Moving house is never a cheap endeavour, however, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg either. If you are using your Hurstville or Baulkham Hills removals, or going solo, I’ve got 5 tips for you to save on your moving costs.
1. Fail to Plan, and Plan to Fail
It’s a regularly repeated line if you read our blogs, and there’s a reason for that. It’s simply true. Plan out your move from woe to go, and organise accordingly and there’s no way that you fail. When you plan, you can find your efficient removalists in Randwick or Rockdale or wherever you need them to be quite easily as well, which can help in both time and cost.
2. Cut Down Some of Your Belongings
Before you start packing, you should work out what you can cull from your current possessions. It may be white goods like fridges and microwaves that are specially built for the kitchen or sofas that are the wrong shape/ style for your new place. You can consider giving to charities or friends and family. With less stuff to move, there will be less cost involved. Another great trick to this is with things like clothes, or DVDs/ CDs. Firstly, when it comes to clothes I use the 12-18 month rule. If you haven’t worn it for the last 12-18 months, you don’t need it anymore. With DVDs and CDs, well, everything is digitised and cloud based/ hard drive based now, so this is probably a collection that you can look into selling or donating in order to create plenty of space!
4. Look at doing a Backloading Trip
When you get your quote on a removals, it usually factors in a return trip. Essentially charging you for them to drive back once they have moved all your stuff. The way around this? Organise for a backloading, or to have your stuff moved on the return trip. It means you book later in the day usually, and you have to work to their schedule. But it can save you as much as 50% on the booking! This is especially useful for long distance or interstate moving.
5. Pack your own boxes
Another way you can cut down your moving costs is by packing your items on your own, not having to pay the movers to do so. Though it may be easier to ask the movers to pack up all of your boxes, it can also become quite expensive. Just make sure you pack them correctly so none of your items are damaged during the move especially if moving with plants or other delicate items . To do this, protect your belongings with:
- old newspapers
This will also aid you in costs too – not having to splash out on bubble wrap for example.
Bonus tip: If you use a removalist, ensure that they are Insured
It may seem like a greater cost at first, but believe us, going for a cheaper option only to have your washing machine or sofa or mattress need to be replaced is definitely going to cost you more in the long run.
Moving need not be such a huge expense. These are just 5 relatively small changes you can make to your moving procedures that, when added up, can create a big difference in the cost.