How To Save Money When Moving House
At every stage of life, it’s important to stay frugal. Saving money now can make a tough financial situation much easier further down the line. You never know what may arise in the future! The same applies to moving house, and the entire moving process. Buying a new home isn’t easy, and neither is moving there!
From packaging to moving to arriving in your new property, there’s a lot of stuff you can do to cut those costs. Some are more obvious than others, but there’s a good chance you’ll find a great idea in this list. So, without further ado, here’s your all-encompassing guide to saving money when moving house.
The time on which you choose to move can directly influence the cost of your move. For example, weekends will be much more expensive for you because they’re out of office hours. Public holidays will suffer from the same thing – people aren’t supposed to be working, so your removal costs will be heightened. In short, try and time your move so that it lands on a regular working day.
Moving house means you’ll have a lot of stuff to pack up and shift. This packaging costs money, but there are ways to save on it. Firstly, look for a team of removalists that include storage in their list of services. Doing it yourself can result in a lot of costs in terms of buying boxes and other packaging materials. If you do end up doing it yourself, use old shoe boxes and packaging that you received when you ordered stuff online.
The less you have to pack up and move, the cheaper your move will be. There will be less van space needed, less storage needed, and just less hassle. Use this opportunity to get rid of any items, appliances, clothes or electronics that you simply don’t need anymore. Don’t be hesitant!
Additionally, you can use this opportunity to make money. Selling all your old stuff – no matter its condition – can result in a surprising amount of cash. It can’t hurt to list some stuff up on eBay!
If you’re bringing it with you, then fantastic. But the likelihood is, you’ll still need to buy something. A table, an appliance, a TV, for example. If this is the case, look at getting these items second-hand – or even for free. Ask your friends or family members, or use websites that crowd source such items.
Finally, you made it to your new home! Congratulations. However, the money saving hasn’t stopped yet, by any stretch of the imagination. The very first thing you should do when you move in is take a meter reading. This is to ensure that you don’t get charged by any electricity usage that was left behind by the previous tenants. You should contact the energy provider with this information, so they can knock it off your bill.
Of course, you can’t eliminate every cost, but you can cut a few. Hopefully this post gave you some nifty cost-cutting ideas, and hopefully your move goes as smoothly as you wish.