1When should I call a moving company
As soon as you know you are moving. The more lead time you are able to give a moving company the more likely you will be able to move on your preferred dates.
2How do I know if my moving estimate is reasonable
We recommend that you obtain at least three quotes. If you are choosing reliable moving companies, their quotes should be fairly similar. Ask questions and call references before signing contracts.
3Do I need to get an estimate
Yes, it is recommended you ask for an in-home estimate. An estimate will allow the mover to see exactly what you will be moving and you will have a better idea of what you’ll be paying.
4Should I hire a moving company or do it myself
This will depend on a number of factors such as time, money, distance and complexity of your move. Because moving isn’t an everyday occurrence most people find that employing the services of a reputable removalist is money well spent. Professional moving companies are trained in packing, loading, unloading furniture and belongings. They know the best, most efficient methods and techniques to ensure your belongings are transported safely. You will save money if you do-it-yourself but you’ll also have to factor in the time and energy it takes to move.
5Do I have to pay travel time
Yes. Travel time is usually calculated from the time the truck leaves the removalists depot to your home and back again. The charge may be included in the price or added as an extra charge. Ask your removalist how much this will be prior to signing your contract.
6When is the best time to move
Summer is usually the busiest time of the year for moving companies. If you can, move outside peak-season. If not, then the earlier to you can plan your move the better chance you’ll have of getting the dates you need.
7Can I pack my own boxes
Yes, but if you pack your own boxes the removalist will take no responsibility if there are any breakages.When packing boxes yourself ensure to use plenty of butchers paper and crushed paper to prevent friction to your goods.
8Will my furnishings remain clean
A reputable removalist will use speciality plastic to wrap your furniture to protect it during transport or storage. Removal Blankets and pads are also used to keep furniture from getting scratched, dirty or damaged.
9Do my appliances need special attention
Yes. Most major appliances need to be specially prepared for transportation to reduce the chance of damage. Doors should be locked and moving parts need to be securely fastened. Refer to manufactures’ instructions. This is your responsibility and any preparations/servicing should be done prior to moving day.
10Can I keep clothes in dressers or wardrobes
It is best to pack all your clothing items in boxes but some companies will allow you to keep lightweight items inside drawers as long as the item can be easily carried. Special wardrobe (port-a-robes) boxes are used to move hanging items, so don’t take clothes off hangers.
11Can I move food
For same day removals, food can be moved. Although it is advisable to use up frozen foods in the weeks leading up to the move and throw way opened jars or bottles. Only canned foods and vacuum-sealed foods are allowable in storage.
12Where can I get packing supplies
You can get these from us in advance to your move. Alternately, visit your local shopping center for extra boxes, or look in the classified section of the local newspaper or online, some people resell old boxes. Do not use fruit boxes for long distance moves as they are prohibited for transportation in some states.
13Can I move my plants
If you are moving locally, some removers will transport plants. Plants are generally not accepted on long distance moves because they may suffer from lack of water and light. Also some states prohibit the transportation of plants. Check for regulations before you move.