Moving house can be quite expensive so it’s helpful to find ways of cutting down costs where you can. Here are just a few simple things you can do to save money on your move.
Save Money on Moving Boxes
Instead of forking out for all your storage boxes, consider a trip to your local supermarket. They often have leftover boxes and would be more than happy for you to take them off their hands. Do you have a friend or family member that has recently moved? They may have some leftover boxes that they’d be more than happy for you to take, it helps them out too!
Save Money on Your Move With Packing Materials
Packing materials can become expensive when you have to buy a lot but it doesn’t have to get pricey. A great tip for packing electronics and fragile items is to use old towels, sheets or clothes to compact your belongings to avoid breakages, cracks and scratches. For your most valuable items, we’d suggest using bubble wrap or packing paper but mostly using items you already have to protect your belongings will save you loads on packing material expenses.
Don’t Say No to Hand-Me-Downs
Don’t be afraid of accepting hand-me-downs from friends, family and neighbours for your new home. Most of us have things we don’t actually use sat around our homes. If you’re moving from uni or moving out from your parents home there might be lots of things that you need. Rather than heading down to Ikea, you could ask friends and relatives if they have bigger (more expensive) items they were actually planning on taking to the tip. You could even use community marketplaces like Gumtree or free-to-a-good-home options like Freecycle. That way, you can reuse, recycle and save a fortune.
In the weeks leading up to your move, you will probably realise just how much food you have tucked away in your cupboards and your freezer. Instead of buying more food a few weeks before you move, make use of all the food that needs eating up to avoid having to throw it away. That will save you on shopping for a week or two and avoid wasting money by throwing perfectly good food away.
When moving from one place to another, it can be hard to know if (and where) all your possessions will fit. A great way to manage this unknown is by using storage. Short term storage can be a great option whether upsizing, downsizing or simply moving accommodation over the summer between university years. If you choose to use storage whilst you move, which is a great way to make moving a lot easier, it’s important to pick a safe and secure storage company. Use a cost-effective company like us to get value for your money when storing your belongings. You can use our cost calculator to estimate what kind of storage you need, your budget or simply request a quote by giving us a call.
Work to Your Budget
Now you have a few ways to save money while you move. Use leftover boxes from friends or supermarkets, old towels and blankets are excellent free packing materials to keep your belongings safe. Eat up everything in your house and any furniture or appliances you can get for free is a big bonus, take it! For cost-effective, safe storage consider contacting us to request a quote.