Moving house, particularly if you are moving interstate or long distance can be an expensive exercise.
There’s the cost of a professional removalist and/or the cost of hiring a moving truck, there are packing supplies, transit insurance – the list goes on!
The good news is that there are a few ways you can reduce your moving costs if you don’t mind doing a little DIY during the moving process. Here are some tips:
1) Declutter your house
This is a no-brainer. Before you even begin the packing process, a great way to reduce the amount of things you have to move is to declutter. What this means is getting rid of (or recycling) anything you no longer use that doesn’t hold any significant sentimental value to you.
You’re best to attack this task one room at a time and to start by getting rid of any obvious rubbish such as old magazines and newspapers, broken and unrepairable items and clothing that is no longer worn. While this can be a confronting thing to do for many people, ultimately you’ll feel better for it. The psychological benefits of decluttering are well documented – creating a more organised physical space will also contribute to a more organised a relaxed mental state, essential when you’re in the process of moving!
2) Sell your unwanted items
Once the decluttering task is done you may find yourself with a pile of things that you can potentially make money from. Gumtree and Ebay are great options for listing any items you want to sell and you can list as many items as you like free of charge. Alternatively you could consider hosting a garage sale. This way you can potentially get rid of everything at once and you’d be amazed how much you can make this way.
3) Source free packaging supplies
With a little bit of effort you can potentially source all of your packing supplies for free. Lots of shops are happy to pass on their empty cardboard boxes if you ask and local recycling centres often have items like bubble wrap, tea chest boxes and foam beans. Another great resource is the ‘freebies’ category on Gumtree. More often than not you will find that people that have just completed a move will list the supplies they now no longer need.
4) Do your own packing
The way you choose to move – particularly if it’s a long distance or interstate move, will dictate how much it’s going to cost you. Using a full service removalist is the most expensive option as they do all the packing for you. If you’re looking to save money, a great option is a self pack removalist. This has become an extremely popular way to move in recent years; a shipping container is delivered to your home and you do all the packing yourself. The self pack removals company arranges all the transport and you unpack at the other end. Moving this way can save up to 50% of the cost of a full service removalist. Huge savings to be had if you don’t mind getting stuck in and doing the packing yourself. Check out how the self move system works here.
5) Research your removalist
One way a lot of people get stung when moving, is all the add-ons to their original quote that their removalist hits them up with once the move is underway. It’s a simple case of doing your research and reading the fine print of what you can potentially be charged excess for when you choose your removals company.
Common items that will bump your moving price up are:
Cost of storage – if you’re not moving your belongings directly to your new home you may need to store them. Check out what the cost of this is before you confirm your booking even if you don’t think it applies to you. You never know what delays may crop up at moving time.
Weight allowances – many moving companies charge based on the weight of what is being moved. Self pack moving companies often have an included weight allowed with their containers. Cheaper quotes could potentially end up costing more if they only provide a low weight limit that is often exceeded by customers.
Insurance – check this is included in your moving quote as it is essential. Transit insurance and public liability insurance are standard.
As you can see, it’s not hard to save money here and there with a little bit of time and effort on your behalf. Every little bit adds up and being a bit more involved and hands on when you’re moving house puts you in a great position to save a bundle.
Do you have any cost saving tips to add to the list? Please share in the comments below.
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