Moving is often cited as one of the most stressful life events that anyone can ever go through. One thing, however, which can make the process of moving a whole lot less stressful is hiring local removalists you can trust by your side.
That is why we have put together a guide to help you hire a move you can trust to get the job done carefully and efficiently:
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Hiring local removalists
The first tip we can give you is to ensure that you do hire a mover that is based locally. Why? Because they know your neighbourhood already and they, om the whole. Tend to be more reliable than big national chains with far less accountability.
Book sooner rather than later
The doner you can book your local removalists the better. Ideally, you should book the second you know you are going to be moving, and if you are moving interstate or overseas, booking 3-6 months in advance is ideal.
Get several estimates
You should never hire a mover without getting a number of estimates first. Doing so will enable you to get the best possible price for your move, but remember, cheaper is not always better if the movers are unreliable, so check reviews too.
It’s also quite useful if you can ask the movers to come over to your house to take a look around and see exactly what the job will entail. This will enable them to come up with a much more accurate quote, and you will be able to get a feel of whether they are a good company or not, too. If you need a quick quote from us, please follow this link.
Ask for referrals
As well as checking online reviews for hiring local removalists, you should definitely ask friends, family members, and co-workers for recommendations. The people closest to you are almost certainly going to be honest with you about their experience of hiring local removalists, so you should be able to get a better feel for which local companies are reliable and which are best avoided.
Ask lots of questions
Before hiring a local removalist, it is a really good idea to ask them a few pertinent questions that will help you to better understand what they can and cannot offer and what will happen if things go wrong, etc.
Some good questions to ask include:
- How do you present damage to art and antiques?
- What is your cancellation policy like?
- Do you have insurance?
- Will I need to pay a deposit?
- Do you move specialist items?
Of course, you will need to tailor the question you ask to your specific situation, so sit down and think of a list before you get in touch with them. For example, if you have a grand piano you want to move, you will need to ask about that and make them aware of the situation in advance otherwise you could end up with a headache come removal day! Read our blog post, why do you need a piano removalist.
Make sure you know how things work
It’s important that you know how things will go down on moving day, so you can let the local removalists do their jobs unhindered. Most removalists will clear out the bulky items first, and it is best that you just leave them to this and move out of their way in order to increase efficiency and minimise accidents. Your movers will be fully-trained, and therefore it really is best to just step aside and let them do their thing unless they specifically ask you to help.
If you are unsure of how removals work, then a good removal company will be only too happy to explain it all to you before the big day comes along, so never be afraid to ask for a run-through of the day’s events if you are unsure.