Welcome to Storage Auctions Kings

Why Storage Auctions?

The excitement and promise of auction day. The adrenaline of a bidding war. The opportunity to supplement your income at your own pace. If you’ve never attended storage auctions in your area, you’re missing out on a great way to make money that’s also loads of fun! Thousands of regular people all over the country have already taken a small wad of cash to a local self storage auction and walked away with truckloads of great stuff to turn into serious profit.Like any side hobby that can deliver extra money, attending local storage auctions is not a get rich quick scheme. It takes some time and dedication to understand the process and how to optimize your earnings, but there are so many good reasons why people are drawn to storage auctions as a way to supplement their income. For one thing, there’s the thrill of the hunt and the unexpected. For some auction hunters, it’s a way to convert their knowledge of antiques and specialty items into monetary reward.

Who We Are

At Storage Auctions Kings, we’re auction and storage experts. We’ll show you how to take a small chunk of change to storage auctions in your area and come away with profits, and, best of all, we’ll never charge you a dime. All the secrets and insider tips you’ll find in Storage Auctions Kings are entirely free. Why? Because we’re passionate about finding great deals at storage auctions, learning new auction skills, and turning a couple of weekend afternoons into some serious cash. All our tips, tricks and stories are written first hand by a self storage property manager.

How We Can Help

1.Click the “Learn” tab up top to read all about storage auctions, how to win them, and what to do in order to multiply your cash.

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3.Also, please feel free to stop by our forums and introduce yourself. You’ll find lots of other bargain hunters willing to share their tips and tricks on getting the best storage units for cheap and turning their contents into outrageous profits.

Moving Home? Use This Checklist As A Reference

Moving home is one of the most stressful things we all have to do in life, according to statistics, we move at least 8 times throughout our lifetime. Many of us want this to be as hassle-free as possible, there are things that you can do to help you when making the move.

Two Months Before The Move

This is where you really need to start sorting and organising things, being prepared will make a much smoother move. So make sure you do the following;

Book time off work either side of the move

Visit local school for the children and also put plans in place to have their medical, dental and other records moved beforehand.

Order cardboard boxes, or better still, visit your local superstore and ask if they have any spare as these go for recycling anyway and they would be happy to give you some free of charge.

Sort and clear through your old belongings, throw things out that you no longer use, a new home is a fresh start. I make a rule of thumb where if I have not used anything within a certain period of time then it is no good and will never be used.

5-6 Weeks Before

Have your new home conveyed and inspected as statistics show that buyers spend on average $4,000 dollars fixing things they should’ve done before they moved in.

If you already have life insurance make sure that the terms on the insurance meet the requirements of the mortgage condition, if you do not have it you may want to take it out, that is of course if it is a condition.

Hire a removal company such as Aurora movers, these companies will help you pack up all of our items and load it onto trucks. Some moving companies may also supply bubble wrap and boxes, some may even have specialised trucks for our antiques and paintings, if you have any.

Make sure our home insurance and contents insurance is covered from the day you move in.

3 Weeks Before Moving

Make sure you stay connected by moving your home phone, broadband and TV services to the new property as these can take up to 3-6 weeks to be installed in the new home.

Redirect all of our mail for critical things such as banks and other services you may have held at your property, you may also want to tell your service providers that you have moved.

Checkout the new tariffs for energy at your home, some may have a deal on for that month that will set you up for the year!

Sort out your bills. Update your addresses with your TV licence, bank or building society, current credit cards, insurance providers, and any pensions and investments you may have.

Check out this infographic that may also help you:

Top 6 iPhone Apps for When You’re Moving

There are dozens of ways that technology has made our lives easier. From navigating directions to pulling up a restaurant review, there are few areas of our lives that apps haven’t touched. And that goes for moving, too. Give these apps a try on your next big move.

Zillow

The folks at Zillow know that you’re not just buying a home or renting an apartment, but that this is a special process, as you’re making a home where your life will happen. With the “Zillow” app, you can search through home and apartment listings near popular neighborhoods and top-ranked schools. You also can compare home values. The app is free and it’s specially designed for iPhone and iPad.

Apartments.com

The apartment rental search app “Apartments.com” gives you insight into what’s on the market today. With the app, you can search through thousands of updated listings, from condos to townhomes to homes to apartments for rent. Narrow down your search results by drawing a specific target area to find listings in your favorite part of town.

Evernote

Keep track of your notes and lists with the “Evernote” app. This app makes it easy to collect pieces of information that matter to you, making your move less stressful. With “Evernote,” you can clip web articles or home listings take a snapshot of your handwritten notes and keep the digital details of your move all in one place. “Evernote” is not just for people who are moving, you can continue to use the app in your everyday life.

Sortly

Sortly” is another app that keeps your life more organized during a big move. The iPhone app helps you organize all of the stuff in your home with a visual inventory that’s easy to categorize and manage while on the go. During your move, you can make QR labels that can be scanned to let you know what’s packed inside that box. The “Sortly” app also has a helpful feature that lets you auto save your inventory to Evernote. After your move, you can use the “Sortly” app to keep track of your precious items like jewelry, books, art and more.

Moving Van

Looking for a way to take the hassle out of your next move? The “Moving Van” app can help. Keeping track of the contents of your moving boxes has never been easier. The app helps you speed up the unloading process once you are all moved into your new home. Simply assign the box a room and its contents with a unique name or number, and once everything is unloaded you can unpack without guessing which box goes where. “Moving Van” is available in the App Store for $1.99.

Color Snap

Part of owning a home is giving it a little personality. What better way than to paint your home with color? The “Sherwin Williams Color Snap” app allows you to see the paint colors on your home’s walls without lifting a paintbrush. Simply hold your iPhone up to a room and select a color. And, if you have a throw pillow or blanket in a great color, you can snap a photo of it and the app will generate a match, giving you a paint swatch of a real world color. Just upload a photo to start customizing you paint pallette.

Storage Tips for Outdoorsmen: How to Store Your Guns, Bows & Gear

Some hunters prefer perfecting their turkey calls and hitting that small kill zone when taking down a tom in the spring. Others anxiously await the month of November every year to potentially add their names to the Pope and Young Club record book for tagging that monster whitetail, American Elk or some other species.

Regardless of your favorite target, you must take proper care of your equipment to ensure maximum efficiency in all aspects of your hunts. Improper storage and maintenance can cause all kinds of damage that shortens the life of your gear. The following three tips address some of the more commonly neglected pre-storage steps for your expensive equipment.

Gun Cleaning and Storage

Muzzleloaders should always be cleaned after each use. Fouling, whether copper or lead, will not only alter your rifle’s accuracy, but it will ultimately destroy the barrel completely. Unload the rifle preferably by shooting at a safe target, and then remove the action by taking off the breech plug. Use a bore brush and a good solvent to remove all fouling from the barrel. Immerse the plug in solvent until all fouling comes off.

Do not reassemble until everything is completely dry. Always lubricate both the inside and outside of the barrel with some type of synthetic oil to prevent rust. Invest in a gun safe — preferably a fire-resistant and waterproof model — if you’ll be storing your firearms at home. Those storing in public facilities should use a molded case for each gun and opt for a climate-controlled unit.

Bow Maintenance

Despite the popularity of compound bows rising every year among hunters, Olympic competitors are still only allowed to use traditional (recurve) bows. The latter are more difficult for beginners to shoot but far easier to maintain. But that is no excuse to neglect your investment.

Listen and feel for unusual noises, vibrations and anything else out of the ordinary with your compound bow. Stop using it immediately if any of the aforementioned are present, as preventative measure can nip an inevitable cracked limb in the bud. Inspect the string for fraying and any other wear and tear. Have it replaced immediately if the damage is excessive. Apply wax to the string weekly, particularly during the peak hunting season. Lubricate the cams with a good gun oil as well.

Its best to take compound bows to a professional bowyer before hunting season and when it ends for a checkup. If you’re confident in your abilities, you can also tune your bow yourself. Your bow should be kept in a case when not in use for long periods of time.

Hunting Clothes and Shoes

Everything you wear in the field must be scent-free to maximize your chances of success. Wash everything in warm water and baking soda. Hang your garments and cover them with garbage bags. You do not want basement or garage smell accumulating on your clothes during long-term storage. Sprinkle baking soda in your boots as well before storage.

Good maintenance means longevity for your gear. It will also save you money and time in the long run.

Home Selling 101: How To Do It The Right Way?

If you are planning to put your home up for sale in the next few months, you will want to first work on every part of the building that’s in bad shape since any issues can significantly lower the market price. And it doesn’t really matter what time of year you decide to sell – all you need to do is take a few wise steps to ensure a speedy and legit sale. Whether you’re a first-time or a seasoned seller, the following tips will help you sell your property the right way and as quickly as possible.

 

Set the right price from the start

 

Once you’ve decided to sell your home, you will definitely need to price it well. Now, you got it all wrong if you think that you can just price your property based on how much you bought it for and maybe add a bit of a mark-up and that’s it. Note that potential buyers don’t focus on how much you paid for the home, the cost of improving it, or even the down payment that you will be paying for your next property. All they care about is simply the house. You will need to get a comparative market analysis (CMA) from realtors if you want to price your home right.

When a property is priced too high, the buyers and their agents will literally stay away, assuming that you are either not serious about selling it or you’re just unwilling to negotiate. To come up with a reasonable price, you should first determine the prices of the comparable properties sold recently, on-the-market homes, as well as properties that still have not sold. Then, make an initial evaluation of those homes compared to your own property based on the size, location, facilities, and status and price your home accordingly.

 

Improve the curb appeal of your home

 

There is no second chance to make a first impression. So, now that you have put your property up for sale, you will want to make sure that your house looks amazing, since potential buyers are doing their initial drive-bys before they schedule the actual showing.

You can improve the curb appeal of your home by painting the front door, power washing the siding,  and generally cleaning and fixing everything regardless of how trivial it may seem. These curb appeal improvements will get you quite far, but there are also other things you can do to increase the value of the house. Remember that what the buyer sees when pulling up the driveway or walking through the front door sets their overall expectations.

Get a real estate agent

 

You may need to involve a professional realtor so as not to risk losing thousands of dollars trying to sell it on your own. According to the National Association of Realtors, homes sold by real estate agents fetch higher prices than those sold without one. Note that your realtor will be in charge of advertising, showing the property, as well as completing legal requirements of buying and selling your home, so you will need to choose wisely.

Staging your home the right way

 

Prepare every room to look its best. This includes setting up the living area, bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen. In case there is a room that looks odd or seldom used, now is the time you gave it purpose. For example, the odd alcove off your kitchen can be turned into an office, making it more appealing to the eye.

Make the property easy to show

 

A house you’re selling won’t sell if you do not show it to prospective buyers. People will want to look at the home and this is the time you should be most available. Some buyers will even want to visit at night, in the morning, or on the weekends, sometimes with very little notice. It is also important to get out of sight when showing the house to potential buyers so they can be free to walk around and discuss the home without feeling like they’re intruding.

Post your listing on majority of online portals

 

A home listed on the majority of listing sites will most likely find its way to more prospective buyers. Although it is the duty of a real estate agent to list it, you may still want to confirm it’s featured on major websites. It’s even more helpful if the home appears on social media.

 

Share info about life in the neighbourhood

 

Would-be buyers of your home always want to know something about the neighbourhood. In the listing, make sure you include photos of the house and surrounding amenities such as nearby recreation sites, schools or even shopping centers. Anything that grabs the attention of interested buyers can help them decide to eventually buy the house. In this case, you are not marketing just the house, but also the lifestyle of the area it belongs to.

 

Staging your home the right way and sharing information about life in the neighbourhood can make a big difference when selling. Social media has become a great marketing tool and it is important that your realtors showcase the home on major online portals. Following the above selling tips will ensure a quick sale at a fair price.

 

Relocating Your Production Plant: Preparing for Your Big Move

Moving a production plant is not like moving a home. There are some similarities, but in many cases, there are very big differences. If you are moving a production plant, whatever it may be, whether its seafood processes or clothing manufacturing plant, you should make sure you are prepared to take on this task. Here are a few tips to help you get ready for your big move.

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Organize

They say that 15 minutes of preparation is worth an hour of work. Making the necessary preparations and getting organized can help you move quicker and reduce any problems. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get organized:

  1. The first thing you need to do is create a list of all the things you need to move. Group them by section or by type – whichever works best for you and make sure you write down relevant information, like the size odd the item or if it needs to be disassembled.
  2. Create a shopping list. If you have a lot of specialized equipment, like conveyors, cutting and sorting machines, etc. then you need to write down any special moving equipment you need to purchase or rent. Machine moving equipment may be difficult to obtain, so you need to know what you need right away so you can order them. You might also be able to safe on packing materials if you order in advanced or if you buy things in bulk, like wholesale moving boxes.
  3. Assign jobs. Most likely, you will have people in the company to help supervise and work on the move. Use your people effectively and delegate jobs. You can get things done much quicker and more efficiently.
  4. Create a timeline. If you have a deadline when you have to finish your move, make sure you create deadlines for when things have to be done. That way, you can keep track if you are ahead or behind, and then you can adjust accordingly.

Find Out Relevant Local Laws or Regulations

Since moving an entire plant is a large-scale effort, it might take up a lot of resources. Not only do you have to employ a lot of trucks and manpower, but you might be taking up a lot of roads and streets. Make sure you check with the regulations in your new city (and your current one) if there are any regulations you need to follow or permits you need to apply for before you start packing up.

Check Your Insurance Policies

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You probably have insurance to cover your production plant, but does it cover any damages or loss when you move? Go over your insurance policy and check. If you don’t, you may have to call your provider and get an added rider to cover your relocation.

Think About Improvements

Since you are already moving your entire plant and disassembling your equipment, you should also think about improvements that can help production. If you haven’t thought about it, then you should give some consideration as to how moving things around might be able to increase productivity and even improve your product? You might want to reposition a few key machines or completely change your layout. This is a great time to do it because you’ve already schedule the move (and any production disruptions) and have the equipment packed up, plus you already have the machinery to help move things around.

These are the main things you need to consider and prepare for when you move any type of production plant. Things may slightly change depending on the type of plant. If you have any questions about moving your production plant or about industrial moving in general, do drop us a line!


About Contributor:

Anna Jennifer is a third-generation mover. Her grandfather established his own moving company back in the 1930s, which served areas throughout the greater Ohio area. In her teens, she worked at the company and learned the ropes. Although the business did not survive, Anna went on to pursue her interests in business and logistics. After graduating from the University of Ohio and getting her MBA from the Oxford School of Business, she worked with several logistics companies in Europe and the Asia Pacific. She returned to the US and joined www.newhaven-usa.com; one of the largest moving supplies manufacturer and wholesale moving boxes supplier in the US.

Moving Buddies: How to Make New Friends in a New City

Moving to a new city is hard. You’ve made a whole life for yourself, and now have to say goodbye to start making a new one. You have to pack and unpack all of the boxes. You have to find a new grocery store, a new doctor and a new takeout Indian restaurant. And that’s the easy stuff. The really hard part of moving is trying to make new friends. It’s not so different from dating. You have to pick a good spot, make yourself a little vulnerable and hope that a like-minded person walks through the door. With that in mind, here are just a few ways to improve your odds of making friends in a new city.

Join a Group

Most metropolitan neighborhoods have an endless supply of running groups, trivia nights and film appreciation societies that are full of like-minded adults. Do a little research to find the group that matches your interests. Better yet, see this as an opportunity to learn a new sport or develop a new passion. New people show up to groups all the time, so you’re more than likely to meet someone simply by virtue of being one of “the new guys.” And don’t forget about volunteering, which is a great way to meet new people and also have an immediate impact on your new community.

Be Proactive

Just because you’re new in town doesn’t mean you have to wait for someone to initiate a friend-date. You’re actually in a great position because everything is new to you, so it’s normal that you want a local to serve as a tour guide. If you’re feeling ambitious, grab a few tickets and tell a prospective friend that you’re looking for someone to tag along to your first game in your new city. Who knows? You might each end up with a new best friend.

Start With Friends of Friends

A great place to start making friends is by borrowing them from other friends. This is where social media can come in handy because you can connect to new people through a common acquaintance. Let everyone know you’re moving to a new city so you’re sure to have plenty of responses like “My sister lives in Milwaukee!” or “My old roommate just moved there, too!” With some luck, you’ll have a new friend waiting to help you move in when you arrive.

Eat at German Restaurants

This might seem oddly specific, but it’s a good tip. German restaurants have long, communal tables that encourage mixing and mingling. There’s also plenty of sing-alongs and dark beer to ensure everyone is in a great mood. If you’re hanging out with a new friend or group of friends, the sheer spectacle can serve as a bonding experience and you’ll definitely bypass the awkward silence phase.

Monitor Your Coworkers

Making friends with new coworkers is always trickier than it seems. You would think that the camaraderie of working together would give you a lot to talk about, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a lot of common interests or shared values. Plus, the professional nature of the work environment can make it hard to gauge anyone’s personality. Still, a new job is a great place to start building a new friend-base. Without a doubt, anyone who invites you out to happy hour on your first day is a good potential friend.

Indulge in Luxury Anywhere You Go With These Portable Goods

The upkeep of a luxurious life requires some work, as opulence is grandiose in both its demeanor and size. The transportation and storage of luxury goods can be complicated because these items typically take up a substantial amount of space. But if you want to avoid some of these hassles, here is a list of portable items that allow you to indulge in leisure from anywhere:

Spa

Find pure bliss and comfort in the privacy of your backyard with your own jet spa. While many spa and hot tubs are bulky and immobile, the PureSpa is inflatable and therefore easy to transport and set up. The tub seats up to four adults and holds 210 gallons of water. The spa boasts four individual massage jets and 120 bubble jets. And its control panel enables you to adjust the settings for a massage that suits your needs.

Record Player

Experience the rich sound of vinyl anywhere and anytime with the Crosley Cruiser transportable turntable. The stylish, briefcase-style shell comes in a variety of patterns and colors so you can personalize your record player. The Crosley players are constructed of wood and bound in leather with a three-speed turntable and built-in stereo speakers. This compact case eliminates the need for a bulky speaker system and stereo to attach to your turntable. The modern design also lets you plug in your portable audio device or MP3 player. Plus, it is easy to store since it only weighs 16 pounds and has compact dimensions of 17 by 13 by 8 inches.

Fireplace

A fireplace gives your space a soothing ambiance and a sense of serenity. The indoor Zeta Bio-Ethanol Fireplace allows you to enjoy this luxury anywhere you may be. The Zeta’s curved inner shell is composed of polished stainless steel, which complements the leather exterior. The free-standing fireplace utilizes bio-ethanol fuel, which is an eco-friendly and renewable energy source that yields up to 20 burn hours. The Zeta is also able to swivel 360 degrees, so you can direct the heat and view the flame from any angle. This device is compact and easy to transport — It measures 32 inches in height, 36 inches in width and 42 inches in depth. The Zeta is a perfect alternative to large, immovable and bulky traditional fireplaces.

Washing Machine

Washing machines are one of the most expensive utilities because of their upfront and energy costs. Traditional washing machines also are difficult to transport and store, due to their large size. A portable and greener alternative for washing your clothes is a hand-powered laundry machine. The Wonder Wash allows you to regulate the amount you wash and how much water is used. This tumble-wash system is ideal for delicates, but it is large enough to handle the equivalent of 10 T-shirts, 30 pairs of socks or three pairs of jeans. The Wonder Wash is the smallest washing machine available and is ideal for those on the go, since it is portable and easy to store.

Espresso Maker

The Mypressi Twist is one of the most compact, stylish and efficient espresso makers on the market. It is known as the first, truly-portable espresso machine that produces espresso that rivals traditional models. The device is easy to tote and store, as it weighs only four pounds and measures around 12 inches long. Twist was voted the best new consumer product in 2010 by the Speciality Coffee Association, and it is perfect for the home, office and outdoors since it requires no external power or power cords.

Prevent Pest Infestations in Your Storage Unit

A pest infestation can compromise the quality and cleanliness of the belongings you’ve stowed away for safe keeping. Since you probably aren’t at your storage unit every day, it is important to know the various signs that accompany a pest infestation and how to take the necessary preventative and remedial measures. Here are some of the most common pests to look out for and the best practices for a pest-free storage unit:

Rodents

The most common pests that lurk around storage units are rodents. Mice and rats find ways into your storage unit through the tiniest crevices in search of a place to nest. Rodents chew through storage boxes and nibble and gnaw at furniture, clothing, plastic items and electronics. Rodent feces are another issue that accompany their presence. A mouse generally produces 40 to 100 droppings per day, which can infect and soil your personal items.

To detect a rodent infestation, look for signs of gnaw marks, nests and tracks. If you have dogs or cats, have them accompany you to your unit, as they are excellent pest detectors. The best way to treat an infestation is through a thorough cleaning of your unit.  Remove any food items or products that can be used for nesting,  and take preventative measures with mouse traps.

Termites

Termites can cause irreparable damage to your personal items. They can be found in moist climates, and  they are particularly drawn to areas of standing water. Signs of a termite infestation include small holes in wood, crumbled drywall, insect wings and small shelter tubes.

To prevent a termite infestation in your storage unit, eliminate anything that may leak or create a moist, termite-friendly environment. Ensure that your lumber is chemically treated with pesticides, and spray liquid termiticide around the foundation of your unit. Regularly inspect your storage unit for these signs and schedule bi-yearly professional checkups to keep your belongings safe from these hazardous pests.

Moths

Moths can be difficult to detect, as they are drawn to darkness and can easily elude your meticulous search for pests. Adult moths do not cause harm to your clothes, but rather their larvae feed on fabric, leaving your clothing and textiles peppered with holes.

The best strategy for moth prevention is cleanliness. Vacuum any fabric items , including, rugs, couches, chairs and tapestries,  before you place them into storage. Wash or dry clean your worn garments because the pests are drawn to any remnants of body odor or food that may be on the clothing. It is best to store your items in plastic bags or containers . Then,  add a lavender satchel with the contained clothing, as lavender oil carries a chemical that is a natural repellent.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are dirty pests that can spread a range of diseases through the bacteria they carry, including salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus and the polio virus. One of the only signs of a roach infestation is when you see the pest.

To keep the cockroaches away, make sure your items are incredibly clean before you store them. Have your furniture professionally steamed and cleaned to remove any stains or food debris. Clean any appliances that may have come into contact with food. Additionally, thoroughly sweep and clean the empty storage unit, and fill any cracks with Combat gel.

4 Vehicles That Make Moving a Lot Easier

It’s time to move again. Whether you are a student changing schools, are in the military or have a job that often re-assigns you to new cities, you don’t grow too much grass under your feet. As you know quite well, moving is a spendy endeavor, and you’ll cut back on costs if you handle most of the move yourself. To make getting from Point A to Point B in as few trips as possible, consider borrowing, renting or buying one of the following vehicles:

Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey is one of the best vehicles for moving day, and for good reasons: The minivan boasts around 140 cubic feet of cargo space, and it’s wide enough to fit a queen-sized mattress. The rear seats fold down into the floor, which gives you a huge flat space for stacking boxes, and once you get on the road, the van gets surprisingly good gas mileage — Car and Driver puts it at around 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 on the highway. The van is also comfortable to drive and ride in as you head to your new place.

Ford F-150

Pickup trucks and moving day are a match made in heaven. As the DriveTime blog notes, the Ford F-150 is an exceptionally durable and roomy choice, with ample room for you and the five buddies who are helping you move, and a enormous back cargo area. If you have to tow a U-Haul trailer, the Ford-150 can do that with ease, and with its estimated 20 miles per gallon on the highway, you won’t have to fill up often.

Chevrolet Suburban

Measuring in at a whopping 121.9 cubic feet of space, the Chevrolet Suburban is exceptionally roomy. Thanks to its front row bench-style seating, this massive SUV has room for nine along with tons of your stuff. The Suburban also features a hands-free power lift gate which will prevent you from dropping boxes while attempting to open the back end. If you can borrow or rent a Suburban, chances are good you can move the majority of your possessions in just one or two trips, which will leave you plenty of time to reward your helpers with pizza and beer.

Toyota 4Runner

AmmoLand calls the Toyota 4Runner the “leader of the pack when it comes to REAL SUVs,” and one reason is its 89 cubic feet of storage space. Its long body and wheelbase means longer items can fit in the back with relative ease. If you need more space, the 4Runner’s power rear window can be lowered into the bottom of the rear hatch, which means you can have extra-long items sticking out the back end. Of course, you should safely secure your things and make sure they are visible to other drivers, but for longer items like bed rails and futon frames this feature will save you a moving van rental fee.

How to Choose the Right Removalist When Moving (and Avoid the Common Pitfalls)

Moving home is widely considered one of the top 5 causes of stress, ranking alongside the death of a loved one, divorce, a major illness and loss of your job. Moving doesn’t need to be stressful, especially if you take the time to plan your move properly. One of the most important decisions in planning a move is choosing the right removalist.

Find below a list of the top 5 things to consider when choosing a removalist

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Just because the company has a nice looking website with images of muscular male models, this doesn’t mean those are the movers will turn up on the day. Often the best removal companies are so busy servicing their customers, they don’t have the need to spend huge amounts of money on their website and marketing. It is often the small family-run business that will do the best job.

Read previous customer reviews. We repeat: read reviews. If the company has been around for a while, there should definitely be some reviews that you can read to get an idea of their professionalism. If there are no reviews, either they are unheard of, or have just setup shop – probably a company you want to avoid doing business with. Remember, when reading reviews, they shouldn’t always be positive. People are a lot more likely to post negative reviews than they are positive so it is only natural there are some negative reviews amongst the good ones. If there are no negative reviews, it could be a sign that the reviews a fake. No removal company keeps all their clients happy 100% of the time, as the business of moving is more of an art form and a skill than a science. You can generally find reviews on the company’s Facebook page, their Google plus account or on True Local.

Avoid the cheapest removalist. Look for a cost-effective service – be very careful to not choose the cheapest removalist you can find. Often they employ university students or backpackers with little experience. They also could have very small trucks which means a second trip may be required. In addition, they probably don’t have the right insurances so if something goes wrong, you’re on your own. Look for a company that is middle of the road in terms of pricing. You don’t need to pay for a white glove service, but you also don’t want to choose the backyard movers that may not even turn up on the day. Companies that compete solely on price clearly cut corners in others areas.

Avoid comparison sites and Gumtree. Most comparison websites sell their leads to the highest bidder with very little checks of quality control over the actual movers. In addition, you need to avoid using websites like Gumtree that have zero screening requirements for people to post an ad. Anyone can go hire a truck for a day and put an ad on gumtree. Remember, these movers are going to be in and out of your house, if you choose someone that no one has ever heard of, you risk damage and possibly put yourself and your family in danger.

Ask plenty questions before booking. When scrolling through the internet, it is hard to know who you are dealing with by just looking at a website. The best thing to do is pick up the phone and call the removal company and have a chat with the office. Ask a bunch of questions to make sure the person on the phone knows what they are talking about. Questions such as how long do they estimate the move will take, do they have insurance, what size truck will they be sending, are there any hidden charges, etc. are all important questions and will give you an indication that the company is experienced. Remember, for the sake of a little extra money, it is often best to take out your own insurance to ensure there is proper coverage of your goods. Most removals companies only fully cover damage to common property under Public Liability Insurance.

 

Disclaimer: This article was written by Brett Epstein, the director of a Sydney removalist Company, Hire A Mover.