Saving Money When You Move12 December 2015
When you are doing a house move, it can be hard to keep track of all your expenses and really stick to your initial budget. For families who have never relocated before it is advisable to prepare their budget before they proceed with anything else. This will allow them to know where their money are going at any given minute, as well as how much they can afford to spend on different services that the moving companies offer. In general, most people want to know if there are certain tips that can help them save some money and still have a successful relocation. There are indeed some cost-saving suggestions which can really work for your removal.
Save money on the removals company
In the very first stages of the move’s preparation you will quickly find out that the biggest amount of money will go for the fees and the extra charges of the moving company. That is why you need to decide how much you can do on your own and what professional services can you afford to pay for. The first dilemma would be: should I move on my own or should I hire a removals company. If you decide to do a self-move, you will need to hire the moving truck or a man-and-van service at least. If you don’t think you can manage on your own or you simply don’t have enough time, then you will have to hire a truck and movers. This would mean plenty more charges, tips, hidden costs, etc. After that you will need to decide whether you could do all the packing yourself. This is one of the biggest tasks of every move, so you have to be honest to yourself.
A successful packing process has to be planned, you will need to take the inventory of the entire household, gather the necessary packing materials, supplies and all the tools and have plenty of help. Moreover, you need plenty of time and information on how to pack fragile items, how to disassemble furniture pieces, how to wrap upholstery, how to pack books and clothes and so on and so forth. Time can be the hardest thing to negotiate especially if you have to go to work and your children are at school too. Once you start packing you will realize how short weekends actually are and that time is not enough. However, you can save up quite a bit if you do the packing on your own which is a great advantage. On one hand, you don’t have to pay for this service and you can manage with the help of friends and family.
On the other hand, you can choose the packing material. This includes using paper or plastic bags instead of bubble wrap, used cardboard moving boxes, using linen for padding when you pack fragile items and many other ways. These techniques and the materials that are good replacement of the expensive ones are not something the movers would necessarily promote. You can find out for yourself about the variety of packing materials on the market and the alternative choices which won’t break your budget. Making use of these ideas will help you save up and invest more in your future home. It’s not a bad thing to be frugal when doing a house move. However, remember to always think about safety and choosing the right packing material, even if it’s been used before.