Mention the words “moving house” to anyone and you’ll probably be greeted with a sympathetic sigh or even straight out condolences.
Most people view moving as a physically exhausting and costly exercise that they’d rather avoid.
However, there are simple ways to take unwanted expenses out of the moving process, leaving you with more money to put towards new furniture, bond cleaning, or other costs that crop up!
We’ve put together a list of these tips to make sure our customers save money and are less stressed!
Don’t Take Junk With You
You know the junk we’re talking about. The old fridge that hasn’t been used since you upgraded in 2013. The kid’s exercise bikes that are way to small. The clothes that don’t fit any more.
They all need to go.
Decluttering your home a few weeks before moving has two benefits: First of all, you can sell your unwanted items for cash to put towards the move (or donate them to charity). Second, you won’t be spending more than you need to on removalist services like packing, lifting and transporting unwanted goods.
If you need a little bit of coaching when it come to conquering your hoarder tendencies, we recommend Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It’s the declutterer’s Bible.
Use Linen & Clothing to Pack
Packaging materials aren’t that expensive.
But, when you’ve got a whole house to pack up – from the porcelain soap dispenser in the bathroom to the living room ornaments to your plates and glasses – the costs of bubble wrap and packing peanuts can really add up.
One of the easiest ways to cut back on moving costs is to use old clothes and linen to wrap up your breakables.
Not only will you not have to worry about buying then disposing of packaging materials, but you’ll be helping the environment and reducing the amount of space you need in your moving truck.
Organise to Cut Your Utilities Off in Advance
Many gas and electricity providers require their customers to give them two weeks notice before they’ll cut off supply to their property.
So, if you leave these crucial errands to the last minute you can expect to pay for up to two weeks of usage and supply charges that you don’t benefit from at all!
Be organised ahead of time, and ask your provider if they’ll waive a disconnection or final meter read fee if you’re going to stay with them at your next property.
Make Your Home Removalist Friendly
You’ve opted to hire removalists to take care of the heavy lifting because it’ll save you time, stress and money.
However, if you really want to get bang for your buck you can cut back on the hours you’ll need your hired hands for by making sure that you:
a) Clear a pathway free of clutter for them to walk down and remove any obstacles outdoors
b) Find a place for kids and pets to stay while the move is underway
c) Measure bulky furniture ahead of time and remove any doors if necessary
d) Use colour stickers to colour code your boxes according to the rooms they’ll end up in, then place those colours on the doors of the rooms.
For more tips, call the professional Removalists Brisbane, Platinum Furniture Removals today!