Furniture moving companies move your furniture and belongings from one place to another — be it in the same building, or from one property to another property. They can move you locally, interstate, or to another country.
When moving locally, Melbourne furniture removalists Dumbo Move offer up some useful tips help you choose a furniture removalist company:
Positive reviews – The number one thing to look for online is positive reviews. The Internet is a great place to get information on moving companies you’re considering. There are many customer review sites where people have shared their moving experiences. Chances are, the moving company you’re considering has also been reviewed on one of these sites.
Industry related associations – Some of the best moving companies are part of an industry association. In Australia, that association is AFRA – The Australian Furniture Removers Association.
No cash deposits – In this day and age, few reputable removalists require a cash deposit. Ask the moving companies you are considering if they need a cash deposit before the move begins. If the answer to this question is yes, then this should be a warning that the moving company may engage in unscrupulous activity and should prompt you to find another removalist.
A physical address – Many consumers have grown accustomed to major online companies listing only a post office box. When it comes to the moving industry, most reputable companies will list their physical address. This is because some fly-by-night operations use only a post office box so they can move around more easily. If the moving company you’re considering doesn’t have a physical address on their website, ask for that address. If they still don’t provide one, then you should consider finding another removalist.
Insurance and terms – Any reputable moving company will carry insurance to cover your property for damage, and some of the bigger companies will even carry insurance to cover your goods. Ask what types of insurance they have, and what is covered. Although they might be boring to read through, ask the company for their terms and conditions. This document should be readily available and comprehensive in listing the things they are responsible for, and the things you are responsible for.
When looking for a removalist, it's great to do your research online, but don't forget to ask friends and family for recommendations!
This article was contributed by DUMBO MOVE and was previously published here.