Moving to a new home can be costly, as well as stressful. Not only will you have to take time off from work, but there are other cost considerations that you need to foresee such as removalists, storage and packing materials. But if you plan well in advance, gather enough information about these costs on how to avoid or at least lessen such, and execute the plan, then you might be able to cut costs or at least manage these in the most efficient way.
Here are some helpful tips that can get you started in managing your costs of moving houses:
- Set your timeline and make realistic milestones – set a date of your move and work yourself backwards when it comes to setting your timeline. Make certain milestones along the way, as you move towards your goal. Examples of such milestones are: setting a deadline on when to clear your clutter; when to have your sorted items picked up at your place and deliver these to either charity or throwing these away; when to start and finish your research on finding storage facilities, professional movers; when to get them to pack, pick up or deliver your items to the storage facilities and to your new home; and when to have the utilities cut and be installed in your new home. These milestones will help you achieve your to-do list and get you moving.
- Do ample research – when you are looking for storage facilities and professional movers, make sure you are shopping for the most convenient self storage facilities and the best prices for any moving vans, professional movers or other services you need for your move. With the information you gathered, you see which of the choices you have can best answer your house removal and self storage needs. You also give a timeline and deadline for yourself when to expect their quotations (you need to follow up on this!), and when you need to confirm getting their services.
- Call in reinforcements – before you move your items, you need to de-clutter your home. You do not need professional services for this. All you need is a little help from your friends and family members. Moving house is a battle, so you just need to call them up. Take this opportunity to give away to them some items that you don’t really need. This way, you are already clearing up your items productively. Even if they managed to get some items from you, you still make sure you reward them for helping with a great lunch or dinner.
- Recycle – try not to buy too much packing material. If you happen to have good and sturdy boxes that you find in your attic, or if you free up some storage space like containers, then you can use these to store items that you need to be moved. If there is none that you can find at home, then you can source as much of it as you can from shops or from around your home.
- Clean up and sort it out – try and throw out, give away and sell as many of your belongings as you can before you move. This will reduce the cost of your move in many ways – there will be less to take with you and if you require a temporary self storage space while waiting for your new home to be done, you only need a small space, thus resulting to lesser costs.
Moving houses can be exciting when done efficiently. It is not fool proof that you will not encounter bumps or challenges along the way, but if properly planned and executed, it can be very exciting and build relationships among friends and family members who helped you. Moving houses can teach you a thing or two about reducing costs and inconveniences through proper planning, proper execution of plans, patience, thoroughness in research, and ability to face challenges along the way. Moving houses can be fun.