Moving House: 16 Ways To Save Money
Moving house can be an incredibly expensive and mentally draining process. Costs can soon mount up, but there are ways to save on some of the costs, making moving a little easier on your wallet (and on your energy levels).
1. Shop around for the most affordable area
When you’re looking for houses you’d like to view, pay attention to the costs beyond the price of the home. What agents’ fees will there be? Have you factored in any closing costs for buying? If you’re buying an apartment, have you checked if the building has any service charges or ground rent? Check the home’s energy rating so you can have some idea of likely bills and make sure you can afford them. Keep up to date with any changes to fees, by reading quantum finance reports to keep informed.
2. Gather a few quotes before booking a removal company
Smaller, local firms are often cheaper than larger, national chains. Looking for a cheap removal service in London? Make sure to compare quotes and hire someone you trust. If you’re not moving very far, or not moving much stuff, you could consider hiring a van and doing the removals yourself, to save money. Just make sure you can manage without the professionals. You won’t save money if you have to replace your furniture after you’ve dropped it.
3. Don’t spend a fortune on redecorating immediately
Instead, brighten up the house and cover outdated wallpaper or dingy paint with a few coats of cheap white paint. This hides old-fashioned decor and gives you a neutral base to decorate from when you afford it.
4. Declutter and sell on
Use moving as an excuse to go through all your belongings and have a good clear out. Anything that’s still in good condition can be sold on eBay or why not have a yard sale? You’ll have less to pack and could make a little bit of money back at the same time. Having less to move also means you’ll need a smaller van, making hiring one or using movers a bit cheaper.
5. Choose the right time to move
Removal firms will charge more during busier periods, such as during the summer holidays. Winter is often the least expensive time to move, so try and wait until then. Weekends are also an expensive time to move, so book a day off and try and move during the week to save a little bit on your moving costs.
6. Save cardboard boxes
Hold onto any old newspapers or bubble wrap to pack things into. This will save on buying moving supplies. You could even wrap breakables in clothes or blankets.
7. Book your movers as soon as you can
Some movers will give generous discounts on advance bookings, and will charge more if you notify them last minute. Booking well in advance also gives you time to save up, if needs be.
8. See if you qualify for discounts
Some movers offer discounts for students, armed forces or OAPs. Check to see if the firm you’re considering does anything like this.
9. Work out how much you need to move
If your movers have to go back for a second trip, they’ll charge you a lot more. Perhaps get your movers to do a survey first so you’re certain they’ll bring the right size van and the right number of staff on the day. Always allow a little of flexibility when it comes to moving costs and overestimate all costs to avoid financial problems!
10. Eat the food in your freezer
Is your freezer loaded with food? Make sure you make the most of it, and try and eat it all before you move. Do the same with any unsealed packets in the cupboard that can’t be moved. Prep some meals in advance to be eaten during packing, so you can have something easy to eat when you’re busy without resorting to spending money on a takeaway. And if you do have any left over food that you don’t want to take to your new home please donate this before moving day.
11. Pack carefully
Pack carefully. Wrap any fragile items well to make sure you don’t have to pay to replace them if they get broken on the way. Try to avoid putting too many heavy things into one box. Check your insurance to make sure you’re covered for anything that might get damaged on the way.
12. Label your packing boxes clearly
You don’t want to have to go out and buy something you need but can’t find. Write on your moving boxes what room each box should go in, this will save you tons of time when it comes to unpacking too!
13. Avoid extra charges
Avoid extra charges by making sure you’re ready when the removers team arrive. If they haven’t agreed to take apart furniture, make sure you have any large items taken apart and ready to be loaded. Don’t still be packing when the movers turn up. If you keep them waiting, they may charge you more, so avoid unneeded charges.
14. Remember to set up a post redirect
If your post is going to your old home, you might be missing important post. If you miss bills, you could end up really racking up some late fees and get into a bit of a mess. Make sure your post is going to the right place to avoid damaging your credit score. Change your address as soon as possible, and get a redirect set up to pick up any stragglers.
Bonus tip: make sure to register to vote at your new address as this will help to improve your credit score.
15. Find the best prices for your energy bills
Compare prices and shop around for the best deals. Don’t automatically stick with your previous suppliers, or with the suppliers of the previous owners. You could save a lot of money by looking around for a better price with a different supplier. I recommend Bulb, they’re 100% renewable and will give you £50 free credit just for switching to them!
16. Assess your finances
Take moving as an excuse to seek out the best deals on your television package, internet and other bills. Cancel anything you don’t need or don’t use, like extra television channels on your package or magazine subscriptions you don’t read any more.