Many expats will need to make use of a relocations provider at some point when moving to Spain, and with so many to choose from, deciding whether a company is worth your time and money can prove tricky.
However, with the right research and knowledge of what exactly to look for, you can guarantee your move will go as smoothly as possible. This post outlines what you should be looking out for, including accreditations, value for money and online reviews.
The most important factor when choosing a removal company is, obviously, that they are capable of shipping your possessions to your destination. Some relocation specialists claim to be able to handle global moves, but, depending on where you are headed, you might find that their reach does not cover your particular destination.
So, it’s wise to figure this out from the beginning, otherwise, you might end up wasting time filling out a long enquiry form for a company which only covers the UK and therefore cannot carry out a removal to Spain.
Accreditations to Look For
As with any service provider, it’s important to ensure the company or person you are hiring holds the right accreditations, as these are a sure sign of quality and professionalism. Several key qualifications exist in the removals sphere and you should be wary of any relocations provider who does not have these to show.
If UK-based, a good quality provider will normally always be a member of The British Association of Removers. Strict membership criteria, guidelines and a code of conduct must be met in order to gain access to this association, ensuring legal and professional compliance.
For removal experts with global reach, the International Association of Movers is another key membership to look out for and has similarly strict compliance procedures.
Moreover, holding a BS 8564 is only awarded to those who have demonstrated excellence in the overseas removals sector, whilst the ISO 9001 qualification ensures the company is adhering to strict quality assurance standards.
Value for Money
International removals is an area where you shouldn’t compromise on price in exchange for quality. Your most valuable possessions are at stake, so it’s vital that you don’t just go for the cheapest available option.
From the get-go, it’s worth pointing out that a good quality removals expert will not come cheap, but any professional company or individual should be upfront about their pricing from the start while being able to offer valuable tips and tricks on how to lower the overall costs of moving. For instance, many companies now offer part-load services, in which you share the cost of transporting your belongings with another expat who might be moving their things to the same city or country as you. This allows you to split the bill, rather than paying for the entire transportation costs yourself.
Most modern consumers wouldn’t dream of hiring someone or purchasing something without first carrying out some research and reading online reviews from past customers in order to help them decide whether it’ll be worth the investment.
When looking for a removals expert, there are several platforms you can look to for honest reviews, including Yelp, Which?, and, of course, Google My Business. You can also check the company’s social media pages for customer reviews and grievances, which will give you a good idea of how they handle complaints (if there are any).
There are many great companies out there which offer relocation services for expats – it’s just a matter of taking the time to thoroughly research, as well as arming yourself with the right questions to ask so that your relocation goes well and without any major hiccups.
Good luck with your move!