Hiring a removal company without an inspection and a written contract is a recipe for a disastrous event. It is important to hire a reputable and experienced removal company to help make the move a success and as stress free as possible.
Without a plan in place and an agenda for the day, the removal will go from bad to worse from the moment the truck rolls up to the door. Removing furniture and boxes of items is more than lifting and carrying them from point A to point B. If items are being carried out one door, it will help if the timing is coordinated so all movers are not trying to get in and out of the same door at the same time.
Adding to the a disastrous move is the removal company not having the right equipment, not supplying enough packing materials, not having a truck large enough to move all or at least most of the items in one or two trips and not having enough removal helpers on hand to make the move efficient.
A contract describing the move in detail, what the removal company will provide, including materials, effort and labor, and the time frame involved. A not to exceed cost is the most important part of the contract and if the removal company does not offer a written contract or a firm price, move on to the next removal company.
Insurance is another matter important to a move. Check with your insurance company and check if items lost or damaged during a move are covered under the policy. Some policies will cover such events while others do not. Consider a temporary add on rider to your policy to cover a move, if your policy has no such inclusion.
Removal companies should be insured and bonded for the protection of all and cover any damage done to the premises during the moving process as well as items lost or damaged during the move.