialise solely on business removals only. For smaller companies, you may want to check if they also offer insurance as some may not provide this service.

Depending on a customer’s needs, they can choose the right removal company by simply checking if the company provides the service they require for moving their belongings. Bear in mind that smaller to medium size companies are more likely to offer a competitive price compared to larger companies.

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Moving to Cardiff

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Cardiff is a great place to live. Not only is it the capital of, and largest city in Wales, it’s a multicultural cosmopolitan with a rich history to explore and a wide range of activities to get involved in. Located towards the centre of southern UK, it is an excellent city for easy access to nearby Bristol and Bath as well as the West Midlands. There is also convenient road and rail access to London and Birmingham, making it a great place to live if you wish to commute to work.

As you’d expect from a capital city, Cardiff is filled with a great selection of shopping centers and restaurants. The café quarter is a particularly popular place to eat out in Cardiff, and is definitely worth a visit. For entertainment, why not visit one of the many museums or entertainment venues. From the Principality Stadium to the Wales Millennium Centre, you’re guaranteed to find a sports or music event for all the family.

Renting a property in Cardiff can be cheaper than other UK cities, as long as you look outside the city centre. As a capital city, the prices to purchase a property can be higher, but this is balanced out by the benefits of living in such a diverse area. If you’re moving to Cardiff with a family, it offers a range of high performing schools for students of all ages. Cardiff is also a great location for developing your career in the creative industry, tourism or financial services, as these are all popular and growing industries.

Considering a temporary storage facility

When moving house, you will usually need to have completed the move by a specific date. Sometimes this can cause issues with storage, perhaps because your new home isn’t ready or there isn’t sufficient space to store all of your possessions while you unpack. Temporary storage can be an excellent solution, and finding self storage in Cardiff makes going backwards and forwards with your possessions much easier to manage.

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Factors To Consider Before Hiring Movers

Professional man and van services or full-scale removal companies are usually a better option than trying to handle everything yourself. The overall cost is likely to be lower overall, despite initial appearances sometimes, because you won’t have to worry nearly as much about mistakes and accidents. The problem is that not all companies will work to the same standards and you can’t really be sure that you’re getting the best deal.

A major issue is that we don’t typically need the services of a removal company very often, so we can rarely go on personal experience. It’s likely that different options are available since you last moved, and you may well not remember who you used before. That’s why it’s important to start with the following steps.

1) Do your research

Because you’re going to be entrusting a company with your personal possessions at a crucial moment in your life, there is no substitute for good, thorough research about the reputation of local companies. You can start by talking to friends to get recommendations, find your own leads by any means, and then follow them all up online by checking for reviews and evidence of their past work.

2) Get an estimate

Instead of jumping into an agreement based on limited information or an advertised price, make sure you have a full, personalised quote for the job you need doing. This is the only way to avoid nasty surprises on your bill at the end of the job. Once you’re happy with your quote and all hidden costs have been identified, you should ask to get everything agreed in a contract so the company is bound to that cost unless you breach the terms.

3) Check and verify

Make sure you take your responsibility to yourself and your family seriously before getting everything fully confirmed. Check official registrations for your removal company so you can be sure everything is legitimate. Make sure they have appropriate insurance, and check if your own contents insurance covers your move (it almost certainly won’t, so the firm’s insurance is important). One last thing: when it comes to the day of the move, make sure you verify the staff are who they say they are and you’re not handing over all your worldly goods to a stranger in a van!

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How To Properly Pack A Removals Van

It can be very stressful moving house, as most of us know already, seeing as we move on average eight times in our lives. Although the time spent packing will be tight, you’ll be pressured into making quick decisions sometimes. That’s why it’s good to pre-plan as much as possible, and having all the details agreed in advance for your moving van is a great place to start.

We would probably recommend hiring professional help in most cases, because the expertise they provide and the weight they take off your own shoulders is normally well worth the fees they charge. However, if you really want to handle things yourself, consider all of the following advice.

Firstly, you need to figure out who’s going to help you, because doing an entire move single handed is simply not going to work. Friends and family should be giving you a helping hand to make sure you can move your possessions and furniture safely and don’t injure yourself. Other initial considerations will include the distance you need to travel and the quantity of items you need to move. You need to judge the scale of the project accurately so you can come up with your own solutions.

The next major step is selecting the vehicle you’ll be using for your move. If someone you know owns a suitable van, this is likely to be a cheap and easy option. You can repay their costs and time appropriately, but that’s not likely to cost nearly as much as professional movers’ fees.

Failing this, you can rent your own van with the intention of packing and driving it yourself. Be sure to compare prices and services to get the best deal. Hiring a van that’s too small will end up costing you more trips or even having to rent another vehicle, while an oversized vehicle will make damaging your items more likely. For this reason it’s important to get one that’s as close to the actual required capacity as possible.

Before you start loading the van up, make sure you’re fully prepared. If you can use ramps, trolleys and other tools to make things easier, make sure you have them ready. Make sure all your items have been wrapped and boxed up appropriately to minimise the risk of breakages. Even what you wear can have an impact on the difficulty of the task, so make sure you wear practical clothes that allow you to be flexible, comfortable and stable.

When it comes to the actual packing, begin with the heaviest boxes. Pack these around the walls of the van and put the medium weight boxes on top of them if necessary, keeping the height of any stacks to a minimum. To hold items in place in the van, you might be able to use ropes or straps. This is ideal for tall or wide items of furniture which could fall or slide around, and these should be added to the van next (disassembled if possible). Make sure no exposed edges can rub or press against each other in transit.

The last items you put in the van should be your heaviest kitchen appliances and so on. Once this is done you can try filling any dangerous-looking spaces with lighter items that are well-packed and less likely to get damaged by pressure. These will help to stop things collapsing on top of each other when you’re driving. Once this is done, you should be ready to go, so good luck on the journey and in your new home!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Removal Services

Since most of us don’t move into a new home on a regular basis, it can often feel like you’re starting from scratch each time, hunting down recommendations and trying to figure out which company is the best bet. Most of us aren’t even sure exactly what service we can expect when we hire a firm to handle moving our items for us. Here we answer some common questions based on what most professional moving companies really offer.

What do removal companies actually do?

You can expect professional movers to take reasonable steps to protect your floors, walls and items from any damage while they work. If necessary they will mark up your boxes based on the room they came from, but don’t expect them to start writing detailed records of what is in each box.

How fast do they work?

One person on their own cannot usually move large items of furniture and appliances safely, so expect a minimum of two people to complete the work. As a very rough guide, a team of two movers should be able to move 150-200 boxes in a full day’s work, so that would generally be enough for anyone. Typically the job would be done in a few hours, especially with a larger team.

How can I stop things getting broken?

A lot of the responsibility for getting your items from your current place to your new one will be on you, because you need to wrap and pack your items before they get collected. Your removal firm may advise you on how to do this for difficult items. When items are being handled, professionals will take every possible measure to keep them safe.

Will everything be organised by room?

This is generally the commonly accepted way for movers to pack up your things, as it makes it easier for you to unpack when you take one box to one room and place everything appropriately. However there may be some exceptions when boxes are not full, because transporting only partially-filled boxes is a waste of space and money plus it increases the risk of breakages.

How do they know what to pack?

The simple answer to this question is that, clearly, no professional movers can read minds. They will pack what they have been told to pack, so if you ask them to pack everything in a particular room, that’s what you can expect. So you don’t end up putting unwanted items, rubbish or essential items that you need to keep with you into the van accidentally, remove these beforehand if possible and get rid of them or set them aside.

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Your guide to setting up a removal van company

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Like with every business, setting up your own business is not as easy as you think. It will take a lot of your time and effort to start and run a business. In this article, we’ve provided you with the step-by-step guide to setting up your removal company.

The cost

The main cost of the business will go to buying the vans itself. When choosing a van, ensure that you plan and research before purchasing one. The factors you will need to look out for is an affordable price, quality and overall presentation. When looking for an affordable price, it’s ideal to purchase one from a second-hand supplier instead of buying a brand new one which can be costly for a startup. Keep in mind that second-hand company can still provide quality with an affordable price. Lastly, ensure that the look of your van is decent as customers are more likely to trust your business just by the image of your van.

The second expenses will go to buying all your removal equipment. This includes straps, stoppers, trolleys, lifts and wheelbarrows. Each equipment will make the job much easier to carry out.

Insurance

Due to the nature of the business, you will need the three following insurance. Starting from van insurance, public liability insurance and an employer’s liability insurance. Any person who drives a van will need to be insured, this is why you need the van insurance. The public liability insurance is essential for covering any accident that occurs while carrying out the job. Customers are also more likely to trust you if they know you have insurance that can cover any incident cost. If you’re looking to expand in the future, you will need an employer’s liability insurance. The insurance will protect you against any claims that your employees may make against you.

Apply for B.A.R

The BAR stand for ‘British Association of Removers’. It is the only trading standards for removals traders. Companies are only allowed to apply if the business has been running for more than one year. Signing up for the BAR code will be ideal if you want your company to be more trustworthy.

Setting the price

Setting up your quote is something that you will learn from over the years. That’s why it’s important to find the right balance between low and high pricing. For example, if the quote is too high, fewer customers will be interested, and you’re likely to lose to your competitors who has a lower quote than you. If quoting too low, you may not reach your profit margin.

Hopefully, as the years go by, you will have a better understanding of your market and current competitors. Once you know this then you will be able to maximise your profit.

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Choosing the right removal company in London

Moving houseThe capital city of the UK is a particularly competitive area when it comes to property. If you’re lucky enough to secure yourself a new home somewhere in the region, you’re highly likely to need a removal company to move your possessions from your old home to your new one. When choosing between the many specialists in house removals that London has to offer, use these tips as a guide to follow.

Plan in advance

It’s not going to be possible to find the best option on the day you need them if you leave it until the last minute to plan your moving day. You should certainly be looking weeks in advance to arrange the move with your preferred company.

Research your choices

Thoroughly look into every option you can find and see what people have said about the service they received. It should be easy to find online reviews for any company you’re seriously considering, and having no reviews could be a warning sign.

Get multiple quotes

Consider several companies before making any commitments. It’s not all about getting the lowest quote, but the best service for what you’re paying. The cheapest upfront quotes may be hiding additional fees for services you need.

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