How to move like a pro for less
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Dozens of people in South Africa move every month, many of them using bakkies, trailers or a rental truck and their own workforce. But many others need the help of professional movers, especially if they are moving to another city or country.
“And if that’s your case, you’ll want to find ways to keep costs down while making sure your belongings are moved or stored safely,” says Gerhard Kotzé, managing director of the RealNet group of agencies, which offers the advice. following to those about to move:
Be ready. At least two months before your move, start browsing your home, garage, shed, and storage unit for every item that won’t be needed in your new home that can be donated, sold, or sent for recycling. “You should aim to reduce the number of items to carry by at least half, because weight and bulk are a big factor in determining the price of a long distance move – and there is no point in pay to carry something you don’t have. you are not using or that will not fit in your new home.
Find a mover. Check the Professional Movers Association website (www.pmamovers.co.za) for a list of reputable companies that meet AMOSA quality standards for domestic movers. If you are moving abroad, you should also look for a member company of the SA International Movers Association (SAIMA). These companies are independently controlled financially and are required to adhere to a strict code of ethics, he says.
Get quotes. You need to contact three different moving companies and make sure their representatives visit your home so that they can make their estimates as accurate as possible. “You should also check exactly what’s included in each quote, like insurance, for example, or packaging materials, so that you can make a fair comparison. “
Plan it properly. Try not to plan your move for the end of a month or December or January. “At other times of the month, or during the winter, when the moving companies are not that busy, you will usually be offered a better rate,” Kotzé explains.
Start packing. Buy moving boxes (preferably recycled) or reusable plastic crates, and wrap and wrap as many small items as you can. “This will cut down on the time movers have to spend packing and hopefully lower their costs as well. If you also number and color-code all boxes and furniture to match a color-coded plan of your new home, it will help movers unload your belongings in the right rooms.
And finally, he says you need to make sure that your belongings are properly insured during transport, as road and weather conditions, hijackings, thefts, strikes and riots can interfere with the performance of even the best moving companies.
“You will usually need a special policy for this, and will need to arrange it with your short-term insurance company and pay the premium before you move. Alternatively, if your moving company offers you a transit goods policy, make sure it complies with the Financial Advisory and Intermediation Services Act (FAIS). This is another great reason to use a registered professional business.