10 Ways to Save Money on Moving During Covid
These are challenging times and whether you want it or not, sometimes moving is inevitable. There could be several reasons for the same. The good news is that there have been many revivalists and movers working though there have been recent changes to border controls. They are considered an ”essential service” under freight & logistics definitions by each State Government. So you should be able to move your goods.
Considering that revivalists are an essential logistics service, you should move your goods either locally or interstate in Australia. And what if we told you that you could actually save a bundle on moving during the COVID?
- Do your research
The first step to saving money is doing your research. With rules & regulations being upgraded and changed every day, you should be aware of the state by state breakdown below. Also, check that your preferred movers follow safe moving practices with increased hygiene and social distancing wherever possible. In case, you’ve interacted with anyone with COVID-19 let your removalists know in advance. Doing so can help them provide you with the best support and help move timing safely after any relevant quarantine measures.
- Work out the route
If you are also going with your removalists, check the route. There are restrictions with an average delay between pick up and delivery of 10 days. There is also the option of holding cars for another 3 – 4 days to align with minimum quarantine timings.
- Check prices
There are a lot of vendors/ removalists who are offering discounts during the COVID period. Remember that their business has suffered too and so you should be able to get lucrative deals. As mentioned earlier, since the moving companies are open during COVID-19, many of them offer special discounts to move during the pandemic. You can get amazing deals on:
- Full-service movers
- Truck rental companies
- Moving container companies
- Car shipping companies
As a rule, do check your local ordinances and regulations to see if moving companies in your area qualify as essential businesses.
- Lockdown advantage
Though you may be all crabby about moving during the pandemic, there’s one advantage you get — clear roads! This means there is less hassle on the road and smooth traffic. It is recommended that you try to avoid moving at the end of the month or mid-month because those tend to be the busiest times for moving companies. Remember that when demand is lower, you’ll get a better rate on your movers. With the flexibility you get during the pandemic, call the moving companies, and get quotes for various days in the month. The pandemic advantage also means empty roads — so you cover more kilometers and this, in turn, will help reduce your costs.
- Strict Quality Standards
You don’t want to compromise on quality for the sake of costs. It’s critical that you hire removalists who offer safe, necessary services that act as great aids to you when you move. Another aspect of quality standards is that your provider should be friendly. They should also provide immediate customer relations so that you never feel as if you’re on your own throughout the process of your move.
When your things are in the hands of quality trained and completely trusted individuals, you can be assured of a safe and positive environment. This means less of a hassle too. Seek providers who have custom-designed packing materials and boxes that allow a trusted and safe relocation of your possessions. In case there is a delay en route, you don’t have to worry about your valuables getting spoilt.
- Don’t try packing yourself
Don’t waste your time and energy, trying to pack things yourself. This will only result in added costs in case there is damage or breakage. Leave it on the experts.
- Backload service
If shifting during the COVID with limited furniture, opt for backload service, especially when moving interstate. The shared service can help relocate your items to another state. Rather than spending money on a dedicated truck or container, you just pay for unused space that you don’t need. The only suggestion is that make sure you fumigate the items properly.
- Use your own vehicle
Don’t ask the removalists to transport your vehicle. It may be more cost-effective to drive your own vehicle to your new home than to get it transported with a professional mover. Plus, it is safe that you and your family are in a separate car during this period.
Sometimes, shifting is essential, and you would save yourself time and effort by bringing professionals who offer quality service. Do remember that even during the covid time, you can find ways to save money. With removalists reducing their rates, the ball is in your court, and you can conveniently make the most of it, by adhering to safe, hygienic norms.