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Moving isn’t only one of the most stressful things you will ever do, it can also be one of the most expensive too, BUT it doesn’t have to be. It is possible to cut the cost of your move and save lots of money.Here are some simple tips to help you do just that:
Whatever your moving budget is, it is always a good idea to be organized ahead of your move. If you start early, know what needs to be done and what you need to buy (boxes, tape, etc.) to achieve a successful move, you’ll be less likely to need something at the last minute and have to buy it from the nearest place, even if that is more expensive.
Pack in Advance
In a similar vein, you should make great efforts to pack at least a few days in advance because, whether you’re dealing with an office removalist or a home removal company, there is a good chance that you will be charged extra if the removers have to take more than anticipated. You may also be penalized by landlords if you are unable to vacate your property on the agreed date, due to not leaving enough time to pack.
Before you pack, it is, however, a good idea to go systematically go through the contents of your home, weeding out anything that you no longer need. Most of us have a lot of junk that really, we could do without, and getting rid of this at an early stage could mean a lower moving bill because we won’t have quite so much stuff to transport.
Could Your Expenses be Covered?
If you’re moving for work purposes, it is always worth seeing if you can convince your employer to cover your moving costs, or at least contribute to them. Many companies are willing to do this if they really want you’re for the job, so use your leverage to save yourself a bit of cash. The worst that can happen is they’ll say no.
Ask Supermarkets for Boxes
Instead of paying over the odds for packing boxes to safely shop your stuff in, start hitting up the local supermarkets, greengrocers, and shops in your area. Quite often, they will be happy to give you their spare cardboard boxes for free, and they’re just as good for packing as anything else.
Instead of just hiring the first removal company in your area you find on Google or only getting two or three quotes, spend a bit more time getting quotes from as many removal companies as you can find, so that you can get the absolute best price possible for your move, and bear in mind that some companies will be open to haggling, so if you’re prepared to play a tough game, you could get a really great deal.
Rent a Van
Often, it can be cheaper to simply pack your own stuff and rent your own van and move yourself. Of course, you will need to take into account the cost of fuel. Vehicle rental and any required time off work when making this decision and comparing it to professional quotes.
As you can see, moving might be a headache, but it doesn’t have to hit you in the wallet.