So you’ve finally found the perfect new home that meets all of your expectations – and you and your family can’t wait to get settled in. Moving house, however, can come with a whole load of unexpected surprises and stresses – and the extra costs involved in moving often take many people by surprise. To help you save money on your next move, check out our top tips on how you can save yourself some money, and use the cash on something more enjoyable instead:
Planning for the big move might not seem like the most enjoyable way of spending your weekend, but thinking ahead can save you last-minute panicking and time-consuming rushing around. Try not to do everything in one attempt – pack up your old home room by room, or divide it by categories. Pack the least-used items up first, such as books, and leave clothing and cooking utensils till last, so that you’re not left without essentials until you move into your new home.
Do your own removals
Hiring a removals van might seem like the standard thing to do when moving home, but in fact, it is possible to do most, if not all, of the removals yourself. If you’ve got a big car, you can pack up a lot of the smaller knick-knacks in boxes for easy transportation. For larger furnishing items, get a group of friends together and pool your transportation, or hire a van yourself to move everything in one go.
Pack your own furnishings
Packaging materials, like bubble wrap, cardboard and tissue paper are surprisingly costly – especially when you’ve got a whole houseful of items to pack away. Instead of forking out for expensive wrapping materials, look for free boxes at your local supermarket to pack up large items, and collect packing material like bubble wrap and foam pieces from other items you may have bought. When it comes to wrapping up fragile items like crockery or ornaments, old newspapers or magazines are just as effective as tissue paper.
Keep it safe
Make sure you don’t expose your family, or yourself, to any hazards while moving, or you could end up with a costly blow to your health. If there are any risks from old construction materials in your home, such as rotting wood or asbestos, avoid problems like having to go for a mesothelioma claim by getting your home assessed for risks by a professional surveyor. Having the risks identified by a verified professional, before you cause any exposure to yourself, can cut out the potential of illness or accidents. This will make sure that you and your family can enjoy a smooth, problem-free move to your new home.