I would like to share my personal experience on relocation. I went through the mixed feelings of enjoying my promotion and sad for moving to another state. The Immediate biggest challenge for me at that time was moving to Adelaide. Hiring furniture removalist has helped me to overcome the challenges and changed my way of thinking poorly about moving interstate especially with the association of family and kids.
There are times when we are not in absolute control of our future. This morning, when I reported for work, I was asked to meet our CEO. My performance was above par, and as head of sales, my team was always riding above the set targets. So, the CEO had little or no room for anything negative. I could not help that mild palpitation when I knocked on the CEO’s door. Something was waiting – good or bad? Well, the CEO was quick to break the ice, and he said, our Adelaide division needed someone like me because the company’s performance could be improved with more focused direction and involvement. Obviously, there were perks attached to the proposal to move from Melbourne to Adelaide called for plenty of homework and planning.
That evening I broke the news to my family and the first thing my wife reminded me about was the timing. Yes, we had two school going kids and therefore, finding a new school in Adelaide for the kids and the timing the move itself to suit the start of the next school term was essential. We decided that I will spend the first month alone in Adelaide while my family stayed back to complete the school term.
The next big tasks were finding our new home in Adelaide and moving from Melbourne. My employers were kind enough to find the new home for us and provide the logistics for the move. That was about half the job done, and we still had to do many things for ourselves. We have been in Melbourne for nearly a decade and over time added a significant amount of furniture to our household. Some of them were expensive and acquired with great passion, and some others had their little stories to tell. One night my wife mentioned that while scouring the internet, she noticed that there are specialist furniture removalists apart from the general removalists. Honestly, we had never thought of such a service and were only planning to speak to some of the public removalists.
My wife decided to set up a meeting with a couple of furniture removalists the following weekend since I was also visiting my family over the weekend. From the discussions, we learned many things which we had never really given a thought. The following is a gist of the conversations we had with our furniture removalist.
1. Preparing the furniture
2. Creating an inventory and estimating the time needed to dismantle the furniture and make them for movement
3. Selecting tools needed for dismantling
4. Prepare packing materials like shrink wrap, bubble craft, furniture pads and other packing essentials
5. Prioritising furniture requiring dismantling to save time
6. Removing furniture components like table legs, glass tops, bed shelves and frames, securely keeping the hardware and marking them appropriately, should gain priority. Remember also to tape the device to the own furniture.
7. Wrap fragile and expensive furniture using furniture pads and old blanket so that to prevent potential damage.
We were informed that interstate quarantine restrictions operated on certain items and we were provided with a detailed list handy although most of the stuff we had did not face any restrictions.
A very useful point in discussion with one of the furniture removalists. The first question he asked us was whether our Adelaide home was an independent bungalow or an apartment on a higher story. At first, we could not appreciate why this question was raised. He then explained that the width of the stairway, doors, etc. was crucial in determining the extent of difficulties involved in the job. He further added some of the following points to be considered:-
Accessibility for the truck: Cars can easily access most driveways. However, when a loaded truck comes in, it can be different. Overhanging trees are a major trouble point for vehicles which could mean physically carrying the furniture over a longer distance.
Moving into Apartments: Many apartments have specific guidelines to follow for the use of standard utilities like lifts, stairway. The hours when moving in and moving out are permitted may also be included in these guidelines. Similarly, access to lifts may be conditional to certain measures to protect the elevator interiors. In some instances, specific payments may also need for the use of the lift which could limit the time available for moving your belongings to the higher storey.
Parking: Parking should be available closer to where the furniture and your household belongings are stored / unpacked. In some instances, access problems can increase the amount of manual labour involved in the operation, and therefore, the costs.
Scheduling: Our truck was expected to take about 72 hours before arriving in Adelaide. Our new home should be ready in all respects to receive the truck and start unpacking. This aspect required fine tuning, and we agreed to work on it.
The size of the truck: Need confirmation on the accessibility of the vehicle regarding its size. We were also asked to ascertain any restrictions that applied to the specific type of vehicles, restrictions with regard to time, etc.
The final question was why we should have two removalists, one for furniture and another for other belongings. This is the answer we received.
General removalists do not employ personnel with specialised knowledge and experience in handling furniture removals. Many Australian homes have expensive furniture, and the owners are fondly attached to some of them. Some pieces could even be hereditary furniture whose value cannot be determined in dollars alone. Furniture removalists, on the other hand, are specialists with a broad range of experience from handling several furniture removal tasks.
Finally, it was time to sign the contract and wait for the work to commence. Our service provider was extremely cooperative and worked with us closely at every stage of the job. Unpacking and setting up our furniture in our new home at Adelaide was also equally professional, and every single piece arrived without even a scratch!