Are you planning to move suburbs, to the country or interstate? Donâ€™t know which removalists to choose for your move? Thereâ€™s nothing worse than choosing a dodgy removalist which loses or breaks your items, fails to arrive at the scheduled time or even failing to arrive at all. What a nightmare! Damage to items during a move is bad enough, but loss of belongings and failure to provide the basic requirements of what a removalist should be providing is just not on.
Removalists Moving can be one of the most stressful times in your life. Having to pack all your possessions in boxes and given all to complete strangers hoping all your items arrive in the same condition you left them. Having to organise your electricity account switch over from the old home to your new one, cancelling and redirecting mail, notifying a huge list of companies your change of address and number, cleaning out the house and removalists do rid of unwanted items, and the list goes on and on… So much to do and sometimes in very little time. The whole experience can be quite frustrating as well as expensive, so itâ€™s very important to ensure you donâ€™t get ripped off by the removalist company in the process.
How to avoid shonky removalists
Here are some tips to avoid unreliable removalists and how to not get scammed, it can even help you save thousands of dollars. Choosing a removalist company is more than just taking the contents of your home for a rise. There are steps you can take to ensure what youâ€™re paying for is reliable and trustworthy. With these steps, you can worry less about your move and let the experts handle everything with ease.
Do your research
First of all, do your research! Any expensive product or service you are interested in purchasing, you should always do your research first. Donâ€™t choose the first company you find. Screen potential removalist companies by doing an online search and look up any complaints the company has had. Shop around by reading through customer reviews on independent websites. If anyone has had a bad experience with the company, it usually shows up on review type websites. If the company has a bad reputation and a lot of bad reviews, then you know well enough to avoid it. You may also want to ask your family and friends if they have any recommendations for companies they have used and were happy with.
Ask the right questions upfront
Asking questions upfront will ensure clarity all the details of the move. Some of the right questions to ask the removalist company are:
- What is the total cost of the move?
- What exactly is included in the cost?
- Is it charged by the hour or is it a flat rate?
- Are there any additional costs that need to be factored in?
- How long will the move take?
- If there are any delays on the day of the move, is there an extra cost involved for storage?
By asking upfront questions, you can be sure what to expect from the company and move on if the costs are out of your budget.
Get accurate and written quotes
After asking the right questions, ask for an accurate quote that is written. No reputable removalist company will give you an accurate estimate over the phone. Always insist on a written quote after providing detailed information about your move. Read through the quote thoroughly to ensure it is itemised and the company can account for every charge. Make sure everything is clear before you accept the quote and if you need more information about certain charges, be upfront and ask.
Donâ€™t just quote one company even if you think it is at a good price. Ask for several quotes and compare prices before you make your decision. If one company is significantly cheaper than the others, then it could be a sign that the company has hidden extra costs that they may demand after the completion of your move.
Get a clear contract
Make sure the contract you receive includes:
- The complete details of the service being provided
- The pickup and delivery address, dates and times of the move
- A household inventory of all goods being moved
- Details of insurance for any loss or damage
Find out whether the company offers insurance and what is covered by it. Taking out removalist insurance can be a good idea, especially if itâ€™s a big move. Be careful with removalists that offer no damage guarantees. Accidents happen and if everything you own, including expensive and breakable items, is on the line, you may want to take precautions. No one can foresee road accidents or if one of your belongings is dropped during the move. There is usually a reason why certain removal companies donâ€™t have or canâ€™t get insurance cover.
Make sure the company has insurance and provide full disclosure of the fine print details. Donâ€™t think that their insurance will cover everything only to find out it doesn’t cover certain goods like electronic items.
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