Tips to Help you Save Money when Moving House
There is no denying that moving house can feel like a violent assault on your bank account. It is not a cheap affair but there are clever ways to save some money. There are naturally unavoidable and inevitable costs. Whether you are renting or buying a home, there are associated fees that are going to ramp up throughout the process so preparing yourself for this by making cuts here and there can make all the difference. It is simply a matter of planning ahead and thinking frugally.
First things first. Let’s talk about where you cannot scrimp… A professional Removal Service is key to a successful move. Don’t try saving a bob or two by hiring a bogus company, you need the pros and you can still get a fantastic deal. If you use Compare My Move to compare quotes from removal companies, you are sure to get a good deal and although it is cheaper to move everything yourself, it’s not worth the hassle and stress.
Follow these tips from Land Of Deals to cut the cost of your home move.
Declutter your Belongings
The Removal Company will carry out a home survey and they will offer the quote based on the volume of the belongings that require shifting to your new home which is why it is a good idea to have a good ol’ fashioned clear out before the survey. There is no point paying to take old clothes or dusty books and DVDs with you if you’re never going to use them.
Move on a Weekday
Weekends are busy times for removal companies and as such, the rate can be a little higher on the weekend. Look into the possibility of moving on a weekday and enquire about any saving you can make in doing so. If you can avoid it, you should also avoid moving in school holidays, particularly the summer holidays as this is peak moving time and it can cost more. It’s also good to remember that booking your removal in plenty of time can save you a little money too.
Professional packing services are available from most removal companies. These will save you a lot of time and stress for sure, but it won’t save money. These extra services come at an extra cost. You could argue that you are potentially saving money in using these services as there is a smaller chance of damage if the professional movers are handling your belongings, plus they will be insured for any damage that occurs. It could end up costing a lot more if you are having to replace broken items. That one is a judgement call.
Don’t Pay for Cardboard Boxes
If you will be doing your own packing then one thing is for sure, you are going to need a whole lot of boxes. You can usually get these for a very reasonable rate from your removal company but you can also get plenty of boxes for free if you know where to look. Start gathering boxes a few weeks before you are due to move. Ask at local shops and supermarkets. It is also a good idea to post in local and community Facebook groups. There are often plenty of people keen to get rid of some boxes.
Get Help from Friends
Call in a few favours. There is a lot of work that goes into a home removal. The packing, shifting and loading usually require more than one pair of hands. Ask friends and family to pitch in and help. It should only take a token bottle of Debenhams wine or the promise of Papa johns pizza while you work and you will, of course, return the favour when they need help right?
When it comes to packing, think outside the box, literally. There are plenty of items around the home that you can pack other items into to save on box space. Use suitcases, bins, laundry baskets. Anything that can be filled, should be filled.
Talk to the Previous Tenants
Find out from the previous owners/tenants if there are any warranties on built-in appliances. You will also need to know where the stopcock, gas and electricity meters are. Shop around and compare the costs of suppliers. You may be able to save money before you’ve even started this way.
Redirect and Register
Change your address in plenty of time and be sure to let the bank and utility companies know you’re moving so you are not blindsided by a backdated bill. It is important that you also tell your Local Authority and register to pay council tax because that bill will be backdated for sure and you could end up with an unpleasant lump sum to fork out.
If this is your first home then furnishing it can cost a small fortune. Making your home look the way you want it to look is something that will happen over time. To begin with, you can consider buying a few items new but go for second-hand items for everything else. You can even get some furniture and household items free on Gum Tree and Freegle. All you will need to do is collect so be sure to have a good look through these sites as well as on community Facebook pages and local car boot sales.
Call the energy saving trust to find out what the criteria are for receiving free insulation. Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to up to £300 in insulation absolutely free. This can save you a considerable amount of money on your heating bills so it is worth looking into.
During a house move, you are dealing with a lot of different people and paying for lots of different services. Don’t be afraid to negotiate fees. Some people are more confident than others when it comes to haggling and some even feel like it’s something that you can’t-do but everyone does it!
And that’s about it. Moving house is never going to be cheap but it doesn’t have to completely break the bank. Just plan ahead, scrimp and save where possible and always look for ways to cut costs.