Moving home is an expensive business. Pulling together a deposit is no longer enough. From stamp duty to removal costs, set up costs and Estate agent fees… everyone you come into contact with will be trying to dip their sticky fingers into your pockets./div>
So if someone challenged you to find a way of saving money when moving house, you would be forgiven for laughing out loud! But it is possible! Here’s the FeastStyleThrive guide on how to do it.
1: Compare Estate Agents
The cheapest agent isn’t always the best value and the most expensive isn’t always the best agent.
It’s vital that you do your research before committing to any company and the good news is that a company called www.GetAgent.co.uk makes this very easy to do. It will show you a list of the six best agents in your area, how quickly each agent sells, the percentage of asking price they achieve and how many properties they have listed around your area. This coupled with a list of each agent’s fees means you can compare the best agents quickly and easily – possibly saving you time AND money when selling your house!
2: Book Early!
Chasing the conveyance and following up with the estate agent is not a fun game… everyone is waiting to know that magical date that you will complete on your property purchase and moving can commence…
As soon as you know that date, BOOK your removals company, sky engineer and every other workman you may want to fix up the old place and sort the new place.
Did you know that by booking early, you can save up to 25% of the cost with removal firms? That’s one hell of an incentive to get organised!
Additionally, if you are using large companies ensure you look for deals and discount codes.
And if you’re super thrifty, hire your own van, recruit your family and friends get as many hands as possible helping you move!
3: £500 Challenge
Picture this: You’re taking the rubbish out and someone comes up to you outside your house and offers you £500, would you take it? Silly question. Of course you would!
So when you are waiting for your legals to go through take time to completely clear your house of unwanted items. Use Facebook Sale groups, Gumtree, Ebay, Friday Ad, Auction Houses and Car Boot Sales to sell all your unwanted items. I challenge you to raise £500 out of the items you would usually throw away… Forget saving money when moving house, earn it!
4: Use free boxes
Did you know that your local Homebase has a crate of free boxes you can help yourself to at its exit? Head down there on a frequent basis to pick up large moving boxes completely free! This could save you around £150!
With the agent, the vendor, removals company, utilities companies, the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker… whoever it is, negotiate the pants off them! Maybe not the tax man though… Stamp Duty is non-negotiable (unfortunately!).
6: Avoid Mail Forwarding Costs
Two months before you move, start changing your address to a friend or family member’s address. This way, as post arrives over the two months it reminds you to keep changing your address. When you finally move into your home, make sure you take all that mail (if it’s anything like mine, it’s unopened!) and tell them of your new abode!
I hope this helps and takes some of the stress out of the process! Any other tips that I’ve missed, please add them below in a comment.
And a special thanks to Chelsea from GetAgent.co.uk for her huge help in pulling this piece together!