How To Cut Down on the Cost of Moving

While many expenses are unavoidable, there are plenty of ways to keep costs down by planning ahead, comparing prices, and rethinking your presumptions about your moving options and expenses, says Kate Hart. She is an home and office relocations manager at Fantastic Removals, a removal company based in London.

Read below to find out what else she has to suggest on how to cut down on the cost of moving.

The average cost of a move

Most companies are hourly based. They charge by the number of hours each booking takes. Also, most of them have a minimum booking hour which most of the time is 2 hours. If the job needs more than two hours to be completed they will charge by every half an hour extra according to their individual prices.

So, it’s hard to say how much a service would cost you, which in most cases is the biggest problem between companies and customers once the service is completed.

If you are going to book with a removal company, the best tip is to check their deals to combine two or more services in order to reduce the overall price and save money.

How to move without booking a removal company

To complete the move by yourself you need to follow those simple instructions: start packing as early as possible, make a good moving plan and be extremely organised.

What is important to sort out in advance?

  • Тake with you only the things you need, so you will save both time and money;
  • Sort out your things before you begin to pack and decide what you actually need and what can be thrown away;
  • Anything that can be donated or sold is an extra bonus as you avoid waste and reduce your own possessions down.

Label everything or your move might be a disaster!

  • Best way to stay organised during the whole relocation process;
  • Label up some boxes for each room and keep everything together;
  • This will also ease the process when you are settling in at your new place.

Hire a van for the day or ask a friend(s) for help:

  • If you can get the move done in a few trips hire a van for the day and drive yourself;
  • Definitely find some friends to help you with the loading and unloading;
  • Make sure you get a van which will fit your larger pieces of furniture and use your car for smaller items if you have one;
  • Always move the big stuff first.

Plan your interior decoration in advance

Planning in advance will always save you both hassle and nerves later down the road. A small room can be challenging to decorate, especially if you are running on a budget and you lack creative ideas on decorating rooms. If you place many small pieces of furniture, your new home might become crowded and cluttered, while large pieces might preoccupy the room leaving less space for everything else. It’s important to keep the right balance in everything.

Save on gas

The cost of transportation might rise unexpectedly if you get stuck in a traffic jam. So it’s a good idea to plan your trip in advance and avoid rush hour. Besides saving you money for extra fuel this approach will save you a nerve-wracking experience as well. After all, moving house is a daunting task by itself and you don’t want to make it harder by wasting money on fuel or getting stuck on the road.

Cut off your service early

Inform your utility companies beforehand that your are going to move. Otherwise you might end up paying for a service you no longer use and that’s not something you want to happen. Paying bills on both places simultaneously in addition to your moving expenses can ruin your budget, so plan accordingly.

Invest in insurance

Okay, it may sound counter intuitive to spend money on insurance when you are trying to save money on your move. But think about that – what is the total cost of your possessions? As you are packing, loading, transporting, unloading and unpacking lots of things can go wrong. Is it worth the risk? Consider this – how much it’s gonna cost you to replace a cracked display on your 50-inch TV? Sofas, beds, wardrobes – all these cost a lot and it may take a lot of money to repair or replace them. So why not go out and explore what insurance options you have in case of unfortunate events during your move. You might pay a little, but it will save you a lot.

Reuse old packing materials

Try not to give money away for packing materials. You can save some already used plastic bags or left boxes. You may kindly ask in the local supermarket for boxes that they will throw away. Also, see if your friends are able to lend you whatever they have left.

* Additional advice: Make an online research on how to move without booking with a company, because it is not that easy as it seems.

However, it is not impossible!

How to sell or give away rather than move

To make it easier think about the items you are about to sell or give away. Very likely you have gotten a lot of use out of them and they  served you well, now it’s time to pass it along. In doing this, first and foremost, always be realistic in your price setting. You are not trying to recoup what you’ve spent on something! Your goal is to ease your move and make it less stressful.

Furniture

People online are constantly scouring websites looking for bookshelves, nightstands, couches, dining tables, etc…

“Find a trustworthy website, create an account and upload good quality pictures together with small descriptions of the furniture you want to sell.” says Simon from K-town Furniture.

Clothing

People are selling clothing on Facebook, but you’ve got to have a lot of patience and some really high end stuff and well preserved clothing items.

“Kids clothes generally sell well at garage sales. However, if you still have some left overs, consider donating them as hand-me-downs to friends or to the Red Cross, Cancer Research UK, Oxfam and to some thrift shops.” says Harris from HomeDecorExpert.com

Books

If you have hundreds and hundreds of books that you love  but you would never be able to read, it’ best to only keep the most favourite ones and sell or donate the rest. You could set aside some money and buy yourself an E-reader as a present and start collecting the books you have sold on it. I know it’s not the same, but that is the future and it’s much easier in case you decide to move again or when you are traveling and want to bring some reading with you.

Everything else

When people come to buy your furniture, clothes or books be sure to mention to them that everything else in the house will be going as well. They might very well know someone who needs to fill up a cabin or a new apartment.

If someone is coming to buy a bookcase, ask them if they need any books. If they want a microwave, offer them your pyrex dishes too.

Yes, moving in/out can be both exciting and extremely happy time to experience. Regardless, expenses are usually part of it, no matter how wonderful otherwise. But by keeping an eye to the financial aspects of the move and taking simple steps to reduce the costs, will significantly lower any stress or material difficulties. One thing is for sure, this will make your transition to a new home and community easier for yourself and your family.

Keep This in Mind When Dealing with Water Damage

If you or someone you love is dealing with damages from flooding, a leak, or broken appliances, you probably have a lot of questions, and rightly so.

Water causes all sorts of problems, some of which are very hazardous, long term, and extremely expensive to deal with. There are usually no quick fixes or easy answers. Proper water damage restoration takes expertise, time and money. So when your home is affected by flooding or a leak, it naturally fills you with anxiety and questions.

Allow us to help ease your anxiety a bit by providing the most important details you need to know about flooding and water damage repair. They could help you make the best of a bad situation.

What You Should Know About Water Damage

Many don’t realize that flood damage is much more sinister than their belongings getting wet. Simply drying items doesn’t make them safe or salvageable.

So, to help you determine what you can keep, what you can restore, and what you need to toss after flooding or leaks occur, here are some important things you should know about it:

 

  • Standing water, even if it has only been present for 12-24 hours, can seep through your drywall and insulation, and even compromise the wood frame behind it.
  • Furniture can suffer damage even if it is not sitting in standing water, because of the dampness and moisture in the room.
  • Mold develops within 24-48 hours.
  • Upholstered furniture, rugs, and materials quickly results in the development of mold, mildew and bacteria, all of which are serious health hazards.
  • Undetected moisture can continue to damage materials, causing them to shrink, split, delaminate, and deteriorate.

 

The bottom line—water damage is often not visible to the eye, and serious, hazardous consequences can develop in a very short period of time. It takes proper equipment and knowledge to fully achieve water damage repair.

 

DIY Water Damage Restoration Tips

While you definitely need to call in the professionals for serious damage, there are some things that you can do on your own to lessen the impact and restore your items. Here are some quick tips:

  • Set to work IMMEDIATELY since deterioration and mold development happens fast and repairs are more costly and difficult the longer you wait.
  • Turn off electricity to the flooded area.
  • Remove all furniture and items from the room as quickly as possible.
  • Pull up the carpet and pad—they will need to be trashed.
  • Remove the water and ventilate the area by opening windows and placing a humidifier in the room.

The above steps, when executed as quickly as possible, can prevent problems from spreading or becoming severe and lessen repair costs significantly. For more tips, check out this article on how to save your furniture from water damage.

 

When To Call Professional Water Damage Repair Services

That said, in many cases, you will still need to call in water damage restoration companies to professionally assess and restore your property and belongings.

If the water has been standing for over 12-24 hours, you will definitely want to call in the professionals. By that point, you would have mold and mildew developing and potentially dangerous bacterial growth. A professional restoration service will be able to detect and properly remove these so that your home is safe.

 

Choosing Restoration Companies

When looking for restoration companies, you will want to be careful to choose one that has experience and proper certifications. This is no time to call in the average handy man.

Different types of materials must be treated and restored carefully, or else they could be ruined. A certified and experienced repair service will know how to treat your home and belongings without damaging them further.

If you live in the Denver, Colorado area, you can look to Restoration Logistics for your restoration needs.