Moving house can be time-consuming and expensive. But it doesn’t always have to be! While moving can often mean having to cover some additional expenses such as paying for a mover and sourcing moving supplies, there are lots of easy steps you can take to ensure a more affordable house move.
Here are some of our best money-saving moving tips to help lower your overall moving costs.
Get Started ASAP
Getting started on your move as soon as possible and not leaving things to the last minute can often mean the difference between an affordable well-planned house move and a more stressful, expensive move at a substantially higher price.
Being organised means you can ensure you have sufficient time to make suitable arrangements for your move that are well within your moving budget while saving you money too.
Some things to start planning out include:
- Set a budget outlining how much are you able to spend on your Brisbane house move
- Consider when you are likely to move
- Decide on how you will move based on your moving budget (i.e. DIY, hire a removalist etc.)
- Start advising the following people and companies of your plans to move:
- Australia Post
- Insurance companies
- Utility companies (phone, water, gas, electrical providers)
- Department of transport
- Family & friends
Find The Right Moving Company
If you’ve decided to hire a professional moving company, do some research first before booking in a removal service. By comparing different suppliers and their services (as well any extra services they can provide) and asking for free quotes, you can get a fair idea of the average prices across the board and see how this lines up with your moving budget.
Move At The Right Time
Depending on your availability to move, wherever possible, try to move during an off-peak period to save on moving costs.
Off-peak periods are the least busy times for removalists so booking in your move during off-peak times (such as mid-week) may incur lower rates as opposed to a weekend move during peak hours.
If hiring a professional removalist is way outside of your budget, perhaps you can do the move yourself, or get some friends to assist. Where possible, use your own transport to move your own belongings or look for a low-cost truck or van rental service to accommodate your larger belongings.
Consider Backloading Or A Fixed Price Move
Some furniture removalists offer alternative moving services that can help you save on costs or help manage your budget. Backloading offers a cheaper way of moving where your items are transported alongside other people’s belongings or loaded onto an empty truck that’s on its way back from a completed job.
Another way to avoid any additional charges on your move is to ask for a fixed price cost so that you don’t go above your moving budget.
Declutter Where You Can
Try to lighten your load and move as few objects as possible to reduce your hourly moving rates. Decluttering and selling your unwanted belongings can be a win-win. Not only are you reducing your moving load and saving on moving rates, but you’re also recouping some money back too.
Gather Your Own Packing Supplies
Sourcing your own moving supplies can help lower moving costs. Below are some readily available packing supplies that can be acquired for free or relatively cheaply:
- Garbage bags
- Grocery boxes
- Large bags from home (suitcases/duffel bags)
- Old towels and sheets for packing delicate or fragile items
Pack Your Own Belongings
You can definitely save on moving costs by packing all of your belongings yourself. As an alternative, if you’re really pushed for time, perhaps you can have a packing party and shout your friends a meal in exchange for their help with packing.
Save Time & Money With Giffen Removals
If you’re looking for a reliable and affordable specialist in the Brisbane area to help you move house, look no further than Giffen Furniture Removals.
Brisbane locals choose us because we offer:
- Competitive prices for our services
- Cost-saving moving options such as interstate backloading, fixed price moves and “man and ute” hire
- Additional moving services such as furniture pre-packing and storage services
Speak to our team and request an obligation-free moving quote. Call now and work with Giffen Removals for a stress-free and affordable house move!