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Moving house is an exciting time, but it can also be very expensive. According to research by Post Office Money Mortgages, the average cost of moving has risen in last decade — from £8,025 in 2005 to £13,219 in 2015. They also projected that the cost is set to rise to an eye-watering £17,717 by 2020.
The most worrying thing is that most people seem to be unaware of the actual cost of relocating, with the same study finding that 85% of prospective buyers are still underestimating how much they need to set aside for the moving process.
So what can be done to drive down the cost of moving home? As it turns out, quite a lot. That’s why we’ve decided to help you out by sharing our top five money saving tips for lowering the price of your move. Read on to find out more.
As we’ve already discussed, a lot of people find the cost of their move spirals beyond what they were expecting to pay. You can avoid being one of these people by planning ahead and budgeting accurately, which will help you to keep an eye on exactly what is being spent. There are even finance planning apps, like Pocket Expense from Appxy, which are easy to use and will keep you on track.
Furthermore, if you are able to identify which services you need to take advantage of, such as professional movers or cleaners, you can book them well in advance when their rates will be cheaper. If you have a lot of flexibility with your relocation date, you can also schedule it to avoid the peak months of July to September, when firms are most busy and likely to charge more.
Instead of packing up everything you own, a home move is the perfect opportunity to really go through your belongings and declutter. In doing so, you can reduce the amount you need to pack and transport, maybe even enough to hire a smaller van.
Take the time to go through everything, from clothes you haven’t worn for six months to those CDs that never get played. There are tonnes of ways to generate some cash from your decluttering — sell your clothes, CDs, and DVDs on eBay, and if you can’t be bothered to sort through them all individually, there are services like Music Magpie and enviroclothes that will happily pay for your unwanted items in bulk.
When you are ready to book in your removal service, it is worth considering whether you actually need a large removal van and movers to transport your things. If you live quite a minimalistic life or have thoroughly decluttered, you might be able to get away with a simpler, less expensive moving process.
The fabled ‘man and a van’ service should be familiar to anyone who has moved on a budget before, and if it isn’t, now is the perfect time to acquaint yourself. At its most basic, it involves a driver and a van showing up on moving day; you load your things in, then you are taken to your new home, where you unload your belongings. They are affordable and usually charge by the hour, allowing you to hire them for as long as you need and no more. If you are going solo, Pickfords’ ‘man and a van’ movers are all DBS checked to ensure your safety, and you can even request a female driver should you require it.
When it comes to moving house, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask your friends and family to help — even if you can only round up one or two extra pairs of hands, it can still make the packing, loading, and unloading a lot swifter. If you are hiring your moving transport by the hour, having some extra help can really shorten the time needed to move, saving you money. Just don’t forget to thank your willing helpers with a nice meal or a bottle of wine afterwards.
If you are moving to a much larger property or you only have a small amount of furniture, the expense of populating your new home can get expensive if you don’t keep it in check. You can drive down the cost of purchasing new furniture by investing in pieces that are pre-owned.
While this may seem off-putting at first, taking the time to browse charity shops and car boot sales can really throw up some great bargains. When you consider that most people will try their best to keep their furniture in good nick, it isn’t surprising that items are often in great or like-new condition. You can even shop online for some pre-loved bargains — eBay is your friend again here, while you may also want to check out Gumtree, Craigslist, and even Freecycle for steals in your local area.
Take these five tips on board to minimise the cost of your house move. You might even be able to save enough to stretch to a fancy bottle of bubbly to celebrate the occasion!