AD| Moving house is expensive and stressful. It’s never fun to do, looking for a new place to live, the stress of waiting to see if your offer or application is accepted, paying lawyers, estate agents, and moving companies and then having to pack up all your belongings and unpack on the other side. Then you must change your address on everything, sort out bills and the list is never-ending.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any tips on how to make it more fun, but I can make it cheaper.
Organise and sell your things
A few months before you move, you should spend some time organising your things and sell anything that you don’t need.
Books, clothes, kitchen items, homeware, garden furniture, old toys and games – anything!
Getting rid of things you don’t need now not only makes the move easier for you as you will have fewer things to move, but it also means you can make some money back on unwanted items.
You can sell things on Vinted, Depop, eBay, Facebook Market Place or use your local Facebook community group.
Another bonus of having fewer things to move is that it will make your moving costs lower if you hire a man in a van.
Hire a van and it yourself
It’s highly unlikely you will be able to move house without a van. You can pay a removal company for this or you can hire a cheap van and do it yourself. When we moved house, we hired a cheap moving van and our family helped us load our furniture and things into it.
Compare moving companies
If you’re looking for cheap moving companies London, then don’t forget to do a price comparison on them to make sure you get the best deal. And book ahead!
As you’ve already decluttered, you won’t have as many things to move but you still need to pack smart. Use boxes you already have to pack or ask the local supermarket if they have any spare boxes to avoid having to buy packaging. Pack fragile things safely so they don’t break!
Know where key items are
Pack and label boxes that contain things you need for the first few days. Things like your clothes, toothbrushes, phone charger, laptops and important documents. This means you won’t have to buy or replace these items if you lose them during the move and haven’t unpacked everything yet.
Use your food before you go.
A few weeks before you move, look at what food you have already and aim to use it all up before you move. This is another great way of saving space and also means you won’t risk spoiling food during the move. Bonus – your food shopping bill will be less while you eat what’s already in your pantry!
Get moving insurance
Moving insurance is a must! It will protect your belongings should they get damaged in a move. We forget how expensive things we have are, such as our TVs, sofa, dining table, bed – ours cost thousands! So shop around for good movers insurance and protect yourself in the event of any damage.
Moving house is a stressful time but it’s worth it when we’re in our new home! Hope these money-saving tips help you and I’d love to hear if you have any tips!