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What is a Removalist and What are Their Duties?

By · April 3 2022
What is a Removalist and What are Their Duties?

Moving residences isn’t a piece of cake. Sure, the excitement of transferring to the new house is there but of course, you can’t get to that point without having to undergo the tiring moving process.

You’ve probably heard of some situations where people had negative experiences during their move. A piece of furniture got broken, an appliance malfunctioned or one of the boxes opened during the move. This is exactly why you shouldn’t consider moving a lightweight task. There are more things to look after once you get involved in planning your move.

By now, hiring removalists has popped into your mind. What do they really do? Are they just mere deliverers of your belongings to your new house? Let this article help you in knowing more about movers and moving companies.

What is a removalist?

Aside from reducing your burdens during your move, they are qualified and skilled professionals that are capable of handling several aspects of moving such as packing, lifting, transporting, and unpacking your belongings as soon as they have arrived at your new residence.

What is the price range of hiring removal services?

Similar to any existing services out there, the quotation will greatly depend on your moving needs. Factors such as mileage, number of items, and transportation will influence the company’s pricing of the move.

Companies usually charge hourly rates but for interstate removals, they price it accordingly to the number of boxes you’ve prepared. The close approximation of moving costs lies between $300 to $4,000.

It is important to note that most companies may already have a fixed set of services inculcated in their quotation. However, some companies charge other services separately, so it’s at your discretion whether you wish to include those services along with the moving services. An example is packing services as not all companies include it in their usual moving services so they charge extra if you want to avail it.

You have seen fee calculators on the websites of moving companies. Use it to determine the estimated costs of moving should you plan to pursue moving to a new location. Look if the rates are also posted for you to distinguish which services are already part of the usual removal services.

How do I find a reputable and trustworthy removal company?

Looking for the best moving company will mostly take your time because it requires a bit of in-depth research.

To make everything convenient, there are applications developed to guide you in searching for companies within your area. What’s even better is that there are also quotes specifically indicated to help you estimate the costs. Just a click and you’ll be seeing the possible options for moving companies that would satisfy your removal needs.

Discussing with the removal company will include indicating the size of the new house and the layout as well as the pathways. You have to be transparent with the houses so that the movers can accurately determine where they should be entering while considering the size of the furniture and boxes.

What are the duties of removalists?

As previously mentioned, removalists are professionals that are highly qualified and trained to manage all kinds of services related to removals. From packing to unloading the items from the truck, they are equipped with skills that allow them to perform the tasks exceptionally well. The following are the tasks they usually carry out during a move:

Indicating the right size and amount of boxes and other packing materials for your items

They can estimate the approximate number of items that will be needed to cater to all your items that are to be moved. This includes the accurate estimation of boxes and their sizes that will be enough to pack all of the objects and moved them to your new house. They need to ensure that the items are well protected from possible damage.

Transferring your things to your new residence

The usual tasks movers are expected to execute. Such activity will involve movers entering your home to place the items inside, lifting your furniture and objects, transferring your belongings, and unloading them.

Packing and labelling services

Say, you don’t have enough time to accommodate the entire packing of the items you intend to move. Moving companies offer packing and labelling services that you can avail of as they are also trained to pack a variety of items in a way that they are protected from breaking or getting destroyed. But expect additional fees as it entails also the packing materials to be used. They’ll also be responsible for the unpacking part of the move so that you won’t have to worry about carelessly unboxing the items.

Cleaning services

Some removal companies may even provide cleaning services for your old house. Before you leave it, it must be extremely neat and tidy to give way to a potential lessee. But you are so busy cleaning the entire house. Just discuss with the company how you want the place to be cleaned and leave it to them.

Warehouse storage services

What if one day isn’t enough to finish the move? This means you’ll have to keep your items in a secured location. Removalist companies have storage facilities to safekeeping your belongings until the entire move is finished. Like the packing services, expect additional charges as it also encompasses the labour in keeping your items safe and organized.

Insurance services

It is necessary to avail of insurance services for the company to compensate the damages on your items that occurred during transit. Not all companies include them in the usual quotation but to be safe ask them if they charge it separately. Some companies also offer different kinds of insurance with different rates, ask them about the insurance and decide which ones are highly needed.

Final thoughts

As presented previously, you must be thinking that there are a lot of things to oversee when planning a move. It’s true because moving is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that would need extreme attention to every detail to ensure that you get to experience a memorable move. Remember to do background checks on the companies and consult them for you to decide well.

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