How to Move a Refrigerator. Cool Tips for Moving a Fridge

How to Move a Refrigerator. Cool Tips for Moving a Fridge

Of all the large items you may have to move when you are relocating, a refrigerator is among the heaviest. Packing and moving companies are experts in this field so here are 7 tips from the pros:

  1. Unplug your fridge the day before the move Defrost the fridge by unplugging it in the morning. This also allows the oil from the compressor can have a chance to settle.
  2. Wash it thoroughly While your fridge may seem clean, once it defrosts you can get some unpleasant food odors when you open it up on the other end. Clean and disinfect to avoid this.
  3. Take out any removable shelves Now that you have cleaned them, you should ship all shelves separately. The fridge will be manhandled quite a bit during the move and you don’t want to replace broken shelves.
  4. Move it away from the wall without scratching the floor Most fridges don’t have wheels and if you pull and drag it away from the wall you could damage your floors. Lean it back until you can get something under the feet like cardboard.
  5. Wrap it with moving blankets so it won’t get damaged You don’t want any new scratches on your fridge so it’s best to wrap it with plastic first to secure the door. Then you can use a moving blanket and tape it tightly around it.
  6. Use a trolley or hand truck Get your trolley under the fridge by leaning it back and sliding it underneath. Once you have it on make sure to keep it level. A hand truck is another way to move the fridge and it can be strapped tightly to it. 
  7. Take your time The is no hurry when it comes to moving a fridge. Plan out your move and clear a wide path. Once it’s loaded on the truck make sure it’s secured tightly for the drive. Always move a fridge in the upright position to ensure there is no damage to the mechanics.

Master Movers follow these steps to provide a worry-free move. We go the extra mile by putting white paper inside to absorb dampness and odors. We do this free as part of our service so your fridge is ready to be used when it’s delivered. We also do this for washing machines. 

Your refrigerator will arrive safe and sound at its new home so you can fill it up with your favorite food. Master Movers are in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg and are ready to help. They are one of the best relocation companies in South Africa. Contact us today for more information on how we can assist you in your next move.

 

What to Do with Moving Boxes After Moving

What to Do with Moving Boxes After Moving

After your relocation, there are lots of things to do. When the moving company finishes loading all your boxes into your new place, you need to unpack. This can take a long time and shouldn’t be rushed but when you finally put everything away, what do you do with the moving boxes?

The average is 60 moving boxes relocation service companies haul for an average family and you need to discard all that cardboard. Here are 8 ideas you can use to get rid of your moving boxes.

  • Keep them for the next move 

This seems like a practical thing to do if you think there might be another relocation in your near future.

  • Sell them back to the moving company 

Some moving companies will take gently used boxes. It’s worth asking if they are interested.

  • Use them for storage 

You can reuse them yourself for storing clothes and seasonal items. Anything you don’t need right now can be stowed away.

  • Keep them for play boxes 

Kids love to build forts and if you supply them with a few big boxes, they will be entertained for days.

  • Give them away to friends and neighbors 

You may not be the only one moving in your circle. Check with family and friends to see if they want your boxes for their next move.

  • Sell boxes online There are sites like U-Haul Box Exchange and Craigslist where you can sell your moving boxes and people are looking for them. Check to see what’s available in your area. 
  • Give them to charity Charities get lots of donations and put on various events where they have to move items around. They actually need moving boxes and your donation will certainly be appreciated and well used.
  • Recycle the cardboard You can recycle the cardboard curbside or take it to your local depot. It’s much better than boxes ending up in a landfill and you are helping the environment. 

Now that you are moved into your new place, your last task is to get rid of your boxes. Master Mover can take them and sell them second hand to clients that can’t afford new boxes. Double-walled moving boxes can be used for multiple moves as they are heavy duty.

Master Movers are here to help. With offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban, we are professional movers for hire and the best firm for the job. Contact us today for more information.

What to Pack When Moving

What to Pack When Moving

Moving is always a stressful time. You have professional movers doing all the heavy lifting and you are filled with excitement and anxiety at the same time. While making sure everything is boxed up ready to load in the truck, there are several important items that you need to have access to before, during, and immediately after the move. 

It’s impossible to remember everything so here is a must-have list to make your move easier:

Basic Tools

Having a moving tool kit is vital because there’s always a last-minute fix-up or repair. These are essential items that you need quick access to. 

  • Tape measure
  • Packing tape
  • Scissors
  • Multi-head screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Box cutter

Documents 

You need to know what you are doing and where you are going. Having all your paperwork in order and at your side will make it a worry-free experience.

  • Inventory list
  • Moving company contract
  • Address book
  • Map
  • Personal ID
  • To-do list

Medicine and Toiletries 

On the morning of moving day, you need all your bathroom routine items to get started. If your move involves several days then these are a must-have for the overnights along the way. You also need quick access to them when you arrive at your new place.

  • Prescriptions
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Kleenex 
  • Headache medicine
  • Personal hygiene products

Cleaning Products 

When you arrive at your new home, you have to hit the ground running with washing everything. From the kitchen counters and sink to the entire washroom, you need quick access to all your cleaning supplies. This is the first box you should open.

  • Spray/powder cleaners
  • Wash rags
  • Toilet scrubber
  • Hand soap
  • Dish soap
  • Mop
  • Bucket

Travel Essentials 

The last and most important things you need are the travel essentials. These are the items you use during the move. This will keep everyone happy and busy on the road, allowing you to concentrate on the day.

  • Snacks/drinks
  • Toys
  • Electronics
  • chargers/batteries
  • Wet wipes

This list of items you will make your moving day a little less chaotic. Hiring a professional mover is essential for having your relocation done right and on time. Master Movers is here to make it happen quickly and affordably. Remember, we do not move any flammable gas bottles or detergent aerosols with flammable label warnings. This is for our safety and the safety of your items. We also will pack a priority box at your request.

Master Movers have offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban and we are here to help with all the heavy lifting. Let the movers do all the hard work and you take care of the essentials. For more information about finding the right moving company, contact us today.

 

7 Do’s and 7 Don’ts When You Move a Piano

7 Do’s and 7 Don’ts When You Move a Piano

When you are considering moving a piano, there are companies in South Africa that are movers for hire and know how to get the job done professionally. A piano at home is truly a gift. It’s the easiest instrument to sit down and start playing, no matter your skill level. It’s also one of the heaviest items in your house. Trying to move it yourself will be very hard and there’s a good chance it could get damaged. 

Here is a list of 7 do’s and 7 don’ts so that your piano move will be seamless and free of any damage.

The Do’s 

  • Do call a professional piano moving company. You’ll get a quote and some moving advice you may not have thought of.
  • Do clear a wide path for the movers to work. They need room for trollies and bodies as they navigate their way through your home.
  • Do use packing desiccants like silica gel packs to prevent moisture from building up. This can prevent wood warping during cold temperatures inside a moving truck.
  • Do make sure to cover the piano with blankets. You need to protect your instrument so no damage happens during the move.
  • Do remove the legs before trying to move. These are easily broken and won’t fit through doors when attached.
  • Do make sure the piano is secure inside the moving truck. You don’t want the piano moving around or anything hitting it during transport.
  • Do get your piano tuned after it’s positioned in your new home. Any movement or temperature change can knock to piano out of tune.

There is a list of things to do. Now, what about things you should avoid.

The Don’ts 

  • Don’t move your piano unless you have the right tools and manpower. It’s heavy and awkward and you need to be prepared. 
  • Don’t load a piano without several movers for the heavy lifting. You need to get the piano in and wheeled to the back without bending or stressing the frame. 
  • Don’t leave the lid unlocked. The piano’s keys can get damaged during a rough road or a slip while moving. 
  • Don’t start moving your instrument without having a clear plan. All workers should know their role and each step should be taken carefully. 
  • Don’t use regular tiedown straps for securing the piano in the truck. Use proper furniture straps designed for heavy-duty moving.
  • Don’t load your piano last on the truck. The piano should be placed securely towards the back of the truck when possible and secured. Make sure to balance the weight evenly.
  • Don’t leverage the weight of the piano when moving over stairs or other obstacles. If you put too much stress on the midsection you could warp the frame.

Upright pianos can weigh around 400 pounds while grand pianos can be 1200 pounds or more. This is a major moving project and is better done by experts. 

These 7 do’s and don’ts are essential for a successful piano move. If you don’t want to take this on, Master Movers are the professionals that can do it all for you. We have piano trollies that are designed for piano moves. Note that we do not tune pianos. This needs to be carried out by a skilled professional and re-tuning should be done after every move.

With offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban, Master Movers is the best firm for the job. They are professional movers for hire and know how to get it done right. Contact us today for more information.

 

Pros and cons of moving after retirement

Pros and cons of moving after retirement

As with just about everything in life, there are pros and cons to moving. It can be especially difficult after retirement because a move requires a lot of energy both mentally and physically. Here at Master Movers, we specialize in moving older ones and are well known for our kindness and patience. There can be multiple benefits of moving house or city after retirement, as well as some negatives. Let us have a look at the good and bad. 

Pros

  • Moving to a smaller home will make your household and garden workload more manageable. If you had a large house to accommodate your children while they were growing up, it may not be necessary to have such a large home anymore. Pools and gardens are all high maintenance, not to mention the cost and perhaps you will enjoy the lighter workload.
  • Lower utility costs. A smaller house and garden could mean lower utility costs and thus fewer bills. This will mean less stress for you in your golden years. 
  • Moving to a smaller house within a security complex or one managed by a Body Corporate could mean better security for you as you are getting older. It also makes it easier for you to travel as your house will be safer than a freestanding one.

Cons

  • Adapting to a new environment is difficult. Perhaps you had many friends and neighbours that knew you well and now you will need to make new friends. With technology like Zoom though, you can speak face to face and catch up anytime you like.
  • Leaving behind the house you have lived in for many years might make you sad when you think of the great memories you made in it. 
  • Finding a pet-friendly townhouse or smaller home might not be that easy. Many body corporates don’t allow pets and neighbours may not tolerate your cats roaming and being in their gardens. You may need to be patient as you look for a new place to accommodate you and your pets. 

In a nutshell – you will need to decide what you can afford and if you can still manage the workload of your bigger house. Downsizing might be a better choice financially as you can free up funds that might be tied up in your current larger property. These funds could generate some income for you in your retirement. 

For less stress during your move hire the best packing and moving companies to assist. A great moving house company like Master Movers will help make your new house a home. We are not your average movers. Test us out and see how moving house with Master Movers is so easy. We are movers with a difference and we offer pensioners discounts– so get in touch today!

The 10 fears of moving out: Conquer your fear of moving

The 10 fears of moving out: Conquer your fear of moving

Moving can be scary because it takes us out of our comfort zones. It also can be costly, time-consuming, and stressful. However, you get what you pay for and quality should always win. All of us are VIPs in today’s day and age. Hire the best professional relocation services companies you can afford to help alleviate some of the stress. You can also think about these wise words from Abraham Maslow: “In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” 

Here are 10 additional ‘do’s’ to help you conquer your fear:

 

1. Fear of the unknown

This is a completely rational fear, a new situation has different issues and problems and when we don’t know what these could be – it makes us anxious. 

Do: Focus on the reason why you chose to move to your new house or city.  If moving is going to bring you one step closer to your goals or dreams, then you should not let fear hold you back.  New place, new attitude, and new time to place your furniture differently in a new space. This gives a fresh perspective and develops new grooves on the brain which reverses the brain ageing process. There are positives in everything you just have to be open to see it.

 

2. Fear of moving away from family and friends

Do: We have so many ways to keep in touch these days. Your move is not the end of those relationships and you can hopefully organise a visit soon after you move so that you have something to look forward to.

 

3. Fear of being worse off than you already are

Honestly, there are pros and cons to everything in life. You may well find that certain things in your new city or new home are worse than they were before.

Downsizing or upsizing is good for the soul. Look back and remember what’s important, but also be grateful for what is now. Your  ‘now’  may also be just temporary.

Do: Acknowledge what you have lost and/or given up. Set goals for your future and work towards achieving them. Don’t continually focus on what you gave up but rather look to the future.

 

4. Fear of how costly moving can be

Do:  Create a moving budget to help you keep tabs on what you are spending so that you know exactly how much it’s costing you. Schedule your move well in advance so that you are not moving during a busy and more expensive time for the movers, for example; avoid moving at the end of the month if possible. Accredited movers are the way to go. 

 

5. Fear of movers damaging or losing your things

This is a valid concern as sometimes we have items that are very sentimental for us and/or valuable in monetary terms.

Do: Hire a reliable and trustworthy moving company to assist. Pack your things thoroughly and carefully to help keep them safe during the move. Disassemble larger items if you can and wrap doors and drawers separately in a blanket or some bubble wrap. Remember not to pack laptops or jewellery – all this is stated clearly on Master Mover’s terms and conditions for ease of reference to you. 

 

6. Fear of not being able to support yourself or your family

Once again a valid concern especially if you are starting a new job.

Do: Have some savings available in case things don’t work out as planned. Have a side-hustle or a Plan B to fall back on if things go pear-shaped at your new job.

 

7. Fear of moving to a new house or apartment.

Perhaps you loved your old house and you had spent a lot of time turning it into a home. You may also have many memories of good times in your old house. 

Do: Be patient, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You will soon turn your new place into a home too. Envision ways that you can make your new place more homely. Make a floor plan of your new place before you move to check if your current furniture will fit, and measure items before you move. Download helpful apps like design home. This makes moving a lot more fun and less tedious. You will soon be making wonderful new memories in your new home.  

 

8. Fear of making a mistake

Life is all about choices. Some will be good choices and others will be bad. You will never know though unless you try out new things.

Do: Focus on making the future as bright as you can. Don’t look back and take it one day at a time. Each day will have its own worries so deal with each one as they come up and don’t concern yourself with everything all at once. 

 

9. Fear of moving your pets

Moving pets can be tricky and we do love our furry friends.

Do:  Keep your pets in a quiet separate room on the day the movers come. If possible, let your pets travel with you in your car. If air travel is the only option, put a familiar blanket or t-shirt of yours in the travel crate. Master Movers can assist you with this. Be sure not to feed them a large meal before they travel. Lock them in the night before they fly so that they are easy to find on the day they need to fly. Cats, for example, might beat a hasty retreat overnight if they sense anything is amiss. 

 

10. Fear of not finding friends

We all need a tribe for sure,  so this can be a biggie. Finding a new tribe can be just the adventure you need.

Do:  Get out of the house. Join a gym or a yoga class. Go for coffee (yes, on your own). Say yes to every invite. You never know who you might meet. Get involved in the community security Whatsapp chat group as soon as possible. Tell them about Master Movers as well.

Did you know – we have partnered with a specialist interior designer so that you get a free 30 min consult anywhere in the greater Johannesburg area, to help make your new house a home. For national and international moves we offer specialised virtual consultations in the comfort of your own home.

For more information on the best movers to hire to make your move that much easier please get in touch today. Here at Master Movers, we know you are a VIP and we will treat you as such. We are open for your convenience every day except Public Holidays to assist you all year round, whenever you need us.