Moving house indisputably ranks as one of life’s most stressful experiences and it can also be an expensive one. Fortunately, there are ways to save both stress and money. Here are four tips.
Get to grips with Gantt charting
With a Gantt chart you create a list of tasks (one per line) and plot those tasks against a schedule. As you do so, you identify which tasks depend on other tasks (for example, you can only start to back items in boxes once you actually have boxes) and which tasks can be performed at any time.
You should also think about how long it’s likely to take you to perform each task, obviously erring on the side of caution. Once you have a full list of tasks, you can then proceed to research the most affordable way of completing them. By the end of this, your Gantt chart will essentially be an at-a-glance project plan to see you through your move.
The less you have to move the less time and effort it will take to pack and unpack and the less it will cost you to get your belongings from A to B. Removal companies will typically base their costs on load and if you move your possessions yourself, then more weight means more fuel, hence a higher cost.
NB: if you plan to hire or borrow a van to move yourself then remember you will need insurance to drive it so you will need to factor this into your budget.
Choose a high-quality removal company but book ahead and move at an off-peak time
When it comes to removal companies, it’s perfectly valid to look at their headline prices, but it’s also really important to remember that there is a difference between price and value and so it may be worth paying at least a little extra for a company with an excellent reputation, which will help to reduce the hassle of your move. It’s also strongly recommended to choose a company which has insurance. The way to save money is to book as far ahead as you can and to avoid the most popular moving times which are Fridays and school holidays, especially in summer.
Do your own packing
Most removal companies will offer a packing service and this can be very convenient, but it’s definitely not the most budget-friendly option. You can buy packing materials, but it often makes sense to look around your house and see what you have first and then check with family, friends and local shops that will often have suitable cardboard boxes.
If you need more then try casting an eye over free local listings before heading online for the best deals and only pay high-street prices if you are in a real hurry. The advantage of doing your own packing is that it will both enable and encourage you to de-clutter to the maximum. In particular, if you have been holding on to anything which could be digitized, then go ahead and do so.
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