Moving house is an expensive process, and by the time your moving day arrives it is good advice to save money where you can. Even if you are moving on a budget, it is still possible to have a professional and efficient move, so take a look at our top tips to help you save money on your house move.
1. Compare Quotes for Removals
Although using a removal company may seem like an unnecessary expense at a time with so many other outgoings, it is always best to hire the professionals to move your furniture and belongings. Furniture removals is a specialist skill, and when completed by someone who does not have the expertise or capability that a professional has, there will be a higher likelihood of broken items and damage to furniture – an additional expense.
By comparing multiple quotes for your removals service you can ensure that you get the best price available from a company that is trained, experienced and insured should anything not go to plan. You can compare cheap quotes from removal companies here at Quotes4Removals to find a price that suits your budget.
2. Avoid Peak Time
The summer months, weekends, Fridays and bank holidays are the busiest times for removal companies, so if you choose to move on one of these days you are likely to have to pay a premium. Even if you can’t avoid moving during the summer, selecting a less popular day for your removals, such as a Monday, will reduce the price of your move.
Removal companies calculate the price of your move by the volume of goods that you wish to be transported to your new home, so the less you move, the cheaper your removal service will be. De-cluttering can be a time consuming activity, so make sure that you start this in advance. If you haven’t used something in over 12 months, or it’s broken or obsolete, it’s time for it go. You may even be able to sell some items that you no longer use!
4. Get a Pre-move Survey
All professional removal companies should send a surveyor round to your property to confirm the volume of the possessions you intend to move. This allows them to provide an accurate quote and ensure they come prepared on the day. If you have reduced the volume of your belongings during your clear out, you may find that the cost of your move is less than your original quote.
Not only will getting a pre-move survey ensure they have the correct equipment and vehicle size to move your belongings safely and promptly to your new home, but they will also be able to recommend an appropriate amount of packing boxes needed – so make sure you don’t hide anything!
5. Borrow Boxes
Asking if your removal company can lend you packing boxes is another great way to save money. Although you could collect boxes from supermarkets, when you get boxes from your removals firm you can be confident that they are a good standard and specifically constructed for house removals. It will also take away the task of finding somewhere to get rid of them once you have moved, as most removal companies will retrieve them from your home.
Another good way to be economical with your packaging materials is to use towels and blankets to protect your items. Not only will this save money on purchasing paper or bubble wrap, but it will also save you the space where your towels and blankets would have been packed.
6. Do Your Own Packing
Many removal companies offer their customers a packing service, but packing your belongings yourself is an effective way to save money on your move. It is recommended that you ask your moving firm for tips on how to safely pack your items – they will be able to offer you expert and knowledgeable advice.
If you are concerned about valuable or breakable items and do not wish to pack these yourself, your removal firm may be able to provide you with a fragile packing service. Although this would add to the cost of your move, it will still be cheaper than requesting a full packing service and you can have the peace of mind that your most precious items will be safe.
7. Dismantle Your Own Furniture
In addition to packing your own belongings, dismantling and reassembling your flat pack furniture will save you money on your removals. Dismantling flat pack furniture will not usually need more than a screwdriver or an allen key, and the assembly guidelines that have been hidden away in a draw. Your removal company will also be able to advise you on this process.
8. Be Organised
Some removal companies charge by the hour, so being organised in the run up to your moving day may save you some added costs. Make sure that parking permits where required and the key collection has been sorted out in advance to reduce hold ups on the day. You should also clear any pathways that the removal companies will be using and ensure your belongings are fully packed before the firm arrives.
Organisation during your move will allow you to keep on top of your outgoings at this time to ensure you do not go over your budget.