Moving home is at the top of most people’s stress list, and little wonder. Not only do you need to find a new place to live, but you also have to deal with the expense. Taking out a mortgage is probably going to cripple your bank account for a while, and then there are the extra costs to consider, such as hiring a removal service and buying new furniture. We have already given you some tips on how to make moving less stressful. However, in this article, we aim to further ease your stress level by giving you some tips on how to reduce the expenses on moving day.
Compare removal services
Many people hire a removal service as it cuts down some of the stress of moving. However, prices will vary, and some companies will give you a better deal than others. The cost of furniture removal is dependant on a number of factors, including the distance of your move, and the amount of furniture you are carrying. To help you compare removal companies, we recommend you use this removalist quote service to get the best estimates for your moving needs. Remember too, that the day you move will have an impact. Moving on less busy days, such as in the week, will often be cheaper than moving on the weekend or during holiday periods.
Declutter your home
Reducing the number of items you need the removalist to carry will save you money. Therefore, use this opportunity to sift through your stuff and get rid of what you no longer have use for. Rather than throwing items away, consider selling them as a way to make some extra cash. You might even put some items into storage until you have decided what you are doing with them. This may be more cost-effective than transporting them across the country, especially if they aren’t easily dismantled. Use this calculation tool to estimate the self storage space needed and compare it with the cost of moving them. Alternatively, you could sell (or give) unwanted items to your landlord or buyer, rather than deal with the extra cost in removals.
Insure your items
You may already have contents insurance, but check that it doesn’t become invalid on the day you are moving. If it is, take out short-term cover to insure your items in transit. The extra expense will be worth it should your items get damaged en route to your new home, and you won’t have to deal with the costs of replacing or repairing them. However, your removal company may have insurance to cover your belongings, so check with them first.
Do it yourself
If you don’t have to carry a lot of large items, it makes little sense to hire a removals firm if you can transport your belongings yourself. You may even have family or friends who are willing to help, and they may ask for nothing more than a glass of water and a piece of pizza when they get to your new place. However, removal companies are professionals, so their expertise may still be worth paying for, especially if you have a lot of valuable goods. Offset the cost with the risk factor involved.
We wish you a happy moving day. Thanks for reading!