Household Goods to South Africa

unpackingQuoting you for the wrapping, packing and shipping shipment of your household goods and furniture to residence South Africa.

For quotation purposes we need to know:

  • The volume of the goods you are sending in terms of Cubic Feet or Cubic Metres.
  • The location of the UK place of residence where the goods will be wrapped and packed and from where the collection will be made
  • The location of the South African residence where the delivery is to be made.
  • Full details of any awkward or very heavy items to be included in the shipment such as pianos, safes, and large American style refrigerators etc.
  • Full details of any access restrictions at the collection or delivery residences. For example can we park a van outside and is the residence in a high-rise building?

Estimating the volume of your shipment

Of course we are happy to arrange to send one of our trained surveyors to ‘walk through and survey’ your residence at a time convenient to you. Our representative will then estimate the volume for you.

In the meantime, you may prefer a more immediate answer based on an approximate calculation for quotation purposes. If so please feel free to send us by email, fax or post a comprehensive inventory list of everything you are planning to ship. Remember to mention whether a sofa or a table, for example, is large or small or medium in size.

Volumes for household goods are usually calculated in terms of cubic feet.

As a very rough guide let us indicate to you an approximation of volume based on the type of residence.

  • A standard three bed-roomed house that is not too heavily furnished (and which does not have large quantities of goods stowed away in the garage or loft) is likely to be very roughly 1000 cubic feet. This would be roughly a full 20’ container load.
  • A larger 4 or 5 bed-roomed house, quite heavily furnished with significant quantities of goods in the garage, shed, and loft is likely to be very roughly 2000 cubic feet. Equivalent to a full 40’ container load.
  • Entire contents of a one bed-roomed flat may be anything up to about 500 cubic feet which is equivalent to half of a 20’container.
  • The entire contents of a two bed-roomed flat or a small two bed-roomed house may be anything up to about 750 cubic feet which equivalent to about three quarters of a 20’ container.

Let us give you an idea of volumes based on some examples of standard household items

  • cooker = 12 cubic feet
  • A Settee (small) = 25 cubic feet
  • A Settee (large) = 45 cubic feet
  • A dishwasher = 15 cubic feet
  • A washing machine = 15 cubic feet
  • A dining Table (large) = 45 cubic feet
  • A dining Table (small) = 25 cubic feet
  • A dining Chair = 5 cubic feet
  • A small T.V. in a box = 4 cubic feet
  • A microwave in a box = 4 cubic feet
  • A set of golf clubs = 5 cubic feet
  • A bicycle = 25 cubic feet
  • A small wardrobe = 25 cubic feet
  • A large wardrobe = 65 cubic feet
  • A coffee table = 5 cubic feet

Measuring the approximate volume of a piece of furniture in cubic feet

Lets take as an example a small chest of drawers

a) It measures 3 feet 3 inches high
b) It measures 3 feet 9 inches wide
c) It measures 1 foot 6 inches deep

Multiply (a) 3.25 feet x (b) 3.75 feet x (c) 1.5 feet = 18.28 cubic feet

Allow for the wrapping material around it and round it up to say 19 cubic feet