Be smart with your cash at this expensive time.
Moving house is not only one of the most stressful times of life but it’s also one of the most expensive. From the fees that are involved in solicitors, mortgages or rental deposits, through to the actual costs involved in getting your possessions from A to B, there are lots of different outgoings to consider. Which is why it makes sense to try and save money when you’re moving house wherever you can.
So we asked the guys over at the Solution Loans Money Matters Blog for their advice and here are their top 6 ways to save money moving house:
- Start by decluttering your home
Fewer boxes means a smaller removals van and that will save you money (there’s more info on that here). So, before you start the moving process begin by going through everything you own and identifying items that could be thrown away. Old clothes, unwanted furniture or out of date kitchen utensils could all be got rid of to lessen the pressure and expense when it comes to moving day.
- Move house during the week
If you’re planning your move date for a weekend then expect to pay more. Not only are prices often higher for removals support at the weekend but you’re also likely to need more time as the roads will be busier too. If you want to find the cheapest removals or self hire vans for your move then avoid bank holidays and weekends and move when everyone else is at work.
- Don’t buy your moving boxes
There are already enough cardboard boxes in the world and you can save money on your moving costs by repurposing those that are no longer wanted by businesses instead of buying new. Supermarkets and corner shops, boutique stores and pubs tend to have plenty of cardboard boxes that will be ideal for packing up everything that you own and getting ready for the move.
- Ask family and friends for help
Everyone knows that moving is a super expensive time, which is why your nearest and dearest will often be happy to help with the move if you ask them. If you don’t want to pay for a removals team then ask for help loading and unloading your van. If you have a friend who is a plumber or a relative who is good at assembling furniture, call in a favour so that you can save money on the fees you’d pay for someone else to do it.
- Pack your boxes carefully
If you’ve saved big on your move it’s going to be incredibly frustrating to then have to replace items that have been broken or damaged during the transit. Use appropriate packing materials to protect your belongings and to ensure that you don’t end up having to buy them once again when you’ve moved in.
- Ask for a discount
If you’re combining various moving services, such as removals and furniture assembly or plumbing and electrics, then ask for a discount. You may also be eligible for reductions in the costs due as a result of your age (for example if you’re an OAP) or student status. It’s always worth asking for a discount, as you never know what others are prepared to offer in order to secure the work.