How to keep the costs of moving house down

Wednesday 7th June 2017

It’s no secret that moving house is expensive. However, by carefully planning your move, and by calling in a few favours, you can keep the costs of relocation to a minimum. Here are our top tips for moving house the affordable way.

Have a clear out

In general, the less stuff you have to move, the cheaper your relocation will be. You’ll need fewer boxes, less packing material and, if you’re using movers, they won’t charge you as much to shift your belongings. What’s more, you can sell unwanted items at a car boot sale or online and make some money to put towards your move.

When clearing out your cupboards, try to get rid of as much stuff as possible. Throw away unwanted ornaments, old clothes, out of date electronics and anything else that’s cluttering up your storage space. If you can’t sell the things you’re getting rid of, take them to your local charity shop or recycling centre.

Ask friends and family for boxes

Buying packing boxes is a big waste of money, especially if you’re planning on staying in your new home for a number of years. So instead of splashing out on new boxes, why not ask friends and family if you can use theirs? Most people have a few boxes tucked away in the attic or in the garage from their last move. Ask to use these, and to borrow any bubbles wrap, newspaper and other packing materials they make have, and you’ll shave a significant amount off your moving bill.

Pack small items yourself

If you’ve decided to use a professional moving company, you can reduce your costs by packing small items yourself. Ornaments, clothes, DVDs and other things that are easy to pack can be put in boxes in the weeks and days before your moving date. Another benefit of doing some of the packing yourself is that you can keep careful track of where you put everything. This should make unpacking at the other end that little bit easier.

Hire a van

The best way to keep your costs to a minimum is to hire a van and move your stuff yourself. Though this will take longer than hiring professionals, you’ll find that renting a van and roping in friends and family is a lot more affordable than using a third party. Put a day or two aside for the move to ensure you have enough time to complete the job and make sure there’s plenty of tea and biscuits on hand to keep your workers fed and watered.

If you’re thinking about moving house and live in the local area, we can help. Get in touch with a member of our team today to find out more.

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