Moving: When to DIY vs hire the professionals

May 10, 2024

Written by: Ella Picton

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With every new life stage comes a new set of desires of where and how you want to live. Whether it be apartment living in the CBD or moving out to the suburbs to get that additional space, there are many options available to suit your needs.

It’s no surprise that 40% of Aussies move every five years, and the average Australian moves about 13 times in their lifetime.

Moving is a big life event and can be a stressful experience for everyone involved. Finding the right help during this time can be crucial and can lead to a much better experience all around. There are multiple tasks during a move that can be delegated to a team of professionals to streamline the process. These two, however, are the most important to take the stress out of moving.

  1. Using professional cleaners
  2. Hiring a reliable moving services

Benefits to hire a professional cleaning service for your move:

It saves a lot of time

Doing a thorough clean of your whole house takes considerable time, especially when juggling packing, preparing family meals and directing movers.
Hiring a professional cleaner will work much faster, freeing up some of your time to focus on other aspects of the move. They also work more efficiently following meticulous checklists to complete the job properly.

Enhanced appearance for selling / securing your bond

A professionally cleaned property can enhance the property's overall appearance for prospective buyers interested in buying your property. A clean, inviting home makes a great first impression. If you’re renting, professional cleaners are trained in end-of-lease cleaning, they know what landlords look for during move-out inspections and can ensure the space meets those standards, improving your chances of getting your full deposit back.

Receipts & documentation

Professional cleaning companies provide you with receipts and correct documentation of their services and handing this documentation over to your landlord leaves a good final impression. This demonstrates that you are serious about leaving the unit in perfect condition and will definitely better your chances of getting your bond/security deposit back.

Now that we’ve covered the benefits of hiring a cleaning service for your move, let's discuss the second job that can be delegated to a team of professionals on your moving day to lighten your load.

Hiring professional removalists has many benefits, the top 3 are:

  1. Saving you a considerable amount of time
  2. They do the heavy lifting and moving
  3. They are insured during the move

Things to consider when choosing a reliable removalist. 

First Impressions

A reliable moving company will know how vital customer care is and what a massive impact offering good customer service has on the success of their business.
They might not answer your queries immediately, as they are often busy and on the road, but when they do respond, they do so in a kind, professional and helpful manner. This will be the first indication that they will take extra care of your belongings and ultimately go the extra mile to help accommodate you and your needs for the move.

Transparency

A company will be completely transparent about its pricing structure and assistance availability. They will not be vague about their fees and gladly provide a quote breakdown should you request one. Remember that a reliable carrier has mastered the ‘under promise and over deliver’ approach. They would much rather disclose that their schedule is too tight to assist during a specific time and try to find a reasonable time frame that suits both parties. Your carrier is committed to complete transparency and ultimate customer satisfaction.

Insurance

Moving house is more than just packing up and going from one point to the next.
It’s packing up the lifelong belongings you’ve gathered along the way and unpacking those same items in your new house, making it feel like home.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 90% of Aussies move within the same state or suburb, so even though the risk is lower for most moves in Australia, a reliable removalist knows what precious cargo they work with, and should anything unforeseen happen, they will be set up with the right insurance to replace anything that might have been damaged during your trip. Always ask your carrier about their insurance coverage.

Convenience

Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do. A reliable moving company will have a system in place that makes the process as seamless and stress-free as possible for you.

Conclusion

Deciding whether to handle a move on your own or to engage professional movers and cleaners is a significant decision that can impact both the efficiency and stress levels of your moving experience. While this article highlights the considerable advantages of hiring professionals, particularly for saving time and ensuring a smooth transition, it's essential to consider your specific situation. Assess factors like your budget, the complexity of the move, your physical ability, and time constraints.

For those inclined towards DIY, remember that a successful move requires careful planning and organization. However, if your move involves tight deadlines, large volumes of belongings, or if it simply seems too overwhelming, professional services might be a worthwhile investment. Ultimately, the choice between DIY and hiring professionals should align with your personal needs, ensuring a seamless move that suits your lifestyle and budget.

Whether you choose to roll up your sleeves or to hire experts, the key to a stress-free move is preparation. Take the time to research, plan, and consider all your options. By doing so, you can make informed decisions that lead to a positive moving experience, setting the stage for a happy beginning in your new home.


Getting quotes should be the easy part. Then comes comparing quotes, viewing reviews and making an informed decision about which company will be the best fit!


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About the author 

Ella Picton

Hi there! I’m Ella, a passionate blogger and craft enthusiast from Sydney, Australia. With a background as an event and wedding planner and my daily adventures as a mom of three, I love sharing fun and practical DIY home lifestyle tips. Each post I write is a blend of creativity and real-world experience, aimed at helping you transform your living spaces.

When I’m not writing, you might find me at the local makers' market, where I sell my handmade crafts. These experiences not only fuel my blog with tested advice but also connect me with fellow creative spirits. Join me on this journey to make every day at home uniquely fulfilling!