Major Differences Between Local Moving vs. Long Distance Moving

Major Differences Between Local Moving vs. Long Distance Moving

Local or long-distance move? There are major differences between local moving vs. long-distance moving. Learn more about the differences here so you can prepare for your move.

What is Considered a Long-Distance Move?

When an individual is moving to another city or town, it is considered a long-distance move. An international or semi-gration move is also considered a long-distance move. A long-distance move will take a little more resources from a moving company than a local move. The reason being that the transport cost of a long-distance move is going to be higher as more mileage is needed. Don’t forget the increase in fuel costs. For example, the price of diesel will also affect movers if they have to travel long distances. 

The cost of a long-distance move will usually be based on the distance of your move, and the amount of stuff you have to move. You may need more moving professionals for a long-distance move too, especially if you have a lot of belongings to pack and move. 

Don’t forget to take into account the price for road tolls if applicable. If you need to make a long-distance move in one trip, you might also need more moving trucks. All of which can bring up your moving quote. It’s best to take these factors into account when moving so you budget accordingly for your long-distance move.

What is Considered a Local Move?

When an individual is moving within the same city or town, it is referred to as local moving. A local move will give you a moving experience that is a lot less stressful than a long-distance move. Your pay will be determined by the number of items you have to move. You will usually receive a quote based on the price of materials, labour, and other expenses needed by local movers. 

A local move won’t use as much fuel as a long-distance relocation, especially if you only need one moving truck. Likely, your move will also be quicker (depending on the amount of stuff you have). 

You still need to budget for a local move but moving costs won’t be as high or unpredictable as long-distance moves. 

Whether you have a local or long-distance move, professional help will save you a lot of money, time, and headaches. When you hire a professional mover like the Master Movers team who can handle local, long-distance, and international moves, you will receive a comprehensive moving service. We provide you with one estimated quote that covers everything from packing, unpacking, and transportation – giving you a bang for your buck.

Contact us today to learn more about the major differences between local moving vs. long-distance moving!

Serious Mistakes When Moving Yourself

Serious Mistakes When Moving Yourself

Moving without help? It is quite a risk to take but it is not impossible. You have to avoid mistakes when moving to save you on unwanted expenses. Expect to do a lot more work than you expected. Here are some common mistakes when moving that you should avoid.

Spending Too Much on Packing

A common moving mistake is spending money on packing supplies that you cannot afford. You can often use items that you find around the house such as cardboard boxes for moving boxes and newspaper for packing paper. Try to use household items before you go out to shop for packaging items. Look for double-walled strong virgin boxes when you are packing your items as these are the strongest boxes.

Packing Heavy Items in Large Boxes

The best option when loading heavy items is to use small boxes, not large ones. Small boxes will help you to carry these items better and make unloading a lot easier on your back. Make sure to keep heavy items away from fragile items and store them at the bottom if you are using rental trucks as they can roll or slip and damage other items.

Not Getting Enough Supplies

Moving takes more packing supplies than you think. If you have a lot of dishes, you are going to need tons of packing paper and bubble wrap to wrap each dish. Do not assume that newspaper or towels are enough – you need packing tape and wraps to make sure your items stay in one place during transportation. It’s best to purchase extra supplies or contact a moving company that will have enough supplies for each item.

Not Labelling

Labelling your boxes will save you the time and headache of having to go through all your boxes to find one item. You are going to urgently need things like chargers and important documents so these need to be labelled and placed in the front where you can find them. Labelling will also make it easier to pack your car or truck so that you know which boxes you should be careful with. 

To make your move even easier, Master Movers will provide you with a priority box when you move so you easily find the items that you need in a hurry. 

Avoid these mistakes and make your move stress-free by hiring professional movers to help you with the packing and unpacking. Master Movers has the knowledge, packaging supplies, and skill to expertly pack items for safe delivery to your new location.

Avoid mistakes when moving by hiring our professional moving company – call us today!

When To Use A Moving POD

When To Use A Moving POD

Moving pods (Portable On Demand Storage) are one of the fastest ways to move. How does the moving pod work, and how do you decide when to use a moving pod? Here is info from our professional movers. 

How Renting A PODS Container Works

When you rent a PODS, you’ll receive the container at your destination. You will have to discuss how long you need PODS, the delivery location, and the container size. Moving companies usually let you decide how many storage pods or moving containers you will require. 

You’ll have to book PODS in advance with a mover. We have a moving POD of six for our Johannesburg office. We load and create an inventory of all of your items safely so that they can be offloaded at your home. The container can be picked up and moved to your final destination or storage unit if needed.

Tips for Packing A PODS Container

Once you booked your PODS from a moving company, you’ll need to start packing. Here are some tips to help you out:

  • Don’t store fragile items under heavier items. Although this may seem obvious a lot of people forget about their fragile items during the moving stress.
  • Store important items or items you’ll need in the front of the container if possible so it will be easier to access. 
  • You can wrap items in blankets or towels for added protection.
  • Don’t pack important documents in a PODS container. These should be kept with you to avoid damage or loss.
  • Hire full-service movers to help you to pack if needed. It is better to have professional help than risk damage that can occur if you ask friends and family to help.

Moving Truck vs Pods

PODS are excellent choices if you need to put items in storage but moving trucks are more versatile. Whether you have a near or long-distance move, professional movers can help you expertly pack your items into a moving truck for safe and quick transportation to your new home or office. 

A moving truck is also sometimes more affordable. A full-service moving company like Master Movers will provide you with one fee for packing, unloading, and transportation. 

If you have items taking up space or that you don’t use often, it is best to pack your items away in a storage unit or use a moving POD. If you need to move items to a new home or office, a professional moving company is a better choice.

If you can’t decide between a moving POD or a moving truck, contact us today and we will help you out!

Full Service Moving Company Storage vs. Self-Storage

Full Service Moving Company Storage vs. Self-Storage

What is the difference between full service vs. self-storage solutions? Find out if a full-service moving company storage or a self-storage facility is best for you and your belongings.


Self-storage facilities include garages or warehouses where you can store your belongings and access them whenever you need them. You have shorter contract periods which is great for those looking for temporary storage.

There are many cons to self-storage, however, such as the contracts that come with additional fees such as a fee for lost keys. If you don’t pay your rent, you can lose your items to an auctioneer. You also have limits on what you can store in certain storage self-storage facilities. Having your items stacked in an open warehouse is not safe for your items as they can be broken into or accessed by others.

Professional Mover’s Storage

A professional mover’s storage is a storage unit that is controlled by a professional moving company. You may not be able to access your items as quickly as you need because your moving company will have to give you access. A professional mover’s storage however has many benefits. The best benefit is that your items are professionally wrapped before movers can send them to storage. Your furniture and fragile items are therefore protected. 

If you use a professional moving company like Master Movers storage facilities, your belongings will also be monitored throughout the day, every day of the week so you rest assured that your belongings are safe. We also use strong storage modules that are safe from pests, to store your items safely away.

Self-Storage or Professional Mover’s Storage?

If you need a rental garage for your workspace, self-storage is your go-to. A professional mover’s storage unit (run by full-service storage companies) is advisable for people looking to store their excess items safely away or to create more space in your office or home. It is affordable, secure and you have professional moving services at hand. 

Here are some advantages of using Master Movers vs self-storage units:

Self-storage Master Movers
You are given one space and you have to pay for it Pay only for the space size you need
Mostly short-term storage  Short or long-term storage units
Usually mouldy and no pest control Attention and disciplineine toward mould and pest control
No assistance provided You can hire professional movers to help you to do the heavy lifting and packing
No or inadequate security  We monitor all our units in our secure storage facility to keep them safe from intruders and bad weather conditions throughout the year

Contact our team today for more info on full service vs. self-storage solutions!

The Most Affordable Time to Move

The Most Affordable Time to Move

Looking for the most affordable time to move? There are a few optimal times to move if you don’t want to break the bank. Read on for more info on the cheapest time to move.

Season of The Year

Summer is the best time to move, but not the cheapest. Everyone wants to move when the weather is great. Peak season is the most expensive as it is the busiest time of year and moving companies are in demand. They are less likely to negotiate prices. Moving supplies during this time are probably higher too. It is, therefore, best to avoid summer if you want to save some cash. The quietest time to move within South Africa is between February to October.

The cheapest month to move will be any time in winter when there is less demand for movers. Most people don’t want to move in the cold winter months. Late autumn or early spring are also quieter periods.

Is it Better to Move on a Weekday or Weekend?

As you can tell, the quieter it is, the less demand there is for movers – which means a better moving price. The best days of the week to move are therefore Monday to Thursday. Weekdays tend to be quieter as more people want to move during their weekends off. A Friday move is usually ok if you are moving during the middle of the month, but other Fridays will be busy as employees and employers want to try to use their end of the week to get some moving done. 

If you aim for a weekday, you are therefore likely to get lower moving rates. The exception to the rule will be a public holiday. These days are often busiest as more people will choose a day off (or a long weekend off) to move.

Time of The Month

What time of the month will get you the best deal from professional movers? It is most likely mid-month. The majority of people move out just before their lease ends – this occurs at the end of each month or the beginning of the month. Moving companies probably won’t have time for negotiating during this time and are less likely to lower rates. Choose the middle of the month when they are more likely to negotiate with your moving budget. Try between the 6th or 24th of the month (excluding weekends).

If you want a good deal during your home, office, and international move make sure you choose an affordable and professional moving company like Master Movers. We will try to work within your moving budget and within your time frame to ensure you receive the best moving experience.

Contact us for a free quote if you’re looking for the most affordable time to move!

Tips for Moving During Winter

Tips for Moving During Winter

Moving during winter can bring on some challenges, especially with bad weather conditions. Thankfully the weather in Durban and Johannesburg is usually a delight in winter for movers, but Cape Town can see heavy rain. Regardless of where you need to move to, here are some tips to help you if you are moving during winter

Confirm Details With Your Movers

The winter months can bring on some heavy rain or snow depending on the area you are in. Movers need to arrange protective packaging for their belongings and ensure the weather is safe for their moving truck drivers. You, therefore, need to confirm details of your winter move with your movers ahead of time so they can check the weather forecast and prepare for bad weather conditions.

Have a Backup Plan

Sometimes weather conditions such as rain storms or heavy hail may make moving impossible. It can be frustrating to have your move cancelled so it’s best to be safe than sorry. Movers will always put your safety and theirs first. If your movers think it’s best to move your moving day, listen to the experts and speak to them about moving your date. Talk to Master Movers if you need to reschedule to move – we’ll happily arrange another date for your move. 

Have a backup plan in case delays happen. Perhaps you can arrange for your workers to temporarily work from home if you were planning a corporate move. If you are moving to a new home, pack an overnight bag with items you can easily access until movers get to move the rest of your items. Master Movers offer a free priority box on the day of your move where you can put whatever you need to quickly access. The priority box is offloaded 1st by our professionals when you settle into your new home.

If you are moving to South Africa in winter, remember to plan for load shedding. Keeping warm clothing on standby and budget for increased moving costs (especially if movers will have to take the stairs!).

Start Packing Well in Advance

You can make your winter move easier for your family, staff, and moving company if you pack well in advance. Packing in advance will prevent delays and ensure nobody stays out in the cold weather for too long. Keep winter essentials in your overnight bag or where you can easily access them. These can include blankets, warm clothing or changes of clothes, bathroom items, and clothing for pets. 

The Master Movers team can make moving in winter easier for you, your family, or your staff. If you’re moving during winter, give us a call for help, today!