No one likes to move. While I can’t make this claim with absolute certainty, I’m fairly confident most rational people agree with me. Selecting a quality removal team requires research and a dedicated vetting process, and almost always induces a stress response of some sort.
And, I understand. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when a physical move is usually representative of major life change. Even if the change is positive, it’s still a big deal.
While it requires some effort, hiring a reliable and professional moving team means your valuables will make the move safely and securely. If you’re wondering how to start the process, keep reading for a few tips on how to find the best movers in Melbourne.
Finding The Best Movers – 5 Must Haves
Today, Australian laws governing moving companies are not strict enough and often allow unaccredited businesses to take advantage of unsuspecting customers. To avoid hiring bad movers, it is important to keep the following five must haves in mind when looking at removalists:
It is crucial to choose a reliable moving team. Any removal company worth its salt has a government-approved license. Don’t hire a company just because they guarantee you the best service. If they cannot provide documentation proving they are licensed, move on to the next company on your list.
A reliable remover is an AFRA certified remover from the Australian Furniture Renters Association. AFRA has specific standards designed to protect customers from fake moving companies.
You’ve heard the old saying “you get what you pay for”. When looking at moving companies, be prepared to weigh price against experience. I prefer to err on the side of experience, even if it means paying a little more. A good rule of thumb – look for a company with at least 7-8 years of experience in Melbourne.
Working with a highly qualified and experienced moving team can reduce your relocating-related stress and save time. The more experienced the team, the more efficient the packing and moving will be.
Whether it’s navigating bulky furniture up narrow staircases or through skinny doorways, you’ll be grateful you paid a little extra for a little expertise.
Once you’ve found a short list of licensed and experienced removalists, it’s time to price compare. Moving can be costly, so it makes sense to work with the company who offers you the best deal. Start by asking companies for an estimate (many companies offer this service for free). Be sure that each company is providing an estimate for the same level of service (number of boxes and large furniture pieces, size of the home, etc), that way you’re able to
compare apples to apples.
The types of services you select will also impact the cost of your move. If you opt to pack and unpack your own boxes, you will pay a lower rate than you would if the moving service does that for you. Perhaps you only want them to tackle the lifting of your heaviest furniture. Engaging in clear communication with the movers ensures you’ll only pay for the services you want.
4. Insurance is a Must
The company you select is going to be moving your most treasured and valuable possessions. It is imperative you confirm the removalists you choose are fully insured. Accidents can (and do) happen and you want to know that you will be reimbursed should the worst happen. The movers should be able to provide documentation for you. If they cannot, regardless of the reason, you should move on to the next company on your list.
5. Check Recommendations and Reviews
There’s something to be said for a good, old fashioned word-of-mouth review. Ask friends, family and coworkers for removalist recommendations. Put feelers out on social media. Getting personal feedback from someone you know can help you decide which company to hire … and which company to avoid.
Speaking of social media, checking out the reviews left on a company’s social media page is a great way to gauge the satisfaction of their customers. When people take the time to write a thoughtful review, whether good or bad, it helps you better determine the professionalism of the company you’re considering.
A quality moving company is going to take the time to listen to your needs and create a moving plan specific to your requirements.
Holloway Removals goes the extra mile to ensure your move is smooth and stress free. We’re well equipped for moves of all sizes in any weather. We hope you’ll let us do the work so you don’t have to.