Moving can be stressful, but there are some things you can do to make it much easier. One of these is by putting excess furniture and other items in a temporary storage to get them out of the way for the time being. Regardless of how large or small your home is, having some extra space to store your belongings is always helpful.
Still, you have enough to spend on as it is, so there is no reason to spend more than necessary on this. Here are the best ways to reduce your storage bill.
1. Get rid of junk first – If you want to reduce the amount of storage you need, there’s no better way than by getting rid of unnecessary possessions. That old couch you have wanted to replace since last year? And those three boxes of DVDs that are just gathering dust? Sell them, or give them away to charity.
Decluttering before moving won’t just help you reduce storage expenses, it will also free up space in your new home. It might even give you enough extra cash to pay for the storage, or celebrate the move once it’s all over.
2. Use your mover’s storage – The Australian furniture removal industry is highly competitive, and many companies are constantly looking for ways to stand out. Some, like www.aabargainremovals.com.au, offer storage solutions in addition to their main services. If you are their client, these storage options are generally cheaper and more convenient than most.
3. Choose containerised storage – Compared to self-storage, this option is far more affordable. Although you will be sharing a single container with other people, you only have to pay for the space you take up, and responsible companies will make sure that your items are completely safe. The most significant drawback is less convenient access, but that is rarely a problem when moving.
4. Use the space effectively – In the event that you will be packing and storing everything yourself, learn how to maximise space. Think about the most efficient ways to pack items, especially when you’re placing them in boxes. You’ll end up needing much less space you would expect.
5. Learn to negotiate –It won’t hurt to ask for a discount, especially if you can get quotes from multiple companies. While some companies have a strict “no discounts” policy, many don’t mind giving a polite customer a lower price or free space upgrade – especially if they know that you will use their services again.
Remember, save money where you can, and the total cost of your move will be much lower than average.