You must decide on what is worth moving and then sell or give away the rest of your stuff. Here are some
ideas as to who
needs your old stuff: www.salvationarmy.co.za, www.aids.org.za, SPCA.
Choosing your removal company can be a difficult
task. You must ask
for quotes and choose someone who makes you feel comfortable. The
company must do what you want, when you want it, otherwise why pay them?
While we are on the issue of price NEVER choose your moving
company on price
Don't deal with the company over the
phone, make them visit you before hand to
needs to be moved. This will give you a chance to
meet them and
answer any questions you have. If you don't like them, use someone
else, these guys are going to move your life!
Many removal companies will fax you
an inventory and estimation sheet which they will want back before
a quote. You can do business on the removal companies terms, but you
are then carrying the risk of variations. ALWAYS insist on a
personal on site inspection before you
accept any quote. Why? If you make a mistake its for your
they inspect and make a mistake it is their problem. You
Check the cost of moving insurance with
your household insurance, before you buy moving insurance from
Always write a list of
everything you need to do, and don't lose the list!!!!
Compile a moving budget. Include things for
your family such as accomdation, transport and meals. Dont forget
new school uniform costs. You will need to budget for the cost of the
move, the insurance on the move, new deposists for municpal services
and the cost of transporting pets. If you are selling your home dont
forget agent fees, bond registration costs, attorney fess and the
property transfer tax.
If you are renting decide when to give
notice and then do it in writing.
If you still have to sell, oh man have you left if late!
Get a reputable agent in to your home TODAY, after you have done a very
fast tidy inside and outside!
Decide if you are moving DIY or hiring a
professional. Doing it DIY can save a fortune and cost a fortune, check
the load you can carry and the number of trips you will need. Once you
have worked this out it might weel be more effective to get a
moving company to help you. Ask around for references. If
in doubt don't use the company, as these guys are moving your life.
that the earlier you contact the companies the better - you can at
least book the cheaper moving slots around mid month.
schools in the area of your new home, go visit the school, interview the headmaster and staff and choose a school based on your needs, then book places
for your children.
Take photos of your prize
Check the insurance cover provided by
company as well as any cover you might have under your own householder
policy. Decide what insurance you will need, then spend the money. It
takes one lunatic on the road to create a harsh breaking
incident, never mind an accident. It is very tempting to make a saving here and really regret it
Inform your self about what you will
need to do if anything
damaged, so that you know what to do and have the evidence to support
Did we mention that NOW is the time to clean out? Decide what
is not going to go and then get rid of your junk.
months to go
Even if your removal company is going to pack for you
starter pack and get packing. This forces you to do some sorting and
Draw a plan of your new house and decide
where you want to put things.
Number your boxes, and write up a
contents list as you go.
Don't make your boxes too heavy. If
the box is
dropped you are going to be upset. So aim for a box weight of about 20
kg. Remember to pack books into smaller boxes, and if you must
use a larger box, rather add light stuff like pillows to keep
weight of the box reasonable.
Make sure that there will be enough space for
removal vans at both addresses, if there is a space problem you will
need to hire bakkie to use as a schuttle on the day of the move.
Check to see if you need to move your bank accounts
to a different home bank branch.
If you can arrange access to your new home
BEFORE you move in and you have the finances, organise painters and any other changes that you want to make so
that you can move in to a home that is ready for you..
If any of the homes will stand empty for any period of time, arrange
for an armed response company to install an alarm and to monitor the house. You
don't want to find your houses stripped of doors, lights and
Find out what deposits you will need to pay to open your
new municipal accounts - be prepared for a nasty shock - typically
municipalities are asking for 3 months upfront on consumables and
up to six months in advance on Rates and Taxes.
While you are at it you need to realise that your ability
to communicate is going to be severly disrupted. This is especially
true of needing to send written notices or faxes. If you have not yet
signed up for a fax to email service do so now and get your own fax
number for life.
Find out where you
can get the
keys for your new home.
Find the drum
immobilisers for the
washing machine and put them in.
with a change of clothes,
and a 'survival kit' for the other end. Take things like toilet paper,
light bulbs, tools, cash, phone charger.
If you are taking
plants with you, move
all outside plants into a dry area for example the veranda or the garage so that
the plants can dry out
and stay dry for moving day. Furniture and wet pot plants don't mix well!.
Put your garden
furniture under a roof
so that the furniture can stay dry.
Now is the
time to try new furniture arrangements, but don't hang up pictures and
mirrors right away. Otherwise, you'll have holes in your walls if you
change your mind later.
Take the time to get to know your neighborhood and
neighbors. Slowly but surely, you'll get all the boxes unpacked and
everything put away. Within a few weeks, you'll have turned your new
house into a home.
Write letters asking for the return of
security from your landlord and your municipality.