Being involved in the housing market on a daily basis, talking to and dealing with customers waiting on those all important dates we have to deal with the same problem day in and day out and see how frustrating moving house is for customers - especially last minute moves!
You may find yourself in a position where you can't book the removal company as you don't know when you are completing on the house sale and you can't agree to a completion date as you don't have dates booked with the removal company.
Removal companies can really only work to confirmed bookings or dates. It doesn't matter where you are in the UK or if you are moving overseas all removal companies need firm dates. If you decide to use a removal company and accept their quotation but have no dates you cannot ask them to 'pencil in' a date. If you do say this and they don't clarify the situation you could be setting yourself up for a fall. We get asked all of the time to 'pencil a date in' however it is impossible for a removal company with hundreds of customers all looking to move soon, to hold a date which in all reality is a date that a dozen customers could all want.
If you haven't had any personal recommendations then try looking at referenceline.com which is an independent website that allows the customers of removal companies to review their experience of the company. If you really can't find a removal company the next option is self-drive van hire. Look for a 3.5 tonne self-drive hire Luton van as a good point to start. If you have experience driving a 7.5 tonne lorry and have the appropriate licence and you feel this is needed then great. Otherwise stick with a 3.5 tonne. You may have to do a few trips but at this stage, this is your only option. To help ease the burden on the move day if you are doing it yourself, have a read of the following bits of advice:
The best way to avoid all of this? Keep in regular contact with your chosen removal company. We urge our customers who are waiting to confirm their move date to phone us as much as possible to check on availability. If you really are confused or scared by the thought of moving then give us a ring for some free, useful and impartial advice. We are more than happy to help and would gladly take time to answer any questions you might have about moving house whether you are in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Sussex, London or anywhere in the world for that matter.