Moving Across the Country: The Benefits of Backloading

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Moving Across the Country: The Benefits of Backloading

When I was offered a new job in Perth, I had to relocate my life from Brisbane. I had no idea how I was going to ship all my things across Australia. I considered hiring a van and doing it myself, but driving thousands of miles and then starting work when I arrived just didn't appeal to me. I looked into using a moving company, but I was put off a little by the cost. It was then my friend mentioned backloading. Backloading allowed me to haul my things across the country on trucks which were returning from another job. This drastically reduced the cost. I am now settled in Perth, but I wanted to start this blog to help others who need to store or move the things they own.

Removals 101: All You Need To Know About Backloading

Removalists offer different services to people who intend to move their homes and offices. Unfortunately, most clients are not conversant with backloading services. Below are some FAQs to help you comprehend how this arrangement works and why you should consider it during your next move.

What Is Backloading? 

Backloading is an arrangement when removal clients share a truck as they move their items. Alternatively, the removal company could use an empty truck on a return trip to move a client. Backloading benefits the client and removal company. The client saves significant removal costs while the removal company optimises its resources. Remember, trucks suffer the same amount of wear, whether fully loaded or empty. Backloading helps the company optimise efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. 

How Do You Plan Backloading? 

Your immediate task should be finding a removalist who offers backloading services. Typically, you should conduct due diligence to establish the removalist's expertise. For instance, you could assess how clients review their backloading service. Your next task is to create a removal plan. This document details the activities to conduct to prepare and execute the move.

Below are some insights to help you make the removal plan.

  • The removals date and time rely on when the other customer intends to move or the availability of a removal truck on the return journey. However, the removalist could negotiate with the other customer to ensure the removal date and time suits both parties.
  • Will the removalist offer packing services? If not, ask them to provide packaging supplies to ease the packing process.
  • Ask the removalist to assess and appraise your household items. It ensures they come with an appropriate truck. Moreover, the assessment helps the removalist take adequate insurance.
  • Inform the removalist if you need additional services such as storage or arranging items in your new home. 

Consultation and effective communication are at the heart of successful backloading. Therefore, you must keep the removalist up to date with any developments that could complicate the process. For instance, you can consult the removalist if you have trouble packing or dismantling bulky furniture. Moreover, inform the removalist about any challenges they could experience when loading or offloading your items. For example, narrow hallways and steep staircases could pose various removal challenges. 

A few days before the move, ask the removalist to send you a comprehensive and accurate quote. Review this invoice to ensure it incorporates all the services you require. Then, negotiate these costs to suit your removals budget.