How to Move on a Budget While Studying

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Australia has some of the greatest places to study abroad in, and its cities offer students inspiring natural, cultural, and academic experiences.

On the other hand, the higher living expenses, than many other countries (according to a recent HSBC report) did not influence the student population in Australia, which remains one of the most popular study destinations.

There is always a question of how much money you will need to make your time as a student enjoyable, and to cover not only the predictable, but the unpredictable expenses. One of the most common unforeseen expenses is moving to another location or another city.

If you follow these simple moving tips you can avoid losing precious dollars out learn how to manage and move on a budget.

Make a Checklist

There are many free templates available online with moving checklists for you to download.
These kind of checklists are always important and can help immensely with organising and planning. Some basic items you should add to your list can be find here.

Moving Company Expenses

Make an ordinary excel sheet and call your local moving companies. The research prior to actually hiring a moving company is very important.

While comparing the rates, keep in mind that for short distances, movers typically charge per hour, so be sure to check their moving speed in the reviews you find.

Packing

Packing is very important so give yourself time to find free boxes and start packing upfront. Ask your local liquor store or grocery store for boxes, or try in big restaurants. Otherwise, it’s well worth asking family and friends if they have any extra boxes available to borrow.

If you live close to your new place you can start moving over a bag or two whenever you have some spare time. Boxes with clothes are not too heavy and can make for a few hours less with the moving company. It`s always smart to give away or donate to charity all of the unwanted things you discover when packing and clearing out.

Label your stuff

Label each box with its contents and in this way keep an inventory of your belongings. You can also label the everyday things separately so you can keep those close in case of a need. Point out to the movers any extra-fragile items that need attention.

Check the details

Have you packed all your stuff from the desk and the cabinets? Did you turn the utilities off? Have you defrosted your fridge and notified the post office you`re moving? Check one more time that your electronic equipment is properly serviced for shipping to avoid any misunderstandings. These are all details, but once you settle into a new place and start unpacking, you don`t want to discover that you have a series of duties remaining regarding the old place.

Working with the movers

During the packing and the moving you can ask for help from your classmates. This option is possible with some moving companies. You can do the packing on your own, and simply have them drive the stuff from A to B. If you are sharing your new home with flatmates, you can always ask for their help while moving in.

Keep an eye on live things

You must decide prior to moving what to do with your plants, because some of them can easily get damaged in the moving process, and suffer from the lack of water and light. It might be worth moving your plants yourself.

Take inventory

Signing the inventory list and keeping a copy is a must, before the movers leave. You don’t want anything to go missing!

Alex Pejak is an economist currently working on a few projects in Australia. She is passionate about market research and project management. She is also interested in topics related to business IT and career development.

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