Moving from one place to another can be a very trying experience, even if it is just moving down the street. Obviously then, moving between countries or even between different states can be extremely taxing and when it is between states in Australia, you could be in for a very trying experience. As Australia is so large and only has a few states, anytime that you move between states, you are talking about a great number of miles, each one of which; could hold potential problems.
Many people think that once they have hired interstate removalists, there problems are over but that may not necessarily be true. First of all, what do you know about the removal company that you have hired? Have you checked any of their references? Do you know someone who has already used them?
Removal companies have over the years, received somewhat of a bad reputation in many countries and some companies today, still give the rest a bad name so, ask the company you expect to use for references. The best way to use these references is to check on one from more than 3 years ago. The reason for this is that, sometimes, if a customer takes legal action against a removal company, the company simply changes its name and continues in business. By checking a reference from 3 years previous, you know that the company hasn’t been in trouble for a good while, none that you can’t easily check on anyway. Having established that the company does not seem to have had any major problems in the past, you still want to assure yourself that everything will go smoothly and so, ask about their insurance. Does their insurance cover loss or damage to your goods, if not can they recommend an insurance company?
Once the removal company side of things have been settled, you will want to think about whether or not you should drive your car to your new home yourself or, have it delivered there for you. The trouble of driving it yourself may be that you could have a breakdown, even if the breakdown isn’t too serious, it could take time to fix and if it does, you may not be at your new home in time to meet the removal truck. That of course could cause problems of their own.
There are of course many people that have moved between states in the past, even in Australia, and have done so without any problems but, did they also check all these things before moving or were they just lucky? All that is known for certain is, some people have had problems during their moves but, the chances are that they did not check as thoroughly as you do before you actually move.
This is not meant to put you off removal companies as they do an essential job but, the honest ones want your business as well as the dishonest ones but they will be the ones that don’t mind you asking as many questions as you like, nor mind you reading the small print on a contract before you sign it.