04 October 2016
Moving abroad is an exciting chapter in anyone’s life but before you start unravelling the bubble-wrap and assembling the packing boxes, stop for a moment and think about all the items you’re planning to take with you to South Africa. Do you really need it all? Remember the more you take, the more you pay. So here are a few tips about decluttering before you begin your new life in South Africa.
- First of all, you may want to think twice about packing woolly winter clothes and looking at other options such as storage or selling. Label that cashmere sweater 'non-essential'.
- If you have expansive, alphabetised CD and DVD collections, we advise not to take it all with you. These collections are heavy, expensive to ship and, let’s be honest, largely redundant in this age of streaming and downloading!
- Don’t waste money shipping your old furniture overseas such as armchairs, sofas, chests of drawers and wardrobes. Treat yourself to new items when you arrive at your new destination! Naturally if you choose to sell your old furniture, you’ll be providing yourself with a financial platform for buying replacements.
- If you’re moving electrical items like flatscreen televisions, you may also want to consider the electrical power differences. There’s no point shipping such a large electrical item abroad if it’s not going to function correctly! Also, if you choose to adapt your television for your new country, you could invalidate the warranty.
Now we know what you're thinking: If I sell a lot of household items before I move, I'm going to need to do a fair bit of shopping when I get to my new home. This is true. So here are a few reputed retail names in South Africa you may want to make a note of:
- Takealot - Online Retail Specialists
- Hi Fi Corporation - Various appliances including audio-visual
- Makro - Various appliances including audio-visual
- Tafelberg - Appliances and furniture, outdoor
- House and Home - Appliances and furniture, outdoor
- Outdoor Warehouse - Outdoor furniture
- Hirsch - Large appliances
- GAME - Large and small appliances, general household
- Boardmans - Household items, bedding, linen etc.
- Home - Household items, bedding, linen etc.
- Mr Price Home - Household items, bedding, linen etc.
- DecoFurn - Furniture
- Rochester - Furniture
- Weylandts - Furniture
- Sealy - Beds
- Bedking - Beds
- Cloudnine - Beds
- Pick n Pay - General household
- Checkers - General household
- Woolworths - General household
- Spar - Supermarket
- Shoprite - Supermarket
- Builders Warehouse - DIY, tools
- Brights - DIY, tools
For more information or advice on removals, get in touch with our team via the Contacts page.