No matter if this is your first house move or you’ve already done this several times, moving house can quickly become a costly experience if you aren’t careful with your budget.
The good news is that saving money on your house move isn’t all that difficult if you know which areas to focus on and how to cut corners. Read on for the best tips on how to reduce your house move expenses – no matter what type of moving situation you are in.
Get Rid Of Unused/Unwanted Items
Have a good think about the things that you no longer truly want or need and consider donating, selling or giving these items away. Hanging onto these items can certainly add to the cost of your move as the movers will have to spend time and effort transporting these goods.
The less you have, the less you have to take with you, so it’s better to avoid additional moving fees and only move the items you need.
Start Packing Early
This includes disassembling and wrapping up furniture and fragile items ahead of your move. The sooner you pack, the sooner you can relax and just wait for moving day to get here.
Get Some Free Packing Supplies
If possible, don’t spend another cent on packing supplies. Use supplies you already have lying around such as old blankets and towels, newspapers, garbage bags. Visit your local shops and obtain free boxes for packing up your belongings.
Get Help From Family & Friends
They say many hands make light work – and what better way of lightening the load than asking friends and family to assist with your house move.
Have a moving party and provide some small snacks and refreshments or a pizza in exchange for some help with the heavy lifting or packing. The more people available to help, the quicker the job will be – especially when it comes to lifting the larger, heavier items.
Got a friend or relative with a van or small truck? Great! Having access to your own moving vehicle will save a chunk on moving day expenses.
Avoid Purchases Until You’ve Moved
Avoid moving additional items by holding off on big-ticket purchases until you’ve arrived at your new place. The fewer belongings you have at your current place, the quicker your move will be – saving you time and money in the process.
Having more high-ticket items to move from your current place means there’s a greater chance they may get damaged during the move, so it’s best to relocate first to your new address before making additional purchases.
Packing your own things is one of the easiest ways of saving on moving expenses. It might take more time and effort to do it all yourself, but if you’re mostly packed up and ready to move, the less time it will take for removalists to move your items.
If you’re totally pushed for time, round up some family members and friends to help you pack or alternatively mind your kids and pets to free up more of your time.
Move Your Own Belongings
The best way to save on your house move expenses is to move your belongings yourself. You may have to do several car or van loads, but you’ll ultimately save a lot of money overall by using this method.
Move At The Right Time
Choosing to move house at the right time can make a difference when it comes to your removalist fees. Aim to move during cheaper off-peak times (midweek) and where possible avoid moving house on a busy weekend when moving rates are usually higher.
Get A Few Quotes And Compare
Shop around for the best deals and look for reputable moving companies with years of experience behind them before making your final decision. Just think, your moving team will ultimately be responsible for the care and safety of your precious belongings during your move – so ideally hire someone you believe will deliver great value-for-money service.
Ask your moving company if they offer fixed rate moving deals. By having a fixed rate on your move, you can ensure your moving cost remains fixed and that you won’t have to pay more than the agreed cost.
Need An Affordable, Professional House Mover?
For a great value removalist service you can trust, look no further than Giffen Removals. For almost 30 years we’ve helped thousands of families across Brisbane with their furniture removal and storage needs.
Call (07) 3162 6783, email or visit our website today to ask for a free quote on any of our moving services.