Moving house can be an expensive proposition, with the cost of removalists and covering costs at the old and new house during the overlap period. Here are some tips to keep your costs down.

Be flexible about when you move

If you can show some flexibility with the date that you plan to move, or even the time of the week, you can often save significant amounts of money. Removalists often have peak demand on weekends and at certain times of the year, including the starts and end of the academic year. If you are able to move at a different time in line with a lower demand period, you may be able to get an off-peak rate.

Help the removalists out

This is a good time to get a payback on all those times you've been asked to help friends move. While you don't need them to actually lift the heavy furniture, as you've got removalists to do that, getting some help with packing and boxing all of your goods can make it much easier to transport all of your items. Of course, if you do have some big strong friends, it's well worth asking the removalists if you can get a cheaper rate if you supply a strong helper. This is the time to make use of that friend who is always boasting about their gym routine!

Get several quotes for removalists

It's a good idea to get several quotes in writing, then compare all of the fine details. While most removalists charge by the hour, some removalists use different formulas such as looking at the volume of material being moved times the distance it's being moved. You may also have different surcharges for items that are particularly delicate or tricky to move such as musical instruments or delicate sporting equipment. Comparing the details of each quote, not just the final prices, can give you a good idea of how likely you are to have cost overruns on your move.

If you are looking to store your items for a period when you move, for instance, if you are moving into temporary accommodation, it can also be worth seeing if you can get storage and removal services through the same company. It is often cheaper to get these as a package, rather than finding separate providers for both services.

There is no need to pay too much for removalists if you follow these suggestions. For more information, contact local moving companies like Melbourne Cheap Suburb Removal