Unregulated Furniture Removals In Sydney – Why An Afra Removalist Should Always Be Used

The Australian Furniture Removal industry is an unregulated mess. Basically, anyone with a truck can call themselves a professional furniture removalist. All they need is an advertisement in the local newspaper and a mobile phone. These fly-by-night ‘removalists’ will demand cash after the job as often they possess no legitimate company bank account. And lookout when things go wrong – because things will go wrong ; the consumer will have no way of enforcing any action as the company was not even registered and no physical address exists.

Using an AFRA member is the main rule when choosing a furniture removalist. AFRA is the Australian Furniture Removers Association. To become an AFRA member removalist companies must reach the required standard in areas such as staff training, correct insurance policies, correct equipment, suitable premises, secure storage facilities and a competent trading record. All AFRA members will carry the correct public liability and additionally only AFRA members are legally entitled to offer full insurance for goods in transit and storage. AFRA give the following warning notice on their Sydney web site, WARNING : choosing the wrong removalist could cost you thousands of dollars.

During a recent interview, a manager from AFRA removalist Man and His Van stated the following
“Any Saturday, but particularly a Saturday of a long weekend, we take numerous calls from distraught people. These people urgently need help because their removalists have not turned up, or their removalists started the job but decided it was too big, so they left; we often hear about other removalists smashing furniture and walls so the customer sends them away. I will not even tell you about some situations because they are just so incredible”

All consumers in Australia have some protection under the Trade Practices act of 1974. This Act ensures Tradesmen will conduct themselves in a “workman like manner” ; basically it ensures they will do a decent job. However, the Act does have some limitations, for example when a furniture removalist is working for a company rather than a private individual, and when damages occur which are not the fault of the removalist or when the customer did not advise the removalist that some objects were of a brittle or fragile nature. To ensure full peace of mind when moving house it is recommended that the customer always takes out transit insurance with the removalist.

So, be very careful when moving house in Sydney. Always use an AFRA removalist, look for a company that has been trading for at least ten years, ask to see any testimonial letters, only use a company with a physical address and depot, do not pick a removalist from the classified section of the local newspaper, and always take out transit insurance.

Unfortunately, even with AFRA members things can occasionally go wrong, . The difference is AFRA members will efficiently rectify the situation. In the unlikely case that this does not happen then the customer has the right to take the case to an AFRA tribunal where any decision is binding.

Man and His Van furniture Removalists Sydney http://www.manandhisvan.com.au
Afra – The Australian Furniture Removalists Association http://www.sydneyremovalist.com.au

Mini-movers busy shifting flood victims furniture

THE switchboard at Mini Movers at Acacia Ridge and all their trucks are on the road moving furniture from houses under flood threat.
Mini Movers owner Mike O’Hagan said the company had to evacuate its own flood-affected premises at Rocklea to its headquarters at Acacia Ridge but was working with all 45 of its trucks moving flood-affected residents.

“We’ve got trucks everywhere, only moving people who are flood affected,’’ he said.

“Half our staff (in the office) whose homes are flood-affected have gone home but not the boys on the trucks.’‘

Mr O’Hagan said residents had called from across Brisbane to move furniture from downstairs to upstairs, to storage sheds or to friends houses.
He said most calls had come from Chelmer, Indooroopilly, West End and Fig Tree Pocket.

(Source: Southern Star Newspaper)

Mini Movers partners with 1800-Got-Junk?

MiniMovers a local home and office moving system and 1-800-GOTJUNK?, a full-service rubbish removal company, have joined forces to offer customers fantastic joint service solutions to domestic and commercial customers.

Customers looking to move from one item to the largest home or office now have an easy and convenient way to get rid of unwanted items before they move, or after they move if that is more convenient. “MiniMovers have both small and big trucks, and make moving locally an easy process. By using our hourly rate system, and offering our customers the freedom to help if they wish, and also by including our “Written Guarantee” makes MiniMovers the only choice in local moving ADDED to that 1-800-GOT-JUNK? who will clear
out the rest,” says Mike O’Hagan, owner of MiniMovers. “Together we make moving easier and less stressful for everyone.” “The alliance of two recognisable Companies offers customers of MiniMovers and 1-800-GOT-JUN a total solution for their moving, storage, and rubbish removal needs,” said Martin Stewart, Strategic Account Manager
for Commercial Sales and Strategic Alliances at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? “We are thrilled to be partner with MiniMovers, leaders in Australia in local moving solutions.”
MiniMovers and 1-800-GOT-JUNK? will offer solutions and lead generation to each other’s customers, working together solutions, and seeking ways to deepen existing partnerships to create “ecstatically happy customers”

About MiniMovers

MiniMovers has been wowing home and business owners in Brisbane, Gold Coast, for over 25 years! And now also in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth MiniMovers does not use subcontractors, ensuring the customer experience is always a priority. Each week some 1000 people choose to move with MiniMovers, enjoying the easy, hourly rate, where you can control the cost.

About 1800-GOTJUNK?

1800-GOT-JUNK? is pioneering an industry that is helping residents and businesses remove junk and regain space. Whether it’s a pile of household junk in the garage or a warehouse full of office furnishings, 1800-GOTJUNK? removes it for you, making the ordinary business of junk removal exceptional. We are passionate about recycling and donating to charity. 1800-GOT-JUNK? was founded in 1989 and now operates throughout Australia and North America.