A Guide On Self-Removals

Self-removals are an ideal option for people that intend to move on a budget. The removalist will provide a removals truck or temporary storage container to help you save on the costs of packing and unpacking your items. Below are a few tips on how to conduct self-removals. 

Work With A Reputable Removalist

Consider the following when choosing a removalist: 

  • Check the removalist's reviews on social media. As a rule, you should avoid removalists with negative reviews from previous clients.
  • Inquire whether the removalist can provide the removals van or temporary storage container on the day you intend to move.
  • Check the removalist's area of operation. For instance, some professionals deal with local removals, while others provide interstate services. Additionally, check the removalist's operating hours. Some removalists do not work at night and during the weekends.
  • When making an online booking, ask the removalist to provide an operating license and proof that he or she is affiliated to a professional association. 

Packing Tips

Packing can be a challenging task for people that have not conducted a self-move in the past. Start by decluttering your house or office to get rid of documents, furniture and electronics that you do not need in your new premises. These items could be sold at a neighbourhood auction or donated to friends and relatives. If possible, electronics should be packed in their original cartons. If this is not possible, wrap the electronics with blankets or bubble wrap to prevent scratches and damage during transport. Read furniture manuals to know how to dismantle your furniture. Alternatively, you could check online tutorials. 

Take Insurance Coverage

Most people will forget to take removals insurance when conducting a self-move. As such, they incur serious losses when their furniture and electronics get damaged during the move. When taking removals insurance, appraise your items to know how much insurance you need. Moreover, check the terms of the insurance company. For example, how long will the company take to compensate you for damaged items? What are the policy limits? Some companies have a limit while others offer full compensation. 

Know Your Limits

Do not attempt a self-move if you do not have the expertise to move your items. For example, if you intend to hire a removals van, you must have a driving licence and sufficient experience in driving commercial vehicles. Most removalists will hire out removals equipment such as trollies, furniture dollies and straps. This equipment can significantly ease the removals process. 

You should now have an easy time conducting a self-move. Work with a reputable removalist, take removals insurance, know your limits and consider the recommended packing tips.