Simple Ways To Cut Moving Costs
It’s common that moving house can be a stressful time including saying goodbye to friends or neighbours and reaching out into the unknown. It’s an exercise not to take lightly but there are ways to reduce stress by cutting moving costs down to a minimum. There’s no magic ball and moving home does have things that are mandatory when it comes to paying out, but what can you do to personally try to cut down moving costs, saving yourself those extra pennies?
This may sound an odd point as most people ‘just want to move’, but if you can be flexible around the moving date, you can try to avoid peak periods which may put costs up. This could be during the school holidays when people are in a hurry to move closer to a catchment school or get settled before term starts. As well as college students moving into a town before the start of terms.
Research removal companies
There are so many removal companies in the UK, many of which offer a fantastic service, but it’s time to get quotes and do a little research into which ones could offer you the best service. Some companies may be more expensive because they offer services that you don’t really need. Invite the removal company to your home to give you an accurate [free] quotation of what they offer and how much it will cost. Ensure that whichever company you choose, you have the costs in writing so you are not charges additional costs when it comes to the moving day.
Get recommendations from friends or family who have used removals.
Browse through online reviews to find testimonials from people who have used the services
Ensure to use a company that is BAR registered to give you peace of mind and assurance that you are in good and reputable hands.
Once you’ve received quotations, take time to review them and to go back to ask any piercing questions. As tempting as it may be, try not to just go with the lowest offer on price alone, compare what each offer and know that you’re going to get a good service.
Use inexpensive packing materials
A removal company can provide the packing boxes for you, hey, they can even come and do the packing for you! But the best way to save a few pennies is to source the packing materials yourself, along with doing the packing yourself too.
Depending on the size of your current home, you’re probably going to require a lot of boxes to ensure everything is in its place ready to go. This can get expensive if not careful. How can you cut corners with these essentials?
Ask local businesses or supermarkets if they have any boxes or crates left over from stock that you could have. Many companies are happy to pass resources on, reducing their recycling costs and time.
Ask friends if they still have boxes from when they moved house, often people will keep them in the loft ready for next time.
You can use wrap bubble wrap to wrap up delicate items and things that are precious to you to ensure safe travel. You can pick up bubble wrap from local hardware stores of even scrap stores. The same goes for tissue paper and newspaper – it’s a great [cheap] form of packing breakable items and many people have these lying around at home – put out a call to friends and family to start storing up their newspapers and you’ll have a large pile in no time.
Ever thought about blankets and sheets? These have still got to be packed and moved, why not use them to wrap other items up in? Blankets can be the perfect wrapping for any precious ornaments. Just remember where you’ve put them when it comes to unpacking at the other end!
Have a clear out
It makes sense to only move what you actually need in your new home. Moving house can be a fantastic time to have a clear out and get rid of those unwanted items. Especially if you are downsizing, you may not have room for everything. Time to clear out and clean up. You could bag unwanted items and pass them to local charity shops or perhaps spend a few weekends at car boot sales, have a garage sale, even list everything on eBay – every little penny helps!
Are you really going to be watching lots of TV in the few weeks prior to moving? Will you need that game station subscription when you’re busy packing? If you can plan to stop unnecessary outgoings before you move, you could save a few pounds in the process. Once you’re settled into your new property you can re-subscribe but there could a month or so where you could be saving those costs.
Eat all the opened food packets in the cupboard rather than buying extra food or filling up the freezer. You want to be emptying the fridge and freezer to make defrosting and moving these easier. It could be interesting to see what concoctions you find but it’s worth using what you have – saves spending money on extra food and having to move that food with you.
Organise your time
This is more about time saving rather than cost cutting but it could have effect on extra money used in last minute preparations. Plan every moment of your house move as much as possible. Plan time when you will be packing and ensure that you’re on schedule for the actual moving day. Schedule in your removal company as soon as you have a confirmed moving date. Pull in friends or family to help you pack and prepare and make it a fun exercise for all. Organisation will help everyone involved know what is going on and how it’s all falling into place.
There are many small tips that help you cut costs when it come to moving house. Every little helps and being organised is key to saving money in this exercise. If you’ve got any tips, we’d love to hear them! And if you’re in the process of moving home and could do with any advice with local moving services or what needs to be done, feel free to get in touch, we’d be happy to help.