No matter how you cut it, moving into a new house is an expensive project. Buying boxes, hiring removalists, bond cleans … the costs can quickly start to add up.
If you’re not that keen on splashing out a few hundred on getting into your new home, there are ways you can cut down on the costs. All it takes is a little extra planning, a lot of elbow grease and these — our top 4 tips for cutting costs when you’re moving house.
Do a purge before you move
Step one in saving a bit of cash is getting rid of some of your stuff. If there’s less to move, you’ll save time, which saves money. This is especially true if you’re hiring a removalist.
In the weeks before your move, spend some time decluttering. This means tossing out all the garbage and donating lightly used items to your favourite charities. You can even seize the opportunity to make a bit of cash by selling your items.
Taking this step also happens to be a great way to get organised for your move, which will help you set up more efficiently in your new home.
Save on packing materials
Who knew that shopping for boxes would be a thing? Well, it is! Packing materials are a key part of the moving process, and they can also be very expensive if you’re not careful.
For those among us who are extra thrifty, set up a search party to find free boxes. You can often approach grocery, hardware and department stores to ask for any extra boxes that they wouldn’t mind giving up. You can also check online. Popular sites such as Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace are great places to get moving boxes. If they’re not totally free, they will likely be really cheap.
If you’re not having much luck, you can also check with storage facilities. They will often sell used moving boxes at a discounted price. Many also offer moving packages, which can help you save a few bucks.
Round up volunteers
One of the biggest costs of moving is hiring a removalist. If you’re looking to save here, it pays to do your research. Make sure you get multiple quotes. Some companies can be considerably cheaper than others. You can also lower your costs by timing your move just right. Consider moving during the week vs on the weekend, and choose off-peak hours.
If you just can’t face forking out a couple of hundred bucks for a removalist, DIY is definitely an option. You’ll just need to rely on the generosity of your inner circle. Enlist your closest friends or family members — preferably those with a truck — to help you load and unload your stuff.
Just remember, a little bit of goodwill goes a long way when your friends are doing hard labour for you. Pizza and beers are definitely on you after the work is done.
Do all the cleaning yourself
Bond cleans are another considerable expense when you’re moving out of your current place. Cut down the costs by doing this one yourself. Once you’ve enlisted all your friends to haul your stuff away for you, get down and dirty doing the bond clean.
Just remember to check with your property manager ahead of time to make sure this is allowed. Some managers require a cleaning receipt. You don’t want to kill yourself scrubbing out your old place only to find out that you’re required to pay someone to do it.
You should also keep in mind that there are no cutting corners here. You’ll have to clean your place from top to bottom, getting in every nook and cranny. Property managers have a sharp eye for spotting cleaning issues, and you’ll be responsible for fixing up any problems they might find.