Moving to a new home or a new city can be exciting. The move itself? Not so much. Aside from being a process that is a time – consuming hassle, it can also drain your bank account. It is well worth it to plan ahead and try to save a bit of money on your move. So here’s four money saving tips for moving house:
Methods of Moving
You need to choose the right way to move for you. The most commonly seen methods of moving include:
- Hiring a mover to make sure that everything you own is loaded onto a truck, drive to your new location and then unload everything into your new residence. Hiring long distance movers is often the most convenient option and when compared to all of the hidden costs of trying to do it yourself, can be quite cost effective. Remember to hire a company nearest to your place to minimize cost. This applies to hiring man and van services as an alternative. You may consider hiring a man and van in Birmingham, London, or wherever your house may be. There are a lot of companies offering these services to make your move as smooth as possible.
- Rent a moving truck or van and then do all of the loading, driving, and unloading yourself. This option is the one that will take the longest and your back will not thank you for it. It is also, quite obviously, the option that is the most labour intensive. Make sure that you budget for things like gas, food, and hotel stays if your destination is more than a day away.
- Rent a moving container and then load it yourself. You can have it shipped to your new residence and then unload it by your lonesome. The cost for this will vary depending on the distance it will travel and the length of time you need it. This is also a labor intensive option that you will be feeling for a few days after you get unloaded.
No matter which option you choose, make sure that you get several price quotes to find the best removal firm. When you choose a professional for your move, get an estimate in writing and don’t forget to tip your workers.
Seasons Make a Difference
When you are moving to a new city, or even just across town, try to plan your move according to the moving season. This is not always possible, but if your schedule is flexible, it can save you quite a bit of money. There is actually a time that the moving industry regards as an off season. The dates between May 15 and September 15 are typically their busiest time of the year. If you have to move during this time frame, you can expect costs to be a bit higher in order for the movers to accommodate the higher temperatures and demand.
Making sure that you schedule your move outside of their summer rush, during the off season, can be financially advantageous. An add bonus is that you or the movers won’t have to struggle with unwieldy boxes under the brutal summer sun.
If you were renting the place you are moving out of, the security deposit might be enough to offset the cost of your move. It is always in your best interest to get it back. Clean the place you are leaving and try to schedule a time for your landlord to do a walkthrough with you. If you are able to get your deposit back right then, that is fantastic! If it isn’t possible, make sure that you provide your landlord with your new address and ask them when they will be sending the check.
Smart Moving Supply Shopping
Going out to buy a supply of brand new boxes to use for your move can get a bit expensive. Especially when you can get them for free from your local supermarket. That doesn’t mean that you need to skimp when it comes to packing your computer and assorted electronic devices. They need good boxes that can stand up to the move. If you can’t seem to buy or find boxes the right size, or the materials necessary for packing, you can always have your home professionally packed.
Now all you have to do is decide what to do with all of the money you saved on your move. You might decide to paint your new residence or even spruce up the backyard. The point here is that by saving all the money on the move, you now have the funds to play with.
Have you made a big move of late? What are your saving tips? Please share in a comment below and don’t forget to check out my moving house checklist too!
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