And Why a Man with a Van Might be the Best Solution
There’s no doubt that moving to a new house can be costly and time-consuming, not to mention highly stressful. If you’re working to a tight budget and want to keep those costs down, however, there’s plenty you can do.
From moving beds and sofas to your large screen TV and kitchen appliances, here’s our quick guide on how to save pennies and keep your stress levels down to a minimum.
- Start Prepping Early
Most people don’t realise how much work goes into moving home until they actually do it. Of course, a lot is going to depend on how much stuff you have in the first place. The key to cutting costs is doing your preparation as early as possible.
As soon as you know that you are going to be moving, start collecting boxes and packing material. Ask your friends and family and see what they have and, while you’re at it, check to see if the neighbours have spare boxes you can use. Packing materials like bubble wrap can be costly but there may be other things you already have at home you can use such as towels, blankets and even clothing.
Incidentally, this is a great time to declutter your home and get rid of things you’ve had lying around but don’t use any longer. It also means you have less to transport to your new home.
One other way to cut costs is to split your possessions into those that you can easily transport and those that are going to require a truck or van. If you have access to your new home well before you move out, you can start taking the smaller stuff over in your own car.
- Getting Friends and Family to Help
The best way to cut the costs when you move home is to find some eager little helpers. Friends and family will make a big difference on moving day if you can get them all coordinated. That means you’ll have to pick the right day, of course. Friends may be less eager if they have to lose a day’s pay at work or need to find childcare.
- Hire a Man with a Van
Hiring a large removal van and people to load it is one of the biggest costs involved in moving house. If you have items such as furniture, appliances and carpets that need to be transported, you won’t be able to avoid a larger vehicle. But that doesn’t mean you have to go full speed ahead with a big removals firm either.
Hiring a man with a van is another option to consider. These are smaller business that provide a range of different transportation and courier services for local customers. They will be able to pack and transport your bigger possessions and generally do it at a much lower cost than a professional removals team. You also get greater flexibility because they are more likely to provide a personal service that is better tailored to your needs.
With a little careful planning, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to keep the costs of moving home down. Find free packaging, get friends to help or hire a man with a van and you’ll certainly find that your bank balance is in a much healthier condition when you settle into your new property.