If you have ever moved from one home to another, I am sure you are familiar with the great deal of responsibility and stress that comes with it. Having to pack all those stuff in boxes while making sure you do not break anything while transporting everything to your new home can be quite stressful. Fortunately, today there is a way to make this experience more pleasant and truly enjoy the fact that you are moving to a better place; leaving all the hard work in the hands of your local removalists is the ideal way to make your moving more pleasant. Qualified removalists are specialized and prepared to take care of your contents in the right way, ensuring you have everything in your new home undamaged. But the fact that they are called removalists, does not necessarily mean that every company of this sort is remarkable at the job. Therefore, before deciding which company to hire, it is highly recommendable that you do your research before hiring some of the local removalists. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
1. You get what you pay for
The costs of moving tend to vary from company to company. Therefore, when evaluating quotes, there are some things you will need to consider:
- Does the company really exist? Do they have their logo on the removal vehicles as well as on the staff uniforms? All these can be signs that you are dealing with professional local removalists rather than people just trying to get some extra cash here and there.
- Is the company qualified? Take a look at the staff, the vehicles and service approach.
- Generally, a company that doesn’t deliver good services doesn’t last for long. So, check for how long the company has been operating.
2. Ask for recommendations
When it comes to hiring the right removalists, word of mouth is your best recommendation. Ask your family, friends and co-workers for companies they have used in the past. Soon you will have a list of the most reliable and efficient operators to consider.
3. Get it in writing
It is not a smart idea to hire a removalist company to transport all of your belongings from one place to another without previously signing a contract. Make sure all the details are correct, all the terms and conditions of the contract are clear and that the payment method and timing are satisfactory. The last thing you want is to end up with tons of extra expenses after you are done with the moving process.
4. Cover yourself
According to Australian law, removalists do not have to carry insurance and if you are the one who have packed your items, they take no responsibility for your contents during the moving process. So check with your company if your current contents insurance policy covers your belongings in transit or storage. If not, you should consider taking out transit insurance.
5. Precious moving items
Make sure to talk with the moving company about the items that concern you. For example, if you have antiques, artworks or valuable objects that need to be moved, you should choose an experienced removalist for handling such items. Although their services might be a little more expensive, think about the headaches they will save you from in future.