When you move into a new home your budget will likely be pushed to its limit. You’ll have paid your down deposit, paid for any homebuyer survey, and perhaps even invested in a few renovations like changing out the floors. You might not have even considered how much effort moving truly is. Everything else is simply far too exciting!
To help keep your move a simple process and to save on every step, there are a few simple tips you’ll want to follow. Not only will you save money, but you might even make some back!
Start As Early as Possible
One of the key suggestions that Redrow suggests when moving into your new home is to start early. Packing takes a lot of time and by spreading out the work over the weeks, you can keep stress levels low. You don’t even have to wait until you have a house either. You can start to pack as soon as you begin your house hunt.
To ensure a stress-free experience, however, then you will want to start at least four weeks before your move-in date.
Declutter While You Pack
Packing is the perfect opportunity to get rid of things you don’t need, want, or use. Decluttering while you pack is very easy because all you need to ask yourself is if the item is something that you want in your new home.
One of the best ways to make money back on the cost of moving is to sell items you don’t care for that still hold value. Sports equipment you haven’t used in five years is a prime example of an item that will only cost money to move and could put a pretty penny into your pocket.
There are multiple options available when selling your items, and the quality of the item will depend on what you will want to go. You can sell on online marketplaces, for example, or you could keep it in person and find a car boot sale near you and pay to set up a stall (if necessary).
If you have items that are still in good condition but aren’t worth selling, these are great to donate. There are charity shops that specialise in a variety of content, so look around and donate appropriately.
Some items can be recycled for a profit depending on what you have around the house. Maybe you have an old car that doesn’t run anymore, for example. So why not make some money by selling it to a scrap dealer?
Shop Around for Moving Companies
You don’t want to skimp out on quality with a moving company, and you also don’t want to choose the first one you see. Many people may even consider skipping the movers entirely, but if you want to move in a day and save yourself a painful back, hiring movers is the way to go.
Shop around and get quotes from your top choices. You may be able to negotiate the price down, but don’t expect it. Simply choose the cheapest option from the best of the bunch.