Moving house can be an expensive endeavour. In fact, according to Halifax, the average cost of relocating is a staggering £12,000. With this in mind, it makes sense to do all you can to cut the cost of moving house. Read our money saving tips for moving house and start saving the pennies.
5 of the best money saving tips when moving house
Get rid of years of clutter
By getting rid of all the clutter in your home, you can reduce the cost of removals. Not only may you be able to use a smaller (and cheaper) lorry to move your belongings but if you use a packing service this is likely to be less costly since you’ll require fewer boxes and the packers will take less time to complete the job. Besides, when decluttering your home, you’re also likely to find various items you could sell to make money extra money.
Shop around for removal services
One of the best money saving tips for moving house is to shop around for removal services. Whilst there are many companies offering home removals in Oakham, not all will be equal in terms of price. Spend some time searching for local removal firms online and check out their reviews. You can then create a shortlist of the best firms, contact them and get a quote for your move. Shopping around can allow you to get the best deal on removals services and ensure you don’t end up paying over the odds.
Book removals off-peak
Since summer is the most popular time of year to move house in the UK due to the longer, lighter days, it also tends to be the most expensive. Some removal companies put their prices up due to the high demand. With this in mind, you may want to consider delaying your house move until after the summer holidays. Moving in the autumn instead is likely to cost you less on removal services. We also recommend booking as far in advance as possible since some removal firms will offer special deals when booking ahead.
Get free packing materials
If you use a professional packing service when moving house, the packing materials will be provided by the company. However, if you don’t want to pay for this extra service, you can save money by finding free boxes yourself. You can start by asking your friends and family if they have any. You could also save any boxes that come with deliveries you get sent to your home.
It’s also worth asking in local shops and supermarkets since they tend to accrue a number of cardboard boxes every week. They may well let you have them free of charge since they’d only be recycling them anyway. Another way to save money on packing materials is to use things you’re already taking with you. For example, you could pack fragile items such as photo frames or mirrors in bed linen or towels.
Use up your food before the move
Try to use up as much food as you can before the move. That includes all the food in your cupboards, fridge and freezer. If this isn’t possible, consider donating it to local food banks or homeless shelters. This means you’ll have less to move to your new house, saving you money on removals. Avoid doing a big food shop in the weeks before your move house. Instead, order a smaller shop to be delivered to your new home soon after you’ve moved in. In doing so, you’ll be more likely to cook meals yourself right away rather than spending money on expensive takeaways or eating out.
Cleaning your home yourself
Cleaning your home before you move out of it is essential. Whether you’re selling the property or you’ve been renting it, it’s essential that it’s clean before you hand over the keys. However, you don’t need to spend over the odds on a professional cleaning service when moving home. Set some time aside, pull on your rubber gloves and give your home a thorough deep clean. Cleaning companies can be expensive particularly if you want the whole house scrubbed from top to bottom. You don’t need to spend too much on cleaning products either. In fact, you can make your own very cheaply at home using a mixture of water and white wine vinegar.
Choose Metro for home removals in Oakham
Now you’ve read our money saving tips for moving house, you may be looking to hire our services. Metro Removals is one of the leading companies offering home removals in Oakham, with our team having a wealth of experience in helping local people move house. Whether you’re moving across town or to the other end of the country, we’re on hand to assist you with your relocation.
We can help with every aspect of your house move, from packing up your belongings and transporting them to your new home to assembling furniture upon arrival. We’ll go above and beyond to make moving day as easy and stress-free as possible for you. Oakham residents have been using our removal services for many years, gaining us a fantastic reputation throughout the local area. We’ve become widely renowned for our professional, reliable service and highly competitive prices.
If you’re ready to book home removals in Oakham or the surrounding area, get in touch today. You can reach us by calling 01536 688 149 (Kettering) or 01858 790 000 (Market Harborough), or by sending us a message via our website. We will aim to get back to you as quickly as we can with the answers to your questions or to arrange your free pre-move survey.