Moving house can be a costly process. If you don’t have the time to do it all yourself, making sure you budget carefully for your move will make it easier and less stressful. There are many costs to consider before your move such as: furniture removalists, packing materials, new utility connections, extra petrol and possibly a carpet cleaner or general cleaners if you’re leaving a rental.
Make Lists and Start Saving
The first step is to start making a list of every cost that will come up during and before the move. If necessary get quotes on any hired services so you’ll know exactly how much you’ll need. Once you have the total you’ll have an idea on how much you’ll need to save before the move. You may need to make cuts, but it’s important to start saving as early as possible to avoid last minute money panics.
Money Saving Tips
If you’re on a very strict budget you will want to save money where possible. You can do this by moving smaller items yourself and only getting the removalists to move large furniture such as fridges, washing machines, beds, dressing tables, couches etc. This way it will take your Perth removalists less time; and as they usually charge by the hour, this will save money. You will need to consider the extra petrol you will use in the process however.
Another good budget furniture removal tip is to find used packing materials either cheap or free. Many people sell their used moving boxes much cheaper than purchasing them new. You can find many in good condition. You may also be able to source free boxes from local retail businesses. They usually end up in the recycle, so you might as well make use of them.
Newspaper is great for wrapping your breakables. If you start collecting free newspapers early you should have plenty for wrapping and for scrunching up to protect fragile items in boxes. Also, if you shop online a lot, start saving the packing materials that are sent with your order. Sometimes you receive a lot of bubble wrap that can be reused.
Moving Out of a Rental
If you’re moving out of a rental you will have cleaning requirements as part of you lease agreement. To save money you can do most of it yourself. But if you don’t have the time for this there are many cleaning businesses which combine all services such as general cleaning, carpet cleaning and window cleaning.
Often if you use one company to do everything you will save money rather than hiring three different companies. Although there are probably exceptions to this, so you should get plenty of quotes so you can compare.
Here are some of the important things you may need to budget for:
- Packing materials
- Carpet cleaner
- Utility connection
- Internet connection
- Mail forwarding
- Bond and rent (if renting)
- Food (eating out during move)
Moving on a budget can be difficult, but it’s doable. If you plan carefully and write out a budget early you will be prepared for all of the costs while moving. Finally, don’t forget to overestimate or round up each cost in your budget. It’s better to budget too much than not enough, and if you have money left over you can spend it on something nice for the new house.