How to Choose the Right Interstate Removalist

Posted on 20 March, 2015 in Interstate Removals

Moving house is regarded as one of the most stressful events you can go through in life. In fact, a survey showed it came only second to divorce on the stress meter. And when you’re moving to a new house in a completely different state, it’s no wonder people turn to professional interstate removal companies to help alleviate some of the pressure. But how do you choose the right removal company?

Ensure they are AFRA accredited

Anyone can start a removal company, and although many are great at what they do, as with any business, the industry isn’t without its cowboys. Luckily, the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA) protects the integrity and standards of the industry by accrediting its members.

To be an AFRA member, the interstate removal company must meet strict standards of safety and training and must have insurance. So, before you go choosing any old company, make sure you do your research, read reviews, and ensure they carry the AFRA seal of approval!

Carefully consider your moving needs

Do you need a secure place to store your belongings during your move?

Do you have valuable items that need to be covered by insurance?

Do you need help with planning, packing, and unpacking?

Are you working within a certain time frame?

You need to take all these factors into consideration before hunting for a removal company that fits the bill. Most reputable removal companies will offer secure storage, insurance, and will help you plan your move, pack your belongings, and unpack them at the other end. So, don’t feel like you need to settle for any less!

Do they have a strong network of partners?

Interstate removals aren’t easy to coordinate and often a removal company will rely on partner companies to help facilitate a smooth move. Always ask about the details of your move, how your belongings will be transported, and whether the company will use partners. If they do, then make sure all the companies involved carry that AFRA accreditation to ensure their integrity!

Always find out exactly what you’re insured for

This is critical and you need to know exactly what insurance you have. Some companies will say you’re covered under the ‘marine transit policy’ or that insurance is covered in the move, but unless you know exactly what insurance you have, you won’t know the extent to which you are covered. The last thing you need when moving is damage to valuable items that aren’t insured.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask the right questions

If an interstate removal company is worth your time and money then they’ll have the answers you need ready and waiting. You just have to know what questions to ask. We recommend that you at least:

  • Ask for advice on moving and what you need to prepare
  • Ask what accreditation or official recognition the company has
  • Ask how your items will be packed and unpacked
  • Ask about the security of any storage facilities
  • Ask about communication and how your belongings will make it to their destination
  • Ask about insurance and request to see an insurance document
  • Ask if they’ll provide a free inspection and written quotation
  • Ask for testimonials from previous interstate removal customers

If you ask all of the above, then you’ll soon be able to work out whether this company is going to make your move a breeze or drag you past immense stress into purely hellish territory.

We guarantee a smooth move!

Of course, you could always contact us. We have over a decade of experience in interstate removals, and we guarantee to be able to help you move with ease, from the planning stage to unpacking at your new home. We’re AFRA accredited and so is our large network of partners across Australia. So, if you’ve got a move coming up, why not give us a call now on 08 8931 1133 and find out how we can help you?

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