Moving is tougher and more time-consuming that what it may appear to be. Between your family, friends, and job, you’ll find that there is very little time to really hire a truck, pack your belongings and move yourself. So, what other options do you have?
The good news is, there are A LOT of options out there, but as with everything in life, not all of them are good. So here are a few factors that should be taken into consideration to help you decide which moving company to go for.
One of the easiest ways to determine a company’s legitimacy is through a license. It goes without saying, a moving company that operates without a license is operating outside the law. Each state in Australia issues its own moving license so make sure that the movers you will hire has the relevant operating license.
Years of Operation
The moving industry is a market that is centred on direct customer service. In fact, no company would last if they are unable to address the needs of its clients; for the reason that a client that is left wanting is ultimately a bridge burnt. Hence, a company that has been in business for a longer time is likely a company that has met the expectations of many customers through the years.
Guarantee of Care
Even a vast amount of experience does not effectively ensure that everything will go as planned, and it wouldn’t be unreasonable for anyone to ask for more than just a promise when the safety of your hard-earned possessions is on the line. Once in transit, control effectively shifts from your hands to that of the removals company, and however capable they might be, a guarantee is paramount. Also, check if your belongings are covered during a move under your homeowner’s or renter’s policy.
Having options is never a bad thing. While you may want to limit costs by doing as much as you can yourself, you may be confronted with a situation where it is better and cost-efficient for you to acquire help. Ideally, you should retain the services of a professional moving company that has the capacity to assist you anywhere from packing, boxes and other moving supplies, to the arrangement of furniture and equipment in your new home or office.
Remember, reputable companies will always be able to provide you with comprehensive service.
Do they have Promo Rates?
As Saturday and Sunday are two of busiest moving days, most removalist firms charge a lower rate during weekdays as an incentive. You can cut down moving expenses considerably by simply having your moving date a few days earlier.
Is the quote inclusive of all costs?
It is exceedingly tempting to choose a moving company that offers the lowest price. As the old adage goes, if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. Often, suspiciously low rates and prices could mean a myriad of hidden charges or worse, sub-par quality of work.
Once you have placed your possessions in the care of the mover, the only option you have at your disposal is to hope that it everything will go as planned. But remember, something as crucial as moving possessions shouldn’t be left to chance because choosing an “affordable” mover might very well cost you more than you could have ever imagined.
Moving doesn’t have to be a terrible, difficult experience. If you do your research, consider your options, weigh all the pros and cons, and carefully choose your removalist, then you’re on your way to a successful move.
Sean has been in the removalist industry for many years, and is an expert in moving. He prides himself on helping people move with as little hassle to them. Connect with Sean O’Hagan