Thursday 9 May 2024

Top Tips for Moving House on a Budget

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Moving house is an exciting adventure, but it can also be a financial strain. There never seems to be a "right time" to move and lets face it, it's always going to be stressful. But don't worry, with some clever planning, a few budget-friendly hacks, and Currie Easy Self Storage, you can navigate your move without breaking the bank or getting too stressed.

Here are some top tips to get you started:

Declutter and Downsize

This is the golden rule of budget moving. The less stuff you have, the less you'll need to move, saving money on removal costs and packing supplies. Ruthlessly sort through your belongings and ruthlessly get rid of anything that's broken, unused, or unloved. If you haven't used it, worn it, or needed it in the last few months, do you really need it?

Sell unwanted items online or at a car boot sale, donate to charity, or recycle. This will not only save you money but also give your new place a fresh, clutter-free start and you can out the money towards important things for your new home.

Bargain Boxes

New boxes can be expensive. Instead, get creative! Ask friends, family, or local businesses for cardboard boxes. Supermarkets and liquor stores are goldmines for free boxes. Just make sure they're sturdy and the right size. Asking online and social media is also another great place to look as people who have recently moved may be able to pass on their boxes for you to use.

Packing like a Pro

Newspaper is a fantastic free alternative to bubble wrap for cushioning fragile items. Use towels, blankets, and clothes to fill empty spaces in boxes to prevent items from shifting and breaking. 

Pack strategically, placing heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger ones. Clearly label all boxes with the contents and the room they belong to in your new home. This will save you time and frustration when unpacking. It will also mean you can put fragile boxes up and out of the way when you get to your home so they don't end up getting knocked into or have heavy items placed on top of them.

Moving Day

Hiring professional movers can be expensive. Consider recruiting a team of willing friends and family to help with the heavy lifting. Offer them pizza, refreshments, and your eternal gratitude in return for their muscle.

Be Flexible with Dates

If you have wiggle room with your moving date, try to schedule your move outside of peak season (summer weekends) and during the week. Movers often offer lower rates for weekdays and less popular times.

DIY Disassembly 

Disassemble furniture yourself before the move to save space and potentially avoid mover fees. You can start thing a few days before the move if you don't mind slumming it for a few days to make like a little easier. Whilst you are taking furniture apart you could either label screws/holds or take photos as you take it apart. Otherwise you could just research how to reconnect appliances and furniture in your new place to avoid paying for professional installation, places like YouTube are great for things like this.

Embrace Takeout

Moving day is stressful. Avoid the hassle and expense of cooking by planning to eat out or order takeout for the first few days before and after moving into your new home. A day or two before means you can get the majority of your kitchen packed away, perhaps just leaving the microwave for easy, quick meals. Then afterwards so you don't have to rush getting the whole kitchen set up on the first day in.

Short on Space During Your Move?

Sometimes, even after decluttering, you might find yourself with more belongings than anticipated. This is where Currie Easy Self Storage comes in.

They offer clean, secure storage units in a variety of sizes, perfect for storing furniture, boxes, or anything else you need to keep safe and accessible during your transition. 

Their month-to-month leases give you the flexibility you need, and their on-site security measures will give you peace of mind. 

Forward Thinking

Plan ahead for utility connection fees and any potential deposits for your new place. Budgeting for these hidden costs will prevent any nasty surprises.

By following these tips, you can keep your moving costs under control and ensure a smooth transition to your new home. Remember, with a little planning and resourcefulness, you can embark on your new adventure without breaking the bank. Happy moving!


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