Relocating is an adventure! Whether you are moving out of home for the first time, starting a job in a new city, or simply just relocating down the road, it’s exciting. With a new home comes a world of possibilities. But, attached to this excitement is a laundry list of expenses. Moving on a budget can be easy if you know how.
As professional movers, we’ve performed countless moves across Australia and overseas. With decades of experience, we know a thing or two about reducing relocation costs. Here are 10 easy tips for your moving budget to help you save.
Making Your Moving Budget Work For You
Whether you are counting every cent or not, you should create a budget. Your budget will inform every decision you make during your move and which of our recommendations you decide to follow. Do some research and talk to friends and family so you have a realistic idea of the cost. Ensure to leave a little wiggle room within your budget. You never know when an unexpected expense will occur.
- Be flexible
- Sell or donate any unneeded items
- Put things in storage
- Source your own boxes
- Shop around for utilities
- Avoid ordering takeout
- Connect with a neighbourhood group to source what you need
- Consider moving insurance
- Hire the experts
When it comes to moving on a budget, being flexible with your moving dates is a great way to save money. This can be tricky depending on your moving situation however it can make a big difference
Choosing to move during a weekday opposed to the weekend or a public holiday is recommended. You’ll likely be able to find a better price from your removalist as there will be less demand. The beginning and the end of a month also tend to be more expensive.
If possible, avoid moving during the summer. Not only will it mean you’ll be less sweaty and uncomfortable during your move, but you’ll also be able to find a cheaper price. Summer months are popular as families tend to relocate during the school holidays.
Moving is the ideal time to downsize. It provides the required motivation to sort your belongings and furniture. Take your time to go through each item and decide whether you’ll take it with you or get rid of it. By having fewer items, you’ll have less to move which will make your relocation quicker and cheaper.
Decluttering is also a great opportunity to think about your new home. If possible, review a floor plan and start to consider where you might like to place your furniture. Perhaps your couch and armchair won’t fit in your new living room so it’s time to decide which item you prefer and get rid of the other. This will prevent moving items which may not have a place in your home and lighten your moving load.
You’ve successfully completed your downsize, but what should you do with all the unwanted items? You can make some money by selling these items. You’ll need to ensure they are in good condition as no one will buy something that is broken, smelly or ready for the bin. Research similar second hand items to get an idea of a competitive price and where to sell. If it can’t be sold then donate it to friends, family or a local charity.
Do you really need to take that porcelain vase to your new home overseas? After following the previous suggestions, you should have whittled down your belongings and furniture to the necessary items. But, what about those precious belongings which you aren’t taking with you yet can’t bear to get rid of? You can put these items in a storage facility. Using a storage service like Allied is a great way to keep your belongings safe and secure. You won’t need to worry about those treasured items being damaged by water, dust or vermin like you would if they were stored in your Uncle’s shed.
Purchasing boxes from a moving or office supplies store can be an unnecessary expense. Overpriced and usually bad quality, it’s likely you’ll throw these boxes out before your next move. There are a couple of different ways you can source affordable moving boxes. Ask friends, family or neighbours for any available boxes. Reaching out to those who have recently moved themselves is your best bet. Get in contact with shopping centres, supermarkets and bookstores to ask if they have any free boxes. Hire or purchase boxes from a moving company such as Allied. Although more expensive than sourcing from friends, you’ll know you are receiving high quality boxes of uniform shape which will make your move more efficient.
When relocating, you’ll be tempted to transfer your existing utility contracts from your old address to your new one. A lot of utility companies will likely make this an easy process in order to keep your business. However, researching alternatives and shopping around for the best deal can help you save a significant amount of money in the future. Many utility companies offer great deals or discounts for new customers so it can be worth your while to sign up to a new service.
During a move, you’ll feel tempted to splurge on snacks and takeaway. Tired and with most of your cooking implements packed away it’s tough not to order in. However, some quick preparation before the move will save you some cash. Leading up to the move, strategically pack your kitchenware so you can keep using the essentials. Put aside some cutlery, plates, glasses and some basics. Before the big day, pack some food that doesn’t need to be frozen or refrigerated. Having something small like a muesli bar can keep you energised through the day and save a couple of dollars.
It’s not uncommon to get carried away during a downsize and get rid of a few too many items. What might have been previously unused (such as a door snake) in your old home, may now be needed in your new place. Replacing these items or sourcing new ones can be expensive. Why not try to connect with your new neighbours and see if you can find what you need for a good price. Some might offer a swap or even an item for free. It’s also a great way to meet new people and get to know your neighbours. Start by joining a neighbourhood social media group or connect with the local community clubs.
Insurance can be expensive, but so can replacing broken or lost furniture and items. Purchasing moving insurance is a smart decision. If an accident does occur, you’ll be able to recover any costs. Besides, having peace of mind is priceless!
A common way people cut costs on a move is by asking friends or family members to help out. While this may seem like a great idea in theory, there’s an added risk when asking for favours. You’ll need to work around their schedules and it can be upsetting or awkward if any items are damaged or lost during the move. Friendships have been ruined over less. You will also need to provide some food, beer or volunteer to help with their next move as payment. By hiring professionals, you can rely on them to efficiently and expertly move your belongings. Handling your items with care, if anything does go wrong they can take care of it or your moving insurance will cover it. Sometimes, it’s just easier to trust the professionals!
Additional handy tips
Save on a cleaning service
Whether you need to do a thorough clean of your old home or give some TLC to your new one, cleaning services can be expensive. If possible, take the time and effort to clean your home yourself. You can save at least a couple hundred dollars by not hiring a cleaning company. However if you’re useless with a mop or simply can’t spare the time then advertise on social media or a service based marketplace to receive a good deal. Make sure to clearly outline your expectations and inspect the property after the job is done before you pay.
Ensure you receive your bond
Worried about not getting your bond or security deposit back? Before you vacate your current home, you can perform some minor repairs to ensure the property is in the same condition as you received it. By doing these repairs, you’ll save significantly. Landlords and real estate agents will often hike up the cost of these repairs or services so it’s best to handle it yourself.
Moving with a pet?
It can be tricky to keep an eye on your pet while also moving into your new home, but boarding kennels or other accommodation can be expensive. If you’re moving locally then leave your pet with friends or family during your relocation. It’s a cheap and trustworthy alternative to professional care. In the case of moving interstate or internationally then we recommend using a pet transportation service. By trusting the experts, you won’t have to stress over the required quarantine and government regulations. Although it can be more costly than doing it yourself, the professionals will make sure your pet is relocated safely and comfortably.