Moving is no mean feat. If you have been staying at the same address for many years you are likely to have accumulated a lot of furniture. Hiring one of the best moving companies South Africa will make your move a little less stressful. Having a solid plan and starting to pack well in advance will also help alleviate some of the pressure, and so will disassembling bulky items to make them easier and lighter to move. Solid custom made pieces that cannot be dismantled are no problem for us at Master Movers. Simply let us know beforehand, and we will add a hoisting surcharge to take it over the balcony or another suitable exit.
Here are 10 easy steps to ensure success
- Get organised with supplies. Have everything you need on hand to help make packing and dissembling easier. This includes Tupperware containers, zip-lock bags, a permanent marker or Koki for labelling, bubble wrap, packing paper or old newspapers to wrap things in, measuring tape and lastly, tools to take out nuts and screws and to take any hinges off. For your convenience, white newsprint is available form Master Movers for ease of cleaning after you have unpacked
- Be careful with screws and bolts after removing them. Place them in a ziplock bag or Tupperware container and label the bag clearly so you will know what goes where and eliminate confusion later on.
- Disassemble at prime points. You may not have to disassemble the entire piece. Sometimes there are specific disassembly points, for example; where your dining room top attaches to the legs.
- Read the instructions. If you no longer have the instructions handy, look up the make and model of your item online to help with the dissembling process.
- Communicate with your movers. Remember: Double door fridges do not fit through a normal door but we can gladly assist at no extra charge if you let us know beforehand.
- Disassemble DIY furniture. If you have any types of furniture that arrived at your home flat-packed and were a ‘build-it-yourself’ type of item then it’s best to disassemble these as they probably won’t travel very well. If you have put it together once before, it probably won’t be very difficult to put together again at your new spot.
- Remove light bulbs out lamps. Place them in Tupperware containers to keep them safe with white paper. Pack garden lights and fairy lights neatly in a box with loads of bubble wrap and white paper for protection. Whether moving near or far, it needs the same treatment.
- Measure your items for their new space. Some pieces may be particularly complicated to take apart and might be best left intact when moving. Measure doorways, stairways and hallways to make sure they will fit when relocating them.
- Moving fine art. As long as the painting or sculpture is box board protected and crated then it has the best chance of survival when moving to your new art collector.
- Lastly, don’t move some items at all. Use the move as an opportunity to throw away items that you may have been meaning to get rid of for a while. A new home spells new beginnings. A famous name in decluttering namely Marie Kondo applies the Kon Mari method of decluttering. Does the item bring you joy? If not – throw it away.
We are open all year round except Public Holidays. Don’t forget to inquire regarding our VIP service where you simply hand us the keys and we do the rest – right up to handling your curtains. We really are movers with a difference! So contact us today for more information on helping you move speedily and easily!