Moving house doesn’t necessarily have to mean spending big and blowing out your budget or hard earned savings. With a bit of careful planning ahead of time and a little bit of ingenuity, you can bypass many of the stressful and costly factors that go along with any house move.
Save valuable time, relocate your possessions to your new address and save some cash while you’re at it with these handy moving tips from the professionals at Giffen Removals:
1. Plan Ahead
Are you going to hire a professional mover or can you DIY? Do you need to take time off work during your move? Start thinking about all of the resources required, as well as the people and companies you will need to contact in order to make this move possible.
If you aren’t hiring a professional mover, do you have any friends or family members who would be available to help? If so, now is the time to start calling in those favours. Planning your house move months or weeks ahead of time will mean less stress and headaches for you on your actual moving day.
2. Shop Around For The Best Price
If you do happen to decide on hiring a professional mover (as opposed to moving your belongings yourself), be sure to shop around and compare prices. Some companies offer a fixed price moving service which is a great way to ensure you stick to your actual budget and don’t get hit with any additional costs.
If possible, consider relocating during the off-peak moving season to save on overall moving costs.
3. Offload Unwanted Items
Decluttering old or unused items before you move house will save you a lot of time on moving day. Slowly sort through your belongings in the lead up to your house move and donate, sell or give away what you can to lighten your moving load.
Why not have a garage sale and make some cash from selling your old things? Or perhaps host a “giveaway” party for your friends or neighbours to take old belongings or furniture you no longer need off your hands.
Unpacking your belongings at your new place will become a much simpler task if you can successfully downsize prior to moving day.
Pack smart. Save on costs by collecting large boxes from your local supermarket or workplace for free. Be sure to gather together all of your moving supplies including packing tape, bubble wrap, old newspapers and markers. Allow plenty of time for packing so you are not left scrambling at the very last minute and clearly label and list the contents of your moving boxes so you can easily locate your belongings later on.
5. Rent A Storage Unit
Own too many items or don’t have enough time to sort through your belongings ahead of your move? Consider hiring a storage unit to temporarily house unsorted clutter and possessions until you have relocated to your new address.
Sometimes professional moving companies offer both a removals and storage space rental service so be sure to shop around for a local mover who offers combo deals.
6. Organise A Moving Vehicle
If you own a trailer, ute or a truck, you’re already one step ahead when it comes to saving on your house move. You can do small trips yourself and save money by leaving the bigger, heavier items for the professionals. Alternatively, you can save even more by doing the entire move yourself with some buddies.
If don’t own a suitable moving vehicle, you can always borrow or hire one from a friend, a truck rental company or from an actual moving company that leases out their fleet.
7. Moving Your Own Furniture
Moving house can be tough to do on your own. Get some friends to help with tasks like disassembling furniture and lifting and loading items into your moving vehicle.
Carry furniture and large items the correct way to avoid physical injuries. Where possible, use trolleys and furniture sliders to help ease the load.
Ensure you load the largest and heaviest items first so they are on the bottom and positioned closer to the front of your truck. Finish up by loading the lighter, smaller items on top of the heavier items.
Want To Stress Less & Save Time On Your House Move? Call A Professional!
Book your upcoming move with Giffen Furniture Removals and we’ll ensure a smooth and stress-free experience. With over 25 years in the industry, we offer competitively priced pre-packing, furniture removal and storage services in the greater Brisbane area. Give us a call to request a free quote today.