Packing, Moving and Storage

4 Reasons Why Your Removalists Need To Inspect Your Home Before Moving

When moving your home or office, your removalist will ask to inspect your home before the removals date. Homeowners with a busy schedule might opt to forego this inspection. Unknown to them, this complicates the removal process and could lead to extra charges. Below is an excerpt discussing the benefits of a home inspection as you move your home. 

1. Determining The Required Insurance Coverage

The underlying principle of any insurance cover is that you must declare the value of the item you need to insure. Most removalists can appraise your household items to determine the amount of removals insurance coverage that you need. It helps reduce incidences of over-insurance or under-insurance. Besides, the removalist will advise what type of removal insurance cover you require. For instance, you could go for a cover that compensates you with a new item as opposed to the item's market value at the time of insurance. Depending on the nature of your move, you could also require storage insurance.

2. Deciding The Required Equipment And Manpower

The home inspection will help the removalist decide the resources required to move your home. The number and size of items in your home will inform the removalist of the type and size of the truck needed to move the property. If you live in a multi-storey building, the removalist could require specialised equipment such as forklifts or cranes to move heavy items on the upper floors. 

3. Determining The Need For Special Transport

Most removalists will ask you to transport valuables and sensitive documents. If your property has a lot of valuables (such as expensive paintings or artefacts), the removalist will organise for specialised transport. More often than not, they will refer you to a transport company that offers secure or discreet transportation services. If you happen to have a disabled or incapacitated family member, the removalist can connect you to a non-emergency medical transport provider. 

4. Identifying Challenges

During the home inspection, the removalist will identify challenges that could complicate the packing and loading of your items. For instance, if your home does not have sufficient parking, the removals truck will have to be parked a distance from your doorstep. In this case, the removalist will need to develop a plan of how to move your items to the truck safely. There are cases when your home has narrow walkways and exits. In this case, the furniture removalist will have to dismantle your furniture. 

A home inspection allows the removalist to determine the required insurance coverage, the resources needed to move your home, the need for special transport, and the risks and challenges they will encounter when moving your home.