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Moving a business from one location to another is often met with equal parts excitement and disdain. It's never easy to take time out from a busy schedule, especially when you have clients breathing down your neck waiting for their work to be completed. No matter where in Australia you plan to move your business to, you've got to do whatever you can in order to ensure that as little time as possible is wasted in the process.
Efficiency is one of the main reasons why you should consider hiring movers to help with your transition. Choosing the right moving company (we recommend Mayflower), however, isn't always as easy as it seems. If you can weed out the lower-tier options, chances are you'll find a company that is both easy to work with and adept at what they do.
Inquire About Licensing and Insurance
Moving companies need to be insured and properly licensed in order to be legitimate outfits. You would never allow an uninsured driver behind the wheel of your car, for example; the same goes for hiring movers. Surprisingly enough, a great deal of movers actually operate without having the proper paperwork filled out, which can affect you and your items in the long-run. First, you'll want to check into licensing. A moving company in Australia must have a registered ABN in order to be licensed to operate, for example; you can look into this by checking the website for the Australian government. Be sure to ask the company to provide proof of insurance and licensing before signing on to work with them.
Study Rates Carefully
You might think that all moving companies in Australia offer the same/similar rates, but this is almost never the case. Unfortunately, differences between rates and what is actually offered from one company to the next can be difficult to discern. If a company offers you a rate that seems too good to be true, there's a good chance that it is. Some moving companies are all inclusive, for example, while others offer basic rates that require you to pay for a host of add-ons (same-day moving, mileage costs etc.). Season and time of day can also affect moving rates, so be sure you have a solid understanding of what you're actually getting for the price if you're comparing moving companies, as you might find that you're comparing apples to oranges.
Go with a Local Company
Chances are no matter where you live you'll find at least one or two locally-owned moving companies. You can certainly choose to go with the big guys, but why not support a local, Aussie-owned business? Local moving companies tend to be more attentive than the bigger names in the business, and will almost always personalise the experience in order to suit your needs. Another great aspect of working with a local company is that you can base your decision as to who to work with on reputation. Online reviews and word of mouth from friends/family/colleagues can be extremely helpful when it comes to deciding which company to work with. Best of all, all of this can be found free of charge.
Moving doesn't have to be stressful, especially if you have the right company on your side. If you don't jump into your decision, you can find the movers that are right for you.
Sara is a freelance writer who enjoys blogging about lifestyle, relationships, and life as a woman. In her spare time, she enjoys soaking up the sunshine with her husband and two kids.
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