June 16, 2015

5 Money Saving Tips for Your Moving Needs

Moving is a major event for any family. There are a number of reasons for relocating. Sometimes, there are financial constraints and sometimes there is a change of job. Regardless of the reason, moving out can prove to be an expensive exercise. With the costs of a new home looming, it is essential that you save money on moving costs. Here are some ways in which you can reduce the expenditure on house removal.

5 Money Saving Tips  for Your Moving Needs
1 - Declutter

When you rummage through your closets, cupboards and attic, you are going to find a lot of things that you no longer need. The more things you have, the higher the cost of moving out is going to be so ideally you want to travel light and leave the unnecessary behind. De-cluttering is not easy as we get attached to objects, but it is a crucial step in saving money on your move. If you do not really know how to get started, try some of these easy tips. My favorite rule is: If you haven’t used an object in a year, you can probably get through life without it!

2 - DIY Packing

DIY Packing

There are several packing companies that will come in and do the packing for you. However, packing is one thing you can do yourself. Since you know your possessions and belongings better than anyone, you are going to be able to pack the way you want. Not only will this make it convenient when you unpack, but also save you money on packing.

3 - Re-Use Cardboards & Boxes

Re-Use Cardboards & Boxes

Old boxes and cartons are ideal for packing. You might be able to find a number of them in your home. If you need more, ask your neighbours or friends or go to a supermarket, they usually have a lot of left over cardboard that you can have for free. Saving on cardboard boxes is definitely a plus and will help to stretch your budget further.

4 - Compare Quotes

Compare Quotes

There a numerous online services that help you to compare quotes from moving companies. It is better to ask for written estimates to ensure that there are no hidden charges. In most cases removalists will provide an hourly rate, but remember the cheapest rate is not always the best solution. Since it is hourly based, you would rather want to pay a higher rate and get things done quick rather than a low rate and having to spend extra hours to complete the move. Another great way to help you make a decision on which company to use, is to read consumer reviews. Some sites like Productreview.com.au list previous customers reviews, make sure to check it out.

5 - Rent a Truck or Ute
Rent a Truck or Ute

A great alternative to using a removal company is to rent a truck and do the move yourself. If you are moving locally and do not have a huge amount of heavy furniture, this is often the best option to cut costs. If there is someone you know who has a ute, ask him to lend it to you for a day otherwise there are plenty of budget rental companies where you can hire a truck for a day. In most cases, you will have to pay for fuel, but beware of fees on extra kilometres as they can add up in the end.

Bonus Tip - Get Some Help

 Bonus Tip - Get Some Help

Nothing beats team work, especially when you need to move house. Get your friends and family to help, they will usually be happy to do so, especially if you have already helped them in the past. Alternatively put up an ad in the local paper, asking for people to come and help you move out. You only need to pay them a flat fee at the end of the day, unlike professional helpers who charge by the hour.