Whether you are moving to a new house or an entirely new country, you need to make sure you are not spending more than you need to on the move itself. Removalist companies will give you varying quotations on their services, but there are ways to cut costs even on the most affordable offer.
Moving in the 'off' season
Most people prefer to move in the summer when the kids are out of school and they have the summer break from work. Moving at this time, though, means that the demand for removalist services is high, so you will be getting more expensive quotations from them. To avoid this, move in late fall or early winter when moving companies don't have as much work so you can negotiate for a better deal.
Further, weekends tend to be the most popular time of to move since people don't have to take time off work. However, if you choose to move during the week, you may get a better deal since the removalists aren't as busy in the middle of the week as they are during the weekend.
Removalists charge for each box used to move your things. You can avoid these charges by getting old boxes from grocery stores, supermarkets, friends and family for free. Make sure they are in good condition so that your items are safe during the move. In addition, you can use old T-shirts, fabric or newspapers to act as buffers for your breakables and valuables.
Declutter your home
The more stuff you have to move, the more money you will pay. So before you call the removalists, go through your entire house and see if you really need all those things. It is advisable to start a few weeks in advance and schedule some time for each room in your home so you don't feel rushed. There are two main questions you should ask yourself in this process:
- When was the last time I used this?
- Do I have room for it in the new space?
The first question helps you determine whether you really need that item, while the second helps you determine if you have space for it.
As a rule, determine that everything that is broken, unused or in excess should be donated or thrown away. You could also have a garage sale and make some money from your old or unused stuff. This way, you will have less stuff to move and a little extra money in your pocket, and you will pay less for the move. Contact a service like Price's Removals to schedule your move.