The Cheapest Ways to Move Furniture Interstate in Australia
Moving furniture interstate in Australia can be a real hassle, particularly if you are on a budget, or have limited time.
Families especially have a harder time moving because they have a whole household full of furniture and appliances to pack and unpack. Professional movers can do all the packing for you, but they can be very costly.
Indeed, you must have a thousand questions about how you can save money moving interstate. But consider this – according to the Australia Bureau of Statistics, 339,000 people from all over Australia moved interstate in 2014-5. This means a lot of people are asking the very same questions that you are asking right now.
Fortunately, there are some cheaper alternatives for people moving interstate. Even families that have a lot of furnishings can save money with a little research, hard work, and the helping hand of creativity.
Saving Money When You Move Interstate
The good news is – there are several excellent lower cost alternatives to hiring professional movers available for Australians moving interstate. These choices are not for everybody, but they can help you control moving costs.
Cost-effective alternatives for moving furniture interstate in Australia include:
1. Sell, Then Buy Anew
Simply sell all your furniture and buy replacements when you reach your new home. This method works well for singles, retirees and students, but it is not so good for people who own family heirlooms, valuable pieces or families who need to budget.
2. Hire Your Own Truck
You can always hire a truck, because there are many hire-truck companies out there fighting for your business. Believe it or not, modern hire trucks are easy to drive because most of them have automatic transmissions. But you will have to load and unload your belongings yourself.
3. Hire A Trailer
If your vehicle is equipped for pulling a trailer, a hire trailer is usually a cheaper option than a truck. Although pulling a trailer for a long distance is not particularly fun, especially if you are not used to it. Fuel costs can also be steep.
4. Why Hire When You Can Borrow!
If you know someone who owns a truck or trailer, ask if you can borrow it for the weekend. You can save a lot of money in hire fees if you can talk a friend or relative into lending you his or her truck or trailer. Just remember to send it back with a full tank of petrol as a ‘thank you’ to your friend.
Something to remember – do-it-yourself moving can become costlier than you think. You might have to take time out of work, and there are costs on the road that you may not expect. In addition to fuel, you may have to pay for hotel rooms and restaurant meals.
These costs can add up, so despite what some people think, hiring a truck or trailer is not always the cheapest way to move furniture interstate.
Nor is it necessarily fun. Do you really want to try and drive all the way from Melbourne to Brisbane pulling a trailer behind your car? Why not make the trip in a nice comfortable airliner instead and leave the driving to the professionals.
5. Hire A PODS Container
There is one very cost effective alternative to hire trucks and professional movers. It’s probably the option that you haven’t even considered yet.
They are called PODS, and they take all the hassle out of moving.
A PODS container is simply a cargo container for your possessions. We drop the POD off at your home, you load and pack it yourself (which eliminates labour costs). Then our professional driver picks it up and takes it to your new home.
Instead of pulling a trailer for hundreds of kilometres down unfamiliar roads, you and the family can enjoy a nice leisurely road trip to your new surroundings. The PODS container, and all of your belongings, will be waiting for you when you arrive.
Then, all you have to do is unload it and you can take your time unpacking in your new home.