Preparing For The Removalists
A house move is a big deal, especially if you're relocating to a new state. To keep stress to a minimum, get organised early to give yourself plenty of time before the removalists show up – the list of to-do tasks will be a long one – and follow these tips to ensure a hassle-free interstate move.
Don't leave things until the last minute.
Start sorting through your possessions at least two months before the moving date. Items that won’t be used for a while – for example season-specific clothing – can be packed first. This can also be a chance for a clear-out. Consider giving unused or forgotten about belongings to charity shops or list them on websites that offer free items in your area.
Label your boxes.
When packing, ensure each box is labelled with its contents and the room they are from. That way each box can be correctly placed in your new house.
Package fragile items carefully, adding plenty of protection with bubble wrap, paper or material, and write ‘fragile’ on boxes where necessary.
Put aside a box for essentials.
Closer to the date of the move make up a box for essentials, for example phone chargers, remote controls, bed legs and furniture screws.
Choose Reputable Household Removalists
Naturally, in a country the size of Australia there's a huge choice of removal companies, so once you've established which home movers are local to you, find out which is best suited to your circumstances.
Read reviews from previous customers, ask for several moving quotes and compare prices with other home removalists.
List an accurate inventory of your possessions and furniture, so that you get an accurate quote. Let the removalists know about any special handling instructions.
Ask plenty of questions.
For example, ask about the company's experience and history with household removals, what will happen on the day, or what exactly is included in the price. Are there any potential obstacles or hindrances at your new address, for example parking restrictions, low-hanging trees, or a particularly long walk to the property from the parking spot?
Good communication is crucial for a smooth move so make sure you feel comfortable with the interactions you have with the home movers.
Keep track of what you need during the move; leave everyday items until last and pack an overnight bag that will travel with you, including any medication and a first aid kit. Organise for Australia Post to redirect your mail and leave your forwarding address for the new residents, just in case. Ensure utilities at your new property are connected.
Allow for setbacks.
Leave time and be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances that could delay your journey, for example illness, extreme weather or bushfires.
Check if your car is in good condition for the long journey. Make sure you have plenty of snacks and drinks, and games and toys for the children.
At your new house, give clear instructions to the removalists, and when everything is completed check and sign the inventory.
Don't expect to get everything unpacked immediately; unpack a few essentials and homely items, then get a takeaway, relax and enjoy being in your new home!
How Can Shiply Help With Home Removalists?
With Shiply you are able to get quotes from removalists in minutes. This allows you to compare prices quickly and choose the one that works for you.
Price shouldn't be the only consideration however, as mentioned earlier you should make sure to do some research on a few of the removal companies before you decide which one to go with.
Shiply makes this easy by providing a rating score and feedback system on home movers, all of which is written by previous customers. This way you can feel safe knowing your possessions are in the right hands.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.
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There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.
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Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.
Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?
If your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.
Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?
Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.
Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?
Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.
Can I Travel With My Goods?
The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.
What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?
If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.
Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?
If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .
Will The Movers Help With Unpacking?
Transport providers on Shiply are able to help with your house move on both ends (packing and unpacking), but you should make sure they are informed of this requirement as they may need to plan for this.
How Many Movers Will Show Up?
This depends on the transport provider. If you require more than one mover, make sure to highlight this in your listing as it may change the quotes you receive.
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