The oldest moving company we know of is the Shore Porters Society in Aberdeen, Scotland. They were formed back in 1498 when James IV was King of Scotland and Henry VII on the throne in England.
Now not even we’re that old (though one or two of our team might run that a close thing!) and we’re also sure that there are older moving companies around too. The reason we mention it though is to stress an important point – a track record.
Maybe we should say ‘lineage’ given the example above but seriously, one of the first things to look for when selecting Christchurch movers, or removals companies anywhere else for that matter, is just how long they’ve been around.
On one hand, that’s a bit of a no-brainer. Clearly, if a company has been trading for many years then they’re obviously doing something right. However, it also relates to the collective experience they’ve gained over that period. As we’ve said before, you can’t buy experience or pick it up from a book.
It’s worth saying that this is not in any way dismissing new start-ups. All successful and long-established companies were once the “new kids on the block” and they arguably deserve their chance. That new blood coming into the business also helps keep established companies on their toes.
However, you’re probably not engaging in a home removal just to try and help an unproven removals company to improve their track record. You’re moving some of your most treasured possessions and that’s not likely to be something you’ll fancy gambling with in terms of using an unknown quantity to move things for you.
So, we’d offer two tops tips:
- be cautious about entrusting your move to “a bloke with a van” you or a friend know;
- incline towards removal companies with a visible and verifiable track record.
This is all about risk reduction. Of course, if you like the thought of gambling with your worldly goods then fair enough!