Moving House on a Budget

The cost of moving home can be very expensive, but with just a little effort, there are many savings that can be made during the moving process. Here are five of our best suggestions for saving cash during your move.

1. Do the move yourself

A great way to cut moving costs is to do the actual move yourself rather than use a professional removal company. Ask a few friends to help you out and, for the price of a day’s van hire and the cost of a few beers and some pizza for them, you can get all of your belongings moved to your new home for a fraction of the price that a professional company would charge you.

2. Packing material for pennies

A little bit of effort can save a lot of money when it comes to packing materials for your move. It’s often possible to buy second-hand cardboard removal crates and a quick search online should show you if there are any available in your area. Alternatively, ask around friends and colleagues to see if they have any large boxes you can either have or borrow. Supermarkets can also be a good source of large cardboard boxes. Another good idea is to start saving newspapers in the weeks leading up to your move, as they are ideal for wrapping plates and crockery for transportation.

3. Cut your insurance costs

When you move home, you need to update your household insurance to reflect your new address and property and this can be a good opportunity to review your insurance costs. It’s easy to research home insurance policies before you move and you will probably be surprised at the savings you could make simply by switching policies. Always ensure, however, that you are comparing like-for-like when looking at quotation and that the excess and the level of cover is the same on the policies you are comparing.

4. Review your utilities

As with household insurance, a house move is a great time to review all your utility bills and identify if you can get a better deal from another supplier. In advance of the move, spend some time reviewing your current price plans and identify if there are any cheaper deals to be had elsewhere for your new property.

5. Get rid of the clutter

There’s no point paying for van space to move items that you never use, or are broken or damaged, so it’s a good idea to spend some time decluttering. The weeks leading up to the move are an excellent time to review your belongings and get rid of what you don’t need. Who knows, you might even be able to make some money as a result, by selling your unwanted items at a car boot sale or on online auction sites.