When moving home, it™s very easy to find yourself being caught with hidden, unexpected expenses. The moving process can be stressful enough without having to worry about paying out a fortune, so we™ve come up with a few different ways to save you some money and make your move as cheap and easy as possible.
Declutter before you move
Keep in mind that the cost of a removal quote depends on the volume of items you are moving, so the less you have, the less it will cost you. It™s tempting, especially when dealing with time constraints, to just pack everything and deal with it when you™re in the new house. However, taking the time to rid yourself of any unnecessary clutter before you move will save you both time and money when it comes to the moving day.
- Recycle old clothes. Recycling shops are popping up everywhere, and these provide you with the perfect opportunity to get rid of your unwanted clothes and make some cash at the same time.
- Sell any furniture that you don™t want but is too valuable to just scrap. If you can™t get anybody you know to have it, make a deal with your removals company for them to take if off your hands. Kitson™s does a house clearance deal, and will either give you the cash for your items, or knock the price off the cost of your removal.
Buy second hand packing boxes
Buying brand new packing materials can be quite pricey, and supermarkets rarely give out boxes any more, so it can be hard to get them free. You can get second hand boxes online, or alternatively, Kitson™s have a range of excellent deals on moving packages.
Buy flat pack furniture
If you™re buying furniture to kit out your new place, try to get flat pack where possible. Not only is it cheaper, it™s also easier to dismantle, and saves space in the removal van.
Organise paying your utilities
Make sure that you that you have settled any outstanding bills in your old house, especially if you™re changing providers in your new place; you don™t want to end up with unexpected bills months after moving. At the same time, make sure to set up your payments in your new home as soon as possible after moving in. This includes council tax, gas, electric, water, etc. Save time and money on expensive calls to 08 numbers by setting these up online, which will also make it easier to keep track of your payments in the future.
Do an inventory of your new house
If you™re moving into rented property, take some time before you move in to do an inventory, with your landlord present if possible. Take pictures of any damage, and keep them for future reference. When moving out of rented accommodation, do a thorough clean, and leave it in the condition you found it. This should help you get your full deposit back.
Make the move a group effort, and enlist the help of family and friends. Save time and money on your removal by spreading out your belongings into cars; this will mean a lower quote for the removal van, and will save multiple trips to the new house.
Your move doesn™t have to be expensive, and by following these simple but effective tips, you can save yourself time, money, and stress. For more information and a quote, give Kitson™s a call on 0800 328 2207 or click here fill out our online enquiry form.