When it comes to moving home, the costs quickly add up. Whether you’re moving from one rental property to another, or are purchasing your very first home, moving home can be one of the most stressful and costly experiences of your life.
With a bit of planning and organisation though, it needn’t be that way. Over the years, we’ve moved home four times, so have become pretty savvy when it comes to saving the pennies.
Check out these five tips and discover how you can move home as cheaply as possible too.
1. Hire a van and move everything yourself
Forget the removal men, hire a van and do all the heavy lifting yourself! If you’re looking hire a van in Warrington, get online and reach out for quotes to find the very best price. You can probably save yourself a couple of hundred pounds by hiring a van and doing it yourself which means more to spend on new furniture!
2. Use second hand boxes
Local Facebook groups are an absolute godsend when it comes to getting your hands on things that you need. After all, one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure!
Ask in local selling groups for anyone who may be looking to get rid of their boxes from a recent move and save yourself an absolute fortune! When we bought our first home, I spent nearly a hundred pounds on boxes which were folded up and put in the recycling only days later. A total waste of money!
3. Move on the weekend
Got a 9-5 job? Move on the weekend. Having to take a day off work to move house will cost you an arm and a leg and you’re best off waiting until the weekend (or your day off if you’re a shift worker!) This also means you can save your holidays too!
4. Clean as you go
If you’re moving out of a rental property, you’ll be keen to get your deposit back. One thing that quickly eats this up is cleaning fees so be sure to clean as you’re packing up.
Not only will it not then feel like a huge job once you’re all packed up, it’ll also save you hundreds (I kid you not!) on cleaning fees being deducted from your deposit.
If you really can’t be bothered to clean up after you, enlist the services of someone like Fantastic Services who can do an end of tenancy clean for you.
5. Rope in friends and family
If you want to save yourself time and money, rope on your friends and family to help you move. Not only will it mean you’ll have all your stuff over to your new place in half the time, it’s a great excuse to kick the house warming celebrations off early with pizza and beer to thank the troops!