Moving houses is normally an exciting part of our lives – a symbol of a new beginning. Sometimes, however, it could also lead to a significant amount of stress if not properly planned and executed. One of the most important things people usually want to do is save as much money as possible in the process. So, read this article, if:
- You are in the process of moving houses;
- You plan to move houses in the near future;
- You’d just like to get some useful insights into tips and tricks for saving money for moving houses.
Carefully plan the packing process to save money
One of the most exhausting and time-consuming parts of the moving is the process of packing all your possessions and belongings. Even a small flat or house could be the source of an endless number of boxes, furniture, clothes, etc. To avoid the hassle as much as possible, follow a few important steps:
- Declutter your current property
As much as we don’t want to admit it, most of us hold onto things we do not really have any use for. Make sure to go through your belongings and put aside all of the items you won’t need anymore. Any clothes in good condition you can donate to a local charity. All furniture that is still in good shape, you can sell or again donate to people and/or organisations in need. Throw away all the unusable things. At the end of the day, clear space means a clearer mind. And of course, you’ll save money by not having to use packing materials for clutter that you don’t really need.
- Prepare all the items and furniture for the move
Do you have a washing machine you will take with you or any other appliances like dishwasher, oven, etc.? Make sure you disconnect all of them prior to the arrival of the movers The same applies in case you have a sofa, wardrobe or any other piece of furniture that needs to be dismantled. In most cases, a company will charge extra for this or you will have to hire a plumber and/or electrician, or furniture assembly team to assist you at an additional cost. Bear in mind that the move of heavy items, such as gym equipment, piano, etc. could also come at an extra cost due to the specifics of the particular task.
- Try to source the packing supplies
Once you have a rough idea of how many boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, etc. you’ll need, you can try and find those yourself. Ask around – your friends, family, people you know, who have recently moved houses and can help you out. This way, you’ll save up from the packing materials expenses. We will let you in on a secret – read this article to find out where to get free boxes for your move. Oh, and here is an extra one with a few ways to reuse the boxes afterwards.
- Do the packing on your own in advance
If you do the packing, you will further increase your savings. Make sure to secure enough time as this could take a couple of days, in some cases even more. It is always best to start packing the least used items first and leave the essential ones, such as toothbrushes, toiletries, etc., for last. Carefully pack fragile items to avoid damage and put all valuables in one box. It is crucial that you label the boxes, as well, in order to prevent the chaos that is going to unfold when you start unpacking at your new place. If you feel like you need some help, you can always ask a friend or family member to assist you. Still not sure about the whole thing? Fear not! Just read our 10+ helpful tips for packing the right way when moving from one property to another.
Do not overspend on unnecessary things
When we are in the process of moving houses, we normally avoid buying things that we’ll have to leave behind or throw away. This includes food, small items and other bits and pieces. Bear in mind that you will be leaving this apartment or house in the very near future and do not stock up on stuff you are going to have to get rid of or you can simply buy when you move to your new location. It will be helpful if you can plan your budget and spendings in advance. It’s perfectly normal that some last minutes expenses arise, but if you have most of it covered, you won’t be getting any unpleasant surprises.
How we can assist you
If after reading this article, you are still not convinced that you have the time or desire to do all this yourself, you can always trust the Fantastic professionals to do the job for you. The experts provide end-to-end service – box delivery, packing, removals and storage. For small or partial moves you can book our flexible man and van services available in London. For bigger moves, you can book a team of professionals with a transit or a luton van. You can check out the main differences between the man and van service and the full removals service to make an informed decision. We also do international removals services in case you are moving abroad. All of the professionals are fully ensured and highly-skilled, so your hassle-free moving is guaranteed. Learn more about the full range of removal services we offer at competitive rates, 7 days a week!
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As exciting as it usually is, moving houses is generally connected with a lot of expenses. This is why you’ll normally want to save as much money as possible in the time span before, during and after the move. There are a few important things to consider when trying to save money when moving houses a follows:
- Make a detailed plan of all the steps involved in the process;
- Try to do as much as possible yourself or with the help of your friends and family – decluttering, sourcing the packing materials, packing, etc.;
- Do not leave things for last minutes – you will save yourself a lot of time, effort and stress;
- Do not overspend before, during or immediately after the move;
Last but not least, do not forget that the Fantastic professionals are always willing to lend a helping hand if need be and take care of it all for you.