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Moving home is an exciting time. It can mean new friends, a new line of work and new areas to explore. But as we know, if we’re not careful it can also be quite expensive and time-consuming.
It might surprise you to learn that people describe moving home as one of the most stressful things a person can do, right beside a divorce and being made redundant.
So, how do we ‘solve’ this?
It’s a tough question but a new company, SlothMove, seems to have a solution. If you’re not aware, SlothMove is a new service in which you can actually update your address online telling everyone you’ve moved at the same time. Better still? It’s 100% free to use.
Today, we’re going to explore how SlothMove works and how you can save both time and money when moving home.
How Does SlothMove Work?
The way we move home in the UK has been the same for decades and, frankly, we’re in need of an update. Do you remember how long you spent on the phone to you broadband provider last time you moved? I don’t even want to remember.
This is where SlothMove comes in. SlothMove is set to bring moving home into the 21st century. They are a moving home platform in which you can tackle all of your home-moving tasks in one place. Transparent, free and focussed on a people-first approach.
Their service includes telling your companies & institutions that you’re changing address – places such as councils, energy companies, loyalty cards and many more. Instead of spending hours on hold you can do it online within 5 minutes. You can then set-up everything you need to with your new home, from transport and storage to broadband and energy.
Here’s how it works:
Great, right? I wish I knew about these before I moved! With this in mind, let’s look at how we can save time and money.
How to Save Time Moving Home
The age-old adage stands: time is money. As we know, working smart can save you hours of time and help to alleviate the stress of moving home. So, here are a few key tips for you to take on board when you’re changing address.
I won’t write a ’10-step’ plan as there are many of those online already, so here is some no-nonsense, helpful advice to consider.
Firstly, the smarter you are with your planning the more hours you will save. This involves pulling together a comprehensive to-do list and following it, in order. And there are lots of ways to do this, like writing the room destination on the boxes as you’re packing, booking everything in advance, enlisting help from friends etc…
The bottom line is: you already know how to save time; it’s just the execution we all need help with. Said simply, make a list and follow it.
On the topic of time, this is where SlothMove really comes into play. Research shows it can take up to 7 hours to tell everyone you’re moving.
And after being on hold for 30 minutes we can all feel like pulling our hair out. With SlothMove you simply select which companies or institutions you’d like to inform, just as you can see below.
How to Save Money Moving Home
There are lots of ways to save money when moving home, it’s mostly around engaging our brain and not being passive.
For example, when your estate agent gives you the age-old advice to use their preferred legal time to “speed up the process” because “it’s much easier”, we need to critically consider if that’s in our best interests. Typically they are commissioned and you might be indirectly paying for that.
Beware of the primacy bias. The primacy bias essentially means that our perception of something is framed by what we experienced just before.
For example, if you’re spending £20,000 on purchasing a home and someone asks if you’d like to throw-on an extra for £325 as humans we’re actually much more likely to say yes. This is because when the £325 is viewed in context of the £20,000 it seems negligible.
However, if you were asked to pay £325 for something else at a different time you would view it differently. And for that reason we need to be critical when buying items for our new home or rental and try not to get carried away.
If we do genuinely need it then, of course, buy it – but check your thinking beforehand. For more information & ideas you can check-out how to save money when moving home.
Saving money for consumers is also a key tenant of SlothMove’s philosophy and purpose. In fact according to their website, it was created to make the moving home process easier, faster and more transparent.
Moving home is a time where we as consumers can be duped into high-costing deals. SlothMove wants to introduce transparency and connect customers to the best value products and services.
This is why they aim to match users only with companies that are transparent, represent the best deals on the market and are well-reviewed – which is welcoming to hear.
I hope this post has been a helpful overview in how to save time and money with your home move. With new technologies and companies like SlothMove entering the home-moving space our home life is only set to become easier and more seamless.
Alongside this, we should strive to become critical thinkers as consumers and be proactive in our approach to challenging our traditional brands in favour of ones that might be more cost-effective or more helpful.