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Saving Money When Moving House

Moving house is expensive and stressful, did you know the average person can move home up to 8 times in their life (some even more for specific jobs)? It’s crazy to think about how much money and energy we burn on each one of those moves.

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Luckily there is a lot you can do to manage cost. All you need is a little bit of forward planning and some savvy saving tips. 

Firstly, get rid of all your rubbish. Have a look around your house and think about all the things that you don’t use, books on the bookshelves, old desks used to pile things up, furniture that has been handed down that you haven’t had the heart to get rid of (until now). 

Instead of letting all of these unwanted items take-up precious space in your moving van and then your new home – get rid of it. If you can sell it on eBay or another online marketplace to make some cash, then do so. Anything else that you cannot sell put on freecycle websites, into charity shops, or just throw it away. 

When you’re planning on moving and using a moving company also, it would be wise to do so during the week. Likewise, if you intend to hire a self-drive van for a few days. It will also cost more on bank holidays. Try to pick a time that doesn’t coincide with rush-hour traffic, or you’re likely to pay more in gas and waiting times. It is also worthwhile to choose a trustworthy company which you can find more here

Once the deal is done and you have your new address start making swaps. Let banks and utility companies know in advance and you’re unlikely to be bitten by unwelcome bills in a few months time. Most companies will let you change your address details online, meaning that you won’t incur any costs from calling those premium numbers and being on hold for ages.

Head to your local supermarkets and hardware stores and ask them to save cardboard boxes for you. They’ve usually been used for substantial goods or significant deliveries and tend to be pretty sturdy and large. You can also ask for used newspapers or bubble wrap for your breakables. 

Something that is really common when people move, is that they forget where the essentials are. By packing things you’re going to need immediately in the same box and labeling it well, you’re less likely you have to go to the store pick up items to replace them, of course only to find them within an hour or two of replacing them. Think toilet paper, towels, tea and coffee. 

The final top tip when you’re moving house is to plan your meals in advance and order an online shop to be delivered on the same day as you arrive. This will remove the need to last minute shop or survive on takeaway pizza for the next few days. You will also find that you have a lot of food in fridges and freezers that will need to be moved too, incorporate these into your meal plan to save money.
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