We have moved home three times in fifteen years for us it really was a case of that saying ‘new house new baby’. We moved into our first bought home when Chloe was a few months old, I realised I was pregnant with Dylan within a week of being in our second home and we moved to our current home when Erin was six months old.
Moving home is such an expensive process and I remember we were really caught out the very first month when we had an extra months mortgage to find. To a young couple with a baby this was more than we had budgeted for.
As we have moved we have tried to save costs where we can and this involved Lee and his brother moving us from home number two to three by themselves. Never again will I let my brother in law slide a wardrobe down the stairs with all my clothes still inside. It was a miracle that we had any furniture left after that move! Therefore the last time we moved we did use removers and that is one thing I wouldn’t cut corners on again. It is just so much easier to leave it to the professionals, who do it much quicker. It was also much safer!
Tips for cutting costs on moving home and keeping your relationship still be intact!
1. If using removers get quotes. The prices vary hugely as does the service. I would also ask friends in the area who they used.
2. Use an online agency like My online estate agent last month they conducted some research that found homeowners in Britain could have saved £3.5billion in 2014 if they’d sold with an online estate agent. they have unfront package prices and therefore save the homeowner expensive fees. *
3. Use this opportunity to get new quotes for utility suppliers and home insurance etc. many people find they can save large sums of money by changing providers.
4. If buying an older house take someone with you for a second viewing, can they spot any damp patches or cracks, do the windows open and close fully. You don’t want to find expensive problems after moving in. You need to know what will need fixing and whether you can take it on. As we were selling our home a gust of wind brought the fences down. I had to tell the first viewers that we would be getting them repaired.
5. Find out what the buyers are leaving behind as curtains and blinds being left can be a great advantage until the new owners are in a position to replace. Also find out if things like the cooker are included as if its free standing it will probably go with them. We didn’t know this the first time we bought a house.
6. Finally if you need more furniture scour freegle, your local freecycle and include charity shops in your search. One mans trash is another man’s treasure especially until you have saved up to buy more furniture. My parents recently gave away a stunning 1960’s sideboard to a local charity as they were having a new suite. Someone somewhere got a quality piece of furniture for a very good price.
Moving house is expensive but by following these tips you may just save yourself some money on the things you need to pay out for. Then buy yourself a good bottle of Prosecco and toast your health and happiness in your new home.
*To see the full piece of research visit the blog
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