There are many reasons why you might be considering moving house. One of the main reasons for most families is that they are expecting a baby and require more space. Other reasons include moving to a nicer neighborhood or moving into a house that is closer to relatives. However, even though there are many reasons why a family should move, there is usually one overwhelming thing preventing them from doing so. And that is the cost of moving. Many people think that moving house is extremely expensive. However, don’t let that put you off relocating as all these tips can help you move home on a shoestring budget!
Know Your Budget
Don’t attempt to move without thinking about your budget first. Working out the figures will give you an idea of how much you can afford to put towards the move. Sticking to your budget will prevent you from overspending at any point during the move.
Shop Around For Movers
One of the first questions you might be asking yourself is ‘how much do movers cost’? Well, you may be very surprised to hear that they don’t have to cost quite as much as you think. The key to finding a good price for a moving firm is to shop around. Don’t just hire the first one who you speak to. Get quotes from a variety of different companies to see who can do the job for the smallest price. You might also find that moving on the weekend is a lot more expensive than doing everything through the week so it could be worth planning your move for a cheaper day.
Have A Clearout
When you are packing all your belongings up, you should carefully think about what you take with you to your new home and what you get rid of. It could be worth trying hard to have as much of a clearout as possible and selling the things you don’t need. You will be able to list all your old clothes, books, and DVDs on online auction websites, such as eBay. You could also try selling your furniture that you don’t need in the new house. The best way to sell large items such as furniture is to post adverts on sites such as Gumtree and Craigslist.
Be Frugal In The Kitchen
Ideally, you need to start packing everything at least a week before the big moving day. Most people who start this early will end up without cooking utensils and pots and pans in their kitchens for the last few days in their old house. As a result, most families end up eating expensive takeouts and eating out in the run up to moving day. However, there is a way to get around this problem. You just need to do some batch cooking before you pack your kitchen up. For instance, cook a few lasagnes and shepherd’s pies and freeze these in portions. You can then defrost portions for your meals in your final week in the home.