Are you moving house soon? If so, we hope everything goes to plan and that you enjoy your new home.
A house move can be incredibly exciting but as we discussed here, moving home can be stressful too. There are all kinds of reasons why we might get stressed, one of them being the financial pressure we are put under after getting a new mortgage.
However, there are ways to save money when moving house, so keep reading for some tips we hope you find useful.
#1: Time your move carefully
If you’re planning to use the services of a removal company, you should avoid weekends if you can. Removal companies typically charge less during weekdays so if you’re able to book time off work, you should save money if you avoid a Saturday.
The time of year can also make a difference in costs. Removal companies tend to be busy over the summer period and during this time, they usually increase their rates too. As such, you should consider moving in the spring or in the autumn if you want to take advantage of cheaper prices.
Of course, we are speaking generally here. Some removal companies are cheaper than others and not all of them will hike up their prices during busy times of the year. Shop around at an early stage and compare prices with reputable companies.
#2: Declutter before your house move
Decluttering before a house move is a good idea for all kinds of reasons. For one thing, you will have less to pack. You will also get the opportunity to make a little money if you sell some of your unwanted items. And you will save money if you’re using a removal company, as the fewer things you need to load onto the removal van, the cheaper the fee should be.
So, go from room to room weeks before your house move and sell or recycle anything you don’t want to carry with you. This will make the move a lot less stressful on moving day and you will have the peace of mind that you will be financially better off as a consequence.
#3: Switch to a cheaper utility provider
You don’t need to stick with the same gas or electricity provider when you move house and you don’t need an account with the supplier who was providing energy to your new property before you moved in. Shop around before moving day and arrange for a cheaper provider to supply the energy your new home needs.
Admittedly, at the time of writing, energy prices have risen so it might be difficult to make many savings. However, you could opt for a company that has offered low prices in the past as chances are, they will have the cheapest rates when energy prices start to fall. Octopus is one such company and you will get £50 in credit if you use this Octopus refer a friend link, so consider this option or any other provider that seems to be the cheapest option at this current time.
#4: Ask for help from family and friends
Moving house can be expensive when you’re using the services of local businesses. We are thinking about removal companies, cleaning firms, and pet-sitting services, which may be helpful (but costly) when you’re exiting your old home and moving into another.
Instead of paying for help, why not ask a friend, family member, or a kindly neighbour for support instead? You will save money if you enlist their help for cleaning, transporting boxes, or taking care of your pets during the moving process. Be sure to give them plenty of notice to ensure they can make time in their schedules to lend you a hand.
#5: Get free boxes
You don’t need to buy boxes for your house move. Instead, speak to the people you know to find out if they have any boxes that they may be willing to give or lend to you. Alternatively, source boxes from other places, such as your local supermarket, recycling centre, or bookstore.
You may be able to find free boxes on such websites as Freegle, Gumtree, and Freecycle too, so have a look online and if you can find somebody local to you, get in touch and collect the boxes from them unless they’re willing to come to you.
These are just a few of the ways to save money when moving house. By using one or all of these options, you will be financially better off, which will be good news to you if you’re skint after making your mortgage deposit or if you need to buy new items for your new property!
We hope everything goes well for you on moving day!