Moving is supposed to be a happy occasion, isn’t it? You may be moving into your dream home or maybe relocating to work at your dream job. The fact is it seldom turns out to be that way. No matter how exciting the reason of moving houses is for you, the actual process of moving can be anything but. Packing your boxes, looking for new furniture, getting rid of stuff you no longer need can all turn out to be a bit of an anxiety ridden process.
A recent study has shown that almost 61% (close to two in three) adults believe that moving houses can be inherently more stressful than a relationship breakdown, or a change of job.
As humans, we are very territorial and moving from a known place to a new location can cause anxiety because of the change in comfort, routines and order. However, a much-underestimated aspect of this newfound anxiety and stress can be unaccounted moving costs. Recent studies show that on an average a person will move, on average, over 10 times in their life.
Can you imagine the cumulative effect of stress and anxiety you experience because of moving houses this many times?
Don’t Underestimate the Cost of Moving
Recent research has shown that in the past decade the cost of moving houses has gone up by a staggering 59%. An even more startling discovery made by the same study was that almost 84% of prospective house movers were unaware of the costs involved in moving homes.
Why do so many people underestimate these costs?
- Moving houses often entails hiring professional movers which can very quickly increase your expenditure.
- Whether you are moving across town or cross country moving will almost certainly involve added expenses when setting up new utilities. There can be varying factors that determine how much these new utilities will cost to set up, adding not just to your budget but also your stress levels.
- A new house might also need new furniture adding further to your moving expenses.
Money Saving Hacks
It’s not all doom and gloom, though. Maybe you get some unanticipated (but much needed) cash flow, by trying out a few hacks that could potentially save time as well as money. Let’s look at some tips that might just make moving houses a little more bearable not to mention a lot more cost efficient.
Be Ruthless and Get Rid of Stuff You Don’t Need
Moving houses can also be a time of deep nostalgia especially when you reconnect with items in your home. Sentimentality and fond memories could force you to hold on to things that you no longer need or have space for. But when moving homes, it’s important to get over the nostalgia and focus more on saving money. Packing more things will result in greater costs of transportation as well as storage costs if your new home has less space. While the process of getting rid of items you no longer need, can be time consuming and painstaking, it will also lead to lower costs while moving. Another positive of taking the extra effort is that it makes packing easier. The advantage of being ruthless and getting rid of a lot of junk is that you can now also sell it off if needed. Who knows, some of the stuff that you own might just be considered a ‘collectible’ and fetch you a good price online. So, if you find some electronic gizmos that you are no longer using or clothes that you never wear then they might just be the ideal candidates to sell off. So maybe being a little less emotion is not a bad thing after all.
Which Box You Have Packed Your Essentials?
Items of daily use should be packed separately and labelled in a manner that is easily identifiable to you. This ensures that you don’t have to dig frantically through your boxes to find the ones that contain all your essential items. Moreover, it will also save you unnecessary trips to the local shop to buy goods which might be more expensive. So not only will it save you from dealing with unwanted frustrations but also ensure that you don’t spend on items that you already have.
Don’t Be in a Hurry to Get Rid of All Your Food
While you might be tempted into throwing out all food before moving, it might be best to press pause on that thought. Considering that you have already spent some money in buying food wouldn’t throwing it away constitute a loss? However, if you expend a little bit more energy, there might be better ways to utilize the food you already have and in the process, save some money.
Firstly, start by making a list of all the food you have and then start thinking of a more creative meal plan for the weeks leading up to moving day. By ensuring that all the food in your house is used, it will significantly reduce expenditure on eating out or ordering takeaways. Another trick to save money on food is by ordering your food shopping online a day before you move so that it arrives at your new home on moving day. Again, this will allow you to save money on ordering takeaways.
Why Not Move on a Weekday?
Yes, weekends are definitely the more convenient option when moving homes but it can also come with added expenditure. Remember when moving that moving companies will always charge more during the weekends or on a public holiday. Even if you intend to hire a van it will cost you more during the weekends. There will be more traffic during the weekends which combined with the excess load you will be carrying will result in greater fuel consumption, further burning a hole in your pocket. By moving on a week day, you can avoid the added charges that moving companies usually charge while also avoiding unnecessary road congestion.
Save on Boxes
Now moving without boxes is impossible but you don’t have to buy your boxes. There are a whole host of ways you can get boxes for free without you having to spend money for it.
- Ask around at your place of work about unwanted boxes because it’s likely that there will be more than a few of them around. Printer paper boxes are especially strong and big enough for a decent amount of items.
- If you have friends or relatives who have recently moved house then you can ask them if they have any packing boxes.
- You can also post out a request on social media for boxes.
- Ask your local supermarkets if they have any unused packaging boxes lying around.
- Check out online websites on recycling or garbage day and you might just find somebody nearby who has moved in and are no longer in need of packing boxes.
Ask for Help
For a few aspects of moving houses, you can ask your friends and family for assistance. By packing yourself as well as dismantling some of your furniture you can save on removal expenditure. Packing all your stuff, however, can be very time-consuming and therefore it will be beneficial if some of your friends and relatives can pitch in. You can also check online for tips on packing your belongings in a more time and energy saving manner. You could save further by not having to employ a professional cleaning service if some of your friends can help you out both when you are moving out as well as in your new home.
Changing Your Utility Providers
Sometimes when moving to a new home it just makes better financial sense to switch your utility providers as it could lead to sizable savings. It’s important to remember when doing that you don’t offset the savings due to cancellation charges or exit penalties. By changing to a new more cost effective utility provider you will definitely benefit not just while moving but also in the long run. Also, do the required research and legwork in advance so that you are sure of accepting the best deal on offer
Save on Furniture
Worried about spending a fortune on furnishing your new home? Well, don’t because a number of goods are available at no cost online. It’s all about accessing the power of web communities. Scratching your head wondering about the potential ‘catch’ in this concept? Don’t worry there is no catch. Instead of throwing away their goods or selling them online, people use the power of the internet to offer them to people in their community.
Of course, it’s never going to be smooth sailing but you can certainly make the entire process easier on yourself as well as more cost efficient. By being prepared and following some of the tips mentioned you might just find that the entire process of moving was quite less stressful than you ever thought it would be.
Cameron Farrell is a problem solver. Coffee trailblazer. Passionate creator and a Financial aficionado specialising in helping victims of mis-sold PPI. To learn more visit: http://www.ppirefund.co.uk
November 24, 2016