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Backloading Removals

Use a backloading service to save money on moving items over long distances.

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Do you need to move some items intercity or interstate? To save money on a removalist, you can use a backloading removals service to transport them on a commercial truck or container that is returning empty to its original depot after making a delivery.

Whether you are relocating or moving inventory, here's our guide to booking a backloading service to move items over long distances.

What backloading services are available?

Backloading services make space available on a truck that is travelling the route you need to deliver your items. Trucks typically make long-haul journeys between cities or states. Your belongings will likely be transported along with backloading deliveries for other customers.

Backloading providers have a wide network of trucks so it is likely they will be able to find a truck that can transport what you need. They are often able to find transport at short notice.

What is included in a backloading service?

The company will contact you when they have a truck with space available that is travelling to your destination. You can transport anything from a single large item to the entire contents of your home if you're moving house.

The truck will come to collect your delivery, load it and transport it for you. The trucks are usually equipped with trolleys and lifts for loading and have blankets and packing foam to protect your items. Some backloading services also offer packing and unpacking for an additional fee.

How do I book backloading?

You can book a delivery online or over the phone with a backloading company or through a comparison website. A comparison service will compare quotes and save you from having to call around or search for providers.

How much does backloading cost?

As the truck is already travelling to the destination, backloading is offered at a discounted rate. You only pay for the amount of space you use, so it can work out cheaper than hiring an entire van from a removalist service.

The exact cost will depend on how much you need to move and the distance it will be transported. The more you need to transport and the further you need to send it, the costlier it will be. A small delivery can cost between $200 and $2,000.

How do I compare backloading services?

You should collect quotes from several companies to compare prices and policies. You will want to consider the prices, availability, contract terms and additional services that the companies offer to decide which one to hire. Be sure to check customer reviews and feedback to make sure the company you choose has a reputation for providing a good service.

How should I prepare for backloading?

To make the process go smoothly, you will want to make sure your items are packed and ready for collection when the truck arrives.

Arrange access for the truck outside your location to make it more efficient to load. Make sure you are ready at the time of your booking, as the company could leave your items or charge you if you are late because the truck will need to keep to schedule.

What to consider when hiring a backloading service?

It is most appropriate to use a backloading service when you have a few items to move and you can be flexible with the collection and delivery dates to fit in with the schedule of the truck. If the truck is collecting and delivering multiple loads, especially if it is backloading interstate, it will likely take longer for your items to be transported than a dedicated removalist service.

Be aware that if you are moving house or a full container of items a truck may not have enough space, especially if it already has several bookings.

Keep in mind that you may need to arrange your own insurance to cover loss or damage to your items.

Pros and cons of using a backloading service

Pros

  • Cheaper than using a traditional removalist service
  • You can book a move at short notice

Cons

  • Moving date depends on the availability of a returning vehicle
  • Your items will be transported with other people's deliveries and could be damaged or lost/mixed up

Frequently asked questions about backloading services

Is backloading worth it?

Backloading can be a good option if you have a small delivery to make and have flexibility in how long the process will take. Booking a space on a truck that is already travelling to your destination is typically cheaper than hiring a removalist van. However, it may not be the best option if you have set dates or limited time.

How does backloading improve removal operations?

Backloading is a more efficient and productive use of drivers and fuel because it makes sure a truck does not travel empty. It is better for the environment because several customers share the same truck instead of using multiple vehicles.

What is the difference between internal and external backloading?

  • Internal backloading is when a company uses its fleet of trucks to transport its products to one location and bring back other items. For example, a warehouse might deliver its goods to the company's stores and then return faulty products for repair or disposal.
  • External backloading is when a company or trucking service makes its vehicles available to third parties for booking space to transport items. If you book a service it will be external backloading.

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