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What Is A Pre-Move Survey?

When it comes to moving house, it’s never just a case of packing up your belongings on the day and hoping it all works out.

There are a number of steps you will need to take prior to your move.

One of the most important things to tick off the to-do list is a pre-move survey!

Removals companies operate with a high level of professionalism, which means they will give you a removals quote free of charge by performing a pre-move survey.

A house removal survey allows the removals company to inspect your property and the items that need to be moved.

We can then subsequently provide you with the most accurate quote possible.

A surveyor of a removals company will inspect the contents of your home, including the living room, the bedrooms, the kitchen, office, loft, and shed.

It’s important to understand what goes into a house removal survey to make sure that you get the most accurate moving quotation.

Thankfully, these kinds of things are fairly well understood and talked about, so let’s get into it!

What is a Pre-move Survey?

Before a removal company can tell you the moving cost, a pre-move survey will be conducted on your home.

This means that a representative or ‘surveyor’ from the removal company will come to the property to take a look at it.

They will see what kind of items you have, and what needs moving, and then use those items to give you a proper moving quotation.

They will look at everything, ranging from the top floor of your house such as the bedrooms to the outside of your house such as the garage and the shed.

Obviously, during this process, you need to make sure that the surveyor sees everything in your home.

This means you have to be front and honest with them about what’s being taken.

You must also allow them access to all relevant areas, including inside cupboards and other hidden areas, to receive the most accurate quotation.

You should also draw attention to any items that require special care or packing.

This could include belongings such as paintings, antiques, or sentimental items.

How Long Does a House Removal Survey Take?

How long do surveys take
The survey may be quicker than you think. Image credit: Pexels

The length of time it takes to complete a house removal survey is largely determined by the size of your property.

An assessment can last up to 30 minutes on average.

Bigger homes with more complicated inventories will require a much more comprehensive survey.

However, a small flat with only the most minimal of furniture and decorations may only take a short time.

Ultimately, you have to be realistic with the moving company about what it is that you own and want to take with you. This honesty is key for getting a proper quote.

How to Prepare For a Pre-Move Survey?

Preparing for your survey is simple, however, there are a few things that you can do to make sure the pre-move survey goes smoothly.

First of all, make sure that you have tidied up the house properly so everything is neat and in its right place.

This makes it easier for the surveyor to see and catalogue everything for your moving quote.

Secondly, go around your home before someone comes to visit and take a look at all the cupboards and little areas where things are kept.

Make sure that you show these items to the surveyor and that everything is included in your quote’s inventory list.

Important Questions

Questions to ask during survey
There are some key questions to ask during the survey. Image credit: Pixabay

When trying to do a pre-move survey, there are questions that will be asked by both sides.

The likely questions that will be asked by the moving company during the survey are mostly things to do with accessibility. They will want to know how easy it is to access the property that you’re moving into to complete the job because this will be important to them.

Obviously, you have to be honest about how easy it is to get in and out of the house and make sure that you have provided as much information as you can.

On the other hand, this is also your opportunity to ask plenty of different questions about things like how long it will take the moving company to move everything out of the house, do they help you to dismantle and reassemble furniture, etc.

Or if there’s anything you can do on the day to make it easier for them; and basically just get to know the moving company beforehand.

Even if you don’t accept the quotation, and you don’t use them, it’s well worth taking the time to ask any questions you may have anyway.

Examples of questions that may be asked by the removal company

• Accessibility on your current and your new homes – such as parking issues, limited access areas, obstacles, and any lifts if moving into a flat
• Your budget
• How many rooms are in your house?
• Do you need help with packing?
• Do you need any storage for your items?
• Special requirements such as if you have pets, moving with the elderly, or perhaps any expensive painting that requires special care.

Examples of questions you can ask the removal company:

• How long have they been in the business?
• What is included in the moving quote?
• Payment method
• Are there any items they don’t move?
• How long will it take to finish the house move?
• Do they need help with the house move?
• Do they provide additional moving services?
• Do they offer packing materials?
• Do they offer packing and unpacking services?
• Do they dismantle and reassemble furniture?
• Storage solutions for your belongings

Instant Video Surveys

Virtual video survey
Our instant video surveys help speed up the process of getting a quote. Image credit: Unsplash

Curtiss Moving & Storage are proud to offer our Instant Survey service.

This new ay to conduct a home survey removes the wait time you may have with an in-person visit, ensuring you receive an accurate quote within 24 hours!

Receiving a quick estimate for your move aims to accelerate the overall planning process significantly.

This efficiency will give you additional time to concentrate on other crucial elements of your move, helping to alleviate the stress associated with this busy time.

How do I get an Instant Survey?

Taking advantage of this service is very easy.

Simply complete the contact form on the right of this page and choose the Instant Survey option.

After your form submission, a member of our team will contact you to set up your Instant Survey.

We conduct this detailed survey remotely via video call, enabling us to assess your moving needs quickly and effectively.

This approach ensures we can get a full understanding of your specific requirements, allowing us to deliver a detailed and comprehensive quote for your move as quickly as possible.

The introduction of instant surveys and rapid, 24-hour quotes dramatically reduces the time frame to obtain your moving cost, streamlining the initial step of your moving journey.

Why Do I Need a Moving Quote?

Moving a house is a costly event and having a pre-move survey can give you the most accurate price for the house removal service you require.

There are various aspects to consider if you want to relocate in the most efficient manner possible, and knowing what you’ll have to pay ahead of time for everything is essential so that you can keep your fund organised and not overspend your money.

Most people hire a moving company for the simple fact that it is easier to have professional house movers take care of everything.

A DIY move can be very stressful if you are not good at planning and leave everything till the last minute, which means that using a professional house removal company can take the pressure off your shoulders.

Of course, this comes with a price!

Final Thoughts

If this is your first move, a pre-move survey can seem somewhat intrusive. Someone turns up and looks through the entire contents of your home to give you a quote, and it’s natural to feel a little bit strange about that.

That’s why if you understand what happens beforehand, you know what to expect and you can adjust to it much easier.

The house removal quotes is the first part of the moving house process, and it’s important to understand the process that goes into consulting with professionals to get the contents of your life boxed up and moved on.

Thankfully, it’s not difficult to prepare for, and lots of people successfully have a pre-moving survey conducted all the time.

It’s standard practice within the industry and helps people to make the right decisions.

Furthermore, don’t forget to get a few moving quotes from different moving service providers to see which one is best for you and if there are any cost differences.

In some cases, you’ll find that the price difference between them is often negligible, but in other scenarios, you will quickly discover that there is plenty of scope to wind up with a much more affordable moving cost if you’ve just taken the time to collect a few quotes.

Need To Price Your Move? Get In Touch With Curtiss

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We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our article and know more about the pre-move survey for your moving quote.

If you are currently looking for a house removal quote, please get in touch with us on 023 9298 5830, our friendly team is always happy to help you.

Alternatively, complete the online contact form, send it to us and we’ll be in touch shortly.

We look forward to hearing from you and getting your pre-move survey booked in!