Moving can be a stressful time. Why add to the stress by choosing the wrong removalist and risk ending up with a new house full of broken items?
If you’re not sure what you need to look for in a top-notch removalist, here are six key tips to follow. They’ll help ensure your move is a safe and easy one.
- Check their reviews
The first, and perhaps most important step, is to do your research. And when it comes to removalists, it’s worth spending time thoroughly vetting them. You can do this in a number of ways:
- Ask your friends, family or colleagues for their recommendations
If they’ve had a positive experience, chances are you will too.
- Hunt online
Look for recent, consistent positive reviews. Read company website testimonials but also check out third-party review websites so you get some impartial reviews too.
- Look for professional qualifications
Your stuff is important so it’s critical you select a company with the proper credentials who will properly take care of it all during the move.
In Australia, any removalist that is accredited with the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA) must meet certain standards. Picking a removalist that is AFRA accredited ups the chances they’ll do a great job with your valuables, and give you peace of mind in the process.
- Obtain multiple quotes and compare
Get at least two quotes from a few different companies so you can compare. Doing it this way means you’ll not only get the best possible deal, but also have the chance to assess different removalist methods and judge what’s best for your belongings.
- Evaluate the removalist’s assessment and estimate process
A professional removalist should come to your house and talk you through the whole process. They should assess what needs moving and provide an estimate, both in volume (cubic metres) and cost.
Bonus points go to the removalist who takes the time to highlight any potential difficulties such as access (think stairways or tight spaces), oversized furniture or fragile/expensive items. They will then tell you what special precautions they’ll take to navigate difficulties, or look after your valuables. This includes discussing how they’ll pack, protect and transport them during the move.
- Decide on your preferred packing method
Before the big move, there’s plenty of packing that needs doing. You can opt to do it yourself and if so, the company should give you packing materials and some helpful tips on how best to pack it all up.
Alternatively, you could consider using a specialist packing team, but this all depends on your budget.
- Get moving insurance
Even with the best laid plans, things can (and do) go wrong. That’s why you should adequately protect yourself by taking out moving insurance cover.
So those are six tips to help you find the right removalist company for your big move. Good luck!