Earlier in the week, a friend told me about a situation he had witnessed with a colleague of his, which truly bothered me and I decided I have to share it in here, obviously.
That individual was relocating abroad to Europe, specifically the UK if I recall correctly. Living in a suburb of Philly, he found himself contacting several International Relocation companies from the NY metro region, about 100 miles from his residence.
Due to distance, and possibly busy schedules, on both sides, no formal survey was conducted at his residence. Rather than having a physical survey, he had a phone call and submitted a list via e-mail which he was told would be enough. Later, when communicating with other companies, he advised information based on what was discussed previously with the first company.
After receiving several quotes, he chose the company he felt most comfortable with, not even the cheapest one.
Packing day arrived, which then became two days, just for the final packed and picked up shipment to reach just over 45% more than the initial survey - the phone call and e-mail that he sent the company.
Well folks, this is not a surprising scenario, at least not to me and to my colleagues at V-View. If you are reading this article, then I am sure you will not be going through scenarios like this, and you won’t have to deal with huge amounts of extra money paid for a shipment, just because of the initial lack of communication and true understanding of a client's real shipment size.
Having a survey done on time can indeed be crucial for the success of a move and for keeping yourself within a planned budget. During times when we are all so busy, having a virtual survey (which is a neutral and accurate consultation and guide) completed, is truly priceless in terms of avoiding aggravation later on. It is also your safest way to keep within your budget.
At times when we are all very hectic, simply receiving one neutral virtual survey will also release you from numerous meetings in which you would be showing surveyors the same home contents again and again. This will allow you to widely shop for quotes from more relocation companies without the need for more physical surveys.