Moving can be an expensive endeavour. However, it doesn’t have to be! With proper budgeting and planning, you can minimise the cost and hopefully make moving to your Live East apartment more affordable.
Here are some things you could do to save money on your next move.
Budgeting & Costing
A budget is the first thing you’ll need. This will help you figure out how much money you can afford to spend on the move. Once you’ve figured out your budget, you will need to start requesting quotes from movers to determine what kinds of costs you can expect. This will also help you figure out what services you can do without.
Generally speaking, early bookings will get you lower prices than last-minute ones. Also, movers charge more on weekends, so try to book your move for a weekday.
You should use the move as an opportunity to declutter your home. The less stuff you have to transport from your old place to your new place, the quicker and cheaper the move will be. To make an extra buck, you could try to sell some of the stuff you no longer need or use. Otherwise, donate what you can.
You might even want to consider selling some of your large furniture and appliances. It might work out better for you to sell these items and replace them than to move them, as moving them could be expensive and lead to the items getting damaged.
Pack Your Own Stuff
Once you’ve decluttered, it’s time to pack everything up. Most moving companies offer packing services and, while this might seem convenient, it can be expensive. It’s far cheaper to simply buy a roll of tape and a marker, get some free boxes from the back of your local grocery store, and use towels and blankets to pad breakable items. Just make sure to label your boxes when you’re done.
Consider A DIY Move
All things considered, doing your own move is usually pretty doable and can save you a lot of money. You could rent a trailer for a tenth of the cost of a moving truck and save yourself thousands of rands. All you will need is a car or bakkie with a towbar. You will probably need a little help on the day, but you can always call on a few friends and family members to chip in. Make sure to buy them lunch and provide some drinks. Alternatively, if you don’t have anyone who can help you, you could hire one or two casual labourers for the day to help you out.
This approach is definitely far more cost-effective than hiring movers, although it is a little more complicated. However, if you’re not scared of a little hard work and are prepared to test your organisational skills, this is the best way to save on your move.
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