What is the most cost effective way to move house?
When moving house, whether around the corner or interstate, there are a number of costs to consider. Work out what you need, and what you don’t. Choose the best, and most cost effective service to suit your needs.
Moving house is the perfect time to clean out any belongings you no longer need. Save money and hassle by using the hire truck you have to take any excess belongings to your friends homes, local charity store, recycling centre or rubbish collection plant.
Save space and money by using both old newspapers and any old clothing you plan on disposing of as cleaning cloths. This will save you money and excess waste rather than purchasing and going through rolls of paper towel.
It is important to remember to insure your belongings when moving, especially if you are moving far away. Removals companies usually offer insurance, however will only insure items they have wrapped themselves – and a packing fee often applies. Do some research and look into ‘all risks’ insurance that covers you for any accidents that occur while packing and unpacking.
Having your pets running around while you’re trying to carry heavy furniture onto a truck can be dangerous and difficult. Your pet could get hurt, and you run the risk of dropping and damaging some of your belongings. Ask a friend or family member if they can mind your furry friend for the day, or you may need to fork out money for a kennel for a day or two.
When moving you will need boxes, packing tape, blankets and ropes to secure your belongings properly. Save money here by using what you already have with boxes and suitcases to store goods, and blankets, towels and clothes to protect fragile items. You can also find extra equipment on websites like Freecycle.org, where you can then offer up your boxes and packing materials when your move is over.
The cost of moving all depends on the amount of work required, how far you’re going and how long you need it for. Most moving companies will charge per half hour or hour, so the longer it takes the more expensive it can be. DIY truck hire is usually charged by the day (24 hour period), which means you can take more time with a smaller truck, saving lots of money.