Top 6 Tips to Find a Good Removals Company in Perth

Jayde Ferguson

To encourage a safe and successful move, it’s vital to find a quality removals company to assist. But what makes a good removalist great? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to pack a box of clothes or move a television. There is, however, a significant amount of skill and experience involved when it comes to ensuring your personal items are safely packed and transported.

Moving larger items, weaving through houses or trekking upstairs requires the expertise of a moving company that knows what they’re doing. And when it comes to your home, investments and belongings – quality shouldn’t be compromised. Thus, it’s absolutely essential to secure local removals that will do the job properly. Here’s what you should be looking out for:

1. Obtain Multiple Quotes

Ample amounts of research make all the difference when it comes to finding a good removal company. Utilise the web to source potential candidates that specialise in the move you’re wanting to book in. Check their website and social media channels to determine their experience in the industry. Sourcing information from the ‘about us’ page can help to put a face to the company and make your decision easier too.

Once you’ve done the research, grab at least 3 separate quotes from different companies. This will ensure you get the best value for your dollar and investigate into all options. Don’t just go with the first company or quote. Having multiple quotes can save you money and push for a better, more professional service.

2. Remember: Cheaper isn’t Always Better

Grabbing a few quotes isn’t just to keep the wallet happy. Whilst budget plays a big role in moving house, you usually get what you pay for.  Hunting for a bargain is encouraged but it’s important to remember that cheaper isn’t always better. Moving house is can be an expensive and stressful experience, so keeping costs to a minimum is a priority.

Look for value for money with your removalists. Are they transparent about all the costs that are involved? Some cheaper removal companies that offer ‘too good to be true’ prices may not have all the expenses included in the quote. And the last thing you want to get hit with is a bill you didn’t expect. Make sure the removalist company you choose has clear fixed or hourly rates so there’s no hidden fees or nasty surprises at the end.

3. Do they Offer Insurance?

Don’t ignore the red flag! If they don’t offer insurance, why entrust your personal belongings with them? A trustworthy removalist company will have transit insurance to cover items in the event of an accident or emergency. With removal insurance, if any of your possessions are damaged during the move, the insurance company will cover for repairs and/or replacement costs. And when you’re moving your expensive or valuable items, it’s something you don’t want to go without.

4. Check Customer Testimonials 

Customer reviews are your best friend. They give you valuable insight into real-life experiences to determine the quality of the service you’re after. When you’re doing your research, look for a company that has good customer testimonials. A reputable removalist will be 100% transparent about the quality of their services and be willing to share client feedback with you. Check their website and social media channels for any reviews and don’t be afraid to ask the company for testimonials before deciding.

5. Are they a Member of AFRA?

The AFRA (Australian Furniture Removalists Association) is a government body that accredits only the quality, reputable furniture removalists. This means the removalist company must have the necessary equipment, vehicles, staff training and premises for a successful move. Without ticking these boxes, the company cannot be a member of such organisation.

By choosing a removalist that has accreditations or relevant memberships like this, you’re paying for a professional service. This encourages better customer service, experience in the industry and a cost-effective, stress-free move for you.

6. What Other Services do they Offer?

Good removalists can be identified by the services they offer too. Reputable companies will have a range of services like packing and unpacking, storage units on site and packing materials provided. Whilst you may not need all the services, it’s good to have them available to you. And it helps to show they know what they’re doing.

Choosing the right removalist for your next move doesn’t have to be stressful. With research, the right knowledge and questions to ask you can find yourself a company who knows how to do it right.

Author Bio

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Adlam Transport – Perth Removals and Storage specialists operating WA-wide since 1996. Adlam aims to carefully strategise the move for you and have an experienced team of removalists on board. You can catch her on Google+.