Anybody who has ever moved house will know that it is not only time consuming and exhausting but it can also be expensive too. With so much to think about, the costs and any budget can get left behind and before you know it you’ve spent way too much on your move.
Moving from London
So what about moving from London? First, you’ll probably save quite a bit from not living in the capital – a place where prices, petrol and pretty much everything else are far more expensive than the rest of the country.
Second, there are some really simple and underused ways for you to save some serious cash and make the move as painless as possible.
- Don’t buy cardboard boxes. One of the first items you’ll need to move is lots of boxes to store stuff in. These can get quite expensive if you have a lot of stuff to move, and then at the end of the process you’ll have to either store them (which takes up space) or recycle them (which is a waste of money). Instead, go to your local recycle centre and grab boxes from there instead. It’s free and you can return them for recycling once you have moved.
- Get rid of stuff you don’t need. Instead of moving everything you own and the associated costs of moving, storing and keeping it all, you can use the move as an opportunity to spring clean your belongings and get rid of things you don’t need. Take the time to go through your belongings as you pack and ruthlessly discard anything you haven’t used/worn in the last year.
- Purge your unwanted belongings quickly. Most people will try to save money by running eBay auctions or selling them at a car boot, but the reality is that it will probably cost you more to do this than you’ll make back. When you factor in the time it takes as well, you’d be better off purging quickly by taking the whole lot down to a local charity shop.
- Improvise your packing. Bubble wrap might be fun to pop but if you need a lot of it then it’s an expense you don’t need. Pad your boxes with towels, bed linens, clothing and newspapers instead to protect your valuables.
- Move at off-peak times. London is hectic most of the time and could make for a traumatic journey when you eventually move. By moving late in the evening or at night you can avoid the traffic, pay less on the toll roads and have a happier move!
- Get paid to move. If you are looking to move from London because of a new job then it makes sense to speak with your new company about claiming money back for relocation costs as part of the offer. You’d be surprised how often companies will pay for these – especially if you are a valuable asset to them.
- Use a good moving company! This should go without saying, but using a trusted and reliable home removal service will save you time, money and energy. The best companies will even help to pack and carry all of your belongings too.
Moving from London (or anywhere else for that matter) can be a very stressful and expensive time. By using these tips you can make the process as affordable and manageable as possible.
If you have any other tips or ideas on saving money when moving away from London or another expensive city, then please share them in the comments below!