Removalists have a range of fee structures. There are some rather unprofessional companies that use the ‘pop’ method to quote – that method is quoting the first amount that pops into their heads. More reputable companies opt for a more scientific method. They will take their time answering your questions, providing you with tips and information, then giving you an accurate quote.
A time quote has a few influencing factors, so keep that in mind if you are moving from one town to another rather than locally. Moves are usually charged by the hour and the size of the load. Fuel is generally not charged as it is included as part of the rate.
As the name suggests, the removal service is charged by the hour. That includes the travel time from their depot to your address for two men and a truck big enough to carry out the relocation. . For a metro area that might be 15 minutes each way. The first hour is fixed, then the charge is in increments of 15 minutes after. This type of charge is the most cost effective. You are only paying for the amount of time it takes to do the job.
If you want to know how much it’s going to cost then ask for a fixed rate. Reasons to get a fixed rate might be because another party is paying for the relocation, such as your company because you are moving into a new job. Fixed rate quotes are provided obligation free. This gives you the opportunity to compare quotes.
Warning: The cheapest is NOT always the best choice.
Tips on How to Save time (and money) when relocating
- Anything such as desks and beds that can be taken apart prior to removal, should be disassembled. To save you looking for all the nuts and bolts, place them in a plastic bag properly marked.
- Leave any food in the fridge until the removalists arrive. When they are ready to move the fridge, they will ask for it to be emptied.
- Pot plants can remain without water three days prior to move.
- Drawers and cupboards in the kitchen and bedrooms should be emptied and the items packed.
- Take the microwave plate out and pack it safely.
- You can help by carrying smaller items to the truck.
- At the other end – make sure somebody is present to show the removalists where items should be placed.
Hints for Packing
- Try to use genuine removal cartons. If you use the same size cartons, then stacking in the truck is going to be more efficient.
- Bulky items like pots, pans and crockery should be packed in larger cartons. Use plenty of paper for fragile items.
- Books, records and tinned food should be packed in smaller cartons.
- Tape the top and the bottom of the cartons and don’t overfill them.
- Use bubble wrap or paper for fragile items, use soft linen to fill the gaps and mark the box ‘fragile’.
- Number and label the boxes to indicate in which room they need to placed.