6 things to consider when choosing a removalist
It’s crucial that your chosen removals company should be industry accredited. It helps to ensure that they are up to the job of looking after your precious belongings, and that they can work to professional standards. In Australia, the accreditation you want to look out for is AFRA – the Australian Furniture Removers Association. You should demand that your removalist is AFRA accredited, so you can put your mind at rest, safe in the knowledge they’ll do a proper job.
Recommendations and Reviews
Before you approach a removalist to help you move home, it’s important you do two kinds of homework beforehand.
First of all, ask your friends, family, and co-workers if they have any recommendations for removalists. Finding a company that someone you know has had a positive experience with is a great way to select a removalist.
Secondly, once you have the name of one or more removals companies to approach, start to look them up online, look at their own testimonials, and also look at third-party websites to get impartial reviews.
Make sure your chosen removalist offers you appropriate insurance cover. We’re properly trained and professionally accredited, but sometimes accidents happen, or things are beyond our control, and you should make sure you’re adequately covered.
It is highly unusual if they don’t offer you insurance cover, and you should proceed with extreme caution if this is the case.
Fragile and special items
We all have treasured belongings, family heirlooms, rare antiques, or valuable items in our house. A great removalist should talk you through how best to pack them, how to protect them and how to take them into account in your move.
The same can be said for special items. Perhaps you have a baby grand piano up in your attic, or a huge Aga cooker in your basement, or even a Snooker table in the shed at the bottom of your garden? Whatever your special item requirements, a top removalist will plan this into your move. Nothing is too extreme to get the job done, removing windows and using pulleys and winches is not unheard of… so try us, we doubt you’ll surprise us!
A professional removalist should come and speak with you about your house move, and assess just how much stuff you have to move. This process is called an estimate.
A good estimator should be able to tell you the volume of your belongings in cubic metres, identify any potential difficulties such as access, walkways, stairways, oversized furniture, etc., and talk you through the whole process to put you at ease.
Choosing the right removalist to help support you during your house move doesn’t have to be complicated. Just follow our six-point checklist, and you won’t go far wrong!