How to move house on a budget

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Moving house can be a fantastic, exciting experience, so long as the process is simple, smooth and affordable. The thing is, if you’re not careful, it can turn into one of the most expensive undertakings you ever embark upon. Before you know it, the costs have piled up, and your new start in life begins with you firmly in the red. Obviously, moving on a budget is a far better idea—it means you have more money to spend on setting up your new home and settling into your new life. So, if more money in your back pocket sounds like a good idea, make sure you put these tips into practice.

Cut Down on Your Possessions

The less you have to move, the cheaper your move will be—it really is as simple as that. Moving house is the perfect time to rationalise your possessions, which means deciding which items you really need, and which you can throw away. Decluttering can be a tricky process. But, you can make it a lot easier if you follow this simple rule: sell, donate or dispose of anything:

• You haven’t used in a year

• You have multiples of

• That doesn’t serve a function

• That doesn’t hold sentimental value

Choose The Right Season

When you move has a significant bearing on your total cost, particularly if you’re moving interstate. Everything from travel, to accommodation and even removal services costs, can skyrocket in peak seasons. So, plan your move to avoid school holidays and other peak periods like Christmas holidays and the Easter break.

Take Things Into Your Own Hands

Doing things yourself can save you a lot of money. All those little expenses like professional packing and cleaning for your vacated home can quickly add up. Just by opting for a self-pack removals option you can go a long way to keeping your move on budget. Just be sure to give yourself enough time when it comes to packing: an 8-week head-start from your moving date should be plenty.

Make a Meal Plan

A great way to save money in the lead-up to your move (and cut down on the volume of items you need to move) is to make a meal plan based on what you have in your fridge, freezer and cupboard. Be inventive and make a game out of trying to use every last item. In fact, you can even use all the food to invite family and friends around for a ‘home cooling' dinner. If you’re left with any perishable items, find inventive ways to store them. Place them in your Tupperware containers and other vessels and start your new life with a few things in your cupboard.

Think About What You’re Moving

Speciality items, like billiards tables, aquariums, pianos and even artwork can all add to your moving bill because they require special care. You need to think about what place these items will have in your new home. If you’re downsizing, will there be any room for them? Or will you even still play billiards or the piano? By making this decision nice and early, you have plenty of time to sell them, which is a great way to add a little more cash to your back pocket.

Don’t Forget to Cancel Utilities and Other Services

An easy way to go over budget is to keep paying for utilities and services after you've moved out. You often have to give a certain amount of notice to make the cancellation official, so check each policy and make sure you give notice with enough time. You can even improve your budgeting as a whole by reviewing your services and deciding on what you actually use and need. If that daily newspaper just ends up yellowing in the front garden, or you're tired of watching the same channels on Pay TV, maybe it's time to cancel those items for good.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Moving time is the perfect time to call in some favours. We’ve all helped family and friends move house, so make sure you get those favours returned. If anyone you know has a van, Ute or even a trailer, you'll be able to save a lot of money by taking care of some of the move yourself. Even just getting your siblings, or parents around to help you pack can make a huge difference.

Find A Removals Company You Can Rely On

Of course, the easiest way to keep your move on budget is to find a removals specialist that knows how to keep costs down. When you’re researching potential moving companies, make sure you look for:

• Expertise and experience

• A healthy back catalogue of happy customers

• A flexible service offering

• High-level customer service

• Full removals insurance