How to Save Money on Your Sydney Move: Budget-Friendly Moving Tips

Moving can be an exciting but expensive endeavour. Between removalists, packing supplies, and additional costs, it can cost people anywhere between $500 to move locally in Sydney and up to $10,000 if moving interstate out of Sydney – It’s no wonder why people are constantly looking for ways to cut costs!

The good news is that with careful planning and some budget-friendly tips from us, movers can effectively reduce their spending costs.

In this article, we put together a handy guide on what you can do to move smarter and lower upcoming moving costs without compromising on the quality of your relocation – let’s dive in!

Moving Freebies To Slash Your Moving Costs

Free Boxes For MovingOften overlooked, many people don’t realise how much packing can cost movers.

While hiring packers will inevitably cost money, people sometimes spend over $100 – $200 just on packing supplies alone!

Luckily, movers can employ several strategies to become more cost-effective and reduce packing expenses:


Finally – A pro tip: If you still have packages being delivered to your existing home address, instead of throwing them away why not save them to use for your upcoming move?

Relocate Your Own Vehicle

Car VehicleWhen moving interstate, you may be tempted to consider using a professional car-carrying company to transport your vehicle.

A more cost-effective way is simply driving your vehicle yourself, especially if you’re looking to save money.

Taking care of this yourself provides the following benefits:


Before deciding to tackle this task yourself, it’s crucial to consider the following points from a financial perspective:

  • Fuel: Work out the estimated fuel consumption and cost for the entire trip.
  • Children: Taking care of vehicle transport yourself means you may need to consider any children you have.
  • Vehicle Depreciation: Consider the additional wear and tear on your car from the long drive.
  • Time: Account for the time commitment required for driving and potential delays.

By carefully weighing these factors, you can determine whether driving yourself or using a car-carrying company is the most cost-effective and suitable option for your specific situation.

Get Lower Costs by Avoiding Busy Periods

When hiring movers, the timing of your move can significantly affect the final cost. Here’s why:

Seasonal Fluctuations: Moving companies in Sydney (and worldwide) will often experience seasonal fluctuations in the demand for their services. Peak times such as when children are off during half term or national public holidays will often see a surge in prices as families will have more freedom to complete a move then. Due to increased demand, moving companies tend to charge more due to limited availability as well as increased operational costs.

Weekends Vs Weekdays: Similar to national holidays, moving companies often also tend to be busier during the weekends due to higher demand; so if possible consider moving on a working day if using professional assistance, unless this is not a possibility.

Avoid Short Notice Moves: They say prevention is better than a cure and poor planning or unforeseen circumstances certainly fit this statement when it comes to moving homes. Without proper planning, you may be the victim of increased fees as booking slots run out with removal companies. Last-minute moves can also mean more reliance on moving companies for help with various tasks beyond just transporting belongings. This can include:

For this reason, it is vital to plan your move at least 3 months in advance to prevent paying more for your logistics.

Travel Costs: If your relocation involves long-distance travel, fuel costs can also play a role. Petrol prices tend to fluctuate throughout the year, and peak seasons often coincide with higher fuel prices. This can lead to increased transportation costs for moving companies, which may be reflected in your final quote. Another way to prevent paying more on travel costs is to plan a route that does not involve paying for tolls where possible.

Look for Moving Deals

Zoom Removals Boxing Day SaleIf you are considering using professional movers, then this section will provide you with tips and strategies to help you find the best deals on moving services, packing supplies, and other moving-related expenses.

Compare Quotes: It pays to be street-smart in life and booking movers for your relocation is no different. You will want to obtain moving quotes from several moving companies instead of one. This will allow you to set a budget, compare prices and find a service that best suits your moving needs without overpaying.

Be wary of scams: Unfortunately, there are scams out there targeting people who are inexperienced movers. Be cautious of any companies that ask for a large deposit upfront or provide quotes that seem too good to be true. It’s also important to remember not to go with the cheapest quote but to balance this against the reputation of the moving company and scrutinise online reviews left by other customers before making a decision. Review platforms such as Google Reviews, Trustpilot and Product Reviews are especially helpful in this. As a pro tip, consider the accreditations of the removal company you are considering. For example, many reputable removalists are members of the Australian Furniture Removers Association.

Look For Discounts, Promotions & Deals: Another way to save money is to look for any potential online deals or coupons you can use. While the usual websites such as OzBargain and MoneySavingExpert are obvious first choices, removalists themselves sometimes announce deals on their websites. For example, here at ZOOM Removals, we offer a “Cheap Removalists Tuesdays” deal to save money on your move if you book on a Tuesday. This is where we waive the usual half-hour call-out fee, which can save you between $59 and $91!

Consider Moving Truck Options Carefully: To save money on your move, the size of the truck you choose also makes a difference. For example, if you’re only transporting a small number of belongings over a short distance, do you really need to book the largest removal truck possible? Smaller moving trucks are more affordable and easier to handle, making them a better fit for apartments or small unit moves. For an even more budget-friendly option, consider hiring a man and a van, which is ideal for transporting a limited amount of items.

Remember Time Equals Money

MoneyMost Sydney Removalists charge in half-hour increments.

Because of this, the more you can do by yourself (such as packing, and moving items into storage), the cheaper you will find your move will be.

Here are some more ways to save money:

Getting Your Bond / Security Deposit Back

Moving CostsRecovering your bond after a rental is an important step in not losing out on money and can be used for your next move. By taking proactive measures to maintain the property’s condition, you can significantly increase your chances of receiving a full refund from your landlord.

Pay special attention to carpet stains, damaged paintwork on doors and walls or even chips or cracks around the place.

If you can, clean each room as thoroughly as possible to restore the property to the same condition as at the beginning of your tenancy. If you are struggling for time or prefer to use professionals to ensure a good job, then you can consider end-of-lease leaning services.

Moving Out Of Sydney And Intestate? Consider A Backload

Backloading RemovalsIf you’re relocating interstate and want to save on your long-distance move, then backloading removals is an extremely cost-effective way of doing so.

Imagine sharing a moving truck with other customers heading in the same direction. The beauty of backloads is that you only pay for the space your belongings occupy, not the entire truck. This effectively splits the cost amongst everyone, making it a much more affordable way to transport furniture interstate.

While this service does require some flexibility with pick-up and drop-off dates and times, you can still take advantage of using a professional moving company at a lower rate!

For more information, you can read this article on: What Is Backloading.

Consider The Advantages Of Hiring Professional Help

Free moving boxes with zoom removalsWhile tackling a move yourself might seem cheaper, movers can actually help you save money. Here are a few reasons how:

Damage To Specialist Items & Injury Prevention: If you have larger items to move such as a piano, a large fridge or even a hot tub, then it is recommended to use professional assistance. Improper lifting techniques can lead to damage to your items not to mention a trip to the hospital! It is far better to avoid paying for repairs and use professional movers who are specially trained in proper lifting techniques. They also use specialised equipment to ensure the safe handling of furniture.

You Don’t Have To Miss Out On Work: Hiring movers means you can keep your work life on track. This may be especially important for people who work for themselves or run a small business. With all the logistics and jobs involved, this can easily eat into work hours. Hiring professional movers will not only speed up the moving process, but they can also take care of the physical labour, allowing you to stay focused on your job responsibilities. This means no missed shifts or lost wages, keeping your income secure during the move.

For more information, you can read our article on moving yourself vs using a removalist company.


While moving can be stressful, using some of these tips can help you save money and approach the process with more peace of mind.

Remember, with a little planning and resourcefulness, you can navigate your move smoothly and affordably. Key things to bear in mind:

Happy moving!

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