The best way to ensure you don’t blow your budget when it comes to moving house is to make sure you’re only taking with you what you absolutely need.
A lot of us accumulate so much stuff over the years and most of it is either pointless or worthless but nevertheless, some sense of 'attachment’ leaves it stacking up in our attics and basements. When you’re about to relocate, it’s the perfect time to address this wastage so that you’re only moving the items that will actually serve a purpose from one property to the next!
The problem is that it seems so daunting when you consider going through your entire home and assessing the worth of each item in it. It’s always best to engage in this whole process ahead of booking the removal company so that you can get the most accurate quote for their services.
Boxing up items room-by-room methodically will simplify the whole process. When you’re separating your stuff into piles of things to be kept and things to be discarded, box up as many of the things you are keeping as you can so that they’re good to go. Obviously, make sure you mark the contents clearly on the outside of the box including the room they came from and the things inside it, so the house movers are in no doubt where to set it all down in the new property.
Rather than discarding the things you no longer need, you can use them to raise some money towards the cost of your move. You could hold a garage sale and price up the things you wish to sell. Circulate some leaflets locally advertising your sale, place posters outside your property and let people know on Facebook. All that will ensure you have good attendance.
In the process of purging your stuff and ruthlessly setting to one side the things you no longer need, you have not only made a little bit of money but you have streamlined the whole removals process, reducing the stress levels involved and preventing you from having to leave things in storage.
With the things you have left in your home that you wish to take with you, if you have packed as much as you can in boxes (apart from furniture, of course), you will have a really accurate idea of how much you are going to move. This is crucial as many people ask for quotes from removals companies when they are vague about how much stuff they have. It’s more or less impossible for house movers to assess the time they will need for the job, the size of vehicle and the number of people required without having a clear picture of how much work is involved.
Getting an accurate quote will save you from being charged an indeterminate amount of money for not providing enough information before booking the movers.
The other benefit of clearing out the things you no longer need is that when the day of the move comes, you will have spared yourself a whole load of stress trying to squeeze everything into the removal van when in fact you no longer have a purpose for it.
Considering moving home is one of the most stressful of life’s experiences, so anything that keeps both the cost and stress levels down has got to be worth considering!