If you’re not a removalist or expert on removals but you’re thinking how to reduce moving cost in the South East Suburbs, you’re looking at the right article. In one way or another, we’re all experts in our own areas. Some of you may be an expert in flowers, others in art, others in engineering etc… But how many could say that they’re experts in removal prices? I can assure you, “not many at all.” We can understand this by looking at how one becomes an expert in an area. If you spend a lot of time cooking, you become very proficient at it.
If you spend most of your day making sales, you become very proficient at that too. Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough opportunities for an everyday individual to become an expert on how to save on removal prices in South-East suburbs in Melbourne, simply because moving houses isn’t something that you do on a daily basis.
Fortunately, I have some insider information. The kind of information that can only be obtained by those who work in the removal industry – yes the professional removalists! With all seriousness, you “can” learn some of the key facts about South-East suburbs removal prices, if you move enough times in a short period of time, while being conscious to every aspect surrounding the move. However, no one has time for that in this day and age. You have the internet at your fingertips.
You don’t have to go through experiences yourself and spend thousands of dollars. I’m here to share with you 8 Key facts about South East suburbs removal prices which will help you save tons of time and cash. Read on and find out how to reduce moving cost now.
Have less, pay less for moving
If you have less to move, you’ll be saving on your moving bill. Every box or every furniture counts. It might not sound like one or two boxes or furniture may make any difference. However, it could be the difference between hiring an 8-ton truck and hiring a 4-ton truck. If your house moving in the South-East suburbs lasted 3 hours, you could be saving $120 off your bill! Even if you weren’t moving down to a smaller truck, there are plenty of reasons to slim down and filter out items that you may not need in advance.
You will be packaging less, moving less boxes, you or your movers will be making less trips and you will be unpacking less. Thus, having less directly transfers into moving cost reductions. Would you package boxes and boxes worth of broken old gadgets just to throw them away once you’ve moved? You are paying for each and every item that you decide to load onto the trucks, one way or another. There are plenty of benefits of being a minimalist, you can read upon it here. You can also read about how to make some cash while getting rid of unwanted items to become a minimalist.
Always remember that there are items that you won’t be able to get cash for, and sometimes you will have to throw them out. Depending on your council rules, what you can throw out, and how you can throw them out varies. It’s important to know your council rules, so that you won’t be slapped with a hefty fine. There are 79 councils in Melbourne and many rules regarding general clean up vary, so I highly recommend that you head to find your council page – and find out more about what and how you can get rid of your unwanted items.
Packaging shouldn’t cost you a cent
Moving can be quite costly in the South-East suburbs. If you’re renting, you’ve got to worry about a month’s rent upfront plus bond. If you’ve just bought your new home, you’ve got stamp duty and other rates to consider. What about the meals you’ll be buying during the move? Perhaps your gas and electricity have not been connected on the day of your move, leaving you no option but to eat out. If you want to save on your next move in the South-East suburbs, you should look no further than saving on packaging materials.
I know how easy it is to just grab boxes and packages materials in preparation for your next move. Individually the boxes aren’t very expensive, but once you’ve added up all the boxes and bubble wraps, you will be surprised at the total cost of all packaging materials.
What if I told you that “Packaging shouldn’t cost you a cent?”
It really shouldn’t cost you anything to pack your items. What do you really need for packaging your belongings? Some boxes to store and stack your items, and some bubble wraps to prevent your more brittle items from being damaged. Boxes are often free. They come free of purchase if you buy items in bulk. You can also find free boxes in mega stores like bunnings. Of course, you can ask bunnings or other stores for boxes. If you ask respectfully, and only ask for reasonable amounts, most stores will be happy to help. How About your workplace? Perhaps your work brings in lots of boxes. You’ve only got to ask, then you shall receive.
What about the bubble wraps? You don’t necessarily need them. These are materials to stop your glassware from breaking. You’ve got towels, tea towels, and clothing materials that will do a similar job. Newspapers are also great for the same purpose. So you can see that it shouldn’t cost anything to pack your belongings. All you need is a bit of common sense and planning.
Educate yourself to save money on moving
Most people simply do not have adequate experience to be able to form an informed opinion. Because the act of moving homes usually is far in between terms of time period, even if one had experienced moving several times, it’s difficult to fully understand how the removalist industry works. There will be an asymmetry of information in most cases. I want to inform all movers in the South-East suburbs so that everyone one has the chance to make a well-informed decision regarding their next move. You can plan ahead and perhaps read upon more tips here. Educate yourself and avoid being blindsided by bad industry practices.
Local removers don’t charge depot/fuel surcharges (They shouldn’t, right?)
Did you know that there are local removers who do not charge depot/fuel surcharge? Many removalists have you believe otherwise – that there is a base hourly rate, and then you add on all sorts of surcharges. Some businesses will charge you a fee for showing up to your property in the name of depot/fuel charges. I don’t know about you, but to me, this doesn’t necessarily sound like a great practice. There are however honest and fair removalists in the South-East suburbs such as Easy Peasy Removals, If you’re in the South-East suburbs of Melbourne, there are no depot/fuel surcharges.
Misleading moving quotes
I’m sure most of us have had this experience where you think you are getting a product or a service at a given price, only to find out that there are pages and pages of extra charges. Imagine that you buy yourself a cup of coffee, and you get charged for sugar. What if it doesn’t stop? What if you get charged for takeaway a cup? That’s not all, what if the price that you were looking at was a weekday price, and there is an extra charge for ordering a coffee on the weekend. After a plethora list of items have been added to your original charges, the cup of coffee is no longer affordable. Unfortunately, this is a common business practice by many businesses not just limited to the removalist industry.
If you’re not careful, you will be baited with a very basic hourly rate, stripped down of extra charges at first – just to draw you in as a customer, perhaps to just to get you to place a deposit or something. Usually, these extra charges are hidden behind a small information icon or at the bottom of the page somewhere in an extra-small font.
Don’t be fooled with misleading quotes. If your removalist is charging fees for depot, fueling, stairs, pianos, and others, perhaps it’s time to find a more transparent removalist for your next move. Easy Peasy Removals does not charge extra for stairs, depot, fueling or even charge extra for weekends. If you’re in the South-East Melbourne suburbs, you won’t be charged any of the extra fees that most other businesses charge.
What’s more exciting is that after the first two hours Easy Peasy Removals will bill you by the minute. If you’re paying hourly or half hourly increments, you’re losing out big time. Why would you ever agree to pay for services that you won’t be using? Does it sound right to pay an hour for 15 min of work?
Preparations can save you more money than you think
If you want to save on a removalist bill in the South-East suburbs, you’d best plan ahead. Professional removalists in South-East suburbs operate close to full efficiency. In most cases you will find it difficult to make a booking on a very short notice. Planning ahead allows you to learn more about the cost structure of the removalist industry, allowing you to make more informed decisions. It also gives you a wider range of availability on your moving date.
Most removalist businesses will charge extra for weekend removal, and this type of “surcharge” is not easily noticeable. (More on the surcharges later) Planning ahead allows you to avoid these shady business practices so that you won’t be served with a surprise shock bill. Moving houses isn’t something that you do as often as buying a carton of milk
Don’t be afraid to make phone calls to reduce moving cost
There is one thing you can do to avoid being caught out by industry’s tricks. Making phone calls and actually asking for “breakdown” of fees and charges.” Simply ask “Are there any other charges than the hourly rates?” If the response isn’t “No we do not charge any extra/additional fees,” then perhaps it’s best to find a more transparent and honest removalist business.
The House moving game is very one-sided. It almost always benefits the removalists due to the asymmetry of information. However if you’re able to make some preparations, gain insight into how misleading quotes work, and you can make more informed decisions. Hopefully, it will help save on the cost of removal in the South-East suburbs.