If you’re looking for cheap ways to move interstate, you may or may not know what backloading is. Chances are, you’ve at least heard of it. Backloading removalists are companies that try to maximise their earning potential while saving on fuel costs by not having empty trucks driving from previous job sites, particularly interstate ones.
If you’re curious what backloading is and how it works out to be a cheap way to move interstate, we’ll outline all of the important aspects for you below. Although we specialise in Melbourne removals, you might need to come to Melbourne first before using our services. Thus this article about backloading and its benefits can come handy.
What is Backloading?
Backloading is an inexpensive way to move where a company will transport your belongings in either an empty truck or a truck that has space and is coming off another job. Backloading removalists will book jobs on the way back from another job to help maximise their earning potential. So, if someone wants to move from Townsville to Melbourne, they complete the job and drop that load off. Then, they’d try to book someone who wants to move from Melbourne back interstate to Queensland on the return trip so they don’t have to drive an empty truck and burn fuel for no reason.
It’s a cheap way to move interstate, but it also works for short-distance moves with people who have fewer items to take from point A to point B. Your belongings can end up loaded with someone else’s items, and the truck will either be significantly large enough to accommodate two people’s things or it’ll be empty.
This is why labelling is so important when you move, but it’s even more critical with backloading to ensure your items don’t mix with the other person’s belongings. If you plan to enlist the help of backloading removalists to help with the packing, make sure you have a solid labelling system in place. The same goes if you choose to pack yourself.
Also, backloading doesn’t mean that the removalists will treat your belongings with any less care. When you hire a professional company, they will provide the same level of service that they’d give you in a more traditional move. This can help ensure that all of your items make it safely to your destination without ending up damaged or lost during transit.
For the company, this service is a sustainable and economical way of working. They can help people relocate while saving fuel and other resources. In turn, this increases the company’s profits and your savings potential.
How Backloading Works
When you contact a backloading removalist company, you’d book them just like you’d book a traditional moving company. You’d explain that you’d like to book a truck for your selected moving dates, let the company know how many items you have and get an estimate.
You can call around and see which companies offer the most cost-effective services. Once you find one that matches your budget and time slots, you can book them. The company will then coordinate with the other moving project they have. This can go one of two ways.
If you don’t mind mixing items and only have a few pieces of furniture or boxes, they may pick up your things while they still have a few of the previous job’s items in their truck. You can also pay for premium service with some companies, and this is a way to guarantee that you get an empty truck so there is no danger of accidentally offloading the incorrect things at the wrong location.
The company will go to the first job site and unload, and then they’ll come to your home and load your items on the return trip to take you to your destination if it’s an empty truck. If not, they may go to one job and pick up the items, make a second stop, pick up your things and continue to the first customer’s home. They’ll unload their items and then bring your belongings to your new home.
The company is essentially doing two jobs in one trip. It’s a cost-effective way to move because you’re most likely only going to pay for the space your items take up in the truck instead of the entire truck rental price. This is especially true if you only have a few larger items to move and can’t justify hiring a traditional moving truck.
You’ll fill out all of the usual contracts like you would with a traditional move. The company will give you estimates, explain any discounts or their specific price tiers for this service and use the same level of care for your items as they would in a traditional move.
Biggest Benefits of Backloading
The convenience factor is one of the biggest benefits of moving using this method. If you have to move on very short notice, you may find it difficult to hire a traditional moving truck because they are all already out on jobs. Instead of waiting for a truck to finish a project, drive back to the company and come back out to your site, the truck will pick up your items on the way back to save valuable time.
The potential savings are also very nice with backloading. You essentially split the costs with whoever else uses the truck at the same time in shared loads. Additionally, many backloading removalists offer huge discounts for people who take advantage of this service because it helps the company’s bottom line.
Backloading is also environmentally-friendly. Removal trucks can burn a lot of fuel, and this is true whether it has a load or if the truck is empty. So, if you can move your items on a truck that already booked a trip, you’re helping to save a trip and fuel. For interstate moves, this can be huge. It also helps to save on resources because the company is making the most out of the fuel and not wasting it by driving an empty truck from a job site.
Why Backloading is a Cheap Way to Move Interstate
The costs for moving interstate can add up quickly, especially if you run into complications on moving day. Along with coordinating with a truck, you have to decide how large of a truck you need. The more items you have, the more expensive your move will be. More items can also increase the length of time needed to load and unload the truck and the amount of people who come to help.
With backloading, you don’t pay full price to rent a truck. If you want to guarantee that you’ll get an empty truck with just your belongings and no one else’s, you will pay more for this service. However, it’s still a discounted cost.
If you’re not worried about sharing space with another family, you’ll only pay a percentage of the truck rental fee. Also, there usually isn’t a rush fee tacked onto your bill like you’d get if you had to move last-minute and want to book a truck. This can help you free up some of your budget to use elsewhere around your move.
There are typically more costs associated with interstate moves, but companies can help minimise a lot of these miscellaneous costs by backloading. They pass on their savings to their customers in the form of deep discounts. The discounts can change depending on the truck size you need and how many items you want to move, but you typically still won’t pay the same amount you would for a traditional truck rental.
This way of moving is also a nice way to get the benefits that come with a traditional removalist company, like insurance. All of your belongings will have normal contents coverage on them to help you if anything ends up lost or damaged.
Easy Peasy Removals Offer Cost-Effective Moving Options
No matter if you’re going to move interstate or around Melbourne, St Kilda, Ormond or Sandringham, Easy Peasy Removals is the professional removalist company that is ready to help. Our range of trucks can cater for house or office moving of any size, and we’re also proud to offer other services like storage, few items removals, packing and unpacking assistance and property stylist removals.
With our multiple depots, we have a high degree of flexibility when it comes to meeting your set deadlines, including short-notice moves. We can pick the depot closest to you to help reduce the time we spend transporting your items, and this can make your move go smoother and faster.
We have excellent reviews and ratings across Google and Facebook with 4.9 and 5 stars respectively, and we bring years of experience to each moving project we take on. Our staff will treat your items with all the care and respect they deserve, and we’ll work with you to move everything quickly and efficiently. You can get in touch with our staff for fast, cost-effective and professional moving services. We even offer a free quote!