Moving house can be incredibly stressful, especially for families – having to box everything up, changing over your address, worrying if you’ve forgotten something. The last thing you need to worry about at this time is rising costs that you didn’t figure into your carefully planned budget. Here Edinburgh family removals specialists Removal Services Scotland suggest a few ways you can reduce the cost of moving your family, giving you money in your pocket to spend on things you really want.
1. Know what you’re moving into.
If you’re looking for a fixer-upper to work your magic on, be prepared to find temporary accommodation if necessary. There’s nothing worse than moving in, only to realise that you’ll have to move out while you work on the bathroom or remove walls. Either find a room that you know you can live in while the work is ongoing, or find alternative accommodation months in advance while it’s still quite cheap. Last minute rarely works.
Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork, including a survey of the house. Moving is expensive enough without finding mould or structural damage that needs repairing. Doing your homework on a property is vital, as it reduces stress and can save you a ton of money.
3. Get insured.
You may think of this as a wasted expense once you’ve moved in with all your belongings intact, but it’s better to prepare for the worse than be unreasonably optimistic. If your belongings do get damaged, you know that you’re covered and won’t have to shell out extra cash on replacements.
4. Ask the current occupants if they’re taking all their furnishings.
When people move house, it’s quite common to find that not everything will fit. In which case, it’s sometimes easier to offer goods to the next occupants – or even offer a great deal to save the cost of delivery and installation.
5. Jumble sales and car boots.
This is an easy way to get rid of all your unwanted stuff that will only clutter your new home. It’ll also give you some much needed cash reserves to spend on new things or home improvements.
5. Really know your movers.
Asking a friend or relative to do the heavy lifting might be cheap – but perhaps not when you open the doors at the other end. By using reputable movers, you can guarantee that all your belongings will get to your new home in exactly the same condition that they left the old one. They can also place each box in its designated room to help save you time while unpacking.
Sure, moving house can still be a time fraught with anxiety for the whole family – but with effective planning and a removals service you can rely on, you’ll be able to keep the stress at bay and the costs way down. Get the most out of your move while avoiding the standard pitfalls and start the next chapter of family life feeling instantly at home.