Buyers and sellers face removals headache in summer rush

A top end removals company has predicted some serious supply and demand issues over the coming weeks, as buyers scramble to get settled in time for the new school term.

July and August are always the busiest months in the removals game, says Anthony Ward Thomas of the eponymous firm, but the election appears to have made things much worse this year. No one’s calling it a crunch just yet, but it sounds like prices – and agitation levels – could be on the way up… 

Ward Thomas: “Firstly, there were quite a lot of customers who had all their legal documentation ready to exchange and complete straight after the election and then it went a little bit quiet, certainly quieter than in previous years. But now that a couple of months have passed we are starting to see a sharp increase in enquiries and bookings year-on-year. We expect that this will cause supply and demand issues, with less scrupulous removal companies sometimes tempted to charge higher prices for these peak dates, especially if you try to book your move at short notice.

“We have even heard of removal companies letting down customers who booked way ahead because they have have taken on another removals job at the last minute and charged that customer an exorbitant price for the privilege.”

Here’s the firm’s advice for clients looking to move this summer:

  • Use a reputable company. If you haven’t successfully used a firm before, ask a friend whether they have first-hand experience of a good removal firm.
  • Check the company is BAR-approved. The BAR is the British Association of Removers which has a code of conduct all its members adhere to. It carries out periodic checks on members to ensure they are adhering to the code and putting it into practice.
  • Book as early as you can and make sure your completion date is as certain as it can be. Late changes to dates may end up costing you more money.
  • Try and avoid end of month dates if possible to complete your move as that is when removals companies are at their busiest.