Moving on a budget

After months of searching you’ve finally found your new home, you’ve read and signed all the paper work and now the only thing left to do is to plan the move…that’s the easy bit right? WRONG!

Anyone who’s ever had to pack up their belongings and move to a new property will tell you that this process can not only be the most stressful part of buying a new place, but it can also be expensive. Here are some tips to make sure your costs don’t fly through the roof.

Date. The first thing you need to do when organizing moving day is to consider your timing. Rental rates vary according to the season, so moving between May and September when the real estate market’s is at its busiest, will cost you far more than moving outside this period. Same can be said for the last days of the month when leases end and moving out becomes a matter of urgency. If you are in the position to choose your moving out date we therefore suggest you do so in winter, preferably mid-month.

Transportation. Are you planning on renting a van and doing the move yourself? In this case Sunday through Thursday offer greater equipment availability at a better cost. If you are not planning to transport everything yourself, then find a trustworthy moving company and make sure you book in advanced to get a better deal.

Declutter. A new home is always a new beginning, so make sure you are moving only things you actually need and use. Take your time and pack with purpose. This will not only make sure you get a fresh start, but moving less stuff will also mean spending less money.

DIY. Avoid paying someone to do things you can do yourself. Have movers handle only the largest and heaviest items, but do the assembly work on your own, just remember to label all the loose screws and bolts you take out so you know which piece of furniture they’re for.

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