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Cutting The Cost Of Moving Home
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Great ways of cutting the cost of moving home

1. Dump the junk

Don't pay for items to be moved only to get rid of them later. During your preparation to get your home ready to sell, when decluttering, get rid of unused and unwanted belongings. This is a fantastic way of cutting the cost of moving home. Tthink 'Green' 'Recycle' where ever possible. Do you have friends of family that need what you don't? Could you have a car-boot, garage or yard sale, have you thought about ebay or other ways of selling items?

2. Get quotes from reputable removal companies.

Another way of cutting the cost of moving home is to take a look in the yellow pages or go on line and look for companies that belong to trade associations. In the UK look for members of the British Association of Removers (BAR) see contacts below.

Get Quotes from several different companies. Many companies quote on different basis so be sure to check around.

Even if you don't plan to use them, they may notice things that you haven't thought about.

3. Give an honest description of your new home.

The moving estimator wont have seen it, they won't know about the fact that it is four floors up and with no lift. This avoids disputes and stress on the day.

When you receive the estimates, scrutinise them and ask further questions. Not all companies quote on the same basis so ensure that you are comparing 'Like-for-like'. Remember to include all the areas like sheds, garages, attics and basements..

4. Book early, avoid Fridays!

Many companies will charge you less if they can schedule your move with others in the same day. On the flip side you will pay more if you book the move last minute. Avoid the busiest days of the week...Friday and Monday, If you can. Tuesday is said to be the relocation and moving companies quietest day.

5. Share your Van!

If you're moving but don't think you will fill the whole removal van then think about sharing the cost of moving with someone else. Go online to to match your move with another. One drawback is that you may not get your goods that same day.

6. Do It Yourself

Well why not? Obviously you need to take into account the size of furniture and the quantity but this is an option that will save you quite a lot of money. If you have had estimates for the move, then you will likely know how large a van they propose. Most companies will suggest how many packing boxes you will require...this will give you an idea of how many van loads you will need to make the move.

When considering this option, be careful to consider the height and weight of large furniture.

Cost in the amount for the hire of a van. Up to £150.00/ day for a 7.5 tonne van (approx 6 meters long). Also bear in mind the hastle of parking for longer...only you to unload, not a team of 6 strong bodies.

Cost in the hire of packing materials and crates.

Cost in the price of petrol and parking.

If you want to go down the DIY route but need some extra muscle....

7. Man And A Van

A man and a van will be cheaper than using a removal company. Possibly £80/ day but usually quite a bit more. Remember that you may not get decent insurance cover with these one man operations...see Insurance... Check if the man-and-van is used to doing this sort of work. Have they got removal trolleys, covers and dustsheets to protect your goods.

8. Pack efficiently.

It is amazing just how much air you end up packing...I've done enough of it on House Doctor to know...So try and be efficient with the packing.

Avoid using any old boxes from the local supermarket. These are not always very strong, they are irregular in shape and wont pack well in the van.

Invest in some decent strength packing boxes. If using a removal firm they will supply these for you.



9. Pack up as much as you can yourself.

The more any firm does for you, the more they will charge you. Discuss this with them when you are getting quotes from each firm.

If you plan to pack up all the contents yourself, to save money, get the boxes in good time and give yourself a month to carry out the task. A1 House Moving Boxes supplies a 40-box pack (they say is enough for 3-4 room house!) for £52.00.

10. Check your home insurance.

You may be covered for accidents during house moving if you use a reputable removal company. Some firms will charge you a cost in the quote, so be sure to check out your insurance and negotiate if you already have cover.


11. Empty the freezer.

This is of particular importance in the summer. There may be delays in the time the freezer is loaded onto the van and unloaded and plugged in.

Take the opportunity to clean out the fridge/ freezer and use up all the items in it over the months leading up to the move.

If you are moving the house yourself, full freezers and VERY heavy.

12. Inspect all the items after the move.

Make sure that you have worked through your property, with the estimator, and pointed out all the expensive/ irreplaceable things.

Following the move inspect the furniture and bring any problems to the attention of the foreman as soon as you notice anything.

13. Read your meters.

Read the meters both in the house you are leaving and the new property. Note these down and call the suppliers with your reading so that no disputes arise some time down the line.

14. Don't bear unnecessary costs.

Cancel any insurance/ long standing bills that are associated with your old home and make sure that insurance is set up for your new property...this could be a very costly issue if a fire or other disaster happens on the day you move in.

Be sure to speak with the current owners of your future property and agree anything that is to be left. It is not uncommon to find that you are dealing with someone else's rubbish disposal of carpets/ furniture/ attic contents/ garden and building waste.

If anything has been left, not agreed, contact your solicitor to resolve the issue.

15. Check if your company will pay up.

If your move is work related, you may be able to get them to pay some of the moving costs or related tax. Find out what they will be responsible for.

Related Articles:

What to do checklist 4 - 6 weeks before moving home.

What to do checklist 5 days before moving home.

What to do checklist 2 days before moving home.

What to do checklist on moving home day.

What to do checklist on moving in day

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Who to notify when moving checklist.

Useful contacts and further reading

British Association of Removers -
National Guild of Removers & Storers -
Pack'n'move for all your packing up supplies -
Share the cost of moving, find someone else to go halves -
Pack up your home yourself -
Recycle in your area, find someone who wants what you've got -
General advice on the whole home moving process at the BBC -
Good advice on finding packers and movers and how to prepare -


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