Relocating your home can be a daunting task. Most people are afraid that they will damage appliances and furniture during removals. The extract below discusses the various considerations you should make when moving your home. 


Do you need that old sofa in your basement? Removals are an opportunity for you to get rid of items that you no longer require. It is not usual for homeowners to be sentimentally attached to old items. However, remember that these items will take up much-needed space in your new residence. Therefore, dispose them of in a landfill, or donate them to friends or charities.

Find a Removalist

Find a reputable and experienced removalist to conduct the removals. He or she should also have reasonable terms of hire. Inquire about the following;

  • What are his or her working hours? If you have a busy schedule, you would want a removalist who works during weekends and holidays when you are free.
  • Does the removalist expect you to dismantle furniture and other home appliances?
  • What is the removalist's policy regarding cancellations or changes in removal dates?
  • Will the removalist arrange items in your new home? 


Ask the removalist for a quote. Inquire about extra and hidden charges. For example, some removalists will charge more if your house is located a few floors above the ground or if you have large items, such as a grand piano. Preferably, work with a removalist who has a fixed pricing mechanism. 

Preparing for Removals

Below are a few removal preparation tips;

  • Create a list of everything you intend to move. It will help you during packing and unpacking.
  • Ask the removalist to visit your home to determine the scope of work and the best truck to move your items.
  • If the removalist does not provide packing boxes, buy them before the due date.
  • Talk with the property manager, and inform him or her of your intended move. He or she can ask tenants to avoid the staircase or elevator as you move items from your house. 

Executing the Removals

On the removals day, pack a box containing essential items, such as toiletries, drinking water and snacks. You may require these items before you unpack items at your new residence. You are liable for damages if you decide to pack your items. Therefore, most removalists will ask that they pack to ensure you are covered by removals insurance. Carry valuable items, such as jewellery and paintings, in your own car. 

Planning and executing removals should not be difficult with the tips above. Work with a reputable removalist who has a friendly pricing mechanism.