Moving house and relocating cost both money and time. Proper planning helps in reducing both cost and time involved, so here’s some cost and time saving tips to use in your next home move.
Moving and relocation of furniture, appliances and belongings can just, well really suck. But proper planning and the right decisions can help cut cost. There are two popular options available for home relocation which are do it yourself and hiring a moving company.
Well, both options have both pros and cons. For example, doing it yourself can be a good choice to cut cost if you are moving to nearby area or when having very few items to relocate or when there are some volunteers ready to help you, like great friends. Hiring a moving service is a good option when there are many items to move or you have many fragile items, or you need to move in a hurry to reduce paying for two places.
Usually the charge levied by movers depends on weight of furniture or packets and the distance to be travelled. The cost can increase substantially when the moving includes stairs or elevators and when the home is inaccessible to large trucks that movers use. Access to the building is a huge issue in Hong Kong, especially if you’re on a main street, or one of the crowded districts on Hong Kong Island or Kowloon. Also, the charge may be higher for moving very heavy items and for dissembling and then assembling sophisticated or fragile items.
The overall cost and time involved in moving your home can be saved considerably if you follow some basic steps.
- Finding the right movers: get quotes from three or more movers and look for local references and customer satisfaction. Choose the service that has experience and expertise in handling furniture especially wooden, leather and glass items.
- Packing and unpacking small things yourself: this helps in reducing the overall workload and helps better negotiate the cost with the moving company. Packing small items is easy, but may require some time because of the higher number of items.
- Opt for off-peak days for moving: movers are usually busy on weekends and month-ends. So opting for off-peak days and hours can help you get discounts and faster hassle-free moving.
- Get insured: most movers offer insurance cover at a small additional cost which may be a better option if your insurance does not cover property damaged in transit.
- Follow basic steps: like settling bills, backup of data from computers, disconnecting telephone, gas, internet and television services etc. If you’re renting, it should be a simple process to transfer existing internet contracts or phone contracts in-person at the service provider. If you can, store valuables with a friend or safe-keep valuable items like jewelry and documents in a safe deposit box before moving day.
Set up your plan, get quotations and check their customer satisfaction rates, then decide on a mover, get boxes dropped off so you can start packing small items. In no time at all, you’ll be settled in your new place, all relaxed and ready for your new home.