Selling your house or moving rental accommodation can prove stressful and costly if you don’t plan ahead. However, there are many ways you can save money and still get your move completed in a timely fashion. We’ve come up with 10 super money saving tips to help you keep the cash in your wallet when your selling your house or moving into a new property.
Ask friends and family to help
Don’t be shy to ask your friends or family to help when you are shifting your belongings from one property to another. Free help and extra hands will always come in handy and as the old saying goes ‘more hands make light work’ meaning you will get the move carried out in a much quicker fashion.
Recycle containers and boxes
Prior to moving home make sure to save any containers and cardboard boxes in your spare room. Buying cardboard boxes can be expensive, and if you have one from your new television, recycle it and use it for shifting. Containers are particularly useful for storing smaller items such as screws and fittings if you dismantle furniture.
Instead of hiring costly removal companies or going to expensive van rental companies look about in your area for a rent-a-wreck company. What they do is rent you a van that is very old and likely to break down if you go over 30mph! However, if you are careful and only going a few miles you will save hundreds of pounds in hire fees. Bear in mind some of these vans are barely legal to be on the road, so take your time driving it.
Organise boxes with room names
Although this won’t directly save you money, organising boxes by room names will save you time. By writing on the room a box belongs in you can ask your friends, family or removal company to put a particular box into a desired room.
Have a car boot sale
Prior to moving home may be a good time for you to declutter and have a table top sale or attend a car boot sale. Why take unwanted items to your new home, taking additional time and expense to pack and carry.
Get your full deposit back
If your current home is rented make sure to check to tenancy and get your full deposit back. Make sure to read the small print and do exactly what has been requested. For example, some short term tenancy agreements stipulate that you must repaint all walls to the standard they were prior to moving into the property.
There’s no shame in using coupons to try and get a discount on items when are moving into a new home. Remember every penny counts; and if you can save even 20% of your regular bills using coupons it will all make the difference.
Ask friends and family for moving in gifts
Why not throw a moving in party and stipulate on the invite that household items are much appreciated? If you are unable to afford new items for your property due to spending every penny on actually getting into the property you will be happy with every item, you are given – even if it’s second hand!
Move on a weekday
Moving on a weekend is likely to be more expensive regardless if you use a removals company or you do it yourself. Van hire usually is on a weekend basis, meaning you can’t hire just the Saturday you will need to take the Sunday too. Also, traffic is generally heavier on the weekend which is only just going to delay. Make sure to plan ahead and take a few days off through the week to get your move completed.
Label fragile boxes
The last thing you need to do is get to your new home and find that a number of sentimental or valuable items are damaged in transport. Make sure to clearly label any fragile items in their own box and carefully and securely pack them.
Regardless of whether you are selling your first home, moving into rental accommodation or looking to emigrate; saving money should be at the top of your list. If you don’t want to go through the stresses of selling your home but still want to save time, you could consider selling your home fast to a company like www.readysteadysell.co.uk/sell-house-fast. With a ‘we buy any house company’ you can sell your house in a matter of days and bank the cash without question.