Whether you’ve just bought your first house or you’re simply making a move to a new area, moving to a new home should be an exciting experience.
Unfortunately, moving house is ranked as one of the five most stressful life events, right after divorce or the loss of a loved one.
One factor that can add to the stress is the cost of moving itself. However, there are a number of ways you can control or minimise the cost of moving home.
Declutter your house
The first step when it comes to preparing for a move is to minimise the amount of stuff you need to pack. Most of us have things in our homes that we no longer need but just haven’t got around to getting rid of.
Selling any items of value may even help offset the cost of your move, and a number of local charities are likely to appreciate donated items.
Do your own packing
Some moving companies will pack your items for you before they move everything to your new house. This may seem convenient but it can add an unnecessary cost to your moving expenses.
If you’re concerned about not having the time to pack, do it in stages in the weeks leading up to your move, starting with the things you use the least.
Rent a truck instead of hiring a moving company
A moving company may come with the advantage of labour for heavy lifting but if you have some friends who are happy to help out, you can minimise your costs even more by just hiring a truck for the day. Paying your friends or family in pizza is certainly cheaper than hiring a whole team of movers.
Use clothes or towels instead of bubble wrap
Bubble wrap or packing peanuts are an unnecessary (and environmentally unfriendly) option when it comes to packing – and there are cheaper or even free alternatives.
You can use newspaper to wrap your breakables of course. Also use clothes and towels to protect fragile items and to fill gaps. You’ll save money on packing materials and you won’t need as many additional boxes for your wardrobe.
Don’t move on the weekend
Because the demand for moving companies tends to be higher on weekends, prices are often inflated. Instead, consider taking some leave and moving during the week – and don’t be shy about asking for a discount. This may shave a good chunk off your moving costs.
For the same reason, moving in the middle of the month may be cheaper than moving at month end.
Move smaller items and boxes yourself
If you do use a moving company, it can make a big difference to your final quote if you opt to move smaller items yourself.
Getting the moving company to transport only your furniture and other heavy items while you take care of boxes, houseplants, lamps and carpets will make a significant difference to the overall cost.
Use our Ecoboxes
Ecoboxes are the convenient, safe and eco-friendly option for moving home – and at just R30 per box, surprisingly affordable.
Our Ecoboxes are sturdy, sealable and stackable. They won’t sag or be damaged, and can be repeatedly reused.
You don’t have to waste money on petrol either. Order your boxes and we’ll deliver them to your doorstep. Once you’ve moved and unpacked, we’ll pick them up again too.