Tips for a has­sle-free home move

Lesotho Times - - Property -

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?

So how do you pick the right mov­ing com­pany?

1. Find out how long the busi­ness has been op­er­at­ing for. Most fly-by-nights don’t last long.

2. Find out about the con­di­tion of the trucks,, ask the mov­ingg com­pany to send nd you a photo of the truck that will be col­lect­ing your goods. Manyny com­pa­nies use old, di­lap­i­datedd trucks which are e poorly main­tained, d, so be vig­i­lant.

3. Is the com­pany af­fil­i­ated with the Pro­fes­sion­alal Movers As­so­ci­a­tion?n? If not, there must be a good rea­son.

4. Wordd of mouth is usu­ally a great way ay to find a rep­utable ta­ble mov­ing com­pam­pany. Hav­ing g had first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing rk­ing with a movin­goving com­pany, happy cus­tomers, mers, whether they’re hey’re fam­ily or friends, iends, can rec­om­mend­m­mend a suitable ser­vice

6. Does s com­pany the of­fer GIT (Goods in tran­sit) In­surance? Ask them who they’re in­sured with and find out if it’s le­git.

Now that you have found the right com­pany, what should you do prior to the move? 1. Get or­gan­ised. 2. Down­load a check­list from the in­ter­net.

3. Or­der packing ma­te­ri­als way in ad­vance of the move.

4. Start packing early so that you don’t end up rush­ing through every­thing the day be­fore your big move. Tak­ing on too much the day be­fore the move is not a good idea as you’re go­ing to need your en­ergy on the day of the move.

5. If you have kids get them in­volved and make it fun. Get them ex­cited about the new house.

6. Pack a box with all your essen- tials.

7. Take photos of how your elec­tron­ics are con­nected so that you can re­con­nect them eas­ily in your new home.

8. Make use of laun­dry bins and suit­cases — this will cut down on the num­ber of boxes you’ll need for the move.

9. Make use of a colour cod­ing sys­tem, it works best.

10. Pack a lunch box with cold drinks.

11. Prior to the movers ar­riv­ing, make sure you know where all the fur­ni­ture must be placed in your new home. This will help avoid any de­lays and con­fu­sion.

12. If you’re mov­ing to an es­tate or com­plex, en­sure that the mov­ing truck is al­lowed onto the premises. Many places only al­low up to 3 ton trucks onto their premises so make al­lowances for that. If you need an al­ter­na­tive, get a shut­tle. 13. Make sure you take out All Risk In­surance with the re­moval com­pany or your own in­surance com­pany as GIT In­surance only cov­ers the client if the truck catches on fire, gets in­volved in a col­li­sion or over­turns.

14. If you have pets, have a friend watch them while you’re busy.

15. Leave the rest to the pro­fes­sion­als - sit back, re­lax and re­mem­ber to have a good night’s sleep the day be­fore your move. — Prop­erty24.

or­der packing ma­te­ri­als way in ad­vance of the move.

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