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Moving home can be one of the most significant expenses we face; the costs stack up quickly, and it’s easy for your budget to get away from you.
While the costs of moving aren’t hidden, they can come as a surprise, making them feel more expensive.
Here are some simple – but effective tips that can help you save money while moving and keep a keen eye on the costs.
The Deep Clean
As soon as you decide that you want to move home, it is time to start the cleaning and decluttering.
Decluttering is one of the most valuable stages during a house move; it enables you to sell as much as possible and make some extra cash.
This pays off double because you will need a much smaller moving van.
If you skip the clean and declutter, you will waste moving boxes and may move things you don’t use, need or love.
Do you need a removals team to come and help? Or would it be more beneficial to get a dolly from Evo Supplies, a van rental and some friends and family to pitch in?
Think carefully before committing to the hundreds that a moving team can cost.
If you consider the removal company route, be sure you spend some time comparing prices. Once you find a price you like, use that to see if you can haggle to get the company you want.
Keep in mind that the peak time for a removals company is over the summer, so booking early is to your advantage.
Many people underestimate how much packing material they will need, which can mean you need to source a lot last minute.
If you want to be eco-friendly and cost-effective, wrapping things in blankets is easier and cheaper than bubble wrap. Socks can make a great host for cups and other smaller items. While towels can be perfect for separating plates.
You don’t need to buy brand new boxes for your move either; you can ask your local stores if they have any boxes they don’t need. Even smaller ones can be useful, so long as they are in good condition.
If you choose a removals company, they will often supply the boxes and much of the packing materials.
Just remember that you will need to find the right recycling point for these items once you have used them.
Rental properties usually require deposits and other fees; if there is any damage to the property, they are likely to keep some or all of the deposit. Make sure that you fill in any holes in the walls and replace any damaged white goods or furniture that was there when you arrived.
Carpets are often a point of contention for many landlords, so it can be beneficial to hire a carpet cleaning machine to get rid of as much of the dirt and grime as possible.
Remember that time is money on moving day, so have a well-organised to-do list that works with your times. This way, you won’t incur charges for being late, long hours on the removal van or anything else.
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