You want your new house to feel like home, but do you need to take absolutely everything with you when you emigrate? The answer is no.
We spoke to Seven Seas Worldwide’s relocation expert Michael Spicer about the necessary art of decluttering before moving.
The following video is an essential guide to keeping your shipment on the economical side before boxing it up and sending it abroad. Remember the lighter your load, the less you have to pay.
Before any packing takes place, it is important to look at all the items in every room of your house and think about what could be left behind, sold or donated. Think about bulky furniture first. Unless you have an emotional tie to a chair or bed or wardrobe, our advice is to leave it behind – local selling sites provide the best way of making these items disappear swiftly and for a profit too.
Some electrical equipment such as kitchenware, televisions and power tools may not work in different countries owing to power differences. Check to see if your destination country is within the same bracket as South Africa. If it is not, then you know what to do!
Another way of vastly reducing your shipment for the better is to say goodbye to your expansive, alphabetised CD and DVD collections. Face the facts, in this age of video and music streaming, you just don’t need them anymore. Yes it’s very nice to have a shiny, aesthetically-pleasing boxed sets on your shelf but ultimately the only thing they’re doing is gathering dust on a shelf, so what is the point of moving it to another country and have it gather dust there instead?
If you’re moving to Australia and New Zealand, customs officials are stringent on the shipping of items that are potentially dirty such as vacuum cleaners, camping equipment, rugs and shoes. So you either get everything professionally cleaned so there’s not a hint of dirt on them or you just buy replacement items at your new address. If you do the latter, you’ll not only have a cheaper shipment but you’ll also avoid possible delays caused by unscheduled customs inspections.