Relocation is one of life’s major events, not only because it involves starting fresh in a new neighbourhood, but also because it involves the daunting task of organizing your things, packing them, transporting them, unpacking, and arranging them at your new place. To add to that, you still need to make certain arrangements such as cancelling subscriptions (cable, utilities, etc.) and informing people (friends, your doctor, etc.) about the move.
Moving can indeed be very stressful, particularly if you choose to do everything on your own. To make the process as stress-free as possible, many people opt to hire professional movers. If you choose to do the same, then you’d certainly benefit from knowing what to look for in a moving company.
When comparing rates, don’t just look at the base rates of each company. Be sure to check the specific services included in the rates and the terms of payment as well. There are companies with base rates that appear considerably lower than others, but actually charge so many additional fees that you end up paying a lot more than if you had hired another company with a higher base rate. Be sure to ask about any additional fees before signing a contract with any company.
It is also advisable to ensure that standard GST is included in the price quoted, as there are some companies that don’t include this and you may be caught unaware. Although removalists that charge extra fees and exclude GST in their quotes may not necessarily be trying to deceive you, it always pays to be aware of every tiny detail regarding the cost of removal services, so never be afraid to ask.
Van or Truck Size
The best removal companies are those that have vans and trucks of several sizes to cater to the various removal needs of their customers. This helps ensure that you’ll only be paying for as much vehicle space as you need, no more and no less. Some removalists only have trucks of the same size. Therefore, you basically have to rent the entire truck, whether you require that much space for your belongings or not.
There are also small companies that only have vans. This means you’ll have to rent two or more vans from them if you have a lot of belongings to transport. This doubles the cost of moving, as opposed to renting a single truck from another company. This is why it is important to also ask about the size of vehicles a company has before signing a contract with them. You’ll want to keep the cost of moving at a minimum, won’t you?
There are, of course, new players in the industry who do their job well. Unless you know a good number of people who can vouch for them, however, it may be a better idea to go for a company that has been in business for several years. Longevity is almost always a sign of excellent service. After all, the business wouldn’t last long if people don’t patronize their services, and people wouldn’t patronize their services if they aren’t good at what they do.
Check how long a company has been in operation and how long it has been under the current management. A company may have been in business for several years, but if it has gone from one management to another over the years, there could be problem you’d do well to avoid. It may also be a good idea to check how long the movers themselves (the people who will be handling your belongings) have been in this job. It’s always good to get an assurance that the people handling your things know exactly what they’re doing.
These are just three of the most important things you should look for when choosing a removals company. You may also want to ask about insurance while you’re at it. Some companies include coverage with their rates while others charge extra to get your things insured. Remember that hiring the right people to assist you with moving can give you that much-needed peace of mind and make the entire process a lot less stressful and more enjoyable for you and your family.