No matter how many times I’ve moved, the moving process always seems more challenging than I remembered. Packing, loading, transporting, unloading and unpacking all seem to take FOREVER. That’s why hiring a removal company appeals to so many; we love the idea of someone else dealing with all of the moving hassles.
But, it can feel overwhelming when deciding what type of removalist … and removal service … you need. Luckily, removal services understand this and can help you decide which team and services will be most helpful for your move.
Here are some of the most common types of removalists and some common services you may not have considered.
Types of Removalists
These teams are pros when it comes to moving families from one home to the next. Packing up household items such as furniture, appliances, clothing, bedding, and toys are all within their wheelhouse of expertise.
Household removalists also know how to professionally and carefully pack and transport delicate items, unusually shaped pieces, and even extra large items such as sculptures and pianos.
If you’re relocating your business from one office to another, you want to hire professional removalists who are well equipped to handle the unique needs of a business move.
Moving a business usually occurs on a tighter timeline when compared to a home move — the main reason being the business owner wants the business up and running … and making money … as quickly as possible. Professional business movers know how to make this happen and can coordinate with property managers to ensure the process is expedited.
Business removalists are pros when it comes to moving large pieces of equipment, machinery and electronics, so it is often well worth the cost to hire a knowledgeable team.
Local Removal vs Interstate Removal
If you are making a short move from one neighborhood to another, you will likely be fine going with any local removalist team that you’ve fully vetted (if you don’t know what to look for in a quality removalist, check out this blog post).
If, however, you are making an interstate move, you’ll want to make sure you’re hiring a removalist who specializes in such transport. An interstate move means your items will be spending a significantly greater amount of time in the truck. Interstate removalists often have unique packing strategies and provide additional padding to your load to ensure it arrives at the destination intact.
Types of Removal Services
Full Removal Services
Think of this as the “gold star” package. If your idea of moving is to pay someone else to do the packing, loading, transporting and unloading — this is the service for you. You can even pay to have the removalists to unpack your boxes once they arrive at their destination, guaranteeing you enjoy a stress-free and expedient move.
Partial Removal Services
This is a very popular option for those on a budget who want to do part, but not all, of the moving work themselves. Most companies will allow you to pick and choose which services you leave for the professionals and will charge you accordingly. Here are few options:
- Packing Services – Anyone who’s moved before knows how tedious the packing process can be. And certain items (like mirrors, framed art or lighting fixtures) can challenge even the most experienced mover. Paying the pros to take on the packing ensures all items are securely stored and safely packed prior to moving day.
- Loading and Unloading Services – Who wants to deal with moving refrigerators or washing machines? Taking this on as an amateur mover increases the risk of personal injury and damage to your appliances. If you opt to pack, transport, and unpack your own boxes, consider hiring professionals for the loading and unloading process — your back will thank you for it.
- Pickup and Drop-off Services – This is the most traditional form of moving; paying professionals to load pre-packed boxes and household items, transporting them, then unloading at your new location. This allows you to control the packing and unpacking part, but leaves the heaving lifting and transporting to the pros.
At the end of the day, a quality removalist company should listen to your needs, create a custom quote based on those needs, and execute an efficient and stress-free move for you.
At Holloway Removalists, we pride ourselves on creating just such an experience for our valued clients. We know you have many options when choosing your removal service. We’re grateful for the opportunity to earn your business, moving your valuables your way.
After all, it’s your move.