Minimise The Stress And Cost Implications Of Moving House
With so many things to organise and not a lot of time to do it in, house removals are a stressful process. Once you’ve signed documents and have sorted out the buying or renting of your new house, the process doesn’t end there. With a removal company to find, packing materials to buy, a removal van to hire, you wouldn’t be wrong if you felt like money is leaking out of your wallet. Plug the financial hole that your house relocation has left you with and start to sure up your finances so that you still have some money to spend and enjoy once safely moved in to your new house.
1. Know what to expect.
Before you start making phone calls to removal companies, take some time to sit down and create a moving checklist. List everything that you anticipate that you’ll have to do for the upcoming move, so that when you set about doing them you’ll be able to tick them off one by one. If you’re super organised, try to create an excel spreadsheet, where you can have your list of services and then write down the different quotes you get from different companies for each service. This will allow you to scroll down and easily compare prices, making it easier for you to make an informed decision. Yes it may seem boring and a tad bit overboard for a removal task, but it’s still worth giving it a try as it may simplify things for you which can only be a good thing.
2. Plan meticulously for moving day.
Prepare to the max and do everything you possibly can to ensure moving day runs smoothly and efficiently so that you can get safely moved in to your new place without any problems. Liaise with your chosen moving company prior to moving day and make sure that you’re aware of every little detail and everything they plan on doing, because any unexpected events will only add to your already mounting levels of stress.
3. Get insurance!
Check that the firm and the services you hire are fully ensured. If you plan on moving yourself and hiring your own moving van, don’t forget to arrange insurance cover.
One way that many people tend to save money during a house move is to put a number of their items into storage. You may be thinking how is this going to save money since I’ll still have to pay for a storage unit? Well by putting a lot of your items into storage, you’ll have fewer items that you’ll need to transport on moving day. If you’re smart about it, you could even carry out the move by yourself, and then once settled in to your new house, make a few more trips to the storage facility to pick up the rest of your items. Of course this will only work if you don’t have many large and awkward to carry items, but it’s well worth thinking about it. Weigh up the costs of hiring a storage unit and making a few trips back and forth in comparison to hiring a specialist company.
5. Budget your move.
Don’t forget to take into account all those little extras that will add up to increase the cost of moving day. If you’ve got any pets, you may have to arrange some alternative transportation for them, or put them in kennels for a couple of days. Kids’ running about the place are a nightmare when you’re trying to organise a house move so you may have to factor in child care costs.