How To Save Time And Money When Moving Home
Discussed By Ashington’s Removal & Storage Services
Whether you’re moving home or moving into your first home, buying or renting there are some simple things that will help you save time and money when moving.
There are so many costs to consider when you’re moving house, and they don’t all need to be the most expensive services. Our main tip is, you will save time and money by planning ahead. Our guide will ensure you save on the right things as scrimping on some costs will end up costing you time and money in the long run.
1. Plan Plan Plan
The easiest way to save both time and money when you’re moving home is to plan ahead and review every expenditure by line before you have to pay out or book anything.
As soon as you start to consider moving home create a budget planner that details all the costs you should consider and factor into your overall move.
Planning ahead means you won’t have any unexpected costs hit you which can be stressful and cause you lots of problems. It also means you don’t have to pay the first quote you receive as you will have shopped around.
Our advice is to plan every cost and everything you need to do in the months, weeks and days leading up to your move and if timelines change then reassess it by line.
You can read our Ultimate Moving Checklist here which will help you consider everything and plan well in advance.
Transferring property from one owner to another is known as conveyancing. Conveyancing can begin once the seller accepts an offer from a buyer on a property. When the property is transferred to the buyer and they receive their keys, the legal process is complete.
This means there are legal processes that have to be followed by a conveyancing solicitor meaning that more expensive doesn’t mean you will get a better service so always ask for quotes from different businesses.
Don’t think you have to use your estate agent’s solicitor or mortgage broker. Ask family and friends if they can make any recommendations and then shop around asking for quotes. Look at a business’s reviews and feedback before you make any decisions. Narrow your choices down to 2 or 3 and then speak to the solicitor to ask them what their processes are, how they prioritise and how they will communicate with you and other solicitors in the chain before you make your final decision. If there are vast differences in conveyancing costs then ask them why theirs is more or less. When you have done this you should be in a position to instruct them to start your conveyancing.
3. Clear and Declutter
Before you even put your house on the market have a good clearout and declutter, a minimal home will have better marketing photos, will sell quicker and be worth more so it’s a really beneficial thing to do.
When you’ve sold your home and have had your offer accepted on your new property we would advise you to do this again room by room to reduce the time and cost involved with moving items and belongings you no longer want or need. Packing items that you don’t even know if you’ll keep will make packing more stressful.
Clearing and decluttering makes things easier when it comes to packing as well as reducing the cost of your removal service.
Home removal prices depend on how many items are being moved so this can be a huge time and money saver as well as reducing the time needed at the other end to find a home for it, or get rid of it.
If you start decluttering early enough in your move process you can try selling your unwanted furniture, items, electrics and clothes on local selling sites.
4. Removal Services
Ask for recommendations from family and friends for removal services and ask them to give you a quote for your removal.
Using a removal company that has different size removal vehicles and a team of removers means you won’t be let down on the day by team absence or vehicle issues which can sometimes happen with single van businesses.
Good and professional removal companies will offer a variety of services to suit your needs and budget and this is part of your move that you should try to skimp on.
- Loading, transporting and unloading your belongings and boxes on your moving day
- Packing your belongings the day before you move, loading, transporting and unloading your belongings and boxes on your move day
- Either of the above services, plus taking apart furniture, loading it, transporting it and reassembling at your new property, including any furniture items that are strong enough to be taken apart and reassembled (bed, wardrobes, units etc)
A good professional removal company will also be able to supply you with strong, sturdy and stackable moving boxes and wardrobes.
Ask them what will happen if your move date changes at the last minute, are they insured and for how much, also ask them to quote for each level of service. It may seem a lot but the packing service will save you a huge amount of time and stress in the build-up to your move so is always worth considering.
5. Book Your Move Out Of Main Moving Season
Moving home is often cheaper in the winter months as Removal Companies are less busy. Don’t be afraid to ask the question and if you get a cheaper quote but like another company then ask them if they will match it.
You can sometimes also get a cheaper quote for mid-week removals as most people like to complete on a Friday so they have the weekend to settle in. When you meet them, ask if there is any discount on certain moving days.
Always book your removal company in advance and keep in contact with them about any changes to your move date. It may seem like a small thing but loading, transporting and unloading boxes and furniture yourself is extremely time-consuming and stressful. You will have to be out of your house by a certain time and won’t have access to your new home until you have fully completed so you won’t be able to do several journeys if you have one vehicle. Also, consider how you will lift and move heavy boxes and furniture yourself if you are thinking about doing everything yourself.
A removal service is probably the best value for money in all your moving costs so it’s not one to reduce or remove completely.
6. Use Free Packing Materials
You can save money on packing materials by collecting free cardboard boxes from supermarkets, asking family members and friends to save them for you as well as asking on free selling sites if anyone has recently moved and has any of their moving boxes you could have.
Remember though you will need to store the boxes before you start packing and you will need a lot of boxes so don’t underestimate how many you need and how long it will take you to pack. You will also need strong tape to seal your boxes and secure them before you start packing. Always mark the top of each box with the room it is going into in your new home as this will ensure your removal team unload them into the right rooms and this will save you unpacking time.
Using packing boxes supplied by your removal company will ensure they are stackable, sturdy and less likely to break and damage any of your belongings when on the move.
Wrap items such as mirrors, picture frames and dinner sets in towels, t-towels and bedding to keep them safe. This will reduce the cost of paper and bubble wrap as well as being better for the environment.
If you’re unable to justify the full packing service then ask your removal company how much it would be for a reduced packing service and see if this can work for you.
Ask family members and friends to help and start packing early to avoid any last-minute stress as you won’t believe how much there is to pack when you start. Our advice would be to leave out any essential clothes and items you will need to use in the 2 weeks leading up to your move and start packing at least 4-6 weeks before your move date. It’s better to have boxes stacked around your home than having to stay up packing through the nights before and feeling extremely stressed and under pressure.
Always label your boxes by room so your removal team know which room to unload them into. This will help at the end when you start to unpack.
8. Don’t Waste Anything
Always ensure your freezer is empty in enough time to defrost it and ensure it’s dry before your move day. Do a meal planner for the weeks leading up to your move to ensure you use it all up.
Do some batch cooking before you move and see if you can store it in a family member or friend’s freezer so you have food to hand when you first get to your new home, this can save you time and the expense of takeaways for everyone whilst you’re first settling in.
Order an online food shop for when you first get to your new home, again this will save you money not having to go to local shops to buy foods well as ensure you have all the essentials and healthy food in. Plan your meals so you know what you will eat and when.
9. Use A Redirect Mail Service
Using this type of service gives you time to contact your suppliers, insurance companies and all your other contacts that you have moved but in the weeks and months after you have moved in rather than immediately.
There is a charge for the service but it’s definitely worth it. As you receive letters and information it reminds you of the companies you need to contact to change your details with.
Always remember to change your home and car insurance or any other house type insurances as soon as you get to your new property, or postdate it so you know it won’t be forgotten. Boiler insurance is also another one you will need to get sorted as soon as you get there as well as your driving licence as legally this always needs to be up to date.
If your mail goes to your old address, you might miss important payment days and be unable to receive insurance or services that you need. You also don’t want your details and information going to anyone it shouldn’t.
Use our Moving Home Checklist to help you make a list of who you need to contact.
10. Compare And Change Utility Providers
A move is a perfect opportunity to compare electric, gas, and water suppliers for your new property. You might find that you will be moving to an area that offers better energy rates. By comparing providers you could potentially reduce your energy costs over a year. Always make a note of your readings before you leave your home as well as the readings in your new home so you can advise your old and new providers of your finish and starting points.
Keep a note to contact your old providers as you may be due a refund if your account is in credit.
Taking water, gas and electric meter readings when you first move in will ensure you aren’t charged for the previous owner’s usage.
Ashington’s Removal & Storage Sevices are second to none and we are highly recommended in Newcastle and the whole of the North East either for home local or relocation moves or office and business moves. Contact us today on 0191 2449311 and one of our team will answer any questions you may have and can arrange a free no-obligation site survey. One of our removal surveyors will come out to your property and can discuss the different levels of service we offer and provide you with a bespoke quote to suit your needs.
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