It feels like I have learned all the hard lessons when it comes to moving. Decisions that are driven by price and poor understanding are always going to end badly, which is why my moving experiences have always cost me in the long run. If you are preparing for a move and weighing up whether to take on the task yourself or get a removalist – here is what you must consider. There are also questions to be asked of your removalist so that you can have peace of mind that everything will arrive in one piece or arrive at all!
What is liability insurance, and should my removalist have it?
Liability insurance is the insurance that covers any personal injury or third party damage to property, with the letter relevant to removalist companies. Most quality affordable movers in Melbourne will be covered by liability insurance which means that if your belongings are damaged or lost in the move, you can be insured on those personal belongings. If a removalist does not have liability insurance it means that you will have to chase that provider for the cost of any damage, or you will just have to wear it yourself.
You also want to understand what the mover’s liability insurance covers, as there are some moving companies that will not insure belongings that are ‘packed by owner’ or incidents that happen as a result of the weather. This might influence you to use extra bubble wrap and tape if your movers won’t be responsible for any breaks that occur from your own hands.
The risk of moving yourself
I have previously learned from friends and family to assist with a move in years gone by, with varying success. The most recent move saw me accidentally smashing my partner’s iPad which was inside a draw that I thought was empty, which had been placed there by a well-meaning friend who was trying to cut down on trips. Given that we were not using a professional moving service, that damage was ours to absorb and we had to replace the iPad out of our pocket. We later reflected that the spend on the new iPad was more than a removalist service would be – so it was an expensive lesson to learn!
Can a removalist pack your stuff?
Had I hired a moving company from the outset, our belongings would have been packed securely with everything arriving at our new place intact. They, of course, have processes and packing procedures that are more sophisticated than just cramming things into boxes and packing the car with fragile things and hoping for the best. In the event that things are lost and damaged, the removalists liability insurahttps://anicehome.com.au/aiza/how-to-pack-plates-nce will take on the cost. This means that my partner’s smashed iPad would have been replaced by them.
What does a removalist do?
If you haven’t used a professional removalist company before, you might be mystified by what they actually do. While there is some variance from company to company and the service you choose, they essentially come to your house and pack your things into durable boxes, tubs and crates and then take them to your new residence. They know what needs to be taped in, strapped down and what can be moved in a trolley or by hand.
You can also see removalists working with insurance companies directly. When our house flooded earlier in the year, our insurance organised to have our belongings collected by removalists and stored in a storage facility. This really took the sting out of a bad situation to have that level of support to carefully pack our belongings while we managed the other impacts of the flood.
If you haven’t encountered a bad moving experience before then you might believe it can be done on your own. One of these days an iPad is going to slip from the drawer and need to be replaced, or maybe it will be something of more value. Explore your local removalist options and think about what your belongings are worth to you.