There is plenty of things to consider when you are moving, especially when moving abroad. Not only is it a lot of things to think about, but it can also be an extremely costly undertaking as well. Moving to a new house can be incredibly overwhelming, and worrying about money is the last thing you would want to do. Here are some tips to keep the cost of moving down.
Regardless if you are moving just a few streets down or all the way to another country, ask yourself what do you really need? Taking your whole wardrobe might be an initial gut instinct, but do you really need it? Especially if you are moving to a new country, consider the change in climate. Those three winter coats might be a slight overkill if you are moving to say Dubai or Australia. Also, consider taking only clothes you will wear. That shirt that you have had hanging in the wardrobe for the last three years, but never wear? Get rid of that too. This is also a perfect moment to get rid of those socks with holes in them and those sweatpants that are now earmarked for ‘paint’ and ‘DIY’. They key is to reduce the clothes you are taking with you. And those items you are packing away are ones you will wear and ware worth the cost of packing and moving.
Take that same attitude towards your furniture, decorations, and appliances. What do you need and what can you do without. Maybe it’s time to get rid of the large sectional couch and get a nice two-seater. Do you expect to eat out a lot where you are going? Maybe that large dining room table and chairs can go as well. Keep the house in mind you are moving to and keep large items to a minimum. The more you can do without, the better the chance that not only transport costs will be lower, but also the hassle of moving heavy things around. And before you say you have no items you can get rid of, think of the one thing that most of us will have gathering dust in the kitchen: one-purpose appliances. Let’s be honest, when was the last time you used the donut maker and how soon after purchasing a bread maker did you decide that store-bought bread was more convenient?
Once you have selected what you want to keep and what can go, it’s time to get rid of it. Channel your inner merchant and sell your items on eBay or Gumtree. Here are some excellent tips to help you sell your stuff online. It’s a great way to offset some of the costs of moving and a great way to declutter your life. Once you see the first items go and the money coming into your bank account, you will get a taste for it. Stuff you can’t sell, you can offer up to family and friends. Things you really can’t get rid of you can take to the local rubbish tip.
Just in case there are things that will not make the trip to your new home, but you can’t get yourself to sell or give away, consider storing it away. Perhaps family or friends have a corner somewhere you can keep your prized possessions for a while. Alternatively, you can consider renting storage space which saves you calling in favours or risking stuff being thrown away accidentally.
Plan towards the day of packing up your belongings. It’s tempting to go online and order moving boxes, but if ask friends, family, and colleagues with plenty of time in advance, you will be surprised how many have some sturdy boxes gathering dust. And don’t go crazy on bubble wrap! Get creative with towels and blankets to protect some of the more fragile items.
Before you pack up, you might want to decide if you’re going to transport things yourself or get professionals to do it. If you are going to do it yourself, you will need to rent a vehicle for transport. Consider how long you need the vehicle for and allow yourself some leeway. You can usually get a better price up front for having 5 days than paying for 4 and having to add another day. Check if you can return the vehicle to the branch in the city you are moving to. Fill up the tank before you return the vehicle to avoid premium post-charges. If you are using a removal company, get a fair set of quotes. Some international removal companies will guide you through the complicated process of shipping items overseas and provide help with customs forms. 1st Move International even shrink-wraps your items, making it weather and waterproof.
The most important thing about moving is to start planning as soon as possible. A thorough and considerate approach will save you not only money but also your own sanity.