Using services provided by a professional moving company is a great way to save time and effort when relocating both locally and internationally. They can help you get the most out of your money by ensuring that your precious belongings are transported to your new home safely.
Because they will serve as your partner during a hectic event in your life, it is important that you fully understand how to hire the right moving specialists for the job. To help you achieve this, here are six common mistakes you need to avoid when hiring professional movers:
1. Last-Minute Booking
Last-minute booking is probably one of the biggest mistakes that people moving for the first time tend to make. Choosing a company to take care of your relocation is a decision that should be taken seriously. After all, these people will be handling your personal possessions.
As much as possible, you should start going through potential candidates about eight weeks before the expected date of your move. This way, you should be able to sift through several removalists and determine which of them are best suited for the job, based on your specific needs and budget.
Of course, there are certain situations beyond your control that may require planning a move in less than two months. If this happens, make sure to pick professional movers as early as you can. Ideally, you should have at least four weeks to make this decision, even during a last-minute move.
2. Not Shopping Around
Another common blunder you might make when hiring movers is going with the first candidate you encounter or hear about. When you do your research on removalists in your area and realize that there are so many to choose from, you might be tempted to just go ahead and hire the first one to send you a quote.
This is a mistake. It is important that you shop around for better deals as different firms offer radically varying rates. The bottom line is that you must find a company with a rate and service that best suits your needs and budget. Doing this will also help you avoid the risk of hiring inexperienced and even unprofessional movers.
It is highly recommended that you get 3-4 quotes. After that, narrow your list down to the candidates that can provide most, if not all, of the services you require at an agreeable rate.
3. Forgoing an On-Site Estimate
On-site estimates are important in determining which movers vying for the job can offer a deal that fits within your budget. If you skip getting such accurate estimates when talking to different companies, shopping around may not make much of a difference for your move.
Remember that online or over-the-phone conversations, no matter how long and detailed they may be, can never replace an on-site estimate to help movers stay accurate in their calculations. To ensure that you get an approximation that isn’t far from the actual price you’ll pay on moving day, ask the removalists to visit your place (both the old one and the new one) to gauge charges based on the bulk of the items to be moved, special requests or conditions, possible obstacles during the transit, and other pertinent details.
4. Choosing the Company with the Lowest Rate
In many situations (not just in choosing movers to hire), people often make the mistake of choosing the cheapest available option. While they may present the lowest price, you should be wary of movers with the lowest estimate because of the high probability that they will not be able to deliver a good-quality service or something has been missed out.
If they offer a quote that is over 25 percent lower than most of the other moving companies you talked to, there’s probably a catch. Either these movers are inexperienced and have low-quality services or they are potential scammers looking to bait unsuspecting clients.
5. Not Checking Insurance Coverage
Another big mistake you should absolutely avoid is not checking insurance coverage. Having insurance is very important so you can protect yourself and your possessions against an unexpected turn of events before, during, and after the transport of your goods. Make sure to check the coverages provided by the moving company or apply for one yourself.
6. Forgetting about Extra Costs
Additional services like packing assistance, pre-move decluttering, and storage services might entail additional costs on top of what you and the movers agreed to during your initial meeting. This means you must never forget to talk to them about extra costs if you ever plan on using these services during the move.
Mistakes Help You Move Right
Mistakes can be the greatest teachers because they provide knowledge on how to handle situations when they occur again. However, making the blunder yourself is certainly not necessary for you to have a stress-free move. Knowing which errors are most common during moves can be a great help to you as you search for the right movers for the job and, ultimately, achieve a hassle-free relocation.
Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.