15th May 2017 at 6:51am
Moving home can be tiresome and stressful. Having recently moved, I know how costs can really rack up, not to mention the amount of strain involved.
For me, it was a time of high emotions and even higher frustrations. I just wanted it to be over so I would never have to see another cardboard box ever again.
But there are ways to ease the burden and make upping sticks a simpler and almost stress-free affair. If only I’d known them a couple of months ago….
Take a look at our tops tips to help you move home without the hassle.
When it comes to packing, starting early is key and saves time and energy later down the line.
I swore I would start the process months prior to the big day, but my good intentions fell by the wayside and before I knew it I had a week to go and had not filled a single box.
So begin packing as soon as you can, starting with the items you know you won’t use before moving.
Which brings me on to my next point…
Chuck the junk
One thing you realise when you start packing up your life is just how much junk you have. And believe me you do NOT want to move more than you need to.
The best way to deal with this surplus of stuff is to think of the last time you used things. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used or worn something in 6 months, throw it out.
And if you get going on this task early enough, why not try to sell what you don’t need and make a bit of cash while you de-clutter? There are loads of sites for selling, such as Ebay, Shpock and Gumtree.
Remember to factor in food
The one thing I completely forgot about when moving was the fact that I had a fridge, freezer and kitchen cupboards full of food which all needed to be transported to the new place.
And when you have a freezer full of food, one thing is for sure, it’s going to go to waste. So why not plan ahead, as reallymoving.com suggests ‘make an inventory of all the food you have to consume before moving house and see how you can create an inventive meal plan for the weeks running up to your house move.’
So get in the kitchen and plan before you waste a pantry full of produce.
Compare to cut your costs
You may need to hire some professionals to get the job done for you, whether it’s movers, packers, or both, it pays to shop around.
Take the time to research your area and ask for quotes from a number of companies. Don’t just go with the one at the top of google search, delve deeper.
The DIY move
When it comes to upping sticks, DIY is definitely the best money saver. I’m talking packing, hauling and driving, doing it all yourself and not paying any professionals.
This is the option I went for and it saved me a whole load of cash. Instead of forking out for removal men I hired a van for a little under £50 for 4 hours rental, that’s a bargain!
But I simply couldn’t move everything on my own…
Get by with a little help from your friends
Luckily, I had a lot of friends who were happy to help me and my partner with the move. We have an agreement that if someone helps us, we will help them when the time comes for them to move. It works really well and all I had to do was provide some nourishment in the form of pizza and beer at the end of the day.
We managed to move the contents of my whole house in one day and build the flat pack furniture again at the other end, all without forking out on fees.
So get your friends involved, it could save you – and them – a pretty penny.
Beware the deposit potholes
If you’re renting, remember that you could lose your deposit if the property isn’t up to scratch when you leave.
I’ve been caught out with this before; not leaving enough time to clear the cobwebs and get the place looking presentable can result in an unhappy landlord or letting agent.
I was stung by a hefty deduction on my deposit for not dusting behind the radiators and forgetting to scrub the inside of the washing machine. These were silly mistakes which could have been easily avoided.
So, when the time comes, try and set aside time to clean the property from top to bottom.
A good tip is to get in touch with your letting agency or landlord and be present at the checking out inspection. That way you can put right anything you’ve missed and agree any reasonable deductions with the agent or landlord.
Moving can be tricky, but if you follow our seven top tips it could be a breeze. So give them a go, and see if you can save time, money and needless stress.