Local removals are quite straightforward given that you will be moving within the same town. However, a few strategies can help you save time and money as you conduct a local move.
Choose An Appropriate Removalist
Most removalists claim to be experienced. However, it would not hurt to conduct an in-depth analysis to examine the suitability of the removalist. For example, inquire if they have a membership to a professional movers association. These associations have strict laws that compel their members to offer affordable and high-quality services. Besides, they settle disputes between removalists and their clients.
Examine whether the removalist has the expertise and equipment needed to pack and move your items. For example, suppose you have heavy furniture; does the removalist have skilled personnel to dismantle and assemble the furniture? Does the removalist have equipment such as trollies and forklifts to move the items? Do they have removal blankets and pads to protect the items from scratches? Asking the removalist how they will protect your items can go a long way in establishing their expertise.
Prepare To Move
Below are a few ways to prepare for a local move:
- Deal with removal challenges before the removalist arrives. For example, you can ask your neighbours to avoid a particular exit or elevator as the removalists work.
- Visit your new home to establish if it requires some renovations before you move in. For instance, it would be disappointing if the removalist has to work in the dark because you forgot to organise power installation.
- Declutter to raise money for the move. For example, you could sell junk, old electronics and furniture.
- If you have a busy schedule, pack a box of essential items you might need before unpacking your items. For example, you could pack a suit, work documents and PC separately.
Be Cautious With Self-Moves
Although self-moves are a money-saving strategy, they can be pretty tricky. For example, since you do not qualify for removals insurance, you will not receive compensation if you broke your expensive TV during the move. Alternatively, you could injure your back when moving furniture since you do not have equipment such as furniture straps and trollies. It is always wise to engage a removalist if you prefer a self-move. For example, you could hire removals equipment, a specialised removal van or opt for backloading services. It is a sure way to manage the risks associated with self-moves.
When conducting a local move, hire a removalist, consider the recommended planning tips and be cautious with self-moves.