Tips to keep costs down when moving house

Tuesday, 20th February 2018, 1:51 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th February 2018, 1:54 pm

With the average cost of moving home involving several thousands of pounds in 2018, it’s more important than ever to save cash during moving, to stay on top of finances.

Money saving gurus have come up with savvy tips to follow when moving house - from banding your friends together for a moving in party, to keeping all nuts, bolts and pins labelled to save rebuying things.

Darren Williams of Promotionalcodes.org.uk said: “Forking out for a large removal van staffed with people to unpack your goods may be time saving, but it certainly won’t save you any cash.

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“Following our 10 simple tips will help you knock back the cost of moving everything in and should help you look after your finances in the long run.”

1 Declutter your home – moving home is a great time to get organised and get rid of your unwanted belongings, it will also prove cheaper for those using a removal van or hiring a company.

2 Organise a moving party – round up your closest friends, don your comfy old clothing and set about packing, moving and unloading.

3 Choose your moving time wisely - if you do use a removal company, moving in on Fridays, at the weekend or during the summer are the busiest and most expensive times. You will likely receive a cheaper removal quote if you stick to less busy times as they will often offer discounted rates for your custom.

4 Buy furniture second hand – there are plenty of apps and marketplace social media channels that allow you to find specific items, in locations near you for cheap. Often these items can be delivered to your address or collected upon sale, saving you both hassle and a long delivery wait.

5 Freezer bag all the small things - when disassembling furniture, be sure to pop all your screws, pins, nuts and bolts in a freezer bag and stick these to the corresponding furniture pieces. You can then reassemble furniture quickly, knowing you have everything and there’ll be no need to rebuy bits and bobs as you won’t lose them.

6 Redirect your post – this way you won’t miss important documents and bills and you’ll also protect your personal details from falling into the wrong hands. It costs around £33.99 to redirect your post for 3,6,9 or 12 months per last name, but being a victim of fraud could cost you a lot more.

7 Sort packing materials in advance – visit your local supermarket or a high street retailer for boxes, they get tonnes of deliveries each day and will often have some going spare. Use the materials you already have wisely too – bedding, towels and clothing make great padding for fragile items or awkwardly packed boxes that rattle around during transit.

8 Try and use up all of your food before moving – transporting fresh and frozen perishables isn’t a great idea, and there is a likelihood that they could spoil or leak, potentially damaging other goods.

9 Compare providers – moving is a great chance to re-evaluate your outgoings, so compare quotes for gas, electricity, internet providers etc. and try to bring the cost of your bills down.

10 Protect furniture and floors – moving is messy business, so pop flattened boxes, sheets and tarp on floors and on your furniture to avoid ruining it. The last thing you want is to have to replace something that was once in good condition because it was poorly protected.