Moving house can be one of the most (if not the most) stressful times in your adult life. You’ll have moving day to sort, addresses to change and must still carry on working. It’s easy to forget something, and that something could prove costly in time.
So, this article will run through a couple of money saving tips for that all important move date. You won’t remember everything yourself, so have a read and you won’t have to!
Do I really need that removal van?
Possibly not. If the new property is furnished, then a few trips in your car would probably suffice. You won’t need to bring much. Depending on how far away the new house is, this may not be practical, but consider it greatly.
You could even leave some stuff behind to save removal costs upfront. Those appliances you don’t need just yet – toaster, coffee machine – could be left for a later date. Hiring a van may work out cheaper than getting a removal company, so plan your needs carefully.
Thoroughly scout your old house for belongings
It’s the same principle here as when you leave that holiday hotel room. Look under every bed, behind every closet and in every draw. You never know what you might have left. It could be clothes, books, or even worse, valuable jewellery or heirlooms.
If your old property is far away from your new one, leaving things behind will waste time. You’ll have a long journey back to retrieve your goods, which wastes petrol and money. Take that extra 15 minutes before you leave to have a proper look.
But what if I sell my house fast and I don’t have the time? Well, in that case, might I recommend that you take a visit back to your old pad. If there’s nobody new moving in, you could even rent your old property for a short while until the new one is fully ready.
Get free furniture and appliances!
Moving house is expensive as it is, without all the extra costs. Setting up internet, phone lines and utility bills. Buying new furniture, appliances and home decor. But what if I told you there was a place that supplied free furniture? Sounds too good to be true right?!
Sites like Freecycle feature communities of people that offer up their old goods for free. No catch! Freegle is also another good one, and all furniture/appliances on both sites is available free of charge. Get shopping!
Take meter readings from the new property
The day you move in, you likely won’t have used a lot of power. But the previous occupants may have done, however. Take meter readings on the day you move in to see how much power has been used that month. This power wasn’t used by you, so you shouldn’t have to pay for it.
The previous owners may foot this particular cost, or you may be refunded by your energy provider completely. Either way, it’s a good idea to keep track of this particular cost just in case you don’t have to pay it.
So there you have it. Hopefully you’re now on your way to a blissful moving experience. It can be a tough time, but with rational thought and careful planning, it’ll go smoothly.