Moving is stressful. There’s the packing that seems to go on forever (“Where did I get so much stuff?”), the endless cleaning of bathrooms, cornices and curtains (“I swear, next time, I’m hiring someone”) and the usual exclamation that comes upon finally landing, safe and sound, in your new home (“That’s it, I’m never moving again”.) And while moving does seem to necessarily engender some stress levels, it shouldn’t have to be disastrously pricey event. Here’s how to move house without leaning too heavily on the bank balance.
Without a doubt, removalists can create some of the biggest costs (and heartaches) of the moving process and it’s essential to invest some time in finding the right one. We’re all looking to save money, but it’s better to spend some upfront capital and avoid having to spend extra money in damaged furniture or medical costs to your best mate who totally did his back in the move. Book early and for mid-week and you might be lucky and get a discount. It’s also worthwhile checking whether they have any insurance, and be slightly skeptical of the cash-in-hand approach.
Early Bird Wins
Notify your utility companies and set a date for them to do a final metre reading in advance. If you’ve set a date, you’ll save money on any extra costs and will be able to budget your utilities accordingly. I once didn’t organise myself in time, and ended up funding some of the next tenant’s electricity bill, which isn’t a positive experience for any budget.
Do Your Research
If you give yourself enough time, this could be a great opportunity to add some space into your budget. Do extensive research on the best electricity and gas offers in your local area, the most budget-friendly internet provider, and reconsider the need for a landline and cable TV subscription.
Or redirect them to your new address. Be sure to take care of all your mail, and redirect it to your new house. Cancel newspaper subscriptions, cable (and maybe consider cancelling cable for good in order to have some extra money in your budget) and any ongoing maintenance services you use.
The worst possible scenario is that you could be caught out in your new house without insurance, and something go wrong. Make sure your insurance has been transferred to include the date your furniture is delivered. You might even be able to save money on car and contents insurance if your new area is deemed safer.
Collect Your Bond
Ah, the terror of the bond. I can remember, when I was first renting, how fixated we were on the bond, every drop of tea that fell on the carpet was the end of our chances of ever seeing our money again. Yes, it can still be stressful. Give your landlord as much notice as possible, and ask that the bond be deposited in your account promptly so as not to love money on the interest it could be earning. If there is some damage to your property and the landlord insists on taking it out of the bond, get your own quote for the damage. They are only allowed to deduct the damage, so be sure to have your own information on the attendant costs. Or, save yourself the money, get a mate to fix it, and pay them in beer.