Removal companies packing activities ‘restricted to delicate items’

It has emerged that home movers are supposed to be told that removal companies packing activities during the pandemic should be limited to “china, glass and breakable items.”

EYE reported yesterday that Government guidance on home moving potentially contradicts industry practice by advising that sellers pack their own items.

This could invalidate insurance policies as items broken in transit are usually only covered if removal firms packed them.

However, industry analyst Kate Faulkner of Propertychecklists.co.uk has highlighted to EYE that consumer guides released after the Ministry of Housing buying and selling guidance was updated give further detail.

The guide, compiled by industry bodies across the sector such as RICS,  the Conveyancing Association, NAEA Propertymark and the British Association of Removers, said: “Packing by the remover is currently limited to china, glass and breakable items.”

This guide isn’t signposted in the Ministry of Housing buying and selling document so it may be hard for consumers to find if they are not aware of it.

Faulkner said the guides can be used by companies within the property sector to supply to their customers.

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3 Comments

  1. mattfaizey

    as items broken in transit are usually only covered if removal firms packed them.

    Not true. Any public or other reading this should know that this simply isn’t the case.

     has emerged that home movers are supposed to be told that removal companies packing activities during the pandemic should be limited to “china, glass and breakable items.”

    This too is poor.

    Garage contents, home study contents, shed contents, loft contents….the list goes on.

    The public should consider that movers may have reservations packing higher risk areas and/or fabrics.

    No mover will wish to pack bedding for example. However, they’ll have  to move possibly the fabric armchair that was sneezed on last night.

    The best thing for any client of a mover to do is have a conversation with them.

    The old chestnut regarding ‘only insured if they pack’ – Well thats just to flog you a packing service.

    In truth this area isn’t just ‘grey’ it’s grey, and a mile wide. Again, talk to your mover.

     

     

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    1. smile please

      Good advice!

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  2. MisterP76

    Kate Faulkner and anyone else sat behind the their desk can say what they like, if those operating in other peoples homes don’t feel safe than they are not going to do it.

    Removers, trades, agents, surveyors, valuers etc are going to be a lot more cautious no matter what any guidance says.

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