Although the whole process of finding a new home can be incredibly exciting, it can also be an incredibly stressful time. Trying to squeeze viewings and moving days into an already busy lifestyle can be difficult. If you have deadlines and moving dates that have to be stuck to then, again, it’s not always such an exciting experience. Then there’s the cost of moving which can ultimately put people off moving house altogether unless they really have to. According to Which, the average cost of moving house is more than £12000.
Luckily I am here with a few tips to reduce the costs of moving day itself. At least that will be one less thing to worry about!
How to cut costs on moving day
Hire an affordable removals company
In this day and age you should never settle for the first quote you receive. Shop around and ensure you are getting the best deal and service out there. Get a few quotes from removals companies and then choose the one that suits you, or your budget, best. Ask friends for their recommendations and click here for more advice on hiring professional removers. To ensure you are using a reputable company then you can check if they are listed with the British Association of Removers (BAR).
Source free boxes
The cost of packaging to move your belongings can quickly add up. Start preparing for this early - as soon as you know you are going to move – by asking local supermarkets and shops if they have any spare cardboard boxes you can have. Begin keeping boxes from any deliveries you receive. Ask friends and family members to do the same.
Pack your own home
Whilst it might be luxurious to get the removals company to do all the packing too, it is going to be an extra cost that you might not be able to afford. Pack your own belongings and save this extra and often unnecessary expense. To make this part less stressful and to save you booking a costly packing service last minute, just be prepared. Start the task early to reduce overwhelm.
Here’s a handy timeline for packing for a house move: My top tips to prepare for a house move
Hire a van yourself
You can also cut costs massively by moving yourself if you have a driving licence and are comfortable with driving a large van. It will also depend on the distance of the move, how much stuff you have to relocate and timings. For example, when we last moved house we had to leave our home by midday for the new buyers to move in and we received our keys for our new home at the same time. This meant we had to move everything in one load and not several trips.
Sell things before you move
If there are large items of furniture that are going to be sold and not used in your new home, then sell them before you move. Otherwise you are paying to move items that you don’t need to! Make sure you start listing items for sale a few weeks before moving so you don’t have to pay to move them to the new property.
Always check for cashback
Never book a removals company or van hire without first seeing if the company you have chosen is on Top Cashback or Quidco. If they are then you’ll get cashback at a later date simply by booking through the cashback link.
There are lots of ways to start saving money on the move itself with a little preparation, effort and savvy shopping around.
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