Moving house is no easy task and it makes sense to hire professionals to help you out. However, they can be expensive and picking one can you can trust with all your worldly goods can feel a little daunting. Not to worry, have a read of the following 5 tips to help you on your search for the most professional and budget friendly movers.

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Check Credentials

Make sure the company is licenced and a member of the right associations. If you are trusting these movers with all your valuables the logical thing to do is check their credentials before handing over any money. Ask them to hand over a copy of their insurance. This way should something go wrong you claim damages.

If you have any family members who have moved recently ask them for recommendations. This will save you time searching the internet for a reliable firm.

Plan In Advance

Like everything in life, the early bird catches the worm. It is a good idea to avoid weekends as this will often cost you more than moving midweek. Make sure to book at least 2 weeks in advance.

If you can, try to get an early timeslot for your move. This gives the removal company and yourself plenty of time to make sure the move goes smoothly.


Have you heard of Shiply? This is an online delivery comparison website where couriers bid for your delivery in a reverse style auction. As the bidding is done publicly and the couriers can see each other’s bids it drives the price down and you can end up saving up to 75%.

Just like eBay you can read the movers feedback from previous customers and you can ask them endless questions before accepting their quote.


If you have a certain budget that you cannot afford to go over, then negotiate. Often if you tell a company you cannot afford to pay more they will consider reducing their bid. It is simple really if you don’t ask you don’t get. Most moving companies know the competition is strong, so if you find a more competitive quote but I like a different company better ask them if they will match it.

Do It Yourself

Save yourself the money of paying for a packing service and do it yourself. First things first, have a good clear out and get rid of all the items you don’t use or need. The less stuff you are moving, the less your move will cost and the less boxes you will need. You will also know exactly where everything is which will make unpacking much more efficient.