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.
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.
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
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.
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.