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Put together a packing kit

If more than one person is packing, stay organized by establishing a system. Have blank inventory sheets prepared so one person can tackle each area or room. Arm each packer with a pen, black marker, and packing materials, like newspaper, a packing tape dispenser and boxes.

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A moving company, removalist or van line is a company that helps people and businesses move their goods from one place to another. It offers all inclusive services for relocations like packing, loading, moving, unloading, unpacking, arranging of items to be shifted. Additional services may include cleaning services for houses, offices or warehousing facilities.

The moving process also involves finding or buying materials such as boxes, paper, tape, and bubble wrap with which to pack boxable and/or protect fragile household goods, and to consolidate the carrying and stacking on moving day. Self-service moving companies offer another viable option: the person moving buys space on one or more trailers.


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There are several moving companies in Johannesburg and some have been around for a long time. When relocating you would like your household goods to get to their destination in one piece. Without the aggravation of lost and broken items. Girls on the Move have been helping people in Johannesburg move stress free and with ease. Give us a call today and let us make your move as easy as pie.

Moving can be extremely stressful! Here are a few tips about packing all of your inventory. It’s usually the most time-consuming part of the entire furniture removal process, whether you’re just moving anywhere or going to need long distance furniture removal services.

House and office moving tips

 1: Your Calendar = Your Friend

You can start planning ASAP if you use this old-school tool. Set reminders for everything from canceling magazine subscriptions to planning ways to use up food from your refrigerator. It will keep you from scrambling to get things done at the last minute and help you work more efficiently along the way.

All the tips to follow hinge on your master calendar, so consider it a “living document” and add to it (or cross off accomplished tasks) frequently.

2: Your Timeline

Clearly, some household moves take more time and planning than others. Apartment dwellers, for example, don’t necessarily have the added stress of trying to sell a home while purchasing a new one. But there are some common to-do items that many of us have to face:

You’ll need to drop by your local Post Office for change of address forms and moving guides.

Ask yourself a few key questions: Will my insurance company cover my assets in transit? Will my car and home policies change when I move? Notify water and electricity companies, Internet providers, cable companies and other utilities of your pending move. Add all these shut-off dates to your master calendar to avoid paying for utilities you aren’t using.

Find out the most cost-effective time to cancel gym memberships or forward magazine subscriptions.

Return library books; cancel newspaper subscriptions.

Let colleagues and networking contacts know of your move when it’s comfortable for you to do so. After all, you’ll want your professional network to stay intact when the rest of your stuff is disassembled.

Close or transfer bank accounts.

Fill necessary prescriptions and have them transferred to your new area pharmacy.

 3: The Budget & Paperwork

Plan a move without a budget and you might feel the pinch later. Expenses tend to creep in quickly and quietly, so keep a file for everything, no matter how small.

Why is this so important? You’ll thank yourself next tax season when most of these items can be written off! Account for everything from the moving boxes and movers to the rug shampoo and packing paper (Ask us for a quote on packaging).

Account for things you might have missed in your initial budget, such as:

Temporary storage for goods you might not use right away (ask us for a quote on Storage)

Temporary living arrangements or short-term housing

Food and hotel stays required during transit to your new home

Pet boarding

Car servicing before your trip

 4: Don’t Move What You Won’t Use

Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a company, there’s no reason to move anything you won’t need in your new home. Here are a few ways to get rid of that stuff quickly: Have a moving sale. Include everything from old kitchen appliances to clothing or toys the kids have grown out of. Get the most bang for your buck by taking the time to clean up items or organize them by category.

Load up the car and donate to Goodwill, the Salvation Army or other local charities.

Hit online message boards (such as Gumtree or OLX) or put an ad in your local newspaper to announce your freebies or used stuff.

 5: Your Timeline

You’re about to put everything you own in cardboard boxes. There’s no denying it – it’s overwhelming. For this part of the process, it’s all about organization and simplicity.

Use your calendar to determine how to pack for the least stress. For some, it might be an hour or two a day. For others, it might be three straight 10-hour days. However you do it, be realistic and provide yourself plenty of time.

Consider buying your packing materials online. Better Moves will bundle boxes, bubble wrap, tape and packing paper and send it right to your home for at a reasonable fee. We also provide second hand boxes and much cheaper prices but this is subject to availability. Need extra packing materials? Hit your local storage place. Hint: Ask if you can sell back any boxes you don’t end up using.

Save even more money by visiting local sites like, where people are often looking to get rid of boxes from a recent move.

Get creative with packing supplies: You don’t always need to use paper and bubble wrap. Use suitcases to pack clothes you’ll want to wear right away; use towels to protect breakables.

Save space by packing unbreakable contents in tightly loaded drawers. Simply tape the drawers in place with strips of wide masking tape and then remove the tape as soon as the furniture arrives at your new home.

Color-coordinate or mark each box by room, not by type of contents. This will save time for the movers (and you) when it’s time to unpack.

Moving a refrigerator? Throw a couple of charcoal briquettes or newspaper inside the unit to absorb left-over odors.

Pack ahead of time – but not too far! Inevitably, you’ll want that book in the bottom of that large (and heavy) box.

 6: Hiring a Mover

Hiring a mover can take a lot of stress off, but it doesn’t mean there is rest for the move-weary. Know this: If you’ve hired a mover, you have basically taken on the role of project manager, and it’s your job to make sure they are accountable for the end result. Here are a few tips that may help:

What do materials and boxes cost through the moving company? Better Moves offers moving materials at great prices.

Ask ahead of time if there are extra charges for moving things up flights of stairs, reassembling furniture and the like. These extra costs can add up. Better Moves does not charge extra for dismantling and reassembling furniture.

Consider if you’ll need extra insurance to cover important items or whether the items in your own vehicle are covered during transit to your new home.

Think ahead: Can their trucks fit in your driveway? Do you have enough cash to tip each mover? Do you want to provide drinks or food to them?

 7: While in Transit

The time between leaving your old home and getting to your new abode can be difficult, exciting and stressful all at once. Here are just four things to keep in mind:

Keep important papers and documents with you, including birth certificates, marriage license and deeds.

Don’t leave any valuables in your car or hotel room, especially overnight.

Keep in consistent communication with the moving company, especially if you are traveling a long distance.

Aim to arrive at your new home before the movers do.

Consider putting together a survival package so you can camp out in your new home until the moving van arrives. Suggestions include coffee, cups, spoons, soap and towels, a can and bottle opener, some light bulbs, a flashlight, toilet paper, cleansing powder, and a first-aid kit.

 8: The Big Day

You’ve planned, packed and moved, and you’re ready to get the furniture into the house. It’s the day to don your project manager hat one last time.

It is so exciting to start on a clean slate and redecorate a new home! Stay connected with Better Moves on Facebook to see great house and garden ideas!

How to get started with your move

1 Get organized early

Avoid leaving anything until the last minute. Unless you have to pack up and leave in a hurry, chances are you have between 30 and 60 days to make a plan and ensure that moving day runs smoothly. Create a countdown list and itemize everything you need to accomplish week by week.

2 Figure out your move strategy

How are you going to get from point A to point B on moving day? For shorter moves, you'll either need to assemble some very nice friends with trucks or consider renting a truck for the day. If you have a big family to move or you'll be moving a long distance, you'll want to price out moving companies.

3 Keep your movers in the loop

Boxes are one thing, but when you get to the big, heavy stuff, it's important to let your movers know what to expect. "Communicate with your moving company and explain all the requirements and expectations prior to booking," advises Andrew Ludzeneks, founder and current president of iMove Canada Ltd. "Your mover has to be aware of all those minor details in order to estimate your total move time and cost, and have proper equipment available." That includes informing the company about any overweight items (i.e. a piano or fridge), access restrictions (small elevator, walk-up only, narrow driveway) and whether you’ll need help with disassembly or assembly of furniture.

4 Pick the right transportation

If you're moving a short distance, you may be able to get away with making more than one trip. But if you don't have that luxury, you'll need to make sure you have the right size of truck to cart your belongings in one go. "Choosing the right size is particularly important when moving farther away, as making several trips could be a problem," says Andrew, who recommends using the following guidelines when determining the size of your truck:


•    In general, the contents of bachelor and one-bedroom apartments will fit in a 16' cube truck available at your local rental company.

•    Two to three fully furnished bedrooms will require a 24'-26' truck to ensure your move is completed in one load.

•    The contents of most houses can be moved in the same 24' truck with one or two trips.

5 Seize the opportunity to purge

Moving is a great chance to organize your belongings and get rid of items you no longer use. If the time of year permits, hold a yard sale. Or, take the time to sort and donate gently worn clothing to Goodwill, put furniture up for sale on a site like, recycle old magazines and catalogues and shred old documents.

6 Put together a packing kit

If more than one person is packing, stay organized by establishing a system. Have blank inventory sheets prepared so one person can tackle each area or room. Arm each packer with a pen, black marker, and packing materials, like newspaper, a packing tape dispenser and boxes.

7 Green your move

Moving day can generate a great deal of waste like cardboard, bubble wrap and newspaper. For items you’ll be storing even once you’ve moved in, opt for the reusable plastic bins you can purchase at stores like Home Depot or Solutions. These can be labeled to go directly into closets until you’re ready to deal with the contents. You can avoid cardboard for the rest of your belongings, too, by renting plastic bins from a company like Blue Bins Unlimited. You might also consider using older linens to wrap breakables.

8 Reuse boxes

You may still need a few cardboard boxes to round out your moving kit. A few weeks before you start packing, grab a few each time you visit the grocery store. Keep in mind that smaller boxes are easier to carry when facing stairs and narrow pathways, says Andrew.

9 Take inventory

This is especially necessary if you’re hiring a moving company. Having a record of your household items is useful if something goes missing. Consider keeping a spreadsheet of the contents of each box. Then, assign each box a number and all you have to do is write that number on each side (maybe with the appropriate room listed, as well).

10 Label everything!

Label all sides of the box (avoid the top). Whoever is carrying in your boxes might not make sure all labels are facing one way for your easy retrieval. Try labeling each side in marker so you can easily find what you need in a stack.

11 Find out your condo rules

Moving into a condo isn’t as easy as pulling up to the front door and loading your boxes onto an elevator. Be sure to check the moving policy before scheduling your moving day. For example, some condos don’t allow move-ins on Sunday. According to Andrew, you may need to book a service elevator and a time frame for moving in. “On most occasions, your condo will ask for a security deposit in order to book a service elevator. That can range from $100 to $500 depending on your condo rules.”

12 Pack in things you need to pack

You need to take your luggage with you. Why not use it as a box? The same goes for dresser drawers. You may need to remove them for transport, but if you don’t have too far to go, they can be helpful for light items. “For delicate apparel that you don't want to fold, using a portable wardrobe box is the way to go,” recommends Andrew.

13 Prepare a moving day kit

Keep one box aside of “essentials” that you’ll need on moving day: cleaning supplies, light bulbs, toilet paper, garbage bags, a change of clothes, your toiletry bag, etc.

14 Be ready for your movers, whether hired or friends

Whether you have family or professional movers showing up at your door, be ready for them when they arrive. With a moving company, unless you hire packers, be ready and packed before the crew arrives, advises Andrew. “Scrambling for boxes will delay your move and increase your cost.”

15 Protect your valuables

Find a safe place to store your valuables on moving day. Insure anything that’s valuable or breakable if you’re using a moving company. And if you’re moving a computer, do a quick backup of important files just in case something happens in transit.

16 Delay deliveries

If you’ve made some new purchases, such as a couch or dining room suite, schedule the delivery after moving day. That will help you focus your attention on moving day itself and will avoid any congestion between delivery people and the movers.

17 Don’t mistake belongings for trash

Try to avoid packing things in garbage bags. Well-meaning friends or family could accidentally throw them out on moving day.

18 Hook up essential services

Make sure you understand how utility bills (gas, water, electricity) will be transferred over to you from a previous owner. Also, arrange to have your phone line, cable and Internet working if necessary.

19 Find a pet sitter for the day

If you have a pet that could be traumatized by a move, arrange to have them stay somewhere during moving day. If you’re hiring movers for a long-distance move, be sure to arrange your pet’s safe transport to your new home.

20 Make nice with your new neighbours

Start off on the right foot by informing your immediate neighbours that you’ll be moving in and what kind of moving vehicles you’re using. If you’re moving on a weekday, make sure your truck isn’t blocking anyone’s exit. If it’s wintertime, clear your driveway of snow and ice, says Andrew. “Make sure there’s plenty of room to park the moving truck. That’s essential on busy streets otherwise you could slow down your move … increasing your total cost.”

21 Treat your movers

Whether hired movers or friends and family, be sure to have food and drinks readily available for everyone. “On a hot summer day, your crew will appreciate a cold drink,” says Andrew.