Moving your home or office can be a challenging task. Other than the tedious task of packing and unpacking your items, you also have to observe caution to prevent damage to furniture and electronics. Below is a short guide on the dos and don'ts of furniture removals.
Below are a few things to observe during removals:
1. Hire a Reputable Removalist
Read the guide below to know how to choose a furniture removalist:
- The removalist should be licenced to work in your state. Further, he or she should be affiliated with professional removal associations.
- Ask for referrals or conduct some internet research to determine the removalist's reputation.
- The removalist should have removal equipment such as furniture dollies, lifting straps, trollies and ramps.
- Work with a removalist who offers extra services such as storage, backloading, unloading and arranging your items at your new premises.
2. Ask for a House Inspection
The house inspection will enable the removalist to evaluate the scope of works. It helps them determine the required personnel, equipment and vehicle. Besides, they will prepare for removal challenges such as narrow stairways and limited parking.
3. Consider Removals Insurance
Most removalists provide removals insurance. It ensures that clients receive compensation for lost or damaged items. Visit a reputable insurance company if the removalist does not have the insurance cover.
4. Transport Expensive and Fragile Items
Most removalists will ask you to transport expensive and fragile items such as paintings, cash, sensitive documents, pets and jewellery. Preferably, pack the items and put them in your car before the removalist arrives.
Below are some things to avoid during removals:
1. Do not Be in a Rush
If you choose to conduct house removals in a hurry, something might go wrong. For instance, you may forget your removals insurance or hire an incompetent removalist. If this is the case, your items may end up damaged.
2. Do not Pack Your Items
Removals insurance becomes void if you choose to pack your things. The reason is that you are not a trained removalist; hence, you may not observe adequate safety precautions when packing and loading the items.
3. Do not Forget to Check the Contract
Your removalist should provide you with a contract detailing the terms of your agreement. Check the removalist's terms and conditions. For instance, how much deposit should you pay? What extra charges will you incur? Some removalists will charge more if you live in a multi-storey building. Besides, you may also have to pay for parking fees and interstate permits.
Planning and executing house removals is now easy with the above tips. Work with an experienced, reputable and reasonably priced removalist.