International Moving Quotes: How to Choose the Right Removal Company
There are a lot of international movers out there, but how do you choose the right one for you? Our 8 useful tips will help you to decide who to use when obtaining international moving quotes. If you are looking for a moving company, we have a created a list of the Top 10 International Movers in South Africa.
Get Removal Quotes
When acquiring international moving quotes, movers will calculate the price of your move on two main factors: volume and distance. However, each removal company has their own individual costs that will increase the total price of your move. Thus, it is recommended to get as many quotes as you can to allow yourself to get the best quote.
Do some research about the Costs
Before you compare international moving quotes, have a look online yourself to find what factors are taken into account when calculating the cost of a move. This will conclusively help you understand if a moving company is providing you with a fair price. For more information, have a look at our International Moving Costs page.
Everyone has moved home at least once. So ask around for any recommendations, or even just for advice about moving abroad.
Do you need any Additional Services?
Do you require additional help with packing or shipping something like a piano or car? Keep this in mind when deciding who to use, and when calculating the cost of your international move.
- Are their staff professionally trained?
- Are they using the best packing materials & equipment available?
- Do they label and number every item?
- Do they provide a detailed inventory of your shipment?
- What kind of storage facilities do they have?
- Do they offer insurance?
- Have they got any accreditations?
Do a thorough background check
Most international movers have reviews online. They are a great way to see how previous customers experiences were like. If you have a removal company in mind already, have a look here to see if they have any reviews on Sirelo.
Watch Out for Red Flags
Keep an eye out for red flags before and when you are in contact with international movers. For example, most removal companies don’t ask for the full amount before the move. When they come for the estimate, look at how they present themselves. Do they show up late? Can they answer all your questions? If you see anything that seems unusual, use someone else. For more information, have a look at SAFRA’s (South African Removal Alliance) page here.
Get everything in writing
When discussing with movers about special requirements or discounts, make sure to get it in writing. This eliminates any chance of the mover to not sticking to their word and receiving any unexpected charges or surprises on your moving day.