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No matter where you live moving house is stressful. There’s just so much to consider:

• When do is the move due to take place?
• Do I need one or two full sized removal vehicles or will a man-with-a-van be a better option?
• What sort of insurance should I look for in my Swiss Cottage removal company?
• How do I know that they’ll turn up when they say they will?
• Will the company provide me with a fixed rate for the move or does the company employ a per-hourly rate?
• Do I have any fragile possessions which need special attention in terms of packing and transport?
• Do I have any bulky items (a grand piano for example) that will need specialised expertise to move?
• Do I have any high value items that may need additional insurance?
• How much do I want to spend on the removal costs?
• Do I need any items placed in storage or is it a straight one-for-one move?
• Do I want to pack my possessions myself or do I need the removal firm to undertake this task for me?

And when moving to the Swiss Cottage area which is part of the Borough of Camden you will have some additional considerations:

• Will there be any congestion zone charges to consider in the move? If, so can the man-with-a-van arrange for the necessary payments to be made? Are these fees included in the price or are they an additional charge?

• Are there any parking restrictions in place either at the collection address or at the delivery address? If so, does the removal company know how to arrange the necessary permissions to allow for the move to take place? Will they arrange parking facilities or do you need to sort this out?

• Traffic can be horrendous in the city so it is important to ensure that the Swiss Cottage removal team will allow sufficient time to move your possessions between addresses (this is an especially important issue when deciding whether to use a fixed fee removal firm or a company with an hourly rate payment policy).
One of the key considerations when moving house is the actual cost of moving. Let’s face it we all need to keep our expenditure as low as possible at the moment. Whilst removal firms can offer the full moving package they can be quite expensive. However, there is a cheaper alternative that can still offer you a professional service. Using a man with a van Swiss Cottage can provide a flexible alternative to traditional removal firms. For example, you may not be able to move in the week due to work commitments. If this is the case, you will often find that man with van companies are prepared to work weekends if necessary.

There are certain things that you can do to ensure that moving house is as stress-free and easy as it can be. Here are some of our suggestions:
• Find out how long the company has been trading. Just because a company is a new one doesn’t necessarily mean that they are not reliable but there’s no harm in being cautious.
• Don’t be too impressed by a swanky website and over-enthusiastic testimonials – they’re very easy to produce these days and may not be entirely true.
• Look for man and van companies which have fully liveried vehicles and uniformed or smartly dressed staff. These aren’t a guarantee that the company can be trusted but it’s not a bad indicator of reliability.
• Find out whether the man and van company provides adequate insurance for your possessions while they are in the company’s care.
• Check whether the use of trolleys/removal blankets is included in the price.
• Ask whether additional moving staff are available if required – sometimes you will have too much stuff for one man to move.
• Above all else be prepared – know what your wants and needs are before you start your online search for man and van companies.



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