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Budget-Friendly Moving Tips

With today’s increasingly mobile lifestyles, it is rare that you will live in the same house for your entire adult life.

Our world is much more globalized, with many of us moving between countries to relocate for work, or settling across the country for study, new jobs or lifestyle changes. These relocations mean purchasing new houses, or finding rental homes.

No matter which type of home you live in, the act of moving to a new home always brings unforeseen expense. Whether you are a retiree, a family, a professional or a student, the extra expense can be stressful, even for the most organised mover.

Let’s take a look at how to complete your move more efficiently, all while staying within your budget.

The more stuff you have to move, the pricier it will be. An extra truck or moving van will be expensive.

To-Do List

Prepare Early
Look at everything you need to do to complete your move, and determine if there is a more efficient way to complete it. Beginning a month or two before you move, collect boxes, newspapers, old linen and other packing materials. Starting early will help you avoid hiring boxes or crates.

Size Matters
The more stuff you have to move, the pricier it will be. An extra truck or moving van will be expensive. This is not just the hire of the vehicle, but fuel costs or driver costs.

Get rid of stuff you don’t need before you move, rather than after! Sell it online, have a garage sale, donate to charity or give away to friends and family. Your trash can be someone’s treasure.

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Time is Money
Being efficient with time is an important money saver when moving. Hiring professional movers may cost you more than the help of willing friends, but professional movers are usually very fast and know how to pack items safely.

Hiring professional movers may cost you more than the help of willing friends, but professional movers are usually very fast and know how to pack items safely.

They are very good at economising on space, and fitting many items into the least amount of moving vehicles possible.

They usually have tools — lifts, dollies, straps, etc. — to make moving quicker and easier for you. So while your friends and family can help and hire a truck, you might spend several days doing it yourself, and only one day if you were to hire professionals.

Clean Yourself
Professional cleaning may sound appealing, but it is definitely an area where you can save a lot of money. Start big cleaning jobs two weeks before moving day, and call in all the favors you are owed by friends and family to help you out.

Cancel Subscriptions
Look at all the services you pay for. Can you live without your pay TV for a while? Cancel your subscription a little before the time you are due to move out, the extra money saved might actually help pay for carpet cleaning in your rental, or a night in a hotel if your move is over a long distance.

Hidden Costs

Prepare Meals
Moving on a tight budget involves some food planning. Plan your meals for the days leading up to and immediately after your move. Eating out and relying on takeaway is far more expensive than a meal prepared at home.

Pay for Parking
Don’t get caught out with a parking fine on moving day. Organise permits for you and your helpers before your move day.

Right Size Removal Truck
If renting a removal truck, don’t use one larger than you feel comfortable driving, or ask a confident driver to help you out. Damage to rental trucks or other people’s cars is costly!

Avoid Moving in Peak Hour
This is especially important if your removalists or truck rental charge by the hour.

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Hold Off Buying Anything New

Check the measurements in your new home. It will be expensive to move your king-sized bed or oversized lounges, only to find they don’t fit in your new pad.

There is always a temptation to purchase brand new items when moving to a new home. Live in your new space for a while before splurging on anything new. That way, you will avoid spontaneous shopping sprees for items that may not work out for you down the track.

Check Measurements
Check the measurements in your new home. It will be expensive to move your king-sized bed or oversized lounges, only to find they don’t fit in your new pad.

Moving House Soon? Check out these articles.

The actual business of moving Australians from home to home is huge, so much so that The Australian Furniture Removalists Association (AFRA) is the professional body that oversees the professional conduct of removalist companies.

This site is a wealth of valuable information to help you prepare for moving day. Their tip for moving on a budget? “Try to arrange your move during the least busy period of the month and season. A high percentage of removals occur during the last week of the month, during summer and in holidays, so book your removalist early.”

A little preparation and planning on your part will save you so much money.

Another budget-friendly tip comes from Australia’s well-known property and real estate experts at Domain. They advise all movers to “check their home and contents insurance.”

Whether you are a student, or someone who has worked for a while with savings in the bank, you don’t want to be caught out if your valuable possessions are damaged, lost or even stolen during a move.

Even struggling students have items worth insuring.

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Many will tell you that moving houses is one of the most stressful things in life. Don’t let an old saying set the scene for you. A little preparation and planning on your part will save you so much money.

If you are studying, just joining the workforce, or moving to enjoy your retirement, these tips are universal. Implement them well in advance of moving day and the extra money you save will be much better spent on yourself and those you love or on your next housewarming party.

Make sure you’re insured

Have you moved your insurance policy to cover your new address?  It’s often last on everyone’s mind when moving house. Don’t forget to notify your insurance providers of your new address as well. If you are insured with Budget Direct you can call 1-800-179-417 to change your details on the phone.

Sources
http://www.movingservices.com.au/planning-a-move/how-to-move-house/moving-home-on-a-budget/
https://www.agl.com.au/residential/help-and-support/moving-home/moving-home-tips
https://www.telstra.com.au/moving-home/moving-house-checklist
http://www.domain.com.au/news/moving-house-and-need-advice-on-packing-20110810-1imgg/
http://www.afra.com.au