How to Move House on a Budget
Moving house is one of the most stressful and expensive things you will ever do. Leave aside for a moment the humungous cost of buying a new home in the first place; moving your possessions from the old place to the new can involve unforeseen expenses. Consider your moving day budget carefully.
Moving house on a budget isn’t easy, especially when you’ve accumulated a ton of items in your current home that need to be transported, but there are ways you can save money when you move house that you might never have considered. Read on to find some great money saving tips for moving house.
Improvise with Packing
Buying or hiring storage and removal boxes can be expensive so use whatever you have to hand – old suitcases for example. Approach your local shops and supermarkets for strong boxes too; just make sure they are really strong.
Pack and Move in Stages
Depending on where you live now and how far you are moving it can be cheaper to move in stages. If you would require a professional removal van for more than one day because of the distances involved it will be very expensive. Instead compare self storage deals and rent a self storage unit for a short period and move stuff there gradually, especially the items you don’t need on a regular basis.
Using Professional Removal Firms
Moving house can be a bit of an upheaval for most of us. Packing up all our possessions, trying to remember which box contains which stuff, putting the pets in kennels, there is so much to think about. It is not surprising therefore that many of us prefer to turn the whole stressful caboodle over to the professionals. The problem is that professionals tend to charge quite a lot of money and you should always compare quotes to get the best price. If you have maxed out the bank account buying the house and paying all the associated fees there may not be enough left in the pot to pay for a removals firm. Think about other ways then to move house on a budget.
Throw a Moving Day Party!
Not literally of course, the last thing you need is a hoard of drunken revellers getting in the way when you’re in the process of moving house. But if you can get together a group of willing helpers, preferably those with cars or vans, the whole thing can be done fairly cheaply.
As with most things though, the key here is organisation. You need to have a plan. Divide your helpers into groups. One group will be responsible for helping with the packing and moving boxes into a position which is convenient for moving on the day. Another group can help with the actual transport of your stuff. Another group could be at the new house ready to unload boxes and take them to the appropriate rooms ready for unpacking. Those with the smallest vehicles should be in charge of all your smallest boxes while any helper who (hopefully) is the owner of a large vehicle can take heavier boxes.
The best thing about enlisting family and friends to help out on moving day is the fact that they rarely ask to be paid! But of course, you should keep them copiously fed and watered with an adequate supply of food and drink.
Man with a Van
Hiring a ‘man with a van’ can work out cheaper and easier, especially for larger items and furniture.
Move on a Weekend
This makes sense when you consider that taking time off work in midweek could cost you lost wages or lost holiday days. It will be easier too for friends and family to help and for the same reasons.
Remember – allow enough time, get organised and stay calm.