It was only last week we came across people seeking referrals for 'cheap' removalists on an online forum. The old adage of 'you get what you pay for' doesn't seem to ring true as much as it used to. Trusted brands aren't necessarily trusted anymore as manufacturing has changed and is much more cost-reductive. The internet has changed how we do things as well. The way we work, the way we search for information and the way we shop. It provides us with many more options and opportunities which we never had before. We meet people online and form relationships. Who would've thought? We search online for almost everything now. Including services like a trusted removalist.
Even though the internet has enabled us to source cheaper goods and services, choosing the cheapest option is not necessarily the better option - especially within the removals industry. Our experience is that you actually do get what you pay for with removalists!
We hear so many horror stories from clients who have used a 'cheap' removalist. You know the ones. They charge $40 per hour. Sometimes $70 per hour. Now, we're not saying all 'cheap' removalists provide stressful moving experiences. But have you ever stopped to think what you might be getting for $40 per hour? Or how long your move might take if you hire the cheaper removalist? Do you get the large truck which will enable you to move all your contents in the one trip? Or does it take twice as long as you need to make two or three trips because the 'cheaper' removalist only has a small truck? Do you get hidden fees and charges on top of the 'cheap' rate? Is the removalist insured? Is the work rate of the removalist going to meet with your expectations? Or will it be like watching paint dry? Do you really want the headache? Are you really getting moved on the cheap? I bet the answer is no.
These 'cheaper' removalists might do an OKish job. And that's great if that's all you're after. But with the higher charging outfits (and it doesn't have to be the premium end either), you are most likely buying experience, speed and safety. When you buy experience you get peace of mind right? Because you don't really want to deal with the potential risks of damages, injuries etc after moving your home or office. You've got better things to do - like unpack all those boxes, make the beds, find the kids school uniforms for the next day, organise dinner, ensure your pets are safe and haven't run away throughout the ordeal....the list goes on. That list does not have to include a fall out from removal day.
This blog isn't to state that 'we' are better than 'them'. If you feel comfortable with booking a 'cheap' removalist then please go ahead and do so. We are merely pointing out what seems obvious to us but which may not be obvious to you. We've been told time and time again that moving home is one of the most stressful times in our lives. Sure it is. But it doesn't have to be. You don’t have to buy into that if you do your homework.
Happy moving folks!
Vesna & Danny.