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When you are ready to move, either across the street or across the country, you are going to need to move your stuff. This is where a removalist can enter the picture, and there are things you should keep in mind before hiring one.

1) Do you truly need a removalist? Before you decide to incur the cost of hiring a professional determine whether you need one or not. If you're moving the equivalent of a bedroom and a few kitchen boxes across town, it might make more sense to hire a truck, spring for pizza for some friends to help out, and do it yourself. If you have a piano to move, or a large household, the frustration and exhaustion you'll have after moving yourself make hiring a removalist a very attractive option.

2) What do you want a removalist to do? Once you've decided you need a removalist, you need to decide what you want that firm to do. Are you going to pack everything yourself, or have them do it? Will they merely come in and move boxes into their truck, ferry them to your new home, and drop them again? Does your furniture need to be wrapped up to be safely transported? Perhaps it needs to be taken apart first. Just who will be doing this? Of course, don't forget the end of the trip. The same questions apply, only in reverse. Who will unpack the boxes, you or them? Unwrap the furniture and/or move it into its new location in the building? There is no wrong answer to this, but being specific will eliminate any misunderstandings of what it is you expect and will help you get an accurate estimate of cost.

3) Prices vary from one company to the next. Once you know what type of removal job you want done, you can call around for prices. You do not want to just hire the first company you call. Obtain at least three price quotes before making a decision. Also, you'll usually need to be available for representatives to come to your house so they can see the size of the job. They cannot say they'll charge X amount per room, if one room has 3 items in it and another room has 30 items in it. Be prepared to spend a day or more hosting these removalists and getting quotes.

4) Get recommendations. Ask anyone you know who has moved recently for recommendations. Ask the removalists you're considering for customer references you can contact. Make sure the firm is bonded! You do not want your stuff loaded into a truck that you might never see again. Make sure the removalist carries insurance that will replace your belongings if damaged. Also ask if they have their own in-house teams of packers and movers, or if they hire it out. You don't want to hire one person/firm and find that another is actually doing the work. Do whatever you must to make sure that the people you hire are reliable.

5) Hire someone you are comfortable with. You do not want to work with a removalist who has a bad attitude, or who you are uncomfortable dealing with. This person and/or his team will be in your home, touching your stuff, and will be responsible for moving everything safely. If the mere thought of the removalist being near you for a few days while packing bothers you, that is an important consideration in deciding which company to hire. In the long run, it may be worth spending a bit more for another removalist, in order to keep your stress level as low as possible.

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