Moving is stressful, nobody can deny that, its one of those things that everybody has to do, but nobody really wants to prepare for, or arrange, or actually go through.
Its inconvenient, its time consuming, and almost anyone would rather not do it, but unfortunately because of the sheer size of Australia, its not just a simple job to pop down to the road if you need to move to Sydney from Brisbane.
It takes a specialized removal service, undertaken by professional, and highly trained loading teams and drivers to ensure that your goods get to their destination, let alone unscathed.
If you’re just thinking about moving suburbs, then yes you can possibly do it yourself, its still a pain but it is realistically doable, interstate moving however is, for almost anyone completely out of the question.
Most people don’t have the time you need to pack, load, drive, unload and then unpack, let alone the desire or drive to do everything without any assistance.
Moving Interstate Costs
How do you ensure that you keep these in check?
A quick checklist can help ensure at least you can make an informed choice.
When looking for interstate removalists, apart from pricing there are several other things that you need to consider.
Do have availability on the day you want to move?
Are they quick to respond to your questions
Is the removal quote in writing
Does the quote include any type of basic removals insurance?
Do they insist on you taking out their own insurance? If so be very wary, it is not compulsory for you to take out the interstate removalists insurance, you are perfectly entitled to shop around for your own.
Do they have a back up plan? What if a truck breakdowns? Do they have the ability to divert other trucks to you to to ensure that you are not left out in the cold.
Can they supply you with cartons and packing materials?
What about storage? Can they help you if you need storage, maybe they can store in a container ( this ensures no double handling of your furniture), perhaps you prefer self storage, are they happy for you to take this option, or do they insist you use their storage?
How to chose a decent removals company.
There are all types of movers that you will come across
Interstate removalists come in all shapes and sizes, believe me I have seen them all.
From the skinny blokes that look like they could not lift a box, but are as strong as an ox to the ones that look like they may have had one to many pies.
These guys all have something in common, they get to deal with some of the most stressed people in the country, people that are moving interstate.
What makes them Happy?
Customers that are prepared for their move, are the most popular, the kind of person that ensures all loose items are boxed, the outdoor furniture cleaned of any dirt, spider, etc.
People that have emptied fuel from the lawn mowers, dismantled that IKEA bookshelf, and generally are all raring to go
What makes them sad ?
Customers that have "forgotten" to mention that its impossible to get a large truck down their street
People that perhaps should maybe have bought some removalist cartons instead of using plastic bags to move their valuable china in, or the ones that think that its the removalists fault that their large fridge wont fit through the door in their new house.
These guys are some of the hardest workers in the country, i have lost count of the amount of times people have said to me " I can not think of any job worse than an interstate furniture removals, how do you do it?"
To be honest none of us really have an answer, some do it as they enjoy the travel part, some do it because they don't have to go to the same place every day, but in general most do it because they are just ever so slightly nuts 🙂
Try to remember that come moving day the guys that turn up to help you, are just like everyone else, just trying to do a difficult job the best way they know how.
So if they look like they need a drink, offer one, a cold glass of water and a sandwich goes a long way, when you are working long hours in the Australian Sun.
Making your choice of removal guys
Its often best to choose a well reviewed interstate removalists that specialise in interstate moves, or engage in backloading removals.
These companies are best suited to help you as they move people and businesses in volume, so you can be sure that they can cope with pretty much anything that is thrown at them.
They are normally far more competitive also, and know how important it is that they ensure that they quote on exactly what you are moving, as opposed to some removalist companies that tell you to just list the big items, or the price will be about $XXXX
Be wary of these guys, as I can assure you that come moving day, either the price will go up, or they will leave stuff behind as they did not book enough space for your move
Any company that says that they specialise in interstate removalists moves, and cant get a quote back to you within 24 hours are not worth it, this normally means they don't have the systems in place to ensure everything runs like clockwork.
Think about it, if they can get a quote back to you nice and quick then what happens if something out of the ordinary happens?
Offer a complete interstate packing service
Whilst a full packing service is not for everyone, its good to know that the company you choose to help you move, at least offers this type of service, so if you need advice or moving tips of any type then you know who to turn to.
A full "pre-pack' is not often necessary if you pack sensibly and the right materials
You may want the removalists to only pack your breakables, which is quite a good idea.
If you opt to pack yourself, which is not that difficult, though its not exactly fun, I cannot emphasize how important it is to use the correct boxes.
When your chosen mover tells you that you need to buy removal cartons and book boxes I can unequivocally assure you that they are not trying to con you, and get a few extra dollars out of you for you move.
I would say that using industry approved boxes, tape and cartons is the singular most important thing you can do to ensure a safe and stress free relocation.
I have lost count of the amount of times that people who use supermarket boxes complain that there boxes are squashed, or some plates that they packed in that plastic tub are broken, because the tub cracked.
Are you ready to choose the best furniture removalists yet?
Below is the most important parts of what you need to check to ensure a great interstate move
- Can your chosen removals company help you move anywhere across Australia.
- Can they help you move any day, any time, and at very short notice.
- Are they competitive and affordable prices - what they quote is the price you pay.
- Do they have the highest level of customer service - regardless if your moving two items or a family home.
- Ability to move you anywhere, interstate removal or local removal, across Australia.
- Have short notice collection times for all major cities.
- Numerous regional trucks a week.
- Trustworthy, quality service provider operating for at least 15 years
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