There may come a time in your life when you’ll need to move to a new home and when that happens, you may question whether it is necessary to hire professional movers or go DIY. Other than that, you may also be wondering how you can make sure you won’t be wasting hard-earned money in case you do decide to hire professional movers. Because we at Expert Removalists and Storage consider our clients our best assets, we have prepared a quick guide that aims to answer your most pressing questions.
Reasons for Hiring A Furniture Removals Company
There are several good reasons for you to consider hiring Melbourne movers, the basic being the fact that they can take much of the burden of moving off your shoulders. To be more specific, a removalist can help you with the following:
You’ll have to pack your things into boxes for the move, of course, which means you’ll have to make sure your things are packed properly and protected from damage during transport. Professionals know which items need to be placed in bubble wrap, which ones you can immediately place in boxes without wrapping, and what type of packing materials to use. They can save you the trouble of trying to find the right packing materials, as the best interstate removalists in Melbourne will already have these materials on hand.
You probably have some pieces of large furniture you’d want to bring with you when you move. If you choose to go DIY, you’ll have to find a vehicle big enough to accommodate all of your belongings, including the large pieces of furniture. You’ll probably have to rent a van or a small truck for this purpose. When you hire a moving company, however, you no longer have to deal with this problem. Movers have their own vans and trucks, and the best ones can provide you with just the right size of vehicle in which your belongings can fit.
3. Time and Cost
When you go DIY, you’ll likely have to make more than one trip to get all of your belongings to your new location. This can be very costly in terms of both time and money, especially if your new house is located quite a distance from your current place. By getting professionals to handle the move for you, you can get everything done in a single day.
We know you love your things and will take utmost care in transporting them to your new place, but you’re no professional, which means there’s a good chance you’ll pack your things the wrong way. Careful though you may be, there’s a higher risk of your things getting damaged if you do all the packing and transporting yourself. Other than that, you also open yourself to injuries if you choose to move heavy furniture on your own.
By hiring interstate professionals, you ensure not only the safety of your belongings, but your own safety as well. They are trained in packing and transporting items without damaging them, and they are also trained to move heavy furniture without injuring themselves. They know how to navigate narrow hallways and several flights of stairs, things you probably haven’t even considered.
The best moving companies have an insurance policy that covers any damage or loss to your belongings that occur during the move. This means they have the responsibility to provide compensation should any of your things get broken or lost.
Choosing a Mover
There are indeed a number of benefits to hiring a professional moving company. However, you can only fully take advantage of these benefits if you hire the right movers. Here’s how to make sure you get your money’s worth when you hire furniture movers in Melbourne:
1. Plan Ahead
Proper planning is the key to a smooth and stress-free move. Make checklists of everything that needs to be done, people to call, things to pack, etc. Make a timetable for each phase of the move, from the planning to the actual moving. Your plan will serve as your guide to make sure you don’t forget small details such as cancelling cable and utilities subscriptions if you’re moving interstate.
2. Start Early
The preparation phase of moving can be very stressful if you don’t give yourself enough time. This is why we advise you to start six weeks or more prior to the schedule of moving. This should give you enough time to check out several movers and decide on the one that best meets your requirements. This should also give you ample time to tie up any loose ends before you move.
3. Get Several Quotes
Get estimates from as many companies as you can to increase your chance of finding the one that can best address your needs. When you check estimates, you should consider not just the rates, but also the specific services included. Will they pack your things for you? Do they offer insurance? Will they charge extra if they have to move heavy furniture up and/or down a flight of stairs? These are important considerations you should never take for granted.
4. Check Feedback/Get References
Any company worth your time won’t be afraid to give you references. Talk to previous clients and ask them about their experience with the mover. Ask about promptness, safety, and value for money, among other things. You may also want to ask family and friends if they’ve had any experience working with the movers you’re considering and what they have to say.
We’re not advising you to look for a cheap removals company, as the cheapest isn’t always the best, but there’s no reason for you not to negotiate for a better price than what a mover originally quotes. Don’t be afraid to ask if there’s room for a discount because the best movers will always have good recommendations for you on how you can save during a move.
Remember, no two moves are exactly alike and a cross country mover will differ in terms of price, services, and a few other things. It is up to you to determine which one suits your purposes best. We can only hope that you choose us.