5 Helpful Questions You Should Ask a Removalist Company
By Bill Chen
Do you need to move to, or from another state? If so, there are several considerations to be taken into account and decisions that need to be made to ensure that your move is successful.
It is worth noting at this juncture that if you do not choose reliable removalists in Inner West, you run the risk of your move being a disaster. This fact in itself will lead to unnecessarily high stress levels.
Therefore, to avert a disastrous move before it occurs, here are ten questions that you should ask your cheap removals Sydney at the planning stages of your move:
Is the removals company licenced and legitimate?
It is vital to make sure that the removalist you choose to move your household goods is licensed and insured by the relevant authorities.
This point becomes particularly relevant should anything happen to your furniture and home appliances once they have been loaded onto the removals truck. If the removalist is not adequately insured, you will not be able to put in an insurance claim for any damaged goods.
Does the removalist have experience with interstate removals?
The interstate moving process, including backloading, is not the same as moving from one residence to another residence within the same state. Therefore, specific interstate moving considerations need to be taken into account at the initial phases of the move.
Aspects like whether flora and fauna can be moved across the state line, what, if any, quarantine period there is for the respective plant and animal life that is being moved across the state line, and what wooden furniture can be moved must be considered at the outset of the move.
How long is the quotation valid for?
It is vital to ensure that the quotation includes all the aspects of your move. Also, it is equally important to ensure that you respond to the quotation within the timeframe that it is valid for. Otherwise, the quote will no longer be valid, and you run the risk of being charged more than what you initially budgeted.
Payment types and timeframes Different companies offer different payment options. And, most companies will require an initial deposit in good faith as proof that you are a bona fide, legitimate client, and you will not cancel the moving request at the last minute. Companies need to draw up a project plan to accommodate the number of staff and trucks that they have. Previous minute client cancellations can cause the removalist to lose business and eventually be forced to close down their business. Thus, it is vital to ensure that you find out what payment types like a credit card, wire transfer, and cheque payment as part of the initial vetting process.
Does the removalist manage the process end-to-end?
It is important to enquire whether the removals company manages your move from start to finish using their own trucks, staff, and equipment. The removalist might have a reciprocal arrangement with another company to effect parts of the move, especially if you are moving interstate.
For example, a single company might only move your household goods from your home to its warehouse. And, then a second truck from another company might load your possessions at the first company’s warehouse and ship them across the state line.
Meet The Author - Bill Chen
Before 2008, Bill was working with a local removalist company in Sydney and was witness for a number of deformities and wrongs in the working of the company. Observing the atmosphere, a thought came to Bill’s mind that he could do much better if he were the owner of the company, by offering a fully transparent service to the clients with a friendly and trustworthy staff and no hidden fee structure; and thus, in 2008, AAA Bill Removalists Sydney was formed with just one truck and only Bill as staff. Even if Bill Chen began the company as just one man, the company grew fast. The operation expanded beyond the Sydney suburbs and to the surrounding cities: Wollongong, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour, Canberra, Newcastle, Melbourne, Brisbane, and other.