Budget Planning for your Next Move

Families in Victoria (or other cities across Canada) who are planning a residential move are usually concerned about how much it will cost. There is no doubt that moving can be expensive especially when you consider all the costs that are in addition to the packing and physical move itself. In fact, the actual move usually only represents a very small percentage of overall costs. However, people agree that it is most definitely worth it in terms of time, work and reduced stress.

When people think of moving, (especially long distance or internationally) they often don’t think of things like mortgage fees, hotel accommodations, food, purchases for the new home, deposit fees for utilities etc. as moving related expenses, but they are. Therefore, when you are planning a move it is important to set a realistic budget.

If you are trying to save money on some of these ancillary expenses, there are a few things you can consider including:

  • Negotiating a lower realtor fee or trying “to sell by owner”
  • Driving to destination instead of flying if a domestic move
  • Staying with friends or renting an Airbnb instead of a regular hotel
  • Choosing an inexpensive motel as opposed to a regular hotel
  • Choosing accommodations with a fridge and microwave so you can eat some meals in as opposed to going to a restaurant
  • Checking Kijiji or similar online services at destination for purchases of gently used items as opposed to buying everything you need new

When it comes to controlling physical moving costs, some pre-planning goes a long way.  As most people know, the cost of a physical move done by a professional moving company like Premiere Van Lines is predicated on:

  • Local Move -  the number of hours and how many personnel required to complete the move

  • International Move- the size of container and space occupied on the ship

  • Long Distance – the weight of the shipment at the tariff rate for the move

In addition, for each type of move there will be costs for any packing, unpacking or additional services provided by the moving company such as auto transportation, appliance servicing, housecleaning etc. Another part of the pre-planning exercise is reducing the amount of furniture and other items to be moved. Nearly every family has things they no longer want, use or are broken or damaged. Why pay to move them? Instead sell, donate or discard these items prior to moving day and you will automatically save money.

The moving consultant assigned by Premiere Van Lines who meets with you in your home will help you plan your move. They will guide you through the process and will provide service options to help you save money. One way to do this is to only have the moving company to only pack china crystal, collectibles and other breakable items for safe transport. Premiere can also sell you professional packing materials for less than regular retail cost so that the items you pack yourself are properly packed for damage free transport. Your Premiere representative will provide you with valuable resources including brochures that outline professional packing tips, how to conduct a garage sale or the names of charitable organizations that accept donations etc.

Working with a professional moving company has a lot of advantages. For more information contact your Premiere office in Victoria at 250-544-1420 or your local Premiere Van Lines office at 1-877-671-6683.

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I was impressed by the quality and work ethic of the men who delivered both of our moves.  The “foreman” Tommy and Mark did all they could to make the moves easy and problem free.  It wasn’t run-of-the-mill to them.  It is appreciated!

Colleen from Winnipeg

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