Tips for deciding when and how to move, and how to choose a removal company.
Decide When You Will Move
Keep in contact with the seller to make sure that the agreed upon date of occupation will be respected by both parties.
If you use a removal company, make sure they are available to move you on that date.
Decide How You Will Move
Deciding how you will move will be influenced by:
Cost - Weigh up the cost of using a removal company, with the cost of using your own fuel (up and down several times), your time and your energy.
Distance - It can be a daunting task, moving your home from Cape Town to Nelspruit with your motorcar, your Dad's bakkie and Uncle Bob's trailer.
Time - No one needs a long drawn out move.
Timing - You must make sure, whatever you decide, that the timing is right concerning all other parties, i.e. the seller, the buyer of your current home and so on.
Volume - The volume and size of your belongings play an important role in deciding whether you use a removal company or borrow Uncle Bob's trailer.
Choosing a Removal Company
Speak to friends and colleagues about their moving experiences. Cheaper is not always better, although a good reputation goes far.
Make an inventory list before you start shopping around.
Ask the following questions of the removal company:
o What makes your company stand out from the rest?
o How many trucks do you have?
o How big are your trucks?
o How many movers are appointed to each move?
o What measures are taken to protect my furniture and appliances from being damaged?
o Does your price include boxes and packaging?
o Does your price include insurance?
o If so, what does the insurance cover?
This article originally appeared in Property Power 11th Edition Magazine. To order your copy at the discounted price of R120 click here.