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Semigrating in South Africa? 5 Things to Consider Before Moving!

Story Highlights
  • 1) Spend some time in your new home town
  • 2) Budget before semigrating
  • 3) Research reputable moving companies
  • 4) Sort out your utilities before semigrating
  • 5) Making the move

Semigrating has been a huge trend in South Africa for quite a few years.

With more and more people starting to work from home permanently, they have had time to evaluate their lifestyles and their living conditions.

Many people dream of a life in a smaller town or a quaint coastal village where they can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Hence the ever-growing popularity of semigrating. 

Simply put, semigrating is semi-migrating and involves people moving from one part of the country to another.

Generally speaking, people who semigrate move from big cities to quieter parts of the country that offer a more laid-back lifestyle.

Semigrating is different from just moving to a new town. Semigrants are usually motivated by several factors such as security, job opportunities, and affordability.

Some of the most popular places that people are semigrating to include Paarl, Stellenbosch, Wellington and Worcester in the Western Cape, Ballito in KwaZulu-Natal, and Pretoria in Gauteng. 

Semigrating to another part of the country requires preparation. It is not merely a question of packing up and going. Here are 5 things to consider before making the big move. 

1) Spend some time in your new home town

You may have taken several trips to your new home town but have you really put yourself in the shoes of the locals?

Sure, it might have beautiful tourist attractions but when you live there, you become part of the scenery sooner than you think!

Spend time in your new home town, preferably for a longer period than you usually do.

Find out exactly what it has to offer and which neighbourhoods appeal to you. You need to determine whether it will be a good fit for you and your family if you make the move. 

2) Budget before semigrating

Once you have decided on the town you want to semigrate to, you need to draw up a budget.

Your trip to your new home town should have given you an idea of the cost of living. Now you need to determine whether you can afford to live there.

Your budget can determine the type of house you buy or rent and the neighbourhood you are going to live in.

If you are going to live far away from where you work, you have to factor in any transport fees, too. 

3) Research reputable moving companies

One of the biggest stressors will be finding a reputable moving company to take care of your belongings.

Research whether it would be better to go with an out-of-town moving company or with a local company.

Also, make sure that you know the condition of your furniture and other belongings before entrusting them to the moving company.

You might find that you have a lot of belongings that you haven’t used in a while. Now would be the perfect time to donate old furniture, clothes, toys, and other belongings to charity or thrift shops. 

4) Sort out your utilities before semigrating

As soon as you are getting everything in place, be sure to remember to get your utilities in order.

You need to cancel your utilities for your current place of residence and make sure you don’t owe anything on your bills.

You then need to look for new service providers in your new town. Things like internet providers, security systems, and garden services need to be sorted out as soon as you can.

You should also contact other institutions like your bank and medical aid provider to let them know you are changing your address. 

5) Making the move

When you arrive in your new town, remember that you are essentially starting from scratch.

This can be intimidating but it can also be a very positive experience. There is nothing like a fresh start.

Explore the neighbourhood and see if you can find easy routes in and out of your area. Find out where the nearest shop is, how far the closest medical centre is, and what the locals do for fun.

Meet the neighbours and join community forums to stay up to date about the latest developments.

Remember that this new stage of your life should be relaxing. If you moved to escape the city, then spend time soaking up the serenity of your new home town. 

Final thoughts

Semigrating is an exciting journey for many people and it has had a positive impact on many semigrants that have already made the move.

While it is not something that should be taken lightly, it is often a lesser commitment than immigrating to a completely different country.

South Africa has many beautiful towns with unrealized potential; hidden gems that shine when they are called ‘home’.


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Ready to start your semigration journey in South Africa? Find cheap and affordable properties for sale or rent in the following areas:

Gauteng
Akasia, Alberton, Bedfordview, Benoni, Boksburg, Centurion, Edenvale, Johannesburg, Kempton Park, Midrand, Pretoria, Randburg, Roodepoort, Sandton, Soweto

Western Cape
Atlantic Seaboard, Bellville, Cape Town, Durbanville, Gordons Bay, George, Hermanus, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Paarl, Plettenberg Bay, Somerset West, Stellenbosch

KwaZulu Natal
Amanzimtoti, Ballito, Durban, Hillcrest, La Mercy, Margate, Pinetown, Pietermaritzburg, Umdloti, Umhlanga, Westville, Zimbali

Rest of South Africa
Bloemfontein, East London, Hartbeespoort, Hoedspruit, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Potchefstroom, Rustenburg, St. Frances Bay, Witbank

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