Moving house can be expensive – and that’s before you’ve starting hitting the shops looking for that perfect new sofa and curtains.
If you want to save money for the exciting bits of moving to a new home – you’ll need to know where you can really trim back on the boring logistical stuff.
With this in mind we had a chat with the team at Your Property Wizard who provide conveyancing quotes in Glasgow and they have shared 11 tried and tested ways to keep money in your pocket…
#1 – Create a moving budget
A lot of people find that their finances run away with them when they’re moving house.
This is especially true when the pressure starts to mount – a few extra pounds here or there might not matter as you desperately hunt for boxes, a van or last minute essentials, but without something to refer to, that extras spend will soon add up.
Have a look at how much you can afford to spend on each part of the move and try to stick to those figures. It might mean a bit of pre-planning – but sometimes just having a rough idea of what you’d like to spend and how the numbers are adding up can stop you going way over budget.
#2 – Reduce the amount you’re moving
Whether you’re moving yourself or you’re having a company do it for you, the sheer amount of stuff you’re moving contributes to cost significantly. That might be due to the size of removal truck that’s being rented, the number of people that are required – or even just the fuel you’re putting into your car ferrying stuff yourself.
If there are boxes you haven’t unpacked since your last move, now’s the time to start being a little more brutal and getting rid of things you don’t want, don’t use or don’t need.
#3 – Sell stuff
If you’re embracing tip number 2, then why not see if you can recoup some of your moving costs by selling items that you no longer want.
With most online selling platforms the key to quick sales is a low cost – you don’t have to lose money, but there’s no harm in taking a lower offer if it means you don’t have to lug that old wardrobe into and out of a truck.
#4 – Move during the week
Whether you’re renting a van and doing it yourself – or you’re employing the services of a professional removal company, it’s almost guaranteed that it’s going to cost you a lot less if you can do it during the week – rather than over a weekend.
Now, solicitors and lenders often like to wrap up house purchases on a Friday – but there can be some flexibility, so ask, book a day or two off work – and reap the financial benefits.
#5 – Book well in advance
If you can anticipate exactly when you’re going to be moving then booking removal companies or van rental in advance can really reduce the cost.
It’s a cash flow thing a lot of the time – companies like to know there’s money coming in, so they’ll often give you an incentive to commit early.
#6- Compare removal companies
There’s often one or two big removal companies who you’re familiar with – but they’re not the only options. The internet now means we can shop around for the best deal – so try some comparisons and you could very well save a small fortune!
#7 – Check the removal company’s insurance cover
Now, this tip isn’t necessarily going to save you money on the day of your move – but it might mean you don’t have to replace broken valuables further down the line – so might save a considerable amount moving forward!
Always check that removal companies are insured to move everything that you have. Sure, they might not mind shifting the piano or antique pictures – but if either slip off the loading platform you might not get the compensation you expect. Be sure your items are covered!
#8 – Do it yourself
Working out whether or not to move yourself is tricky – if it means lost income it might be worth getting a professional company to help, especially considering how quickly they’re likely to move you.
That said, if you can book a couple of days paid holiday and have a couple of friends who don’t mind lending a hand, you might be able to get things done far more cheaply yourself. If you’re not sure, plot the costs of both and see which is the most appealing.
#9 – Shop around for boxes (or find them for free)
Boxes are a prime item that you can end up paying too much for if you start to get desperate.
Most removal, storage and stationary outlets will have big and robust boxes you can buy – but they’re costly, so at the very least, shop around.
Better yet, search on local for-sale sites and social media groups – people tend to just want rid of them after a move, so you can pick them up for a fraction of the price. Also, consider asking at your local supermarket – the boxes and pallets that heavy items like fruit and bottles come in are often perfect for shifting your stuff.
#10 – Pack yourself
If you’re moving with the help of a professional company there’s often an option to have them do the entire job for you – including packing cupboards, drawers and even sheds and garages.
While this is likely to save you an enormous amount of hard work – it’s also likely to cost you a lot too! If you start early and allocate one or two small jobs each day, you can make light work of packing your house by yourself – and save a small fortune in doing so.
#11 – Do some serious measuring up
Now, it’s unlikely that you’re going to make a big mistake with furniture – but if you do, it can be extremely costly to put right.
It might seem excessive, but measure and double check that everything is going to fit into the new house before it goes into the van. If that corner sofa isn’t going to fit through the door or up the staircase, then you’re facing a really tricky situation that’s only going to be solved by spending more money.
We’ve heard endless horror stories about emergency call-outs for window fitters or joiners who need to remove glazing units or door frames to get big items of furniture in or out of awkward houses, so be sure to measure!