The cost of actually moving house is rising, often running well into the thousands. But there are ways to move on a budget, and save yourself time as well as money.
1. Declutter before moving
Sorting through your belongings and decluttering before moving will pay off, big time. It’ll save time on moving day itself, and when unpacking at the other end, and there will also be less to move, which could reduce your costs. Plus, by selling unwanted items, you could make some extra money to put towards moving.
2. Run down the fridge
Decluttering extends to the food in your fridge, as this will all need to be moved too. Start to run down the fridge, freezer and cupboard supplies in the lead-up to moving day, and leave yourself as little as possible to take to the new house.
3. Don’t forgo removals
It might be tempting to skip professional removals altogether and do it yourself. But a DIY move probably won’t save you money, and will definitely add time and stress to the process.
By the time you’ve factored in packing, fuel, numerous trips back and forth – or the cost of hiring a van, plus insurance – you’ll almost always end up paying more than for professional removals.
4. Book removals in advance
The best way to achieve budget removals is to book as far in advance as possible. Not only will you give yourself the best chance of securing a convenient date, but you’ll be more likely to get your first-choice removals company, and a competitive rate, too.
5. Get an accurate, bespoke quote
Every move is unique, so choose a company that gives bespoke quotes. With Spire Removals, the process starts with a visit to your home to assess the volume to be moved, as well as the locations involved and timeline. This means you can have confidence in your quote, because it isn’t going to change down the line.
6. Be flexible about packing
Professional packing services save time and can lower your stress levels too. But if cost is your primary concern, choose a moving company with an optional packing service. That way, you can decide if the time-saving is worth the extra cost, and won’t end up paying for a service you don’t need.
7. Choose a weekday move
Fridays and weekends are the most popular days to move house, so if you’re looking for budget removals, consider a midweek move.
Not only can it prove cheaper, but you’ll find more companies have availability. The roads might be quieter too, so you’re less likely to waste time in traffic between properties.
8. Be organised
Work out a time schedule for moving day and share this with everyone involved in the move.
Then, make sure you stick to it. By being organised, you’ll save time on the day, and avoid incurring extra fees from vacating the old property late, for example, or exceeding the hours your removers are booked for.