Moving homes is one of the most stressful things we do in our lives. One of the parts of changing properties that makes it so demanding are the numerous costs that are involved. But does it really have to be this way? Are empty pockets an inevitable consequence of moving? Well, we think not. With these tips, you can save money on certain moving home essentials leaving you with more cash to play with in your new abode. Let’s get ready to save!
Sort through your belongings
Before you start boxing up your belongings, make sure you have spent some time sorting through your things. Get rid of anything you don’t wish to take with you to your new property. With fewer boxes to move, this could save you money on removal services. [Extra tip: before recycling or throwing your unwanted things away, consider whether you could sell them on eBay or at a car boot sale.]
Be resourceful with packing supplies
Packing supplies may seem like a small cost in the grand scheme of things, but on top of everything else, it’s probably an expense you could do without. Lots of household materials can be used for packing. Look around your home for boxes, newspapers, magazines, tissue paper, wrapping paper, etc. Ask family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and local businesses if they can help you out with unwanted materials. [Extra tip: t-shirts, scarves, shirts, bathroom and kitchen towels can all be used to cushion fragile items.]
Compare removal companies
If you require the services of a removal company ask family and friends for an affordable recommendation or look for information on the web. Get a few quotes from a few different companies. You should balance cost-saving with quality of service. So make sure you only include reputable, but affordable, companies, like Compass moving services, in your comparison. [Extra tip: weekends are the busiest times for most removal companies and, therefore, their rates are likely to increase towards at this time. Try to pick a day during the week to book moving services in order to get the best deal.]
Get by with a little help from your friends
Wherever possible, try to enlist your family and friends for help instead of paying for assistance. Your family and friends could help you clean the property for the next owners, pack up your belongings and look after your children and/or pets while you are busy. You can repay them by throwing a big thank you/housewarming party. [Extra tip: there may be kids or teenagers in your neighborhood looking for some extra pocket money that could help out here and there.]
Moving homes is an expensive undertaking. However, what we have shown you is that throughout the process, there are ways that you can cut down costs. This will hopefully take away some of the stress associated with this part of life and allow you to focus on the excitement of moving into your new home.