I’ve moved 16 times to date and each time I’ve always tried to save money moving house. Some might say that this isn’t even a lot but taking out the logistics of moving, the cost of moving can be very expensive.
In all occasions but one I was a renter or lodger and could pretty much fit my whole life in the back of a Fiat Punto. I was lucky as every property that I moved to was fully furnished and i never was or to this stay was much for one for the accumulation of unnecessary stuff.
I always knew that when I moved I wasn’t taking a long-term view and knew that I could be gone with only a months notice, whether that be because I felt that it was time to move on or my landlord wanted to cash in on his investment.
The thing is that as you get older you tend to accumulate more stuff, some useful, some not so useful, life can take some twists and turns and you find yourself in your current circumstance.
My wife and lucky enough to be home owners which with it has also meant that we have become the owners of exercise equipment, various white goods and wardrobes full of clothes, well my wife has anyway. I have to make to with my foot of wardrobe space.
How much does it cost on average to move house?
According to comparemymove.com the average cost of moving from a 3 bed house, travelling 52 miles and moving more than 875 cubic feet of household goods would cost in the region of £1192.67
What factors can affect the cost of moving house?
There are a number of things that affect the cost of moving house, including
- Distance to your new address
- The size of the removals company you are using to move your items. Which have a great page on how to choose the best removals company
- The amount of stuff you intend to take with you
Things you need to consider before moving house?
Moving house can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.
If you are prepared to put in some effort before hand and plan the move in advance then you are going to find that your stress levels aren’t going to be as high as they wouldn’t have been if you hadn’t planned.
What’s that saying fail to plan, plan to fail.
So what do you need to consider?
- What are you going to move
- Are you going to need to buy boxes
- How far are you moving
- Are you going to go local or national and what insurances do they have, are they reliable do they have good reviews that you can read
- What are you able to move yourself (Are you going to need to hire a van)
- Who is going to carry out the move
- Are you going to fit everything into the new property and if not have you sorted out storage of those times that you aren’t able to take with you
- Are you going to have the keys before you arrive at the new property or are you picking them up on the day
How are you going to save money moving house?
Do it yourself
Getting your hands dirty in any is a perfect way of saving money and this is especially true if you are looking at saving money with a house move, i recommend that you read the Which article when you are done with this one.
Sell your unwanted stuff
We’re all guilty of accumulating stuff that we probably don’t need, so if you find that you have a room that is full of stuff that you haven’t seen or used for years (cough) then it’s probably time to get it listed and sold.
Give away your unloved stuff to charity
If you’re feeling generous and don’t want the hassle of trying to sell your items, then take it to a charity shop not only are you getting rid of your crap, you’re helping others in need.
Ask for help
You might not directly know someone that is going to help, but if you reach out to your network, you never know that someone might know a trustworthy man in van.
Do you know of any other ways to save money on moving house?
My list might not be exhaustive, so if you know of any other ways that you might be able to save money when moving house, don’t forget to leave a comment below.