Does the thought of spending thousands upon thousands of rands on shipping your belongings to the UK keep you up at night? While international furniture removals aren’t exactly cheap, it doesn’t have to set you back financially. Below are some tips on how you can keep the costs low when shipping your belongings abroad.
Exactly how are shipping costs calculated?
It’s a basic calculation: International removal companies take the cubic volume of your belongings and multiply it by the distance it has to travel.
While it sounds very simple, there are other things that can affect the costs. Extras such as packing and other additional services will increase the rate. Insurance, the type of items you ship, customs and port-side tariffs, timing and the shipping carrier can also have a negative effect on prices.
Different shipping companies can quote different rates for the same route as they will have individual costs to take into account. Just by comparing quotes from different shipping companies, you can expect to save a substantial amount. But before you sign a contract, make sure they are legitimate and offer exactly what you need.
Should you Ship it or Sell it?
When moving to the UK, you have to keep in mind that furniture might cost more than in South Africa. Selling all your stuff and buying new might not be an option. Another thing to keep in mind is that the typical size of a home in the UK is much smaller than in South Africa. Thus, selling the things you might not need will also lower your costs since you can get away with using a 20-foot container vs a 40-foot container
What about taking your car?
Public transport in South Africa is almost non-existent and everyone needs a car to get from point A to B. In the UK however, public transport is world-class and chances are you won’t need a car to get around. If you do decide to ship your car, keep in mind that it could fill up to half of a 40-foot container, increasing the costs of your move significantly.
Sharing a container
Sharing a container will bring down moving costs considerably and is a great option when you only have a few items you want to take with. Keep in mind that it might take longer to reach you since shipping companies have to fill up the container before they can ship it.
Optional extras make a difference
Extras like packing and unpacking or pet relocations can raise the cost of your international move. While you might save money by packing yourself, it’s important to remember that when you opt for a packing service, packing materials are typically included. Also, the packers tend to be experts in packing and the risk of breakage and damage to your items are extremely low compared to when you pack yourself. They will also be able to pack more efficiently and fit more into one container.
For an affordable quote from a reliable international moving company, get in touch with BusyBee Removals today.