Are you moving on a budget? If so, you should consider backloading services. Below is a comprehensive guide on backloading and the various considerations you should make during this process.
What is Backloading?
Backloading is a service where your items are transported by a removals truck on return journey or one with extra space heading in the same direction. Other than saving costs, it may be a faster way to move your home or office since it requires minimal preparations. Unlike regular removals, the removalist will not need to conduct a home inspection. Further, you will have to pack your items.
How to Prepare for Backloading?
Below are a few ways to prepare for backloading:
1. Find a Reliable Removalist
Not all removalists provide backloading services. As such, conduct some research to determine removal companies that offer the service. The company could either be located near your current residence or the area you intend to relocate to. Give as much information as you can regarding the items you intend to move. Inquire about backloading costs and any extra charges you may incur. The removalist should have removals insurance; it ensures you receive compensation for damaged or lost goods.
2. De-clutter Your Home
Old furniture and broken electronics will occupy much-needed space in the removals truck. As such, you could sell them at a neighbourhood auction, donate them or dispose of them at a landfill. If you are moving into a smaller house, you could ask the removalist to recommend storage services.
The following are a few tips to guide you when packing your items:
- Create an inventory detailing every item in your home; the list will help you when packing and unpacking your things.
- Use bubble wrap, packing blankets, newspapers and stretch wrap to prevent damage to fragile items such as kitchenware and electric appliances.
- Check user manuals to know how to dismantle furniture in your home.
- Disconnect and empty your fridge a few hours before transport to ensure the evaporator has ample time to defrost.
- Label your cartons to prevent mix-ups during unloading.
If you live in an apartment, inform neighbours and the property manager of your intent to move. You could ask them to avoid specific hallways or elevators. Be punctual -- the removals company may fine you or leave your items if you are not available on the removals day. Transport valuable items such as jewellery and paintings in your car. You should also pack a few essentials such as snacks and toiletries.
Backloading is a cost-effective way to move your home or office. Work with a removalist, de-clutter your home and consider the recommended packing and execution tips.