Published On: Mon, Nov 27th, 2017

Moving in Melbourne

Melbourne is a great place to live and has been voted the world’s most liveable city for the 7th year in a row in 2017 by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability survey of 140 cities. Melbourne’s population has seen a growth spurt for several years running, dominating Australia’s population growth for the 11th year in a row as of 2013 adding 77,000 people between 2011 – 2012.

The population of Victoria is expected to hit around 10 million people by the 2050s and Melbourne’s population is expected to double to 230,000 by 2031. Migration to Melbourne from is very strong, and the Bureau of Statistics in Australia projects Melbourne to overtake Sydney to become Australia’s biggest city by 2056.

With so many people on the move, we spoke to some removalists in Melbourne for tips on how to choose a removalist.

Dumbo Move has the following advice:

Before you speak to a mover, you should know what furniture and items you want to take with you to your new home, and what furniture and items you no longer want or have a need for. Before getting any quotes, compile an accurate list of the furniture you want to move so the moving companies can quote your move accurately.

Finding a Furniture Removalist in Melbourne

Here’s some great advice on what to look for in a furniture removalist when you’re considering a move in Melbourne:

Reviews – Look for positive reviews and customer testimonials on the companies’ website and around the web on Google and other review sites. The Internet is an excellent place to get the lowdown on the removalists you’re considering. You’ll find many sites on the web where customers have shared their experiences. If the removalists have been around for a while, chances are the one’s you’re considering have been reviewed on one of these sites.

Associations – In Australia, the removalists industry association is known as AFRA – The Australian Furniture Removers Association. Membership of AFRA is a strong indicator that the company adheres to strict protocols and will resolve any issues if they arise.

Deposits – Ask the removalists you are considering if they require a deposit before your move begins. If the answer to this question is yes, then you should avoid hiring the company. These days, few reputable removalists require a deposit to hold a booking.

Address – When it comes to the moving industry, most reputable removalists will list their physical address, or make it available to you upon request. Beware of fly-by-night operators who use only a post office box so they can move around more easily. If the moving company you’re considering doesn’t have a physical address on their website – ask for it – and if they still don’t provide one, then you should consider finding another removalist.

Terms and Conditions – Request a copy of the companies’ terms and conditions and make sure you read it before making a booking. Although they can be a pain to read, you should know where you stand if there are any hiccups with your move.

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