Moving house: Streamline your move to save time and money

Moving house: Streamline your move to save time and money

Few things are more stressful and time consuming than moving house.

And often it’s not a cheap process either, with removalists, packing materials and potential breakages costing you dearly at a time when you’re also likely to need to buy other furniture and appliances.

Simplifying and streamlining the moving process will save you time and your hip pocket, so here are some key tips to make that move as painless as possible.

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Make a list

Few things motivate you to keep the moving process rolling like creating a list of tasks that you can tick off, one at a time.

So, write down everything you’ll need to do to facilitate the move – starting with buying packing materials and finishing with organising the house to be cleaned, if you’re a renter – and you’ll minimise the chances of forgetting something important.

Declutter first

It’s not until you start going through your cupboards and wardrobes that you realise just how many things you own that you never wear, never use or never even knew you had.

So why take it with you to your new house?

Don’t pack it all up and then sift through it for hours when you’re unpacking after the move. Bag it up now and take it to a charity bin, organise a hard rubbish collection or simply throw it out.

And be ruthless. If you haven’t worn that pair of jeans for two years or used your popcorn maker since 2007, send them to a better place.

Sell your unwanted stuff

Getting rid of things you no longer need, but might still hold value for someone else, has never been easier.

Gumtree, eBay and other trading sites make it so simple to post a photo of your superfluous items and put them up for sale.

And you’d be amazed at what people will buy. Old plant pots? Yep. Your DVDs you haven’t watched in six years? Absolutely.

There’s a market for everything, and if you’re able to offload a bunch of possessions in the weeks leading up to the move, you won’t just save yourself time moving and packing, you might just sell enough to cover the cost of the move, too.

Start early

Do not make the mistake (as so many of us have done) of thinking you’ll be able to knock over your packing in a day or two.

It always takes longer than you think, so start early and you’ll be able to manage the process far more effectively.

Start with items you rarely use and finish with daily necessities like cookware, crockery and cutlery.

Sort your admin

You never realise how many companies or services you’re subscribed or signed up to until you move.

You don’t want unpaid bills being sent to your old address and costing you more in admin or late fees, so arrange a mail-forwarding service for those first few weeks, until you’re able to switch everything to your new address.

Again, make a list of the services you’ll need to switch over. A good tip is to go through your bank statements to refresh your memory about services you’re currently direct debited for that you may have forgotten about.

Move mid-week

Removalists will understandably charge more if you decide to move in prime time. That means weekends, of course – when almost everyone else is also relocating.

So if you’re able to, try to book your move for a Friday or another weekday, when you’ll be able to negotiate a better rate.

Plus, you’ll then have the weekend free to finish unpacking, or to sit back and admire your new digs.

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