ad | Buying a house and everything that goes along with buying a house isn’t cheap. There are costs, upon costs, upon costs that keep building up and unfortunately most of these costs are things you can’t ignore. But there are some ways in which you can save money on moving day and in the lead up to moving day itself.
My partner and I moved house at the end of August but we’ve been decorating since April. We’ve been haemorrhaging money in that time on everything from solicitors costs, decorating materials, buying furniture and more.
That’s not to mention the mortgage and bills on top of that!
Moving house is a BIG thing. It can be stressful and overwhelming and it’s definitely not something to take lightly. Financial stress on top of that stress can make the whole thing seeming impossible to manage.
But luckily, there are some things you can do to save a bit of money here and there. Most of these will require a bit of planning in advance on your part but if you put your organization hat on, then these things may take the edge off!
5 Ways To Save Money When Moving House
Make lists and checklists
Like I said above, some of these pointers will require a bit of organization and planning but I’m a firm believer of being organized now, so it’ll save you stress later.
It’s a good idea to make some lists and checklists to keep your organized when it comes to moving.
Shop around for removal companies
Don’t just go with the first company you find. There will be other – more affordable – companies out there, if you just take a bit of time to do some research and compare.
If you’re moving in London, then you might want to consider checking out Man and Van, which you can get a completely free removal quote from so you can see how much your move is going to cost.
There are affordable moving London solutions available, so you don’t have to be stuck spending more than what you should when you move.
For a van plus driver, you could be paying between £20 and £45 an hour for a medium van or between £25 and £50 for a van plus driver for a large van with a tail-lift, which is perfect for house removals with heavy furniture.
There’s never a better time to declutter your house than when you know you’re moving. You want to take only the essentials, the things you need and your most sentimental items.
By decluttering, you can also earn some extra money which can go towards house and moving costs by selling items on Vinted, Depop, Facebook Marketplace or eBay!
Consider the date you’re moving
Did you know that Summer is the most expensive time to move? Not everyone has the luxury to choose when to move but if you are able to be a bit more flexible, moving after the Summer holidays will save you money.
Also, if you can, try and move on a Sunday. Again, this is one of the cheaper days to move, as opposed to a Friday, where people have all weekend to settle in.
Get free packing materials from shops and supermarkets
Shops – particularly supermarkets – always have boxes leftover from their deliveries. They’re likely to let you have them for free because they’re only going to be recycling them anyway.
Ask friends and family if they have any spare as well, also save any boxes you receive from deliveries in the lead up to moving day.