If you’re planning a move soon, the question of which moving company to hire will be somewhere on your mind. Should you go for one of the larger, more widely-known companies that you see lots of ads for? Or should you go instead for one that’s more locally-based, less widely-known?
Local Moving Companies vs Larger Moving Companies
It’s an important decision of course, as moving can be a time of stress and sometimes you hear stories about things that go wrong. Many people for this reason might tend to go with the larger company in the belief that they’d be more experienced, reliable etc. While this may be true in some cases, there are many smaller companies out there that have a high quality service and great reputation; it’s just that you might have to enquire around a bit to hear about them.
A good place to start enquiring, if you don’t know anyone nearby who’s moved recently, is on social networks where most companies would have a page with reviews (from genuine customers, which you don’t always get on websites). On Twitter you could do a search for ‘removal van’, ‘moving house’, the location and the type of move you’re doing. On Facebook, ask around to friends of friends. You could also have a look on some local forums that are dedicated to moving, renting etc.
Local Moving Companies
Below we will outline some reasons why the smaller, independent company is often the better choice for most types of moves.
Because they are based in that city or locality, the local moving company is more likely to know – for example – where traffic gets heavy and so can better estimate how long a journey will take, as well as other things such as the best times of day to move in a particular area. Things like this are best known from experience of driving/working regularly in an area, and in the end can help save both time and cost.
The local company is more likely to place a high value on reputation within the community, city or local area, and so tends to ‘go the extra mile’ for their customer. If the customer is happy then this would lead to repeat business and recommendations to others in the area.
With fewer overheads – such as offices and customer service staff – a local independent company can charge quite a lot less for the same job than a larger, nationwide company could.
(Try contacting a few different sized companies for a quote – you may be surprised by the difference).
Local companies tend to be more flexible with their hours of service. If you want something moved immediately, a local company is more likely to be available at short notice or outside of normal hours or at weekends.
If for example you tend to move a lot, or run a small business, you may want to hire a removal service every so often. If you opt for the small, local mover, and hire them for a second time, it will probably be the same driver you’ll be dealing with again, and they’ll remember you. This builds customer relationships – something that could be lacking moreso with larger companies.
For further info and to get a quote for your moving job from 2men2vans, contact Remi, 087 – 210 9915