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Moving to South Africa

South Africa is a beautiful, culturally and geographically diverse nation and so it is understandable that many will contemplate leaving the small, grey island that is the U.K. to emigrate there.

In addition to its beauty it offers a relatively cheap cost of living and the security issues of the past, whilst not gone altogether, have certainly dwindled, making it a genuinely appealing place to work, study or retire.

If you are a homeowner your primary concern before any big move will be selling your home. It’s advisable to do this before finalising the schedule of your move as it is potentially a lengthy process and will benefit from you being able to react quickly. If you do need to move quickly, for a work transfer for instance, then you may need to move sooner, however, selling your property first if possible is recommended.

You may wish to consider a short rental when you’re still in the U.K. and also once you have travelled to South Africa. Accommodation in South Africa is relatively cheap and properties of all types and sizes are readily available in all the major cities to either rent or buy. Organising your removals to South Africa at this stage is also recommended.

There are currently no regulations forbidding the purchase of South African properties by foreign investors and you are entitled to repatriate any profit from any future sale, presenting a genuine investment opportunity.

Before you leave you will also need to obtain the correct permit and visa before your move to South Africa which includes identifying the right permit for you. They are split into different categories including study, business start-ups, work and retirement.

If you are getting a work permit then you will need a temporary residency visa, which is valid for 3 months to 3 years, before you can apply for a permanent residency visa. For other permits you can apply for a permanent visa straight away, however, many opt for a temporary one first because of the lengthy waits involved in applying for permanent residency.

Finding the Right Removal Company

Once you have the correct paperwork in place and have finalised things at home the next step is moving all of your belongings to your new country. As with before, it’s advisable to plan the relocation of your belongings before moving, rather than following up with removals to South Africa after you have arrived.

Firstly you need to decide whether to engage the services of a U.K or a South African removal firm. Both will cover every part of the move from door to door and will have expertise in the logistics in both countries. Which you opt for will largely be down to your preference and budget, however, you may feel more comfortable in dealing with a company closer to you before the move takes place.

When choosing which firm to use check that they offer all the services you are looking for which may include baggage, vehicles and furniture removals. Call around for different quotes before making your decision.

You should also check what insurance policy they have in place, and how comprehensive it is. Postal services in South Africa can be unreliable and subject to theft or delays so if they are posting goods you’ll need to ensure that you are well protected.

You can choose from either air freight or ship cargo, and so check with any potential removal firms that they offer both. Air freight will be the most expensive option, however, it will be a lot quicker.

With ship transfers you can generally get two levels of service, from roll on roll off and storage for your car and possessions to container transfers which will seal up your car and at the same time allow you to fill up your car and any remaining space with your possessions. The latter is the more expensive of the two options although arguably better value if you can store more goods.

If you have pets that you need to transfer then you may have to have them quarantined for 3 to 6 months. There are specialist companies who will arrange the move of your pets and who will be able to advise you on the requirements and process.

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There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.

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When Will I Receive A Quote?

You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.

How Many Quotes Will I Receive?

Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.

Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?

If your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.

Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?

Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.

Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?

Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.

Can I Travel With My Goods?

The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.

What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?

If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.

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If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .

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