They say that other than death and divorce, moving house is one of the most stressful times in a human being’s life. Most people have gone through this at least once – and whether it is moving out of home for the first time, or upping sticks and heading off to a different country, the stress of the situation doesn’t get any less. If you’re planning a move but you don’t have a lot of cash then it can be hugely worrying to watch the costs spiral out of control. However, this doesn’t have to be the case and it really is possible to achieve successfully moving house on a budget. Here are some tips.
1. Establish those costs that are non-negotiable.
This will include the deposit if you are renting somewhere new, or expenses such as stamp duty and solicitors fees if you have just moved up, or onto, the housing ladder. Work out as accurately as you can how much all these are likely to be and then deduct this figure from your total budget straight away. What you have left will indicate how much you are going to have to work with for the move itself.
2. Think about whether or not you are going to be moving straight in.
Here, many people will take the option of using a storage facility where there is a gap between leaving one property and moving into a new one. However, storage companies can be extortionately expensive, and a big, shock cost if you haven’t budgeted for them in advance. If you have a friend with a spare room, or patient parents, then this is the time to take advantage of their generosity and leave your stuff for free until you’re able to move it to the new property.
3. Move out the day you move in.
Bearing in mind the point about storage, try and time it so that you can move in to your new property on the day you move out of the old one. Even if this means negotiating with the landlord/buyers to vacate the property on the date you want to, rather than they date they want to/the official end of the lease, you will save yourself a lot of money if you can avoid the cost of storage and temporary accommodation.
4. Avoid using a removals company.
Whilst some people view moving house as such a stressful experience that they just want to pack everything up and have someone else come and transport it all, sometimes this can be a bit of a false economy. Movers are expensive, even if you don’t go for the top of the range service, and there are all sorts of potential additional costs, such as extra charges if you go over the time you have booked them for because you can’t yet get into the new house. Other very good options include hiring a van yourself (remember to include the cost of the fuel in your budget and that there’s no automatic insurance for breakages), or hiring a ‘man with a van.’ In both these cases, much larger vehicles than a simple white van area available, with more than enough room to contain all your belongings.
5. Don’t make unnecessary purchases.
If you’re moving into a new place then until the costs of the move have filtered through your salary there is no need to overspend. You don’t need to have every room perfectly fitted out and decorated within a week of moving in, just make sure you have water, heat, light, something to cook on and something to sleep in.
Moving house on a budget is very do-able and this life event is not one that has to cost a fortune or bring with it an enormous amount of stress. With these sensible tips anyone can easily move house without breaking the bank.
Amy wrote this guest post on behalf of National London van hire.