Moving house is extremely expensive. Along with legal and fees or security deposits and fixing up your old place, so it’s ready for the next people to move in- you also have the actual day of moving costs to consider. These can quickly mount up, so it’s important that you plan ahead so that you’re not caught short. Here are a few things to bear in mind if you want to keep costs low on moving day.
Shop Around For a Moving Company
Having movers come in and do the hard work for you can save you a huge amount of hassle. And since moving house is one of the most stressful life events according to psychologists, anything you can do to make it run more smoothly is never a bad thing. However, it does mean that a moving company is probably going to be your biggest expense on moving day. Shop around and see if you can find cheap movers which will help to keep costs down. Be sure to book your moving company as early as you can to make sure they’re available on the date of your move.
Hire a Van and Drive It Yourself
If you don’t mind hauling items and physically moving things yourself, another option would be to hire a van for a day or weekend and take care of the move. Many household items need at least two people to lift and move, so unless you have two strong and physically fit people, it might not be a possibility. However, if you do, it’s one way you can keep costs down if you don’t mind the extra work.
Get Friends and Family To Help
If family and friends offer to help, take them up on it! Even moving boxes and bags from the house to the van will save you time and get the job done much more quickly. If you’re planning on giving your home decor a quick refresh before moving in, having a few helping hands to tackle cleaning and painting will again make life so much easier. And can save you money on the cost of cleaners and decorators. Even having a friend or family member look after your pets or children can save money on childcare and boarding kennels and again make things cheaper and easier for you.
Declutter and Sell What You Don't Need
It makes no sense wasting time and energy packing and moving things that you don’t need. Before you begin the packing process, be vigilant about decluttering. Throw away, sell or donate things like clothes and shoes, furniture and homewares that you no longer use. Use it as an excuse to go through all of your documents and paperwork, as well as things in your cupboards and attic. You’ll be surprised about exactly how much junk you’re holding onto. You might raise a little bit of money selling unneeded items, and if you’re using a moving company, fewer boxes will also mean less cost too.