Moving Home Survey Benefits

by | Feb 1, 2024


A home removal survey is needed in situations when you are moving out of a big property, or there are multiple services you will need like packing, moving, and storage. To avoid delays, hidden charges issues, or not enough manpower a professional moving survey will reveal all aspects of the move, so we can provide you with a flat rate price and a detailed plan of how we will do the move.

How Long Does A Home Removal Survey Typically Take?

A home removal survey’s duration typically depends on the size of the property and the volume of items to be moved. For a standard three-bedroom home, it usually takes 30 to 45 minutes. Larger properties or homes with numerous items might require a longer inspection, sometimes up to two hours. It’s essential to allocate ample time for the survey to ensure a thorough and accurate assessment. The survey could take longer time also due to the questions our surveyor might need to answer during the visit or video conversation if the survey is over a video.

Will The Surveyor Need Access To Every Room In My Home?

Our moving estimator will typically need access to every room in your home to conduct a comprehensive assessment. This thorough inspection ensures they capture the volume and nature of all items to be moved. Spaces like attics, basements, garages, and storage areas are also crucial to examine, as they often contain items that impact the move’s logistics and cost. By accessing every room, the surveyor can provide a more accurate estimate and identify any potential challenges. It’s essential for homeowners to prepare all areas of their home for the survey to ensure a smooth moving process.

We offer free on-site or video surveys for big properties.

What Are The Main Reasons I Need Home Removal Survey?

Moving house survey reduces the risk of damages: One of the biggest advantages of arranging a moving house survey is that it reduces the risk that your belongings will be damaged. Our surveyor will help organize packing and move your belongings appropriately and ensure that everything is loaded safely into Movivan`s removals van or lorry. After a survey, our moving team will know how many furniture items will need to be wrapped with removal blankets or furniture paper. Our vehicles always come equipped with removals blankets, boxes, and bubble wrap ready to offer a safe house move.

Less stress: Another benefit of a moving house survey is that it helps to reduce stress and uncertainty on the removal day. Relax and concentrate on settling into your new home when you know exactly what to expect and have a clear plan. Additionally, our surveyors will offer guidance on how to make your house move as easy and stress-free as possible, such as arranging for the connection of utility services to your new residence and for parking at both your old and new residences.

Avoid the risk of your belongings can`t fit into our removal truck: A moving home survey is an important step in avoiding the scenario where your belongings do not fit into the removal van. During the survey, the surveyor will assess the size and quantity of your belongings, taking note of any large items that require special attention. They will also assess the size of your new home, including doorways, hallways, and staircases, to ensure that there are no obstacles that may prevent your belongings from being transported.Based on this information, the surveyor will create a customized moving plan, including the size of the moving van required and the number of removalists needed. This helps to ensure that there is enough space in the van for all of your belongings, reducing the risk of items being left behind.

The surveyor will also give advice on how many removal boxes and packing materials will be needed, including those that are large or fragile and might need special care. Your belongings will arrive at your new home in the same condition as when you left them, and this will help to reduce the risk of damage during transportation.

It’s also important to be honest with the surveyor about the amount and size of your belongings, as this will help them to provide a more accurate assessment and quote for the move. By taking the time to have a moving home survey, you can be confident that your move will be as stress-free and efficient as possible.

Moving House Survey Prevents From Unexpected Costs On The Day: The information gathered during a moving home survey is used to create a customized moving plan, including the number of removalists required, the size of the moving van, and any special equipment or packing materials needed. This allows for an accurate quote for the move, helping you budget effectively.

Can I Still Move Without Having a Home Removal Survey Done?

Yes, you can move without having a home removal survey done. However, doing so might lead to potential challenges, such as inaccurate cost estimates or logistical issues on moving day. A home removal survey helps tailor the moving process to your specific needs and reduces unforeseen complications. By skipping this step, you may risk unexpected costs, insufficient resources, or potential delays. It’s advisable to conduct a survey for a smoother and more predictable moving experience.


Is There A Cost Associated With The Survey?

Our home removal surveys are completely free of charge. Additionally, they come with no obligation, ensuring you can make decisions that best suit your needs.

Can I Compare The Quote I Receive With Another Moving Company?

Absolutely, you have every right to compare the quote you receive with that of another moving company. Doing so can help you ensure you’re getting the best value and service for your money. Each company might offer different services, packages, or pricing structures. By comparing quotes, you can make an informed decision about which company aligns best with your moving needs and budget.

During the survey

During a removals survey, you can expect the following steps to take place:

  • Introduction and overview: The surveyor will introduce themselves and explain the purpose of the survey. They will also ask you about your moving requirements, such as your preferred moving date, the size of your current home and new home, and any special requests.
  • Assessment of belongings: The surveyor will assess your belongings, taking note of their size, weight, and any special requirements. They may ask you to show them items that require special attention, such as delicate antiques or large pieces of furniture.
  • Assessment of new home: The surveyor will take a look at your new home, measuring doorways, hallways, and staircases to ensure that there are no obstacles that may prevent your belongings from being transported. They may also assess the access to the property, such as any narrow roads or tight corners that may pose a problem.
  • Assessment of the route: The surveyor will assess the route between your current home and new home, checking for any potential problems such as narrow roads, low bridges, or tight corners. They will also take note of any parking restrictions and advise on the best plan for parking on moving day.
  • Discussion of moving plan: Based on the information gathered during the survey, the surveyor will create a customized moving plan tailored to your specific needs. They will discuss the details of the plan with you, including the number of removalists required, the size of the moving van, and any special equipment or packing materials needed.
  • Quotation: The surveyor will provide you with a quotation for the move, including any additional services you may require, such as packing and unpacking, and storage solutions.
  • Next steps: The surveyor will discuss the next steps with you, including the booking process, payment options, and any final preparations required before moving day.

During the removals survey, it is a good idea to ask the surveyor any questions you may have about the move, and to provide them with any additional information that may be helpful. The surveyor’s aim is to provide you with a stress-free, smooth move, and they will be happy to assist in any way they can.

How Far In Advance Should I Schedule A Home Removal Survey?

It’s advisable to schedule a home removal survey several weeks in advance of your planned move date. This allows ample time for planning, getting accurate quotes, and making necessary arrangements with the moving company. Additionally, an early survey ensures you have the flexibility to choose preferred dates and services.

Will The Surveyor Provide Packing Recommendations?

The surveyor will often provide packing recommendations based on the nature and volume of your belongings. His expertise allows him to suggest appropriate packing materials and techniques to ensure the safety and security of your items during transit. Additionally, our surveyor can identify items that may require special attention or handling. Shortly after the survey is done, you will receive an estimate of the number of boxes required for the packing and roughly how many hours the packing can take.

How Soon After The Survey Will I Receive My Moving Quote?

After the completion of the home removal survey, you should expect to receive your moving quote promptly. Typically, we send out quotations via email to ensure a written record and clarity. You can anticipate receiving this detailed quote within 24 hours of the survey’s conclusion.

If I Decide To Leave Some Items Behind Or Add More Items, How Will This Affect The Initial Survey Results?

If you decide to leave some items behind or add more to the move, it can impact the initial survey results. Changes in the volume or nature of items might affect the logistics, resources needed, and ultimately the cost. You should promptly inform the moving company of such adjustments so they can update your quote and plan accordingly. Not communicating these changes could lead to potential complications or delays on moving day.

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