How to cut the cost of moving home29th March 2018
The overall process of moving house can be expensive and, without savvy planning or know-how, you can encounter lots of costs you hadn’t thought of. So you don’t sacrifice a smooth relocation, quality and reliability, some costs – such as for a comprehensive house survey or dependable removals company – are a necessary part of moving. However, we understand that during this time, you will likely want to save as much money wherever you can. So, this month, we’ll be giving advice on aspects of moving house where you can cut costs.
By having a thorough clear out before moving home, you can save money in two ways. First of all, simply by having less to move, you can reduce the amount of money a removals company will charge, thanks to fewer boxes and belongings. Secondly, a more indirect way to cut costs is by selling on these unwanted pieces of furniture, electronics and other belongings. By doing this, you can make some welcome extra money to put towards the cost of your move.
Avoid peak times
Peak moving times are the most popular times people want to relocate and the demand for moving-related services will drive up prices. The most popular moving times during a week will be weekends; seasonally, the school summer holidays are also a very popular time. If you can organise your home move to ensure it doesn’t coincide with these times, you will likely be able to find better deals.
Although it takes effort to compare 2 or 3 different quotes for the services which are necessary for your move – such as solicitors, home surveys and removals companies – it will be time well spent. You can select the company which will best meet your requirements and your budget. Remember that the lowest price is likely not the best service; make sure you choose a reputable company and ensure your quotes cover the same level of service.
Use a moving checklist
Stay organised and prepare for your relocation efficiently with a moving checklist. Not only can this keep you on track and reduce stress, it can help you avoid premium prices and wasted time as a result of last minute panics and forgotten tasks.
For quick, efficient, expert packing, many removals companies offer a professional packing service. However, if you are on a budget and have factored in enough time, you can do this yourself to save money. Enlisting the help of friends and family will help speed up what can often be a lengthy task. What’s more, so long as you check they are structurally sound, you can often pick up boxes for free at supermarkets instead of buying them.
Handle post and accounts
Make sure you update important accounts – for example banks, credit cards, utilities, and more – with your new address before you move to ensure you don’t miss any post. You can also get the Royal Mail to redirect any post you’ve missed to your new address. You should also settle any bills from your old home; unpaid and missed bills can accrue late fees and affect your credit score.
Compare utilities and services
A lot of us don’t shop around for the best deals on electricity, gas, broadband, insurance, and other such services as often as we should. Moving home is a perfect time to look into your options and find the best deal – this can often be from a different company to what you’ve used in your own home or what the previous tenants were using. Switching energy providers can save you hundreds of pounds and so this can be really worthwhile.
Particularly if you’re moving into an unfurnished property, you may find yourself lacking furniture. If you’re looking to keep costs low, search for items you need on sites like Freecycle or Gumtree, look on dedicated social media groups, or go into second hand furniture stores to find yourself bargains or even freebies.
Darvills & Benns is a professional removals company with a huge amount of experience, having been established over 130 years ago. Our well-earned reputation as a reliable, professional and friendly team of movers extends across our region of operation, including Bradford and Halifax. With a wide range of services, we can tailor our work to your individual needs. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any enquiries.This entry was posted in moving house tips and tagged moving house. Bookmark the permalink. ← How to avoid removal scams Maximise your summer storage →