Re­lo­cate with­out pro­fes­sional movers

George Herald - Private Property - - Property News -

Mov­ing into a new home comes with such a long list of ex­penses that one of­ten searches for ways to cut back on costs. Hir­ing a pro­fes­sional mov­ing com­pany is one of the first ex­penses that many buy­ers tend to try and work around, es­pe­cially now that purse strings are even tighter ow­ing to the VAT in­crease that took ef­fect this month.

"Us­ing a pro­fes­sional mov­ing com­pany will re­duce the risks of dam­age to your fur­ni­ture and in­jury to your­self, and while I would al­ways ad­vise en­list­ing their help, smaller moves can be done ef­fec­tively by your­self if you plan care­fully and take all the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions," says Adrian Goslett, re­gional direc­tor and CEO of RE/MAX of South­ern Africa.

Re­lo­cat­ing is no walk in the park, so you need to care­fully weigh up the pros and cons of do­ing it alone be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion. Un­less you have a tow bar and a large trailer, a bakkie or an SUV with col­lapsi­ble seats, you are go­ing to have to fork out some cash re­gard­less, so make sure you ex­plore the costs of each op­tion be­fore you de­cide that hir­ing pro­fes­sion­als will be too ex­pen­sive. CALL­ING IN FAVOURS

"The only way one can pull off an in­ex­pen­sive self-move is to call in a few favours - even if it is just some ex­tra mus­cle power to help with the heavy lift­ing. It is highly un­likely that any in­di­vid­ual has ev­ery­thing re­quired for a move. In the build-up to mov­ing day, ask around to find out if any­one in your so­cial cir­cle can help you out. The im­por­tant thing is not to strain your friend­ships by not ac­knowl­edg­ing those who've helped you. This could come in many forms, from a small gift to treat­ing them to a free din­ner or drinks af­ter the move," ad­vises Goslett.

DO­ING IT IN STAGES

The less you have to move, the eas­ier the move will be. If you need new fur­ni­ture, make sure you ar­range to have it de­liv­ered to your new ad­dress. Yes, this might mean that your liv­ing room goes with­out a couch for a few weeks, but it saves you the has­sle of lug­ging another big item to your new home. Be­sides, you have to pay for de­liv­ery in most (if not all) cases, so you might as well get the store to de­liver it to the right ad­dress.

"On many oc­ca­sions, home­own­ers have re­ceived the keys to their new home a day or so be­fore the sched­uled mov­ing day. If this hap­pens, take ad­van­tage of the ex­tra day by mov­ing the smaller items and boxes first. Even if you only re­ceive the keys on the day, mov­ing large fur­ni­ture can be ex­haust­ing, and can cause care­less ac­ci­dents to oc­cur as a con­se­quence.

“If you don't have the help of pro­fes­sional movers, then stretch­ing the mov­ing process over a few days will al­le­vi­ate some of the strain of do­ing it on your own," says Goslett.

STAY HY­DRATED

"Make sure to stash a few bot­tled wa­ters and snacks in the front cabin of your car to keep hy­drated and fu­elled dur­ing the move. Most new home­own­ers for­get to think about this when they're re­lo­cat­ing, which only de­pletes their en­ergy quicker and slows down the move," says Goslett.

The process of mov­ing is a per­plex­ing com­bi­na­tion of emo­tions, with high lev­els of stress and ex­cite­ment rolled into one. Hir­ing a pro­fes­sional mov­ing com­pany can cer­tainly help to lower stress lev­els. But, if funds sim­ply aren't avail­able, a stress­free self-move can be achieved as long as you have the pa­tience and plan­ning skills to do so. MAKE A CHECK­LIST “The day of the move is an ex­cit­ing and over­whelm­ing time, which makes it easy for things to slip through the cracks. To make sure noth­ing gets over­looked on the day, have an op­er­a­tional check­list ready so that you can en­sure that the day runs smoothly.

Also, to save your­self an emer­gency trip to the hard­ware store, it is best to have ex­tra duct tape, pack­ing boxes, and se­cur­ing straps or ropes to tie down items that need ex­tra se­cur­ing.

Ac­ci­dents hap­pen and boxes tear, so it is al­ways good to be pre­pared.”

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