Congratulations! You’ve finally done it! After what seems like ages spent researching, touring, and negotiating, you’ve found a new place to call home. It’s now time to tackle the small task of packing up everything you own and transporting it to the new location.

People sometimes consider tackling the moving themselves, assuming they’re saving heaps of money, only to find the job is much more complicated than they imagined. The result is a stress-filled move that becomes the stuff of legend…and can potentially end relationships. Ok, I’m kidding…sort of.

Before you pull the trigger on moving yourself, consider the following 5 reasons why that may not be the best idea. We might just change your mind.

1. Professionals are Fast

Professional teams are remarkably good at what they do. Many have undergone extensive professional training, and they move belongings most days of the week, while you may only experience five or six moves in a lifetime.

Professional packers know exactly how to safely pack everything in your home—from delicate light fixtures to artwork to fine china. And they can accomplish the task in a fraction of the time it will take you to complete the work. To give you an idea just how good professionals are, consider this—a team of 4 pro packers can completely pack a 4-bedroom home in just 5 – 6 hours. The average joe, on the other hand, will likely take weeks to accomplish the same task.

Same goes for removalists. They have the truck, they have all the specialised equipment necessary, and they can load your boxes and furniture into a truck like a well-oiled machine. That 4-bedroom home that was so professionally packed for you? Your moving team can load, transport, and unload everything within 7 hours. I can’t say how long it will take you and your cousin, John, to make the seventeen trips required to accomplish the job…but I’m guessing it will be considerably longer.

2. Professionals are Insured

Most professional removalists and packers are fully insured (but it is always best to confirm this before you hire a team). While it’s unlikely, accidents can happen—so it’s nice to know your merchandise will be replaced or paid for if it gets damaged during transport.

The type of insurance offered can vary, so be sure to talk to your team to find out what type of insurance they carry.

3. Professionals are Highly Skilled

Removalists who are members of the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA) are highly skilled and have been fully vetted before earning the accreditation.

As members of AFRA, removal companies must undergo a background check and carry personal liability insurance up to $10 million. AFRA also has its own training program and requires removalists to provide the tools and training for employees to safely perform their jobs.

4. Professionals Offer Multiple Services

Think of your removalist as one-stop shopping—they have everything you need to make your move stress and hassle free.

Not only will they offer packing, removal, and transport services, but many also offer storage services. This is wonderful if you must be out of your old home before the new place is ready to move in.

5. Professionals are Reasonably Priced

People are often surprised at the reasonable cost of hiring a professional team, given how much work they do on your behalf and how much time they save you.

When people start out on the self-move route, they don’t realise this means they must rent a truck (unless you and Cousin John are back to making seventeen trips), rent the necessary equipment, and purchase all the packing supplies. Such costs quickly add up and, once you add in the hassle of executing a move yourself, it becomes clear that time is money…and a professional team can save you both.

It’s important to note that, just because a removalist offers a multitude of services, you aren’t required to use them all. A good removal company will be happy to build you a custom quote based on your budget and needs. If you want professional packers to do the dirty work for you but plan to make the move yourself, that is no problem. Or you can pack your boxes and let the removalists do the heavy lifting.

Don’t fall for a hard sell—you should only pay for the services you need.

And that’s where we at Holloway Removals and Storage come in. Contact us today for a custom quote for you based on your needs. As one of Sydney’s top removalists, we promise to build a quote that fits into your budget.

Make your move the right way—with Holloway.