Moving house can be a whole range of emotions and experiences. On the one hand, it can be the most exciting event to ever happen in your life. On the other hand, it can be extremely stressful and can also very costly. Fortunately, if you plan well in advance and are smart with your moving decisions, you can greatly reduce the stress of the process and save money whilst doing so! Here is how I recommend saving money on your moving process.
Only bring what you absolutely need
If you have pieces of furniture or items that have been unused for a year or more in your current home, there honestly is very little point taking them across the country with you! Create a list of all your items and only take what you know is going to be used in your new home. Anything else, you can sell and use the money towards savings or new pieces of furniture for your brand new home! If you're struggling to sell items, consider donating them or listing them for free on sites such as eBay or Gumtree. Many people would gladly give them a new home.
Hire a Removal Service
Once you've nailed down all your must-haves, a way to both reduce stress and save money during your moving process is with Domestic and Commercial removal. Outsourcing the removal of all your household possessions will almost definitely save you both time and money in the long haul. Doing it yourself can be risky and time-consuming, especially if you have to rent vans yourself, make multiple trips or have the responsibility of packing and loading all your items.
Don't pay for your packing materials
Chances are, you already have a huge amount of items you can use to pack all your essentials in safely without having to spend a penny! Storage boxes, suitcases, drawers and baskets are perfect for storing large amounts of items and then you can use your clothing, blankets, bedsheets and pillows as padding. I'd also highly recommend going to friends and family members ahead of time asking for any empty boxes or going to local businesses and asking if you could have their leftover delivery boxes and you'll have everything you need to pack in no time!
Live within your means once you move in
Once you move into your new home, it is extremely tempting to take out credit cards and order loads of new furniture but this is something I'd highly recommend not doing. Wait it out and make sure anything you do purchase is necessary and not just an immediate ‘nice-to-have'. Chances are if it's not an essential piece like a washing machine or a fridge that it can wait. This might mean sleeping on a mattress for the start of your move in, but it will be worth the wait and not going into debt over!