Moving can be a very stressful event for anyone, even if you're staying in the same town and even if you don't think you have much to move. Using a furniture removalist company can help to offset some of that stress, and ensure that all your items arrive safely and in good condition.
If you've never used a removalist during a move before, note a few questions you might have about such a service. You can then decide if they're the right choice for you, and if they can be just what you need to make your move much less stressful overall.
Why use a removalist for smaller homes and apartments?
It's easy to think that you don't have enough furniture to justify having a removalist company manage your move for you, but note that it's not the amount of items you have on hand that determines if you should rely on removalists. Your items need to be packed and moved carefully, by professionals, or they can get dented and otherwise damaged, even from a short move.
The time it takes to pack up those items can also be more than you expect, so you may find yourself getting overwhelmed and behind schedule, even when trying to manage what you think are just a few items. This is why it's good to call a removalist, no matter the size of your home or number of items you own.
Why do they ask to have things cleaned before moving?
If a removalist company asks you to clean items before moving, this is to ensure items don't get scratched or otherwise damaged in the move. A build-up of dust or any type of oily residue on furniture can cause gouges, or allow the packing materials to slide around and also cause damage. To ensure everything is ready for your move, have it all cleaned thoroughly before packing.
How do they protect carpets and other flooring from damage?
If you're worried about the carpeting or other flooring in your new home, discuss this with the removalist company. They may put down rubber or plastic mats or other sheeting that protects the flooring from foot traffic, and from potential marks or scuffs that might be left behind by hand trucks. However, keep in mind that removalists are very aware of potential damage that can be done to the floors, and typically wear soft-soled boots and use hand trucks with soft rubber casters or wheels, for less risk of damage to floors.