Moving to a new home doesn’t always have to be a stressful and expensive process. At Giffen Furniture Removals, we understand the need for affordable and efficient moving services. Below are our top tips for your next house move:
1. Buy Boxes Beforehand
One definite way to save up on moving costs is preparing as much as you can before the movers arrive. That includes cleaning up your furniture, disassembling any bigger pieces, and arranging them in a corner to make packing easier.
Get an inventory of what you’ll be moving and start shopping around for boxes. To really save up, you can ask friends for their old moving boxes or simply recycle any material you have laying around.
2. Pack As Much As You Can
Movers are paid by the hour, so the more that you do on your own, the more you save. You can save the heavy lifting for them, but there’s no reason why you can’t get a head start on packing. We’re talking about small items such as smaller appliances, clothes, home decor that can be tucked away in boxes.
Prepare as much as you can before the movers get to your house by neatly packing your belongings in boxes. This way, the only thing the movers have to do is pick up the boxes and load them onto a truck, instead of spending an extra hour or two on packing up.
3. Throw/Sell Some Old Stuff
Less stuff means less time moving! Before you throw everything in a moving box, really consider if an item is something you would like to take with you to your new home. Moving is an incredible chapter in one’s life; there could not be a better time to reconsider some of your old belongings.
Donate clothes you have been “meaning to wear”. Toss out furniture you were hoping to replace. Sell home decor that just won’t fit in your new home. This move signifies a brave new beginning for you, and lugging around years’ worth of stuff is both excessive and expensive.
This is especially true for interstate moves where a lot of furniture removal companies tend to charge by volume. So cutting down the quantity of items you will be bringing with you can make a significant difference on the movers’ bill.
4. Compare Quotes
Not all moving companies are created equally. Some companies offer various deals that can help you save up on costs. For example, there are interstate movers that allow backload deals, wherein you share the cost of long travel distance by sharing the truck space with another customer.
Being aware of deals gives you a good idea of what the general pricing is for furniture removal. Contact as many movers as you can at least 2 months before your move. Get in touch with people in your neighbourhood and ask their preferred furniture removal companies.
5. Ask For Help
At least a week before the move, reach out to friends and family and ask if they can offer a hand during the move. More people working means less movers you have to hire. Even something as simple as helping you pack boxes or something more inclusive like driving some of the stuff to your new home will surely save you some money.
6. Schedule The Move During Off-Season
Be aware of the going rates for local and interstate moves. For local moves, moving during the weekdays is usually cheaper than on weekends. Take note of any holidays, national events, and local celebrations that could hike up the price. Schedule your move around the least busy times of the week to get the best pricing.
As for interstate moves, peak seasons (Easter, holidays, and anywhere from December and January) should be avoided. There’s usually a 10 to 20% increase during these busy times. If you’re not in a rush, waiting until peak season is over can really make a difference on moving costs.
7. Book Movers Early
Booking early means you have more negotiation leverage over the furniture removal company. This lets them know that you are prepared with everything you need, including back up companies if they don’t take your offer, and will be more open to reasonable price negotiations.
On the other hand, booking a day or just a couple of hours before your intended move will tell movers that you’re in desperate need of help. Some companies may read this as an emergency or rush situation and charge you extra.
8. Prepare Everything Before The Move
Everything should be laid out before the movers even get to your place. Make sure you know where important documents and keys are so you don’t have to fumble for them half-way through the move.
Seal and label boxes, disassemble and wrap furniture, and place all bags in one area. Ideally, the only thing you need to do when the movers get to your home is to load all of the items onto a truck. Remember: less work done means less hourly payments and more money saved.
At Giffen Furniture Removals, we protect your valuables as one of our own. As one of the longest-running and most trusted furniture removal companies, we know exactly what you need to give you a convenient, cost-effective, and comfortable moving experience. Get in touch with us today.