A removalist or moving company helps homeowners shift their personal property from one home to another. They’ll use vans or trucks or if moving internationally may use shipping containers.
The moving industry includes the services of truck and trailer equipment rental companies, alongside companies selling moving supplies such as boxes and bubble wrap for people who want to do the preparation work themselves. They then will use a removalist to load and unload their belongings. Removalists may offer training or advice for homeowners who will be using their equipment to relocate themselves.
Removalists will first assess how much space will be required to move your items. They will then work out which items to pack together, and how to best utilize the space they are going to use. They may use bubble wrap, specific item cartons, custom-made packing, paper blanket wrap and other packing items to ensure that your belongings aren’t damaged.
Careful wrapping and packing is needed to prevent damage to property, and many contents insurance policies won’t cover goods in transit unless they’re professionally packed and unpacked. When packing a van or container for a removal, removalists will need to make sure that polished surfaces are protected with moving blankets and/or cardboard where appropriate.
Fragile items should be packed in rigid boxes with screwed up newspaper being used to protect against scratches and chips in transit. Softer materials can be packed in suitcases, boxes and bags.
Moving furniture can present many challenges, especially in older properties when trying to get items through doors and windows. A good removalist will be creative with the dismantling and moving of items through entrances.
It is good practice to get quotes from multiple removalists in order to find the one most suited for your needs.
The services of Removalists may include:
- Packing and unpack furniture
- Vehicle transportation
- Pet transportation