If you think looking for a new place to move in is hard, wait until you actually have to move. There are things that you need to do such as buy moving boxes online so you could pack your belongings, move to the new place and unpack the boxes one by one. According to a research conducted by ING regarding the cost of moving into a place, about 50 per cent of the homeowners did not include in their budget the amount they have to spend in order to move thus many are left with nothing to spare. In the end, Aussies spend more than they should when moving and the average is set at $1,618.
There are some things you could do to save money when moving and here are a few tips from Tim Newman, the head of product in ING.
- A lot of money can be saved from packing things yourself. You don’t have to hire anyone. When it comes to moving the boxes, you can do it if you have your own car rather than hire a removalist to do everything but they charges around $3,655. If you choose to do it on your own, you will only spend an average amount of $624 which means you will save more than $3,000. Packing on your own means you get to decide which ones to keep and which ones to let go.
- Moving is an opportunity to do spring cleaning. If you have a lot of unwanted items you plan to leave behind, you might as well earn from them by organizing a garage sale.You will have less items to pack and you earned a few cash in the process which can help you cover some of the cost of moving. If there are left over items from the garage sale, you can post them online.
- Use your vehicle to move smaller items instead of letting the removalist take care of everything. This will leave them to handle only the big items.
- Some removalist company offers pre-used boxes for packing while others do not. If you chose the latter, you can always buy moving boxes online to save since the prices are much lower compared to your local retail stores.