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Moving house is considered one of life’s most stressful events. On top of having to pack your whole life away in a million cardboard boxes, there’s the additional concern of money. Moving house can quickly become very, very expensive.
We have compiled some budget-savvy tips for your move, to make sure you get everything out of your house and as little as possible out of your bank account.
The best moves are planned months in advance. Planning ahead will make your move go smoothly, and it’s a great way to start saving money. Weekends and bank holidays will be more expensive and the roads will be busier. If you can, book the day off work and arrange the move on a weekday. It’s a good idea to pick a day as close to the weekend as possible, like Thursday or Friday; this way you will have the full weekend to settle into your new place.
Packing all your things into boxes is the perfect time to sort and decide what to take with you and to give away. The more clutter you get rid of, the less there will be to pack, and the less you will spend on moving boxes and removal hours. Consider listing the objects that are still in good condition on websites like Craigslist, eBay or Preloved.
When it comes to boxes, it’s tempting to go to your local supermarket and pick up the free ones used to transport crisps packets. The sad reality is you’ll be transporting things a lot heavier than crisps, and the minute you try to move those boxes they will collapse.
Instead, purchase packaging materials from specialist companies. Their boxes will be much higher quality and will save you a moving day disaster. Find some boxes that are cheap but very high quality, like these moving kits from Davpack. The kits come with the perfect amount of boxes depending on the amount of people that are moving, rolls of tape and marker pens. Perfect if you are struggling to work out how many boxes you need for the move,
If you are moving without any furniture, a car and help from friends will suffice. Even if you own bulky items, booking a van for a few hours will usually do the trick.
On the other hand, if you are moving with all of your furniture, chances are you will need to hire a removal company. The trick is to book early, compare costs and where possible leave reviews left by previous customers to make sure you’re getting the best deal with the best movers.
Asking the Royal Mail to redirect your post can be pricey - from £29.99 for 3 months, per surname. If you want to avoid this cost, you can call the companies ahead of time to change your details in their system. Many of them have business and premium rate numbers that start with 0843, 0870 or 09; avoid calling those as they will have high charges. Instead, research alternative phone numbers for the companies you need to contact that don’t include additional charges or request a call-back.
Throwing out the perfectly good contents of an entire fridge freezer is a waste of money. Instead, make an inventory of all the food that you need to consume before you move house, and make a creative meal plan for the weeks leading up to your move. By eating all the food that you have in your house, you will avoid spending money on expensive takeaways,
Expect to do a lot of housekeeping in the weeks leading up to a move. If you are leaving a rented property and want your deposit returned in full, scrub the property from top to bottom. Repair anything that might have been broken or damaged during your stay. When you get to your new place, clean BEFORE setting up your new house. The new place will be a lot easier to clean without any furniture or food in it than after you have moved in.
Pack a kit of essentials to help you get through the day - and make sure you label it ‘Do Not Pack’. Include in it a kettle, tea or coffee, mugs, toilet paper, some aspirin and plasters in case you get cut, and spare light bulbs if they’re needed on the new property. Having some prepared food on hand as well will save you ordering takeaway and help you finish the food that’s already in the house.
When moving house, it’s also important to compare energy providers. It might seem like a good idea to use the existing energy provider, but reviewing potential utility bills and switching providers if necessary could save you £100s. You might use energy differently to the house’s previous occupants, or there might be fewer of you living there: your energy needs may be very different so you could get a better deal with a different provider.
Moving house is a big task and requires a lot of planning. With enough planning and budgeting, it needn’t be too expensive, and you can fully enjoy your new place.