< Go Back Planning For The Most Cost-Effective Move
Moving home is undeniably an expensive business as you are forced to pay out for everything from solicitors fees to new curtain poles. There are things you can do, however, to keep down the costs of the move itself.
Time it right
Work with your landlord, rental agent or solicitor to fix a moving date well in advance. Avoiding the last week of the month, Bank Holidays and Fridays can save you money and give you the most choice as these are the times when removals companies are at their busiest.
Cut the clutter
Do not move pieces of furniture that you know you will not have room for at your new home or countless boxes that have never been unpacked since your last move. You may have three wardrobes but only wear the clothes from one so make time for a clear-out. This will save you money and time when it comes to moving and unpacking.
Use online sales sites to get rid of your unwanted items and you may even make some money to put towards your move. Do not pay a man with a van to dispose of unwanted items of furniture unless you really have to. Simply list items on your local recycling or up-cycling site and you are likely to be inundated with requests from people who will be happy to take that unwanted sofa bed or chest of drawers off your hands.
It may be tempting to choose to pack your belongings yourself but think carefully before you do. It can be false economy if you have to take time off work to pack things up or fork out for costly childcare so that young ones are not under your feet. There is also the potential cost to your sanity – sometimes choosing a stress-free moving option can be worth every penny that you spend. Also remember to check out the insurance implications of packing your belongings yourself and think about the emotional cost of losing precious items if they have not been professionally packed.
Compare quotes properly
Yes, it is always important to get a range of quotes from reputable removals firms but it is also essential that you compare the service you are being offered as well as the cost. Check out reviews of the service experienced by previous clients and do not be afraid to ask questions.
Your chosen company will be responsible for effectively moving your whole life and so it is important that you do your research and are happy with your choice. Always choose a member of the British Association of Removers (BAR) for security and remember that if you receive a quote you think is too good to be true then it probably is. Less reputable firms may try to undercut the quotes of their more professional rivals but are often unable to deliver the same standards of service. Check out the insurance cover on offer and think about the potential stress of un-researched companies not turning up on your moving day or arriving three hours late.