10 Things to know Before Choosing a long Distance Furniture Removal Company in South Africa

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CHOOSING A MOVING COMPANY TO MOVE YOUR FURNITURE OVER A LONG DISTANCE? READ THIS LONG DISTANCE MOVING GUIDE BEFORE YOU DO.

A critical step to ensuring a successful long distance furniture removal is to make sure you are well educated on how the long distance moving process works, which companies to use and what you can do to ensure a safe removal. We have provided a comprehensive long distance moving guide with everything you need to know about long distance furniture removal companies in South Africa, how it all works, how long distance movers charge and more. Everything you didn’t know and should know about long distance moving before your big move day.

WHAT IS CONSIDERED A LONG DISTANCE MOVE?

Long distance moving is anything that requires furniture to be collected and delivered more than 200KM’s outside of a main City or Town. A Long distance removal process is more complex than a local residential moving process, it would entail a larger moving truck, additional packaging services, different loading methods and more staff traveling with the truck.

Below are three terms you might hear while hunting around for the best long distance furniture removal companies in South Africa. Although termed differently from company to company, they all refer to the same service.

  • Long Distance Moving
  • Inter Provincial Moving
  • Interstate Moving
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ARE LONG DISTANCE REMOVALS SAFE?

The short answer is: Yes. Long Distance removals are safe, provided you are utilizing a registered and qualified furniture removal company that will guide and advise you on the precautions needed to be taken to ensure a safe move.

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WHAT ARE THE RISKS DURING A LONG DISTANCE MOVE?

Household furniture is not designed to be on a moving vehicle, in order to ensure a risk free long distance removal, safety measures need to be put in place. Below are four common problems that occur during a long distance furniture removal process.

  • Dents or damages
  • Lost or stolen goods
  • Truck collision or overturning
  • Late delivery


As you can see I have listed late delivery, this would be classified as a risk due to the potential expenses it could put on the customer, having to pay for accommodation while waiting for their furniture to arrive.

WAYS TO AVOID DAMAGES WHEN MOVING FURNITURE LONG DISTANCE?

As the customer there are six things to ensure when moving your furniture across the country. By using these six steps, you will be able to reduce risk of damage by at least 65%, in comparison to customers who do not take the below precautions.

  • Utilize a reputable furniture removal company
  • Request Comprehensive Insurance
  • Label your boxes and furniture yourself
  • have valuable items wrapped
  • Use heavy-duty boxes
  • Crate glass furniture


Reputable long distance transport companies will have the safety of your goods at heart and recommend you to take these precautions, if they don’t, find another mover.

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SHOULD YOU TAKE OUT MOVING INSURANCE - YES OR NO?

The answer is: Yes. Moving insurance is a must. There are two kinds of insurance that you will have options for, see below:

G.I.T (GOODS IN TRANSIT)

If you are using a professional and reputable long distance furniture removals company, G.I.T insurance should be supplied to you as a default insurance cover. Goods in Transit insurance cover will be limited and is not recommended to be the only insurance you opt for when moving your furniture over a long distance.

G.I.T insurance cover protects your furniture from causes such as water damages, overturning or collisions of the truck, thefts and hijackings. The total covered will be determined by the moving company you use, however cover usually ranges between R100,000 to R150,000. (Important to note) With G.I.T cover you will not be able to claim for damaged and dents caused by the staff of the moving company.

COMPREHENSIVE INSURANCE

Comprehensive insurance cover is classified as an extra service, and will cost the customer in addition to their removal cost. Comprehensive insurance cover is highly recommended and should be compulsory when choosing to move your furniture over a long distance. Comprehensive insurance cover does not come as a default cover and will need to be opted for when going through the booking process with your moving company.

Comprehensive insurance cover will cover you for more risks such as staff induced damages, where G.I.T cover will not. Each long distance furniture removals company has their own set of comprehensive cover options, which would allow the customer to opt for how much cover they would like. By taking out this kind of cover, you can have peace of mind that if damages of your furniture had to occur that you can claim back, which is a great way to have peace of mind while your goods are in transit. Please note, you will be charge an excess in the event of a claim, so when you select how much cover you would need, be sure to go a little higher with your cover amount.

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HOW DO LONG DISTANCE FURNITURE TRANSPORT COMPANIES CHARGE?

Prices will vary drastically from removal company to removal company, mainly due to each of them having their own internal pricing structure. There are several factors that affect the way long distance furniture movers charge; how large their trucks are, how much they pay their staff, the routes they will be travelling, the minimum profit needing to be made for them to cover these overheads, etc. Because of this, there is no sure way to calculate an average charge on how much your removal will cost. However, there are three main factors that you can look at if you would want to have some control of your overall long distance furniture removals cost.

  • Volume (the amount of space your goods will take up on the truck)
  • Distance Travelled
  • Additional services required

WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS OF A LONG DISTANCE MOVING TRUCK?

A standard small load Furniture Removals truck will average the length of 7.8M and the height of 4M, a long distance furniture removals truck will average the length of between 13.7M and 25.25M and a height of 4M.

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WHAT ARE ACCESS ISSUES / TRUCK RESTRICTIONS?

These are critical factors that will need to be considered at both your collection and delivery point, as an industry standard for long distance moving companies in South Africaif the truck will not fit through the main gates of your premises it is considered an access issue. This situation usually occurs at places such as complexes or estates where there are weight and height restrictions enforced by a body corporate where there are narrow roads and so forth. It will be important to notify your removal company of this before move day as it would require an additional service.

LONG CARRY

If the long distance truck cannot enter your premises or reach within 40M of your front door, this is considered a long carry, long carries would mean that the loaders will have to carry your furniture over a longer distance, increasing risk as well as increasing labor costs.

SHUTTLE SERVICE

A shuttle is a smaller vehicle that the long distance removalists will supply to use as a method of transporting your goods between the entrance of your home and the truck if the carry distance is too long. This service will incur added costs. An easy way to avoid this additional cost is to ask either a friend or family member that owns a bakkie to aid you, they would not need to do anything other than drive the vehicle, the moving company will do the rest free of charge, as long as the vehicle and driver are supplied by you.

HOW MUCH TIME DO LONG DISTANCE MOVING COMPANIES TAKE TO DELIVER FURNITURE IN SOUTH AFRICA?

Provided you are using a registered long distance moving company that works on structured collection and delivery routes, you will be able to have an accurate and predictable date for delivery without any problems.

The average long distance furniture removals company would rotate between provinces on a weekly basis, with an average turnaround time of 3-5 days for delivery from the day of collection. 

In South Africa, scheduled route long distance moving companies are not as common, so when selecting a mover, it will be important you ask them to be transparent with their route structures. 

A little moving tip: if your long distance furniture movers do not work on structured routes, be sure that you are flexible with your move date, predictions of delivery could and usually does change as your move progresses, which could lead to a very uncomfortable situation for you as the customer if they exceed the initial promised delivery date.

WHAT IS THE MOST AFFORDABLE TIME OF THE MONTH TO BOOK A LONG-DISTANCE MOVING COMPANY?

The most affordable time of the month to book a long distance furniture removal is between the 5th and 25th of each Month. The reason for this is that most leases begin on the last or first day of a new month, also known as peak time. Due to the large demand for removals on these two days, long distance removal companies are usually fully booked and charge a higher rate due to the higher demand and limited availability.

Be proactive and book your move at least a month in advance, the further in advance you book the better your chances of securing your preferred move date, allowing you opportunity to get a better rate and as a little added bonus gives you the opportunity to choose your preferred time slot.

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HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD YOU BOOK A LONG DISTANCE MOVE?

Answer: at least one Month in advance. Between the 25th and 1st of each Month is termed as peak time for movers. To ensure availability it is suggested to book your move at least one month before your required move date. During peak time, reputable moving companies usually have limited availability or none at all.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU CAN TRUST THE LONG DISTANCE MOVING COMPANY YOU ARE USING?

Without destroying the idea of a pleasant moving experience for you, it’s important customers stay vigilant when choosing furniture transport companies in South Africa. When doing a business transaction between yourself and another business, there is a general rule of thumb, always look after your interests first and foremost, no matter how friendly or honest the person representing the company you are transacting with may be. After all, it’s just business, so keep it that way. The same principle should be applied when choosing long distance furniture moving companies to move your home content.

There are countless clauses that could hurt you inside of a long distance moving companies terms and conditions, read them carefully. This cannot be stressed enough. Below are three things you can do to make extra sure that everything you are promised and paid for is everything you are getting on your big move day.

  • Have everything in writing
  • Ask all the right questions
  • Read their terms and conditions
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Why do long distance moving prices vary so much

WHY DO MOVING COMPANY QUOTES DIFFER SO MUCH IN PRICE?

Why do quote prices vary so much between each moving company in South Africa? Just like any industry, each moving company has their own internal pricing structure as to how much they charge for fuel, how much they pay their staff, how much they charge per cubic meter of space, and so on. Second to that, there are a few other factors that customers don’t know about that can cause this drastic variation in pricing.

  • If they travel a main route or not
  • The size of their truck
  • The size of their fleet
  • How many staff are on the truck
  • How the company values it’s quality of service

We hope this long distance moving guide helped you with understand more about long distance moving, there surely is a lot to know. If you have any questions or would like to know more, you are welcome to give us a call, we would love to assist you here at Source a Move. You can contact our furniture removals Cape Town offices on 021 023 0663 or alternatively, send us an email and one of our qualified moving assistants will get in touch with you: info@sourceamove.com.

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