Moving costs can be very expensive, but there are ways to move without breaking your already meagre bank balance. If you’re on a tight budget, consider the following moving tips.
- Out with the old…
Make a little bit of money by getting rid of some of your old stuff. Not only will this keep costs down with removal firms, but it will also give you a little bit of cash to play with to help you manage your move. So, still got that VHS recorder in the loft? Want to get rid of that lime green rug that was handed down to you on that last move? Sell them on sites such as Craigslist and eBay. Don’t need to take all your appliances? Put up your used fridge for sale, or be charitable and donate it to a place that helps those other people like yourself struggling on a tight budget.
- Box clever
Why buy boxes when you can get them for free? Months before you move, start picking up boxes from friends, family, supermarkets, etc. They are a necessity for moving, but they shouldn’t blow your budget. Then take a look at these packing tips – by packing efficiently, you won’t need as many boxes in the first place.
- Cancel Netflix (and every other subscription service)
In the final few weeks in your old home, you will be busy packing, decluttering, and saying goodbye to people, so there may be a few subscription services you can cancel ahead of time, Netflix being only one of them. Remember to cut ties with your utility companies too, as you don’t want to pay any more than you have to after your moving date.
- Remove removal costs
We could say don’t hire a removal company, but if you have larger items to carry with you, then your best mate’s rickety old minivan probably isn’t the answer. Still, there are ways to keep costs down. This includes shopping around for the best removal quotes, carrying less stuff, and booking the removal firm in less busy periods, such as a weekday rather than the weekend. Of course, if you don’t require a hulking great van to carry your stuff, get your family and friends together and load your stuff in their cars. But again, give that rickety old minivan a miss!
- Buy what you need… not what you want
Moving into a new place is very exciting, but you should curb your spending. You don’t need to buy the best pots and pans for your kitchen when you already have some to take with you. Luxuries, such as new rugs, paintings, minor appliances, etc. aren’t needed on arrival. You can buy that stuff later on when you have secured yourself a little extra money. Focus on what you do need, and keep using your old stuff until you are in a better position to replace them.
Moving is stressful enough without you having to worry about money. Hopefully these tips will stand you in good stead the next time you are thinking about moving house. Good luck!