Moving tips

Private Property South Africa
Private Property Reporter

Now that you've taken ownership of your home, it's time to move in. Here's how to make the big move without the stress

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 doing it yourself
• Distance – if you're moving far away, it might be better to leave it to the pros
• 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 a friend's bakkie.

How to choose a removal company

• Speak to friends and colleagues about their moving experiences and ask for recommendations
• Shop around.
• Make an inventory list before you start shopping around.

• Ask the following questions of the removal company:

  1. What makes your company stand out from the rest?
  2. How many trucks do you have?
  3. How big are your trucks?
  4. How many movers are appointed to each move?
  5. What measures are taken to protect my furniture and appliances from being damaged?
  6. Does your price include boxes and packaging?
  7. Does your price include insurance?
  8. If so, what does the insurance cover?
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