Moving house often incur variable expenses especially on removal cost depending on quantity, distance, day and time as well as packing materials.
Nonetheless, removal cost can be reduced with a little extra time and effort on researching and making decision.
Use recycled boxes
Keep the boxes from previous purchases on furniture or electrical goods which are usually packed boxes. Some of them are made of hard cardboard that can be reused for packing things. Alternatively, collect boxes from nearby shops. Hardware shop like Bunnings have a huge selection of boxes for disposal near the checkout counters for customers to put their purchased goods. Try not to spend money on buying boxes for packing as much as possible. The cost could easily escalate to a few hundreds.
Clean by yourself
Get your hands dirty
Get your hands dirty and clean up the house yourself before vacating the property or moving into a new house. Identify areas where you can easily clean by yourself using the appropriate cleaning products. For example, kitchen, bathrooms, skirting, and windows. Leave the tough job to the professional cleaners for harsh stains removal and carpet cleaning. This can help to reduce cleaning cost by half.
Research for professional cleaning deals
Research on value-for-money deals and read the reviews before deciding on one.
Hire the right removalist There are many companies that offer removal service these days. Be careful though when choosing the one for your moving day as different companies use different formula for charging fees. The cost varies considerably depending on the distance, volume, pickup and delivery points, parking and even toll charges. Avoid moving on weekends as they usually charge an extra fee. Try to get as many quotes as possible and do a comparison to determine the best deal.
Discount for hiring a removalist
Look out for promotions, deals and discounts on local newspapers, brochures or online.
Move by yourself
Use the proper equipment when moving yourself
Do some calculation and weigh out the pros and cons of moving house by yourself with some help from family and friends. You can still hire a professional removalist to move just the bigger items for minimal hours than a few hours to move everything. Move the smaller items yourself by making a few trips (provided distance is not a major factor). Other factors to consider when moving yourself including fuel cost, insurance and truck rental.