Finding a home you love can bring so much joy to your life, but the process of moving can have the opposite effect. Moving house is considered to be one of the most stressful life experiences because it’s a daunting task. Consequently, many homeowners just want to get it over and done with as quickly as possible, but this is where a lot of mistakes happen.
With so many removal companies out there, how do you choose the right one?
Owner of Johannesburg Movers, Shaun Beeber, who operates nationally, says so many people have come to him after unscrupulous, so-called movers have either taken their deposit and never arrived, or pitched up hours or days later. Or even worse, some companies comprise staff who are casuals picked up off the street and as a result items are damaged and stolen.
- Find out how long the business has been operating. Most fly-by-nights don’t last long.
- You can find out about the condition of the trucks by asking them to send you a photo of the one that will be collecting your goods. Many companies use very old, dilapidated trucks that are poorly maintained.
- Is the company accredited with the Professional Movers Association? If not, there must be a good reason.
- Word of mouth is always a great way to get a reference. Previous customers would have had first-hand experience.
- Social media. Check out their Facebook page to hear what people are saying about the company.
- Hellopeter will also give you a good idea.
- Do they have Goods in Transit (GIT) insurance? Ask them who they insured with and find out if it’s legit.
Ok now that you have found the right company what should you do prior to the move?
- Get organised!
- Download a checklist from the internet or get it from www.jhbmovers.co.za/moving-tips
- Order packing material way in advance of your move.
- Start packing early so you don’t end up rushing everything the day or two before your big day. You are going to need your energy on the day of your move.
- If you have kids get them involved and make it fun. Get them excited about the new house.
- Pack a box with all your essentials.
- Take photos of how your electronic equipment is connected so it will be easier to reconnect.
- Make use of laundry bins and suitcases to cut down on boxes.
- Make use of a colour coding system as it works best!
- Pack a lunch box with cold drinks.
- Ensure you know where all the furniture must be placed in your new home prior to the movers arriving to avoid delays and confusion.
- Ensure the mover’s truck is allowed in the estate or complex. Many places only allow up to a 3 ton truck so you may need a shuttle.
- Make sure you take out All Risk Insurance with the removal company or your own insurance company. GIT only covers the client if the truck catches on fire, gets involved in a collision, or overturns.
- If you have pets have them taken to a friend to watch over them.
- Leave the rest to the professionals, sit back and relax, and remember to have a good night’s sleep the day before your move.