Melbourne is one of the most expensive cities in the world and we are all trying to save money wherever we can. If you go into it unprepared moving can take a real toll on the budget. If you do some smart planning beforehand, however, moving doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some quick tips on how you can save some money on your move:
Get yourself organised before the removalists arrive:
The more time a removalist company spends getting things loaded onto the truck or waiting for you to pack that last box, the more you will have to pay at the end of the day. Have everything packed before they arrive and preferably try and stage as many things as you can in an easy to access area so that the removalists can come in and out efficiently.
Try a hybrid move:
You might not need the removalists to move everything for you. If you have a car, try loading it up with some of the smaller boxes or pieces of furniture that you don’t need a truck for. You can also use a car or van hire app to rent a vehicle for the day and use it to transport all the easily portable boxes to the new residence, while leaving just the big pieces of furniture to the professionals.
Reduce the amount of stuff you are bringing with you:
It might be a no brainer but the more you have to bring with you the more you will have to pay, therefore, moving house is a fantastic opportunity to de-clutter your life. Try and get rid of anything that you haven’t used for a while, especially big pieces of furniture that don’t really have a place in your new residence. You can put in a request with Salvos for free collection of good condition items or in some cases you can get your furniture, mattresses and whitegoods removed for free by your local council.
Book a removalist early in the week:
Saving money on your removalists can make them a budget friendly option. Try and book your move earlier in the week as the weekend tends to be more expensive with people scrambling to get their move over and done with before going back to work on Monday.
Move during off peak times:
It might also be a good idea to look into the time of year you are planning to move. Generally removalists tend to be more in demand during school holidays and the warmer months of the year. Try to avoid these periods if you want to save some money.
Use repurposed materials for your packing:
People tend to shell out for moving boxes and bubble wrap to secure their belongings. However, there are some great alternatives. Go to your local department store or supermarket and ask if you can use their discarded boxes for your move. Also, instead of using bubble wrap, find some old newspaper or use towels and clothes to secure your more precious pieces.
There is no reason why moving has to strain the budget. With the proper planning and some effort on your part you can save some serious money on the move and start your life in your new residence with some peace of mind.