Moving to a new house has got to be one of the most expensive things you can do. If you are buying, you have likely already landed thousands on a deposit, legal fees and insurance. If you are renting, you’ve already spent time saving up for a few months of rent and a holding deposit, as well as letting fees. This is all before you pay out for a moving van and potentially a hotel to hold you over until everything is unpacked. Like we said – expensive!
Thankfully, there are ways to save money when you move to a new home. From checking out storage near you and bartering on the cost, to comparing estate agents and their fees and using the one with the cheapest fee option, there are ways to make sure you don’t break the bank. Consider it a thrifty challenge!
- Book Early. When it comes to saving money, the trick is in the offers and timing. If you are leaving it to the week before to book storage or secure the moving van you definitely won’t get the best deals. As soon as you have a date for moving, get switching your services, book removals and get everything in place to ensure your move is a smooth one. Sometimes you can get money off simply by pitting two companies against each other and letting them fight for the best deals.
- Earn Cash. Your home is likely going to go through a thinning process. All those things that have been hidden away for months on end that you haven’t seen or used? Yeah, you don’t need them! Utilise the websites that are free to you – think social media, Gumtree, Craigslist – all of these are fantastic for advertising unwanted items. You can end up making money from your move if you’re smart about it!
- Freebies. Who knew boxes could be so expensive? Why pay out for a company to sell you cardboard when you can head to the local hardware and large stores and take theirs? So many stores out there offer their empty boxes for free as a way to recycle. You could save a lot of money by simply not buying boxes and getting the free ones.
- Negotiate. Your powers of persuasion need to come into play here. Businesses need you to step forward and use them – they need your cash. So, you have the power of negotiation within you! Talk to companies and ask about discounts, be brazen. It may be polite to accept the first quote you get, but there’s nothing wrong with a fib or two to tell them you have had a slightly better offer. Let them know they’ve been undercut and you could be in the money.
Moving to a new house is stressful enough without having to penny pinch along the way. If you can save money on moving to a new home, then you should absolutely do it. It may take some time to get organised, but time and charm is on your side!