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When it becomes necessary to move because of a job or simply because you want a change in scenery, it can be expensive. Suddenly you realize you’ve accumulated quite a bit as you’ve lived comfortably in one spot over time. As you look at the cost of uprooting the family and all your possessions, you might appreciate some suggestions on how to do it without breaking the bank.
1. Move Yourself
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As tempting as it is to hire a professional removing company, it’s also an expensive way to go about moving. You can save hundreds if not thousands by hiring your own self-drive Luton van instead. Then bribe your family and friends into helping you load it. The expense of a couple large pizzas and some beverages is going to save you a lot of dosh when all is said and done.
2. Check Out Your Moving Options In Advance
There are several removal options you should check out. Call each one and get a quote. Compare the prices of hiring a van to hiring “cubes” or “pods.” These are containers that you fill with furniture and household items which the removal company then delivers to your new location. You may know someone who can get you a deal or offer you a lorry of his own. The point is to investigate the possibilities long before you have to hit the road.
3. Schedule During Downtimes
Removal services or self-drive van companies charge different rates for different times during the week or month. They can charge higher rates when the demand is up, so find out when the demand is lower. Ask when their rates come down. It could be during the week or during the Fall. It can almost be guaranteed that rates will be less expensive in the middle of the month compared to the end of the month. Either way, you should be able to find a time that is less expensive if you ask.
4. Decide What Comes and What Stays
Start with your furniture. Some of your older pieces may not be worth the expense to move them. When packing a big Luton, space is important.
You could have a moving sale or list your items on Gumtree. You may have lots of items that will be easier to replace than to move. Selling them will save the cost of moving them, putting extra money in your pocket in the meantime.
5. Purge Your House
You could sell or unload your items as listed above. But if you’re like just about anyone else in the world, you have a great deal of items which you don’t use anymore and probably couldn’t sell for very much. Instead of hanging on to them, either throw them out or give them to charity shops.
You might have old decorations throughout your house which would just take up valuable space during a removal. Let them go; start new and fresh in your new home. Use local fresh flowers from direct2florist to brighten up your new place until you have a chance to decorate.
When going through old items you’ve held on to for years, it’s easy to fall into the trap of saying, “what if I need that one day?” If you haven’t used it for the last 2-3 years, you’ll never need it. It’s just taking up space and will cost you to take with you. Go through your closets, go through your boxes, go through everything stored and clean house.
6. Don’t Pay For Boxes
Don’t buy new boxes for your move; all that new cardboard can be extremely expensive. Instead, approach stores in your area. Ask for boxes they’re throwing out. For that matter, seek out cardboard recycling locations and see if they’ll give you some. A grocer’s shop is a good place to find heavy-duty boxes, as are hospitals, laboratories, and restaurants. Another excellent resource would be someone who has just moved into your area.
7. Eat Your Food, Don’t Move It
As the time for removal approaches, start going through all your stored food and eat it. Go through your pantry and your freezer. That will save you on groceries and reduce what you have to move at the same time.
There are many great ways to save money along the way if you make a plan. Use this time to clean out and streamline your life. Save a bit of money in the process and you can start fresh in your new home.
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