Moving house is an expensive business. This is something my husband and I know all too well. A few years ago we had to move house three times in just four years.
The first time was when we lived in a block of flats. When our twin girls were born we soon realised that our cosy little flat just wasn’t big enough anymore. The second and third time was because our landlords decided to sell up.
Yes, it’s fair to say that we have a very good idea of the cost of moving house. It doesn’t end there though, as well as the costs involved there’s all of the organising that’s needs to be done too.
From finding removal companies to re-directing all of your post, to making sure you change your address with all of the necessary companies such as the bank, it can be a real headache.
I always find the best thing to do is to make a list and then go through it one by one. Seeing as I like lists so much, I thought I’d write a list of some of the different ways you can save money when moving house.
Ask around for information on what removal companies your friends or family have used. Having a personal recommendation will not only ensure that your chances of finding someone reliable are good, it can also mean that you get a good price too. By doing your research and getting quotes from a few different companies you could find yourself saving some big money.
Moving house can be exciting, but don’t get too swept up in all the excitement and start buying moving boxes. Ask your friends, family and neighbours if they have any large cardboard boxes that you can use to move your belongings. When you’re done with them you can then give them back or save them for someone else who may need them.
Quite often when moving house people look to large self storage companies as the best way to store their personal goods in between moves, but this can be very expensive. You may be better off asking family and friends if they can help out by keeping hold of your items until you move.
It’s amazing how much stuff we accumulate over the years, and I have found that the vast majority of it isn’t used. In fact most of it just sits on a shelf collecting dust or hides in a drawer and has been forgotten about. Having a good declutter means that you can sell the items you no longer need for a bit of extra cash.
Quite often when moving house people tend to stick with the same utility provider, but this can actually be a big mistake. Shopping around and comparing utility providers can help save you money in the long term.
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